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Communications Communiqué #5


Marge Appell, Provincial Communications

July 2020


As I sit at my computer today it is July 1, and a very different Canada Day than many others I have witnessed and celebrated!  Even though four months have gone by and our province is slowly “opening up” for business, we continue to be vigilante: we isolate as we can, we practice physical distancing, we stay within our chosen bubble as much as possible.  We have a long road ahead and a resurgence of COVID-19 could very well happen in the months to come.  Please do what you must to stay safe!


Even though we are living through trying times, let’s remind ourselves of some of the “good news” that has surfaced during this pandemic. Like many of you, I have missed seeing my children, grandchildren, friends, and parish community in person. But how fortunate we are to be able to talk, text, email, Face Time, Skype, and ZOOM into their living rooms to “see” them and chat. How blessed we are that technology allows us to stay informed and connected and that we have doctors, nurses, and other front-line workers willing to continue serving the public, even though that means they are putting themselves at risk and perhaps their families, too!  We have experienced unprecedented changes in our lives, but we have also seen how people have risen to the challenges! God bless all who are doing what they can to look after God’s people.


This portfolio deals with communication and the pandemic has certainly underscored the importance of staying in touch through the use of technology. Phones/cell phones, computers, the Internet, television/radio, print/digital media are the major ways we are connecting now. That said, not everyone has or is proficient at using technological devices, so please stay in touch with all the members of your councils, especially those who may not have computers and internet capability. We are a sisterhood; reach out often to anyone you know who might be isolated in any way.  Keep them informed; pray with them; offer whatever assistance you can or help them find the supports they need.


Now, what about other CWL business? We can’t meet in convention, but have you signed up for the Summer Speaker Series ( being offered by our National Executive?  Why not take a few hours to be inspired, energized, and motivated to continue the good work of the League across Canada? From Monday to Friday, August 10 - 14, one speaker per day will share their thoughts and expertise on current topics of interest. The presentations range from one to two hours in length and all you need to do is log onto the CWL website, scroll down to find the Summer Speaker series, and register. The presentations are free, but separate registration is required for each session you would like to view. Even though the information is on the National website, here is a list of the speakers and their topics.  Hopefully this will entice you to register for some, if not all, of the sessions!


Mon. Aug. 10   Dr. Cory Andrew Labrecque, associate professor of Bioethics and

                         Theological Studies, University of Laval:  “Speak to the Earth and It Shall Teach

                        You: on the Christian Vocation to Tend, Guard, Heal”  


Tues, Aug. 11   Dr. Donna Orsuto, co-founder and director of the Lay Centre, Foyer Unitas,

                         Rome: “Women Together Caring for our Common Home”


Wed. Aug. 12   Dr. Nuala Kenny, a pioneer of Canadian Bioethics (and so much more); O.C., M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)

                         “Women & Healing Our Wounded Church”


Thurs. Aug. 13  Fran Lucas, National CWL president-elect and chairperson of Organization:

                          “The League of the Future, Part III”


Fri. Aug. 14      Anne Marie Gorman, National CWL president and chairperson of International Relations:

                        “The League in 2020”


Remember, you must register for EACH session you want to see/hear.  Let’s go, League members from SK; register now and don’t be disappointed!  (


On to more CWL business: in her June message, our SK president Chantal Devine, informed us about the extension of terms of office made necessary by COVID-19.  Since all conventions were cancelled for 2020, current executives at the National, Provincial, and Diocesan levels across Canada have had a third year added to their terms of office.  Our present SK Provincial Council executive was elected in June 2019, and our two-year term would have ended in June 2021, but because of the current situation across our country, the term has been extended to June 2022.  For executives whose term was to have been completed this year, their terms of office continue to 2021.  Read Chantal’s message on our SK CWL website:


I pray that every one of you has a healthy and safe summer.  Though we have had to step back from our usual ways of gathering and doing business, we all know that our work, really, is never done.  A few weeks ago, when Pope Francis addressed teenagers, parents, and teachers who met on-line to celebrate World Environment Day (June 5), he spoke about “crisis” and explained that the original meaning of the word is “opportunity”.  In the months ahead we have the opportunity to remember who we are - Christians - and what Jesus calls His followers to do.   Loneliness, depression, hunger, and homelessness do not take the summer off.  Let us continue to respond to the needs we see around us as we “Care for Our Common Home” and the people who share it with us.  God bless.



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Communications Communiqué #4


Marge Appell, Provincial Communications

April 2020


Hello to all of you, and blessings during this very difficult time in world history.  When news of the coronavirus in China hit the airwaves, I remember thinking that was a world away, yet just days later it was no longer “their problem” it belonged to all of us.  I pray that you are following the directives of our health authorities and government representatives and that you do what you must to stay safe.  This is not an easy time for anyone, but even with all that is happening around us, there is much cause for hope. 


Perhaps, as we practice social distancing and self-isolation, we can carve out some time for catching up on what’s happening in our League and touching base with wonderful members near and far.  We have always been strong together and together we can continue to make a great difference!


