CWL Council News and Activities
Newsletter, St. Theresa's Council, Sydney - April 2016
Our Lady of
Assumption CWL, Arichat, Nova Scotia
Several months ago we received correspondence on a prayer lap quilt with
the instructions on how it was to be done. One of our members, Linda
Samson, took on the task of making a quilt and prayed while she made it.
Then she brought it to our meeting and as a group it was decided to give
this quilt and its meaning to a long time priest who will celebrate 65
years in the Priesthood this year and he will continue to pray for the
poor and the most needy as he wears it will appreciation. We gave it to
Father Hughie D MacDonald of Stella Maris Parish, Creignish, Nova
Scotia. A picture is attached showing Fr Hughie D MacDonald appreciating
his lap quilt.
Your sister in the League,
Brenda Boudreau, President
National Day of Prayer for Palliative
The combined Councils of Holy Name, Westville, Our Lady of Lourdes,
Stellarton and St John the Baptist, New Glasgow joined for 12 hours of
Prayer for Palliative Care at St John the Baptist Church on May 4th. The
day began with a celebration of the Eucharist by St Johnís Spiritual
Advisor, Father Tom MacNeil. Following Mass, Marie Benjamin, Our Lady of
Lourdes and Kate Mooney, St John the Baptist led members in a recitation
of the rosary reflecting upon the Luminous Mysteries. Kate gave everyone
a handout, Meditations for the Hour, found in the National Care Kit. At
5:15p.m members participated in the Physicians Way of the Cross led by
Dennis MacDonald, a retired nurse and past director of the Palliative
Care Unit at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. A pot- luck supper
followed in the church hall, followed by a showing of the video of
Sister Nuala Kennyí s presentation at the 2016 National convention:
Medically Assisted Death: Challenges for Christians Today. The day ended
with a Prayer Service for Caregivers. The Councils would like to thank
the National office and in particular Fran Lucas, National First
Vice-President and Chairperson of Education and Health and Becky Kallal,
Sub-Committee Chairperson for providing a wonderful ďCare KitĒ online
which made the organization of this important day incredibly easy.
May 4th, 2017 St. Marguerite Bourgeoys CWL hosted a 12 hour day of
Prayer for Hospice Palliative Care at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Parish in
Sydney, Nova Scotia. The day included Silent Personal Prayer, Rosary,
Way of the Cross, Guest speakers, ending the day with a beautiful
Liturgy of the Word with celebrant Rev. Bill Burke. Many people
attended, representing many parishes from the Sydney deanery. It was a
very spiritual, enlightening day! Congratulations to all members who
organized such for a wonderful day.
Quilt of Life Presentation at the AGM 2017
In answering Nationalís call to herald the Centennial of CWL in
Canada in 2020, we took up the torch and embarked on a
Quilt-a-thon for Hospice this year, with the intention of
producing lap-quilts as per Nationalís challenge.
This project with Dr. Cooperís advice was to result in the
making of a wall quilt instead.
We changed gears and came up with the Quilt of Life as we call
it, which we proudly presented to Dr. Cooper with all our love
and blessings for HOSPICE which is under his precious care at
St. Marthaís Hospital.
For all intents and purposes, the quilt looks finished, but itís
not. We will complete it and bring it to him soon. God bless and
Quilt of Life for Hospice