Communique #17 – Community Life

December 08, 2020

National Chairperson of Community Life Marie Rackley, December 8, 2020


My dear League sisters,

“… When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman… in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption…” (Galatians 4:4-5)—preparing Catholics for the season of Advent.

Waiting, waiting, waiting is something that members have been very familiar with since March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic came and upset their way of living. For some members, it has been the most challenging time of their life. For others, it has made them review their current situation and regroup with their immediate family and communicate with friends through telephone, e-mail and post. In many communities, there has been nowhere for people to go—everything is closed. For many Christians, their home, apartment or senior complex has become their sanctuary, a safe haven where they share church within their home by listening to the word of God on television or computer as local parishes record mass.

Members may be confined to this situation and can feel hopeless; however, there are those among each community that have had this feeling every day of their lives. Those in need still need the League to help and reach out. They still need soup kitchens, clothing depots and homeless shelters. Their world has not changed.

Members have been there and have stood together, united in faith as they serve God’s people. Parish councils did not forget their communities. In all areas, many volunteers have worked behind the scenes to ensure no one is forgotten. Although members may not have been seen, much work has been done. Chairpersons, be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished.

Catholic Near-East Welfare Association
On Thursday, December 10th, in partnership with Salt + Light Media, Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) will air an inspirational special called “Witnesses of Hope” to support Christians in the Middle East. CNEWA invites members to visit its Facebook page,, at 7:00 p.m. CST to watch the live broadcast. With the Archdiocese of Toronto’s support, the special includes stories from Egypt, Jordan, Gaza, Lebanon and Armenia. A panel including His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, Father Peter Galadza, former director of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Pascale Debbané, regional coordinator of Middle East & Oceania at Migrants & Refugees Section (Vatican City), and National Director Carl Hetu of CNEWA Canada will be featured. Please share this information with your diocesan counterparts and ask them to encourage members to watch.

CNEWA has recently moved its office to a new location at St. Paul University in Ottawa. Its new mailing address is CNEWA Canada, 223 Main Street, PO Box 80, Ottawa, ON K1S 1C4.

Wishing you a holy and spiritual Advent season as you await the arrival of the Saviour, Jesus the Lord. May 2021 be a year of reflection on the strengths and many talents you are blessed with to share. May Our Lady of Good Counsel watch over you and protect you and yours.

Merry Christmas,

Marie Rackley
National Chairperson of Community Life