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Report from the 95th Annual Regina Diocesan Convention--2018

 Lynn Jones, Regina Diocesan Communications Chair              





The 2018 Regina Diocesan CWL Convention took place at St. Gerard’s Parish in Yorkton on Apr 29-30th with over 200 in attendance including members, dignitaries and guests.


The convention began on Sunday at 2 pm with registration and refreshments, rosary in the Church and the Opening Mass at 4:30 pm.  Our celebrant was Archbishop Donald Bolen, with our Spiritual Advisor Rev. Ed Hengen and attending priests concelebrating. 


Following mass, the banquet was held in the parish hall.  Guest Speaker was Rev. Rene Mangahas on the topic of “Inspired by the Spirit, Women Respond to God’s Call” which is our current CWL theme. ­­­­­­­­­­­­Rev. Rene used his love of music to get his message across starting with an Amen Clap to music from Sister Act, Sound of Music and ABBA.  His energetic speech had everyone captivated until his final bible quote of the evening.  Matthew 28: 18 to 20. 


The entertainment for the evening was the quartet singing group called BAABA.  They entertained the crowd with music from ABBA.  Their costumes and lip syncing were a wonderful continuation from the earlier speaker and had everyone from young to old singing along with them.




Monday morning began with a morning devotion, followed by the Presentation of Colours, Notice of Calling of Convention which commenced the business sessions of the day. 


Margaret Schwab our Provincial President, Shirley Lamoureux, Prince Albert Diocesan President and Marlene VanDresar (on behalf of Ingrid Eggerman), Saskatoon Diocesan President all brought greetings.


Dr. Mary Deutscher provided our members with her talk on “Protection of Conscience for Health Care Professionals.  Mary took us through the Canadian Landscape of what is happening in the courts, understanding what conscience means (Legal or Philosophical) and what are the next steps.


Margaret Ann Jacobs our CWL National President brought greetings from National and conducted a workshop with all members present allowing members to voice their opinions on the future of our CWL in Canada.  The topics ranged from how to increase membership, lack of engagement, marketing of the League, use of technology just to name a few. 


The diocesan executive presented their oral reports with diverse topics such as palliative care, future of our CWL, Theodore School Board decision, Pornography Hurts and other areas of concerns.


The Executive for 2018-2019 were reaffirmed as follows:

President – Marilyn Schuck

Past President & Archivist – Lynn Rogers

President Elect & Organization Chair – Yvonne Bachelu

First Vice- President & Resolutions/Legislation Chair – Janette Rieger

Recording Secretary – Marilyn Mudry Lautsch

Corresponding Secretary – Wendy Pitre

Treasurer – Donna Seebach

Spiritual Development – Denise Soroka

Christian Family Life – Bernice Gobeil

Communications – Lynn Jones

Community Life – Marjorie Butel

Education & Health – Sharon Mayer

Rev. Ed Hengen – Spiritual Advisor


Following tradition, the Travelling Madonna was passed on from the Southwest Regional Councils to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Yorkton/Melville Regional Councils. 


The convention ended with the retiring of colours and a closing mass celebrated by Rev Ed. Hengen with other priests in attendance concelebrating.  Reaffirmation of the executive was done at the closing mass. 



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Agenda: 95th Annual Regina Diocesan Convention

Sunday/Monday, April 29-30, 2018

St. Gerard Parish

125 Third Ave. N, Yorkton, SK


Sunday, April 29th


2:00 – 4:00 p.m.                 Registration & Refreshments – St. Gerard Parish Hall

                                           Tour of St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (optional)


4:00  p.m.                           Rosary in the Church


4:30  p.m.                           Opening Mass – Celebrant -  Archbishop Donald Bolen


6:00 – 6:30 p.m.                 Fellowship in the Parish Hall


6:30 p.m.                            Banquet


7:45 p.m.                            Greetings

                                           Guest Speaker – Rev. Rene Mangahas  “Inspired by the Spirit, Women Respond                                                                                to God`s Call”




Monday, April 30th


7:30 a.m.                           Registration  – Church Hall


8:15 a.m.                           Morning Devotion – Father Ed Hengen and Denise Soroka


8:40 a.m.                           Business Session begins:


                                          Presentation of Colours

                                          O Canada

                                          League and Convention Prayers – Denise Soroka

                                          Call to Order and Welcome – Marilyn Schuck

                                          Notice of Calling of Convention – Marilyn Mudry-Lautsch

                                          Meeting Roll Call – Marilyn Mudry-Lautsch

                                          Introduction of Parliamentarian – Lottie Wihak


  1. that the League follow Robert’s Rules of Order;
  2. that the membership adopts the 94th  Annual Diocesan Convention 2016 minutes which have been circulated in printed form;
  3. that the agenda for the business sessions of the 95th Annual Diocesan Convention as printed in the convention program be accepted

