Communique #3 – Community Life

October 31, 2018

National Chairperson of Community Life Marie Rackley, October 30, 2018

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November 11th Remembrance Day
Let us remember the men and women who gave their lives so Canadians could live in freedom. Wearing a red poppy symbolizes the memory of those who died. Many communities hold church and outdoor services including the laying of wreaths at war memorials. Remember those who sacrificed their lives with two minutes of silence at 11:00 a.m. on November 11th.

Canada Summer Jobs
It’s not too late……..Voice your concerns…….
The 2019 Canada Summer Jobs applications will soon be compiled and released in early January/February 2019. Now is the time to once again encourage members to write the prime minister and members of parliament to state that the attestation be removed from any future applications. Let our voices be heard.

Social and Economic Justice
Irene Gallant sub-committee chairperson
What is social justice? By definition in the Oxford Dictionary it is “justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.”

What is economic justice? By definition on the website Investopedia it is “a component of social justice. It’s a set of moral principles for building economic institutions, the ultimate goal of which is to create an opportunity for each person to create a sufficient material foundation upon which to have a dignified, productive, and creative life beyond economics.”

Within parishes continue to promote social and economic justice through several initiatives including:
• affordable housing
• fair wages
• support families hit with natural disasters
• respect for all people

Encourage members to reach out both far and wide to support the many initiatives and activities in local communities, nationally and internationally that provide aid to those in need.

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA)
The League has supported CNEWA for the past five years through donations to the national voluntary fund. The situation in the Holy Land, especially in Palestine, continues to be challenging. The most recent trip with members to the Holy Land revealed this even more so. Contributions to support Christians in the Holy Land are all the more important right now.

CNEWA is planning its next Holy Land pilgrimage from June 22-July 3, 2019 and members are more than welcome to join in. Please visit www.cnewa.ca/web/cwltrip or call (866) 322-4441 for more information.

Recently, Pope Francis shared his deep concern over the struggles of Christians in the Middle East, fearing that their presence is in real danger and may all but disappear in the years to come. In response to this, CNEWA launched a year-long campaign in May 2018 to raise awareness of the struggles of Christians living in the Middle East and to raise funds to support the many works of the local churches. To learn more, please visit www.cnewa.ca

Dates to remember in November
 Family Violence Prevention Month – Alberta Provincial Government and The Hinton Society for the Prevention of Family Violence, New Brunswick Provincial Government, Nunavut – The Department of Family Services and Qulliit Nunavut Status of Women Council
 Woman Abuse Prevention Month, Government of Ontario – Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
 11: Remembrance Day
 19: World Day for Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children – Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF)
 18-24: Bullying Awareness Week – national campaign through Bullying.org
 20: United Nations Universal Children’s Day – International
 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – United Nations
 26-December 2: National Addiction Awareness Week – Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction