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Community Life Communiqué #8

Margaret Schwab, Provincial Community Life Chairperson

May 2022

During this Easter season, we are challenged by our renewed baptismal vows to continue care for the marginalized and vulnerable in our ever-troubled world.


The 2021 annual survey results indicated that many of our members have little knowledge of human trafficking and how prevalent it is in our society. We cannot work toward a world without trafficking if we do not know what it is and how we can help.


Please advise your parishes of the following ways for members to become more educated on human trafficking as recommended by National Community Life Chairperson, Faith Anderson.


On Saturday, May 28th at 11:00 am CDT (that is 10:00 a.m. in Saskatchewan), members are invited to attend a webinar on human trafficking. Joy Smith, a well-known anti-human trafficking advocate will be the guest speaker. The webinar is an opportunity to hear firsthand about the issue of human trafficking in Canada and is open to all Canadians. Members are encouraged to share this information with their families, friends, and fellow parishioners.  Please CLICK HERE to register. Members are also encouraged to monitor any developments from the federal government’s National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, which has a mandate until 2024. The federal government announced this strategy on September 4, 2019 making a commitment of $57.22 million over five years to support this strategy. The strategy “puts in place a coordinated framework to guide the Government of Canada’s anti-human trafficking efforts in a way that will empower victims and survivors; prevent more of these crimes from taking place; better protect those who are most vulnerable to trafficking; prosecute human traffickers for their heinous crimes; and embrace partnerships with provinces and territories and other organizations to maximize the impact of efforts.”  More information on the strategy can be at Public Safety Canada. The third suggest from Faith Anderson is for members to perform an internet search on ‘The Flesh Trade’ which will yield two short and two longer YouTube videos on human trafficking produced by Global News. These could be used at meetings to assist in educating parish councils about the issue of trafficking.


Support for Ukraine


As war continues to ravage Ukraine, Canada is beginning to see the arrival of Ukrainian immigrants. This arrival presents various opportunities for members to provide support such as hosting a family, providing basic needs for a family, providing transportation to appointments, shopping, or banking. The Canada-Ukraine Foundation ( is a good source of information regarding provision of needs to those who have or will immigrate to Canada. Encourage members to see if there is an office in their city.  Nashi, a registered charity which originates in Saskatoon, has two goals. One is to provide education about trafficking and the other was to build and support an orphanage in Ukraine where 17 girls have been rescued from the danger of being trafficked. The girls from the orphanage, Maple Leaf House, have been moved to Poland during the conflict and Nashi provides for their care as well as keeping Maple Leaf House running for use by refugees as they make their way out of Ukraine. More information can be found at


Truth and Reconciliation

March 28 to March 31 was a time of making history within our Church as Pope Francis met with delegations made up of Métis, Inuit and First Nations members. On April 1st, the Pope met with all delegates again, along with the Canadian bishops, and issued a formal apology. Read the Pope’s full apology HERE, as well as in the April 10th issue of The Catholic Register. A quote from the paper describes the meeting as follows: What the Pope has demonstrated in his encounters with Indigenous delegations is not a message directed solely at his brother bishops. It’s a message for the whole Church and every Catholic.” In the April 3rd edition of the Catholic Register it is reported that Pixie Wells, interim president of the Fraser Valley Metis Association, “urged Canadians to plant Forget-Me-Nots in their gardens this spring, the flower also known as the Métis Rose, as a sign of ongoing reconciliation.”


The latest resource launched by the implementation committee is (#631) Existing Programs and Courses on Catholic Social Teaching.  The resources available are listed under each province and a legend is provided for easy reference in each category.  Parish councils are encouraged to read and make use of all of the new resources.


In writing my annual report for 2021, I was amazed at the work that has been done in spite of Covid 19 keeping us from gathering. Our members are so imaginative and willing to step out of the ‘norm’ to continue the work that is needed to help those marginalized in our communities. You are to be commended for your efforts.


May God continue to bless your work in the League. 


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Community Life Communiqué #7

 Margaret Schwab, Provincial Community Life Chairperson

   December, 2021


Advent: a time when we look forward to and prepare our hearts and homes for the birth of Jesus. It is also a time when we think more often about those in need and how to help.


Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) has been supported by CWL since it was established. This fall, many of you may have seen their campaign People and Planet First. This campaign educates people about conditions and activists in many countries. They provide a call to action for all of us by providing an opportunity to support their petition to the House of Commons to adopt human rights and due diligence legislation. Perhaps the petition has been presented in your parish; you may sign online. Remember, our signing of petitions is a freedom that many people in other countries do not enjoy. By signing, we are helping those people to stand up for better conditions. Please visit to find videos and more information about the campaign.


Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is creating a Christmas television special in partnership with Salt + Light Media which will air in the month of December. Another production of CNEWA created last year is “Witness of Hope” which can be viewed at


Please encourage parishes to support CCOPD and CNEWA through the National Voluntary Fund.


The National Human Trafficking Education Centre supplies educational resources to help Canadians understand and fight human trafficking. The launch of this new centre (October 28) can be seen at The resources available are both free and for fee courses. Nashi, a Saskatoon based organization has raised funds to build a home in the Ukraine called Maple Leaf House which is home to 20 girls who might otherwise have been sold to trafficking. Currently, they are selling calendars for $15 as well as accepting online donations. Please check out their Facebook page as well as their website I asked a board member why they are working in the Ukraine?  Sadly, the answer was that the red tape in the Ukraine is easier to work through than the red tape in Canada.


There are also agencies in our province which are working to restore and empower those who have been impacted by sexual exploitation and trafficking. Hope Restored in Saskatoon has partnered with I am Worth It Now (IWIN) an organization started by St. Michael’s CWL in Calgary. IWIN provides backpacks filled with essential items to those who are trying to return to a normal life after having been trafficked. The Saskatoon Diocesan Council has partnered with IWIN to help provide backpacks for Hope Restored. Parish councils should educate their members on human trafficking and see what help is needed in their areas. Saskatchewan is considered a highway for human trafficking with many trafficked people being moved through our province regularly.


Check out the following link: to learn about the Thursdays in Black Campaign. This is a global movement for a world without rape and violence.


