The November meeting of Holy Family CWL was held on Wednesday, Nov. 8. President Francine Robichaud called the meeting to order. Deacon Howard Gotell led us in the ‘League Prayer’ followed by the singing of O Canada.
The minutes of our November meeting were read by Dianne Gillis and approved.
Maria Kirkpatrick presented the treasurer’s report. Debbie Frenette read the correspondence. Thank You letters were received from our provincial executive, from Marcella and Bob Landry and from Sister Teresa. Letters were received from Elizabeth Doyle regarding a leadership program and from CWL national regarding council addresses.
Organization: Pauline Pettigrew reminded us that dues for 2018 are now being collected. Notification of our latest deceased member has been sent to National Office. We had four prospective new members after the ministry fair. Pauline thanked Diane and Rachelle for the booth they set up for the ministry fair. Pauline then installed Dana Carr as our newest member.
Spiritual Development: Diane Yarymowich reported that there will be a CWL Halifax-Dartmouth Retreat on Sunday, Nov. 25 at St Vincent de Paul Parish in Dartmouth.
On Sunday, Nov. 26 the Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be leading a walk around town to focus our attention on key elements about homelessness and to try to bring a deeper awareness of the struggles of those in need. We are invited to participate and/or support those walking by adding your name to a pledge sheet. Members formed an honour guard for the funeral of past-president and longtime member Clara Hartnett, whose name was placed in the book of life by President Francine Robichaud. A mass card was sent in Clara’s name.
Christian Family Life: Mary Lynn reported that two funeral receptions were held recently and thanked all those who provided food and those who helped at the receptions.
Health and Education: Pauline Kellegrew reported that she received a communiqué from the Nova Scotia provincial council that mentioned the benefits of laughter. She also mentioned that we are encouraged, as members, to ensure our vaccines are current and stressed the importance of annual flu shots, pneumonia and shingles vaccines. The bursary committee is in place and will be meeting in early December to review bursary applications received.
Community Life: Debbie Frenette read Pat Frenette’s report. She reported that sympathy cards were sent to Alana Legere and to the Hartnett family. A card and bouquet was delivered to Marcella and Bob Landry on the occasion of their 65th wedding anniversary. A Remembrance Day wreath was placed at the cenotaph on November 11 on behalf of the CWL.
Communication: Pat Weatherbee reported that a write-up of our October meeting was posted on the Internet and printed in the Amherst News. Information on our Christmas Tea & Sale was submitted to the media and to church bulletins. Posters have been put up around town. She thanked all members who assisted in distributing posters. Pat made a motion to send letters to our member of parliament rather than purchase post cards from national regarding our Pornography Hurts Campaign. Letter forms will be passed out at our next meeting.
Past President: Past-President Linda Harrsion reported that our past-president plaque is now displayed in the hall as part of our 10th anniversary as Holy Family Council. We are proud to show the names of our dedicated members who stepped forward to accept the President’s Chair.
CWL Day: Approximately 25 CWL members attended the CWL Day on Oct. 21 here at Holy Family. Four members from St. Thomas More in Pugwash and two from Immaculate Conception in Truro as well as members from Holy Family Parish CWL participated.
Christmas Tea & Sale Raffle: Francine reported that members will be called for sandwiches and sweets and to work at the Tea. We will set up on Friday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help price items and prepare tea plates and other details. Five Girl Guides will be serving at the tea. We need baked goods, items for our White Elephant Table and crafts. We also need help after ‘Chase the Ace’ on Friday evening to set up the tables. Francine expressed that all help and contributions are greatly appreciated!
Business Arising from the Minutes:
Bill Meehan’s Farewell: Francine extended best wishes to Bill on the occasion of his retirement on our behalf. We will certainly miss him and his willingness to assist us whenever needed.
Christmas Dinner: Our annual Christmas Dinner will be on Sunday, Dec. 3. The deadline for confirming is Nov. 27. Once the numbers go to the caterer you are obligated to pay whether you attend or not. Please bring a non-perishable item for the food bank or a toy for a small child.
Report Forms: Convener’s annual report forms from the Diocesan have not been received as of yet.
Executive Meeting: The executive will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. to go over any last minute details regarding our Christmas dinner.
Monetary Gift: A monetary gift will be presented to Joan Fowler for the ‘Christmas for Kids Campaign’ on Dec. 3 at the Christmas dinner.
Coffee Mugs: Mary Lynn and Maria are still investigating the purchase of mugs to replace our cups and saucers.
Congratulations: Congratulations are in order for Dorilla Dunlop on the birth of her first great grandchild!
Deacon Howard’s Remarks: Deacon Howard reflected on our transitioning from autumn to winter, on highlights of the very successful Mission here at Holy Family with Father John Collins and on the experience of Advent. Howard then gave a beautiful reflection on Remembrance Day and Mary Lynn Chapman read the poem ‘High Flight’ by John Gillespie McGee. A moment of silence was then observed. Deacon Howard closed with a prayer.
Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Shirley LeBlanc. Thanks to Andrea, Jolene, Diane and Frank Allen for helping set up for our meeting.
The winners of the 50/50 draw were Shirley LeBlanc and Pauline Kelligrew.
- Submitted by Pat Weatherbee