Posts Tagged ‘Women’s Support/Faith Group’


All are welcome to our parish hall (855 Bishop Power, LaSalle) on Saturday, February 18 from 1:30pm-4:30pm for a workshop of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, presented by our CWL. The workshop will conclude with Mass at 4:30pm, followed by refreshments. The objectives of the workshop are to raise awareness about and honour the issue of the interrupted lives of our missing mothers and sisters across Canada, and to reflect with our sisters in spirit. A goodwill offering would be greatly appreciated. To register by February 11, contact Cathy at 514-546-2984 or; Louise at 514-303-3387; or Pat at 514-507-0800. Visit



The CWL, Montreal Diocesan Council will hold its first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, February 7 at St. Luke Parish (106A Anselme-Lavigne St., Dollard-des-Ormeaux). Mass in the church at 7 pm.  ALL ladies – members and non-members – are welcome to attend. A great way to discover the raison d’etre of the League and the variety of activities in which dedicated women engage. CWL is actively involved in serving God and Canada from coast to coast.  Be proud to be a CWL member! If your parish does not have a Council, perhaps you would like to see one established. For more info contact President Helen at 514-620-9533.



On Wednesday, May 4 from 8:30am-6pm, the Montreal City Council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada will be hosting a day of prayer for palliative care at St. Patrick’s Basilica (454 René-Lévesque Blvd West, Montreal).  Everyone is welcome to stop by to say a prayer in support of palliative care as well as to sign our Petition to have palliative care as a defined medical service covered under  the Canada Health Act.  Contact Janet McLean, National Legislation Chairperson, at


A Canadian woman will be featured on the very first of the next series of polymer bank notes, expected in 2018. The Bank of Canada has launched public consultations to select an iconic Canadian woman to be featured on this new bill. Doreen Gowans, National Catholic Women’s League Community Life Chair from Kamloops, B.C., has asked for support for Resolution 2013.01 – Building Relationships and Partnerships with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples—by asking our Federal Government to have St. Kateri Tekakwitha on the next edition of bank notes. St. Kateri, also known as the “Lily of the Mohawks” is one of the contenders. Nominees will be considered if they meet the following criteria: They are a Canadian by birth or naturalization who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, achievement or distinction in any field, benefiting the people of Canada or in the service of Canada, and they have been deceased for at least 25 years. The call for nominations will close on April 15. For more info, visit the official website of the Bank of Canada:


The national Flower of Cuba is the white butterfly jasmine. Cuban women have used the flower not only as an adornment for their hair, but also to transmit messages during liberation wars, and as a sign of their being Cuban. There can be no better emblem for the 2016 World Day of Prayer service written by the World Day of Prayer committee of Cuba. The service transmits their witness and experience of being Cuban and Christian, even when their faith meant isolation within the country they love.
With the triumph of the Revolution, a trade embargo by the United States brought Cuba economic isolation and material scarcity. Within Cuba a similar isolation formed around people of faith in the officially atheist state. Now the embargo is lifting, but uncertainty remans for the Cuban people. What can these women tell the rest of the world about how faith endures in a secular world, of material and social challenges, and of hope?
On March 4, 2016, Christians in more than 170 countries and in 2,000 communities across Canada will gather to learn about, pray for, and celebrate Cuba in solidarity with the women of Cuba through the World Day of Prayer. Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer 2016. – Media release © Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada

Here is a list of WDP services being held locally:

Friday, March 4
11am at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish (34-34th Ave., Lachine)
1pm at St. John Brébeuf Parish (7777 George St., Verdun)
1:30pm at St. Edmund of Canterbury Parish (105 Beaconsfield Ave., Beaconsfield)

Saturday, March 5
11am at Paroisse Présentation-de-la-Sainte-Vierge (655 de l’Église Ave., Dorval)

For more information regarding the service at St. John Brébeuf Parish, contact Patricia at 514-507-0800 or For all other services, contact Eleanor Arless at 514-674-0557 or


With Sr. Pat O’Neill, SNJM as animator on Wednesday, November 11 at Villa Saint-Martin (9451 Gouin Blvd. West, Pierrefonds). Registration begins at 9:15am. Thought-provoking presentations with references to scriptural passages and the works of renowned spiritual writers; relevant music and songs; quiet time for personal reflection and prayer; sharing for those who wish to participate. Plan to gift yourself with a few hours of rich spiritual nourishment in the company of women who share your values and your desire to deepen your relationship with God and to grow in faith and hope. ALL women welcome. Please bring a brown bag lunch; coffee and tea provided. Pre-registration not required. Suggested donation of $15. Contact 514-684-1290.

Women’s Day Retreat

On Wednesday, May 20 at Villa Saint-Martin (9451 Gouin Blvd. West, Pierrefonds). Registration begins at 9:15am. Presentations by Sr. Pat O’Neill, SNJM. The day will include music, quiet time for personal reflection and prayer, Eucharistic celebration, sharing for those who wish to participate. We are pleased to announce that Theologia will be present to offer a wonderful opportunity for those who would like to browse and buy from a wide selection of spiritual books!  This is a perfect time to prepare for summer reading.  Samia will also have DVDs available for movie fans. ALL women welcome.  Please bring a lunch. Coffee and tea provided. Suggested donation of $15. Contact 514-684-1290.

West Island Women’s Retreat

The theme will be JOY – In Our Lives and Our Churches and will be hosted by the Anglican Diocese of Montreal. Every woman needs some quiet time when she can stop, reflect and turn to God; a time when she can think through the priorities of her life without those inevitable interruptions and those seemingly endless demands on her time and energy; a time for renewing herself mentally, physically and spiritually. Women of all Christian faiths seeking time with God are welcome. The retreat will be held from Friday, April 24 to Sunday April 26 at Ermitage Ste-Croix (21269 Gouin Blvd. West, Pierrefonds). This will be a silent retreat that is guided and structured but with plenty of free time to rest and reflect. Join us on a journey of spiritual nourishment and personal growth.  Cost is $145 with partial bursaries available. Contact Liz Glasgow at 514-453-0883.

St. John Fisher Parish: Ladies Tea Party

Hosted by the H.O.P.E. group on Sunday, April 19 from 2pm-4pm (120 Summerhill Ave., Pointe-Claire). All women are welcome to this parish fundraiser for an afternoon of renewal, fellowship, music and a personal testimony by Cindy Walker. Cost is $15. Contact Mary Jane at 514-426-3333.

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada: Montreal Diocesan Council

The CWL will host an Evening of Reflection on Tuesday, March 3 at St. Thomas à Becket Parish (4320 Ste-Anne St., Pierrefonds). Registration begins at 6:45pm. Mass at 7pm followed by a presentation in the parish hall by Fr. Marco Guzman,  pastor of St. Thomas à Becket and animator of the retreat. The theme is Preparing for Our Easter. There will be sharing in small groups. Refreshments will be served. Cost is $6.  Fees will be collected ahead of time by each CWL council and the total amount submitted at the registration desk with a list of names of attendees. ALL ladies are welcome to attend.  This promises to be a spiritually nourishing event. Do plan to make it an
integral part of your Lenten journey!  Contact 514-630-3762.