As you may have heard, the Canadian delegation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders scheduled to meet with Pope Francis this month has now been postponed until 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, all councils are spending some time studying the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action. A printable pdf file is available at the following link


December 12th, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, has been named by the church in Canada as the National Day of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. This year the theme on which to reflect is We are called to Healing, Forgiveness, Reconciliation. Please make parishes aware that during Advent, Most Rev. Don Bolen is presenting five Sunday homilies us to journey with the Indigenous delegation spiritually. This communiqué will reach you too late for December 12th, but parishes may like to use these homilies at meetings in the new year. The homilies will be available on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ YouTube channel and as well as at website.


There is so much work to be done in the area of social justice. We do what we can, but always with prayer as our first step.


May the Peace and Joy of the Christmas Season be yours.



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Community Life Communiqué #6

 Marian Zsombor, Provincial Community Life Chairperson

   March, 2021

It has been a year since our life was changed by Covid-19.  We had to resort to virtual technology in order to stay connected with our sisters in the League, our families, and friends. It has been a trying year. However, with the vaccine there is hope to be able to get back to some kind of a normal. Hopefully during this Lenten season some of you had an opportunity to take part in some of the Lenten retreats that have been offered virtually.

Development and Peace

As the Season of Lent continues to bring us closer to Easter we need to be in solidarity with the poor. The theme for Development and Peace is “Share Love Share Lent”. Pope Francis in his encyclical Fratelli Tutti encourages us “to share the love that would make us one great family where all of us can feel at home.” Solidarity Sunday is March 21.

The Canadian Conference of Canadian Bishops & CCODP (Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace) have approved donations to Development and Peace. Councils may submit 1% of all revenue earned to the National Voluntary Fund for CCODP. Diocesan counterparts please share this news with parish councils if you have not already done so.


Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is not only a concern in other countries it is becoming a concerning problem in Canada; as well as in our province. We need to be conscious of this serious concern and support women and young girls to be able to get off the streets. There is a 6 part webinar being presented by Collaborative Network to end Exploitation. This information was passed on to me by our National chairperson Marie Rackley.  You may register for part or all if you are interested. It begins on Tuesday March 23 and continues on Tuesdays till April 30. It is called “Do not Harm” to register go to They would like a small donation if you plan on registering. You can register per session or for the entire 6 sessions. They suggest $5.00 per session or $20.00 for the six. Please pass this information on  to anyone you think may be interested. July 30, is the World’s Day against trafficking in Persons.


National office is continuing to collect funds for the project “Feed the School” of the Adigrat Diocese of Ethiopia. If any council wishes to donate you can do so. Please refer to Marie Rackley’s  Communique #10

Cheques  should be made payable to: Catholic Near East Welfare Association(CNEWA) and sent directly to the attention of Melodie Gabriel, CNEWA Development Officer, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K9.


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Community Life Communiqué #5

 Marian Zsombor, Provincial Community Life Chairperson

  November, 2020


It has been almost 8 months that we have been living with Covid-19. For many it has been a time of great adjustment missing physical contact with loved ones.  Some have lost family members and/or people they knew and were not able to attend funerals or memorial services. Yes, it has been and still is a life of interruptions from our normal routines. I hope that you are all staying safe and managing under these conditions. Thank goodness for technology! We can still stay connected. We are so blessed to be living in this country!  We have had time to pray, ponder, reflect, to think, and maybe reevaluate our lives and our priorities. A question I have asked myself, “What is the most important thing in my life today?” This is a question we can all ask ourselves.


Regarding support for the project in Kerala India to provide a well with drinking water for Pieta Bhaven (House of Mercy). The goal of $7,500.00 CDN has been surpassed.  (More than $11,000.00 has been raised). The extra funds are being donated to “Feed the School” of the Adigrat Diocese of Ethiopia. National is continuing to collect money till December 31 for this other project. If any council wishes to donate you can do so. Please refer to Marie Rackley’s  #10 communiqué:


Cheques should be made payable to: Catholic Near East Welfare Association(CNEWA) and sent directly to the attention of Melodie Gabriel, CNEWA Development Officer, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K9.


Development and Peace

Information was received from Marie Rackley that the Canadian Conference of Canadian Bishops & CCODP (Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace) are now saying parish councils can collect and submit 1% of all revenue earned to the National Voluntary Fund for CCODP. Diocesan counterparts are encouraged to share this news with parish councils. The website will be updated with this information and updated CCODP brochures will be created.



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Community Life Communiqué #4

 Marian Zsombor, Provincial Community Life Chairperson

  June 20, 2020


I hope you are staying safe as we go through these challenging months. We have been encouraged to stay home, and even as we are moving forward we must still keep our health and the health of others in mind. We need to continue to self-distance and not go out if not feeling well. This has led to many feeling disconnected and isolated from their loved ones, families and friends. I hope some of you, in some way, have been able to stay connected with your council members.


We are so fortunate to be living in this country. We have been affected by the  COVID-19 virus -- some people have gotten sick and some have died. This is very unfortunate however, we must be mindful of those who are less fortunate than ourselves, those in the 3rd world countries.  The poorest of the poor in countries like India, Egypt, Eritrea, and Ethiopia have been greatly affected.


The UN’s World Food Program issued a news release that this pandemic has greatly increased food shortage and health care needs. There has also been much loss of life. More information can be found at 


Social Justice


The GCCM (Global Catholic Climate Movement) is hoping to guide people to live an integral ecology in response to the global environmental, social and spiritual crisis we are all challenged with.  The Season of Creation is to be celebrated and recognized from September 01 – October 04; this is an annual awareness of our environment.  Explanations for this celebration can be found at   GCCM has streamlined sessions from previous celebrations on


Pope Francis established the World Day of the Poor in 2016 at the end of the Year of Mercy. It is celebrated each year on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary time, one week before the Feast of Christ the King.  This year it will be on November 15.  Information regarding this celebration:


If you are interested in other events and celebrations for this year, they may be found at




Regarding the request from the National Community Life Chairperson about support for the project in Kerala, India, to provide a well with drinking water for Pieta Bhaven (House of Mercy). I am again providing that information from my previous communiqué if your council wishes to make a donation but has not yet had an opportunity to do so.  Our National Community Life Chairperson, Marie Rackley, in her Communique #10 dated December 05, 2019, encouraged all CWL councils to support CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association) with the  Pieta Bhaven (House of Mercy) Project - the need for a drinking water well. Pieta Bhaven, located in Kerala India, is a Christian Home for more than 60 women with intellectual disabilities.  Please refer to Marie’s Communique #10   Cheques should be made payable to: Catholic Near East Welfare Association(CNEWA) and sent directly to the attention of Melodie Gabriel, CNEWA Development Officer, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K9.


