St. Michael’s Cobourg Newsletter…Great Ideas!!!

winter spring news


Preparing Gifts for the CWL Convention 2018

St. Mary’s Lindsay


New Executive for Huntsville -2018


April, 2018 Life Members/Officers Retreat On Homelessness, Lindsay

Back: Helene Lessard, Suzanne Liptay, Anne McKinnon, Laila Etherington, Audrey McLaughlin
Front: Erica Perk, Elizabeth Condon, Joan Gaensbauer



St. Michael’s Parish Council                     The Catholic Woman’s League of Canada     


On Saturday, March 3, 2018 St. Michael’s facilitated a half day Lenten Reflection.  Pictured below at the Parish Centre are a few of the members having a short break before going to St. Joseph’s chapel for further prayers and meditation.

St. Michael’s Homelessness Projects are showcased:  backpacks and milk mats for young adults (ages 14-20) to be put together for the Diocesan Convention and T-shirt sweaters for orphaned children in Nairobi.


At St. Michael’s April General Meeting, Pat Gash from St. Vincent de Paul Society presented historical and current facts to our members.  A cheque, as well as donated items for the St. Vincent de Paul store were presented as a thank you to Pat by Veronica Batchellor.


Celebrating Springtime in Paris at the Diocesan Convention are from l – r Bernice Hache, Carol Lawless, Veronica Batchellor, Susan Douglas, Pat Andersen, and Sylvia Barrett. Also present were Therese May and Lynda Macpherson from St. Michael’s Council.


Lenten Day of Recollection – March 3, 2018

CWL at St. Joseph’s Bracebridge

“Calling all ladies! The CWL at St. Joseph’s Bracebridge will be hosting a Lenten Day of Recollection on the morning of March 3, 2018 beginning with Mass at 9:00am until 3:00pm. There will be a number of activities and workshops. Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided. Ladies are asked to bring their own bag lunch. We ask that ladies please RSVP for this event so that the necessary materials can be provided. Please call Els Vandenberg at 705-645-8802, or email Gloria Rowe at Please RSVP by March 1, 2018.


May our Lady of Good Counsel guide us in all we do.



Marion Majkot

Organization Chair




Mark the Date!  Saturday March 10, 2018

St. Mary’s CWL, Lindsay – Retreat Invitation

Day of Recollection with the Sisters of Life


Please join the women of St Mary’s Parish for a Day of Recollection with the Sisters of Life, a active-contemplative religious order dedicated to the promotion of the sanctity of all human life. The Sisters will give two talks: “Beauty will save the world” (on the dignity of women) and “Prayer”. The day will also include Holy Mass, the Rosary, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and Confession. Please register by calling the parish office 705 324 4828. The Day of Recollection is free of charge but a donation to cover the cost of lunch is appreciated.

December 14, 2017

CWL Christmas Concert Cookies and Treats!

CWL provided treats for all the children at St. Mary’s School Concert. We took turns taking a peek at the children as they performed! Very cheerful and talented group! Thank you to the fantastic bakers and volunteers. I am not sure who had more fun…the parents, the children or the CWL members!!!!


December 2, 2017

Congratulations Madeline Pearson, CWL Life Member!


Anne McKinnon, Audrey Von Bogen,, Deanna Allen and  Glenda Klein join Madeline Pearson during a Day of Recognition


Grandma & Jamie 1

Madeline cuts the cake with her Great-Great Grandson.

A Community Expresses their Thanks

December 4, 2017 – Huntsville CWL hosts Annual Christmas Dinner


Wendy Tedford, Peterborough Diocesan President, Diane Snowden, Past President, Laila   Etherington. Peterborough Diocesan Spiritual Development Officer  and Helena Lessard, Peterborough Diocesan Treasurer enjoyed the celebration.

St. Joseph Ottonabee/Keene CWL – Fall Activities

1st photo is Pumpkinfest Oct 24th with Diane Creeden & Jean Hall

2nd is our Annual Christmas Bazaar Nov 4, 2017


Award Presentations for St. Joseph in Powassan on October 22, 2017

Everyone had a great time during the presentation of membership pins to ladies of the St. Joseph CWL Council! The Peterborough Diocesan President was able to attend and assist with the celebration, Congratulations to all!


Peterborough Diocesan Executive Meeting in Bracebridge on Saturday Oct. 21, 2017

The St. Joseph CWL Council were wonderful hosts for the meeting. The ‘Autumn Theme’ for the meeting added a great deal to the gathering. Laila Etherington, Spiritual Development Chair, provided prayers reflective of the new provincial focus, ‘Homelessness’. She provided the officers with symbols of homes made with wooden coffee sticks. The intercessions between each prayer of the rosary reflected prayer for those who face being homeless.




The meeting was well attended with councils bringing guests. Everyone was updated by Wendy Tedford, President, in respect to the business of the Parish, Provincial and National initiatives. A workshop was presented by Joanne Hough, Past President, with a focus on the strengths amongst the CWL membership. Elections will be held for a new executive in the spring convention for a new slate of Officers. Glenda Klein, Life Member, provided guidelines in respect to elections and voting. The form used for voting and accredited delegates was completed by attendees. A lovely lunch was served by Bracebridge CWL members and everyone enjoyed sharing news about their councils, families and friends.


