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Christian Family Life – Oral Report to Provincial Convention 2017 – Susan Steiner

I, along with other members of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada, joined hundreds of others from throughout B.C. for the March for Life in Victoria, May 11, 2017. The theme was “Human Rights Still Matter”. The day started with a prayer service at Central Baptist Church, Mass at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church. I attended Mass at St. Andrew’s Cathedral. It was full to the brim.

We gathered for the March at Centennial Square at 1:45 pm. and walked down Government Street to the Legislature. We arrived at the front lawns at approximately 2:15 pm. It was so exciting seeing so many young people taking part in this event. There were three busloads of students from Abbotsford and Langley. At Centennial Square we were getting our Banner ready and four young ladies, who appeared to be still of school age, came over to us and asked if they could carry our Banner. It was so exciting to have young ladies carry the CWL Banner, we didn’t hesitate to say, yes. There was representation from the Archdiocese of Vancouver, Diocese of Victoria, Diocese of Prince George and the Diocese of Nelson. Master of ceremonies was Paval Reid, director of the office of Marriage and Family of the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Speakers were Archbishop J. Michael Miller, pro-life advocates, Stan Leyenhorst, who has lived with the effects of a spinal injury, John Carpay, who is a lawyer, Dr. Paul Chamberlain, a professor of ethics and philosophy of religion at Trinity Western University, and Irene DeSousa who works for the Canadian Centre for Bioethical Reform. The event closed with a fundraiser dinner, hosted by National Campus Life Network. National Campus Life Network trains students to be pro-life leaders.

The Commissariat of the Holy Land in Canada and the Franciscan Family Centre in Bethlehem, is offering a new resource for prayer entitled “Families on the Way of the Cross”.

COLF has released a new document, “The Joy of Love” At the Heart of the Family.  This leaflet is easy to read and includes topics on Marriage, Love, Family and Spirituality. They can be ordered for the price of 40 cents.

Pope Francis has announced the next World Youth Days will take place in Panama City in 2019.

(Most Rev) Douglas Crosby, OMI , President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops has written a “Statement on Canada’s Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction”. I recommend you go to their website and download it. This Statement is very interesting.

This concludes my report

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