CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE MONTHLY MEETING: St. James-Assiniboia CWL will hold their next monthly meeting at St. Paul the Apostle Parish on Monday, November 28 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us as we hold our elections for the next two-year term. Come to welcome our new and returning members who will be your executive. Refreshments and fellowship to follow. We hope to see you there!
THE ST. JAMES ASSINIBOIA CWL CHRISTMAS PARTY (Turkey Buffet) is being held at Canad Inns on Tuesday, December 6th. We’ll gather at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:15 p.m. Rita Chahal, Executive Director of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, will be our guest speaker. The Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council is Manitoba’s largest refugee settlement agency. As a welcome to our newcomers, members of our council are asked to donate new items such as toys, diapers, winter wear, baby clothes, crayons, pencil crayons and colouring books. For more information call Marilyn Begg at 204-832-5019.
7:00 p.m. Monday, September 26, 2016 at Saint John XXIII Parish
7:00 p.m. Monday, October 24, 2016 at St. Charles Parish
7:00 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2016 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish
7:00 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2017 at St. Charles Parish
7:00 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2017 at Saint John XXIII Parish
5:00 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2017 at Saint John XXIII Parish
all held at Saint John XXIII Parish:
7:30 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2016
7:00 p.m. Monday, October 3, 2016
7:30 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2016
7:30 p.m. Monday, January 9, 2017
7:30 p.m. Monday, February 6, 2017
7:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2017
7:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2017
7:00 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017
On September 10, 1986, thirty-nine women met at St. Paul the Apostle Parish. Under the leadership of the Winnipeg Diocesan President, Betty David, it was moved by Mary Lee Alexander and seconded by Sister C. Laviolette to form a council of the Catholic Women's League known as "St. James-Assiniboia CWL". With this motion, a unique council was formed embracing four parishes - Saint John XXIII, St. Ann's, Saint Charles Borromeo, and St. Paul the Apostle.
Manitoba Provincial Catholic Women's League of Canada Convention 2012
Hosted by St. James-Assiniboia Council
The 64th Annual Catholic Women's League of Canada Manitoba Provincial Convention was held on June 2-3, 2012. The convention was hosted by the Winnipeg Diocesan Council and the St. James-Assiniboia Parish Council. The St. James-Assiniboia Council was formed in 1986 and consists of four parishes - Saint Paul the Apostle, Saint John XXIII, St. Charles and Saint Ann's.
St Charles Church was the venue for the 110 delegates who attended the gathering. Janice Butler, Chair of the Convention Committee, together with her ten member team, worked for over a year preparing for the event.
The Convention began at 4:00 pm with a special Mass at St. Charles Church, celebrant was V. James Weisgerber, Archbishop of Winnipeg. Among the special guests at the banquet were Archbishop Weisgerber as well as Betty Ann Brown Davidson, National President-Elect and Chairperson of Organization for the Catholic Women's League of Canada. In keeping with the theme of the Convention, "Women of Faith and Justice", Archbishop Weisgerber reminded the delegates that "faith calls our lives and our communities to work for justice". The entertainment for the evening was provided by Keewatin Otchitchak (Northern Crane) a group of traditional women singers, accompanied by the drum.
Jacqueline Nogier, Manitoba Provincial President, stated "Convention time provides another opportunity to educate members on a range of topics". An effort is being made to schedule the three Diocesan Conventions on different weekends to allow members to attend more than just their own convention. "This allows the women to be exposed to happenings in all areas of the province", said Jacqueline.
The Convention was an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of members of the League throughout the province. Janet Brunger, Winnipeg Diocesan Council President, commented, "To each one of us, the little bit that we do is not much but when we multiply that little bit by many hands, many hours and many coins, it becomes an incredible gift".
Mary-Margaret Patterson, Chairperson of Community Life, reported the multitude of ways members of the Catholic Women's League are living the advice of Jesus, "whatever you do for the least of these, you do unto me". She also stated "Our members support numerous women's shelters, half-way houses and crisis centers. Hampers of food and household goods were gathered and delivered to many different venues - missions for street people, drop-in centers and inner-city community centers. Work parties visited several soup kitchens to serve and houseclean. Infant formula, clothing and necessities were collected and provided to Pregnancy Support Services and shelters for underprivileged women. In all of this activity, the needs of the Aboriginal community were included in the decisions as to where the support was directed".
One of the primary tasks of the CWL is to address social justice issues and ethical questions. The CWL seeks to influence legislative and administrative bodies at all levels to preserve the dignity of the human person. Politically, one of its major roles is to prepare and lobby to the government resolutions which are representative of the beliefs of Catholic women.