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Prince Albert Diocesan Council News

Priscilla Wakelin, President

April 2023


On Saturday April 22 we held our 99th diocesan convention in St. Walberg was co- hosted by Paradise
Hill. It was a great day. And well attended. Fr. Millan Sajonas was our guest speaker and he
spoke about Mary.

We had more information on the new structure of the league, presented by Helen Kayfish. We
heard reports from standing committees. Most of our councils have moved to the new structure of
the league. At diocesan we have just transitioned over to the new structure.

We were blessed to have many past diocesan presidents at our convention. We had acknowledged
all of them that were present. There were nine including myself. Of these nine two ladies had been
president twice each on non consecutive terms.

Our National theme, “Catholic and Living it”. This is something we all do. We all love, share and
live our faith. We are all called to embrace the call to the gifts of the holy spirit and holiness. Do
we live it? How do we live it? I know we all have stories of how we live it.

Our councils have been very busy Some of the things that our councils are doing to show they are
Catholic and living it include spiritual bouquets, prayer services and celebrations, like the ordination
of Fr. Tai Le in our Diocese. Many parishes sent out Palliative care postcards. There were also
many humanitarian collections. Items continue to be sent to La Ronge sacred Site Outreach program.
Collections for Ukraine as well as for Ukraine refugees. Shoe boxes for operation Christmas
Child and teen aid. One parish also collected household items to furnish tiny homes on the reserve
close by called Door of Hope. Another program was Bags of Love. These bags are given to children
that have been removed from a home for the first time by Social Services. These are just a
few of the many wonderful things our CWL are doing in our parish for our communities. We are
looking forward to seeing how the new structure will unfold and come into fruition. We are looking
forward to the Provincial convention. Learning, growing and walking together on this journey.

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Spiritwood CWL Council Visits Indigenous Parish at Big River First Nation


On Sunday May 15th members of the Spiritwood CWL Council, along with Provincial Spiritual Advisor Father Peter Nnanga visited Big River First Nation Parish for Mass, fellowship, a round dance and a good meal.

Read Father Peter's story here...



Prince Albert Diocese 98th Annual Convention, 2022


   Prince Albert Diocesan 98th Annual Convention
   was held on April 23, 2022 at Notre Dame Church
   in North Battleford. This was the first in-person   
   convention in two years. There were 60 people in   


   Father Peter Nnanga, provincial   spiritual advisor,
   Fr.  Nick Ferreras, hosting council Spiritual Advisor
   made   a brief appearance, Chantal Devine, CWL
   provincial president, Connie Crichton CWL 
   provincial president-   elect and Saskatoon CWL
   Diocesan Representative, Margaret Schwab
   National Chairperson of Education and Health and
   Parliamentarian for the convention, and Janette Rieger Regina Diocesan President were all present.  Melanie Fauchoux, 2024 National Convention planning chairperson, presented a report on the planning progress and asked for volunteers. 


Father Peter brought greetings on behalf of himself and Bishop Stephen Hero. Chantal Devine brought greetings on behalf of the provincial council, and Connie Crichton brought greetings from the Saskatoon Diocesan council. Janette Rieger rounded up the greetings from the Regina Diocesan council. Helen Kayfish read greetings from Lloydminster/ Battlefords MLA Rosemarie Falk in her absence as well as best wishes from the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor Fr. Dong Doan, who was also not able to attend. 


Prince Albert Diocesan President Priscilla Wakelin led the convention with the acknowledgement of meeting on Treaty 6 Territory and then in the business of the day, Priscilla and past president Helen Kayfish conducted the instructed voting process. Diocesan Committee Chairpersons gave their oral reports. Voting on a few of the Diocesan Policies that had been updated previously was conducted.  


Lunch provided by hosting council Notre Dame was enjoyed by all. 


In the afternoon we heard from our guest speaker, Deacon Harry Lafond. Harry spoke on Catholic and Living It, and being Catholic and finding a way forward.  His father and members of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate helped to shape his life today. Deacon Harry also spoke about his experiences in Residential School. 


Following the convention and business of the day, a group picture was taken of many of those who attended the day. The convention closed with the Eucharistic Celebration celebrated by Fr. Peter Nnanga with Deacon Harry Lafond serving with Father. The mass collection was donated to the needs of the people of Ukraine. Helen Kayfish led the executive in a reaffirmation of the executive.  


Submitted by Helen Kayfish - Past President


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Farewell Bishop Thevenot


  On Friday, October, 30, 2020, at a Retirement Celebration for Bishop Albert Thevenot held at St. Vital Parish in Battleford, Helen Kayfish, Prince Albert Diocesan CWL president, made a presentation to Bishop Albert, thanking him for his years of service and leading the CWL blessing. All CWL members in attendance stood to “recite” rather than sing the blessing – in keeping with the guidelines set out due to COVID-19.



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Spiritwood CWL Council Receives New Banner






Our Spiritual Advisor, Father Peter Nnanga, is very proud of the new council started last year in his parish in Spiritwood.  In Father Peter's words, "Today the CWL Council of Spiritwood received it's new banner.  It is interesting because today, January 30, that council is kicking off its Alpha program, held every Thursday for 10 weeks, ending on April 2.  I am particularly excited that this young CWL Council in my pastoral zone is taking on this enormous task of organizing the Alpha program."  






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