Councils please let your diocesan Community Life Chairperson know the amounts donated by your council.  She will forward that information to me, as I need these amounts to submit to our National Chairperson of Community Life by August 1, 2020.  Thank you.


Stay safe and have a great summer.



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Community Life Communiqué #3

 Marian Zsombor, Provincial Community Life Chairperson

  December 11, 2019



As we go through the season of Advent and prepare for the birth of our Savior, we experience the feelings of Joy, Love, Hope and Peace. Let us spread Joy, Love, Hope and Peace to all that we encounter. We need to share these feelings by the example set for us by our Holy Family.


December 29, the last Sunday of December has been set as the Feast of the Holy Family; this Sunday has also been chosen by the CWL as the League’s Day of Prayer for Christians in the Holy Land. We pray that Jesus will protect all families and give them peace. We pray also that He protect families in the Holy Land and always remain with them.


Our National Community Life Chairperson, Marie Rackley in her Communique #10 , dated December 05, 2019 is encouraging all CWL councils to support the CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association) Pieta Bhaven,(House of Mercy) Project, with the need for a drinking water well. Pieta Bhaven, located in Kerala India, is a Christian Home for more than 60 women with intellectual disabilities.  Please refer to Marie’s Communique #10


Cheques should be made payable to: Catholic Near East Welfare Association(CNEWA) and sent directly to the attention of Melodie Gabriel, CNEWA Development Officer, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K9.


Councils please let your diocesan Community Life Chairperson know the amounts raised by your council as I will need these amounts to submit to our National Chairperson of Community Life by August 1, 2020.  Thank you.


Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.



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Community Life Communiqué #2

 Marian Zsombor, Provincial Community Life Chairperson

  November 6, 2019


I hope everyone enjoyed their summer, and all councils are focused on their objectives for the coming year.

Our National Community Life chairperson, Marie Rackley, is encouraging us as CWL members to participate in the Wear Red on Fridays. This is an initiative that demonstrates to Canadians and troops that members care and honor those who fought and continue to fight for freedom, peace and our resolve.


Refugees, Immigration and Citizenship   Madonna Clark, National sub-committee chairperson has a very informative explanation in the Community Life communiqué #08, dated October 09, 2019. She highlights the value of immigrants to Canada and the number that have come from different areas of the globe over the years. She encourages us all to be welcoming to immigrants in our faith communities. Please take the time to read her communiqué. on the National CWL website.


Our Provincial theme  ”Inclusion”  chosen by our  president Chantal Devine,  is parallel to this topic, to include our Indigenous sisters in our organization and make them feel welcome.  We need to try to understand their culture and needs. Try to have someone come to a meeting or have a gathering and invite an Indigenous speaker to talk to the group on “ Indigenous Awareness.”


Saskatoon is having a speaker on Indigenous Awareness on November 26, at 6:30 pm at St. Mary’s Church – upper hall.  If you live in the Saskatoon area I would encourage you to try and attend the presentation evening.




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Community Life Communiqué #1

 Marian Zsombor, Provincial Community Life Chairperson

June 2019


I have been a CWL member for 40 years. I had been president of St. Agnes CWL in Pilot Butte for 12 years. We are a small council and do not have all the different convenorships that a larger council would have.  However, we are visible in our parish community by providing food hampers at Christmas and offering communion on Sunday mornings to Catholic residents at our care home in Pilot Butte.  I am one of the volunteers that goes to the care home.


My involvement in the community: I am chairperson of the Pilot Butte Rodeo Committee, I have done this for the last 12 years and thoroughly enjoy being part of planning the event.  My entire family now volunteer for this 3 day event this is a big attraction for our community. I am the Development and Peace representative in our church as well I am on parish council and I am treasurer for our senior centre.


I had 3 daughters but this year my middle daughter passed away unexpectedly at age 51, she has had many health issues during her life one of which was crohns.  I have 5 grandchildren ranging in ages from 33 years to 10 years.


This is my third term on the Provincial Council, I look forward to meeting and working with my CWL sisters on the Community Life convenorship from the dioceses.


This convenorship is very broad it can focus on local and international communities.  I look forward to hearing what everyone is focusing on and what goals you may have.   Enjoy your summer being mindful of things around you.  The life within our communities does not change much with the seasons, it changes more with circumstances.    



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Community Life Communiqué #10 - May 2019

 Lorraine Thibeault, Provincial Community Life Chairperson


Good Afternoon, Ladies and Reverend Nnanga:


It’s nearing the end of my term as Chairperson for the Provincial Community Life Standing Committee.  I express my thanks to you for all your work over the past two years or for the time you have worked in this position if you have joined us more recently.  After our Diocesan Convention in June, your new provincial Chairperson will be in touch with you.  Be sure to update her if someone has or is taking over your position.


I remind you that while our meetings may stop for the summer months, our work for God and Canada in community life is ongoing.  I share with you a quote from the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity which Regina Diocesan Chairperson for the Community Life Standing Committee quoted in her November 2018 communiqué.


Wherever there are people in need of food and drink, clothing, housing, medicine, employment, education; wherever (people) lack the facilities necessary for living a truly human life or are afflicted with serious distress or illness or suffer exile or imprisonment, there Christian charity should seek them out and find them, console them with great solicitude, and help them with appropriate relief.  This obligation is imposed above all upon every prosperous nation and person.”


How are your parish councils doing with the H.U.G. initiative?  While National wants to know the number of bags that we have donated to shelters for women and children by the time of the National Convention, we do not have to stop preparing the bags.  This can be an on-going project as there are always women and children in need.


In January, I sent out a list of Short and Long Range Plans based on Marie Rackley’s, our National Community Life Chairperson’s, list for herself.  If you chose to pursue some of these plans, did you find it helpful to have made those plans?


Our on-line annual survey outlines very well what our standing committee is about.  Along with this mainly ‘statistical’ information, I believe that it is good to allow our councils to share the ‘stories’ behind the statistics.  Ask your parish councils to share at least one story about a community life project that they undertook during the year.  Other parish councils love to hear these stories and often choose to try out a similar project.


