Each year the National Resolutions Committee meets to consider resolutions suggested for archiving. These archived resolutions will no longer be worked on by the League. Now that they are archived, a council can write a new resolution on the topic. Some of these topics are still relevant but the information, terminology used, and scientific processes have changed since they were written.
In January 2021, the Diocesan council presented webinars on Laudato Si, the pope’s encyclical on the environment. With the interest on the environment expressed by the participants, I have looked at the 2020 archived resolutions and made a chart of those resolutions that are about the environment. These can inspire an idea for a new resolution on the same topic. If you need any help, please contact the Diocesan Resolutions Chair.
DATE: October 9, 2020 FROM: Cathy Bouchard, national chairperson of resolutions TO: Parish chairpersons of resolutions
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Phil 4:6-8).
A resolution is a profound statement of the League and is consistent with its Objects. When specific resolutions are outdated and then archived, members are encouraged to write new resolutions that speak to the League’s Objects and philosophy. The council that originated an archived resolution is the best council to write a new resolution on the same theme with up-to-date language and references. Writing a new resolution on the same theme will naturally have a slightly different focus and include new research and references.
Congratulations to the B.C. and Yukon and Ontario Provincial Councils who submitted the resolutions adopted at the 2019 National Convention in Calgary. Also, congratulations to Edmonton Diocesan Council for submitting the resolution adopted at the 2019 Alberta Mackenzie Provincial Convention.
Members of all ages and councils of all sizes are encouraged to contribute by studying the resolutions and following up on the Action Plans. I’ve composed sample letters as a helpful resource for your letter-writing campaigns. Please revise and personalize them as you wish. The sample letters are quick and easy to use!
Print copies of the letters and insert your name, mailing address, email and/or phone number and date above the name of the recipient.
Sign and mail the letters (no postage required to the House of Commons)
Send copies of the letters to your local MP or MLA
Additional resources, tips and strategies can be accessed on the diocesan, provincial and national websites. National’s website contains the entire text for all active resolutions (2019 and prior years).
The voices of over 80,000 League members can make a powerful impact! Collectively, we can advocate for social justice and enrich the wellbeing of society.
Please contact me with any questions or suggestions.