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Spiritual Development Communiqué #1 - June 2015

Spiritual Development Communiqué #2 - November 2015

Spiritual Development Communiqué #3 - June 2016

It’s Time to Talk… Hospice Palliative Care - October 2016

Spiritual Development Communiqué #4 - October 2016



Spiritual Development Communiqué #4 - October 2016

Chantal Devine, Provincial Spiritual Development Chairperson


“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor,

are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever,

and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”

–Pope Francis, Communique to the CBCEW (Bishops of Ireland, England and Whales), July 17, 2013


This quotation brings to mind Object #4 of the CWL of Canada …to protect the sanctity of human life. We are living in a time where there is less and less respect for life. With the passing of Bill-C14 this past June, we as Christians are faced with extra responsibilities. We need to educate ourselves about palliative and hospice care, and then contact our government officials and request more funding for these services. We also need to recommit ourselves to the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and be witnesses to Christ’s teaching in our world. At the 96th Annual National Convention of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada, members passed Resolution 2016.04 Amend the Canada Health Act to Identify Palliative Care as an Insured Health Service. Please go to the national website and download this resolution and discuss it at your next CWL meeting. For more information on palliative and hospice care, visit


At our Provincial CWL Workshop this fall, I presented a one page letter called, It’s Time to Talk…Hospice and Palliative Care, wherein I asked members from each CWL council in the province to visit their MLA/MP to voice our concern about Bill- C14 and to request that palliative/hospice care be made available to all who are in need of this service. This article will be available on our provincial website, if you wish to download it.


The Year of Mercy is coming to a close on November 20th, 2016. In her oral presentation at the National Convention, past Spiritual Development Chairperson, Anne Gorman reminded everyone to send in their pledge cards as soon as possible so that everyone’s actions relating to palliative and hospice care can be included in the spiritual bouquet that will be sent to Pope Francis at the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Please insure that your council has sent in their pledge cards.


Jacqueline Nogier, from Snow Lake, MB, was elected as the new National Spiritual Development Chairperson at the National Convention in Halifax, NS. In her first communique she reminded us of the responsibilities we have in this committee, which are:

  • spiritual growth of members
  • study of Catholic teachings
  • role of women in the church
  • evangelization and mission assistance
  • lay ministries
  • ecumenism and interfaith endeavours


I encourage all of you to spend at least one third of your CWL monthly meeting time on spirituality.

Keeping in mind the most vulnerable members of our society, why not begin each meeting with the following prayer;

Reverence for Life Prayer by Leah Perrault

                                     O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, to you do we entrust the cause of life

                                     Look down, o Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born,

                                     of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women

                                     who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick

                                     killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy.

                                     Obtain for all who believe in your Son, the grace to accept

                                     the Gospel of Life as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude

                                     throughout their lives, and the courage to bear witness to it,

                                     in order to build the civilization of truth and love to the praise and glory of God,

                                     the Creator and lover of life. Amen



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It’s Time to Talk… Hospice Palliative Care

October 2016


Dear Sisters in the League,


To offset the negative effect that the recently passed Bill C- 14 will have on the most vulnerable in our society, CWL members at the 96th Annual National Convention of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada passed resolution 2016.04 Amend the Canada Health Act to Identify Palliative Care as an Insured Health Service. Please download this resolution from the national website at and click on resolutions and share it with your members at your next CWL meeting. To further inform your members on palliative and hospice care, visit and watch the videos available on the site. They are well worth watching and could easily be used as part of an informational evening on palliative care. The video entitled “The Faces of Palliative Care” is an hour in length and very well done.


Since the start of the Year of Mercy, you may have noticed that our theme One Heart, One Voice, One Mission, was expanded to One Heart, One Voice, One Mission: Palliative and Hospice Care. What is your council doing to support palliative and hospice care? In her oral presentation at the National Convention, Spiritual Chairperson, Anne Gorman reminded everyone to send in their pledge cards as soon as possible. A spiritual bouquet will be sent from the League before the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, to the Holy Father, demonstrating our actions relating to palliative and hospice care. These pledge cards were sent out earlier this year by national to every parish in Canada, and yet very few have been returned. Perhaps you have already returned your completed pledge cards, but if you haven’t, I would like to propose an action plan for you to fulfill your responsibility for this worthwhile endeavour.


