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. The St. Patrick Council began in 1952. We are a community of women who endeavour to foster and advance the spiritual growth of members through prayer with the help of our spiritual advisor. With a firm foundation, members use their gifts to support each other, parish activities, and the broader community.
Members of the CWL are involved in many ministries at St Patrick’s. We are readers, eucharistic ministers, ushers, and counters. You may have noticed us around the church, wearing our blue scarves. We meet once a month, although the meetings are suspended for the remainder of 2020. We participate in the May Crowning and the Remembrance Day service. We also support the children of the parish with the gift of a rosary at their First Communion and a Confirmation reception.
The De Mazenod Door have been working with the Hamilton Police Service Social Navigator Team since the Coat Giveaway in December 2019. They approached Sherri Ramirez about getting some help to crochet mattresses for people experiencing homelessness using milk bags (the larger outer bag) and the CWL have taken on this project.
In June, we asked parishioners to start saving their milk bags. We collect them before each Mass on the last weekend of the month. We collected in August and September, and will be there again in October, the weekend of October 31 and November 1.
In addition to crochet, several of our members also knit and are using these skills to make shawls for those who are in need of comfort due to illness, injury, or bereavement. The shawls are blessed during the Mass for Our Lady of Good Counsel, whose feast day is April 26.