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Newsletter Back to Basics Fall 2018

Installation of Officers – OLA CWL

CWL mini-pilgrimage article for diocesan October 2017

Presenters and Organizers

Left to Right: President Marion Mackenzie, Lorraine Blakeney, Sharon Heighton, Kate Mooney, Debbie Reid, Gill Atwood

The St. Louis Catholic Women's League
 held their annual Anniversary Meal celebrating milestones of 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 60th plus wedding anniversaries.  The couples were invited to share a three course meal, with much discussion on the many memories as we looked back over the years.  A great evening was had by all present. 

 Standing from left to right:  Donna & Gary Sampson (40); Herman & Therese Linden (50); Eric & Rosalie Day (40); Edward & Mary Alice Doyle (50); Cletus & Eva Landry (62); Blandine & Raymond Sampson (60); Sylvia & Jackie Hopkins (50); Clem & Geneva Bates (50); Sitting:  Norma & Desire Boudreau (63); Jeannette & Albert George (65); Eileen & Narcisse Landry (63).


In June, Our Lady of Assumption CWL in Arichat celebrated 40 years as a council.

40th celebration

Back to Basics Fall 2017 Newletter

12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care-report

12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care-pictures

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 Care

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 John’s 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 Kenny’ 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 “Care Kit” 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.

The Quilt of Life Presentation at the AGM 2017

In answering National’s 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 National’s challenge.
This project with Dr. Cooper’s 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. Martha’s Hospital.
For all intents and purposes, the quilt looks finished, but it’s not. We will complete it and bring it to him soon. God bless and many thanks.

Quilt of Life for Hospice

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