The CWL is a national body with branches in all dioceses, the aims of which are to encourage women to enhance their spiritual lives and to be involved in the work of the church and to serve the community in social, civic or moral issues.
St Michael's contacts:
Pat McEwen (President)
and 021 797 7703
Janet Parkhurst (Secretary)
and 021 674 1535
The objects of the League are:
To unite Catholic women in their service for God, the Church, the Family and the country, under the direction of the hierarchy;
To assist the parish work under the guidance of the parish priest (this clause shall apply to Parish Committees only);
To take an active part in national and civic enterprises, and to affiliate with approved bodies for this purpose;
To consolidate Catholic action among Catholic women in defence of Catholic principles;
To encourage the formation of a strong and enlightened Cathlic opionon and the diffusion of Catholic principles;
To foster inter-racial understanding and co-operation;
To promote a spirit of fellowship among Catholic women to provide isolated Catholics with a knowledge of Catholic opinion and movements:
While being strictly non-party political, the National and Diocesan Councils shall have the power to take action in defence of the Church, the family and the country - with the approval of the competent ecclesiastical authority;
To engage in social welfare activites, such as care of the aged, family welfare, child adoption, day care services, youth programmes and community work;
To establish, conduct and maintain sub-economic homes in respect of the previous point.
To acquire funds in respect of the above-mentioned point.
Below is an abridged version of an address given by Amanda Jones, immediate past President of the Rondebosch CWL
St Michaels is a dynamic parish, with many diocesan events held here. I heard it once refered to as "The Headquarters". Needless to say our ladies work hard.
Our work is twofold: assisting the parish while raising funds for charity. All our revenue from monthly craft markets, funeral teas and donations are distributed amongst our chosen charities. These include CWD Buckets of love, Gugulethu Preschool, Peninsula School Feeding, Sisters Incorporated, the Haven Night Shelter, Nazareth House, SA Guide Dogs, St Michaels Home for abused girls, Goedgedaght, St Vincent de Paul, GAPA, Mater Domini, Holy Cross, Salesians, St Anthony's Pre-school, Nerina Old Age Home, Rape Crisis. There is also the Suburban Clothing Guild - each member donates two new garments, knitted, sewn or bought and distributed to the needy.
The CWL helps our spiritual growth and deepens our faith. At our monthly meetings, in addition to our league prayers, we are blessed with spiritual input from our Spiritual Director, Rev Tony Van Vuuren. We also hold an annual Day of Recollection at Schoenstadt, and attend the Women's World Day of Prayer.
Thank you to our spiritual director, and to all the ladies for their support, prayers, hard work and loyalty to the League.
God bless all and our work.