Communique #17 – Communications
National Second Vice-President and Chairperson of Communications Doreen Gowans, January 5, 2021
Dear League sisters and Bishop Jensen,
“Service is our work too; it makes our talents bear fruit and it gives meaning to our lives. Those who do not live to serve, serve for little in this life. We must repeat this, and repeat it often: those who do not live to serve, serve for little in this life. We should reflect on this: those who do not live to serve, serve for little in this life” (Pope Francis).
Implementation Committee: What’s New? The marketing working group has rolled out a couple of new initiatives. The League is so excited to introduce its Instagram account and To Inspire, a new permanent web page that has been added to the national website.
The new web page can be found at cwl.ca/to-inspire/ or by clicking To Inspire at the top of the home page. Please share this information with your diocesan counterparts, who in turn can share it with members. Video vignettes on the page portray powerful stories from the League’s first 100 years.
Call to Action! You can play a vital role in creating awareness of the League. Take the time to view and enjoy. Please like, comment and share all posts with friends, diocesan counterparts and the parish community they come across. Consider posting links to these amazing resources to your council’s Facebook page or website and others to whom you reach out. The more activity generated by liking, commenting and sharing these posts, the better it will be to help create awareness of the League. This web page is the home for inspirational messaging and videos promoting the League. The national website is a faster way to communicate pertinent information; therefore, view the site often to stay up to date on further changes and ask your diocesan counterparts to encourage members to do the same!
Social Media and New Instagram Page: Members are invited to follow the League on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter @CWLNational. Please share this information with your diocesan counterparts and ask that they encourage parish councils to submit photographs of council activities for On the Spot to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each council should take photographs of events for its archives, and members would love to see what has been happening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Councils are thanked for all the wonderful images of the various tree plantings in honour of the League’s 100th anniversary. I know many more activities are taking place, such as drive-by honour guards and online meetings. Words have power, but a photograph says 1,000 words!
Annual Report Surveys: It is that glorious time of the year again when chairpersons sit down and review what was achieved over the past year. Although the pandemic limited councils in what they were able to accomplish, many amazing activities were held. For provincial chairpersons of communication, the deadline to submit the survey to me is March 15th. I look forward to seeing the wonderful tasks you have done despite COVID-19. Thank you for all the time and effort you and your council have put in to become creative with projects, online meetings etc., as you worked from afar.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Mass: Once again, the League has booked a mass on the occasion of Our Lady of Good Counsel feast day, April 26th. Unfortunately, at this time, Loretto Abbey Chapel cannot have anyone present for the mass due to the pandemic. However, the mass will be celebrated for all the members across Canada.
League Magazine: This year, the League is trying something different by having its first online-only magazine for the fall issue. May I suggest asking your diocesan counterparts to encourage councils to print a copy and attach a distribution list for those members who do not have the technology to avail themselves of a copy online? As well, if members would prefer to view all issues online, they may opt-out of receiving a printed copy by advising their membership chairperson, and she will indicate that as she processes the membership for 2021.
Pornography Hurts Campaign: Visa, MasterCard and PayPal have decided to block the use of their services for purchases on the Pornhub website. This website portrays “child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering… and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags,” as reported on December 11, 2020, by Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times. Pornhub said it had more than 42 billion visits to its website last year.
Resolution 2017.02 Mandatory Age Verification Mechanisms for Adult Pornographic Websites urges all members to write the federal government to enact laws requiring mandatory age verification mechanisms for adult pornographic websites. I ask that you strongly encourage your diocesan counterparts to urge members to write letters and send the Pornography Hurts Postcard to government officials at all levels to make their voices heard. Access the postcard from the national website under To Organize, Resources, 100 Series and #178 Pornography Hurts Postcard, which includes the postcard and printing instructions.
May Our Lady of Good Counsel guide us always, as together we work “For God and Canada.”
Love and prayers,
National Chairperson of Communications