After familiarizing yourself with the essence of Resolution 2016.04, which is basically to request more funding for end of life care, visit your MLA/MP and ask him/her to “urge their provincial/territorial governments to provide palliative care as an insured service covered under their provincial/territorial health act as deemed prudent/ necessary.” (Line 28, 29, 30 of Resolution 2016.04.) Even if you are unable to visit your MLA/MP before Nov.20th, 2016, when the Year of Mercy ends, send in your pledge cards indicating your intention. If every council in the province participates in this project, all our Saskatchewan Provincial MLAs and MPs will have received a visit from CWL members.


I believe that we as Catholic women can make a difference if we band together and confidently contact our government leaders and with One Heart, One Voice, One Mission express our concern over the lack of funding to provide adequate Palliative and Hospice Care.


God bless you in your work for God and Canada,


Chantal Devine

Provincial CWL Spiritual Development Chairperson



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Spiritual Development Communiqué #3 - June 2016

Chantal Devine, Provincial Spiritual Development Chairperson

June 2016


“Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.” Pope Francis, Misicordiae Vultus (Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy)


I’ve just returned from our annual provincial convention and feel rejuvenated and inspired to carry on the work of the League. The uplifting homilies at the opening and closing masses, the informative guest speakers, and renewing acquaintances with my sisters in the League, are all responsible for my renewed energy. Also, having the support and guidance of our newly installed Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Gerard Cooper, made this convention even more special! His reflections on the readings at our Tuesday morning prayer service, clarified the biblical passages and encouraged us to incorporate the message of Christ into our everyday lives.


On June 8, 2016, I attended the Reconciliation Canada Gathering at Wanuskewin in Saskatoon. After listening to the stories about the abuse in residential schools, specifically the threats to children about hell fire and damnation, I remembered my own early upbringing in the Catholic Church. I too experienced this frightening teaching of a vengeful God. Pope Francis is well aware of these antiquated attitudes of the pre Second Vatican Council Church. Fifty Years ago, the Second Vatican Council opened the doors to promoting a loving and merciful God. Pope Francis reaffirmed that sentiment when on December 8th, 2015, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, he opened the Holy Door, the Door of Mercy, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. During this jubilee year, the Holy Father is making available to all a “Jubilee Indulgence.” By receiving this indulgence we will really experience “God’s mercy that welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed and its effects that continue to endure in our relationship with God and others.” Most Rev. William McGrattan, The Canadian League, Winter 2016, p. 3.


Anne Gorman, National Chairperson of Spiritual Development, outlined in Communique #8 the meaning of and the benefits of receiving an indulgence. She defines an indulgence as “the complete remission of all temporal punishment due to sin, i. e., punishment while on earth, but if not entirely remitted on earth, then in purgatory.” Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation we are absolved of our sins through God’s mercy but the harm our sin caused or “the consequence of sin” needs to be cleansed through temporal punishment. This is where indulgences come in. Anne goes on and asks, “How do indulgences work? To review, Pope Paul VI stated, “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the actions of the church which…dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.”


There are various ways of obtaining indulgences, but this year we are encouraged to make a pilgrimage to one of the designated churches in our diocese. Those who will be attending the National Convention in Halifax this August, will have the opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence by making a pilgrimage to St. Mary’s Basilica, the mother church of the diocese of Halifax. These are the conditions necessary to receive the plenary indulgence as outlined in Communique #8:


  • Enter the door of mercy
  • Exclude all attachment to sin (detachment even from venial sin)
  • Go to sacramental confession (within eight days)
  • Receive holy communion
  • Recite a profession of faith(Apostle’s Creed)
  • Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father(Our Father)


We are fortunate to be living during this Holy Year, an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Let’s take advantage of all of the opportunities presented to us to renew our faith. Let us be evangelists and become more merciful like the Father and promote reconciliation in our world.