Notes re- Workshop CWL Needs Me Because

Handout by Past President for Elections 2018-20

Prayer for the Homeless

St. Michael’s CWL, Cobourg – 95th Anniversary Celebration – November 26th

The Catholic Women’s League of St. Michael’s Parish, Cobourg, Ontario is pleased to announce that we will be celebrating our 95th anniversary on Sunday, November 26, 2017.  Our Council was incorporated in 1922 and our first president was Mrs. J.T. Lalonde.  The position of President has been held from 1922 to the present time by 40 hard-working, dedicated and faith-filled ladies.  Photos of our celebration will be forwarded to you by year’s end.

Lynda Macpherson, President

Kathy Bazley, Past President and Communications Chair

Catholic Women’s League, St. Michael’s Parish, Cobourg ON

Flyer for 95th anniversary celebration


Come Join Us !       Our Lady of the Assumption CWL —– Snowflake Bazaar

Saturday, November 4th    from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

     Our Lady of the Assumption Hall

1834 Keene Road

Enjoy our Baking, Attic Treasurers, Crafts, Jewelry Junction,

Plants and Pots, Special Draws and Tea Room

Sponsored by the Catholic Women’s League of

Our Lady of the Assumption, Otonabee / St. John’s, Keene

Admission $2.00

Snowflake Bazaar poster


Great fundraiser – Saturday November 4th -11:30 am.

All Luncheon Tickets presold.

Preparations are on the way!









Are you interested in getting onboard?


Consider train travel with your sisters!

Janet train to Winnipeg Memo




2017-2019 Provincial Theme:  Homelessness

October 10th of each year is World Homeless Day. The attached website has a great poster that can be shared with members. Please consider a prayer or action focus in recognition of this day.

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St. Mary’s Lindsay CWL Donates Quilts in Memory of Adele Hopkins


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Thunder Bay – 70th Anniversary Ontario Provincial CWL Convention Begins…


The convention morning began with a beautiful liturgy. Bishop Coli, the Spiritual Advisor to the Ontario Provincial CWL Convention, challenged us to look at the surprises God will gift to us this day! Scripture tells us the the Mighty One has done great things for us!

The Thunder Bay and Hearst CWL Councils brought greetings to the delegates and conventions attendees. Everyone was encouraged to wear red for the day to acknowledge the 150th Birthday of Canada. The convention room was decorated with a beautiful chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary. Beside the altar of Mass was a beautiful banner honouring the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes. Table decorations were made by members of the Hearst Diocese and reflected the Northern environments…birch bark, pine cones, twigs, stones and rocks…very attractive and creative.




Key Note Speaker – His Eminence Gerard Cardinal Lacroix

His Eminence Gerard Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, was the key note speaker. His theme was The Joy of Love and the Struggles of Catholic Women Today-Document on the Family ( Amoris Laetitia). He explored several themes from the document…definition of love…finds itself in family life and love grows. Love is a craft…we have to work at it to be good at it! Pope Francis asks that people take their time to read the document…discuss the content. The document encourages a very pastoral ministry for clergy.

The Bishop shared 4 words that describe pastoral attitudes needed towards families… welcoming and listening…accompanying…discerning…integrating.

We are challenged to…

Welcome and listen to people is the starting point…life is not in black and white…take the time to listen and be respectful…we do not have all the answers. Let people talk and listen…they often find their own answers.

Accompany all couples and all families to help them to grow…Pope Francis recognizes that there is room for all families in the Catholic Church. This is an area that we need to improve as we are busy and need to recognize that this takes time.

Discerning – listen to God and to the reality of what people are going through…listen to the Spirit and to individuals. We need to grow in our ability to accompany people…to encourage the dialogue between people and God.

Integrating people into our communities is important. We are all sinners…our church pews need to be a place of welcome including people who struggle with life issues. We are all wanting the same thing…acceptance as a person, compassion, generosity.

Bishop asked the attendees to discern which attitude was our strength and which we needed to work on as a Christian.

 “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.”

Pope Francis


Celebrating the Decades – 70th Anniversary of OPC






In the evening, the attendees participated in a night of fun. Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Ontario Provincial CWL, a fashion show by the various councils covered the decades in style!

Music of the decades led the various groups to wind in and out the crowd. Following the fashion show the ladies enjoyed music provided by a local band and the members danced to music from across the decades. The Beatles, Elvis, the Bee Gees were all hits with the group.

70’s Powerpoint

Presentation Provincial Convention







The Afternoon opened with the blessing of quilts donated by each CWL Council to be given to  the Aboriginal Grandmothers (Elders) and to centres for families or palliative care. The quilts were beautiful and truly demonstrated the talent and generosity of CWL members. Bishop Coli blessed the quilts and extended a blessing to those who would receive the quilts.

President, Pauline Krupa, announced that the quilt submitted by Peterborough Diocesan Council has been chosen to be brought to National as the Ontario Donation. We are most honoured!!!!

Jody Porter, winning journalist and reporter for CBC and Thunder Bay News, gave a compelling presentation outlining the challenges for families and friends of missing or murdered aboriginal women. She told the journey of the family and the community of a young aboriginal teen who lost her life. In addition to the loss of a young person, the family and community are faced with challenges related to racism, police reaction, lack of empathy and understanding and disagreement with the causes of death.

Over the lunch hour, attendees were invited to remove the name of a murdered or missing woman and replace the name with a single earing on a symbolic ‘Tree of Life’. The 400 names represented women from the provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. The names are to be remembered in prayer when attendees return home.

