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Welcome back - 2018!
We can't believe it's already a new year! We are excited for what awaits us this year.

We have a new Executive for 2018:
President - Helen Cook
Vice President - Margaret Burke
Second Vice President - Loretta Chester
Secretary - Sandra Skarsky
Treasurer - Sally Fennell
WUCWO Intl Secretary - Margaret Blomfield

Congratulations to the Executive on their appointments.

We have many exciting events lined up for the coming year.
We're kicking off the year with our Opening Mass and Luncheon on the Tuesday 13th of February at 10.30am, with mass in the Chapel of Our Lady on level 6 followed by our meeting and lunch on level 8. We are excited to have our guest speaker joining us from Bourke Parish to speak on how our fundraising for Project of the Year is assisting their church renovations in Enngonia.

In March we plan on having a Spiritual Day in preparation for Easter, and in April we are excited to be joined by Catholic Care, who will be speaking on their fantastic and much needed HOPE program.

Don't be a stranger! Please bring along your friends to our branch gatherings and meetings. 

Happy new year and we look forward to seeing you!
AGM 14th November 2017

On Tuesday the 14 of November, we held our 2017 AGM in the Polding Centre. We were grateful to be joined by some guests, including our State President, Ann Pereira. It was a very enjoyable day which started with a liturgy, and each branch was gifted a set of rosary beads which we collectively prayed the rosary with. We then moved on to the meeting where we heard reports from this successful past year. 

Once the formalities were over we all shared lunch together, with some festive themed sweets afterwards of Christmas cake and shortbreads. We were lucky enough to have two guest speakers at this event, Madeleine Bannister and Julie Beadle. Madeleine has recently received the position of National International Secretary after being nominated by NSW and will be attending the UN conference in New York. She gave a very engaging talk about insights into what it means to be a Catholic woman. 

The second guest speaker, Julie, is a member of the Catholic Women’s League in her hometown in Canada and she spoke about the different organisations which she has been a part of. Julie has been closely involved with L’Arche, an organisation helping and supporting those with intellectual disabilities and BaBE which is attempting to encourage breastfeeding in Canada and create an environment where mothers and the wider society are comfortable with this. Overall it was a great day which was both enjoyable and interesting.
More photos are available in the Photo Gallery.

July Branch Meeting

At our July branch meeting, we had a talk from Melissa, a guest speaker from the Senior Rights Service. This was extremely interesting and informative, as she provided insight into the services which the organisation provides, as well as tips to prepare for the future. Melissa highlighted that the Senior Rights Service is an independent, NSW based organisation which provides education, advocacy and legal advice. 

Everyone was taught the importance of planning for their future through actions such as writing a will. By choosing a guardian to assist with issues such as health and accommodation, and a power of attorney to deal with legalities and finances, everyone can be prepared for their future. Melissa also spoke about the necessity of choosing someone for these roles that is trustworthy and will act in accordance with your wishes. We are very grateful for the helpful presentation which Melissa gave, and further assistance can be gained through the Senior Rights Service as they provide resources and advice. More information at http://seniorsrightsservice.org.au/

Our next branch meeting will be on the 8th of August and is our Annual Mass and hot lunch.

Craft Day Fundraiser

On the 13th of June we held a Craft Day as the final fundraiser for the Project of the Year assisting St Patrick's Primary Brewarrina. 
It was an extremely enjoyable and successful day, with the room decorated with craft made by the members. There was also the opportunity to purchase some of the members' items such as sauces, cards and jewellery, by donation. In the afternoon, members that had brought in their craft were able to talk about it and artworks made by students at St Patrick's were auctioned. Everyone enjoyed a hot lunch of sausage rolls, party pies and quiches as well as sandwiches and lamingtons. 

This day was a great success thanks to the enthusiasm, help and generosity of the CWL members through their donations.
More photos are available in the Photo Gallery.

CWLA-NSW Web Update

CWLA-NSW have a new website - be sure to visit it for latest State body news, updates on what each diocese in NSW is doing, any upcoming events, and digital copies of The Vine. 

St Patrick's Day Celebration

On Tuesday the 14th of March we hosted a St Patrick’s Day fundraiser for Project of the Year supporting St Patrick's Primary Brewarrina.

