The Catholic Womens League (CWL) of England and Wales


CWL is a worldwide organisation, united in friendship and love, where members use and develop their talents in projects for the world, the nation, the diocese and the parish.

Dear Members

On behalf of your National officers I would like to assure all our members that you are very much in our thoughts and prayers in these strange and unprecedented times. I expect most of the Branches and Sections have understandably suspended meetings for the time being.

AGM ONLINE – 17th November 2020


Dear Members,
Over the summer months we had all been looking forward to the time when we could resume our face to face meetings and have a chat with our fellow members. Last week, the Government announced new measures following the sharp rise in new Covid-19 cases and warned that these restrictions could remain in place for the next six months.

As a result of this National Officers feel it is the right decision to cancel the previously re-arranged Annual General Meeting for the weekend 19th – 21st March 2021 and The Hayes, acknowledging current restrictions, have agreed to carry over our deposit once again to the November 2021 meeting.

The 2020 Annual General Meeting will now be held on Tuesday 17th November 2020 at 11 am via Zoom. We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us. The National Treasurer asks that any AGM monies held by the Section be returned to the members concerned. There will be no need for any member to financially commit to any physical meeting for some time.

I can hear you saying that you won’t be able to join us as you don’t have Zoom or are unsure how to use it. But please, I urge you to read on …

Recently, I had a useful discussion with the League’s Accountants about our work during this last year and how we have been dealing with the covid crisis.  One consequence is that the Trustees and Accountants have agreed to use some of Headquarters Reserve Funds to encourage the use of video conferencing to ensure maximum communication between Section and Branch members. Even before Lockdown I had been virtually meeting – almost weekly – via Zoom with the National Treasurer and National Secretary so that we could keep in touch and up to date with League matters. Monthly Zoom meetings with the Executive and Trustees have become quite commonplace, too. Zoom really is an easy and useful way of keeping in touch and it is free to download onto your computer, tablet or phone. The important point is that ONLY ONE PERSON in your Section needs to download the app and they can then invite up to 100 people to join a meeting. Whilst the Zoom Basic Plan App itself is free it does restrict you to 40 minutes per meeting but this now is where we are so excited to offer to one person in each Section a subscription for one year to the Zoom Pro Plan. This means you will have up to 24 hours for each of your meetings.
The cost of the Pro Plan is approximately £145 per year. Please do give this exciting and innovative project for the League some very serious consideration. Before you commit, why don’t you try just downloading the App and giving it a go? Or before you get that far you can ask the National Secretary to send to your email an invitation to chat with her and try it out. It really is quite straightforward to use and the next issue of the CWL magazine will give further tips and ideas on holding Zoom meetings. When you have decided to go ahead please contact the National Secretary. And if your Section already has an account which you have been using then please contact the National Treasurer to discuss payment for a renewal (as and when needed) or a refund.

We fully appreciate that some members in some Sections feel very unsure about these digital times in which we find ourselves and would not wish to – or are not able to – communicate by any electronic means. To these members we owe a very special responsibility so Section Officers,  and indeed all members, please set up small ‘bubbles’ of three or four people who can chat by phone on a regular basis or even meet up for a cup of tea if local restrictions allow.


Please keep in touch and keep safe.

God bless you all,

Jeanette,  National President


The Catholic Women’s League was founded in 1906 by Miss Margaret Fletcher. Our Patroness is Saint Margaret Clitherow.

For photo’s and report of our National Pilgrimage to York held on 30th August 2019 see the latest news post or visit our Facebook page.


Don’t forget our Facebook page is reaching out to you.  If you are able to log on you will find it very useful for live masses, rosary and divine office.

National Executive member, Elizabeth Upsher, is streaming live every day at 9.30am on the page singing a hymn (2 or 3 on special days, including Sunday at 8.45am). All hymns are your requests so join in, sing along or catch up later and request a hymn for you or a loved one. We continue until such time as we can return to church AND sing!! This is really reaching out across the world to help people keep in contact and support each other with prayer and encouragement in these very different times we are experiencing. Everyone is welcome to join in and sing along.


(DAKAR 2018)

Each year WUCWO propose a prayer related to one of the resolutions we adopted at our General Assembly in Dakar.
In this year, 2020, the prayer focuses on resolution number 2:

Let us take care of the family in difficult situations.

We invite you to pray this prayer (click here to see it) prepared by the Regional Vice President of Asia Pacific, Catherine McGrath, and our Vice President General, Maribeth Stewart, whom we thank for their work in strengthening our spirituality.

Full report on the World Assembly as given at our AGM in November is posted on the WUCWO page.

For the latest newsletter from WUCWO please click on the link below

You will have seen from the monthly diary that Father Marcin was livestreaming a mass  on his Facebook page for all CWL Members on Saturday 24th October . The National Secretary forwarded to each Section the Mass Sheet so that you can follow at home – and sing along to the hymns as Elizabeth Upsher  provided recorded music for Fr Marcin. The mass can be viewed on the following link

Latest News

Read the minutes of the recent National Executive and Trustees meetings to keep on top of the latest news from your National Officers

Upcoming Events

Online Mass for CWL Members

24th October 12.00 noon
via Facebook

National AGM

17th November 11.00 a.m.
Online via Zoom