Cindy Crowe of the Blue Sky Community Healing Centre is a Healing Consultant. She presented the importance of the Circle and medicine wheel to the indigenous peoples culture. She emphasized the serious plight of indigenous people.

The convention attendees were invited to join a circle in the outdoors and participate in a smugging ceremony. Sage was used as part of the smugging. Tobacco ties were distributed as a sacred item. Water, brought in small containers from communities throughout Ontario, was collected from everyone around the circle and pored into large jars. The water would be poured into Lake Superior following the ceremony. Several journey stories were shared by the grandmothers and the members of the circle and tears were shed by many. The ceremony closed with the sharing of snacks and fellowship.

Several women accompanied the Grandmother to the waters of Lake Superior. The water jars were emptied into the lake as part of a prayer service. The flood canal was the site of the recovery of bodies of two young people who lost their lives very recently. The Grandmother drummers and singing added to the reflective atmosphere. Many women felt it was an honour to have attended and to have had an opportunity to support the aboriginal women in the loss of missing and murdered youth and women through this symbolic service.

A letter will be sent on behalf of the Ontario Provincial CWL Council indicating the continued prayer support for families and friends of murdered and missing indigenous women to associations providing support to aboriginal women.

2017 Peterborough Diocesan Convention

April, 29 & 30th

St. Mary of the Assumption, Huntsville

Saturday, April 29

The convention was a great success this year. More than 125 women gathered at  10:30 a.m. on Saturday April 29th in  St. Mary of the Assumption Church for the opening Mass with the celebrant, Diocesan Spiritual Advisor Fr. Damian Smullen. Several parishioners provided a warm welcome and shared their musical talents.

The official proceedings began with President Wendy Tedford introducing the head table, life members and guests.  The members were pleased to have six life members attend.  A presentation of gifts for mothers and babies in need was made by each president which was followed by each president placing a flower at the statue of Our Lady representing each member who died in 2016, their names quietly read out by Laila Etherington, Spiritual Development Officer.  After this procession, the crown was place on the statue of Our Lady by President Wendy Tedford.

Fr. John Purdue spoke briefly on his role as Vocations Director and asked for prayers in his journey.

The opening speaker was Patti Hanrsth. Her topic was “Amazing Women’s Attributes” and our “WHY”.   We were asked to state three things on paper; What do you cry about; What do you sing about and What do you dream about.   A very enlightening talk.

Provincial President Pauline Krupa brought greetings from provincial council.  We were very fortunate to have the National President in our midst and she, too brought greetings and elaborated on her choice of the new national theme and logo.

As Canada is celebrating 150 years as a country, everyone was asked to dress in period costume or in red/white.  After supper, we all gathered in the meeting room at the hotel and had some fun, singing and dancing.  There was certainly a patriotism that night in the room, a sea of red and white.

Sunday, April 30th

The second guest speaker, Pamela Bryson Weaver, Autism Advocate, spoke to the gathering about ‘Autism’.   Pamela brought her husband and son, Johnny, along with her as she shared her autism journey with us.

Just before we attended Mass, we had a short presentation by Susan Perna, about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, which she is encouraging to be formed in each parish.

After 11 am Mass and lunch, Provincial President Pauling Krupa presented a workshop “Who We Are”, based on the Holy Spirit.   We were given ‘bingo cards’ with seven objects in a bag (smarties, gum, sucker, a pretzel, a piece of red fabric, a starburst candy plus a slip of paper with ‘AHA’ printed on it. We were to place these objects on the gifts we felt they should related to.  Was an eye opener as not too many got this right!

We were all encouraged by President Wendy to seek new members and when we do get these women involved – give them something to do!

A great weekend was had by all – lots of fellowship, spirituality and friendship!
























On March 3, 2017, Christians in over 170 countries, and in 2000 communities across Canada gathered to learn about, pray and celebrate in solidarity with the women of the Philippines through the World Day of Prayer. Several CWL Parish Councils throughout the Peterborough Diocese attended World Day of Prayer services.

The attached photo was taken at St Andrews Presbyterian Church. The ladies are members of St. Mary of Assumption CWL Council in Huntsville.




Report: CWL OPC Convention 2016

























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On Thursday June 9th, the CWL members held their June Meeting at Pizza Hut. Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church in Lindsay. Everyone then enjoyed a lovely luncheon at the local restaurant. Pins were presented to members who have one to fifty-five years of membership.







GRAFTON CWL PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSE – May 4,  2016 – 23 Hour of Prayer

Grafton Day of Prayer CWL IMG_3582

The prayer for palliative and hospice care event took place in the home of Suzanne Liptay, former Peterborough Diocesan Spiritual Development Chair with 9 people in attendance.

The prayer hour started with a prayer on the theme of Mercy with a focus on palliative care. We talked about care giving and hospice/palliative care. Together we prayed the rosary, using the booklet which Maria Fitzgerald provided re the rosary apostolate, using the mysteries of light.  It gave Suzanne an opportunity to the group about the rosary apostolate in the schools.

We talked about what we might do. Suggestions were to visit the sick as part of Christian Family Life objectives.  One question was: what about going into homes and the screening process?  Should it be 2 people who go into a home as St. Vincent de Paul people do?  Another question was re insurance.  Would we be covered by parish or by CWL insurance re the visit travel or in-home situations?

