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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Speak Out For Life

Recent news has been covering the Supreme Court’s recent ruling regarding assisted suicide and the subsequent conversation on the issue. The Archdiocese is appealing to government to allow more time before legislation is created in order to properly explore the issues that relate to euthanasia. A number of events are being held throughout the diocese about this important development and more information can be found here.

The Catholic Women’s League has also been active in appealing to government to allow for enough time to explore the legal, moral and medical implications of laws around euthanasia. National President Barb Dowding’s eloquent letter to Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada explains why this is so important and can be found by clicking on the link below.


Consider writing to your own Member of Parliament and our Minister of Justice to share your views on the issue. In addition, be a part of the Give Us Time campaign to add your voice to the thousands who have already spoken out. This is an issue that has potential to touch every family and it is important to learn more and to give voice to your concerns.

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March 24th Meeting

Please note that our March 24th meeting will begin at 7pm in the portable.

Our council is collecting items for the children’s play room at Eva’s House (a local transition house for women fleeing abuse). Please bring along any gently used or new toys, games, puzzles, books and arts/crafts supplies that you wish to donate.

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Meet your new CWL Executive!

Past President: Louanne Richards
President: Valerie Lovato
Community Life Chair: Anne Deheer
Secretary: Jessica Pan
Health and Education Chair: Diane Aloysius
Treasurer: Marcella Rosenthal
Spiritual Development Chair: Erica Penner

Last month, we welcomed newest members Mary C. and Jane T. Welcome Kits have been prepared for all new members by Diane Aloysius.  We are pleased that our membership is growing and look forward to a successful year with God’s help and the guidance of our Our Lady of Good Counsel.

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Easter Lily Sale

easter-lilyThe Catholic Women’s League is holding their 3rd Annual Easter Lily plant Sale.

Parishioners are invited to purchase an Easter Lily in memory of a loved one. The lilies will be placed on the altar Easter Sunday.  The cost per plant is $20.00.  CWL members will be at all the Sunday masses with order forms payments until Sunday March 22nd.

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