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Provincial Spiritual Development Communique #4 – Agnes Geiger  April 10, 2017

Reports - Thank-you ladies for persevering and completing your new report forms from the online information – it’s bound to get easier!

Spiritual Growth of Members - Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for APRIL 2017 – “That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.”

On May 4, 2017 is the day for 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care, all the CWL Diocesan Councils have received information plus there is also a link on the National CWL Website www.cwl.ca   

This could also take place during the National Hospice Palliative Care Week May 7-13, 2017.    “Hospice Palliative Care is about living well. Right to the end.”                       

I encourage the CWL members to meet with your provincial government candidates to ask for their views and to promote access to hospice palliative care.

Study of Catholic Teachings - The National Week For Life And The Family MAY 14-21, 2017 “Every year the Church in Canada sets aside one week as a special time for prayer and reflection on life and the family.  Given the cultural climate in which we find ourselves – with the value of human life and the central role of the family constantly called into question – can anything be more deserving of our attention? The recent canonization of St. Theresa of Kolkata brings to mind her now famous response when asked how one might best help to “change the world.”  “Go home and love your family!” she replied.  In the same spirit, Pope Francis has repeatedly called the faithful to go out to the “periphery” in pursuit of those whose choices have put them outside the ordinary life of the Church.  Nearly every one of us has a family member whose circumstances of life would seem to place them “outside the fold”;   someone for whom Christ’s mercy might seem out of reach; for whom we might become the face of Christ’s mercy“  COLF website 

Role of Women in the Church - Pope Francis said, “Mary Was More Important than the Apostles, than Bishops, Deacons and Priests.” Powerful words!     

On May 13 is the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization (WUCWO) Day. In these times, marked by social and economical difficulties, wars and divisions on the international field, it is our duty to face the realities and overcome the temptation to run away or be indifferent. We need to catch and offer reasons of hope and solidarity. From the Vatican Council II to Pope Francis, the Magisterium encourages us to read the reality we are in and, according to the “see, judge, act” method, we are called to give a coherent witness of our faith and to console the suffering. “All of us need consolation because no one is spared suffering, pain and misunderstanding. How much pain can be caused by a spiteful remark born of envy, jealousy or anger! What great suffering is caused by the experience of betrayal, violence and abandonment!... “Comfort, comfort my people” (Is 40:1) is the heartfelt plea that the prophet continues to make today, so that a word of hope may come to all those who experience suffering and pain. Let us never allow ourselves to be robbed of the hope born of faith in the Risen Lord” (ibidem 13). The WUCWO Website

Ecumenism and Interfaith Endeavours - I attended the World Day of Prayer in Nanaimo which featured the women of the Philippians. So meaningful!

Lay Ministries - As Mother Teresa stated, “The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved and uncared for.” Our Parish CWL has a very vibrant Prayer Shawl Ministry, where Prayer Shawls are made with the specific person in our prayers each time we work on their shawl. We deliver prayer shawls to church, Nursing Homes, peoples’ homes for babies, children, couples, elderly, people who are grieving, ill or lonely and have sent them to England, the Philippians and across Canada. Such a worthwhile Ministry!

Evangelization and Mission Assistance - All of my personal & Provincial Spiritual Development Mass intentions are sent to the Catholic Missions in Canada.

Deceased Members – I have completed the lists of deceased members for the Dioceses for 2016 – 109 members deceased with a total number of 3,078 years of service.

This Easter, with our hearts lit by the unquenchable fire of God's love, we are asked to entrust ourselves to Christ's care as we hope in the divine power that "dispels wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen, and joy to mourners, drives out hatred, fosters concord, and brings down the mighty." (Roman Missal, Longer Form of the Easter Proclamation)  “May the joy of the Resurrection be with you now and always” Happy Easter!

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