I encourage you to stay in touch by phone and email, and to avail yourselves of the many resources available to you through numerous avenues.  Each of our dioceses have been televising masses, and sending out prayers/links to assist us on our Lenten journeys.  Read the communiques posted by other Standing Committee chairs who have been keeping you informed regarding what’s available.  I’ve compiled my own short list in the hope it will help you access information and programming to keep you involved and hopeful.  This time will pass; in the meantime we endure.


Note, the following list is a place to start if you haven’t already availed yourself of the resources that are available:


First, googling any of the dioceses in SK will put you in touch with live-steamed masses, the latest news in each diocese, updates on COVID-19, and many informational stories and resources; no doubt many of you have already been accessing these resources throughout Lent.   As a quick reference, here again are the websites – use them to help you and your families through an especially meaningful Holy Week, Easter, and Easter season.  


If you browse on any of the above sites you will find a wealth of information.  Several dioceses have weekly news reports for which you can sign up and then will arrive in your mailbox regularly.  You will find links to such sites as the Vatican, Salt & Light, CCCB, Catholic Missions in Canada, a whole host of videos, and more – you are just a click away and you don’t have to go looking on your own.  It’s such a bonus to be able to find what you need or want without doing extensive searches. 


Also note that The Catholic Register (just google that name) is offering FREE digital editions of their Catholic newspaper during this pandemic.  If you used to subscribe to the Prairie Messenger and miss it, this weekly paper will help fill that void.  Try it; you have nothing to lose!


Lastly, part of my duties as your Provincial Communications chairperson, is to receive, read, and submit to our webmaster the communiques from all the other Provincial and Diocesan Standing Committee chairpersons, and I encourage you to read those as well.  Again, a wealth of information at your fingertips!  For example, did you know there is a St. Corona?  Lorraine Thibeault, Prince Albert Spiritual Development chairperson unearthed that nugget of information (and more) – read her communique #7 to get “the rest of the story”. 


There is so much good information out there just waiting to be accessed, and our chairpersons (Provincial and Diocesan) work hard to get the latest and most relevant information out to you – please take the time to read their offerings! 


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Communications Communiqué #3


Marge Appell, Provincial Communications

December 2019


In less than two weeks we will be celebrating the birth of a baby, Jesus, sent to change the world!  May everything we do and say this Christmas season reflect the peace and joy that He came to bring each one of us, and may our homes and hearts be filled with renewal and hope for a future where all are valued, respected, and included. 


Because this is still my first year as chairperson of the SK Provincial Communications portfolio, let me assure you that I totally understand how overwhelming a “new” position can be as we “learn the ropes”!   I often think of something Theodore Roosevelt once said:  “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are,” and somehow that gives me the courage to keep moving forward.  I encourage all of you to do the same. Besides that, there are usually people in the background willing to help when we need it.  So take heart; ours is sometimes a daunting task, but we can and will prevail!


To date I’ve spent a great deal of time learning the “dos” and “don’ts”, especially as they pertain to our website, and I’ve been guided by a very capable, accommodating, and patient webmaster, for whom I am very grateful.  But our electronic responsibilities are just a portion of the tasks that fall under the umbrella of the Communications portfolio so in this communiqué, I will focus on a number of different topics.


I’ve reviewed all the communiqués that Doreen Gowans, our National Chairperson of Communications has sent out – 8 in total since her installation in August, 2018.  I’m a big fan of “ready references” so I thought it might be useful to have a one-place overview of varied  topics Doreen addressed in her communiqués, to date.  Here, in alphabetical order, is a listing for your use:


Dates to Remember:


Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel -  April 26th each year.


International Women’s Day - a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and

             political achievements of women.  It also is a call to action for accelerating gender

             parity.  It will be celebrated on Sunday, March 8, 2020.


World Communications Day.  Pope Francis will celebrate this day on January 28, 2020, the feast

            day of St. Francis de Sales, patron of writers and journalists.  The theme chosen by our

            Holy Father for this 54th Day of Communications is “So that you can tell your son and

            grandson. (Ex. 10,2)  Life creates history.” 


Faith oriented programs:   We are encouraged us to research, share, and promote faith-oriented programs within our areas.  To assist with this, if you are able to access Salt and Light television programming, visit   for pertinent programming, air dates, and times.


The League Magazine:  Our National Communications chairperson would like some information.  Please provide feedback to the following questions so I can let her know what members in SK think.

  1. Do you appreciate reviewing annual reports in our magazine, or do you find they are repetitive?
  2. How many members use the magazine as a resource in their councils for information, information sharing, or regarding the resolutions adopted at the convention? 
  3. Are there ways to make the magazine more valuable?  What would you like to see in the magazine?  Suggestions are welcome.


A new Mission Statement was recently approved:  “The Catholic Women’s League of Canada calls its members to grow in faith and to witness to the love of God through ministry and service.”  


1-888 phone number at National Office has been discontinued.  If you have questions/concerns, use the communications chain of command.  Parish councils refer to their Diocesan counterparts, then Diocesan to Provincial, and Provincial to National.


Plagiarism:   This is a serious issue.  In today’s world of technology, it is easy to search for information, find a quote, and use it, but members MUST ALWAYS identify the author.  This topic will be further addressed in a subsequent communiqué; more information is given in National Communications communiqué #4, March 12, 2019. 



The Pornography Hurts postcard is available for download.  Printing instructions are on the National Website at under “resources: 100 Series: Crest, Stationery and Other Council Supplies, Item #178.   


