The Holy Family Parish CWL recently selected its new executive. Father Vernon Driscoll is shown with executive members (front, from left) president-elect co-chairs Linda Harrison and Margaret MacDonald, president Sharon Fairfax, past-president Mary Lynne Chapman, (back, from left) convenors Shirley LeBlanc, Pat Weatherbee and Rita Davison, corresponding secretary Linda Ward, treasurer Maria Kirkpatrick, secretary Sandra LaPierre and fist vice-president Francine Robichaud.
AMHERST – Development and Peace was the theme of the March 13 meeting for the Holy Family CWL.
Father Vernon Driscoll opened with Prayer in honour of our newly elected Roman Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis.
A meatless rice meal was held in solidarity with the Third World was quietly and reflectively enjoyed by all.
A collection was taken and will be sent to Development & Peace.
Installation of officers took place in a special ceremony. Father Driscoll led us in the League Prayer and O Canada was sung.
Madame President, Sharon Fairfax, welcomed 33 members, and guest Deacon Howard Gotell. She thanked those who brought in the rice dishes and helped set up. Minutes of the 2012 and 2013 annual meetings were approved as presented. Minutes of the February meeting were approved as read by Linda Harrison.
A healthy treasurer’s report by Maria Kirkpatrick was approved.
Correspondence by Linda Ward was as follows: Thank You cards from the families of David St. Peter, Gary Fagan, Joe O’Byrne and Patricia Gouchie for the funeral receptions we serviced, and a thank you card from Colleen Keegan for the bursary. Letters were received from the Kidney Foundation, Vacation Bible Camp, Archbishop Mancini and a nomination form for Volunteer Award from the town.
Organization: Linda Harrison reported all dues were sent to National for 124 members.
Spiritual Development: Francine Robichaud reported she and Mary Lynne Chapman participated in “The World Day of Prayer” on March 1 at Trinity-St. Stephens United Church with a good attendance. The compassionate program was written by the women in France. The guest speakers were: Sally Austin, Mary Lynne Cameron and Cheryl Morel, who recounted their pilgrimage walk in France by pictures and personal stories. It was enjoyed by all and a lovely reception followed. Mass cards were sent to the families of David St. Peter and Alex Poulette. Thanks was given to those who lead the rosary at Gables and Northumberland with much appreciation, as well as those who look after the altar linens. Stamps were mailed to the Redemptorist Stamp Burse by Dorritt Amos. Archbishop Mancini’s mission on Sunday, March 3, at our church was well attended. His dynamic presentation was on evangelization of our faith. We are the building blocks that set the example and commitment which is necessary to keep it alive!
Communications: Francine Robichaud stated the coverage of our Pancake Supper was superb, with wonderful pictures being taken. Thanks was extended to Louise Tower and Dorilla Dunlap for helping distribute posters in town.
Christian Family Life: Shirley LeBlanc reported five funeral receptions in the last month and thanked all for their contributions. She also provided an update about the upcoming Seniors Luncheon.
Education: Pat Weatherbee announced the Sheila Pellerin application forms are available to any CWL member with the deadline March 31. Pat circulated sign up sheets for assistance for two receptions: 1st Reconciliation, March 23 and the Easter Vigil Mass, March 30. Also, the Marguerite Burns tickets will be distributed to be sold and taken to the Diocesan Convention in May.
Community Life: Rita Davison reported a birthday cake was presented to Victoria Manor on our behalf. Easter Cards will be taken to our shut-ins and a get-well card was sent to Elbert White with our best wishes.
Pancake Supper: Francine Robichaud thanked all who made it a great success! Proceeds will go towards the heating expense of the church.
Musical afternoon: Mary Lynne Chapman reported all enjoyed the afternoon with entertainment provided by Steve Ripley. Proceeds are going to St. Vincent de Paul.
Business arising from the minutes:
a.) Name Tag orders will be sent this week.
b.) Members were reminded of the Healing Mass for Seniors that was held on Friday, March 15.
1.) A Diocesan meeting will be held in Truro on March 23 with three executive
2.) We will be hosting the “Catch the Fire Workshop” with a date yet to be set
in the fall with our sister Councils in the Cumberland-Colchester area.
3.) A name has been submitted for the Amherst Volunteer Award from our
4.) A sign up list for lunch after our meetings until June will be circulated.
5.) Three amendments to the Constitution & Bylaws were voted on.
Motions as follows: Donation to Summer Bible Camp, and purchase of two dozen chairs for our hall.
Father’s remarks: He congratulated members who accepted a role on the executive. As we had just heard the news about our new chosen Pope before our meeting, it was a very exciting time, there was so much enthusiasm here and around the world with so much hope. A reminder that Archbishop Mancini will be here to celebrate Mass on April 20 and 21. He will facilitate a special presentation on “The Creed” on Sunday afternoon, the 21st at Holy Family. He also stated the Tuesday Neighborhood Luncheons are very popular and have sometimes served over 100 people. They have been very well received and special thanks to those who are in charge every week. Father asked us to pray for our Catechumens, who are committed to their preparation in entering our faith. Father commented on our Holy Week services which will be very busy, and ultimately the Easter Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. Alleluia ! !
The Mystery Prize was won by Marie Sicard.
Our next meeting is April 10.
Submitted by: Francine Robichaud, Communications Chair Holy Family CWL