CWLA – NSW INC. WOLLONGONG DIOCESE
CWLA – NSW INC. WOLLONGONG DIOCESE
President’s Annual Report
2017 began with Mary Smith, Diocesan Secretary and myself attending the CWLA-NSW Inc. State Council Meeting at Wauchope. This was the first State meeting for State President Ann Pereira and Secretary Irene O’Grady. All 8 Dioceses in NSW were represented and gave Ann and Irene their support to steer our organisation into the future.
Socially we have had a great year. Beginning with lunch on St Patrick’s Day, Soup & Slice day at Corrimal and the Friendship Day at Bowral. These functions were all well attended and enjoyed by all.
Spiritually – Branches attended the World Day of Prayer in their own area. This is a great way of Praying with the members of other denominations. WUCWO Mass was held at Port Kembla and was very well attended and was hosted by Port Kembla Branch of CWL. St Maria Goretti Mass was celebrated during the Diocesan Conference and was celebrated by Bishop Peter Ingham with Father Patrick Vaughan, our CWL Chaplain concelebrating. The Diocesan Retreat Day was conducted by Father Patrick at Gerringong, “Mary of the Gospels” was the theme. Kiama CWL Branch hosted the day. Mass for the Unborn was celebrated by Father Ron Peters, Dean of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. A shared lunch was held in the Xavier Centre following the Mass and Wollongong Branch were the hosts. The Consoling Mass was held at the Mater Delorosa Church Balgownie and was celebrated by Father Ron Peters, and lunch followed Mass and was hosted by Fairy Meadow CWL Branch. St. Mary of the Cross Mackillop Nass was held at Oran Park. Bishop Peter Ingham was celebrant assisted by Father David Catterall Parish Priest of Oran Park, Father Patrick Vaughan CWL Chaplain and Father Joseph of Macquarie Fields…. All commented on what a Spiritual day it was. I expressed my gratitude to all CWL Branches and the Ladies of Oran Park Parish for their generous hospitality shown on these special days.
On 7th July we held the Wollongong Diocesan CWL Triennial Conference in the Xavier Centre Wollongong. The Conference was very well attended. The National President, Ann Marie Clark, State President, Ann Pereira and State Secretary, Irene O’Grady along with visitors from the Sydney Archdiocese and Broken Bay Diocese were all present. The speakers on the day were Father David Orr OSB Prior, Benedictine Monastery, Acadia and Mr Michael Moran, Honorary Archivist of the National Council of St Vincent de Paul Society< Canberra. During the day the Wollongong Diocesan CWL History Book was launched and was very well received.
During the year many branches of CWL suffered loss of cherished members. My sympathy to the families of these members. May they rest in peace.
I take this opportunity to congratulate our Branch Presidents on their Annual Reports. Every branch and its members have been very busy during this year and I thank them for the work they have carried out during 2017. My hope for you all is that you continue to support each other with your friendship.
The Diocesan Executive have had a very heavy workload this year and I thank them all for their continued friendship and support. Many thanks to Diocesan Secretary, Mary, and Diocesan Treasurer, Isabel for their huge workload, friendship and support.
I wish you and your families Peace and Joy this Christmas.
“Be a gift of Love and Compassion for one another”. (St John Paul 11 – at the Canonisation of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop)
Bay and Basin CWL Vincentia enjoyed a very exciting and informative morning on Saturday 22nd March. The guest speaker was Mark Bartlett an Intensive Care Paramedic and a member of the South Coast Helicopter Rescue Service.
Mark detailed the specialised training, high standard of excellence required of prospective Intensive Care Paramedics. He especially spoke about the dangers and risks encountered in the course of his duties.
We welcomed our Diocesan President Sue Freestone and her husband Terry and members from CWL Nowra Branch.
Money raised from the event was donated to the Helicopter Rescue Service.
Catholic Women’s League Milton/Ulladulla provided Tea and Tissues for the Families of the Kindergarten Children starting school at St Mary’s Milton on 30th January 2014. There were 30 children starting school and no tears from the children or their families. Tea, biscuits and conversation was enjoyed by the Mum’s and Dad’s once the children went into class.