     Correspondence – Wendy Pitre, Corresponding Secretary

     Credential Report – Registration Chair

                                         Greeting from National CWL President – Margaret Ann Jacobs

                                         Greeting from Provincial CWL President – Margaret Schwab

                                         Greeting from Prince Albert Diocesan CWL President – Shirley Lamoureux

                                         Greeting from Saskatoon Diocesan CWL President – Ingrid Eggerman


9:30 a.m                           Speaker:  Dr. Mary Deutscher  “ Protection of Conscience for Health Care                                                                                Professionals”


10:15 – 10:35 a.m.          Nutrition Break


10:35 -  11:45 a.m           National CWL President - presentation


11:45 – 12:00 p.m.          Announcements/Regina Caeli/Lunch


12:00 – 1:00 p.m.            Spiritual Advisors` Meeting


1:00 p.m.                         Business Session, continued


                                        Diocesan President report – Marilyn Schuck                                                       

                                        Diocesan Treasurer report – Donna Seebach

                                               Motion to Increase Diocesan Per Capita Fees by Instructed Vote


                                        Standing Committee Chairpersons’ Oral Reports

    Organization                               Yvonne Bachelu

                                        Spiritual Development               Denise Soroka

                                        Christian Family Life                  Bernice Gobeil

                                        Community Life                          Marjorie McFarlane

                                        Education and Health                Sharon Mayor

    Communications                        Lynn Jones

    Resolutions                                Janette Rieger


    Archivist                                      Lynn Rogers


    Spiritual Advisor’s Meeting Report – Father Ed Hengen


2:30 p.m.                         Presentation to  Sask. Catholic School Board Assoc. for funding for Theodore                                                                                  School Court Case

                                        Traveling Madonna Presentation

                                        Registration Committee Report

                                        Presentations and Announcements

                                        Invitation to 2019 Convention – Weyburn Region


                                        Motion to Adjourn

                                        Retiring of Colours - “God Save the Queen”

                                        Post Convention Meeting - Voting Delegates & Accredited Delegates


  1. to pay all outstanding bills of 2018 convention;
  2. to send the Diocesan Council, and the Diocesan Spiritual Advisor to the 2018

               Provincial Convention in Regina on June 3rd  & 4th    

  1. to send Diocesan president, president-elect (or designates), and spiritual advisor to the 2018 National Convention in Winnipeg, MB in August


3:30 p.m.                        Closing Mass –   

                                       Reaffirmation of Diocesan Executive – Father Ed Hengen, Lynn Rogers



                                           Thank you for coming and have a safe journey home!



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50-year celebration of Holy Trinity Parish and Holy Trinity CWL


Back row, left to right: Velma Harasen, Past National President; Marilyn Schuck, Diocesan President, 

Margaret Schwab, Provincial President; Debbie Bulych, Holy Trinity CWL President, and Sharon Mayor, Regina Regional President 

Front row,  left to right: Jean Reader, Past Provincial President and Resurrection CWL member Corinne Edworthy 


September 9th, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary celebration for Holy Trinity Parish, Regina as well as Holy Trinity CWL Council.  We were blessed to have Archbishop Donald Bolen preside at all weekend masses as well as attend our supper held after the 5 p.m. mass on Saturday.  

Holy Trinity CWL members were in evidence, wearing their traditional shoulder sashes.  Several former CWL and parish members came back to the church to attend the celebration.  

The program after supper consisted of words from Archbishop Donald Bolen, Archbishop Emeritus James Weisgerber, Velma Harrison on behalf of our CWL National Council as well as others.  There were a few charter members present who received certificates and corsages.  Also present were many CWL past presidents as well as Jean Reader, Saskatchewan Past Provincial President.  

A lovely roast beef meal was enjoyed by all as we filled the house!



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Preeceville—Sturgis CWL Activities


We are fortunate to have two councils, and members from both Preeceville and Sturgis councils were photographed in front of the altar after CWL Sunday mass in April. With them is Father Marcin Mironiuk, who has now moved to another parish.


Preeceville and Sturgis CWL


Front row, left  to right: Anne Sopel, Gladys Walowski, Father Marcin Mironiuk OMI, Marion Milette, Nathasia Lingl, Nellie Knihniski.

Second row, left to right: Viola Skogen, Amelita Vargas, Bernice Schmidt, Shirley Woytas, Marcia Yagelnesky, Arlene Beatty.

