Communique #10 – Communications
National Chairperson of Communications Doreen Gowans, March 3, 2020.
“He said the long-awaited Messiah began his teaching far from Jerusalem. Thus, he showed that Jesus, the Word of God, doesn’t meet people where they feel confident, but rather, where there is doubt and confusion, to offer a way out” (Pope Francis).
At the national executive/board meeting last fall, National Spiritual Advisor Bishop Stephen Jensen (Prince George) “encouraged board members to think of the gifts they bear—the gift of the communion of the League, an experience and way of connecting to the communion of the church.” He further stated, “the professionalism and dedication of the board is apparent and each member takes the responsibility seriously.” If you know of a member eligible to sit on the national executive, encourage her to let her name stand for the 2020 national elections by sharing with her the gifts and talents you see in her. Sometimes, members do not recognize the talents God has given them.
Implementation Committee (IC) Update: An invitation from the implementation committee is extended to members as the committee is searching for 34 gifted women to help with the continued efforts of bringing the strategic plan to life! Members have an opportunity to shape the future of the League! Please encourage members to visit the national website at cwl.ca/implementation-of-the-strategic-plan/ to apply. Applications must be submitted by March 20, 2020.
The committee seeks members to serve on seven new, year two working groups under the following goals:
Goal 1: Capitalize on members’ willingness to take on short term leadership opportunities.
Goal 2: Empower members by providing educational opportunities to learn more about Catholic social teaching and begin a four-year task to identify and communicate the principles of Catholic social teaching.
Goal 3: Four working groups will be established to develop and deliver spiritual programs at all levels, address misconceptions about the League, embrace diverse cultures and ages, and create ready-made toolkits for use in parish councils.
Goal 4: Restructure the existing standing committee structure at the parish level to respect the uniqueness of councils.
For information from women participating in a current working group and how they have enjoyed working together to make the League grow, read page five of the Winter 2020 edition of The Canadian League magazine.
“These are exciting times in the League. We can take pride that the work being done is by the members, for the members, with God at the centre of it all!” (Lisa Henry, Goal 1 Lead).
Reminder: Mass on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Good Counsel: The League is sponsoring a mass for its 100th anniversary for members, deceased members and spiritual advisors on Sunday, April 26, 2020, televised by Daily TV Mass. The taping will be held Monday, April 6th, at 5:00 p.m. at Loretto Abbey Chapel, located at 101 Mason Blvd., Toronto, Ontario. Inform members and invite them to attend if they are in the area. I encourage those attending to wear the League scarf or something identifying them as a member. It would be nice if those attending could sit together, preferably where they will be visible to those at home, as they will be the representatives at this mass.
Conferences: The 2020 annual Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC) conference, with the theme, Towards a New Legacy: Becoming Beacons of Hope for the Future, will take place in Montreal, Quebec, from May 13-15, 2020. CHAC is seeking sponsorships to host inspirational keynote speakers and informative sessions. For more information on sponsorship levels, contact Ms. Cheryl Spencer at email@example.com or telephone (613) 241-3663, extension 222.
1. Have you invited an eligible member to let her name stand for the 2020 national election?
2. Did you sign up to take part in one of the seven IC working groups?
God Bless you and may Our Lady of Good Counsel guide us as we work together to be the BEST communication team for and about the League.
Love and prayers,
National Chairperson of Communications