2013 Annual Report – Nova Scotia[print_link]
2013 was a busy year with lots of activity throughout Nova Scotia Provincial Council. Opportunities to see the Lord popped up everywhere. The effort to get Catch the Fire! sessions to remote areas of the province and to reach as many members and parish women as possible was outstanding. Despite these efforts, only 8.4% of the membership has attended, but this percentage is still above the national average of 5.5%. Should the provincial council be content? In many ways, yes, because the women who have attended have greatly benefited, and this can’t help but enhance their love of the League and fervour for it. Just imagine how many more are waiting for the experience―a challenge for all as members move forward in their development of the League and God’s call to them to develop personally.
The provincial council experienced the loss of three parish councils through inactivation and disbandment. Membership stands at 4,511 for 2013.
In support of Resolution 2013.01, members continued their efforts to support women who took the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership Program at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish.
As I come to the end of my term, I find myself reflecting on the hard work members put into all of their projects, some of which I would like to share with you in an effort to give some fresh ideas and to highlight the great works being done to serve the people of God:
• One parish council wrote letters to the town council expressing concern for a Christmas parade titled “Red Neck Christmas”; it was subsequently cancelled.
• Crucifixes were presented to newly married couples in one parish.
• Members participated in Life Chain in their area.
• Anniversary dinners were planned, and couples celebrating a milestone during the year were invited to a special dinner provided by members.
• Many celebrations were held for the Year of Faith; one parish council organized bus trips to shrines at the beginning and end of the year.
• A petition was circulated in one area to discourage hospitals from mixing genders in hospital rooms.
• Visits were made to local nursing homes to hold monthly birthday parties, providing music, entertainment and food.
• Some parish councils converted to compiling League information digitally.
• Various parish councils provided bursaries (anywhere from $100.00 to $500.00) to high school graduates to further their education; one parish council held a fundraiser for that purpose.
• One parish council organized a hands-on demonstration of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
• At least one parish council printed and shared copies of Be League at meetings.
• Many parish councils set up Facebook pages and have used them to publish meetings, give news of accomplishments, post pictures of celebrations and give daily reflections during Advent and Lent.
• Many parish councils arranged for interesting guest speakers and invited the whole parish.
• One diocesan executive member served on a diocesan vocations committee, and several others were involved at diocesan planning committee meetings.
• A grave marker was purchased for unborn children and laid in a parish cemetery.
On the provincial level, two retreat/planning weekends were held, and executive members demonstrated their desire to work diligently throughout province and beyond the province’s borders to keep a watchful eye on that which makes the country what it is and that which threatens what God has meant it to be. There was no shortage of opportunity to see the Lord in every activity, spoken and unspoken.
It has been my privilege to serve as provincial president and I can truly say I have seen the Lord on many occasions.