Zoom Virtual Christmas Party, President Message, East Gate Gateau, Past President Message, Virtual Mass Times PART 2
We had a successful Zoom Christmas Get-together of seven of us on December 8th. I just had to share how festive and fun Carol was at the event! The highlight was for Sylvia, our esteemed member with the most CWL seniority, join us in her very first group event ever, and she was thrilled! Sylvia and her cat made my day!
A funny COVID joke from Cindy. See that star!
It has not been in position since 1226- wow! I hope it clears up today to see the Bethleham Star 45 minutes after sundown so around 5:00 p.m.
A big bouquet to Cindy for organizing the above for December 18th.
The Catholic Women's League of Canada
Manitoba Provincial Council Past President
Care For Our Common Home
Greetings sisters of the League!
Are you feeling disconnected from the League and from our sisterhood? Many councils have suspended their usual activities and meetings because of Covid-19 restrictions. This pandemic has tested the League as to how digitally connected we are to our councils and our membership. We have also been tested about how resourceful we have been to continue the mission and ministry of the League despite the in-person contact that has been discouraged
. If you are one of those councils who has email contact with your membership, I bring you the good news of an opportunity to participate in a webinar titled “A Fireside Chat with the League’s Honourary Life Members” scheduled for Sunday, December 13th, 2020 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST. Check out the “quick links” on the national website to pre-register and to share in this virtual chat by our national past presidents. Please share this news with your members so that they too can experience the event and the messages from our esteemed sisters in the League. I am looking forward to it!
The League reminds us that “Preservation of archives is a priority for every past president!” Have you been able to make progress on updating your history and indexing your archives in the isolation of this pandemic? The task of archiving may be shared by appointing interested and experienced council members. As a new year is around the corner and budgets will be presented, you are reminded that expenses related to archiving should be discussed with your council executive as the
League directs that “Funds should be included in the council budget to purchase archival supplies.”
Does your council have its own history book? It is never too late to start one! Were you aware that
(parish, diocesan and provincial) are encouraged to send a copy of their own history book to CWL national office at C-702 Scotland Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3M 1X5, marked “Archives.”? Your book must be accompanied by a letter, signed by the current president of that council, authorizing the League to place the history along with other histories of that year in the League archives at the Archives of Manitoba. An index of the contents of each box stored at Archives of Manitoba will be kept at national office. If your council has not chronicled its history,
this might be something one or more of your members might like to take on by reviewing archived minutes, newsletters, annual reports, etc. so as to compile your council’s history book.
We past presidents are responsible for reviewing biannually our council’s manual of policy and procedure for any needed additions, deletions and corrections. With the pandemic, we have had our terms extended by one year. Nevertheless, you are urged to be diligent to the review process, being mindful that all changes must be brought forward for approval before amending the manual. At the parish council level, those amendments would be brought to the membership for their approval. At the diocesan and provincial level, those amendment would need to be approved by the executive of
Since my previous communique, several revisions were done to the National Manual of Policy and Procedure. I am pleased to provide you the manual in PDF format (attached to this communique) so that you can keep it on file for easy referencing. Please note that even though the manual’s cover states 2019, the file actually is up to date, containing all the revisions to the manual that were
adopted at the national executive meeting earlier this year. Please share this PDF version with the executive of your council and encourage that they familiarize themselves with the policies and
procedures that guide the League.
I also draw your attention to online resource #617 titled Parliamentary Procedure, that was revised May 2020. I have attached a copy of it in PDF format which I encourage you to also file with your League resource documents and to share with your president and members of the executive. As past presidents, we are often called upon to advise the council on matters of Robert’s Rules of Order, the parliamentary authority of the League. This booklet is a valuable resource that offers a diversity of
subjects for workshop-type training, and covers three topics – Rules, Motions, and Committees.
In the fall parish mail-out by national office, the memo from National Past President and Chairperson of Laws, Margaret Ann Jacobs, prepares councils for the upcoming instructed vote that will be part of the Constitution & Bylaws amendment process. I encourage you to become informed of the role that past presidents are entrusted with for the formal presentation and adoption of amendments to the Constitution & Bylaws. All past presidents at each level are urged to refer to
Section 11 of the National Manual of Policy and Procedure to familiarize yourself with the process.
During this Advent and throughout Christmastide, may all that we say and do be a gift of love to others as we recall the joy of God’s gift of love to the world through the birth of His son, Jesus. My wish for you is that your hearts and homes will be graced with God’s peace and love and be filled
with His presence.
: This Sunday’s, the Christmas, New Year’s and upcoming dominical masses will be available on our website (
homepage - under the photos of the churches and Father's message - mass icon
). As the masses are being celebrated at the times indicated in the bulletin, you are invited to log-in at that time to participate in the Mass as it is being celebrated. The simultaneousness of our prayers and songs, no matter where we are, represents an active participation in that particular moment of prayer and gathering.
: St. Mary (Beausejour) –
: St. Mary (Beausejour)
: St. Mary (Beausejour)
The times of the New Year's masses are :
New Year's Eve – 5:00 pm
New Year's Day – 9:00 am
Thanks, Father René
HEH.... I JUST TRIED THE LINK AND THERE IS CHRIS SINGING "Oh come oh Come Emmanuel" , and there is Father Rene! They are prerecording this live as I write this so that is why I could see it, but we want to celebrate TOGETHER at the above times. I see the Christmas Tree, and the nativity scene is up. Fabulous!
on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 1:10PM