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.
The Arts and Crafts fair and Bake sale held on Oct. 26/27 was a great success. Many thanks to all those who helped and supported the event. Here are some photos from the event.
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.