Join your sisters at the Diocesan Convention and Renew.

 

Call to Convention

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada
CALGARY DIOCESAN COUNCIL
invites all members to the

102nd Annual
DIOCESAN CONVENTION

May 3 - 5, 2024

Holiday Inn & Suites

Calgary South Conference Centre
8360 Blackfoot Trail SE  
Calgary, Alberta  T2J 7E1

Hosted by the Calgary South Councils

Bishop William T. McGrattan will celebrate the Opening Mass and Ceremony at 7:00 pm, St. Cecilia’s Parish, 321 – 90th Avenue SE, Calgary. A Wine and Cheese reception hosted by the Knights of Columbus will follow.

The Closing Mass and Installation of the Diocesan Officers will be held at St. Bonaventure Parish, 1600 Acadia Drive SE, Calgary at 5:00 pm, followed by the banquet at the Holiday Inn & Suites Conference Centre.

The 102nd Annual Meeting will include the reports and business of the Calgary Diocesan Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada.


New in 2024:
The Registration Fee and Convention Fee have been amalgamated into one fee.

Convention Package
Call to Convention Delegate Criteria
Convention 2024 Invitation Pre-Convention Meeting Agenda (Friday)
Accommodation Convention Agenda (Saturday)
Registrations are now open  PostConvention Agenda (Sunday)

The Convention Planning Committee looks forward to welcoming you; and the Convention Co-chairs will gladly answer any questions:

   Friday, May 3

The theme is “Called by Name to Community”. The pre-convention focuses on the Diocesan Renewal, as lay women in the Catholic church and leaders in our parishes we have a role to play. The speakers will introduce us to the Renewal, “You are Called. You Matter. You Belong.” We are called to

  1. Form Missionary Disciples in Christ,
  2. Be a church of encounter and witness, and
  3. Strengthen Family Life.

100th Anniversary Commemorative Bench Celebration:

Commemorative Bench Photos – We will have a 100th Anniversary Commemorative Bench celebration with a power point and speeches. We would like to have some photos of your council at the bench. It is in front of the Le Fort Building on St. Mary’s University campus. If you take photos, please send them to Jan Myhre by Monday, April 22, 2024, so we can include them in the presentation.

Meet our Speakers

Dr. Bonnie Annicchiarico

She will give a personal testimonial, explain why the renewal came about, its importance, what it means to us as Catholic lay women. Her workshop will be practical and involve the nine actions of the renewal. It will direct us to participate, act, and go forward to live our baptismal call, strengthen our own faith, and the faith of those we love.

Rev. Tim Boyle

Forming Missionary Disciples in Christ. He is interested in those “seeking” to know Jesus and those waning to return to church. “Finding the Real Presence of God outside the Church.” How we can welcome and relate to them.

Dr. Peter Baltutis

He will speak about "Church as a Potluck Dinner: New Models of Being a Church of Encounter and Witness".
The Diocese of Calgary's Pastoral Renewal calls upon Catholics to "be a Church of encounter of witness."  This presentation uses the metaphor of a potluck dinner as a model for how to live out this mandate.  Potluck dinners are informal meals where guests bring different dishes that are then shared with other guests.  So too, our Churches must become communities where everyone is encouraged to share their gifts with one another.  Instead of parishioners as passive recipients, we must re-imagine our parishes to be communities where the baptized are seen as active partners in mission.

 

Saturday, May 4, 2024 - 102nd Annual Convention

It is important you attend the Saturday convention as we will have an election of new Diocesan Officers and a nomination for the ABMK Provincial Officers.

Banquet and Keepin’ It Country Line Dancers – Enjoy, learn to line dance!

Confirmed Delegates, remember:

  • Wear your CWL pins (and scarf if you have one).
  • All attendees are encouraged to wear red on Friday in honor of our military and missing and murdered women.
  • Please bring:
    • A bag to hold your convention materials
    • Your Council Banner (and stand)
    • Cash to purchase items from our vendors and for donations to our featured charities
    • Isezerano & Abdi Days for Girls Social Enterprises will be an exhibitor at the convention. Joanne is asking for "hotel-sized" bars of soap. You can bring them to her exhibit table.
  • When you arrive at the convention, you need to check in and pick up your convention materials. You can do this:
    • Thursday, May 2 between 5:00 to 7:00 pm (tentative), or
    • Friday, May 3 between 7:45 and 8:30 am, or
    • Saturday, May 4 between 8:00 and 8:30 am
  • A name badge will be provided when you sign in at the convention. Please wear it at all times, as you cannot enter the convention room without it.
  • You must sign the attendance record each day you are at the Convention.
  • Food: 
    • Breakfast each day is on your own
    • Morning breaks include beverages and snacks
    • Lunches and suppers are at the hotel. Meals must be prepurchased when you register so we can give the numbers to the caterer. They cannot be purchased at the Convention.

Early Bird Draw: Members who register and pay by March 22 will have their name entered in a draw to win one of two gift baskets.

Meetings

Friday – Pre-Convention Meeting:
Friday is an informative day with motivational guest speakers. Our clergy and spiritual advisors are welcome to spend the day with us to hear the speakers, or just come for lunch. They do not pay the registration fee if they attend only the Friday lunch. Parish Councils should pay for their Spiritual Advisor’s lunch (and fees if staying the entire day). We will introduce all spiritual advisors who have joined us.

