The Catholic Women’s League of Canada was organized nationally on June 17, 1920. It is the largest national organization of Catholic women and seeks to unite Catholic women as a community striving for spiritual, cultural and intellectual growth, and the development of social action.
St. Leo’s Council was organized in February of 2010.
The patroness of the League is the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization, rooted in gospel values, calling its members to holiness, through service to the people of God.
Who We Are
We are the voice of Catholic women united in faith, promoting Christian values in the home and In the world.
What We Offer
We offer hospitality, friendship, sisterhood, support and affirmation that empowers women to reach their full potential.
What We Do
We provide faith based opportunities for spiritual growth, leadership development and many avenues for service, advocacy and social justice.
Why We Do It
As Catholic women, we are empowered by the Spirit to renew our commitment to the call to holiness through service to the people of God, one in heart, voice and missions as we work to strengthen family values, create sanctuaries of peace and be the Good News to all.
Objects of the League
- To achieve individual and collective spiritual development
- To promote the teachings of the Catholic church
- To exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family life
- To protect the sanctity of human life
- To enhance the role of women in church and society
- To recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere
- To uphold and defend Christian education and values in the modern world
- To contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony
Annual donations made by St. Leo the Great C.W.L. in support of the objects of the League:
Spiritual Development – Catholic Mom’s Group, Rosary Apostolate, Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation, Women’s Inter Church Council of Canada
Teachings of the Catholic Church – Totus Tuus, Children’s Liturgy, graduation gifts for our schools, First Communion and Confirmation gifts to students, Shepherd’s Trust, Bishop Pappin Memorial Fund
Christian Ideal in home and family life – Catholic Family Charities
Sanctity of Life – Rose of Durham, , Hope or Children, Homeless, Refugees, Grandview Children’s Centre, Chalice (Foster child), Euthanasia Coalition, Children’s Wish Foundation, Canadian Food for Children, Sleeping Children Around the World, Pro Life Durham
Enhancing the role of women in church and society – Women’s Inter Church Council of Canada, Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation, National Bursary Fund
To recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere – Hospice Durham, St. Vincent de Paul, Coady International Fund, Denise House, The Poppy Fund
To uphold and defend Christian education and values in the modern world –Catholic Mom’s Group, Durham Catholic Children’s Foundation, St. Mike’s Scholarship Fund, The Edge, Life Teen
To contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony – Velma’s Dream, Coady International Fund, Development & Peace, Catholic Missions in Canada
Members support Rose of Durham by working at their monthly bingos so that they receive a portion of the profits. Call 905-620-0724 if you would like information about this community service opportunity.
How to join:
To learn more about the League and explore the joys of membership, visit www.cwl.ca or call toll-free 1-888-656-4040
2018-2020 CWL Executive
President: Jackie McVeigh 905-493-4677 905-576-6150 Ex. 22119
Secretary: Cathy Duncan 905-430-1075
Treasurer: Marguerite Passafiume 905-655-9925
Spiritual Development Chair: Shannon Rogers 905-620-1413
Organization Chair: Sharon Cline 905-767-7670
Education/ Health: Margaret McIntyre 905-655–8648
Christian Family Life: Betty Hallihan / Barb Regimbal 905-620-0352 905-404-2694
Community Life: Margaret Wesley 905-571-5152
Communications Chair: Andrea Thys 905-903-7772
Resolutions / Legislation Chair: Vacant
CWL General Meeting will be on Monday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m., Theme: Inspired by the Spirit, women respond to God’s call
Euchre – Friday, September 7 Admission $10 (Call first to make sure it’s on as we are expecting renovations to take place soon 905-620-0724 or 905 – 579-6118)
Proceeds from euchre are divided among CWL, St. Leo’s Parish and St. Vincent de Paul with each group receiving a third after expenses. Please support this event by attending, working or donating. (Call 905-620-0724 to find out what you can do.) Note: We need high school students to help and they can obtain their community service hours for school.
Sunday September 30 – Life Chain
CWL Recruitment Sunday – October 14 at all masses Any women 16 years of age or older is eligible to become a member. You do not have to be a catholic to join. Fee $25. Why not join today and find out why it’s the best gift you can give yourself?
Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel – Fri. Apr. 26, 2019
Fashion Show –TBA
St. Vincent’s Kitchen –the 3rd Friday of the month serving the less fortunate at the kitchen in downtown Oshawa from 3 to 6 pm. This would start on September 21st. Call Jackie at 289-927-1672 if you are interested in volunteering
Regional CWL meeting will be at St. John the Evangelist Parish on Thursday October 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm. It would be lovely if 15 or 20 of us could attend. Our diocesan council will be present and the event will be a good opportunity to network and to hear of the fine work of the CWL. The refreshments are always good at these events too. There is tentatively scheduled on Saturday, November 24th a Regional CWL Morning of Reflection.
Regional CWL Morning of Reflection Saturday, November 24th .
CWL meets in the parish hall on the following dates:
Monday, Sept. 17 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 22 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 12 7:00 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 10 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13 12:15 (just after 11:00 mass)
Sunday, Feb. 10 12:15
Sunday, March 24 12:15
Sunday, Apr. 28 12:15
Wednesday, May 06 7:00 p.m. (as the hall isn’t available Monday)
Monday, May 29 7:00 p.m.
Members of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada donate $15,154.50 in gift cards to the homeless.
At the Ontario Provincial Convention of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, held July 8 – 11 in Toronto, delegates were invited to donate $5.00 Tim Horton or McDonald’s gift cards, to be distributed to the homeless. The response has been overwhelming with $12,044.50 in donations brought to convention. Thanks to your generosity these have been distributed to 23 different groups and organizations throughout the Toronto Archdiocese, (which includes Orillia, Barrie, Newmarket/Aurora, Oshawa and Whitby, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, North York, Mississauga and downtown Toronto) that minister to the homeless. Prior to convention, an additional $3,110.00 in gift cards was distributed locally by councils, in their communities. Also donated by delegates were toiletry items which were distributed to Covenant House and St Vincent de Paul Shelters.
The Ontario Provincial Council thanks members across the province for their generous response to this initiative.
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. Amen
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