CWL Members Pins 2017The St. Philip Neri CWL Catholic Women's League 2017 membership pins awarded to: (Back L-to-R: Marisa Kot, Mary Gerwing, Fr. Emile April, Patricia Nkem Okorie, Betty Brennan, Irene Hauser and in the front Sharon Murza).

 

What is the Catholic Women's League of Saskatchewan?

The Catholic Women’s League was organized nationally in 1920 to unite Catholic women of Canada. The Saskatchewan Provincial Council of the Catholic Women’s League was established in l948.

 

  • To achieve individual and collective spiritual development
  • To promote the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • To exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family life.
  • To protect the sanctity of human life.
  • To enhance the role of women in church and society.
  • To recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere.
  • To uphold and defend Christian education and values in the modern world.
  • To contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony.

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a powerful vehicle representing just under 100,000 Catholic Women, expressing their concerns and acting upon issues of the present time.

To a member, the League is a gift of faith, friendship, leadership development, support and affirmation.

The League is the blueprint for all Catholic women. Through standing committees, members feel the pulse of what is happening in church and society. The resolutions process promotes the rights and dignity of all persons.

The League gives members the opportunity to serve as Beatitude women ”For God and Canada”.

Together we share our gifts and watch wonderful works happen.

 

The Logo - SYMBOLS AND MEANINGS:

Spirit Women LogoDOVE: Holy Spirit - advocate, counsellor, intercessor

  • CLOUD & LIGHT: living, saving God of glory

  • FIRE:
    transforming energy of Pentecost 

  • DISCIPLES:
    CWL members, responding joyfully to God's call in word and action 

  • CROSS, ANCHOR & HEART 

Faith--lived, professed, witnessed and spread

Hope--strength to sustain and preserve us

Love--the first and greatest of all virtues

 

 

History of CWL at St. Philip Neri Parish

Service for the betterment of all God’s people (Article by Mary Nordick)

IN 1959, SHORTLY AFTER THE PARISH BEGAN, A GROUP OF INTERESTED LADIES MET TO FORM THE ST. PHILIP NERI PARISH COUNCIL OF THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE OF CANADA. MRS. HOGAN BECAME THE CHARTER PRESIDENT AND 98 MEMBERS JOINED THAT FIRST YEAR. MEMBERSHIP WAS $1 AS WAS THE LEAGUE MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION.

Since it was a new parish, fundraising played a large part in the CWL in the early years. The CWL furnished the kitchen in the school and contributed to the building of the parish. Over the years, the league held pie sales, looked after funeral lunches, and assisted with parish functions. CWL contributed financially to the Girl Guides. The council sponsored speakers and programs of interest to the parish at large as well as to members. Members helped staff the nursery, supported the Red Cross, visited the sick at home and in hospital, and helped families in need in the parish. On the diocesan level, members attended meetings and conventions, and worked at the CWL Clothing Depot, which is located at the Friendship Inn.

After a dozen or so years of hard work and service, membership dropped, interest waned and several active members moved to the new parish of Holy Spirit. For several years the league was inactive in St. Philip Parish. Then in late fall 1982, Fr. Paul Donlevy, a former Provincial CWL spiritual advisor and pastor of the parish, got three phone calls about reactivating the CWL. He put the women in touch with each other. I was invited as chair of a steering committee of Helen Desmarais, Denise Schmitz, and Doris White and later, Edith Quinn. We began investigating the feasibility of reactivating the League in the parish. Calls to CWL national office showed that the St. Philip Neri CWL Council Charter had never been returned and, therefore, a simple motion to reactivate and payment of memberships would be all that was necessary.

In May 1983 the committee, with the assistance of the diocesan president, held a well-attended meeting to discuss the possibility of reactivating. One major concern was the possible impact on the Love Your Neighbour group that was successfully operating in the parish, looking after funeral lunches and other charitable works. Those present decided that the CWL would not try to take anything away from Love Your Neighbour; the focus of the CWL would be community building and spiritual development for its members. At the end of the meeting those present voted to reactivate the CWL Council and I continued as chair until elections in the fall.

One of our first activities was helping with hospitality at the national convention held in August in Saskatoon. Since its reactivation the CWL has contributed service, treasure and prayer to the parish.

While not a fundraising group the CWL does hold pie sales and sells calendars, both as a service to the parish and as a means of raising some funds to support worthy causes. For years the CWL supported Impact House, a safe haven for women wishing to leave the streets. We support Development and Peace, Canadian Catholic Missions, pro-life causes, and most recently Station 20 West. We participate in parish events such as the bazaar, The Mission, special occasions, and Fathers’ Day. We give an annual scholarship to a Grade 12 graduate from the parish. We form an honour guard at a member’s funeral. Many members are busy knitting Prayer Shawls and Teddies for Tragedies, which are distributed within and far beyond the parish boundaries.

 

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