St Joseph and St Hugh

Catholic Women’s League

The Catholic Women’s League was founded in 1906 by Margaret Fletcher. It was formed to unite Catholic women in a bond of common fellowship for the promotion of religious, intellectual and social work.

The Catholic Women’s League adopted Saint Margaret Clitherow as their patron saint in 1943.

The CWL at Buckden

The League was started in Buckden by Fr Jim Fischer cmf in 1991, the section celebrated 21 years in 2012. There are still a few original members in our section.

We meet once a month on the 3rd Monday and have a variety of speakers, demonstrations and social events. We also ask the members of the UCM from St Joseph’s to join us when they can.

We help in all parish events for example the family day at Buckden Towers on the August Bank Holiday Monday, at which we prepare lunch and provide cakes for teatime. The other Claritian parishes from Hayes and Leyton join us for the day.

We organise bring and buy sales, as well as cake sales, to raise money for other charities as well as our own parish. We run a raffle at our own meetings.

Here is an example of some of CWL work:

Our Lady’s Catechists – educating, training and deepening the faith.
Services Committee – works with the Bishop of the Armed Forces and Principal Chaplains.
WUCWO – World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations.
Relief and Refugees – helping refugees and asylum seekers.

CWL have decided this year 2014 to encourage members to knit or crochet a poppy in commemoration of the centenary marking the start of World War I. Monies raised from this will be donated to the British Legion from the League.

Prayer for Margaret Fletcher

Heavenly Father, we thank you for our founder, Margaret Fletcher, for her inspiration and foresight. May she continue to watch over and guide the work she started here on earth. We ask that your Holy Spirit will continue to inspire many women to become members of the Catholic Women’s League, so that it will continue to flourish in Charity, Work, and Loyalty. We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Our Lady, Saint Margaret Clitherow and her fellow Martyrs pray for us. Amen.

Let the light of Christ shine through us as a beacon to all women of the parish, so that they will want to find out why we are shining so brightly.