2013 Annual Report – Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan Provincial President Marge Szabo

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The highlight for Saskatchewan Provincial Council was the annual national convention in Regina, hosted by Regina Diocesan Council. Members supported each other and worked hard to prepare for the guests from across Canada. Each of the parish councils in Regina was invited to participate in a variety of ways. The benefits members reaped included a better understanding of the League, feeling the bonds of sisterhood, meeting new friends and gaining the enthusiasm to move forward.

The fall workshop in September included the executives from all three dioceses. The meeting was held at Manitou Springs Resort in Watrous. The agenda included ways in which councils could develop the theme, We Have Seen the Lord! By doing group work, members created, composed and dramatized activities―a skit, collage, songs, liturgy service and church bulletin insert. These were all typed and sent to diocesan presidents for distribution. Time was also spent on preparing annual reports and writing communiques.

Catch the Fire! sessions were well received, especially in the Archdiocese of Regina. The diocesan council used all of its allotted funding from the National Development Fund. The dioceses of Saskatoon and Prince Albert did not really catch the spark, so the provincial executive inquired how it could rectify the situation; one possible disadvantage was the distance between councils.

Numerous councils celebrated anniversaries; a certificate was presented to each of the councils. The Bellelle Guerin award was presented to two members. Six members received funding from the National Bursary Fund to enhance their involvement in pastoral services. The $1,000 provincial Social Justice Award was divided among three recipients. Two diocesan councils offered a scholarship for university entrance. Many councils assisted in the education system in various ways.

Membership was down slightly, while a number of councils reported a good increase that some attributed to Catch the Fire! The province is experiencing church closures in many areas resulting in the disbanding of parish councils. Members were asked to transfer to other councils, but that wasn’t always easy.

Members continued helping in their churches and community, and those in need, especially as a result of natural disasters and war. Mentioned were soup kitchens, clothing depots, Marian Centre, Visitation House, pro-life organizations, Birthright International, Coats for Kids & Families and many more.

Each of the three diocesan conventions was held in April. The provincial convention was held in Saskatoon at the new St. Paul Co-Cathedral. Excellent speakers, Archbishop Currie and Leah Perrault (director of pastoral services for Saskatoon), gave members much food for thought, while dramatization during the liturgy brought prayer to life. 