Remember our foci under Community Life:


  1. Dignity and Rights of Persons
  2. Social and Economic Justice:
  3. Refugees, Immigration and Citizenship
  4. Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP): Developing Countries
  5. Developing Countries


Take care.  God bless. 



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Community Life Communiqué #9 - January 2019

 Lorraine Thibeault, Provincial Community Life Chairperson


Happy New Year! I hope that you had a joyful Christmas season. May you have a blessed and productive year in 2019. Thank you for all your work as the Diocesan Community Life Chairperson in your diocese during 2018.


As a parish Community Life chairperson, I was able to access the on-line annual survey. Along with the outline in the Executive Handbook, I find the questions on the survey to be a good rundown of what the Community Life chairperson position involves. I found that there were so many things that our council didn’t involve themselves in. However, there were many other areas which we did act on.  Community Life is such a broad area. I find that the annual survey is a good reminder of things that our councils can do in this area. If you haven’t seen the survey, let me know, and I will send you the questions.


Since I last wrote to you in October, our National Community Life Chairperson, Marie Rackley has sent out a list of Short and Long Range Plans for herself which can apply to us as well. I have included them at the end of this communiqué (but not in the website version). I have crossed out items that don’t apply to us and adjusted ones that apply to us in a different way. I believe Marie’s plans will help us with our work in Community Life throughout the year.


Dignity and Rights of Persons: I encourage parish Communications chairs to choose a different human right (listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a copy of which was sent to you last year) and to discuss it with their members.  Our responsibility continues to denounce social injustice and the violation of human rights at home and abroad.


Social and Economic Justice: I was reading a newsletter from Girl Guides of Canada which listed projects done by the Trefoil Guild group. These women, 30 years of age and over, are former leaders who continue Guiding through social and service activities. Here is one of their service projects as described by the group leader: “We sponsor H.O.P.E. Outreach (Helping Out People Exploited) which does street outreach for women who are homeless and in the sex trade on the streets of downtown Vernon. We take out wagon carts filled with hygiene products, clothing, shoes etc. We also take out water, fruit, yogurt and other treats, necessities for homeless street life. We pull together to bring delightful gifts to our carts. Baby wipes are repackaged into small bags. Our “super seamstress” has made zippered small bags, stylish bathing suit bottoms. Also gifts of hair brushes and hair goodies...chocolate treats...socks and underwear, colouring pencils, pens and pencils, journals, designs to colour as well as twenty pull string backpacks for Christmas gifts. The “wish list” is to fill the bags with lip gloss, hand lotion, hand and feet warmers, socks, mitts, toques and scarves. We are often asked “where we get our cart items” and we are proud to say the Girl Guide ladies give to our carts. In all the sadness and ugliness of homeless street life, a lot of women share fond memories of being a Brownie and Girl Guide. Our sponsorship of H.O.P.E Outreach touches many ladies and is greatly appreciated - we do make a difference in their lives. [Wouldn’t you say that this is “community life” in action in our community?  Do you have other organizations that your ladies are involved in which focus on social and economic justice?]


Refugees, Immigration and Citizenship: I encourage parish CWL councils to continue supporting refugee families. If you are too small to sponsor a family on your own, you can fundraise and donate to another parish or group that is sponsoring a family.


Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP): The CCCB continues to review the CCODP partner groups some of which appear at odds with the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. Let us keep this group in our prayers as the review continues.


Developing Countries: Have any of your parish councils become aware of the struggles of a developing country? If yes, ask them to share what they have discovered and what they have done to make a difference in that country.


Resolutions: We continue to approach the government on the issue of the attestation requirement re: Canada Summer Jobs Program.  Resolution 2018.01 regarding the attestation requirement fits under the Community Life Standing committee and can be found on the National website ( under Resolutions.  Encourage your parish councils to take action by writing letters and by becoming educated on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


“Forgiveness is the greatest miracle.  Nothing falls outside the scope of God’s power to forgive, to resurrect and make new, fresh, innocent and joyful again.”  Fr. Ron Rolheiser


Take care.  God bless. 



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Community Life Communiqué #8 - October 2018

 Lorraine Thibeault, Provincial Community Life Chairperson


It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and we are so blessed.  There are so many things, people, and situations to be thankful for in this beautiful country of Canada. One of these people is you.  Thank you for being your diocesan Community Life Chairperson.


We say, “Adieu” to Betty Colaneri, past National Community Life Chairperson.  In a closing letter, she spoke of our actions during her time as chairperson:  walking in compassion with those suffering from poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, human trafficking, incarceration, racism and bullying, selflessly giving of our time, talent and financial donations to community organizations, food banks, hospitals, shut-ins and long-term care facilities, standing up for social and economic justice, gaining insight into the needs of immigrants and refugees, touching lives, and inspiring hopes, dreams, and dignity.


We have a new National Community Life chairperson, Marie Rackley.  She is from St. John, New Brunswick, and has been a League member since 1971.  We welcome her to our team.  She says, “The League has given me faith to grow and the strength to accept the challenges of today.  Many friendships have been formed with members which I consider sisters to my extended family.


Resolutions:  One of our three National resolutions that we are working on this year falls under the Community Life Standing Committee:  2018.01 Attestation Requirement on Canada Summer Jobs Program Whereas, the application process for the 2018 Canada Summer Jobs program required applicants to deny their basic rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and Whereas, applicants were compelled to endorse an attestation of values promoted by the federal government that contravene the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and Whereas, by way of the attestation requirement, Canadian youth are being denied work experiences and opportunities through businesses and organizations that ethically cannot sign the attestation; therefore, be it Resolved, that national council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada in 98th annual national convention assembled urge the federal government to remove the attestation for all future Canada Summer Jobs programs.  We must look into this resolution further, understanding that businesses interested in applying for financial help to offer summer jobs feel very strongly about the limitations imposed on them by the decision of the federal government.


Dignity and Rights of Persons:  Choose one of the human rights listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (a copy of the entire Declaration was sent to you last year).  Encourage parish Community Life Chairpersons to discuss this with their members.   You can also go on the internet and google Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  It is our responsibility to denounce social injustice and the violation of human rights at home and abroad.


