Community Life Communique #4

National Chairperson of Community Life Betty Colaneri, September 20, 2017


Sincere greetings to the new and returning community life chairpersons!

International Peace Day, September 21st
International Peace Day is observed around the world each year on September 21st with the 2017 theme as Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All. It was established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution to provide an internationally shared date for all humanity to commit to and build a culture of peace. For more information, visit
The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) would like everyone to participate in International Peace Day to show support for women. Statistics have shown that agreements are 35% more likely to remain in effect when women are involved in peace negotiations. Urge the federal government to increase its budget for overseas development aid for women and peace rather than fund military solutions.
Encourage diocesan/parish councils to help get the word out by visiting peace day show your support women and peace and:
• Encourage members to sign the online petition.
• Print the downloadable campaign poster.
• Encourage members to take photographs beside the poster while making a peace sign.
• Have them post the photograph on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag five friends, challenging them to do the same.
• Have them tag the prime minister (@CanadianPM), the minister of international development and la francophonie (@CanadaDev) or their member of parliament.

The CCODP display table at the 97th annual national convention, attended by Joanne Parent and her colleague, provided an opportunity for members to learn more about the 1% Program. Since 1969, the League has encouraged members to set aside 1% of the cost of all personal items purchased to fund improvements to the status of women in the global south. Designated to three specific projects in Haiti, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan, more money is needed to implement the projects. Encourage members to learn more by downloading the brochure available at under the Resources tab/Promotional Materials and to take advantage of the free membership in CCODP available until October 20, 2017.
Some members expressed concerns to Joanne regarding comments made by Lifesite News against CCODP’s partners. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has investigated and was very satisfied with the partners’ work, approving them.

Dignity and Rights of Persons
Resolution 2017.01 Full Implementation of the Supreme Court Decision in R. v. Gladue for Indigenous Offenders was adopted at the 97th annual national convention. Refer to the attached resolution and encourage implementation of the action plan.  PDF
I recently attended “Celebration of Nations, A Gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture and Tradition, An Indigenous arts gathering that celebrates creativity, diversity and resilience”. ‘They specialize in promoting Indigenous art and artists to broad- based audiences and act to educate the public about the deep-rooted beauty and uniqueness of each Nation’s culture, heritage, and traditions through different artistic mediums”. This new partnership is part of a long-term vision of the City of St. Catharines, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Kakekalanicks, an Indigenous consulting company. It promotes walking together with compassion, understanding and respect while cultivating an inclusive community toward a shared future. This was a wonderful opportunity to experience the music, teaching, film, visual arts, workshops, dance and theatre. Ask diocesan/parish councils to learn more at and consider inviting a member of the Indigenous community to provide a presentation or workshop.
I had the opportunity to attend a Metis Dot Art on Rocks workshop and the Da-giiwewaat “so they can go home” Moccasin Project. Both workshops were very informative and relaxing as you focused only on the task at hand. Making moccasins for babies left one with a good feeling knowing they are going to help Indigenous children. Learn more about Da-giiwewaat at and consider making this a council activity.
I look forward to hearing about your participation in International Peace Day.
Betty Colaneri
National Chairperson of Community Life