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Spiritual Development

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT STANDING COMMITTEE

Spiritual growth is the very heart of the League and the essence of its existence.
The patroness of the League is the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

2017 Spiritual development memo from Jacqueline Nogier, national chairperson of spiritual development

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DUTIES
The duties of the Spiritual Development Standing Committee are:

The chairpersons of standing committees shall:
(a) acquire knowledge of and fulfill the duties of the committee assigned
(b) appoint a sub-committee to share the work
(c) consult with chairpersons of other standing committees to maximize team effort and avoid duplication
(d) prepare and promptly submit monthly and annual reports as required
(e) be responsible for long-term planning

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

Book of Life

All Parish Councils should have a Book of Life to record the names of deceased members.

Note: They do NOT have to be a current member to have their name entered into the Book of Life.
If they have ever been a member, they are included.

REMEMBER TO SUBMIT THEIR NAMES TO NATIONAL OFFICE.

 

RESOURCES and REFERENCES

Contact national office for information on obtaining the following documents:

  • Christifideles Laici – Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of His Holiness John Paul II on the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World (1989)
  • Mulieris Dignitatem – Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the Dignity and Vocation of Women (1988)
  • Evangelization in the Modern World – Pope Paul VI, 1975 and study guide (CCCB)
  • To Speak as a Christian Community – a pastoral message on inclusive language
  • National Bulletin on Liturgy

Current addresses for additional resources may be obtained from the chairperson at the next level.

Protocol for Honorary Life / Life Members

Protocol for Deceased Members

Source: Executive Handbook

ECUMENISM and INTERFAITH ENDEAVOURS
Ongoing interfaith dialogues have revealed vast areas of common action and resulted in the collaboration of churches on a range of social issues.

The chairperson shall:

  • initiate joint prayer services, inviting women of other faiths to council meetings or social events
  • promote awareness of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • promote awareness of the World Day of Prayer, observed annually on the first Friday in March
  • dialogue with leaders of Christian communities; in ecumenical dialogue, stress what we have in common rather than what divides
  • celebrate World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization’s WUCWO Day, on May 13th each year, with a recommended prayer service

The chairperson should:

  • obtain information and texts for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from Novalis and the Canadian Council of Churches

LAY MINISTRIES
The strength of League ministry can be measured in proportion to the depth of members’ spirituality.

The chairperson shall promote:

  • spiritual ministries – retreats, prayer and study groups
  • liturgical ministries – music, parish liturgy committees, lectors, ushers, and Eucharistic ministers
  • church ministries – lay leadership, pastoral facilitator and council members

EVANGELIZATION and MISSION ASSISTANCE
Members are called to lead all people to encounter Christ. The League’s mission will remain incomplete until we can say we have shared not only our material goods with others but, more importantly, our gift of faith.

The chairperson shall:

  • encourage members to assist missions at home and abroad
  • promote the collection for Catholic Missions In Canada

The chairperson should:

  • contact local diocesan mission offices, Catholic Missions In Canada and counterparts on the next level for mission names and addresses at home and abroad

 

ROLE of WOMEN in the CHURCH
Women are called to take an active and responsible leadership role in the church’s life and mission by actively participating in League, church and community.

The chairperson shall:

  • encourage members to watch for and read new books which explore women in the scriptures
  • promote an awareness of women’s place in church and society as found in the scriptures
  • encourage members to actively participate in the League, the church and the community by taking leadership roles
  • encourage women to continue to contribute to the progress of humanity by participation in ecclesial, cultural, social and economic life in their parish communities
  • become a member of the parish liturgy team

STUDY of CATHOLIC TEACHINGS
Faith is a way of life which is characterized by a constant and ongoing conversion and renewal of mind and heart. Members must constantly be in the process of spiritual growth.
The chairperson shall:

  • promote and publicize courses and programs which will contribute to faith enrichment
  • organize workshops
  • form groups to study the Catechism of the Catholic Church, papal documents, Code of Canon Law
  • study and act on League resolutions pertaining to this standing committee

The chairperson should:

  • contact local Catholic information or diocesan centres to determine what materials are available
  • make use of films, videos and guest speakers
  • subscribe to Catholic newspapers/periodicals and other publications
  • promote or establish a parish lending library for adults and children
  • encourage members to join a lay formation program in the diocese

SPIRITUAL GROWTH of MEMBERS
The spiritual dimension sets the League apart from all other women’s organizations.
The chairperson shall:

  • facilitate the study of the League theme
  • plan meaningful liturgies and spiritual programs in consultation with the spiritual advisor
  • prepare spiritual programs for all meetings
  • involve sick or shut-in members in prayer for League intentions
  • organize retreats for all women of the parish
  • plan special devotions for Advent and Lent
  • make use of the League’s Ceremonies Booklet
  • plan a celebration on the Feast Day of Mary, April 26, Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel; May, the month of Mary; October, the month of the Rosary; and other significant occasions
  • arrange prayer vigils/honour guards for deceased members according to League protocol (National Manual of Policy and Procedure, Appendix 2)
  • ensure League prayer leaflets, Hymn to Our Lady of Good Counsel, picture of Our Lady of Good Counsel and other items needed for meetings are on hand

The chairperson should:

  • precede meetings with mass, involve members
  • organize and/or encourage members to attend a bible study group
  • encourage members to allow time each day for personal prayer, meditation or reading
  • make use of the diocesan pastoral centre
  • become a member of the parish liturgy team
  • encourage members to join a lay formation program in the diocese
  • participate in and help organize annual retreats
PROTOCOL For HONORARY LIFE/LIFE MEMBERS Diocesan Prov’l National
Annual Conventions      
  Mail convention information (including tentative agenda) X X X
  Notify in advance regarding planned participation in convention liturgies (e.g., gift bearers) X X X
  Reserve seating in church for convention opening liturgy – front seats on left side X X X
  Issue voting cards X X X
  Reserve tables at business sessions/luncheons/banquets X X X
  Include in Roll Call of Convention X X X
  Issue written invitations to specific convention receptions or include in registration package X X X
During the year      
  Send complimentary newsletters (if applicable) X X  
  Send convention minutes on request X X X
Life Member Liaisons      
  Diocesan liaison communicates with local life and honorary life members (if applicable) X    

Provincial/diocesan presidents are encouraged to write to new life members.

Source: Executive Handbook

Subcategories

Catholic Teachings

Under Spiritual Development Standing Committee

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