Another pornography card, pertaining to the mandatory age verification for adult pornographic websites is also on the national website, item #179.  Please use both and let our government representatives know our stand on these issues.


Include a question on the postcard to which the recipient can reply.  Our National Communications chairperson is interested in knowing how many replies are received by members in SK so please let me (Marge) know if/when you do receive a reply and I can send along this information. 


COMMIT TO KIDS is a website helping organizations prevent child sexual abuse.  It is sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.  Visit for more information.



The following are a few resolutions that fall under the umbrella of Communications.  We are encouraged to act on them and others posted on the national website.


2017.02    Mandatory Age Verification Mechanisms for Adult Pornographic Websites

                   Action:  Write letters to the Prime Minister, the federal Minister of Justice, and to

                  MLAs requesting legislation be created to ensure that adult websites verify the age of

                  their users.


2004.11    Link Between Violent, Graphic Imagery and Aggressive Behaviour and the

                  Mechanics of Killing

                   Action:  Encourage provincial councils to urge provincial/territorial governments to

                  establish procedures to prohibit the sale and/or rental and/or distribution to minors

                  of videos, movies, and games that contain graphic imagery which promotes violence                

                  and even killing as an acceptable behavior.


2002.11    Responsible Internet Use for Children

                   Actions:  1)  Encourage the Federal Government to continue supporting research and

                  development of tools to protect children against offensive content on the Internet. 

                  2) Encourage members to educate themselves and their families on safe, wise, and

                  responsible internet use.


Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada (Association):

Grandin Media is a Catholic news website from Edmonton, Alberta.  You will find a wealth of information from a Catholic perspective.  Visit 


Strategic Planning:  Updates on what is happening in this area are posted at the beginning of each month to    Stay informed re: how the plan is evolving.


Website Postings:    We are reminded that council websites (provincial, diocesan, and parish) should only be posting material that originates from that council.  Links should be provided to items that originate or are owned by other councils/levels.  More detailed information will be included in a subsequent communiqué as it is important that we follow the communication policy set out in our National Manual of Policy and Procedure.


Continue to check out the SK provincial website at   Send submissions to    Note that each SK diocese has its own page. 


In closing, have a wonderful Christmas and Christmas season, and may 2020 bring you and your families many blessings.  Take care.



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Communications Communiqué #2


Marge Appell, Provincial Communications

October 2019


Hello, fellow Communications chairpersons.  I hope all of you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend and have some interesting plans for the rest of the Fall season.  This is a beautiful time of year – resplendent in colour and rich in harvest – perhaps not as bountiful as we would have liked, but still with many blessings.


In June, I reviewed the many responsibilities of the Communications chair; don’t become overwhelmed by them.  Focus on one or two at a time, and they become manageable.


This communiqué focuses on “promoting the League” and using “media” for this purpose, particularly our SK CWL website.  Across Canada our numbers are declining and it is difficult to attract new members.  Are we using the resources at hand to share our good news stories and thereby spread the word regarding the work we do?


Please check out and use the SK provincial website  to have pictures, events, as well as communiqués posted.  Send your submissions to        

There are lots of interesting submissions already on the site for you to see/read.  Some might give you ideas and spur you to action!  Also, note that each SK diocese has its own page. 


My predecessor wrote very informative communiqués, giving detailed guidelines on what can be submitted to the website and how to do so.  These communiqués are still posted and can be reviewed at any time.  I have created a ready-reference, highlighting crucial information.  Hopefully this will be helpful.


CWL Submissions to the SK Provincial Website – Guidelines/Ready Reference


  • Identify your CWL council, location, and diocese.
  • Identify the CWL event including date it was held.
  • Send print in MSWord (preferred), Text, or Rich Text Format. 
  • Send pictures separately as an attachment in jpg format with full resolution (original/actual size), not  embedded in MSWord or your email.
  • Identify persons in the pictures (except for crowd shots), left to right, front to back.
  • With regard to obtaining permission from people in the pictures, according to our National office:  Any photograph taken at a public event does not require permission. Should a council wish to announce, prior to the actual taking of the pictures, that photographs are being taken and that they may be published, this would allow anyone not wanting to be photographed the opportunity to extract themselves.
  • Submit communiqués without personal information (no email/address/phone number).
  • Use of any published work or portion thereof must have the source clearly cited or copyright permission obtained.
  • Submissions may be edited before posting.



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Communications Communiqué #1


Marge Appell, Provincial Communications

June 2019



Greetings!  I was recently appointed chairperson of Communications for the term June 2019 – June 2021, and I look forward to working with you.  As Doreen Gowans, our National Communications Chairperson, stated in her initial communique, “…communications is a two-way street…” therefore I welcome input from any/all of you as we learn and work together.


Briefly, the communications portfolio includes:

a) the Canadian League magazine,

b) media

i)   for evangelization,

ii)  to promote the League,

iii) evaluation and promotion of good content,

iv) newspapers and bulletins,

c) media relations, and

d) pornography.


The Communications section of the Executive Handbook gives a detailed explanation of each of these topics as well as actions that can be taken by a Communications chairperson to further the work of this portfolio.   As I was going through this section of the Handbook, I learned or was reminded of some interesting details.   Certainly these (and many more I didn’t list) are facts to keep in mind for use at some time during our terms of office.            

