AMHERST – Madame President, Mary Lynne Chapman, welcomed 36 members to our meeting, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.
Rachelle Dow and lead by Vie Corbett & Dorilla Dunlap introduced a meaningful advent reflection, the League Prayer was recited and O Canada was sung.
The minutes and treasurer’s report were approved as presented.
Margaret MacDonald read correspondence from: MP Scott Armstrong, Archdiocesan Appeal and Halifax-Yarmouth Diocesan Council.
Organization – Sharon Fairfax talked about the “Year of Faith.” Our reflection will come from the bishop’s letter at our meetings the first of the year. Nomination forms will be passed out at our Christmas meeting. A 10-year service pin was awarded to member Joan Ripley.
Spiritual Development - Rachelle Dow encouraged members to attend a Morning for Women on Sat. Nov. 24.
Communications - Francine Robichaud reported 277 signatures for The White Ribbon Against Pornography Campaign was collected, and was hand delivered to the office of our MP, Scott Armstrong. A letter in response came quickly stating that it was immediately sent to the Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. We thank him for his prompt action. A beautiful tribute has been written by Mary MacDonald, past provincial president, in memory of Father Joe Christensen, and can be viewed at http.//www.cwl.ns.ca/node/46.
Community Life - Ceciley Chappell will look after Christmas greetings to our infirmed in hospitals and nursing homes.
Christian Family Life - Sharon Fairfax, for Rita Davison, reported five funeral receptions last month with thanks to all who worked and donated toward this ministry that we provide. Also, crucifixes were presented to two newly married couples over the last few months on our behalf.
Education - Pat Weatherbee reported the Marguerite Burns Bursary forms are available for students of CWL members. Also, applications for CWL bursaries to post-secondary education students are available.
Youth Group - Glenna Gould reported many, many activities are taking place with a large attendance of young people, they have been posted on Facebook.
Sharon Fairfax reported a ham and scallop meal was served to 107 seniors after the Mass for the Healing on Nov. 9. She thanked all who helped.
The motion to purchase the flagpole and stand was rescinded, because the design was not conducive to the size and weight of our banner.
Francine Robichaud gave an update report on the upcoming Christmas Tea & Sale. She reported all was in order and was looking forward to a festive time.
Mary Lynne will purchase the Angel Tree Gift
Our Christmas dinner is Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. Guests are welcome. We are
asked to bring a small toy unwrapped and canned goods for the cheer box.
The annual Diocesan retreat is Jan. 12, at St. Vincent de Paul, Dartmouth.
Emma Rolfe was presented a card and flowers for her 90th birthday.
There were three motions as follows:
To donate to the Archdiocesan Appeal.
To provide refreshments to an afternoon of entertainment in February.
To supply meals on Dec. 1 & 2 to the N.E. T. team coming in from across Canada to lead a youth retreat for Levels 6 and up.
Father Driscoll’s remarks: A ministries workshop will be held Sunday, Nov. 18.
The Tuesday luncheons are going very well, and are not only a gathering for food, but also a means of socializing. The mass for healing was very well attended. The penitential service will be on Dec. 12 with Father Michael Walsh assisting.
On Dec. 22, we will have our annual Christmas concert. Father asked us to keep Deacon Rick Hartnett and his wife Clara in our prayers.
Pauline Griffiths and Linda Harrison served lunch.
The mystery prize was won by Pauline Kellegrew.
Submitted by: Francine Robichaud, Communications Chair Holy Family CWL