The day was a great success, with everyone dressing up in the colour green and donating generously through our raffle and lucky door prizes. Lunch was enjoyed together, with dessert provided by Councillors, and the little glasses of Baileys was a great dessert treat to end the day.

A special thank you to all the Councillors who donated prizes and baked the delicious cupcakes.

See more pictures in the photo gallery.

Our next meeting is on the 11th of April and will be an Easter Spirituality Day. Bring a new friend with you and enjoy 2 for 1 lunch.

Welcome back! 2017 Update

We hope everyone had a peaceful and joy-filled Christmas and New Year! Our first branch gathering for the year will take place on Tuesday 14th February.

We have a new Executive for 2017 - see below:

President - Helen Cook
Vice President - Margaret Blomfield
Vice President - Margaret Burke
Secretary - Sandra Skarsky
Treasurer - Sally Fennell

Here are some upcoming dates to keep in mind:

Tuesday 14th March: Fundraiser for Project of the Year, Irish Day theme — dress to impress in GREEN with amazing Irish-themed treats on the day and raffle prizes to be won!

Tuesday 11th April: Easter Spirituality Day, with guest speaker Fr Brian Wilson; 2 for 1 deal — bring a new friend on this day and only pay $20 on arrival

Tuesday 9th May: WUCWO Day and Mass; more
information on this to come soon!

Celebrating Father Ray's 70th Birthday!

Our October meeting happened to coincide with our wonderful Chaplain Father Ray's 70th birthday - so of course we threw him a party to celebrate!
Being a fan of Western Movies, we did a quiz and decorated the room with cowboy themed objects. We also ate party food - chocolate crackles, party pies and sausage rolls, apple pie, and of course Birthday Cake.
We were very happy that Bishop Terry Brady and CWLA-NSW Chaplain Fr. Don Richardson also joined us in celebrating their friend's birthday.
Overall it was a lovely day and a great opportunity for us to show our appreciation for our fantastic Chaplain.

You can read more about it in our next issue of Inform coming soon!
View more photos from the day in our Photo Gallery

 : CWL Sydney President Helen Cook with Father Ray
CWL Sydney President Helen Cook with Father Ray

WINTERFEST: Fundraising for Project of the Year

On the 12th of July CWL Sydney hosted fundraiser for our Project of the Year. The theme was Winterfest: blue, white and silver, with the room decorated beautifully with sparkling silver baubles, ribbons, stars and snowflakes. The hand knitted blankets generously donated and stitched together by members and councillors were arranged on display as prizes for the raffle. Everyone came dressed to the theme in blue, white and silver colour co-ordinated outfits, bringing a certain wintry feel to the room.

We enjoyed a hot roast lunch and dessert, and were then treated to a performance by the very talented Carolyn Szady. Carolyn sang a mix for operatic songs and musical show tunes, leaving us all thoroughly impressed by her fantastic singing abilities.

Thank you to all who attended and donated generously. The money raised will go towards much needed funding for schools in the Wilcannia Burke diocese.

Pictures from our fun Winterfest day can be seen in our Photo Gallery.

Read more about Winterfest in our next issue of Inform- coming soon in September!

Guest Speaker: WUCWO Day
We had the honour of listening to Anthony Ryan, CEO of Edmund Rice Foundation, at our last branch meeting and WUCWO Day on the 10th of May.

An incredibly engaging and passionate speaker, Anthony maintained our attention with stories from his life and work, and the many things he has done with Edmind Rice Foundation in empowering and helping those who most need it.

While some of his experiences were confronting, Anthony remained as determined as ever to continue working towards a better world--and encouraging those, particularly people who are in powerful positions, to do the same.

More on Anthony Ryan's speech will be in our next issue of Inform, coming soon!

Changes to Inform
Our monthly newsletter Inform is getting a makeover! We look forward to revealing our new format to you. As well as this, Inform will now be distributed every second month, instead of monthly. The next NEW issue of Inform will be ready in May, available in hard copy to Sydney Archdiocese members, and uploaded here on our website.

