The Roman Catholic Parish of Lady, Star of the Sea, Weymouth, Dorset, UK

Catholic Women’s League

About the Catholic Women’s League

Margaret Fletcher set up the Catholic Women’s League in 1906 for the education of women. The League still offers members the opportunities to develop and learn new skills, and use them for the benefit of the church and especially their local parish. Belonging to CWL is a journey of prayer, faith and friendship.

Our Patron is St Margaret Clitherow, Martyred at York on 25th March 1586, canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970.

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Whether it is providing coffee and biscuits after Mass, helping with catering at other parish events, fundraising for national and local community charities, our parish CWL members show unity in prayer and action.

Interested in joining us? Speak with committee members Frances Woodward (Chairperson) or June Rust (Secretary). You will be welcome!


News April 2018

At the April meeting members heard that £462.11 had been made on Lenten Lunches and this would be given to the local food for the homeless project with which parishioners are involved. Also members voted to send a £50 donation for the bus for the homeless at present parked at Lodmoor.

Members learned that the Catholic charity The Medaille Trust , which benefited from Lenten Lunch proceeds in 2017, now has a new CEO from the Salvation Army. As a consequence the two organisations will work more closely together providing safe accommodation for people rescued from trafficking.

Section representatives will attend the Dorset Branch AGM at Dorchester on Saturday 21st April. On the following morning members will be manning the Section's annual Coffee Morning and Cake Sale after 8am and 10am Masses in St Joseph's Hall. The Buckfast Pilgrimage is another annual event and again certain members will represent our Section on Wednesday 30th May.

Our speaker this month was Sister Mary of the Convent of Mercy. She updated members on the Addo Project in South Africa where one Marist priest covers 4 parishes. 3 Mercy sisters went out to Addo in 2006 to be "a praying presence". They were pro-active too in teaching children English, Maths and IT in farm schools. They provided a crèche while the parents worked on the farms from May to October picking citrus fruit. During the non-picking months alternative employment has to be found to keep their families. A sewing scheme for the women has been set up. They make school uniform and tote bags to sell. This ensures that the women have money in hand to spend on necessities for their children.

The Marist Fathers run 6 private schools in the Durban area and these provide 20-30 young adult volunteers to attend "Summer School" in Addo. As "summer" is Christmas in South Africa, they bring Christmas boxes with them. The "haves" helping others who have so little.

The Chairperson, Fran Woodward, thanked Sister for an excellent presentation.

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News March 2018

The CWL Weymouth Section Annual General Meeting this month resulted in the re-election into office of Fran Woodward (Chairperson), Monica Garlick (Treasurer) and June Rust (Secretary). The support committee members elected were as follows: Marguerite Mauger, Margaret Martin, Joyce Fannon, Esmee Nichols and Julie Powell (WUCWO representative).

Monica submitted the accounts which had been done at headquarters for the first time under the new Constitution. June reported on a very busy but successful twelve months for the Section. The 2018 calendar is equally full. At the beginning of Holy Week the Section is involved in the preparation for the Passover Meal.

The next meeting is on April 10th at 2pm. Sister Mary from the Convent of Mercy is the speaker.

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News February 2018

June Rust has organised the parish Lenten Lunches and Janet Newington had organised the Stations of the Cross which proceeds the lunches. The members chose The Hungry and Homeless in Weymouth as the Lenten Lunches charity. In addition, a donation of £100 was given to the Chaplain of the Young Offenders Institution and Detention Centre.

The Annual Buckfast Pilgrimage is on Wednesday 30th May and the cost of the coach seat is £13, which is to be paid by 30th April. April 21st is the date of the CWL Branch Annual General Meeting. This will take place at Holy Trinity Parish Centre, Dorchester. The Weymouth Section AGM is on Tuesday 20th March at 2pm in St Joseph's parish hall.

The February meeting ended with a Power Point presentation on The Work of Caritas that functions in the realm of social justice. This was given by Monica Garlick. Fran Woodward thanked Monica for an informative presentation.

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News January 2018

The members thanked June Rust for organising the very enjoyable meal at the Spa Hotel in early January. June reported on the Founder’s day Event at Branksome, which she attended as Weymouth Section representative. Frances Woodward had represented the Section at the beautiful Wool and Wareham Carol Service. Julie Powell as the new WUCWO representative reported on the content of the recent WUCWO magazine.

The 2018 Events Calendar was handed out to members and 2018 promises to be a very busy year. Paddy Thoyts gave a presentation on Trafficking in Albania and the work of RENATE. Joyce Fannon added details of the Catholic UK Agency The Medaille Trust, which is the largest provider of safe housing for people rescued from trafficking in this country. They have 9 safe houses and have helped over 1,000 people.

The next meeting is on Tuesday February 13th at 1pm when our speaker is Monica Garlick on the Work of Caritas.

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