The Friday speakers will be Rev. Tim Boyle, Dr. Bonnie Annicchiarico, and Dr. Peter Baltutis. In addition, we will be having a workshop, “Opportunities and Challenges of Being a Lay Woman in the Catholic Church Today”. We will share Friday supper at the hotel. Bishop William T. McGrattan will celebrate the Opening Mass at St. Cecilia’s Parish, 321 – 90 Avenue SE, at 7:00 p.m. It will be followed by a Wine & Cheese Reception hosted by the Knights of Columbus.

Saturday – Convention Meeting:
The convention meeting begins with a Memorial Service for our deceased members and spiritual advisors, followed by the business session. It is important to attend the Saturday convention as there will be an election of new Diocesan Officers and nominations for the ABMK Provincial Officers.

The Closing Mass and Installation of the Diocesan Officers will be held at St. Bonaventure Parish, 1600 Acadia Drive SE, at 5:00 pm, followed by the banquet at the Holiday Inn & Suites Conference Centre.

Parish Council Presidents:

  • This is an election year! You must bring the white copy of your Council's Instructed Vote with you on Saturday to participate in the election of new Diocesan Officers and nominations for the ABMK Provincial Officers.
  • The Post-Convention Meeting on Sunday will be led by our new President, Kathleen Winter. This is a short meeting where we bring forward motions to pay expenses, etc., and discuss upcoming Provincial & National Conventions. Parish Council Presidents should be there as they must vote on the financial decisions on behalf of their council. If a Parish Council President cannot attend, she should send a designate. All members are welcome to attend.

Parish Councils are asked to bring their Council Banners (with stands) to the Convention. 


Convention Charities

Members and Councils are also asked to consider a monetary donation toward our featured convention charities.

Calgary Diocesan Council has a tradition of collecting donations from members and councils to support the Church and charitable organizations in our diocese and beyond. Any cheques can be payable to “Calgary Diocesan CWL Council” or the recipients. 

Friday, May 3rd Community Collection - Calgary Catholic Immigration Society: CHARITY REGISTRATION #118823244RR0001 Donations support immigrants and refugees by funding essential settlement and integration services like housing, healthcare, education, language and job skills training, and employment. (ccisab.ca)

CCIS also serves areas outside Calgary including Brooks, Claresholm, Cochrane, Drumheller, Hanna, Taber, Medicine Hat, Okotoks, and High River; and has an agreement with the Diocese of Calgary to facilitate refugee sponsorships.

 

The Saturday, May 4, 2024 Memorial Service Collection recipient chosen by the Diocesan Officers is the Diocese of Calgary – Vocations Ministry. Donations support seminarians in their calling to the diocesan priesthood, men enrolled in the permanent diaconate program, and women and men discerning their call to consecrated life.

Make cheques payable to: "Calgary Diocesan CWL Council" or "Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary (Vocations)."

Displays

Displays (vendors and exhibitors) are open on Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Contact vendors through their websites to see if they will accept pre-orders and bring items to the convention for you to pick up.

Exhibits   Vendors

Calgary Pro-Life Association

I'm Worth it Now (IWIN)

Isezerano & Abdi Days for Girls Social Enterprises

Diocese of Calgary (Renewal)

 

Lumen Christi Books

Cards from the Heart/Mission Council

Global Wonders Products of Hope

Pray the Rosary Call Bernie @ 403-942-7413

Sacred Arts Guild of Alberta

Perpetua Press

 

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Convention Sponsors

Acknowledgements
Our heartfelt thanks to the following for their sponsorship

Valentine Volvo Group

Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli

Evan J. Strong Funeral Services

McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes

 

God Squad Canada

Knights of Columbus
St. Peter’s Don Bosco Council 8146

 

Knights of Columbus
Calgary Chapter

Knights of Columbus
St. Cecilia’s 4878

 

Calgary Catholic School District

 Karen Lobello

 

Delegates: read important information on preparing for Diocesan Conventions.

Download the registration form

MAIL-IN REGISTRATIONS AND PAYMENTS:

Brenda Kellington, Registration Chair
145 Shannon Estates Terrace SW
Calgary AB T2Y 4C3

E-TRANSFER PAYMENT:
Make cheques payable to:
Calgary Diocesan CWL Council

Make sure to include the full name of the registrant/s in the note part of the cheque or the comments section of the e-Transfer. This will help to ensure that payments from councils, spouses, businesses, etc. are matched to the correct registrants.

Check that your Registration Form and payment are consistent and accurate!


 

2024 Convention Accommodation

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Accommodation: rooms have been set aside for us at the Holiday Inn & Suites Calgary South Conference Centre, 8360 Blackfoot Trail SE  Calgary, Alberta  T2J 7E1. Contact the Front Desk either by Telephone at 403-475-8561 or by email to .

Our group rates are:

  • $169.99 Standard King Rooms
  • $169.99 Standard Two Queen Beds

When registering, quote Group Name Catholic Women's League or use Group/Team Code: CWL
For more information go to Catholic Women's League 

Cut-off Date: Thurs., April 4, 2024

Reminder: members who have subscribed to CalgaryCWL.ca can login and post to the forum any offers or requests to share rides or rooms, etc.