Social and Economic Justice:  We always have someone in need in our communities.  Consider those who are vulnerable and find ways to protect them with love and justice.  Remind members that the little things count.  My parish council has three “little” projects which fit this category, but the members don’t think of them as social and economic justice.  The projects are: 

  • Loved and Warm:  We knit or buy toques and mitts for elementary school children.
  • Headbands for the Homeless:  We knit or crochet headbands for the adult homeless in our community.
  • Refuge for Refugees:  We raise funds which we pass on to a larger parish which is sponsoring a refugee family.


Refugees, Immigration and Citizenship:  With Thanksgiving Day starts Citizenship Week in Canada [October 8 – 14].  Are any of your members or their relations becoming citizens?  Let’s encourage our members to welcome our new Canadians by participating in their citizenship ceremonies, hosting a party for them, sending them welcome cards.  Just as in Baptism, a parish welcomes a child or an adult into the parish community, we, with a citizenship ceremony, welcome a person into our country.  Let us make them feel welcome.  Marie Rackley, shares a variety of celebratory activities in her communiqué:  fly the Canadian flag, reaffirm your citizenship, share your citizenship story.  Perhaps, we can celebrate with a Canada-themed cake.


Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP):  While the National CWL assesses the situation with the CCODP, we should keep in mind all the good work of this organization over the years.  Let’s pray that God’s will be done in this situation.


Developing Countries:  Let us be aware of the struggles of developing countries.  Choose a developing country.  Learn about its people, its passions, and its struggles.  Find a way to help.  Start with prayer.


“The next time you put on a pair of shoes, be Dorothy [from the Wizard of Oz] for a moment.  Click your heels, remember the power of the spirit you have within and ask yourself, who will you be walking with today?”  Betty Colaneri, past National Community Life Chairperson


Take care.  God bless.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!




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Community Life Communiqué #7 - June 2018

 Lorraine Thibeault, Provincial Community Life Chairperson


“It’s a beautiful day in the neighbourhood” as Mr. Rogers would say.  The sun is shining and big puffy white clouds are floating across the sky.  The breeze is brisk so the mosquitoes are not staying long enough to be a bother.  Welcome to all our new diocesan community life chairpersons.


I hope that many of you were able to take in some of the activities for National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.  We celebrated indigenous peoples’ culture and heritage.   The outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples were recognized and celebrated.  Betty Colaneri, National Community Life Chairperson, recommends that we take the time to check the federal government website to learn about the creation of National Aboriginal Day and how it became a part of the Celebrate Canada program.


In her recent communiqué, Betty talked about watching the movie Indian Horse.  She stated:  “I recently attended a viewing of the movie Indian Horse based on the novel by Canadian author Richard Wagamese. The story depicts how eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and taken to a residential school. It is a dramatic story of his journey of loss, fear, hope and resilience. Even though it was extremely emotional for me to watch, I highly recommend viewing it.”


I also recently watched the movie Indian Horse and also found it very sad and touching.  Part of the movie took place in the area where I grew up in Ontario, and this made me recall how indigenous peoples were treated during my elementary and high school years.   I also recommend viewing the movie.


Although National Indigenous Peoples Day has passed for 2018, there are many activities and celebrations continuing to happen across Canada which have an indigenous focus.  Here are a few that you and your members might be interested in.  Check Google for more information on these activities.


Indian Village at the Calgary Stampede       July 6-15, 2018 in Calgary, AB – For more than 105 years, the First Nations of Treaty 7 have camped at the Calgary Stampede. In 1912, First Nation peoples were not allowed to celebrate their own culture because of oppressive laws in Canada. For more than 50 years, the Calgary Stampede was the only place in Alberta where Indigenous people could gather and practice culture, celebrate community and express their traditions publicly. Today, the original families continue to meet at the Calgary stampede each year and present their history, culture and traditions to visitors from around the world.


Great Northern Arts Festival      July 13-22, 2018 in Inuvik, NWT – Given the remote locations of most Northern communities, it is vital that artists be given the opportunity to access markets and buyers, as well as attend professional development workshops and seminars. To help accomplish this goal, the Great Northern Arts Society offers workshops and seminars on pricing, marketing, creativity, funding sourcing and grant-writing, artistic integrity, artist biography writing, and many other educational subjects. At the Festival, to promote the art actually created by Northern artists, we show a vast an array of artwork as possible, in medium, technique, and inspiration.


Back to Batoche Days        July 19 – 22, 2018 in Batoche, SK – I am hoping to take in some of these activities.  My family (husband and children) are Metis with roots in the Red River Valley, Manitoba.  Every year, Back to Batoche Days celebrates the Metis culture.  At Batoche, you will see chuck wagon and chariot races, jigging, horseshoe and bannock competitions as well as a variety of artisan goods and crafts. Special programming and activities are available at both the Batoche National Historic Site and the Back to Batoche Festival Grounds located 1 km north of Batoche.


Moosehide Gathering        July 26-29, 2018 in Dawson City, Yukon  The Moosehide Gathering is a biennial summer event founded in 1993 by a group of dedicated Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (Hän) people who wanted to celebrate their cultural traditions. It is an inclusive event that brings together people from across Canada as well as Alaska and beyond. Come share in Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and other Indigenous culture – enjoy performances, guest speakers, feasts, dancing, drumming, singing and more.


Treaty & York Boat Days        July 31 – August 5, 2018 in Norway House, MB – Held since 1973, Treaty and York Boat Days is an annual summer festival hosted by the Norway House Cree Nation. The event commemorates the community’s history during the time of the fur trade and emphasizes family and cultural values.


Innu Nikamu Festival       August 2-5, 2018 in Mani-Utenam, QC – The Innu Nikamu Festival is a major cultural event that brings together indigenous and non-indigenous artists from across the continent in Mani-Utenam, on a large and vibrant outdoor stage.  Musicians, performers, composers, dancers, storytellers, rappers and elders accompany each other, accompanied by a traditional drummer, in front of an audience of several thousand festival-goers.


Montreal First Peoples Festival        August 8-15, 2018 in Montreal, QC – The Montreal First Peoples Festival is a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory experience celebrating 11 different indigenous nations from around Quebec. For a week, events from music to dance, from film to art, and from poetry to electro take place at the Place des Festivals in downtown Montreal as it is transformed into a full cultural immersion of the First Peoples.

