Catholic Women's League - Becket Council
St. Thomas a Becket Parish – President’s Report
CWL Diocesan meeting, Saturday, May 13, 2017
Michele Figueredo - Becket Council President
Our council has had a successful first quarter 2017 and has welcomed 3 new members. We began our January meeting with a new format of meeting on Saturday at 11 am for a 1 hour meeting followed by a light finger-foods pot-luck lunch and then a short presentation by a guest speaker, who is either one of our own members or an outside guest. Our speakers, by month have been:
- January: Yvonne Bourque who spoke about ‘Days for Girls’ organization
- February: Nathalie Bondyra who spoke about the Marriage course
- March: Shareen – a new friend of Islamic faith who spoke about her background and religion
In our April meeting, which we like to call our ‘Fund Distribution meeting’, we determined the list of organizations that we will distribute to. This included Development and Peace, Coady Educational Fund, sponsoring of attendees at National and Provincial CWL Conventions, English Speaking Catholic Council, Camp Kinkora (pay for 1 family), Educational awards that will be provided to our parish youth and adults, a local group called ‘Knitpickers’ who do wonderful work supplying their craftwork to many needy groups, and then donations to the following international organizations:
- Mary's Meals - Feeding children in developing countries
- 60 Million Girls - helping girls in developing countries go to school
- Philippines Girls' School
- Days for Girls - which supplies reusable feminine hygiene products to girls in Africa so they can continue to go to school during their monthly menses.
In all we agreed to distribute $2,100.00. Much of our funding comes from Zumba classes which our Past President, Vita Lewis, began organizing in our church hall at the end of 2015. She now holds 3 classes a week; the price is very reasonable and she has formed a strong following of ladies. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Vita for her successful direction and efforts on behalf of the Catholic Women’s League of our Parish. We would truly be nowhere without her, and I’m sure she doesn’t hear “Thank you” enough for all she does for us.
On April 26th, our Spiritual Development person, Elsa, organized a special mass to commemorate Our Lady of Good Council, and on May 5th we also participated in the “12 Hours for Palliative Care”.
In the month of May we do not hold a CWL meeting as our women are busy assisting with 1st communion and confirmation celebrations. We do have plans for the Mother’s day mass, tomorrow to distribute a little prayer card to women in our parish and also to perform the Crowning of Mary celebration.
In terms of going forwards, we have an end of year bar-b-q that is planned for June 11, and then in the fall we host an Arts & Crafts event where local artisans rent out tables to display wares and the CWL provides a bake sale, used books sale, raffle etc. Our fundraising in the fall will mostly go towards our church, and of course now with the recent local flooding, we will look to support organizations that are providing relief to flood victims.
So come out and join the CWL! As you can see we are a fun group of women that welcome you to join in our spirit of fellowship.
Here's some photos from the Arts and Crafts fair and Bake sale. Well done ladies!! We made oodles of $$ which will be detailed to you at our next meeting on Saturday, November 18. Huge Kudos to Gina and the A&C team for all their hard work, and much thanks to all who baked!
The Catholic Women's League of our parish has decided, as of this year, to provide an award to young persons providing a faithful service in our parish. Previously, Catholic Women's league would typically provide scholarship funds at local high schools during the graduation ceremonies, but have instead decided to turn this recognition and awarding of a bursary to deserving persons in our parish. The Educational Fund Committee was formed to meet this important and fundamental need and is now another Standing Committee of the CWL at St. Thomas à Becket. Cash awards and certificates were presented on Sept.23/24, 2017 to: Alejandra Ojeda, Tyler Drayton, Andrea Marolly, Samantha Iannantuono, Alexandra Argentino, Alexandra Bondyra, Patricia Mutuc and Hannah Biernat for services related to Altar Servers, Lector, Youth Alpha and Children's Choir."
Michelle Figueredo, CWL president, Vita Lewis, CWL past president, Joy Vinson, CWL member, Louise Valin, CWL member, and Wanda Latkowska, as the parish team representative, were honored to give out the bursaries to such caring volunteers.
SATURDAYS FROM 10 – 11 AM
GINA ROBERTSON 514-626-3648
OR ESTRELITA REFUGIA 514-626-8938
COST: $4.00 PER CLASS
PLACE: BECKET PARISH HALL
|SATURDAY SCHEDULE 2017|
|NOVEMBER||4, 11 , 18, 25|
|DECEMBER||2, 9 , 16|
**We will let you know if there will be any cancellations due to Funeral or Faith First activities.**
What a Christmas BRUNCH! There were more than 20 CWL members and several visitors who may be potential future candidates.
Congratulations to the new team with Michelle F., as president, Margaret C. V., as recurring treasurer, and Marisa as secretary. Many blessings in your new roles.
The sharing of the Christmas messages is usually the highlight of the brunch. We will try to eliminate the business section of our next Christmas Brunch 2017. Thank you all for your patience. Thank you...thank you...thank...you... Merry Christmas to one and all.
love & peace,
ps. Thank you, Joy, for these terrific pics of us.
The CWL advent retreat at St. Joseph's Oratory was a jam-packed day of religious reflection on the season of advent and our role in it.
After being welcomed by Fathers Jomon K and Arul we were asked to allow the Holy Spirit in to free our hearts and minds to accept what God wants from us during this season, just as Mary said "yes" at the Annunciation.
Fr. Jomon K lead us in an exercise of visualization of our lives from the time of our birth to present time: and we were asked to reflect on the event that changed our life.
Fr. Arul, in his warm and humorous way, spoke on being open to sharing with others whatever our gifts may be. Ms. LeFort, Regional President of the CWL, reminded us of the busyness of our lives and urged us to make an effort to listen and share the "Gift of Time", however short, with the people around us.
After a short lunch break, Fr. Arul led us in a Rosary workshop where we asked Mother Mary to intercede for us with her Son Jesus. This was followed by a very solemn individual blessing and Healing Anointing of the Holy Spirit. The day ended in a celebration of Mass and we were asked to go forth with joy.
I found the day very spiritually inspirational and a wonderful time for reflection on this joyful season. Events like these are very grounding and both priests and Ms. LeFort made it very relevant to our lives today.
by Marisa Gafoor (new CWL elected secretary)
Many thanks for organizing the wonderful retreat at the Oratory last Saturday, It was truly an experience to remember. It is difficult to say which part was special to me as I felt love at all times during the day and to be surrounded with people who were all there for the same reason was so nice. I liked very much going back to when with the grace of God I was born and then all the blessing of a loving family throughout my childhood, brought back such wonderful memories. The young priests from India were amazing, how lucky to have had such an opportunity, would certainly be happy to go again.
To attend the luncheon on Sunday at noon, there was one stipulation: To bring someone in need. Someone who needed to be taken out, have a meal in fun and friendship. The members of our Parish brought someone who they took care of, someone from a senior's residence, someone who was alone, someone from Citizen's Advocacy. A new member, Louise, brought her 91-year-old mom. What a sharing of ideas, and communion! This is who we are as CWL members, giving souls in mercy for others. I will certainly spearhead it again next year for the rewards of this small group are far reaching and beyond what we could do. The Lord brought us together.