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The Catholic Women’s League of Canada BC & Yukon Provincial Council National theme: One Heart, One Voice, One Mission Provincial theme: Joyfully Serving the Lord

Communications Communique #2 – Laura Esposito – Dec. 13, 2016

Dear Sisters in the League and Father Kulling

A white blanket of snow has covered the ground for more than three weeks, an occurrence which does not happen often in my community.  The cold temperatures, the bright sunny days and the smiles on people’s faces have been part of preparing for this most holy season of Christmas.  I hope it is a joyous one for all of you.

First, let me start by apologizing for the tardiness of this second communique and for the tardy appearance of various items on the provincial website.  Due to health issues in November, it has taken longer than I would have liked to fulfill my duties.  But I am healed and now raring to go.

Discontinuation of Be League – Shari Gunta, National Communications Chairperson writes that, “The National Executive has decided to discontinue production of Be League.  This online newsletter has been interesting and informative for the last few years but in discussion, it is quite a bit of work for the office staff and unreliable when receiving items to be posted on it.  So Be League ends in December and On the Spot! begins in January.”

On the Spot! will be similar in that members will be invited to send in news items from their councils.  This news outlet will feature council work and activities, not personal items.  Shari encourages provincial, diocesan and parish councils to send in news about the good work councils are doing across the country and as the articles and pictures come in, they will be posted immediately on the website under On the Spot!  She is excited to see timely items posted of the great things that are happening in the League.

Changes in Themes - Remember that beginning Jan. 1, 2017 the League Themes change.  The National Theme will be Inspired by the Spirit: Women Respond to God’s Call. The provincial theme will be Leading With Courage.

PornographyThe issue of pornography has become prominent of late.  There have been many media reports of human sex trafficking and child molestation linked to pornography. The Pornography Hurts Campaign is alive and well and councils are encouraged to make a concerted effort to educate members about the harmful effects of pornography.

In the November 20, 2016 issue of The Catholic Register, Deborah Gyapong reported that a private member’s motion has been introduced for government study into the public impact of pornographic material that is readily available.  “Conservative MP Arnold Viersen’s motion calls on the Standing Committee on Health to ‘examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing online of violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men’ and report to the House of Commons by July 2017.”  We are all encouraged to monitor this motion.  It is now reported that children as young as eight years old are viewing pornography on a regular basis.  Some points found in the study include:

- Pornography is proven to be addictive.

- Pornography affects the growing, maturing brains of young people and can form attitudes of sexual violence and disregard for women.

- Pornography promotes further degrading images and attitudes towards sexual deviation.

- Pornography degrades the respect within relationships eg. Marriages

- Pornography is a multi-billion dollar industry.

An organization based in the United States, Fight the New Drug, informs about the addictive nature of pornography.  Their website is fightthenewdrug.org   In what way can your council participate in getting the message out to members about the harmful effects of pornography?  How many members of your council will contact members of parliament demanding new and much stiffer controls especially regarding the Internet?  Please download the Pornography Hurts postcard from the National website and use it.  Many other forms of awareness are available including billboards, bus ads and have been successfully used in various councils.  It has been an ongoing project for the diocesan council of Hamilton Ontario for several years.  More information will be forthcoming over the next several months as this issue will be a focus of this committee at all levels of the League.

Pope Francis’s intentions for December 2016 are:

Universal: End to Child-Soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers be eliminated the world over
Evangelization: Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.

For Advent, Pope Francis states “we are called to enlarge the horizons of our hearts, to be surprised by the life that is presented each day with its newness. In order to do this we need to learn to not depend on our own securities, our own established plans, because the Lord comes in the hour which we don’t imagine.”

I am wishing you blessings for you, your family and friends throughout this Christmas season.  May The New Year be full of peace and joy for all.  Ciao for now.

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