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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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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