Catholic Women’s League

Planting of White Rose bushes, and gift of Blue Perennials, in commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, with St. Francis CWL, St. Stephen’s Lutheran and Faith Lutheran guests held June 4, 2017.

At the CWL Convention June 2, 2017

Memo on Medical Assistance in Dying

Please take time to read this memo from National President Margaret Ann Jacobs, with input from National Spiritual Advisor Bishop William McGrattan and Dr. Moira McQueen, on the League’s response to Bill C-14.

CWL Memo RE: Hospices and Funding

Advent Seniors’ Dinner

We had a wonderful supper again this year, with fabulous food, the most amazing entertainment with the WRDSB Special Education Choir, and of course wonderful fellowship with all our favourite people!

Also, congratulations to all the Catholic Women’s League members who received Years of Service pins this year:

25 years
Marlene Barna
Mary Bergamin
Joan Roga
Joan Schefter
Kay Sweeney

40 years
Maria Cabral
Helen Keller

50 years
Maria Barbosa
Margaret Druar
June Yendruck

60 years
Mailyn Alston
Margaret Coffey
Irma Seidl

And Congratulations to our two Maple Leaf Pin recipients: Judith Booth and Jennie Rodzen!  Thank you for so many years of dedication and enthusiastic service!


The Joy of Love ~ talk with Teresa Hartnett

Love is a word used to describe many things. In his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis engages us in how to understand love from the perspective of both the Church teachings, and the family. He presents both the goodness and challenges of the family. On Oct. 19 Teresa Hartnett explored this topic with our Catholic Women’s League and the Parish Community of St. Francis of Assisi.  Thank you everyone for a wonderful evening!

convention 2016Our Spiritual Adviser Fr. Joseph, and Co-President Barbara at the 96th Annual Hamilton Diocese CWL Convention, May 2016.

Check out some pictures from our recent Advent Senior’s Dinner here.


Who We Are: We are the voice of Catholic women united in faith, promoting Christian values in the home and in the world.

What We Offer: We offer hospitality, friendship, sisterhood, support and affirmation that empowers women to reach their full potential.

What We Do: We provide faith based opportunities for spiritual growth, and many avenues for service and social justice.

Why We Do It: As Catholic women, we are called to stand up and take our place, speak the truth and renew our commitment to the call to holiness through service to the people of God––to fortify the family, create sanctuaries of peace and be the Good News to all. (from CWL of Canada  National website)

 My membership makes me part of the largest national organization of Catholic women in Canada and part of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization.

General Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month in the Church Hall, beginning with a prayer service at 7pm, followed by the meeting. Keep watching this website for information about upcoming meeting topics!

Executive Meetings are the last Wednesday of each month, at 7pm, in the Emmaus Room.

Membership fee: $30.00 – by cheque payable to St. Francis C.W.L.  All women are invited to join us. Please return your membership envelope or enclose your fee in a plain envelope with name, address, phone number and email address, and drop in the collection basket. We urge you to add your email address as we hope to send our ‘news’ by a monthly e-newsletter.

To become a member, fill out our Registration Form.  For more information please contact Membership Chair Judith Booth,

2015-2016 CWL Executive

Co-Presidents:   Barbara Diemert (
& Karin Manley (
Past President:   Beani Watson
Spiritual Adviser:   Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R.
Treasurer:   Helen Shantz
Membership Chair:  Judith Booth (
Corresponding Secretary
& Education and Health Chair:  Lorraine Poplonski
Recording Secretary:   Mary Diemert
Spiritual Chair:   Sheila Mathews
Christian Family Life Chair:   Alice Preiditsch
Community Life Co-Chair:   Evelyn Romero
Community Life Co-Chair
& Resolutions Chair:    Mila Navaleza

Vacant Positions:
Communication Chair
Maybe you are hearing the quiet call of the Spirit to volunteer in these positions?
Contact Judith Booth for more information.

CWL Links

Catholic Women’s League ~ Hamilton Diocese
Catholic Women’s League ~ Provincial Website
Catholic Women’s League ~ National Website