March for Life, COVID Book, May 14 Pope Message, Executive Meeting May, Catholic Poker
Hello, CWL Sisters! I hope that you enjoyed a nice Mother's Day on Sunday. It will be interesting to share our stories on how we are coping with this social isolation and new ways of experiencing our daily lives. I think our outlook on life will brighten more when we experience the warm weather coming by The May Long Weekend. I bought so many annual flowers yesterday- and yes, will bring them in and out for the next 2 weeks but it is a boost to have colour in my life and something to look forward to!
March for Life
The annual physical March for Life planned for May 14th in Ottawa has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, organizers have “announced an extensive series of virtual programming that will be offered online for the first time,” building up to the day of the 23rd annual march. According to an April 8th statement from the organizing committee, “This initiative will also bring awareness to the killing occurring at the other end of the spectrum, near the end of life,with a focus on the proposed expansions to Canada’s euthanasia law.”
Online activities will be available through
starting May 10th and running through to May 14th. “Programming will include pro-life films and interviews, a
virtual candlelight vigil on May 13 and online Masses and religious services on May 14.”
Members can sign up for updates to the schedules at marchforlife.ca.
Encourage all members in your province to tune in to this national virtual celebration of life. Let members let all Canadians know that although the COVID-19 pandemic is shutting down events across the country, it will not shut down members’ defence of life!
Visit campaignlifecoalition.com/abortion to get a fact sheet regarding life issues in Canada. Be not afraid Canada! Let’s defend life! Défendons la vie!
National Chairperson of Christian Family Life
The COVID-19 pandemic has been, for countless people around the world, a great and unexpected trial. But for Catholics, who were already struggling with the abuse crisis and a dramatic rise in disaffiliation, this trial is not only economic, social, or medical—it is spiritual. Plunged into a time of darkness and separated from the sacraments and their parish communities, the faithful are feeling isolated, disheartened, and uncertain about what the future holds.
is where you can download this book if interested. You can download the PDF for free.
This new eBook from Word on Fire Institute Fellow Dr. Stephen Bullivant is an insightful and encouraging analysis of the coronavirus, shedding light not only on the Church’s present moment or similar crises of the past but also on the immediate future.
A former Oxford researcher and expert in Catholic disaffiliation, Dr. Bullivant looks at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Church from both the spiritual and secular perspectives, weaving in his own personal reflections as a Catholic convert and a husband and father. This eBook is a unique roadmap for this challenging time, one that will help to bring clarity, focus, and energy to Catholics everywhere.
Dr. Stephen Bullivant is a Fellow of the
Word on Fire Institute
. He is also Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion, and Director of the
Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society
at St. Mary's University, UK.
He holds doctorates in Theology (Oxford, 2009) and Sociology (Warwick, 2019). He joined St. Mary’s in 2009, having previously held posts at Heythrop College, London, and Wolfson College, Oxford. Professor Bullivant has also held a visiting fellowship at the Institute for Social Change (University of Manchester), Blackfriars Hall (University of Oxford), and the Institute for Advanced Studies (University College London).
From His Holiness Pope Francis:
"We have just started May, the quintessential Marian month, during which the faithful love to visit the Sanctuaries dedicated to Our Lady. This year, because of the health situation, let us visit these places of faith and devotion spiritually, to place in the heart of the Blessed Virgin our concerns, expectations and plans for the future.
And since prayer is a universal value, I have accepted the proposal of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity that on this coming 14 May, believers of all religions should unite spiritually for a day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic. Remember: 14 May, all believers together, believers of different traditions, to pray, fast, and perform works of charity."
Diocesan presidents please forward to your parish councils.
bcc: dioc pres and SD chairs, prov exec
Manitoba Provincial Chairperson of Spiritual Development
Manitoba Provincial Contact for Resolutions
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St. Catherine of Siena
I was thinking of having a Zoom Meeting with the Executive, but I invite ANYONE to join our meeting. It will be simple to join- I will send you a link and you can click on it to join the Zoom Meeting provided your computer or phone or iPad has camera/speaker function. What day is best for you to have a ZOOM Meeting just to chat, see each other, share ideas regarding what we can accomplish etc? Please click on the link below if you would like to attend and get an invitation by email for this meeting. It will be so great to see you, even if virtually.
May 19, Tuesday, at 10:00
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May 22, Friday at 10:00
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I am unable or not interested in attending the Virtual Meeting in May
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Daily mass at Saint Mary can be attended at 09:00 on Tuesday-Friday. As we can have 10 people at mass, there is usually "room" for 6-7 more people to come so do consider this opportunity. There is also a mass at 5 p.m. with room for more people, but I have heard that the Sunday mass has reached its quota for the first time this past Sunday. Also, a reminder that parishioners are encouraged to say the Rosary daily at 11:00 in their homes. Check out the bulletin at stmoloh.ca for information.
I am going to end this on a fun note. Gerry was sent this priest's card magic, and it is a great way to learn more about your Catholic Faithy. It is on utube, at
. It is called CATHOLIC POKER- very entertaining.
Remember when we could shake hands? Hug? Sit together in a large group and laugh? This picture is from last June, and it would be wonderful to see you all in June or July. Perhaps something safe such as an outside barbecue with social spacing if there is direction to expand groups to greater then 10 in Manitoba. Think out of the box and please share your ideas! Only time will tell if this becomes a reality...........
on Tuesday, May 12 at 12:01PM