Past Communications Resolutions are posted on the National website

Reacquaint yourselves with these and resolve to carry out the action plans.

A Personal Letter Writing Guide is available to help members formulate responses to our government

representatives on issues that concern us.   Order copies today! 

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) Publications Service is a great resource. Contact

information is included in the Handbook, page 64.  You’ll be surprised at the wealth of information you will find.

World Communications Day is the first Sunday in June – Start making plans for 2020!


Hopefully, some of the above will give us food for thought and plenty to occupy our time as  chairpersons of this standing committee!


Have a great summer!  Enjoy the National Convention if you are able to attend, and if not, follow the proceedings on the National Website.  It won’t be the same as being there in person, but you will still get caught up in the enthusiasm of those attending, be energized by the keynote speakers, and revitalize your resolve to further the work of the League!



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Previous Communiqués




Communications Communiqué #8 - Feb 2019


Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications



National Theme: Care of the Common Home


National CWL President, Anne-Marie Gorman, would like us to focus on conserving water during the first year of her term. Canadians are fortunate to have water and for the most part, lots of it. If not looked after, our grandchildren and future generations may not have such a good supply.  Discuss new ideas and reminders with your council and encourage conserving water daily. One example is to turn off the tap while brushing teeth or use a cup of water for rinsing.  Think twice before starting the washing machine and either only turn it on with a full load or use the small load option.  For the spiritual side, remember water is a gift from God which needs to be used wisely.


Anne-Marie Gorman has suggested we do something new this year to challenge yourself and council members to grow in faith and bring about the Kingdom of God on earth. 


Doreen Gowans, National Communications Chair, has been a great communicator to us.  I will share some of her advice.


Friday April 26, 2019 CWL celebrates the Feast of our Lady of Good Counsel. The League is sponsoring a mass on Vision TV. It is being offered for CWL living and deceased members and spiritual advisors.  Think about having a mass, potluck supper or social gathering to celebrate our patroness.


CWL National website,, is updated with a new format. The search button has been reinstated.  You can access information by clicking the items at the bottom of the home page.  The website is more user friendly for iPad and handhelds. As strategic planning information gets released, it can be found at–the–strategic-plan/. If you have any suggestions for the national website, Doreen Gowans would appreciate hearing from you. 


Both Provincial and National accept submissions about your council’s activities. Please review my communiques and oral reports on / Communications to guide you as you prepare your articles for both websites.  As of October 2018, Doreen Gowans’ Memo states “Permission for persons identified in the pictures are no longer required”.


Please review The Canadian League magazine Feb. 5, 2019 and send feedback to to let Doreen Gowans know your suggestions of future improvements that would benefit our members.

Encourage members to consider learning more about current issues from a Catholic perspective.  Visit


The following resolutions require action. Please write letters and talk to members of parliament and legislative assembly.  On, review resolutions:  2004.11 Link between Violent, Graphic Imagery and Aggressive Behavior and the Mechanic of Killing and 2002.11 Responsible Internet use for children.  These could great discussions going at your meetings.



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Communications Communiqué #7 - Dec 2018


Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications


I sent my provincial convention report for inclusion in The Catholic Register newspaper but I received a letter explaining how they accept articles.  I will paraphrase the reply from Mike Simpson, Managing Editor of The Catholic Register. This is how The Catholic Register works. 


“Thanks very much for the note.  Since the demise of The Prairie Messenger, we are hopeful we can fill some of the void for Saskatchewan.  I hope that as you read the Register over the coming months, you will see more western coverage reflected in the pages including several from the west (including Leah Perrault from the Messenger).  We are trying to cover the bases, though space in the paper is tight.  We are always interested in story ideas, whenever they come. As your CWL meetings, we don’t really have a set approach on what you’ve submitted. We don’t generally publish meeting notes, though we look for potential story ideas. I saw that Alex Schadenberg was talking about Fatal Flaws, a film we wrote about in our last issue. Catholic missions is another source of stories for our reporters, especially with some of their interesting projects up north. As for the CWL in general, we try to touch base with the leadership as they make their annual trip to Ottawa and we are currently tracking CWL annual national convention in Winnipeg. So, your notes are helpful to us for potential stores ideas and certainly encourage you to let us know what’s going on, which we generally assign to one of our reporters or freelancers if there is an interesting story tell. We also try to keep an eye on what’s going on in the archdioceses in Saskatchewan as much as I can. It is a challenge to be as comprehensive as the Messenger might have been in staying on top of local issues. Still, we are trying to do our best in that regard.  In that vein, we’ve also just started to expand our online calendar of events at to encourage submissions from other parts of the country. Since space has become so tight in the paper we are moving the calendar entirely out of the paper.  I hope this conveys our continued interest in receiving info for potential stories and boosting western coverage. “    


The Catholic Register 1155 Yonge Street, Suite 401 Toronto, Ontario   M4T 1W2   Phone 416 – 934 – 3410 (ext. 415)


Newspaper dated August 19 – 26 did have an article about the National Convention in Winnipeg.