Pow Wows are happening across Saskatchewan throughout the summer.  Be sure to take in one near you.  The jingle dance competitions and the drumming are great.  Google 2018 Pow Wow Calendar Saskatchewan to learn about what a pow wow is, pow wow etiquette, pow wow singing, dance styles and to find a pow wow near you.  Also check out Metis jigging and fiddling competitions near you.  Check out the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre – – for information on the language, culture, arts, history and current affairs of of First Nations people in Saskatchewan.  In the fall, invite an indigenous woman to your meeting to speak about her background and about how she and her family celebrate the different seasons and special days throughout the year.


Take care.  God bless.  Have a wonderful summer.



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Community Life Communiqué #6 - March 2018

 Lorraine Thibeault, Provincial Community Life Chairperson



Today as I was reviewing the responsibilities of Community Life chairpersons, I was reminded of our responsibility as Community Life chairpersons and as Christian women and representatives of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada to become familiar with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 


While I was aware of this declaration, I had never made a point of reading it from beginning to end.  I link to it here for you and encourage you to share it with your diocesan counterparts.  Perhaps parish CWL councils can take one or two sections of the declaration to see if what they do in their councils meets the intent of the declaration. You can read it HERE at the United Nations website.


Traditional Irish Blessing


May the road rise to meet you.  May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm on your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.


May God be with you and bless you.  May you see your children’s children.

May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.

May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.


May the road rise to meet you.  May the wind be always at your back.

May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home.

And may the hand of a friend always be near.


May green be the grass you walk on.  May blue be the sky above you.

May pure be the joys that surround you.

May true be the hearts that love you.


Take care, friends.  God bless.



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Community Life Communiqué #5 - February 2018

 Lorraine Thibeault, Provincial Community Life Chairperson


Prior to beginning this communiqué, I googled “sayings about community life” and found a wonderful collection of sayings.  Here are three of the many I found:


“To move forward, you have to give back.”  Oprah Winfrey


“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”  Martin Luther King, Jr


“Help the life of one person and you can help the community.”  Steven Sawalich


Perhaps as Community Life Chairpersons, we can choose a saying that reflects our work on Community Life.  Our parish chairpersons could begin their reports with a saying then ask their members to share what that saying means to them.



Betty Colaneri, National Chairperson of the Community Life Standing Committee, sent her National Communiqué #7.  She wants us to be aware of a government program that has recently made a change to its requirements.  Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program that provides wage subsidies to employers to create employment for secondary and post-secondary students. Applications are accepted from small businesses, not-for-profit employers, public sector and faith-based organizations that provide quality summer jobs for students.


Because the communiqué refers to different articles in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and comments of the Prime Minister and the employment Minister, I have included the entire communiqué’s wording as sent to me.  My comments are in italics.


“Canada Summer Jobs Program – Conflict of Religious Freedom - As a Catholic business owner, I was appalled to read that a government program we previously applied for would no longer be an option. According to the Government of Canada website, Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program that provides wage subsidies to employers to create employment for secondary and post-secondary students. Applications are accepted from small businesses, not-for-profit employers, public sector and faith-based organizations that provide quality summer jobs for students. Unfortunately, the program has been changed. Applicants will now “be required to attest that both the job and the organization’s core mandate respect individual human rights in Canada, including the values underlying the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as other rights. These include reproductive rights and the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.


The government recognizes that women’s rights are human rights. This includes sexual and reproductive rights — and the right to access safe and legal abortions. These rights are at the core of the Government of Canada’s foreign and domestic policies.


The objective of the change is to prevent Government of Canada funding from flowing to organizations whose mandates or projects may not respect individual human rights, the values underlying the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and associated case law. This helps prevent youth (as young as 15 years of age) from being exposed to employment within organizations that may promote positions that are contrary to the values enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and associated case law.”


An article in the Globe and Mail, stated it perfectly. “Liberals must remember their values aren’t the only ones that count.” According to the article, 69,000 young Canadians found summer jobs in 2017 in small businesses and charities. It also states that important jobs are at stake since there are many jobs that have students working to help settle refugees, summer camps, daycares, drop-in centres, at-risk youth, assisting the homeless at shelters and soup kitchens that all teach valuable life lessons.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed that he believes passionately in a woman's right to choose and strongly opposes all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender expression. Mr. Trudeau told the National Post, "We are not limiting freedom of expression or freedom of belief in any way, shape or form. We are simply saying that organizations who have the explicit purpose of limiting and eliminating Charter rights like women's rights do not qualify for government funding."


Government officials insist that churches and other faith-based groups can still apply for the program if they don’t create jobs specifically dedicated to such things as preventing women from obtaining an abortion.


The National Post reported Canada’s Employment Minister, Patty Hajdu, stated, “churches and other religious groups are eligible for a federal grant to hire summer students as long as their core mandate agrees with access to abortion.” She also stated that she is comfortable with the attestation which requires applicants to check a box saying that they have a core mandate that respects “reproductive rights”. The online application can’t be submitted unless the box is checked. The bottom line is, if you don't tick the box accepting this condition, your application is rejected.


The Toronto Right to Life Association has already filed a federal court case arguing their Charter rights are being violated by this attestation. Blaise Alleyne, president of Toronto Right to Life stated, “Our conscience compels us to not sign that attestation. It is a violation of our freedom of conscience and freedom of expression for the government to compel speech or else punish us by withholding an unrelated benefit.”

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement stating the attestation “seriously undermines the right to religious freedom since the Government of Canada is directly limiting the right of religious traditions to hold, teach and practise their principles and values in public. Furthermore, the recently announced policy represents an attempt to restrict the voices of faith communities in Canadian democracy and to limit their participation in the public square.”


What if this is the beginning of other programs that will be affected? Time is of the essence! Contact your local MP and Minister of Employment to voice your concerns. Inform League members, other organizations, businesses and Canadians in general that will be impacted by the change to the program.


Our company for one definitely will not apply for the Canada Summer Jobs program.


Betty Colaneri, National Chairperson of Community Life”


I encourage you to investigate this situation, to do some critical thinking, and if you are concerned to contact your local MP and Minister of Employment to voice your concerns.  Take time to reflect on what this means to us as individuals, as Catholics, as Canadians.  Will other programs require the same attestation before a business is funded?  Inform other League members, organizations, businesses and friends about this requirement for subsidy.  It may be important to them too. 


