St Herberts

Chadderton Section

Prayer Of Dedication
Life, bless and be with all members of the Catholic Women's League.
Guide us in using and developing the talents you have given us, so that, with a strong and positive outlook, we may continue the work established by our foundress, Margaret Fletcher.
Help us to be guided by her example, so we may be committed in our work for others, caring in our acts of charity and loyal to our fellow members, the Church and its teachings.
Help us to go forward in prayer and thanksgiving, always seeking to see Your presence in everyone we meet.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

The C.W.L. was founded in 1906 by Margaret Fletcher the daughter of an Anglican Clergyman and received into the Catholic Church in 1897.  In a period of struggle for better and equal opportunities for women she looked for members who wouls support the League's work at local, diocesan, national and international levels.
The League is a founder member of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations, WUCWO, affiliated to over 100 women's organisations in five continents.  Their aim is to promote the advancemnet of women globally and to protect the interests of women and children, especially in the Third World.  This is achieved by representation at UNESCO, UNICEF, the UN and many other non-governmental organisations, making the voice of women heard at all world-wide conferences where decisions and policy concerning them are made.
Family Fast Day was one of the ideas that took root through the League and which CAFOD took over at its inception.  There is a close link between the two organisations and League members attend regularly diocesan CAFOD meetings and continue to support the Charity.
Saint Margaret Clitherow of York.
Patron Saint of the C.W.L.
Saint Margaret Clitherow was born ' Margaret Middleton' the daughter of a candlemaker who later became sheriff of York.
In 1571 Margaret married John Clitherow, a grazier and butcher, who held various civic offices.
Contemporaries describe Margaret as well liked, attractive, merry and witty.  "Everone loved her and would run to her for help, comfort and counsel when in distress."
Margaret and her husband were both reared as Protestants in the "New religion".  However three years after her marriage Margaret converted to the Catholic faith.  Although her husband supported her throughout her life he never changed his religious beliefs.
From her earliest childhood, Margaret spent much of her time in prayer and had thought upon God with profound love and great reverence.  Honestly, and without ant consideration of worldly advantage, she had prayed for light, that she might be able to distinguish which faith was the true faith.  When she felt sure that she knew, she acted without fear or wavering.
Her husband, who by then was the chamberlain of York, was fined repeatedly because Margaret did not attend Protestant services, yet he stood by her.  This was how Queen Elizabeth's government attempted to keep ordinary lay Catholics from Mass, by reducing them to penury.  When they could no longer pay the fines, they were thrown into prison.
As MArgaret was so outspoken and active in the practice of her faith, she was imprisoned for two years for not attending the parich church.  She was confined in a filthy, cold, dark hole, fed on the poorest prison fare and serarated from her loved ones, yet she herself referred to this time as " a happy and profitable school."  Here no-one could be inconvenienced by her fastings and austerities.
While she was in prison she learned to read and after her release she organised in her house a small school for her children and her neighbours' children.
Nevertheless, her husband stood by her for she was " a good wife, a tender mother, a kind mistress, lovong God above all things and her neighbour as herself."  By the sweetness of her nature, she bore witness to the charm of piety.
Though John Clitherow belonged to the Established Church, he had a brother who was a priest, and Margaret provided two chambers, one adjoining her house and a second in another part of the city, where she kept priests hidden and had Mass continually celebrated throughout the period of persecution.
Some of Margaret's priestly guests were martyred, and St Margaret, who desired the same grace above all things, used to make secret barefoot pilgrimages by night to York Tyburn to pray beneath the gibbet for this intention.  These visits to the spot soaked with the blood of martyrs gave her courage to face the troubles and dangers of daily life.
Her husband remained silent about her activities, but he was summoned before the court in 1586 to give an account of why his son, who was attending a Catholic college abroad.  Whilst he was thus occupied, his house was raided, but no trace of priests or sacred vessels could be found.

Watch this space!


THURSDAY at 8.00.p.m
Sadly with Deep Regret we inform members
of Chadderton CWL of the Death of
Irma Benson earlier this week.





After Mass Refreshments
On the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month
tea & coffee will be available
after both masses
in the Parish Centre.

Help is always needed if you can help please
ring 652 5650 or just come along/
The ladies of the CWL invite us to make Cornerstone
(the Diocesan Charity which caters daily
for the homeless & hungry)
our regular Parish Charity.
There is a blue box in the porch in which you can place items of food, clothing,
TOILET ROLLS, toothpaste, tomato and brown sauce etc.