Nov 25 article “CWL puts D & P funding on hold. “While strongly endorsing the mission and work of Development and Peace, the CWL is asking its parish councils to hold off on sending funds to the organization as Canada’s bishops continue to investigate D & P’s project partners.  Dioceses across Canada have withheld funds from the organization after suggestions that several partner agencies include abortion, contraception and gender theory.  


Nov 25 has article of Leah Perrault “Learning how to spend and save energy”. She mentions her new book My Heart of Flesh.  It is a physical reminder of many of the things that grief and loss have been teaching her.   It is a reminder of all the energy that is spent learning. No wonder she is tired.     


Newspaper dated Dec 2, Fr. Ron Rolheiser has article “We are Failing the welcoming Test.’.  Few sentences:  “How we treat the poor is how we are treating God.  Moreover Jesus tells is that, at the final judgment, we will be judged for Heaven or hell on the basis of how we treated the poor, particularly on how we treated the most vulnerable among them (“widows, orphans and strangers.) Among these are the unborn, the refugees and the immigrants. “  


This concludes my report.  



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Communications Communiqué #6 - Oct 2018


Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications


Provincial CWL Fall Meeting Oral Report October 11 – 13, 2018

I brought this report from Fall meeting so it is more convenient for my readers. 


Thanks for so many communiques, reports and photos coming to me for the   I would appreciate you reviewing my Communiques that guide you to prepare your report.


Announcements: Send announcements of your events well ahead of when they happen.  Our webmaster would like to increase “Announcements / Upcoming Events” sections so that it can truly become a useful tool for members wondering what is happening, where and when.       


CWL email address: It is strongly suggested to make a separate email address for CWL.  It really helps to keep the CWL topics together and separate from your personal emails.  I had recommended this previously but I hear from some executives that it may be a good project for this fall.


Diocesan pages are created:  I would ask you to check these pages for all three diocese.  It will give you examples of what has been submitted.  If your communiques and annual reports from the last year or so are not there, I ask you to send them in so we can get the site unified for each diocese.  With computers able to save all this information, we are not asking you to rewrite your reports but just share them. 


Financial reports: When you delete the whole table of numbers, all your inputted information will get deleted.

Paragraphs: Add space between paragraphs for easier reading.


Photos: Send in jpg and on their own and not in the word document.  Identification of the people in the photos makes the story more interesting. Please review my communique #2. 


Privacy: You can have your address, phone number, email address on your reports to your executives.  When you send them for website, this private information should be deleted before you submit it for website. 

Sentence Spaces: Our computers space the words of the sentence line so we do not need to have two spaces after a sentence. This is a practice from the typewriter days.


Spellcheck: We have the wonderful “Spellcheck “on our computers but you need to double check it.

Subject line:  Identify if you are “provincial or diocesan” and “communique or question or whatever is appropriate”.


Word document:  Send typed word document and webmaster will put it into pdf.  She may need to edit for space, etc.


Share this information and my communiques with all your parish and diocesan ocunterparts and I will put this information on the provincial website as well.  I agree it is a lot of information but once you get in the habit of this, it does really make sense. 


This concludes my report. 



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Communications Communiqué #5 - June 2018


Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications


Saskatchewan Provincial Convention 2018 Communications Oral report

I have brought this report over to the communiques so it is more convenient to my readers.  


Communication on provincial and national websites is important for our readers.   They will see how we are living out our theme Inspired by the Spirit and Women Responding to God’s Call.   We hope we encourage new members and educate and enthuse current members.  I encourage you to check out for national and for diocesan and provincial news.   When submitting activities around your councils and reports, I encourage you to exclude your address, phone number and personal emails.  It is not safe to put your personal information on unprotected websites.   If you wish to contact a diocesan or provincial executive, please send it to me at and I will be pleased to forward your email to the appropriate executive member.  In the Subject line of the email:  Attention:  Provincial President or Diocesan Resolutions, etc.  We welcome hearing from all our councils. Please review my Communications Communiques #1 and #2 to guide you how to prepare your good news.  Watch for Communique #3 in June.  If you do not have internet access, I would encourage you to ask one of your CWL members to print out some articles from these websites so everyone in your council has access to this information.  Have a look at Saskatchewan cwl website where you will see Newfoundland’s submission about the quilts they created for our Humboldt Broncos.   See national’s “On the Spot” communication project to see Humboldt CWL’s thanks to all prayers and actions to help with the Bronco tragedy.  The point of these two examples is the news can be spread so effectively through these available sites.    


The Prairie Messenger newspaper has been a faithful source of Catholic and Christian encouragement for almost a century.  Unfortunately it closed its doors May 2018. I have brought a couple recent ones if you wish to browse through them. The Catholic Register serves every province and has won dozens of awards. The Prairie Messenger’s Leah Perreault has agreed to write a monthly column. Fr. Ron Rolheiser appears weekly. Mary Morrocco contributes monthly. The Catholic Register can continue provide a weekly Catholic newspaper to our homes. I received this information in the recent Prairie Messenger edition.  They offered two free copies if you were a subscriber. Introductory price to subscribe for one year which is 47 issues: Print is $35.00, Digital is $25.00 and Print and Digital is $45.00.  You are welcome to browse The Catholic Register at my table.   The company office is Toronto, Ontario.  Call toll free 1 855 441 4077 ext. 404. 


