Catholic Women's League

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The Catholic Women's League (CWL) is a society for the promotion of religious, educational and social welfare, representing Catholic women's interests on national and international bodies. The CWL raises money for charity, invites speakers, offers social evenings and provides refreshments at many parish events. They meet in parish centre every third Monday of the month (2-4 pm).

We have had a CWL Section here in Mill Hill for 40 years.

Margaret Fletcher founded the CWL in 1906 to organize Catholic women to take a more active part in the work of the Church and be involved in local, national and international affairs. This was a very "modern" concept in the early days of the 20th century - to such an extent that these aims are just as applicable today in the 21st century.

In Mill Hill we run a varied programme, arranging guest speakers with diverse subjects and we have spiritual evenings in Advent and Lent. We also have plenty of fun and an offshoot group who knit and crochet on Wednesday afternoons.

We run cake and coffee mornings and have raised over £500 this year. There are 31 of us and we would welcome new members.

The CWL Knitting and Crochet Club is looking for new members. If you would like to join our friendly group, everyone welcome from beginners to advanced. Bring your work or start a new project over a cup of tea and a chat at this friendly, informal club. Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm in the Parish Hall. Looking forward to seeing you there.

You can find out more about the CWL at the CWL National Web Site. (opens in a new window)


Update - January, 2016:

It is with much regret that we announce that the members of the Catholic Women’s League here in the Sacred Heart parish Mill Hill have decided to retire from the national association.

Dwindling numbers and the advancing years of the active members have led them to conclude that they can not effectively commit themselves to the degree of involvement they felt was necessary.

It is a sad but extremely honest decision.

As a parish, we are deeply indebted to the CWL for their loyalty and support over the years, not only in raising funds for parish development but also - more importantly - for their Christian witness and concern for the poor and needy. They were true examples of Gospel values to all of us.

Our special prayers, thoughts and gratitude go to those ladies who had to make the hard choice and did so with grace and dignity.

A letter from the Parent League offering the ladies their best wishes was indicative of the high esteem in which our local branch was held.