Take care.  God bless. 




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Community Life Communiqué #4 - November 2017

 Lorraine Thibeault, Provincial Community Life Chairperson


Here in Meadow Lake, it is -21 degrees, and I am getting ready to walk to work anticipating the cold breeze on my face and wondering if I will survive my 15 – 20 minute walk. 


I recently received a communiqué from Betty Colaneri, National Chairperson of the Community Life Standing Committee.  She has urged the Provincial Chairpersons to quickly pass on some additional information concerning the first World Day of the Poor. 

  • This year’s celebration is entitled “Love not in word but in deed.” (1 John)
  • To be celebrated on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (this year, the date is November 19) at the request of Pope Francis
  • Pope Francis invites the church and people of other faiths around the world to love and cater to the poor, insisting that acts of generosity and kindness must not be limited to occasional volunteer work, but must strive to find the origins of injustice that will lead to a true encounter with the poor.
  • He emphasizes the encounter as an opportunity for evangelization, and encourages people to make real gestures of mercy.
  • Pope Francis will preside at a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica during the November 19th celebration and will invite 500 of the poor to the Vatican to join him for lunch in the Paul VI Audience Hall immediately following the mass.
  • The logo for the World Day of the Poor depicts an open red door where two figures on either side reach for each other with outstretched hands.  The star illustrated on the upper half of the logo represents the opportunity to evangelize.
  • Pope Francis requests that prayer and more specifically the Our Father, referred to as the prayer of the poor, be the centre of the celebration stating “Our asking for bread expresses our entrustment to God for our basic needs in life.  Everything that Jesus taught us in this prayer expresses and brings together the cry of all who suffer from life’s uncertainties and the lack of what they need.  The poor are not a problem.  They are a resource from which to draw as we strive to accept and practice in our lives the essence of the Gospel.”
  • Catholic Relief Services created a parish packet which includes a bulletin insert, prayers, homily helps, and general intercessions to help parishes learn about and observe the World Day of the Poor (


What can we do to commemorate the first World Day of the Poor?  Even if we celebrate it as parish CWL councils on a different day, the intent remains.  Please let me know of your actions for the poor throughout the year. 




“As long a Lazarus lies at the door of our homes, there can be no justice or social peace.”

[Check the World Day of the Poor website]


Take care.  God bless. 



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Community Life Communiqué #3 - September 2017

 Lorraine Thibeault, Provincial Community Life Chairperson


International Peace Day:  Although we have passed the date for International Peace Day with the theme “Together for Peace:  Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”, we can continue to commit to work towards building a culture of peace.  For information, visit and decide as a diocese or as a parish CWL to focus on this theme in your actions and decisions.  Women are a strong force in the movement for peace with statistics showing that agreements are 35% more likely to remain in effect when women are involved in peace negotiations.  Visit the Development & Peace website –  Remember our 1% initiative:  Since 1969, the League has encouraged members to set aside 1% of the cost of all personal items purchased to fund improvements to the status of women in the global south, specifically for projects in Haiti, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan.


Dignity and Rights of Persons:  Betty Colaneri, National Community Life Chairperson, wrote:  Resolution 2017.01 Full Implementation of the Supreme Court Decision in R. v. Gladue for Indigenous Offenders was adopted at the 97th annual national convention. Refer to the resolution and encourage implementation of the action plan.  I recently attended “Celebration of Nations, A Gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture and Tradition, an Indigenous arts gathering that celebrates creativity, diversity and resilience”. ‘They specialize in educating the public about the deep-rooted beauty and uniqueness of each nation’s culture, heritage, and traditions through different artistic mediums”. It promotes walking together with compassion, understanding and respect while cultivating an inclusive community toward a shared future, experiencing music, teaching, film, visual arts, workshops, dance and theatre. Learn more at  Consider inviting a member of the Indigenous community to provide a presentation or workshop.  I had the opportunity to attend a Metis Dot Art on Rocks workshop and the Da-giiwewaat “so they can go home” Moccasin Project. Both workshops focused only on the task at hand. Making moccasins for babies knowing that they are going to help Indigenous children was a good feeling. Learn more about Da-giiwewaat at  Consider making this a council activity.”


Keep in mind and prayer all the communities that have been and continue to be affected by natural disasters – fire, flood, wind, and storm.  Peaceful community life is difficult to maintain in the midst of these disasters.

It is never too late to focus on and act for peace.  Take care.  God bless.  Lorraine



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Community Life Communiqué #2 - June 2017

 Lorraine Thibeault, Provincial Community Life Chairperson


Welcome to Summer!  For some of you, the rain has been pouring down, and you would like a little more sun; for some of us, the sun has been shining, and we’d like a little more rain.  Whatever we’re experiencing, we are grateful to be able to “stop and smell the roses”.  What? You say, “You haven’t stopped and smelled the roses.”  I think that it’s time to do so.  Right now!  If, like me, there are no roses near you, then stop and smell the fresh air.


Welcome to all our diocesan chairpersons of the Community Life Standing Committee.  Some of you will be new to the position; some may be into the second year of your terms.  If you are no longer the diocesan chairperson, please pass this communiqué on to the right person.  I will revamp my distribution list as I receive the names and contact information of new chairpersons from the dioceses.


Diocesan Presidents, these are the names as your Community Life Chairpersons:  Prince Albert – Dhadha DeLeon; Regina – Bernice Gobeil; Saskatoon – Wendy DeSa.  The sheet I have says 2015 – 2017, so you may have changes since this sheet was printed.  Please let me know. 


Community Life continues on even though our councils may have taken a siesta for the summer months.  The information that I am sending will be useful to you personally throughout the summer and can be passed on to your parish counterparts in Community Life for their September and future meetings. 


My name is Lorraine Thibeault, and I am your new provincial chairperson of the Community Life Standing Committee.  I live in Meadow Lake (which is about 1½ hour’s drive north of North Battleford).  I have three adult children.  Two live in Meadow Lake; one lives in Calgary.  I grew up in Northwestern Ontario in a very small community (under 2000 in population).  My husband and I moved a lot in Ontario due to my husband’s work with forestry.  In 1991, we moved to British Columbia, where we again moved around with my husband.  In September of 2015, we moved to Meadow Lake for my husband’s work. 


