First of all, I want to introduce our new Victoria Diocesan theme: Solid Rock, Living Waters. This theme is based on Psalm 62.1: “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.” And on John 7:37-38: “ … ”Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.” As an Island Diocese, we are living on the Rock, surrounded by water! We will use this theme as a foundation for our efforts.
Although summer isn’t officially over, as August comes to an end, our season of work in the CWL ramps up again. In addition to wonderful visits with family across the country, I have had the pleasure of participating in three conventions these past few months: our Diocesan Convention in Victoria, the Provincial Convention in Whitehorse and the National Convention in Winnipeg.
On July 14, 2018, members of the Victoria Diocesan CWL team met in Ladysmith at the new All Saints Parish, the Ladysmith location of the recently combined St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s churches. The objective of the meeting was to have a good look at our CWL: Parish councils, Diocesan councils and the CWL as a whole.
I can’t believe that it has been two months since our Diocesan Convention. If you need a refresher on what we accomplished there, take a few minutes and go to cwldov.org and check out the Meeting Reports section and read what Military Ordinariate member Marlene O’Hanley said about our convention. And, while you’re there, you can read my review of the Provincial Convention in Whitehorse. Both Conventions gave me the opportunity to witness the amazing work of the sisters in our League. When I jumped in to chair the Diocesan Convention I appreciated the guidance of so many of you as you stepped forward to help me through it. Whitehorse, under Carol Vanderbyl’s leadership, pulled off an amazing Provincial Convention with a very small team of dedicated members. I am looking forward to working with you when we host the Convention in Nanaimo.
Summer Planning Session – Saturday, July 14, 2018 at All Saint's Parish (formerly St. Mary’s) in Ladysmith
I hope that those of you who have taken on new responsibilities as Executives and Chairs of Standing Committees have had a chance to familiarize yourselves with your new responsibilities by reviewing your portfolio’s duties in the Executive Handbook (cwl.ca) and have had discussions with the person who held the position before. At our planning session, our focus will be on better understanding our Victoria Diocesan Council’s needs by evaluating what’s working and what’s not and to draft a plan to take us forward.
ACTION for ALL DIOCESAN OFFICERS AND PARISH PRESIDENTS:
Please bring all your ideas (and a bag lunch) to All Saint's Parish (formerly St. Mary’s) at 1135 – 4th Avenue, Ladysmith from 10-3 on Saturday, July 14th. If you cannot attend to represent your parish council, please send a delegate. We want to make sure all voices are heard. (Draft Agenda is being sent via email attachment).
New Provincial Officers and Standing Committee Chairs
At the Provincial Convention in Whitehorse, the following members were elected/appointed.
Christian Family Life
Education & Health
Provincial Life Member Liaison
ACTION for DIOCESAN OFFICERS AND CHAIRS OF COMMITTEES
You might want to send a note to your Provincial counterpart to congratulate her and to provide her with your contact information. These ladies will provide you with information and guidance that will help you in carrying out the scopes of your positions.
If you have any questions or need help on any of these items, please contact me.
Save the Dates
July 14, 2018, Diocesan Team Planning Session, All Saint's Parish (Ladysmith)
August 11-14, 2018, National Convention, Winnipeg
October 1, 2018, Fall Interim Meeting, Our Lady of the Rosary, Langford
I started my journey as President of the Victoria Diocesan CWL Council at our Convention at the beginning of May. I have been preparing for this job for the past two years as President-Elect. However, I was prepared to take over the position after the Convention, not prior to the Convention when our dear President, Maureen, had to resign due to ill health. Thanks to the wonderful convention team in Victoria and the support of my sisters in the League, we were able to pull off a great Convention.
This Communique was written five weeks ago and not sent. Too much horizontal sick time. Thank you for your lovely cards, flowers, Masses celebrated and for your phone calls and visits to Dwain while he is in hospital. He will likely be in hospital for a while yet. It is your love which inspires action while I feel more akin to a sloth.
I do appreciate those who filled in for me when there was a task needed to be done sooner, not later. I hesitate to mention names as that is a guarantee to forget a team member.