2012 Leadership

January 5, 2012

Sue Freestone from The Oaks Branch has been elected as Diocesan President to lead the Diocesan Council Executive for 2012.


Congratulations and thank you Sue for taking on this position for 2012.

Bishop Peter Ingham has appointed Father Patrick Vaughan to the position ofCWL Wollongong  Diocesan Chaplain.

President elect Sue Freestone presented past President Sue Meehan with a bouquet of flowers as a “Thank you” for her leadership over the past four years.

Albion Park

On Thursday evening 8th December 2011, the feast day of The Immaculate Conception, CWL members of Albion Park St Paul’s Parish attended evening Mass, during which Fr. David blessed the beautiful new banner. The banner was kindly made by the parish member Fay Colby.


The members also enjoyed their Christmas lunch at Addison’s Shellharbour.

Bay and Basin

On Thursday 8th December Bay and Basin CWL celebrated their Christmas party in the Holy Spirit Vincentia Hall. The hall was decorated for the occassion and looked absolutely spectacular.

The members and guests were entertained by a nine year old soprano busker, who has the vioce of an angel and sang a variety of numbers and carols.
After eating a delicious banquet, Santa (Sr. Val) made a surprise visit to hand out chocolates to those who had been not naughty but nice”.


We wound up the evening with the traditional Christmas pudding and it was a fitting finale to our year.

Thank you to Father leo, members and friends for sharing such a wonderful evening with CWL Bay and Basin.

Eileen Oliver
Bay and Basin President.


Eight couples recently celebrated Special Wedding Anniversary’s with a Mass at St Michael’s Church and a wonderful luncheon provided by the Nowra branc CWL members. Beautiful flowers decorated the tables and the Anniversary cake was delicious.


Two of the ladies are Nowra branch members. Congratulations to them.


Spring Morning Tea

October 24, 2011

The Zumba inspired Spring Morning Tea, presented by Milton Ulladulla Branch on September 21, was a spectacular success. Although numbers were down, the Ulladulla church hall, decorated with bright balloons and filled with Latin and African music, welcomed seventy-five members and guests.

Graciella Lavelle, the Zumba dance fitness instructor, the grand daughter of member Carmel Pirrello, who was joined by Grace Puglisi, gave us an amazing demonstration of what she calls, “therapy for the soul”. Graciella explained that Zumba had helped her recover from a debilitating health problem which caused her chronic pain. Since then, she has become an instructor and says that Zumba is “addictive, exhilarating and effective”. She showed us Zumba “gold” moves (for the active older participant) and this inspired many in the audience to get up off their chairs and Zumba!

Many lucky door prizes were won, the main raffle prize was a hand-made jewellery set made by talented member, Meg Thomas, and the coffee, cake and conversation was a good as it always is at the annual Spring Morning Tea.


Zumba fitness presenters                              Practicing some Zumba steps.
Graciella & Gracie set the
morning into step with their
exciting Zumba Exercise moves.


Jean Ubrihien & Pam Waugh                  Diocesan President, Sue Meehan,
in the kitchen                                       second on right, enjoys the company
                                                               of members ang guests.

Selling raffle tickets – Moya Root                    Enjoying the friendship on on
(left) and Shirley Vaughan.                               a sunny spring morning.

Some members and guests did
 the Zumba “gold” moves in
the comfort of their chairs.





St Mary of The Cross Mass

October 24, 2011


A very special Mass was held to celebrate the life and cannonisation of St Mary of The Cross MacKillop in Kiama.


The Church was beautifully decorated by the Kiama parishioners and the Mass was celebrated by Bishop Peter Ingham with Kiama Parish Priest Father Chris Roberts


The CWL Members of Kiama Branch prepared a wonderful luncheon and all who attended had a special day.



October 24, 2011

At our October meeting Unanderra Branch took the oportunity of presenting Branch President Joan Hughes, with a cake and bouquet of flowers to celebrate her 80th Birthday.


Joan is a Life Member of CWLA and is very well known, not only in the Wollongong Diocese but far and wide, due to her many trips to Conferences etc. nationally and overseas.        


Happy Birthday Joan from all your friends in Catholic Women’s League

Catholic Mission

September 6, 2011

The Executive and members of the Catholic Women’s League for the Diocese of Wollongong would be very conscious of the disaster of epic proportions facing families and children in the drought affected and politically unstable countries in the Horn of Africa, i.e. Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Less understood is the vital role that The Pontifical Mission Societies (Catholic Mission in Australia) play in funding life enhancing community based projects for the benefit of children in over 160 countries. In 2009 The Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood (Children’s Mission in Australia) helped improve the lives of 2.6 million children. There was an increase on this figure in 2010. Project requests from Ecclesial authorities and church connected commun ities in overseas mission dioceses and territories include the meeting of short term (food, fresh water and medical care), long term (building, maintenance and staffing of schools and orphanages) and pastoral needs fo mission and recipients.

If any ladies of the Catholic Women’s League would like to donate to Catholic Mission they can go to the website; www.catholicmission.org.au   or contact Mike Deasy, Catholic Mission Diocesan Director for the Dioceses of Bathurst, Wilcannia-Forbes and Wollongong on: Phone: 4284 0970 or
                            Email; wollongongdd@catholicmission.org.au


August 3, 2011


The Feast of St Maria Goretti Mass and luncheon was held at Helensburgh on Wednesday 6th July, a fine, cold day. Mass was followed by the usual “soup” luncheon. It was a terrific day as usual and this year was extra special as Helensburgh branch members were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the formation of their branch.





Congratulations Helensburgh.

10th Anniversary

July 1, 2011

On Thursday 30th June 2011, Unanderra Catholic Women’s League celebrated their 10th Anniversary since re-forming in 2011. Thirroul, Corrimal, Fairy Meadow, Gwynneville. Wollongong, West Wollongong,  and Albion Park branches joined Unanderra members and friends at a luncheon at Murphy’s Bar and Grill in Unanderra. The anniversary cake was cut by Life Member Joan Hughes and Secretary Flo McNamara.  40 guests enjoyed a delicious meal and good friendship in a lovely atmosphere.




Congratulations Unanderra Branch Members.