This concludes my report.  


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Communications Communiqué #4 - July 2018


Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications


Theme: Inspired by the Spirit      Women Respond to God’s Call


Our National Communications Chairperson Shari Guinta, is also Catholic Women’s League (CWL) National 2nd Vice President. I thank Shari for her dedicated work at National CWL. Good luck on your new endeavor as the new National CWL Executive unveils at the August 2018 National Convention in Winnipeg. 


I will recap her July 24/2018 Communique #8.  Her complete Communique can been seen on now.  She hopes the new chairpersons on Communications review past communiques to carry on with the issues regarding technology and pornography. She mentions the success and popularity of “On the Spot” about council activity on the National CWL website. She encourages us to continue submitting picture(s) with brief description to national office. Shari promotes positive aspects of the internet and variety of technology such as Facebook, twitter, email and websites. The League must evolve if it is to survive. 


Live streaming for annual convention in Winnipeg will be provided for the Keynote address of Archbishop Murray Chatlain (Keewatin Le-Pas) on the topic “Listen Slowly: Women Guided by the Spirit”. The telecast with be available via link on the national website on Tuesday August 14 from 12:45 to 3:15 pm in Saskatchewan. Visit


Exciting news!  National website will be revamped just prior to the national convention. Due to popular use of hand held technology, an update will make website easier to navigate. View website often.   


To contact National CWL office, you can use toll-free phone number 888–656–4040 or email   or write to National CWL, C 702 Scotland Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 1X5.


The Prairie Messenger newspaper last edition was May 2018. We bid them fond farewell. A suggested alternative is The Catholic Register. I will provide a few titles and words of some articles in the July 22 – 29 / 2018 edition.  


From New Delhi. “Mass Appeal: Celebrating Eucharist in unconventional places ” … at the ballpark, at home, at prison.


From New Delhi: “Nuns fight back against false news”. Missionaries of Charity say order is not involved in child trafficking. 


From Ottawa: “Five more businesses join attestation fight”.  Federal government now faces five federal court legal challenges by private businesses against the Canada summer jobs pro-abortion attestation requirement. 


From Ottawa: “Ontario sex-ed curriculum back on drawing board.” The repeal of Ontario’s controversial sex education curriculum by the new government had elicited reactions ranging from jubilation to gloom among Catholic education stakeholders.


The Catholic Register article: “New Canadians are keeping the faith alive.” Immigrants are driving the bus for almost every faith community in Canada, but none more-so than Catholics.


From Ottawa: “Standing on Guard for Life”. Fr. Tony VanHee has maintained his abortion protest on parliament Hill for nearly 30 years.


From Edmonton:” …and re-building for the future”. Tiny parish in Alberta is filled with big hearts.  They rebuilt their church. 


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


In my June 2018 Provincial Convention Oral report, which is on this website (the website), I have the prices and details of ordering The Catholic Register magazine. To explore more from The Catholic Register Archives, go to 


Please review my Communique #1 and #2 and 2018 Provincial Convention Oral report to help you to prepare and submit articles to the Diocesan or Provincial sections of this website.  It is growing and interesting.  Have a look.  


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Communications Communiqué #3 - June 2018


Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications



Duties of Communications Standing committee is to communicate the Good news of the gospel by words and action.


I will give a quick overview to use as you plan for the fall season.


Please review the provincial chairperson annual reports on which may give you some ideas of what you could include in your next meetings.    The oral reports from the April diocesan and June provincial conventions are also on this website.  Provincial executive submit communiques every couple months so have a look.  National website has the resolutions, prayer services, information of many topics, so sit back and read what our executives have prepared for you. 


Please link onto before July 18 to give your opinion to the Strategic Planning Committee.  They are asking our opinions on how National CWL can improve and strengthen CWL.  You just push the “excited”, “anxious”, etc. responses on the answer suggestions.  Click, you are done.  


The Canadian League Magazine: There are great reports from the National Executive.  I look forward to reading my magazine three items a year.


Media for Evangelization:   My Communiques #1 and #2 have detail on how to submit reports to the website.  There are many good reasons for all the information presented there. Please have a review of those and my provincial convention oral report. 


Media to Promote the League:  You could encourage members to monitor media content and discuss at a meeting.  It is good to hear when there is good content but make others aware if there is some content that should be monitored.   


Newsletters and church bulletins: Publish newsletters that have items of interest to the parish bulletin regularly.  Members like to keep informed. 


Media Relations:


We are asked to subscribe to at least one Catholic newspaper.  The Prairie Messenger has closed May 2018.  The Catholics Register newspaper can continue to provide a weekly catholic newspaper to the homes of The Messenger’s loyal readers.  If you had a Prairie Messenger subscription, you could order two free issues. To order, you can call toll free 1- 855-441-4077 Ext 404. May 20 issue, two articles discuss the documentary film A Man of His Word which shows that Pope Francis is true to the Word.   Director Wim Wenders explains Pope Francis is on the move because of a message he needs everyone to hear.  The German director worked with the Pope for two years. Wim had four long sit-down sessions with the Pope and plied him with questions.  He allowed Pope to speak directly to every viewer and listener about his concerns and all the issues that matter to him.    See the movie.  It will move you.



