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Centenary Celebration!

Community Life Standing Committee


Wherever there are people in need of food and drink, clothing, housing, medicine, employment, education; wherever (people) lack the facilities necessary for living a truly human life or are afflicted with serious distress or illness or suffer exile or imprisonment, there Christian charity should seek them out and find them, console them with great solicitude, and help them with appropriate relief. This obligation is imposed above all upon every prosperous nation and person.
~ (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity)

Community Life memo - Betty Colenari, National Chairperson of Community Life

• dignity and rights of persons
• social and economic justice
• refugees, immigration and citizenship
• Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP)
• developing countries

The chairperson should:
• refer to communiqués and/or annual reports from all levels
• study and act on League resolutions adopted at each level pertaining to this standing committee
• file with the recording secretary a copy of monthly and annual reports


The following are available from national office:
• National Manual of Policy and Procedure
• Constitution & Bylaws
• Resource List
• Personal Letter Writing Guide

Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP)
10 St. Mary Street, Suite 420
Toronto, ON M4Y 1P9

Phone Toll-free: (800) 494-1401
Fax: (416) 922-0957
Web site:

Current addresses for additional resources may be obtained from national office and/or your diocesan council.

Source: Executive Handbook

100th Anniversary Lap Quilt Challenge

Dear Sisters in the League,

With the cooler weather approaching, members often feel like hunkering down with fibers in hand (“To keep warm?”, one might ask). Such fabric could be knitting or crochet wool or fabric like cotton, synthetics or wool. At this time of year, some just feel like making something for someone.

The Centenary Committee to the rescue; we have the perfect project for you! In the lead up to 2020, we want to create a yearly event or project to increase anticipation for 2020. This year, besides the 100th anniversary logo competition, we are offering members the opportunity to participate in the lap quilt/blanket challenge.

  • On the idea of a prayer shawl, a lap quilt can be made either by an individual member or a small committee or the whole parish council, while praying for its beneficiary.
  • The lap quilt size would vary, being enough to fit over your body and legs to keep you cozy if you were sitting in a chair.
  • Lap quilts can be made for a child, a woman or a man.

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Development and Peace

The CWL supports the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development & Peace (D&P) also known as Caritas Canada.

The 1% Fund:

Since 1969, the CWL has been encouraging its members to put aside 1% of the cost of all personal items that they purchase and of funds raised by Councils, to go towards supporting Development and Peace partners working to improve the status of women in the Global South. Collectively these funds are having a real impact on the lives of thousands of women striving for a better future. CWL members across Canada are making a real difference!


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