DAVIDSON—Months of planning and preparation by members of the Sacred Heart council of the Catholic Women’s League ended in success April 23.
The local CWL hosted the Saskatoon Diocesan Council of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada’s 77th Annual Convention.
The event attracted 200 attendees from the five regions within the Diocese of Saskatoon, who gathered at Davidson’s Community Centre for the organization’s annual meeting and biannual elections. The daylong program included national, provincial and committee reports as well as a mass celebrated Donald Bolen, Bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon. The mass was followed by a banquet and then attendees returned home, likely tired after the long day.
It was a special event for local CWL members.
This was Sacred Heart CWL’s first time hosting the diocesan convention. Members began planning in the fall.
“It was a big job but it was worth it,” says Amber Greene, convention chair and Sacred Heart CWL president.
On Thursday, Greene said she had just received an email from the Saskatoon Diocesan Council of the CWL’s new president thanking Sacred Heart members for putting on such a good convention.
With more than 90,000 members in Canada, Greene says their numbers carry some clout with federal and provincial politicians.
She says CWL members will question politicians on policies and laws such as abortion, for example.
“They write lots of letters,” she says.
They also do charitable work to help the community.
CWL members visit with health centre residents and take Communion to Catholics who are unable to attend mass.
About $1,000 was collected at the convention mass held at Sacred Heart Church. Because the Sacred Heart Parish CWL hosted the convention, they get to keep the money, which they are donating to Davidson and District Health Centre.
The money will go towards buying an electronic blood pressure machine.