We concluded with some intercessory prayer from the CWL website, as well as from our hearts, and summed up the event with the Lord’s Prayer. Suzanne had refreshments available when people arrived.
The event lasted about one and a half hours.

The cwl petition was placed at the back of the church on Sunday May 1st and will make it available again this weekend.  So far we have approx 100 signatures.
Report submitted by: Suzanne Liptay
On behalf of Parish Council President Jackie Innis
For St. Mary’s CWL in Grafton


Follow-up to Request for Information in Article

All parish activities are covered under the insurance policy for the diocese through Catholic Mutual. Yes, you have coverage.

Visitors to vulnerable people must be screened at the highest level of the Diocesan Screening process. Such screening requires a police check.

It is advised that visitors to vulnerable people should visit as a pair wherever possible. This is a protection for the vulnerable person and for the volunteers.

Joanne Hough

Member of the PD Screening Team                                                                         May 15, 2016




Report: Peterborough Diocesan CWL Convention 2016

At the Peterborough Diocesan Convention 2016, there was an opportunity to post “Encounters with Mercy” that individual members wished to share.

Thank you to all who answered the invitation to share.

Please share with members!

CWL Members Encounters with Mercy

posted during the April 2016

Peterborough Diocesan Convention

Formed a Living Rosary Group.

Honour to help a young family.

Assisted elderly for missing her bus home from grocery store.

Saving another’s life without thought of self self,  April 1979.  I get call yet today.

Hosting a Fashion Show to raise funds for Hospice Peterborough.

Accepting leadership.

Our council has a member who is very busy visiting our sick in the parish and taking them Holy Communion.  She also gives rides to people.

Provided lunch for a needy person.

Birthright shower.

Brought me soup when I was sick.

Invited to join the CWL. Allowing me to meet a wonderful group of ladies and grow in my faith.

Mercy happened when our daughter visited us after a long period of separation.

Pray for, rather than retaliate when verbally attacked. (in person / social media)

Visiting with individuals at the nursing home who have nobody to visit them.

Instructing and counselling RCIA candidates.  Learning the computer!  I’m eighty!

CWL (St. Peter’s Cathedral) provided (cooked and served) a hot meal for 83 people at a local church (George St. United).

Collected Baby Clothing for the missions.  Driving person to mass, cards, meetings.

New member being welcomed to our CWL council.

God has been merciful to me in my illness- lessened the pain and brought me

comfort through my family, friends and church.

We have, as a League, and as individual members, helped make ready a place for a refugee family in our town.

Say hello first.  Helped CWL.  Made a dish for neighbour.  Visit sick.  Listened to someone ill.  Made phone calls.

When I called another lady, she said it made her day.

Working with the Syrian Refugee Committee preparing a home for this needy family.

Installing a defibrillator in our church. And training 10 people in CPR and use of the defibrillator.

Making phone calls to all our members on a monthly basis.

Instructing youth how it affects someone when they play nicky-nicky-nine doors, and have them go apologize at the other homes.

Having a lot of people pray for me and offer their help when I was sick.

This week I visited one of our CWL members and gave her communion.

When a full pick-up truck stopped to help a struggling elderly priest in Cuba.  Two people got out so he could get in and home safely.

Weekly prayers for family and parishioners no longer attending mass.

Volunteer as an altar server and recruited two members to assist at weekday mass and funerals.

Listening to someone who has health issues and giving them support.

When I discovered my sin.

Contributing to ‘Chalice’ in order to provide for wells to be dug.

Help feed the hungry and shelter the homeless.

When God communicated to me, and blessed me with the gift of peace, just prior to my husband’s diagnosis of cancer.

Helping our elderly, taking them to church, or visiting them. Bring food to the priest’s house.  Helping clean the church.

I’m a person who lost her husband and gave hugs to others.

Providing .. supplies.  Food to a lone neighbour.  Initiating phone calls.  Prayers for family outside of the church.  Accept a position in CWL.

The prayer of my League sisters ..and eliminated the waiting period for his surgery.  God is merciful.

Brought food to the hungry especially when they were ill and unable to get out to shop.

We (Norwood/Harwood) collected baby and children’s clothing etc. for the First Nations Centre in Peterborough.

Helping a neighbour who is experiencing depression and lonely times, and needs a friend to listen to her.

Everyday I send a prayer by text to my 17 yr old grandson and 14 yr old grandaughter who live in Alberta.

This Diocesan Annual Meeting has been my encounter with my Mercy, a time together with boundless blessings of the Holy Spirit.

Learning to use my cell phone to communicate collectively with our CWL members.

Helped a young mother and child on a cold day to get winter clothing.

Providing supper for our Greenwood Coalition members: 80-100 people in community who are provided with a weekly dinner by different organizations in our community.

Mercy fertilizes the growth of holiness.  Mercy brings trust to flower.

Visit sick person in hospital.  CWL make and serve at luncheon for funerals.

When our group decided to pay for another’s gas to attend this conference.

Driving a recently widowed lady to Sat. Evening mass.

Being accepted as a CWL member and finding so much love, understanding.  This is a great mercy for me.

$$ to a young mother.  Tutoring young people free of charge.

Honour guard and funeral luncheons for two long-term members two consecutive days last week.

My son (an apostate for years) explained and praised the logic and moral order of the 10 commandments to an agnostic friend.  He praises Pope Francis’ beliefs, Works of Mercy, and is convincing himself to return to RC faith.  I encouraged him to continue to seek and learn and to share with his friend.

