Catholic Women’s League
CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE Charity Registration No: 250120
The Catholic Women’s League is a worldwide organisation, united in friendship and love where members use and develop their talents in projects for the World, the Nation, the Diocese and the Parish.
“Who are we?”
The CWL is represented in over 200 parishes in Dioceses across England and Wales and branches around the world in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Jersey East is twinned with the Stirling Branch in South Australia. Friendship across the world!
Jersey has two Sections Jersey East and Jersey West and we are part of the Portsmouth Branch.
Concern with Care, Working with love, in League with others.
Founded in 1906 by Margaret Fletcher the league encourages its members to work both in the Parish and in the wider community, especially ecumenically. At National Level Members are also involved in support for Refugees and former service personnel as part of the Services Section.
Our League Patron is St Margaret Clitherow and she is our pattern for womanhood. A young married woman in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1 who returned to the “Old Faith” after worshipping as a Protestant. She was arrested for harbouring Jesuit priests in her house, in The Shambles, in York. To protect her family she refused to speak in her own defence and was condemned to be crushed to death in York on March 25th March 1586.
Chairperson: Mrs Barbara Le Troquer - Tel: 01534 851936 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Chaiperson: Anne Richardson - Tel: 01534 505062 email: Anne.email@example.com
Secretary: Millie Horman - Tel: 01534 861830 (m) 07797762543 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The CWL Jersey (East) meet on the First Monday of each month in the Presbytery, at Our Lady, St Martin. Our meetings commence with a Eucharistic Service with our Chaplain, Deacon Tony Ward. We then adjourn to the Presbytery for our Meeting and this is often followed by a Guest Speaker, eg a local Catholic Consultant on Medical Ethics from a Catholic perspective, The Women’s Refuge, the Riding for the Disabled, Clic Sargent. Social events also feature highly, lunches, afternoon teas, visits to the theatre, the Museum, the Archive, to name but a few.
We are busy in the Church Community helping with the Church Fete, teas and coffees after Mass at St Martin. Ecumenically we take part in the Lenten Lunches at St Martin’s Public Hall & Grouville Parish Hall.
We are strong in fundraising with our legendary Annual Bingo, Cake Sales, Christmas Hamper Raffle and occasional Fashion Shows
We and the West work closely with the Knights of St Columba for the Rosary Campaign in October, for the Little Sisters Fete and Christmas Bazaar, and the hats for Seafarers Campaign run by the Apostleship of the Sea at Christmas. We look forward to working with them in other areas of the Parish in the future. We are also represented on CARITAS.
To celebrate the Centenary of the start of the First World War some members knitted poppies for the members of the Jersey Festival Choir for their Easter Concert. Proceeds of the sales went to the Poppy Appeal.
Jeanette Collins & Barbara Le Troquer with poppies knitted in aid of the Annual Poppy Appeal
Jersey West meets on the third Monday of the month at 2.00 pm at St Bernadettes Church Hall (Check Newsletter for changes of venue).
A Small Section they meet regularly for Quiet Days with the East, they also have speakers, and meet for lunch, (also with the East) and afternoon tea. They pray the Rosary and take part in the annual Shoe Box Appeal. With the East they support the Apostleship of the Sea.
If you would like to join us or would like further information please contact:
Pat Guegan – 07797724054/email: email@example.com (Jersey East)
Or Mary Ayles – Tel 863875 (Jersey West)
Annual National Conference/AGM 2014
A group from the East joined over 300 members at the Annual National Conference and AGM held at Warwick University. An uplifting and inspiring weekend commenced with Evening Prayer when we commemorated the Centenary of the start of the First World War. Inspiring talks from a gentleman who runs a small Charity “Rubbish Tip Kids” helping disadvantaged and homeless children in Bosnia, his moving talk obviously made its mark as a collection raised nearly £2,000.00, whilst a collection for WaterAid also raised £1,300.00. A talk by Fr Harry Curtis, Spiritual Director of Our Lady’s Catechists on the power of the Rosary really motivated us to raise the profile of praying the Rosary for peace in the Middle East where there is so much unrest.
Jersey Group enjoying the September sunshine!
In the East we currently have one member of the National Executive, Jeannette Collins, who is the National Treasurer and two Officers of the Portsmouth Branch. Pat Guegan is Vice-President and Elizabeth Etienne is Treasurer. Jersey may be small but we are helping to put the CWL on the map.
February 2015 CWL AGM/Visit of National President Elizabeth Upsher