CWL Sydney Executive 2019

We are pleased to announce our Executive for 2019.

President – Margaret Blomfield
Vice President – Sally Fennell
Vice President – Margaret Burke
Secretary – Sandra Skarsky
Treasurer – Sue Halliday
WUCWO International Secretary – Loretta Chester

Helen Cook will still be present as Immediate Past President.

Congratulations to our new Executive, and thank you to Helen and her team for their work the last three years!

Our office closes Thursday 13th December and reopens 29th January 2019.

Have a safe and happy Christmas!


Annual General Meeting plus New Issue of Inform!

Tuesday 13th of November was CWL Sydney’s Annual General Meeting, and final branch gathering for 2018.

The day began with a liturgy. The tables were decorated with small purple candles and wreaths. There was a table decorated at the front of the room with purple fabrics, a rosemary covered wreath, and purple candle.

Following the liturgy, our Chaplain Fr Ray gave a reflection.

The AGM went smoothly, and was followed by a festive lunch.

Thank you to members who attended; we hope you had an enjoyable day!

Make sure to catch up with us through our final newsletter for the year, Inform.

   Inform cover art by Helen Cook

Inform cover art by Helen Cook


October Branch Gathering

On the 9th of October we held our monthly branch gathering in the Polding Centre.

We were excited to be joined by Rose Chan and Fenn Idle, local musicians, who performed some music for us.

Rose and Fenn studied various levels of music during high school and at university. They both teach music (piano and flute) and play in a few local bands.

For their performance to us, Rose played electric guitar and sang, and Fenn played melodica. They played their own original music and some covers. They also sang an acapella version of the Everly Brothers song “Cathy’s Clown”, having never practiced it before - we were very impressed! It was great to listen to two very talented musicians.

Thank you Rose and Fenn!


Annual Mass and Luncheon

On the 14th August we hosted out Annual Mass and Luncheon.

The day began with mass said by our Chaplain Fr Ray Farrell in the Chapel of our Lady.

Our meeting followed upstairs in the Taylor Barlow rooms. Branch representatives shared news and upcoming events in their branches, and the President caught everyone up on State and National news.

Our guest speaker was Ashleigh Green, a young woman who works for Catholic Care and who is involved in church life. Ashleigh shared some of her experiences as a young catholic woman and her views on the future of the Church, particularly in relation to young people.

Lunch was a delicious roast dinner, followed by fruit flans.

Thank you everyone who attended, especially those from other Diocese. We are also grateful to those who helped with the food, and helped make the day a success!

Winter Indoor Picnic

On the 10th of July we hosted our first fundraiser for our new Project of the Year - an indoor picnic! The room was decorated beautifully, and everyone enjoyed feeling cosy with a hot chocolate. After a delicious lunch, our guest speaker Lee Trennidick shared the history of the Australian soldiers involved in the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, and the unique and ongoing connection between our country and this small town in France. Lee also explained that her father had fought in this battle, and shared her journey to learn more about her own history and this part of the war.

Thank you to the members who attended - we hope you had a great day!

Reminder to please book in for our Annual Mass and roast lunch.



WUCWO Mass and Celebrations

Our Annual WUCWO Day held on May 8 was a wonderful success.  The day began with a special Mass by our CWL Sydney Chaplain Fr Ray Farrell and a delightful day followed.

The Guest Speaker, CWLA National International Secretary Madeleine Banister spoke about her time in New York at the United Nations and her passionate enthusiasm was a delight. Her PowerPoint presentation and talk were enjoyed by all. 

We were fortunate enough to have guests from many different organisations join us for the day and they thoroughly enjoyed the inclusive, friendly energy of the day.  Our visitors asked to be included in future functions, so we will be inviting them to our Annual Mass in August.

The meeting room looked lovely and the lunch went very well.

Report by Chris McKirdy


Spiritual Day

Our Spiritual Day was held at our March Branch Gathering, and was a lovely and calming day.

Our guest speaker was unfortunately unable to attend at the last minute, however we were still able to reflect during this time of Lent. 

We watched a presentation of a TEDx talk called “The Power to Heal” by Sister Mary Agnes Dombroski, where she described her work with  disadvantaged and troubled children, and how kindness, compassion and  gentleness had the power to profoundly heal. 

We then did the Stations of the Cross, with different people reading each  station. 

Thank you to all who came and shared the day with us!

Familiar Face on the Cover of Catholic Weekly


You might notice some familiar faces on the cover of the Catholic Weekly...

Celebrations for Audrey Stewart's 100th birthday featured on the cover of local paper the Catholic Weekly. A report on Audrey, her birthday celebrations, and her time over the years as a member of CWL Sydney was published, and we are very chuffed to see such a friendly face on the cover.

The photo depicts Audrey with friend Noreen Keoghan.

You can read the full article here.

Thank you to the Catholic Weekly for your support!

Congratulations Audrey - 100th Birthday!

What a milestone! CWL Enfield member Audrey Steward turned 100 in January, so we decided to celebrate her at our first branch gathering for 2018. Audrey first joined Catholic Women's League in 1952 and has been a member ever since.

We love seeing Audrey at our monthly meetings and we are so grateful for her dedication to our organisation.

Happy birthday Audrey! Here's to many more!