  • Caring for elderly parents at home.



Women of the parish were invited to join the CWL members for a light lunch of soup and a bun on Sunday February 14th, at noon at St. Mary’s School. The program included elections, budget and presentation of a resolution about ATV use. In addition, there were two guest speakers from Palliative Care of Community Care Kawartha Lakes lead by Michelle Griepsma.




Lent Retreat St. Francis


Please see the PDF poster at the link below.

Poster for Rosalie Rendu 2



By: Linda Ainsworth, Diocesan Communications Chair

One might think that the ladies of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada would take a well-deserved break during the summer months. Not so! This is when we gather in convention both in our own provinces and nationally.

With the theme of One Voice One Heart One Mission resounding in their hearts and minds, 882 members, spiritual advisors and guests attended the national convention in August in Vancouver. From across Canada our members gathered, celebrated faith, united in prayer, were motivated by inspirational speakers and participated in meaningful discussions regarding legislation and education and health issues affecting Canadians.

The Ontario connection at National is strong. Our own Bishop William McGrattan is National Spiritual Advisor, our newly elected National President is Margaret Ann Jacobs from Elmvale and Shari Guinta from Waterloo is our new National Secretary-Treasurer. Also from Ontario are Dr. Josephine Lombardi, Professor of Theology at St. Michael’s College, mother of four children, grandmother of two and Dr. Moira McQueen, Executive Director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, mother of seven children, grandmother of nine and cancer survivor, both of whom inspired women at the national and the Ontario conventions with their messages of hope and empowerment. Of the five resolutions adopted at the national convention, three were drafted by CWL Councils in Ontario and approved at our provincial convention in Niagara Falls July 4th to 8th.

In his homily at the opening mass of the national convention, Vancouver’s Archbishop Michael Miller said that women have “a gift for focusing on the person in a given situation which opens the door for God’s mercy… now is the hour when women are called to use their feminine genius to protect and promote the dignity of every person.”

A call to action is launched at convention and so begins another year of making that call heard in provincial and federal government offices. National Resolution 2015.04 urges “the federal government to invoke Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, keeping the present law against physician-assisted suicide in force, notwithstanding the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Carter v. Canada.” National council will be establishing an ad-hoc committee to draft a response to the ruling on the Carter v. Canada case. A formal letter will be sent to the prime minister prior to September 21, 2015.

Other anticipated actions include: a motion to donate $400,000 from the National CWL treasury to the Catholic Women’s League Leadership Foundation which has finally achieved charitable status, a letter from the National Council being written to the Prime Minister, the federal Minister of Health and to Health Canada opposing the approval of the sale of abortion pill RU-48 and the establishment of a temporary voluntary fund in favour of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Rooted in gospel values, the Catholic Women’s League of Canada calls members to holiness through service to the people of God. CWL members discern at convention what form that service will take in the year to come. Now our CWL Diocesan President, Joanne Hough, aided by the Diocesan Executive that includes the Presidents of our 28 CWL councils in the Diocese of Peterborough will begin the process of following through with decisions that were prayerfully made at these summer conventions.

God bless our Catholic Women’s League of Canada.  Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.

For pictures of the convention, please visit


Here are moments captured at yesterday’s St. Joseph’s CWL 80th Anniversary luncheon in Bowmanville in the parish hall of St. Joseph’s. The celebration was held on September 20th, 2015.

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From July 5-9, 2015 over 400 women and several Spiritual Advisors gathered in Niagara Falls Ontario for the 2015 Ontario Provincial Convention.

Speakers included Dr. Josephine Lombardi who focused on what we can take from the journeys of Mary and Elizabeth and what it teaches us about ‘One Heart, One Voice, One Mission’. Dr. Moira McQueen spoke to the group of the need to identify nationally, palliative care, as a human need and right.

Beautiful prayer services and liturgies opened each day of the convention. Several resolutions were passed in the meeting and several resolutions were forwarded for consideration of the National Convention in August.

For more details and photos access the Provincial Website at

Additional photos are available at .

Please access the report from the Education and Health Chair for further details about the convention.

For additional photos taken by members of our diocesan team, click here. 

To access the additional report on the convention from Donna Moore, click here.


By Linda Ainsworth, Communications Chair

The theme of the 94th Annual CWL Diocesan Convention echoed the national theme of One Heart, One Voice, One Mission. The opening mass, celebrated by Bishop William McGrattan, the Bishop of Peterborough and National CWL Spiritual Advisor was very uplifting with the Bishop’s inspiring homily, beautiful choral music and bell ringing. It was heart-warming to see several spiritual advisors in attendance. Before mass, Father John Perdue provided delegates with a history of the Cathedral and led a tour of the crypt under the church. Anne McKinnon received her Life Member pin and was congratulated by the Bishop.

St. Catherine School proved to be an ideal convention site with its school sign warmly welcoming delegates as they gathered in the spacious, beautifully decorated gymnasium. On the last convention day, Vice-Principal Christine Brodie gave a tour of the new addition to the school which delegates thoroughly enjoyed.

As the keynote speaker, Dr. Moira McQueen captured the attention of everyone with her presentation on recent Supreme Court decisions regarding end of life. Maria Fitzgerald touched many hearts as she spoke about the Rosary Apostolate. Liz Stone, Executive Director of Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle, spoke to delegates about her work among First Nations people and with gratitude received donated items for mothers and babies collected from parishes for use locally as well as in Sioux Lookout.

