2015 Annual Report – Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Provincial Council President
2015 Annual Report
The theme One Heart, One Voice, One Mission really said what the League was all about! Members worked together as one for God, their homes, parishes, communities and Canada. 2015 was an exceptional year for Saskatchewan Provincial Council. All three diocesan councils had increases in membership. The total membership in each diocese was 908 for Prince Albert, 3,277 for Regina and 2,751 for Saskatoon, totaling 6,936 for the province.
The League must not let its membership numbers shrink. It is an organization worth fighting for, worth spreading the news about its good works. Sometimes, I think the League is the best kept secret in the province. For the members who worked so hard on recruiting new members and making sure people renewed their memberships as well—a pat on the back. “Well done, good and faithful servants.”
The provincial executive worked diligently, passing information on from national chairpersons to their diocesan counterparts. At the fall meeting where provincial and diocesan executives attended to formulate objectives for the year, a S’Mores workshop was presented by Regina Diocesan Chairperson of Communications Yvonne Bachelu and Regina Diocesan Chairperson of Spiritual Development Janette Rieger (provincial secretary as well).
During the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy designated by Pope Francis, the provincial council had the chance to practise various mercies. Due to the forest fire in the summer, four major cities overflowed with over 13,000 people from the north fleeing smoke and fire. Many returned to ashes, no home and, for some, no community. Others were more fortunate. It was a time for one and all to work together to help those in need.
New Canadians from Syria arrived, and everything for them was new. However, as usual, they were welcomed with open arms.
The Social Justice Award of $1,000 was presented to Melanie Fauchoux, a League member herself. I would like to thank Life Member Mary Nordick for the “behind the scenes work” she did in organizing this award.
What a joy it was for me to visit various parish councils as they celebrated anniversaries: the 50th anniversary of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Council (Fort Qu’Appelle); the 60th anniversary of St. Louis Parish Council (St. Louis); the 90th anniversary of St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral Parish Council (Saskatoon); and the 75th anniversary of St. Mary Parish Council (Macklin). I also attended the Sisters’ Legacy Monument Unveiling and Mass in Wascana, Regina.
At the annual provincial convention in Regina, a Bellelle Guerin Award was presented to Marlene Schnell of Holy Trinity Parish Council (Regina) by National President Barbara Dowding. To make this event even more meaningful, Marlene’s three daughters joined the League that evening and received pins from their mother. This was a wonderful and educational year for me during my first term as provincial president.