Catholic Woman's League

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.

The St Michael's CWL meets every third Monday of the month in the Ruffell Room at 19:00, and anyone is welcome to attend. 

This year's National Conference will be held in August 2014 in Port Elizabeth; application forms to attend are on the National CWL website.

Date to diarise: 13 September – quiz evening in the parish hall.

The CWL is always happy to receive donations of suitable items for its monthly white elephant stall at the Morning Market. Please contact the parish office 021-686-8708 if you can help.


St Michael's contacts:
Pat McEwen (President) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 021 797 7703
Janet Parkhurst (Secretary) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.

The prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Parents Prayer

Oh, Heavenly Father, make me a better parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly.

Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me.

May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power. Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal.

And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness.

Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me. And when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.

May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgement of adults.

Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and make decisions.

Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests, and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm.

Make me fair and just and kind.

And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children. Amen.