We have an associate pastor at St. Dunstan’s church worship site who begins most of his homilies, “So, how ya doin’?”, a simple little question that puts all at ease and prepares those at the mass for whatever words he will share. I think it puts him at ease as well. I believe we are “doin’” well, all things considered. I am generally at ease, knowing the preparations are well underway for the national annual meeting of members. The staff is meeting with Executive Director Kim Scammell regularly, and members will be offered lots of training. It will be a unique experience in the history of the League. I will write about it as part of my journey and try to imagine what eyes and hearts will see when they read it years from now, assuming pandemics are rare and COVID-19 is a distant memory.
What a spring it has been! I have been so blessed to reap the rewards of the hard work of so many faith-filled women. Since my last check-in, the League, including me, has been privileged to take part in: a retreat facilitated by Dr. Anne Jamieson, webinars on recognizing abuse in children sponsored by the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO), and one on palliative care; regular monthly meetings of the strategic plan implementation committee; a governance forum facilitated by the Canadian Society of Association Executives; governance education sessions hosted by the League; and an Earth Day webinar hosted by Religions for Peace, among others. I just wanted to give you a taste of what members have been organizing in light of not being able to meet in person.
I want to focus, though, on “12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care,” hosted by Thunder Bay Diocesan Council and facilitated by life members Colleen Martin and Pauline Krupa. I mean, this was 12 full hours and 12 hours full, as it included prayer, music, breakout sessions, quiet adoration before the Blessed Sacrament and presentations by guests. The day concluded with a live-streamed mass in what was the evening here in New Brunswick. It was a wonderful, wonderful 12 hours. Attendees were educated, and as importantly, brought together in a common purpose. That is what makes the League so special and vital to the church and country.