Women across P.E.I. gather for league’s fall convention
Over 170 women from across P.E.I. participated in the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) provincial fall convention held recently at Tignish Parish Center and at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Center, Stratford.
President Marion Marshall welcomed all to the meeting and invited the members to join Fr. Paul Batchilder in the celebration of the eucharist.
Following mass, members were welcomed by Marie Keefe, St. Simon St. Jude, and by Bernadette Roche, Our Lady of the Assumption. Florence Flynn, provincial spiritual convener, opened with a prayer to Our Lady of Good Council.
Dianne Griffin spoke on the services provided to families across the Island by the Catholic Family Services.
A new program working with couples dealing with addictions is available.
Shirley Arsenault, introduced by Eleanor Handrahan, informed the members on the importance of hospice palliative care. She explained that palliative care focuses on the care of the patients and their families. She stressed the importance of caring for the whole person, body, mind, and spirit.
Palliative care can be anywhere the patient hap- pens to be, hospital, home, nursing home, etc. The philosophy of the service is to enable the patience to die with dignity.
Dying is an intrigue part of living. Hospice palliative care works as a team to care for the patient. A group discussion was held following the presentation.
Flynn opened the afternoon sessions with a prayer followed by the provincial chairperson’s reporting on the duties of their standing committee.
Marshall reminded everyone of the White Ribbon Campaign and the rosary and pilgrimage in Seven Mile Bay in October.
The national president sent a letter, on behalf of the 718 delegates who were present at the national CWL convention, to the prime minister regarding Bill C-384 “Right to die with dignity”.
Zita Cameron and Barb Mac Farlane reported on the national convention held in St. John’s.
“ We are reminded we are leaders of ‘Peace and Hope’,” says a press release.
Proceeds from the gift basket went to Hospice Palliative Care and Anderson House.
Displays and information were available from St. Jerome’s Bookstore, Catholic Family Services, Hospice Palliative Care and WUCWO.