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 July 2019

13 members attended the July meeting. There were updates from the Thomas Fowell Buxton Society and from the Good Counsel Network. After a discussion on the pro-life work of the latter, the meeting voted a £200 donation to be made to The Guild of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

The organisers of the recent parish Fete had sent a card to thank CWL members for selling raffle tickets, manning stalls and serving the cream teas. Their contribution was very much appreciated.

After the General Meeting at 3pm, Sister Mary Cecily of the Convent of Mercy gave a talk on the life and work of the Venerable Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. The sisters have done sterling work over the years in Weymouth. Sister Mary Cecily spoke of her own vocation, entering the order in 1962.

There is no meeting in August as our section has its annual Summer Meal out on Tuesday 13th August at the John Gregory, Southill, Weymouth. Members will arrive at 12.15pm for a 12.30pm start. The next general meeting is on September 10th at 2pm at St Joseph's Hall.

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News June 2019

After CWL Weymouth Section's highly successful Ecumenical Cream Tea this month, there has come a flood of Cream Tea Events. Members are invited to a Cream Tea on 8th July hosted by the ladies from Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth. It is being held at the nearby Hope United Reform Church. CWL Dorchester Section will be holding theirs on the 30th July.

CWL members Margaret Martin, Greta Watkins, and Shirley Law helped to serve teas and coffees after the First Communion Mass on the feast of Corpus Christi.

The Parish Fete will take place on the 6th July. As in previous years, CWL members will be selling raffle tickets after Sunday Masses and will sell them on the day. The raffle is a great money spinner.

The next Committee Meeting is on Tuesday 9th July at 1pm, followed by the General Meeting at 2pm. We look forward to a talk given by Sister Mary Cecily from the Convent of Mercy.

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News May 2019

With apologies, due to health problems there is sadly quite a gap between the last update and this.

At the May meeting it was reported that Weymouth's CWL National Coffee Morning event, held on Sunday 12th May, had been successful. The group now looks forward to the Lulworth Picnic and Mass on 12th June.

At the meeting a short WUCWO service was held. This usually takes place on or near the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, 13th May. In our prayers we joined with WUCWO members throughout the world. Following this Julie Powell spoke about the recent news from WUCWO. A discussion followed.

In June Weymouth Branch will host ladies of other local parishes at an Ecumenical Cream Tea on 11th June at 2pm. As usual there will be an entertainment provided by members. This is a very popular annual event.

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