We humbly pray You,
O God our Father, to bless
The Catholic Women’s League of Canada.
Bless our beloved country,
our homes and families
Send Your Holy Spirit upon us
to give light to our minds
and strength to our wills
that we may know and fulfil
Your great law of charity.
Teach us to share with others
at home and abroad,
the good things You have given us.
This we ask through our Lord Jesus Christ
and the intercession of our patroness
Our Lady of Good Counsel.
The National Council of the CWL began in 1920. Frances Lovering of Hamilton attended the meeting and became the first treasurer. We are a parish-based national organization with councils at the parish, diocesan, provincial and national levels. We are also associated with the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations.
The St. Patrick Council began in February 1952. We are a community of women who endeavour to foster and advance the spiritual growth of members through prayer and the help of our spiritual adviser. With a firm foundation, members utilize their gifts to support each other, parish activities and the broader community.
We meet once a month to pray, to learn and for fellowship. In the past we have raised money to support the parish through bingo and our fall bazaar. More recently we have reached out to learn about and support various groups working in the parish – St. Vincent de Paul, St. Dymphna, De Mazenod Door Outreach. We have participated in the May Crowning and support children of the parish with the gift of rosaries at their First Communion and a reception when they are confirmed. We try to raise awareness of social justice issues through education (guest speakers) and communication with our elected members of government.
As individuals we participate in our parish mission by being lectors, eucharistic ministers, hosts, choir members, etc. At the national level we bring the concerns of Catholic women to the attention of our elected leaders through various forms of communication, including going to Ottawa and speaking with them directly.