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Hamilton Diocesan CWL

... a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the People of God.

October 2018

Dear Sisters in the League,

“It is not how much you do, but how much you put in the doing.”
— Mother Teresa

I pray you all had a bountiful Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends. Please continue to be generous with your contributions to the food banks and homeless shelters in our Diocese and remember to pray for those who have been impacted by recent tragic storms.

I am energized to hear of the many pairs of socks, jars of peanut butter and boxes of crackers that are so easily picked up during our routine shopping. They will mean so much to the marginalized in our communities.

Here we are in the fall season and already we are looking forward to what needs to be done this winter and leading into a new year. We want to be a viable organization in this ever-changing world, increasing our membership numbers and offering them a relevant-to-the-times sisterhood to belong to.

We need to remember the past — not with a “we have always done it this way” attitude, but to learn from it and then be open to new ideas that serve the mission and the objects of the League. New members need to learn about the League, understand why things are done the way they are and what we, as a powerful group of women, have accomplished. To this end, I strongly encourage every council to use some type of mentoring program.

Some have the luxury of having life members in their midst, but most do not. However, there are many long-time members who have the knowledge and experience needed to help our new members gain an understanding of the League and all we can achieve when we work together. Perhaps those willing to mentor could have their contact information made available, or perhaps a buddy system could be established between mentors and new members.

Don’t limit yourself to just those within your own parish council. Find another parish council that may be struggling with low membership, or many new members, to offer your support and encouragement.

Most members are comfortable with computers. Guide them to the CWL website to show them the valuable manuals and helpful information that can offer a great start to mentoring. There are some very insightful resources on the new national website, including workshops, CWL ceremonies, skits and prayers.

You can find this at …

And why not explore this website?

Many councils will be holding their elections for the coming year. Remember you are a team.

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
— African Proverb

Each of you has many gifts and talents which we are encouraged to share as we strive to follow our Mother, Mary. Please do not feel you will be alone in any of these roles. There is always support and help available. You just need to ask.

Please discern and pray.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel bless you in all you do for the League.

Joan Schurter
Hamilton Diocesan President

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