Communique #7 – Communications

November 08, 2019

National Chairperson of Communications Doreen Gowans, November 8, 2019


He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined. Leave it all to Him, let go of yourself, lose yourself on the cross, and you will find yourself entirely (St. Catherine of Siena).

Calgary Convention: The following presentations from the convention are available at, “Living Laudato Si’, Practical Tools on How We Can Care for Our Common Home” by Dr. Peter Baltutis, Dr. Timothy Harvie’s “The Call to Not Commodify: A Conversation on Relationships,” and “A Carbon Conversation” by Marilou LeGeyt.

Due to the format and length of the video file, Sr. Dorothy Ederer’s presentation was unable to be posted and the “coming soon” notification has been removed from the website. Going forward, we will look into alternative file formats that can be uploaded to the website.

Live-streaming: We hope to educate members and share what is occurring at the national convention in Montreal in August 2020 with those unable to be with us. Plans are being made to have some presentations, including the implementation committee’s update, streamed live. Watch for more information to come.

Media: Do your councils make use of social media such as Facebook or Twitter? Media can be used for evangelization and to promote the League. Remember to send pictures of events to On the Spot! Members glean ideas from the awesome parish council functions and they like to see themselves in print. Encourage parish councils to inform all of us of their activities!

Centenary Committee: The committee is looking for pictures of memorable events from councils throughout the last 100 years. Bring your council’s photos to the national convention where they will be put on display. The committee will pick a selection of the pictures to be included in the League’s centennial coffee table book, scheduled for production following the 2020 convention.

Implementation Committee Update: The following is an update from the last national executive/board meeting as reported in the November 6th press release:

Implementation of the strategic plan was a key focus throughout the fall meeting of the national executive/board, held in Winnipeg November 1 and 2, 2019, with the progress of the affirmation, marketing and reorganization working groups reviewed. Following extensive discussion and review of the proposed strategy roll-out, the national executive approved seven additional strategies and working groups for 2020. The new working groups will be tasked with capitalizing on members’ willingness to take on short-term leadership responsibilities, providing educational opportunities regarding Catholic social teaching, addressing misconceptions about the League, embracing diverse cultures and ages, creating ready-made adaptable toolkits for use in parishes, addressing members’ spirituality, and restructuring the existing standing committee structure at the parish level to respect the uniqueness of councils. Monthly progress reports from the implementation committee are posted on the League website. Members are encouraged to check frequently for updates. A position for a contract project coordinator to assist the implementation committee and working groups in coordinating their tasks was approved.

In the parish council mail out, a communications document contained instructions on how to obtain the information for members to access the national website and follow monthly updates from the implementation committee. I encourage you to ask your diocesan presidents if the parish council presidents are utilizing this information.

League Magazine: Encourage members to use The Canadian League magazine as a resource to educate members. It is an excellent tool to start conversations and to use to broaden knowledge of a subject or an idea you may wish to use.

  1. Would your members like to receive the magazine online instead of the print version? If yes, ask your parish membership convener to mark “N” beside their names on the membership list
  2. Do you have ideas to improve the magazine? I am always looking to keep the magazine modern and up to date and welcome your suggestions. E-mail with your suggestions. I look forward to receiving your ideas!

Pornography Hurts Postcards: Have you encouraged your diocesan councils to remind the parish councils about the postcards? Has your own parish council used them? Pornography can lead to human trafficking. We need to make politicians aware that we do not want pornography in Canadian society. Suggest councils print the postcards and make them available at a meeting to complete as a group project. We always like activities where members work together as a group! The postcards can be found at Go to the search engine at the top of the page, type “pornography” and press enter on your keyboard. You will receive the information on how to print the postcards, facts on pornography, and resolutions calling for action.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel guide us always as we work together and strive to be the BEST communication team for and about the League.