For now, here are some upcoming dates to be aware of:

Wednesday May 25: Concord West Reflection Day at Marian Court

Tuesday June 14: Branch Reflection Day
Tuesday July 12: Winterfest – blue/white/silver theme

Tuesday August 9: Annual Mass & Luncheon

Monday August 22: Western Region Reflection Day, 10.30am at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Fairfield

Saturday August 27:Gladesville Spring Fashion Parade, St Charles Borromeo Parish Hall, Ryde at 1pm onwards

 Welcome back! Starting 2016 - Year of Mercy
Welcome all members to the New Year. We have a new executive for 2016 detailed below, with information on office hours and membership:

2016 Sydney Executive
President: Helen Cook
Immediate Past President: Loretta Chester
Vice President: Sally Fennell                         
Vice President & WUCWO Sydney Int.Secretary: Margaret Burke
Secretary: Margaret Blomfield                         
Treasurer: Sue Halliday
Executive Officer: Chris McKirdy
Office Staff: Belinda (Tuesday) and Maddie (Wednesday and Thursday)
Office Opening Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  9.30am—3.30pm  
Membership fees are now Due.  Branch members pay $25, Diocesan Members pay $30.  $10 send to National, $10 send to State ($4 Vine, $6 Administration), $2.50 for insurance.

We have our Hats, Heels and High Tea fundraiser for the Project of the Year coming up soon. Reminder that if you would like to attend you must RSVP and pay by 3rd of March. We will be unable to cater to people after this date. It will be a wonderful day with delicious food, raising money for rural students in Wilcannia Burke Diocese, so please let us know if you can attend!

For more information please read our newsletter.

Catholic Women's League Australia Inc 47th National Biennial Conference 22- 24 September 2015
The National Conference is just around the corner! For those who have registered, here is a brief reminder of the conference guest speakers.
Tuesday 22nd: Registration and Opening Mass
Wednesday 23rd: The Hon Prudence Goward MP, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, will be the Keynote Speaker. Other speakers on that day include Sr Hilda Scott, osb, Benedictine Sister from Jamberoo Abbey, NSW and Pat McDermott, Journalist and Author of “Family Matters”, a monthly article in the Australian Women’s Weekly. Chris Field from the Catholic Development Fund will also speak in the afternoon.
Thursday 24th:Jennifer Burn, Associate Professor Faculty of Law UTS, will speak to us on Human Trafficking, and Ken Smith, Historian, will speak on the History of Parramatta.
With such a great line up of speakers, we really are looking forward to to the National Conference. See you there!
Marian Court: Celebrating 50 Years!
We are excited to share with you this fantastic video as part of our commemoration for the 50 years Catholic Women's League Sydney have been running Marian Court units in Strathfield. Watch to learn about how Marian Court came about, and see how fabulous the place looks today!
A masquerade ball was recently held at Marian Court to celebrate this milestone. Pictures of this wonderful night can be found on our Photo Gallery page.
A big congratulations to Marian Court, it's history, and the incredible people who help run the units today.
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Celebrating 50 Years at Marian Court
WUCWO Day 2015
On the 12th of May we held a special day for World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO). WUCWO was founded in 1910 and is active in 66 countries worldwide.
WUCOW is an organisation that CWL proudly associates with, for their compassionate mission and promotion of the value of women in the church. As Pope Francis said at a press conference in July, 2013, "Woman has a particular sensitivity to the "things of God", above all in helping us understand the mercy, tenderness and love that God has for us."
Mass was attended in the morning, followed by Margaret Burke presenting a talk on the values of WUCWO and the aims they have for the coming year, themed "Women as Sowers of Hope".
There was also a particular highlighting of hopes to erradicate human trafficking, in alignment with our project of the year, and the injustice of this important issue.
This talk was followed by a delicious lunch. We were very fortunate to have National President Carolyn Metcalfe in attendance, who briefly spoke after lunch and provided information on the upcoming National Conference in Parramatta. Overall, the day was a success, with many learning more about the great work WUCWO does.
Margaret Burke presents a talk on WUCWO
Margaret Burke presents a talk on WUCWO
Members enjoy lunch
Members enjoy lunch
Acting Sydney President Helen Cook adresses the room
Acting Sydney President Helen Cook adresses the room
National President Carolyn Metcalfe talks to attendees
National President Carolyn Metcalfe talks to attendees