The Catholic Women’s League Diocese of Wollongong celebrated it’s 5oth Anniversary in 2013. The following are some of the Masses and events held during the year, many of which have become traditions.
**Mass for the Unborn was celebrated in March
**WUCWO Mass and Luncheon at Port Kembla celebrates our association with this world wide organisation.
** Retreat day on the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians was a wonderful day led by our Chaplain, Father Patrick Vaughan.
** Saint Maria Goretti Mass and lunch in 2013 was at St Michael’s Nowra.
** Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop- a Diocesan celebration held at Albion Park, with the added joy of the school choirs singing the liturgy.
** Consoling Mass was at the Mater Dolorosa Church at Balgownie. Well supported by members and friends.
** 50th Anniversary Mass and Luncheon.
**The Corrimal Soup and Slice Luncheon being it’s usual happy occasion.
**National Conference Townsville Queensland: 25 members from Wollongong Diocese attended and enjoyed their time, meeting up with old friends, making new ones and listening to some very interesting guest speakers.
**Coffee Cake and Conversation at Milton/Ulladulla held on the 9th October 2013 was a great day with the sun shining for Guest Speaker Mike Bailey (The Weather Man) who spoke about his life in the Media. It was wonderful to also meet his lovely wife Helena from Romper Room. he also shared with us her fond memories of Romper Room.
We had 110 visitors and raised $1,542 which will be distributed to charities.
President Jo was most grateful to all Ladies for their beautiful baking and hard work.
It was wonderful to see so many faces from our other CWL Branches in our Diocese travelling many kilometres to be with us and making the event such a great success.
* Kiama’s Annual Luncheon was enjoyed by 95 people who are looking forward to attending again in 2014.
** Thirroul Annual Lunch -their 49th has become one of the special traditions.
**Milton/Ulladulla celebrated their Christmas lunch at Dunn Lewis Centre in Ulladulla on 11th December 2013. They had beautiful food and live music. They even had a dance and a singalong, a great day had by all who attended.
World Congress of Families: Sydney 15th-18th May 2013.
The seventh Congress is an opportunity for Australians to strengthen families for the benefit of Society. It is the largest and most well known pro-family conference in the world. The theme is ‘Happy Families, Healthy Economy”. It is the first to be hosted as a joint venture between two countries, Australia and New Zealand and the first time the World Congress of Families has come to the Southern Hemisphere. This event will feature some of the best speakers in the world on marriage, family, motherhood, fatherhood, life issues and the economic benefits that happy families make to the individual lives of our children, our community and our nation.
Speakers include: Dr Patrick Fagan and Dr Miriam Grossman from the USA; Bob McCoskrie and Ian & Mary Grant from New Zealand; former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson and Rev Karl Faase from Australia, Cardinal Pell and Bishop Elliott. Information, program and registration can be accessed on the web site; http://www.wcfsydney2013.org.au
Milton/Ulladulla – Annual Spring Morning Tea
When Kathleen Evans addressed a crowd of over 160 at our Spring Morning of coffee, cake and conversation on Saturday September 15 at Milton, she amazed the audience with the story of her remarkable journey towards being Mary MacKillop’s second miracle. A story now published in her recently released book entitled, Kath’s Miracle
She went on to sign more than 100 books at the event which Garry Evans, of the Ulladulla Harbour Bookshop, had made available for sale. Garry also donated a raffle book prize and more than 50 luckydoor prizes were handed out.
It was a beautiful weather day and the new St Mary’s Primary School hall,opposite the historic Milton church, provided a splendid venue. After the event Kathleen, her ever supportive husband Barry, and her daughter Annette, visited the church and its grounds.
Another special guest at the event was Federal Member and Mayor of the City of Shoalhaven, Joanna Gash.
All guests were impressed with the delicious food provided and President Joanne Clark, extended her sincere thanks to all Branch members.