Issue of pornography should be a concern of all members and invite members to participate in Pornography Hurts Campaign by downloading the postcard for the national website to send to local, provincial and federal politicians. Continue writing to Prime minister, minister of justice, and local members of parliament urging them to continue to object to pornography in all its forms. For the federal politicians, we do not need to pay postage.  I watched the trailer at:  The one comment from a young boy said he was playing one of his games and a pornography scene popped up. He had not been looking for it.    


Resources and References:


As mentioned above, The Canadian League, Communiques, resolutions are educational. 

The following are available from National office:


  • National Manual Policy and Procedure
  • Resource list
  • Constitution and bylaws
  • Personal letter writing guide
  • Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) 

Toll free:  800 – 769-1147

  • Canadians Addressing Sexual Exploitation (C.A.S.E.)  

519 – 728 - 3432

  • Current addresses for additional addresses may be obtained from national office. 

204 - 927 – 2310      email:   


All diocesan chairpersons are expected to send communiques to their parish counterparts several times a year.  Please feel free to use the information here to help you prepare those communiques.   A copy of each communique must be sent to provincial president, your provincial counterpart and a copy to myself to forward to the diocesan section of the provincial website.


Thanks ever so much.  Let’s keep communicating.



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Communications Communiqué #2 - November 2017


Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications


Theme: Inspired by the Spirit    Women respond to God’s Call


The diocese now have their own pages on the Provincial website. There are already some interesting events posted, and you can see them here: <>


We welcome more events from around the province. Let us know what is going on in your parish. You can send you communiques, events and pictures to the provincial communication chairperson at


Submissions to the Provincial CWL website should follow these guidelines:


  1. Clearly identify the parish, town and diocese the submission is from.
  2. Councils may send in more than one submission. Submissions can be communiques or events.
  3. Communiques and reports should be in downloadable (clickable) pdf files. They should be sent in MSWord and we will convert them to pdf.
  4. Each event shall be limited to one topic.
  5. Items must be about CWL events. How was the League involved?
  6. Events of particular interest are those that are innovative and those that are replicable by other councils.
  7. Events and celebrations should be in doc or docx (MSWord) or txt (Text) or rtf (Rich Text Format). Format and pictures should be included separately (up to 5 pictures per event) in jpg format with full resolution (original/actual size). Do not send pictures that have been reduced for email.
  8. Identify the people in pictures, except for crowd shots. List the names, left to right, back to front.
  9. Quoting from a National CWL email:  “Any photograph taken at a public event does not require permission. Should a council wish to announce that photographs are being taken and that they may be published prior to the actual photographs being taken, this would allow anyone not wanting to be photographed the opportunity to extract themselves.”   
  10. Text with events should be short and to the point (up to 300 words), but detailed enough to cover what happened at the event. Descriptions of what is in the pictures should be included where necessary.
  11. Communiques should not have personal email, phone number or address on it.
  12. Submission texts should be page-ready as a “story” as it would be presented on the website (excluding photos which will be submitted separately).
  13. If you are including any published work, you must get copyright permission from the publisher before it can be put on the website.
  14. Newspaper articles will be eliminated unless they are clearly readable and authorization to reprint has been received.
  15. Events may be edited for such things as space requirements. Any personal items and comments will be edited out. Submissions shall be reviewed and approved by the communications chairperson prior to being posted on the website.
  16. The communications chairperson in consultation with the provincial president may decide to not publish a submission.


Here is the information to submit articles to the National CWL website “On the Spot”. 

  • Submissions may be emailed to with the subject title “On the Spot” submission.
  • All submissions should be 50 words or less and include at least 2 high resolution photographs.  All articles will reviewed and edited for content and should reflect council activities that may be shared to other councils – examples: fundraisers, personal care home visits, rosary making, etc. 
  • Focus should be on the council and not on an individual.  Neither birthdays nor pin awards/ ceremonies are posted.  For ideas, please see either the national website under On the Spot tab or national Facebook page. 
  • As a rule, we try to post only one event per council per month so that all councils have an opportunity to share their events. 


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Communications Communiqué #1 - June 2017


Adele Giblin, Provincial Communications


Theme: Inspired by the Spirit         Women Respond to God’s Call

Welcome aboard to the Communications Standing Committee.  I look forward to chatting / communicating with many of you in the next two years. 


The duties of this chairperson are: 


A. The Canadian League magazine


Invite members to contribute articles to the magazine, read the magazine, and encourage members to use the magazine as a resource. 


B. Media, including social media, for evangelization.


Promote the League, evaluation and promotion of good content, and newsletters and bulletins. Publicize faith-orientated programs. World Communications Day is the first Sunday in June.  


