Catholic Women’s League
The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God.
St. Patrick’s council is one of 1300 councils throughout Canada. Our council is part of a network of Regional, Diocesan, Provincial and National Councils.
We invite all women parishioners over the age of 16 to join in a sisterhood of faith and fun who promote and respond to political and social issues that affect all Canadians.
Annual dues are $25.00 and are collected in the month of November each year. If you don’t have a pink envelope in your weekly envelope box you can put your money in a plain envelope with your name and address on it and put it in the weekly collection plate or drop it off at the parish office during regular office hours. From the annual dues collected from each member, $20.00 is sent to the National Office who then use the money to promote and support the values and objectives of the Mission statement of the CWL all across Canada. Members receive a copy of The League Magazine 3 times a year to inform them of League activities throughout Canada.
We hold our meetings on the second Wednesday of the month in the Parish hall at 7 p.m. The meeting is followed by a social hour that allows you to get to know other members of the Council. We have an Advent Social and a June Social. Our major fund-raiser each year is our Tea in October and a Yard Sale in May. We thank parishioners for supporting our fund-raising efforts.
As a non-profit organization we are obliged to have an annual meeting which is done at our Diocesan Convention which rotates yearly between Sudbury, North Bay and Sault Ste.Marie. This is open to all CWL members and we offer to defray the costs for any members who wish to attend.
Since 1920 the CWL National Office has successfully brought forth resolutions to the Federal government that have improved the life of all Canadians. These resolutions start at the parish level and then go through a process of approval at conventions at the Diocesan, Provincial and National level. The National executive meets every year with senior members of the federal government where they are treated with much respect and they are often successful in getting their resolutions brought before parliament and passed into legislation. These resolutions have addressed a variety of social issues mainly concerned with the welfare of women and children. A complete listing is available on the CWL National website or at our monthly meetings.