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Holy Family CWL News
The March meeting of Holy Family CWL began with members attending a Rice Meal with donations going to Development & Peace. This was followed by the installation of the new executive for 2017-19 in the church.
Following the ceremony, President Francine Robichauld welcomed members and new member, Tania Long, installed by Pauline Pettigrew, organization chair. Tania was welcomed by all. Francine thanked the members who brought in rice dishes. Deacon Howard Gotell led us in the League Prayer. Our president then led in the singing of O Canada.
Diane Yarymowich gave a spiritual reflection on the three principles of Lent.
Dianne Gillis read the minutes from the February meeting. Maria Kirkpatrick then gave the treasurer’s report.
Corresponding secretary, Debbie Frenette, read Thank You cards from Emmitt Smith, Jillian Moore, Mackenzie O’Quinn, Marcella Landry, Bernadette Brown, Don Yarymowick and CHALICE. Letters were received from Diocesan President Liz Doyle , a Notice of Death for Past Diocesan President Pearl Berriman, Highland Fling, Euthanasia Coalition and Immaculate Conception CWL.
Organization: Pauline Pettigrew reported a present membership of 106 members. She reported that she has 10 books of tickets from our sister league in Truro. Sale of these tickets will help defray the cost of hosting the upcoming CWL Halifax-Yarmouth Diocesan Convention.
Spiritual Development: Diane Yarymowich reported that we have been asked to attend and participate in the Way of the Cross on Friday, March 31, at 6 p.m. A mass card was sent to Isabel Jackson upon the death of her brother, Donald Landry.
Community Life: Pat Frenette delivered a card to Anne Melanson and had a visit with her in the Springhill Hospital. A card was also sent to Vera Comeau who was in the New Glasgow Hospital. Pat knit several articles for the Syrian family. She has also agreed to make the baptismal robes. Pat will call Victoria Manor about the birthday cake for the residents on March 31.
Education and Health: Pauline Kellegrew reported that there would be two Sacraments in the Faith and Development Program this spring. We will provide receptions for reconciliation on May 6 and Confirmation on June 4. The Knights of Columbus will be asked to provide a cake for both receptions as they have done in the past.
Communications: Pat Weatherbee reported that the write-up of our February meeting was printed in the Amherst News. A write-up was also posted on our Facebook page. Notification of our pancake supper was sent to CKDH, CFTA, East Link and the Amherst News. Help is needed with the audio/visual component of our ministry especially at the Saturday mass. Anyone who might be interested, please let President Francine Robichauld or Pat Weatherbee know.
Pancake Supper: Francine Robichauld thanked members for their help and support for making this another successful pancake supper. We served 249 suppers.
World Day of Prayer: Linda Harrison reported that our church hosted The World Day of Prayer for 2017 on March 3. The country featured was the Philippines. The theme was “Am I Being Unfair to You.” Approximately 50 people attended this very successful ecumenical service. We were very pleased to have Rose Frenette speak about her homeland. Joyce Fraser led the music. The choir was a delightful addition to the service. Linda thanked all who took part in the service, helped with the lunch and cleaned up after the lunch.
A diocesan meeting will be in Halifax on March 25. Anyone who would like to attend should contact Francine.
Our executive meetings will take place at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday mornings a week prior to general meetings.
A written request for discussion regarding receptions, guest speakers, donations, etc. would be appreciated. If the request comes after our executive meeting, it will then be held until the following month’s executive meeting.
The next general meeting will be Wednesday, April 5.
In his remarks, Deacon Howard Gotell read to us from the Gospel of Matthew. He tied this Gospel into our Development and Peace Rice Meal and our Lenten Journey.
Dorilla Dunlop adjourned the meeting.
– Submitted by Pat Weatherbee, communications chairwoman