I have held most CWL chairperson positions at the parish and diocesan levels.  When I left British Columbia, I was the Communications chairperson on the BC & Yukon Provincial Council.  I am presently the parish president for Our Lady of Peace Parish CWL in Meadow Lake and sit on the Parish Pastoral Council as the CWL representative.  I have just taken on the position of Communications chairperson for the Prince Albert Diocesan CWL Council.  Also, my husband and I form a team as lay representatives for Deanery 6 in the Diocese of Prince Albert (not a CWL position).


Besides my involvement with parish and CWL activities, I am the Saskatchewan Provincial Loans Advisor for Girl Guides of Canada, and I am a leader for our local teens in the Pathfinder and Ranger programs of Girl Guides of Canada.  I sing in the annual Christmas choir and on Sundays in our parish choir.  I belong to our local drama group.  I work full time at a pharmacy as a front store clerk as well as in the dispensary as a pharmacy assistant when things get busy there.


I would love to know of your involvement in the CWL, in your parish, and in your community as well as about your family.  Please send me an e-mail or letter introducing you to me.  Perhaps we will meet at the Fall Workshop which is scheduled for October 14th at St. Therese in Bruno.  Perhaps we’ll meet at the next provincial convention in Regina.


At our recent Provincial Convention in North Battleford, our former chairperson of Community Life reminded us of the upcoming 150th anniversary of our country and of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.  I wish you a wonderful celebration as you join in your community 150th anniversary activities on July 1st.


In her latest national communiqué (March 27, 2017), our national chairperson of Community Life, Betty Colaneri shared the following information:


  • CCODP:  The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace’s (CCODP) first Share Lent campaign took place in 1968, raising $1.35 million, and was used to carry out projects in 32 countries. “For Lent 2017 Development and Peace – Caritas Canada had chosen to put women at the forefront to highlight the very special importance and role they have in every aspect of development, whether it be social, environmental or economic” (
  •  Be mindful of the homeless and abandoned in our midst.  Jesus taught us that we are not only to receive the mercy of God but to practice mercy towards others. Put into action your corporal works of mercy by visiting those who have no one, are lonely, in hospitals, care facilities and prisons or by helping the homeless.  Pope Francis encourages women to be the ones to make things happen.
  • “A world where women are marginalized is a barren world because women not only give life but they also transmit the ability to see beyond, to see beyond themselves. They transmit the ability to see the world with different eyes, to feel things with a more creative, patient and tender heart” (Pope Francis).


Recently our new provincial president, Margaret Schwab, sent out information about the Famine Relief Fund sponsored by Development and Peace.  Below is a synopsis of the information.  The main emphasis at this time is that the government will match donations until June 30 of this year.  That’s not a lot of time from today, but it is quite easy to make a donation.


  • National Appeal to help address the famines in South Sudan and the extreme food shortages in Yemen, northeast Nigeria and Somalia.
  • One  of the world's largest humanitarian crises since the Second World War:
  • In February 2017, the United Nations declared there are 20 million people, including 1.4 million vulnerable children, at risk of death over the coming months in these four countries.
  • This crisis results from ongoing armed conflicts and severe droughts
  • The religious leaders' "unified cry from the heart" calls for a threefold response from their faithful: 
    • Pray: To remember the people of South Sudan, Somalia,  northern Nigeria and Yemen in their personal and community prayer, and to pray also for peace, for government leaders and for humanitarian workers in the region. 
    • Give: To make a financial contribution to one or more of the various reputable Canadian aid agencies working to alleviate this crisis. Contributions made to a recognized Canadian charity between 17 March to 30 June 2017 will be matched by the Government of Canada with its recently announced "Famine Relief Fund".  Contact :
    • Speak out: To take the time to become better informed about the crisis in the four countries; to speak about it with family, friends and neighbours; to discuss it with local community agencies; and to contact Members of Parliament.


I encourage you to take some time this summer to review your duties as the chairperson of the Community Life Standing Committee in your diocese:


  • Dignity and rights of persons
  • Social and economic justice
  • Refugees, immigration and citizenship
  • Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
  • Developing Countries


With these duties, we as Community Life chairpersons should never attend a meeting or send a communiquée and say that we have nothing to report.  Dignity & rights, justice and injustice, refugees, help for citizens in third world countries – these issues are always with us.  They knock on the doors of our lives.  We have only to open the door as we make the choice to let them in.


Take care as we exist in community with God’s people, and may God bless you each moment of your life.





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Community Life Communiqué #1 - January 2017

 June Gorgchuck, Provincial Community Life Chairperson


Happy New Year to All.


As we begin this new year we see there is still a lot of violence in the world. There is violence everywhere, in our country, province community and even in our families.


What can we do?  Anything? How can respect and good relations be promoted in order to build peace? Members must be an example to others when promoting peace and justice and bring hope to those less fortunate, the sick, the disabled, the elderly and the poor.  Do not forget the immigrants that have risked there lives hoping for a better future.  Lets open our hearts and minds to others. In our busy everyday lives it is easy to overlook the simple ways of making others feel welcome in our communities. We must make them feel that they are a part of the family of God.


The Canadian Catholic Organization For Development and Peace 1% program will support two new programs this year in Sierra Leone and Afghanistan while still supporting programs in Haiti. This was inspired by Pope Francis' encyclical  Laudato Si.  New brochures are available from the National Office at no charge. This is a wonderful tool for members to learn about the 1% program.


In a news release dated Dec. 13,2016, Alberta Senator, Betty Unger states “It is extremely unfortunate that the government did not allow the Task Force on Cannabis Legislation and Regulation to investigate whether marijuana should be legalized. We are clearly heading in the wrong direction and our young people will be most victimized due to the damage that marijuana caused to a young person's brain development”.

She continues; “The health impacts of marijuana are worse than tobacco, and yet the Minister of Health, whose department is responsible for helping the people of Canada maintain and improve their health, is leading the charge on this dreadful policy”. Senator Unger stated “I'm appalled that our nation is moving in this direction”.


We must get on the band wagon and continue to write, phone, e-mail,etc. Our Members of Parliament and the Members of the Legislation that this is not acceptable. Write letters to Justice Minister Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Health Minister Hon. Jane Philpott and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Hon, Ralph Goodale . The health of our future leaders is in jeopardy.


May God bless you and yours with good health and happiness in this 2017.



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