Betty Colaneri, Provincial President, addressed the delegates, as did Margaret Ann Jacobs, Organization Chair and President-Elect of National CWL. Those present heard reports from Diocesan Officers, Father Tom Lynch, Diocesan Spiritual Advisor and Council Presidents, all delivered with passion and determination to carry out the mission of CWL.

The ladies of St. Peter in Chains and St. Alphonsus Ligouri, Peterborough deserve many accolades for their organization of this truly memorable 94th annual convention. The assistance of Our Lady of Assumption and Sacred Heart rounded out the team.

God bless us all as we continue to work together in CWL with One Heart, One Voice, One Mission!

For pictures of the 94th Peterborough Diocesan Convention please click here. 

To read the reflections, click on the link to view the document.


The Peterborough Diocesan Council focused on understanding the plight of Canadians who are of aboriginal origin and on determining how best to support young mothers and newborns.

In October 2014, the executive council held its Fall meeting. As part of the program for the day, members took part in a workshop entitles The World as a Field Hospital – Support for the Wounded. The title came from the writings of Pope Francis. Members received copies of the booklet and CD entitled `Feathers of Hope“. In addition several print resources were distributed to each president. Members viewed three YouTube videos including `7 Ways to Make a Difference“.  Members were challenged to find a way to respond to the needs of aboriginal youth. Each council was asked to take action over the next year as a social justice activity of the parish council.

Several councils shared the materials and prayers with their council members through their parish council meetings.

Contact was made with representatives of the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and the Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Service Circle in Peterborough.  Each representative was asked to identify items that would be helpful to new mothers and their newborns.

This information was shared with parish councils as part of the information package for the 94th Peterborough Diocesan Convention. Unwrapping the National Theme, One Heart, One Voice, One Mission, was the focus for the convention. This social justice project provided an opportunity to put the  new theme into action…to work together, to respond with our heart to others and to have a collective mission of providing support for young aboriginal mothers and babies. The councils were asked to collect or donate items that would serve new mothers and babies. The project was entitled We Care, We Share. The tables were set up at the front of the convention room. Boxes and bags of  items were donated by the councils as well as a substantial cash donation. More than 3 folding tables were covered with beautiful handmade blankets, sweaters, baby clothes, baby bottles, rattles, diapers and more. Lotions, scarfs, spa kits and small purses were but a few of the items donated for new mothers. Boxes and bags of donations were stored in boxes and bags below the tables. The response was outstanding.

Liz Stone, Executive Director of the Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Service Circle, attended the convention and spoke to the members. She gave a brief description of the organization and thanked the members for their generous donations. She held a short question and answer session.

Following the convention, the staff of the Services Circle in Peterborough collected a full van of donations. There were very grateful and excited to be able to share the donations with the young mothers and babies they serve.

Three suitcases were packed for Sioux Lookout. The transportation of these items is in progress. Financial donations were targeted for the Mikinakoos Children`s Fund in Sioux Lookout and the  Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Service Circle.

Since the convention, some parish councils have expanded on the support given to aboriginal new mothers and the babies. One council is looking for agencies interested in receiving and distributing handmade blankets and quilts.

This project may hopefully continue next year as we seek to further meet the needs of these most worthy groups.

For pictures of the great results of this project, please click here. 


Grafton is having “Coffee after Mass” so church members can enjoy coffee, snack, and a visit. Donations will be collected for “The Priest Retirement Fund”.

Everyone is welcome!



On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the Catholic Women’s League of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Cobourg, hosted its service awards presentations.  That evening, 22 women received pins and recognition certificates for service from 10 years to 75 years in the CWL.  The evening started with a welcome from President Kathy Bazley followed by some words and a blessing from Father Gerard and a scripture reading by the CWL’s Faith Chair, Marie Fleming.  All other CWL Executive members were on hand for this special event and to assist in the presentations. On behalf of the CWL, President Kathy Bazley expressed thanks and appreciation to the recipients for their dedication to the CWL.  She further thanked them for everything they had done to assist the CWL here in Cobourg and wherever else they may have been a member.  She thanked them for attending meetings, supporting CWL causes, donating their time, baking goodies, helping the sick, sitting with the needy, holding the hand of the young and the old alike, sharing in the good times and not so good times of the parish, praying for the sick and dying, attending funerals and masses, conventions and other events and never, ever saying “No, I’m too busy”.  No matter when the CWL members are asked to assist, they do, and they do so willingly.    We were privileged to have attending this evening Bernadette Forster who was not only receiving her 65 year certificate but was also the recipient of the CWL’s Bellelle Guerin prestigious award. Cake and Tea and a time to visit followed where old friends caught up on news and things going on in their lives.  It is important that those ladies who were eligible to receive a pin and were unable to attend receive their pin and former CWL President Helen Baxter and 50 year CWL member paid a personal visit to each CWL member who had been unable to attend and presented them with their pin.   We thank her for this act of kindness!  Kathy Bazley, President

Name Years
Jean Boudreau 75 years
Bernice Bassinger 70 years
Catharine Clarey 70 years
Mary Calnan 65 years
Bernadette Forster 65 years
Gloria O’Grady 50 years
Helen Baxter 50 years
Margaret Godawa 50 years
Barbara Mouncey 50 years
Mae Leguard 40 years
Jane Penney 40 years
Ann Quinlan 40 years
Dorothy Ruttan 40 years
Cynthia Harper 40 years
Lynda Macpherson 25 years
Marcella McLelland 25 years
Veronica Batchellor 25 years
Pat Fleming 25 years
Denise Roulx 25 years
Mary Wood 10 years
Rose Goncalves 10 years
Tita Green 10 years


Mental Health for All

Workshop and Spiritual Program

Our Lady of Assumption Church Hall

Keene, Ontario

(10 min. East of Peterborough, Hwy 7B to Keene Rd)

Saturday May 30th

Registration: 9:30 am

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

All women are invited to join CWL members for a presentation by Jack Veitch, Health Promoter and Educator with the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Join us and learn about mental health and mental illness. Several illnesses, their symptoms and treatment options will be presented.

