Communique #23 – Community Life

June 01, 2021

National Chairperson of Community Life Marie Rackley, June 1, 2021

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My dear sisters in the League,

I am sure you have often heard that “time flies by when you are having fun.” Well, I really must be honest and say that I have enjoyed being the national chairperson of community life these past three years and have had some fun along the way. This will be my farewell communique as in August, the national council will hold its annual meeting of members, and the national election will occur.

I feel I achieved the goals I listed when I first thought about what my objectives were going to be for my two-year term. I have been enriched by working with so many of you who shared your knowledge and ideas with me. I am blessed to have formed friendships across Canada. We worked together as a team for one goal, to keep the provincial, diocesan and parish councils informed—to help those in need and spread the good news that the League is rooted in gospel values to help those in Canada and abroad.

I was enriched working with three special life members, Dorothy Johansen, Madonna Clark and Irene Gallant, on my subcommittee. These members were available and ready to assist me with producing wonderful articles and informative information in the many communiques distributed.

Please ask your diocesan counterparts to share my special thank you to the grassroots members who did the work to serve God’s people in Canada and many other parts of the world. Even with the global COVID-19 pandemic, it did not stop them from reaching out. What a wonderful organization the League is—an organization of Catholic women who believe members are not alone—that Our Lady of Good Counsel along with her Son Jesus are there for members. May we continue to work for them and the good of all the world.

June 21st, National Indigenous Peoples Day
As I listened to the news reports this past weekend of the finding of 215 First Nations children that never returned home from the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, my heart skipped a beat and tears came to my eyes. At that very moment, I prayed for the parents of these loving little children who were in the care of people who disregarded their lives. My husband and I have never been blessed with children; what I felt was only a fraction of what their parents and residential school survivors must have felt.

Although I have never had the opportunity of knowing many Indigenous people or studying much about their culture, I have great respect for what they have endured. Please ask your diocesan counterparts to encourage members to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st with prayer. Have a special mass to honour these 215 children and the many thousands that have lost their lives. Become inclusive and welcome them to be a part of your life. Let Indigenous people know members are ashamed of what has happened to their families. Turn to Our Lady of Good Counsel for guidance and she will assist you in your needs.

In remembrance of these children, 215 pairs of shoes were left on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery and similar memorials and vigils have occurred across Canada. EVERY CHILD MATTERS.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel bless each of you and may Jesus give you strength to do what is just in today’s world.

Marie Rackley
National Chairperson of Community Life