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Spiritual Development Communiqué #2

Chantal Devine, Provincial Spiritual Development Chairperson
November 2015


On June 1st, 2015, at the Provincial CWL Convention opening Mass in Regina, Bishop Thevenot asked us to be as enthused about sharing the word of God as if we had just won a million dollar lottery! He reminded us that we are here as the body of Christ so we have one heart, as Catholic Women our message is the same so we speak with one voice, the voice of Christ, and with the support of our sisters in the CWL we can fearlessly bring that one mission, that Christ is in our midst, to the world. As we begin a new CWL year, let’s ask ourselves if we are who we say we are, and if we’re truly carrying out the mission of the CWL?


National Information


Anne Gorman, National Chairperson of Spiritual Development, in her Communique #5, informed us that a parish memo will be sent to all parish council presidents with the following information:

  • Notification of the closing date of the Year of Consecrated Life
  • A new funeral protocol
  • The winning hymn to, Our Lady of Good Counsel, which can be found on the national website,, under resources
  • Information on the Year of Mercy

Along with her communique, Anne Gorman, also attached a summary of the Papal Bull outlining the coming Year of Mercy. It will begin on Dec.8th on the feast day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the Jubilee Year will end with the liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King on November 20th, 2016. “Be Merciful like the Father,” is the “motto” of this Holy Year.


We’re also asked to stay informed on the Supreme Court of Canada Ruling in Carter v. Canada. Each CWL Council should take the time to write to their M.P. asking him to encourage the Federal Government to enact the notwithstanding clause. At the provincial level, we should encourage our premier and cabinet ministers to enact laws that will allow physicians and health care facilities to opt out of having to support euthanasia and physician assisted suicide when those procedures go against their conscience. Also, please ask our governments to provide more funds for palliative and hospice care.


During the month of November let us remember all our sisters in the League who have gone before us. As Spiritual Chairpersons, we are responsible to report all deceased members to national office. Please take note, that all notices for the current year should reach national office by January 15th. This is especially important for the deaths occurring in December, if national does not receive notification by January 15th, those names will not be recorded in the year they actually died.


On this Remembrance Day, as we continue our work for God and Canada, let us all proclaim with One Heart, One Voice, One Mission….May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen.


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Spiritual Development Communiqué #1


Chantal Devine, Provincial Spiritual Development Chairperson
June 2015


I’m humbled and honoured to be the new Provincial Spiritual Development Chairperson. I’ve been a CWL member for over 40 years, and since 2002, I’ve been a member of St. John the Evangelist CWL Council in Marquis, Sk. My husband, Grant, and I live on a ranch 30 minutes NW of Moose Jaw. Our lives have been blessed with 5 children and 11 grandchildren.


As I plan the prayer services during the next two years, I hope to deepen and strengthen my faith as well as the faith of those I’m so privileged to serve. As you know, our CWL meetings whether they are at the parish, diocesan, provincial or national level, should be comprised of one third spiritual development. Are we doing that? This is a good time to plan for next year’s meetings and insure more time is spent on spiritual development.


Our responsibilities as Spiritual Development Chairs is to help our League Sisters

  • in their spiritual growth
  • in studying the teachings of the Catholic Church
  • in the role of women in the church
  • in evangelization and mission assistance
  • in lay ministries
  • in ecumenism and interfaith endeavours

Another important responsibility for the Spiritual Development Chairperson, is to maintain an accurate, up to date record of all deceased members’ names for the Book of Life. Parish councils are asked to fill out the ‘Form for Reporting Deceased Members’ from the national website, and either email, fax or mail it via Canada Post to CWL National Office. Keep a record of the form for your council‘s records to avoid duplication. National sends the Provincial Spiritual Development Chair a list of the deceased members so the names can be added to the Book of Life.


I look forward to working with all of you. If you should need any help in finding an appropriate prayer service for one of your CWL events feel free to contact me. My contact information is:
Chantal Devine
Home: 306-756-5161
Cell: 306-630-9172


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