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 18:30, and anyone is welcome to attend.  

St Michael's contacts:
Pat McEwen (President) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 082 372 9763
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 Catholic opinion 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 activities, 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.

We do not have adoption agencies in the Cape Town archdiocese, but both Johannesburg and Pretoria are involved in these as well as in homes for the aged.

As an international organisation, women from all over the world meet once every five years to discuss international issues. These assemblies are held in different countries. We, in South Africa, are affiliated to the African organisations and this year (2018) are meeting in Senegal for discussions about African issues.

We also have a National Conference every three years and the next will be held in Johannesburg in 2020. The National Management team rotates every three years and was last in Cape Town from 2005 to 2008.

Our work is twofold: assisting in 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 St Anthony’s Preschool in Langa, Peninsula School Feeding, the Haven Night Shelter, Nazareth House (both in Elsies River and Vredehoek), SA Guide Dogs, Goedgedacht, St Vincent de Paul, Mater Domini, Holy Cross Orphanage in Parow, Salesians, Nerina Old Age Home and Rape Crisis. We also contribute to the Suburban Clothing Guild - each member donates new garments and these are distributed once a year.

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 Schoenstatt, and attend the Women's World Day of Prayer.

To raise funds, we hold a Mothers’ Day Cake Sale and a Quiz Evening, which has proved to be very popular!

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. Part of our service to the parish is to serve tea at funerals and also for special events such as First Communion.

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.

Child Safeguarding Policy

'The Archdiocesan Child Safeguarding Policy, promulgated in October 2015 seeks to support this celebration of life and to guide us in our interactions with the children and youth entrusted to our care.

This Policy states that: Each child shall be cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity which shall be respected, nurtured and protected by all.

1.1. The Archdiocese is committed to safeguarding all children who interact with the Church; Should you wish to read the full policy you can access it on the Archdiocesan website at

Our Parish Council has adopted the Child Safeguarding Policy and has begun the implementation of the policy in 2017 through ensuring that all those who are required to have the necessary clearance to minister in the parish have done so. This is an ongoing process and will be repeated each year. The contact details of the Archdiocesan Contact persons are on display in the Parish Centre and the the Church Foyer.'