Through prayer and reflection, find strategies for coping with friends and relatives with mental health issues as well as strategies to maintain good mental health.

$20.00 – includes lunch and materials




Please pre-register by May 26th to allow time to plan meals and prepare materials.

Mental Health Poster



The Catholic Women’s League of St. Michael’s Parish in Cobourg held a Faith/Spiritual morning on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  The morning started with Mass presided by Father Andrew in the church.  We then moved to the Parish Centre where coffee and refreshments were waiting.  This was followed by our guest speaker, Jan Bentham, from the Ottawa Catholic District School Board. Jan is the Coordinator of Religious Education and Family Life Education for the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She is a singer songwriter with a background in theatre studies.  Jan’s accomplishments and contributions to the OCSB and the faith community are numerous.  She was the Co-chair of the Ontario Student Leadership Conference in Ottawa in 2013, has prepared many student and staff retreats as well as liturgical and prayer services.  She has helped in the development of resources for OCSB Spiritual themes for the past 10 years and has been a songwriter for the various OCSB Spiritual themes since 2007. In addition, Jan helped implement a Faith Mentor program at OCSB elementary schools that continues to be supported to this day.  She has also taken leadership in the area of adult faith development and works closely with staff to provide resources to lead adult faith initiatives! Jan spoke eloquently on the Pope’s message of the Gospel and “Opening the Door”.  She provided stories, memories and laughs along with her gift of music.  At the end of the presentation, the Executive were asked to please book her again for next year—everyone enjoyed her that much! The ladies were then treated to a lovely hot luncheon.  Thank you to all who attended and to those who donated to the good will offering. A special thank you is expressed to the ladies of the CWL Executive who worked so hard to make this a special morning especially Marie, Veronica, Kathy and Henriette.


You are cordially invited to attend

St. Mary’s CWL
Retreat for All Women

Saturday May 2, 2015
9 am mass in St. Mary’s Church
40 Russell St E., Lindsay

9:30 registration, St. Mary’s School (next door) 18 St. Lawrence St. program until 2 pm includes lunch & materials.

Guest Speakers:
Sr. Ruth Hennessey
Sr. Joan Driscoll

Admission $5
To reserve your place, call:
Gloria at 705-324-2290 or
Glenda at 705-340-5357 or
Anne at 705-324-7039



Saturday June 6, 2015

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Held at St. Joseph’s Villa, Cobourg

Sponsored by: Our Lady of Mercy CWL Parish Council

All women are welcome!

For more Information or to Register contact:  Church Office – 1-905-885-6793 or

Rosemary Guy


THE BALLAGH  BUNCH – A Fundraiser for  the Church Bell Tower in St. Joseph’s Church in Douro

The Ballagh Bunch are a multi talented family from Teaswater.

They play fiddle, piano, guitar, drums, mandolin, plus sing and step  dance.

Two shows are scheduled Sunday June 7th , pm and 7 pm at Market Hall in Peterborough. Adults $22.50 Students $12.

For tickets please call St Josephs Douro parish office 705 652 3231or Carmella LeMoire 705 652 7776 or Mary Carlow 705 295 6494.

If wished visit their site  Thank you for your support.



The Catholic Women’s League of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Wooler celebrated their 75th   anniversary on September 14th, 2014.  Mass was celebrated at 9:30, then a meet and greet in the church hall followed by a catered lunch. There were 55 people in attendance including 5 past presidents and CWL members from Brighton, Bowmanville, Cobourg, Douro, Grafton, Lindsay and Warkworth.  Guest speaker was Betty Anne Brown Davidson, National Past President, who gave an inspiring talk that encouraged us to continue our journey together in faith as Catholic women in our League work and as Christians. Long term service pins and certificates were distributed and many friendships rekindled.

St.  Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Women’s League was formed on November 26, 1939, charter #915, just a month after the 50th anniversary of the church (Oct. 27). The first spiritual director was Fr. H. Black, first president was Mrs. Art Moran and first secretary Mrs. Hugh Maccauley. It was still war time and the church needed repairs so during the 40’s and 50’s the Catholic Women’s League helped the parish by holding chicken dinners and raising funds for the church roof, woodstove and new pipes.

During the 1960’s St. Alphonsus CWL held membership teas and the Christmas Bazaars started. Meetings were held in member’s homes until the hall was built in the 1960’s. In 1981 we raised funds to paint the church hall, add extra electrical outlets, kitchen shelves and duct work.

Throughout our history, our League has been very supportive of our parish community by cleaning the church, providing funeral lunches, purchasing new vestments for the altar and our priests, a stereo system for the church, Christmas trees for the altar, donated towards the purchase of an organ and providing gifts for the children receiving the sacraments.

