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Parliamentarian Workshop

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Do you get frustrated when:

  • Meetings go on and on due to lack of order and control
  • A few people dominate discussions and other voices are ignored
  • There is confusion about when and how to make motions
  • Not everyone knows what is being voted on

Calgary Diocesan CWL Council is hosting a 2 day Parliamentarian Workshop on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th, 2020 at St. Bonaventure's Church in Calgary.   This is a professional course based on Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, and our facilitator will be Pat Knoll, Q.C., who is a Calgary lawyer and professional registered parliamentarian.

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2019 Nativity Stamps Now Available

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Add seasonal spirit to your holiday mail this Christmas with this booklet of 12 PermanentTM domestic rate stamps featuring the Magi from the Nativity story.

This simple, elegant stamp depicts the Biblical story of the Magi travelling on their camels in search of a newborn king, guided by the star of Bethlehem that heralded his birth.

Issue Date: November 4, 2019 

Product # 114121

Source: Canada Post

These stamps can be used all year long. CWL members (and Councils) are encouraged to purchase them to ensure their continued production. Christian-themed stamps are a result of action by the Catholic Women's League of Canada - an example of successful resolutions. See our Resolutions re: Christmas Postage Stamps article for more information.



Secretary Position for Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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The Calgary Diocesan Central Council (CDCC) of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SSVP) oversees 3 Particular Councils and 21 Conferences within the Diocese of Calgary. The entire organization consists of approximately 800 volunteers and typically helps over 18,000 adults and children.

The CDCC consist of a President, Treasurer, Secretary, two VPs and three Particular Council Presidents. This group generally ensures SSVP is operating according to its Rules and Statutes and coaches the Conferences in their operations. It also manages a budget of $50,000 - $100,00o0 per year and handles situations that are beyond the Conference and Particular Council level.

Specific duties of the Secretary are spelled out in article of the SSVP Rule and Statutes but come down to writing of minutes and active participation in the CDCC meetings as a full voting member. The Secretary is also one of the three persons authorized to sign cheques on behalf of CDCC.

CDCC meetings typically take place once a month at a central location (such as St. Mary’s Parish Hall or St. Anthony’s Church) and additional support is provided for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and on Ozanam Day.

Vincentians are called to a journey together toward holiness and do this by serving the poor. As such, Vincentians are generous with their time, possessions and themselves in the mission of charity. Spiritual stimulation is part of Vincentian formation.

CDCC is searching for an enthusiastic person who has adequate administrative skills (Microsoft Word, Excel or equivalent) and who enjoys working in a dynamic team environment.

Anyone interested is welcome to contact Theo van Besouw: and will have the opportunity to ask questions and more details about the role over coffee.



Advent Retreat 2019

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Make Advent a special time to contemplate Christ’s light in the world and reflect on how we can be a shepherd for creation by opening our hearts to the cry of the poor and cry of the Earth. Take time out from the hustle and bustle of Christmas festivities to focus on the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Embrace the holy season by attending an Advent Retreat for guidance, inspiration and spiritual nourishment.

Both retreats will be held Saturday, November 30th and will focus on the theme: "Be a Shepherd for Creation." Explore the "Events" tab for registration details. Come and join us for scripture, prayer, and reflection.


Safe Environment Policy

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The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released a Safe Environment Policy to protect children and everyone from sexual abuse in the church: Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation. Read the document here. 

Break the cycle of silence. You can choose to talk about it and report abuse. The Diocese of Calgary has launched a Safe Environment web page. Talk to someone you trust or call the toll-free number at 1-833-547-8360.


Scams Alert

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There are many scams going around masquerading as your clergy (priests, deacons or lately, the bishop).

Please exercise caution when responding to email messages.  If you receive unusual emails, check the sender's email address to see whether it is the person’s genuine address. Even if the sender's address looks correct, always verify suspicious emails by phoning the sender. There have been many similar scams reported by several parishes in our diocese and across Canada. 

Note that these scams do not stop at emails. Those in social media should stay vigilant when responding to friend requests or to other compelling posts requiring a response. There are many fake Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts trying to impersonate people you know and our church leaders. Some scammers may take the time to build a relationship with you to gain your trust, before trying to extort money or other things like gift cards.

Please exercise vigilance when you are being charitable. Use the channels you are most familiar with and avoid becoming victims of a scam.

For samples of scam emails see Diocese of Calgary


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