Catholic Women’s League

The Saint Dominic’s Catholic Women’s League (CWL) council is part of an international organization rooted in gospel values, calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God.

What is the CWL? It is the largest national organization of Catholic women in Canada.

Why should I join? The CWL provides personal and spiritual growth, friendship and fun.

The Saint Dominic’s CWL was established in 1955, the same year as Saint Dominic Parish and both celebrated 60 years in 2015. Presently, the Saint Dominic CWL comprises 101 paying members as well as a 7-member Executive. This year’s Theme proclaimed by our National President is: Inspired by the Spirit, Women respond to God’s Call.

The CWL meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the Parish Centre, September to June, after the 7:30 p.m. Mass. Annual membership cost is $30.00.

Contact:   Geneviève Poirier-Murphy   (905) 847-1990   poiriermurphy@yahoo.ca

Pertinent Websites:   National: cwl.ca   |   Provincial: cwl.on.ca   |   Diocesan: hamilton.cwl.on.ca

Decoration Committee

The Decoration Committee is dedicated to beautifying and enhancing our church for the praise and glory of God! The main liturgical events/seasons (Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas) are given special attention. Under the direction of the decorating coordinators, volunteers are always needed to help set up, procure supplies and dismantle decorations, with the understanding that you are available for at least one of the above events, with a commitment of about one full day. Other liturgical feast days and special celebrations also require volunteers for decorating.

Contact:   Brenda Downey   (905) 827-2107   downeybr@cogeco.ca   or   Mary Evans   (905) 808-9283   maryevans1@hotmail.com

Finance Council

The Finance Council serves the Pastor in an advisory capacity regarding financial matters. It makes recommendations pertaining to financial resources and physical upkeep of the Parish properties. It regularly reviews revenue and expenses in relation to the annual budget and reports to the Parish community are determined by the Council. Meeting are held quarterly.

Contact: Brian Thornton   (905) 827-2373   bat@saintdominicparishoakville.ca

Funeral Luncheons

The Funeral Luncheon Volunteers prepare and serve a light lunch following the funeral of a deceased parishioner. Families should contact the Parish Office to schedule the luncheon.

From the list of Funeral Luncheon Volunteers, 1 of the 3 leaders contacts by phone and secures, the number of volunteers needed to prepare and serve a funeral luncheon, according to the number requested by the grieving family. The Leader is responsible for the purchase of the food and delivery to the parish kitchen. The whole team helps in setting up white linen and flowers on the tables and in preparing and serving the luncheon. They also take care of clean-up after the service. Volunteers are called on a rotating, as-needed basis. The time commitment is approximately 2 hours before and after a funeral service. Leftover food is usually given to the grieving family or is delivered by the Leader to The Lighthouse Shelter at 750 Redwood Square, Oakville.

Contact:   Wendy McCleary through the Parish Office

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus, Marian Council 3881, is a fraternal service organization serving our Catholic Church, community and fellow man.  We serve our parish priests in any way possible. The Knights promote the “Keep Christ in Christmas” campaign, Roses for Life, Birthright and Right to Life, and much more.  Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month, starting at 7:30 p.m., at the K of C Hall, 1494 Wallace Road, Oakville.  Members must be Catholic men 18 years or older.  Annual membership fee is $65.00.

Contact:   Rod Rafauli   (905) 691-4700   rod.rafauli@cogeco.ca

Pertinent Websites:   kofc.org   |   kofc-oakville.ca

Liturgy Committee

Representatives of standing Saint Dominic groups (choirs, children’s liturgy, sacristy, decorating) together with parish staff meet 3 to 4 times annually to review recent liturgical celebrations and to plan and schedule upcoming liturgical events.

Contact: Judi Kingry (905) 827-2261 jkingry1@cogeco.ca

Rosary Apostolate

The Rosary and consecration to Mother Mary are pillars to inspire children and youth to love God, experience His presence through prayer and establish a relationship with God and Mary. The Rosary Apostolate seeks to bring about a spiritual renewal in future generations, evangelizing through praying the Rosary in schools.

Rosary Visitors visit St. Dominic’s School from October to May once a month in the mornings from 8:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. (time required varies depending on ages/grades of children). Visits take place on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. A structured program of themes, with all materials, is provided. The classroom teacher is always present; therefore no teaching experience is required.

Volunteers must be available for training (1 Session) and 6 meetings per year. Vulnerable sector screening is required. We ask that you pray for the children you are visiting at St. Dominic’s or the assigned school of the area.

Contact:   Martha Laverde   (416) 418-4245   martha_laverde@cogeco.ca   or   Ellen Dean   (416) 878-8341   edean45@outlook.com

Scripture Groups

a.k.a. Celebrating the Word

Currently a men’s groups meets for about 1.5 hours each week to study the upcoming readings, explore scripture and come to understand how we might live out our faith.

Contact:   Rod Rafauli   (905) 691-4700   rod.rafauli@cogeco.ca

If you are interested in forming a women’s or coed group, please contact the Parish Office.

Pertinent Website:   resurrectionists.ca

Social Committee

The social Committee supports, plans, organizes ans acts as host for parish social events, functions and receptions, on its own initiative or upon request from the Pastor or another committee. Social events are also planned and hosted inside and outside of the parish for parishioners. Members meet as required to plan and execute an event. Volunteers and suggestions are always welcome.

Contact:   Rod Rafauli   (905) 691-4700   rod.rafauli@cogeco.ca   or   Aija Noga   (905) 847-8380   aija.noga@gmail.com

Volunteer Screening Committee

This committee, in compliance with the Diocese, ensures that all parish volunteers responsible for working with the youth, seniors, people with disabilities or those who deal with money (High-Risk volunteer positions) are vetted by the police and screening information is up-to-date. Our committee members take an oath of confidentiality with respect to all screening information. The suitability of a volunteer for a given ministry, committee or group is verified by that ministry’s leader, not by member of this committee. This committee also maintains the annually-updated list of parish volunteers. To volunteer for this committee you must have current Vulnerable Sector screening.

Contact:   Brenda Downey   (905) 827-2107   downeybr@cogeco.ca   or   The Parish Office

Website Committee

The website committee was created in 2016 to update and revitalize the Saint Dominic Parish website.  With the launch of the new site in 2017, there will be ongoing additions and maintenance requiring technical, graphical, photography and writing skills.

Contact:   Rod Rafauli   (905) 691-4700   rod.rafauli@cogeco.ca