Estate Planning Workshop

coupleThe Archdiocese will be holding workshops that will cover topics such as will preparation, power of attorney, advance care planning, cemetery selection and funeral/burial instructions. A workshop in Coquitlam will be held on Tuesday, March 24th at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at 7pm. No investment services or insurance will be promoted or sold at this workshop. Click here to register.

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Celebrating Women of God

A very special evening and tribute to 57 Sisters was held at the Italian Cultural Center on Monday February 16th with Archbishop Michael, our CWL Diocesan Council, National President Barb Dowding, and Provincial President Pat Depiesse. The Sisters were so happy and full of joy with the attention, accolades, the dinner, their gifts, and orchid corsages to those celebrating, 25, 50 and 60 years as consecrated women of God!  Beautiful smiles, and comments warmed the room and it was a joy just to see so many ladies in their habits!  Our Region 4 hosted the event and Valerie and Alexis L., Erica P., Gayle M., Diane E., Louanne R. and Dina Z. from our council were the hostesses, welcoming and seating our Sisters. Our table was host to Sr. Mary Ellen Burns. In all, it was a wonderful evening of joy and celebration!

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Spa Night

Our council enjoyed a fun and most informative evening with Health and Beauty coach Cherrie Tam, from our parish.  We heard how to better care for our bodies, watched some wrinkles on our hands smooth out with an amazing natural based crème, tasted chocolates with no sugar or artificial flavors, and Jessica Pan also decided we needed to learn how to tie scarves!  Lots of fun and laughter had by all.

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World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The World Day of Migrants and Refugees mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church with Archbishop Michael Miller on January 18th.  “Church without frontiers, Mother to all“ was the theme of Pope Francis` letter on the 101st anniversary of the day of Migrants and Refugees.  Fourteen countries were represented and twelve groups shared dance and song much to the delight of 500 attendees. We pray that our hearts will allow us to show love and compassion for all migrants and refugees. 

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me“ Matthew 25:34

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CWL Vancouver Archdiocesan Meeting- Change of Venue

Please note that the January 24th Vancouver Archdiocesan CWL meeting will now be held at St. Peter’s parish in New Westminster at 330 Royal Avenue. Parking is available along 4th street. Mass begins at 9 am followed by the meeting.

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Red Light Green Light

redgreenThe Archdiocese will be holding a free screening of the film Red Light Green Light this month. This film explores the issue of sex trafficking and attempts to answer the question, “how can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?” The free screening will be held on:

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2-4 pm
Corpus Christi Parish
6344 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver

To watch the trailer of the film, click on the link.

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2015 Sisters’ Appreciation Dinner

nunEach year, the CWL hosts a dinner that in alternate years, honours either the priests or nuns of our archdiocese. This year, we honour our sisters on February 16th at the Italian Cultural Centre. Tickets are $40. If you wish to attend, please let us know using the ‘contact us’ link on this website no later than January 13th. The evening begins with cocktails at 5:30 pm and dinner will be at 6:30 pm. Take this opportunity to get to know the wonderful sisters of our archdiocese and to thank them for all that they do.

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Bake Sale

Thank you to the members of St. Joseph’s parish for a successful bake sale. With the help of parishioners who baked goodies, CWL members who helped after the masses and generous families who bought treats, we were able to raise $360. Congratulations to Erica who won the raffle basket prepared by Pelagia.

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Modern Day Slavery

Slavery is not a word we connect with current day events. The word brings to mind history textbooks with stories of ancient Egypt or of African slaves in America. However, slavery is an evil that continues to exist today in various forms.

Some current forms of slavery and human exploitation include:

  • A child working on a cocoa plantation in Ghana in extreme heat with little pay. He may apply dangerous pesticides without proper protective equipment, or endure physical abuse at the hands of employers.
  • A woman in Bangladesh who is working on a farm to repay a debt that her grandparents took on before they died. The exorbitant rate of interest makes it unlikely that she will pay the debt off in full in her lifetime.
  • A man picking blueberries in BC whose passport has been taken away until he repays the cost of his flight and visa to his employer.

Modern day slavery and human exploitation exists in far off countries and right in our back yard. It is an issue that crosses cultural and religious boundaries.

A group of religious leaders, including Pope Francis, have come together to speak out against modern day slavery and human trafficking by signing a declaration committing to eradicating modern slavery by 2020. If you wish to sign the declaration, you may do so at http://www.globalfreedomnetwork.org/declaration/

There are other actions you can take in the fight against modern day slavery:

  • Educate yourself. Modern day slavery is a well-documented phenomenon. There many websites, books and other materials dedicated to the topic. A place to start could be http://allianceagainstmodernslavery.org/home . Their ‘resource’ section includes videos, book lists, links to articles and research reports.
  • Buy food certified by organizations that monitor production and work with companies for ethical employment conditions. World Vision has a great information page at http://nochildforsale.ca/?attachment_id=268 that focuses on the chocolate industry. Their ‘sweet solutions’ section lists certifications you can look for on the label when purchasing chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit, oil and more.
  • Become an aware shopper. Pope Francis has said “Every person ought to have the awareness that purchasing is always a moral and not simply an economic act”. Ask questions about how your food is sourced and your clothing or electronics are made. Support companies that source and manufacture their products ethically. Many of us spend money on non-necessities like a fifth pair of shoes, chocolate and flowers. If we can afford such indulgences, surely we can justify spending a few more dollars with the goal of supporting companies that respect human life and avoid companies that exploit men, women and children.
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Stamping out Social Injustice

To support the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), our CWL council has been collecting used postage stamps. The stamps are sold to collectors and the funds raised allow the CCODP to continue their work towards social and economic justice all over the world. Stamps sell for a few cents each, but this CCODP project has raised over $350,000 over the past 2 decades. It goes to show that every single drop helps to fill the bucket.

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