C. Media relations


Be responsible for releasing all council news stories, in consultation with the president.  Make use of local media to advertise council activities and special events. Encourage members to utilize the League’s websites for up-to-date information.  Communiques from national and provincial chairpersons are regularly posted on the websites. National website is and provincial is  National CWL has a Facebook account.  It is a great way to communicate as news items are posted directly to the Facebook feed.  The page will include updates on League activities, photos and stories.  Please select the “like” icon on the Facebook page to follow along.  Share the updates with your friends.  Twitter account is also a great social media service in which updates are restricted to 140 characters, making it user-friendly for busy members.  Please follow @CWLNational for updates and feel free to “tweet” (and “retweet”) League news.   Members are encouraged to learn more about the use of On the Spot which was launched January 2017 at It is a resource to share council news across Canada and all visitors to the national website.  It focuses on the creative and meaningful activities you make happen in your council on a regular basis.  On the Spot submissions will be posted immediately.  (I see five Saskatchewan councils and Saskatoon Diocesan council have submitted to On the Spot.  Let’s see how many more I will see next year this time.  Let’s show the country how active we are.)


Here are some suggestions to prepare your submission.   Some of these are from the previous Be League ideas and I think they may help you get started. 


  1. Each submission shall be typed and not exceed 50 words.  
  2. Each submission shall be limited to one topic and one to three photographs.   
  3. Councils may send in more than one submission.
  4. Items must be about CWL events. How was the League involved?
  5. Council title and location must be mentioned.
  6. Items should be new or innovative and able to be replicated by councils.
  7. There will be limited focus on anniversaries, service pins, members’ years of service and members’ birthdays. They may be listed.  Details will only be included if there is significant importance of the event.
  8. I quote from National CWL email response to us:  “Any photograph taken at a public event does not require permission. Should a council wish to announce that photographs are being taken and that they may be published prior to the actual photographs being taken, this would allow anyone not wanting to be photographed the opportunity to extract themselves. “   
  9. Photographs should be cropped to eliminate distracting details and provide better balance.  (Sending photos separate from written article   AND send photo with full resolution to ensure better clarity.) 
  10. Newspaper articles will be eliminated unless they are clearly readable and authorization to reprint has been received.
  11. Personal items and comments shall be excluded or edited out.
  12. Submissions shall be reviewed and approved by the communications chairperson prior to being posted on the National website.
  13. The executive director in consultation with the communications chairperson may decide to not publish a submission.


If you see information of Canadian interest that you feel pertains to CWL, like articles pertaining to our resolutions, send an article in.  


  • Encourage members to try an activity, fundraiser, prayer service, workshop, quilting bees, crafters, outreach to projects for community or other countries, etc.  I know so many quilts were created for the National lap quilt project.  Let’s see them.  Please include the members that were involved (if they allow), not just the product. Be creative. Adapt it to suit your members and submit an article to national and provincial websites.   Print a copy from the websites and take it to a council meeting.  Usually members want to see themselves and their friends online and not everyone has a computer.   
  • Phoning tree is a committee who phones members to notify them of monthly meetings and special events.  Emailing members is also a successful way of keeping them up to date.
  • Media Evaluation and Promotion of Good Content.  Encourage members to monitor media content. Your members can make their opinions known to producers, network executive, and advertisers, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.
  • Promote good television viewing and members should monitor children’s use of the Internet. 
  • Newsletters and Bulletins.  Publish a parish CWL council newsletter and insert items of interest in the parish bulletin regularly. Many shut-ins appreciate delivery of newsletters. 
  • Media Relations. The chairperson should be aware the council president is the official spokesman.  Introduce the president to the media in her area.  Attend workshops / seminars on media relations.  Ensure the information received from all other levels is shared with members. Subscribe to at least one Catholic Newspaper.  The Prairie Messenger last edition is May 2018. 
  • Tips of Media Interviews.  The chairperson should discuss questions to be asked before the interview begins.  Remain focused on the objective of the interview.  Recognize that what is said could be quoted, so words should be chosen carefully. Prepare short clips of words and phrases.  Ask that unclear questions be repeated.  Refrain from personal comments and speaking off the record.  Treat all journalists with respect.  Observe media deadlines.  Have back-up material available for quick reference. Use plain language.  Remember, you are speaking for all Canadian CWL members, not your personal views. 


D. Pornography. 

The chairperson should be aware of the negative influence pornography has on children and adults.  Support national campaigns such as Pornography Hurts. You can obtain these postcards from national CWL office under “Resources-Forms”, write a short note in them and send them to minister of justice, and attorney general of Canada, another member of parliament and / or the prime minister.  Postage if free if sending to House of Commons.   Write individually to the government, send an email or call the government directly to let them know how you feel about pornography. One letter to government is equal to 100 voters. Let us keep the fight going by taking action now.   


Please send your articles for the provincial website which has the Diocesan tabs to myself.  Let’s show the country all of your good works.


Advice from our webmaster to have better success of good quality pictures and articles for the website.

  • Jpeg or jpg are the best for pictures. Also good are png or bmp, tif or gif.   Pretty much any PICTURE format.  Be sure that it is fairly large size (at least 1.5 “x 1.5” or larger) and a clear picture. She can crop where necessary.
  • Do not send pictures inside a document (like Word or pdf or html).
  • Send any text as MS Word, MS Wordpad, Notepad, plain text, or inside an email.  Do NOT send PDF format unless it is for download only and not to be displayed on the web page. 


Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon diocesan councils will have their separate tab on the Provincial website.


Use suggestions from C. Media Relations above to help compose your article to the websites.


Let me know if I can help.   I am learning too but will do my best to find the right answer.




Well, I think if you can do some of these suggestions, you will be Inspired by the Spirit and be Women responding to God’s Call.    





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