Our Council has the distinction of being the only council that has hosted the Peterborough Diocesan Convention not in our local community. We hosted the convention in Haliburton in April 2002. The members had a great time preparing for this special event and the team work was exceptional. We made bookmarks and a prayer booklet of our favourite prayers which was included in the bags for all attendees.

We have also been blessed by having three past presidents be elected President of the Peterborough Diocesan Council.  Anne Korim (1968-70), Ann Cowan (1990-92) and Margaret Van Meeuwen (2012-14).


Congratulations to the St. Jerome’s CWL Parish Council on their 60th Anniversary! A celebration was held on Saturday November 1, 2014. The council has served the parish, the diocese and the larger community in an exceptional manner. For a rural parish who has gone through the changes of being a parish, then a mission, then a parish, and again a mission, they continue to have a very passionate bond in faith and friendship for St. Jerome’s and for this community.  In 1954, 25 women from St. Jerome’s, Warkworth, the mission of St. Peter’s, Burnley, and Sacred Heart, Harwood became members of the newly formed St. Jerome’s Catholic Women’s League.  This year the membership is 24 with between 1/3 and ½ of these members at regular meetings.  This evening, we pay special tribute to those first members and others whose zeal and commitment witnessed gospel values to us in their daily lives – in the home, in the parish and in their neighbourhood, with no great fanfare.  It was just who they were! It is a tribute to these early members, a number of family members of those founding CWL ladies attended the celebration. Many guests came a considerable distance to honour their mothers and relatives by their presence at this 60th Anniversary celebration. The Council received many congratulations from the community. The Parish Council President, Maureen O’Grady, was presented with this certificate and letter for the provincial president Betty Colaneri by Joanne Hough, Peterborough Diocesan president.


Lacey Maxwell and other students and teachers from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School in Lindsay took a missionary trip to the Honduras during April 2014. The students fund-raised and each collected a suitcase full of donations of clothing, diapers, school supplies and food for the orphanage where they were going to play with the children and to work at constructing beds and building a cement block wall. Lacey shared her story and pictures at the recent pot luck luncheon meeting of St. Mary’s CWL, one of her sponsors. The women decided that they would like to hold a shower for Lacey’s trip in 2015 through Friends of Honduran Children. In her talk she encouraged each member to take a missionary trip, saying it would change our lives. PS: Lacey’s mother Cheryl is a CWL member.


St. Mary’s CWL President Glenda Klein, who is also the World Day of Prayer  Liaison for Canada, presented one of the newly designed WDP Canada pins to Josette Chase, who has been the WDP local committee rep for St. Mary’s CWL for over 20 years. Josette said she was very surprised and honoured.


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Thank you to Wendy Tedford for this invitation to participate in the PVNC Catholic District School Board ‘Faith Day’. This was a great opportunity to make the CWL more visible. Six members attended the opening Mass with Bishop McGrattan as celebrant in which the CWL was mentioned more than once as guests. A display board displaying membership information and main initiatives of CWL was placed in the main foyer of St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School. Prayer bookmarks were distributed as well as copies of the Catholic Education bi-fold from the Ontario website. The CWL and Knights of Columbus helped to serve the 1800 attendees a barbecue. The Cheese Shop prepared and served salads, condiments and various drinks. All in the entire luncheon was a great success and several participants took the time to thank individual CWL members for their support and participation. This one day format is a bi-annual event. Staff of the Catholic Education Community experienced a day of reflection, collegiality and renewal. Members of the CWL were privileged to play a part in ‘Faith Day’.


Ontario Life Member Bernice (Bunny) Leahy passed away and our prayers and thoughts are with the family. Bunny had served as Peterborough Catholic Women’s League Diocesan President during 1986-87. She and her husband, Kevin, received the Papal Award, “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” for their distinguished service to the Catholic Church.  Condolences can be sent to Kevin Leahy at 3010 Hwy. 28, Lakefield, ON, K0L 2H0.  A card has been sent on your behalf to Kevin.

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Bunny Leahy

(Retired School Teacher, Longtime CWL Member and Organist at St. Joseph’s Parish in Douro) Peacefully at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in her 87th year.

Devoted wife to Kevin Leahy for 64 years. Selfless mother of Joanne (Bob) MacLean, Mary Leahy, Cathy Kempman, Kevin, Vincent, Sheila Leahy (Dave Wallace), and Peter (Ada) Leahy.

Dear grandmother of Alyssa, Ryan and Tina, Siobheann, Miquela, and Michael, Eric, Caitlin, Sean and Ryan, Kara and Kirsten. Dear great grandmother of Chloé, Léa, Elliott, Preston, Aidan and Caitlin’s newborn.

Dear sister of Katherine Doyle (late Joseph), and Camille (Lorne) Waywell. Dear sister-in-law of Dr. Philip Leahy (late Theresa), Frank (Julie) Leahy, and Madelyn Leahy (late Bob). Dear aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her parents Peter Greenan and Anastasia Moher, and brothers Reverend Father James Greenan, Joseph and John Greenan, and sisters Mary (Frank) Lynch, Gertrude Greenan, Eileen (Simon) Kirley, and Alice (George) Kelly and brothers-in-law Ollan (Agnes) Leahy, Clare (Joyce) Leahy, Reverend Father Leo Leahy, Vincent Leahy and Ray (Edna) Leahy.

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