The Roman Catholic Parish of Lady, Star of the Sea, Weymouth, Dorset, UK
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.
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!
L’Arche UK had sent a letter thanking the Section for their recent donation of £200. In the post had been an invitation from Wool, Wareham and Lulworth Section to their Advent Service on Tuesday 5th December at 2pm at St Edward the Martyr Church. In return Weymouth Section had invited their members and those of Dorchester and Bridport Sections to our December Social, which features home-grown entertainment and a buffet.
As Christmas approaches, a busy time is ahead for our Section with members helping at the Christmas Bazaar, organising the Healing Mass, and attending Founder’s Day at Branksome. Our year ends serving wine and mince pies at the Parish Advent Carol Service.
As a reward for a busy 2017 and with the promise of an equally busy 2018, we look forward to our Winter Meal Out on Tuesday 2nd January at the Famous Spa Hotel. We have already made our choices from the menu!
Bath LIFE House had thanked the Section by email for the £200 raised from the CWL Prolife Stall. “Thank You” letters were received from Mary‘s Meals and the Diocesan Children‘s Society for the Section’s recent donations of £200 to each of them and a letter from Yvonne Claridge, chaplain to prisoners and detainees on Portland, for a donation sent to her earlier in the year.
Monica Garlick, Paddy Thoyts and Janet Newington will attend the National AGM at Swanwick from 13th-15th October and report back to the Section, particularly about any further insights on the new CWL Constitution.
A group of our members will represent the Section at the annual Half Day of Recollection to be held at Bridport on 24th October at 2pm. Representatives of other Sections will be there to be inspired by our Branch Spiritual Director, Canon Richard Meyer.
Dorchester Section have invited Weymouth Section members to their “Christmas Meeting” on 28th November at 2.30pm.
The next General Meeting is on Tuesday 14th November at 1pm.
Rev Sally Bedborough was the speaker at September’s meeting. She spoke about the vital services offered to our local community by the Weldmar Trust. Our Chairperson Fran Woodward thanked her for a most informative and inspiring talk.
This month, our members met at Gould’s Garden Centre café enjoying our Summer Meal Out. Once again it proved to be a very popular event.
At our General Meeting we welcomed our spiritual director, Father Stephen Geddes, who opened a very thought-provoking discussion on the challenges facing our parish community.
This month saw the Section’s highly successful annual Ecumenical Cream Tea, The Section’s drama group entertained with mime, slapstick comedy and thoughtful recitations. The Thomas Fowell Buxton’s Society commemorative book, A Monumental Endeavour was on sale and proved a popular purchase.
Members will be attending the annual Buckfast Pilgrimage on Saturday 13th May. It is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima and the World Union of Catholic Womens Organisations holds its annual Day of prayer on this feast day. CWL belongs to WUCWO, together with 100 other Catholic women's groups globally. Those of our Weymouth members not going to Buckfast have taken home a prayer sheet to use on the 13th to unite us with WUCWO prayer throughout the world. The theme is Suffering Women of the World.
Members will be offering their help at the Parish Fete on June 10th. On the run-up to the Fete members will be selling raffle tickets before and after Sunday Masses. The task is completed by selling remaining tickets on the Fete day.
At our meeting plans were put in place for the Ecumenical Cream Tea which we will hold on Tuesday 13th. June at 2pm. Invitations go out to local women's groups from other denominations. It is a popular annual event.
Our speaker this month was Lynwood Newman who gave a presentation on Diabetes. We learned that there are 40,000 sufferers in Dorset. It is calculated that there are 5,000 people in he county who do not know they have the condition. 10% of the NHS budget is spent on diabetes treatment. Lynwood gave his personal account of managing the condition over a period of 30 years. He ended his most informative presentation with a video of his hair-raising, fund-raising, Captain Insulin, sky-dive! Monica Garlick thanked Lynwood for making us aware of just what this condition involved for sufferers. She gave him a donation for one of his diabetes charities.
The April Meeting had a report of a successful series of six Lenten Lunches which realised £600 for the Medaille Trust: "A light shining in the darkness of trafficking". Particular thanks went to June Rust and to Margaret Martin for being on regular kitchen duty throughout. Janet Newington had equally successfully organised the Lenten Stations of the Cross. CWL members had been responsible for organising the annual Seder Meal,
A group of members will attend the Branch AGM at Dorchester on Saturday 29th April. The following morning is CWL National Coffee Morning to raise awareness of our work. Cakes will be on sale in the Hall after both Masses and there will be a small raffle. Representatives of our Section will be attending the annual Lulworth Mass and Picnic, so all in all there is a busy time ahead.
Sally Newman was our guest this month. She gave a hands-on session of flower arranging. Everyone was pleased with their small floral table centre-pieces. There was hidden talent! One member is considering joining the parish flower-arranging team to which Sally belongs. Fran Woodward thanked Sally for a very interesting and enjoyable afternoon.
Our next General Meeting is on Tuesday 9th May when Lynwood Newman will be our guest speaker presenting on the problem of Diabetes.
The Tabletop Sale (Saturday 25th February) and Left-over Sale, held the following morning, raised £218.68 for Section funds. The members are very grateful to all the parishioners who supported them so generously.
Friday 3rd March begins six weeks of a Section commitment to providing Lenten Lunches. The charity the lunches will support this year is the Medaille Trust. It is "a light in the darkness of trafficking", as it provides safe houses for those rescued from trafficking.
Also on 3rd March, Section representatives will be attending the Women's World Day of Prayer at the Salvation Army Citadel at 2.30pm.
The speaker at our February Meeting was Maria Carey who spoke on “Verne Visiting”. Maria gave insights into the many problems of the clients held at the Detention Centre on Portland and showed a DVD on volunteer visiting at detention centres in the UK. Fran Woodward thanked Maria for her most interesting and challenging presentation.
The Weymouth Section Calendar of Events for 2017 was available at the meeting. It is promising to be a very busy year, so we were pleased to welcome two new members to increase our numbers from 18 to 20.
The family of Vera McNamara sent a card thanking CWL members for helping with the catering after Vera's funeral. They gave a very generous donation of £250 to CWL funds. Theresa Oliviera Meneses of the drugs and alcohol agency, EDP, thanked our members for their "kindness and generosity" in providing Christmas gift bags for EDP clients.
Members were pleased to vote £100 towards the costs of teas/coffees/ biscuits after Masses at the Detention Centre, with a promise of further help should the Chaplain need it.
After our meeting the speaker was CWL member, Joyce Fannon, on Catholic Women of the Resistance to the Reformation. Monica Garlick thanked Joyce for an informative and thought-provoking presentation.
We have our main annual fundraiser, the Tabletop Sale and Left-over Sale on Saturday 25th February and Sunday 26th February. Final details for this event will be arranged at our next General Meeting on St Valentine's Day, Tuesday 14th February at 1pm. Our speaker at 2pm will be Maria Carey on Verne Visiting.
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