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The Catholic Women's League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the People of God.

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Hamilton Diocesan CWL

... a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the People of God.

May 2018

Dear Sisters in the League,

"Women have a special role in opening doors to the Lord, in following Him and communicating His face because the eyes of faith always need the simple but profound look of love. Women are driven by love and they know to accept this proclamation with faith. They believe and immediately transmit it; they do not keep it for themselves.”
— Pope Francis, April 3, 2013.

The members of Hamilton Diocese Catholic Women’s League have exemplified their mission statement – service to others – and opened many doors to the Lord.

The Annual Report book provides an opportunity to celebrate the many successes that clearly demonstrate that our members worked diligently to perform acts of kindness involved in the corporal works of mercy and advocating for those in paliative care.

Our focus for this year, homelessness, was embraced as members offered financial assistance to Out of the Cold, the Good Shepherd, Samaritan Purse, Food Banks, the Working Centre and many more in the regions.

Support was given to the Catholic Missions in Canada and Women’s House to offer crisis support for women and children.

It is so encouraging to read the good works being done by so many. You continue to do God’s work through charity, generosity and faith and you do, as Jesus asked of us:  “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me.” — Matthew 25:35-36

We have truly answered the Lord’s call with our service and love.

Many were given the opportunity to view “Over 18” a presentation on how pornography hurts our children. Spiritual growth continues to be at the heart of our organization. As reported many members are taking advantages of the opportunities for spiritual growth, supporting parish initiatives, education and lobbying the government on a variety of bills and initiatives.

One challenge that continues to affect many of our councils is the reluctance of eligible members to take on leadership or executive positions. There is no shortage of talents in the parish councils but the lack of time and lack of confidence are often stumbling blocks. Mentorship to foster confidence and the sharing of responsibilities to address the shortage of time in our busy world are two ways that our councils are attempting to overcome these challenges. Please share your ideas if you have other suggestions to encourage our members to move into these roles to lead the excellent work of our councils.

I look forward to the actions that I know will come from our theme, “Inspired by the Spirit, Women Respond to God’s Call,” and to continuing to journey with you as president of the Catholic Women’s League of Hamilton Diocese.

Joan Schurter
Hamilton Diocesan President

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