Divine Mercy Sunday – Encountering Mercy

On Sunday April 3, 2016 St. Matthew’s in Surrey with Pastor Reverend Tien Tran opened its doors in a 4 hour afternoon of Encountering Mercy through prayer, song and inspirational speakers. Anne Deheer, Erica Penner and Louanne Richards attended the event.

Sr. John Mary Sullivan, FSE, spoke to families on bearing wrongs patiently (this is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy).  Psychologist Denis Boyd talked to grandparents about nurturing guidance and listening to our grandchildren. Before the celebration of Mass with Archbishop Michael Miller, the choir from St. Matthews sang the Divine Mercy Chaplet with the congregation participating. It served as a powerful witness.

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Lilies of the Fields in Remembrance

St, Joseph’s Parish CWL Council annually has an Easter Lily Sale. Parishioners have an opportunity to purchase a Lily plant in remembrance of a loved one, while serving a twofold blessed purpose of decorating the sanctuary and altar for Easter.

Jesus Has Risen! Alleluia!


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CWL Executive Meetings

Who is to say that CWL executive meetings have to be all work and no play.  Not St. Joseph’s CWL Port Moody Executive!

Valerie Lovato, Jessica Pan, Diane Aloysius, Erica Penner, Marcella Rosenthal, Anne Deheer (missed this particular meeting) and Louanne Richards (taking photo of her amazing Chicken Pie!) meet monthly and always make sure there is food and beverage to keep the juices flowing. So maybe some of you ladies would like to get in on the action and consider taking on a Chair!! Sharing your ideas and planning for our Council is a fun challenge working together!


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First CWL Council Meeting of 2016

New day! New time! Same station!  We had a wonderful turnout for our first attempt at changing the day to Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm in the portable. We are hoping that this will encourage members who do not like to drive at night to be available to attend more meetings,  So far so good!  We look forward to welcoming more ladies in our parish to come and see and to share in the work of the Catholic Women’s League.



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Divine Mercy Sunday Novena

St. Matthew’s Parish in Surrey, presents “The Hurts We Carry” a Jubilee Year of Mercy event!  Come join the Archbishop for Mass and listen to inspiring speakers, Denis Boyd and Sr. John Mary Sullivan. We encourage children, parents and grandparents to attend and there will be FREE child minding.  Click on the poster for more information..


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Strawberry Tea

The CWL’s annual Strawberry Tea will be held on Sunday, June 7th from 2pm to 4pm in the portable. All women are invited. Here’s your chance to break out your fanciest summer hat for the start of the season. There will be a 50/50 draw and of course an afternoon of mixing and mingling with other ladies of the parish. Please bring a sweet or savoury treat to share.



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Reminder- White Elephant Sale

elephant_166Our parish White Elephant Sale will be held on May 23rd and proceeds will benefit the CWL. Here is how you can help make the event a success:

  • Donate items for the sale- We are accepting any gently used books, cd’s, dvd’s, games, sports equipment, tools, toys, knick knacks, jewelry or dishware etc. (no furniture, electronics, appliances or clothing please). Items can be dropped off during PREP sessions on Tue. May 19thor Wed. May 20th.
  • Help out during the sale
  • Make treats that can be offered for a small donation- they can be dropped off on the morning of May 23rd.
  • Bring your friends and hunt for a deal on May 23rd
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2015 CWL Vancouver Diocesan Convention

This year’s diocesan convention was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish from April 30th to May 2nd and was attended by Val, Diane, Gay, Erica and Anne from our council. Our Past President, Louanne also stepped forward into the role as Secretary for the Diocesan Council.

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Stewardship Awards‏

On Sunday April 12th the Annual Stewardship Awards were presented to two of our Sisters in the League at Holy Rosary Cathedral by Archbishop Michael Miller.  Jane Rosenthal is CWL President at the Cathedral and also serves as the receptionist at the John Paul II Centre.  Anne Dobie is a CWL Life member at Our Lady of Assumption Parish.  Gayle M. and Louanne R. represented our Council by helping with organization at the Mass and the reception that followed.  It was a special moment to visit with two former Pastors of our parish, Fr. Stanley Galvon, who is now Pastor at the Cathedral and Fr. Patrick Tepoorten, who is Pastor of the Church of the Assumption in Powell River.

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Conventions, Conventions, Conventions!

The upcoming months are full of exciting events with conventions taking place at the diocesan, provincial and national level.

Diocesan Convention
April 30th-May 2nd, 2015
Our Lady of Sorrows Parish
Register by April 10th to be a part of the excitement!
Further details can be found here.

Provincial Convention
June 11th-13th, 2015 in Prince George
If you are thinking about driving, there will be a bus chartered for CWL sisters leaving from Kamloops. More information on the bus can be found here and further information about the convention to be released in the coming weeks.

National Convention
August 16th-19th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Vancouver.
Information on registration can be found here.

Take the opportunity this year to be a part of a CWL convention and share in the excitement of the League.

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