Communique #16 – Community Life

September 30, 2020

National Chairperson of Community Life Marie Rackley, September 30, 2020


Dear League sisters,

I hope this communique finds you adjusting to the many changes that have occurred since March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit like a tornado. Through this, I have found myself returning to the simple things that bring me much joy. These circumstances have slowed life down, enabling me to enjoy time home with my husband and time knitting, quilting, cooking and reading a good book. It made me think of others and reach out to them more often. Many positive things have happened through this pandemic.

I would like to share this quote written by Pope Francis with you, which I say each day with my prayers. “With the eyes of faith, we can see the light which the Holy Spirit always radiates in the midst of darkness” (Evangelii Gaudium).

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and CCODP
In late August, National President Anne-Marie Gorman received a letter from Most Rev. Richard Gagnon (Winnipeg), president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, informing that the League could reinstate its 1% Program for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP). Parish councils can now collect and submit 1% of all revenue earned to the national voluntary fund for CCODP.

Please encourage your diocesan counterparts to share this news with their parish councils. I know the membership will be overjoyed with this news. CCODP has worked hard throughout the world to reach those in great need. The national website will be updated with this information and an updated CCODP brochure will be created.

May Our Lady Good Counsel continue to bless each of you as you continue to serve God’s people.

Marie Rackley
National Chairperson of Community Life