Third row, left to right: Anita Desroches, Delores Orban, Arlene Lingl, Lillian Smith, Geraldine Galiz, Brittany Halkyard, Kathleen Pitt, Laurie Decker, Barbara Biccum, Beatrice Sekel, Carole Haubert .

Top row: Donna Balawyder, Marie Ann Suknasky, Amy Galiz, Leona Kowalchuk, Jeanette Budnick, Barbara Wagar, Lisa Serdachny.

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We are so fortunate to have two young girls in our council, and one has graduated this year. During Sunday mass in April, a graduation presentation was given by CWL President Donna Balawyder to Sydney Giddings.


Sydney Giddings and CWL President Donna Balawyder


In the first week in August, St. Patrick’s Preeceville branch R-092 participated in a parade in the town of Preeceville for the 150 Canada Day celebration. Photos by Brittany Halkyard.


  Nathasia Lingl and Arlene Lingl



Left to right: Arlene Lingl, Nathasia Lingl, Marion Milette, Nellie Long, Bea Sekel, Kathleen Pitt.




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Regina Diocesan CWL Convention 2017


The 2017 Regina Diocesan CWL Convention took place at Christ the King Parish in Shaunavon on April 23 & 24 with 169 members, dignitaries and guests attending. Activities began on Sunday at 1:30 pm with registration, the rosary and Opening Mass at 4 pm. Mass was celebrated by Diocesan Spiritual Advisor, Rev. Ed Hengen, with all attending priests concelebrating. Following the mass, fellowship and the banquet was enjoyed in the parish hall. Guest speaker, Carla Carlson, author, lawyer and CWL member from Swift Current spoke on her book “Everyday Grace: Finding Your Extraordinary in Ordinary Everyday Life”. Her book formed the basis for her presentation as she challenged us to discover our everyday grace and live a life incorporating daily acts of mercy. Carla’s stories inspire us to start our works of service from a foundation of love. Staying Alive, a local entertainment group capped off the evening with old familiar tunes and some musical theater.


The Catholic Women’s League will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2020 and in response to the centenary challenge, many colourful lap quilts had been made by individuals or councils throughout the diocese, and these were on display in the church. These quilts will be donated to various palliative/hospice care homes, nursing homes or individuals in the province.


Quilts Quilts Quilts





Monday began with Morning Devotion, followed by Presentation of Colors. Notice of Calling of Convention commenced the business session of the convention. Provincial President, Jean Reader, was present and updated the members on Provincial business. Prince Albert Diocesan President Shirley Lamoureux and Saskatoon Diocesan President Marlene VanDresar brought greetings. Greetings were read from National CWL President, Margaret Ann Jacobs, MP David Anderson, and MLA Doug Steele.


The Diocesan Executive delivered their reports mentioning the 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care, Euthanasia and Doctor Assisted Death, the Theodore School Board decision, and many other areas of concern. Lynn Rogers, outgoing President, was presented with the Maple Leaf Service Pin.  


This year was an election year. The following is the Diocesan Executive for 2017-2019:


  • President - Marilyn Schuck
  • Past President and Archivist – Lynn Rogers
  • President-Elect and Organization Chair - Yvonne Bachelu
  • 1st Vice-President and Resolutions Chair - Janette Rieger
  • Recording Secretary – Marilyn Mudry Lautsch
  • Corresponding Secretary - Wendy Pitre
  • Treasurer - Donna Seebach
  • Spiritual Development - Denise Soroka
  • Christian Family Life – Bernice Gobeil
  • Communications - Lynn Jones
  • Community Life - Marjorie Butel
  • Education & Health - Sharon Mayor
  • Legislation - Vicki Mayer


Father Ed Hengen remains as Spiritual Advisor.


Following tradition, the Travelling Madonna was passed on from the Regina Regional Council to Our Lady of the Prairies and Our Lady of the Fields Regional Councils, co-hosts of the 2017 convention.


Regina Archbishop, Donald Bolen, theme speaker for the afternoon, spoke on “Beyond the Year of Mercy”. He shared four central points with regard to Mercy: Mercy is here to stay - it is the heart of the gospel; Mercy is a kind of love - God loves us and cares for us with joy despite our sinfulness; Mercy gives rise to internal virtues of faith, hope and love; and Mercy gives rise to external virtues such as justice, compassion and reaching out to others, especially the poor. He encouraged us to carry forward the Year of Mercy by being people of profound hope.


The Convention ended with the retiring of colours, and the Closing Mass at 3 p.m. The main celebrant was Archbishop Donald Bolen with priests in attendance concelebrating. The new Executive was installed at the mass. A blessing of the lap quilts and commissioning prayer was celebrated following the installation.


The 2018 Diocesan Convention will be held in the Yorkton/Melville Region on April 29 & 30.


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