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By Jody Watermann, LTD Consultant
Often the September meeting of an NCCW affiliate marks the beginning of the program year. Plans are made or put into action to fulfill our NCCW mission of supporting, empowering and educating all Catholic women in spiritualty, leadership and service.
For many of our affiliates, the September meeting this year may look quite different. Some areas of our country are allowing large gatherings, some small gatherings and others no gatherings. But despite any limitations for face-to-face meetings, we must still “respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world,” as our mission states.
How is this possible? As a society, we have learned to do many things differently these past several months. And as an affiliate of NCCW, we will learn to accomplish our goals differently this year!
The first thing to do is to brainstorm about what needs your community is experiencing, then brainstorm on how those needs can be fulfilled. Consider each element of our mission statement —as well as NCCW 2020 Resolutions—and plan a way to incorporate these into your program plans.
For instance, to address the mission of spiritual growth, can you plan a holy hour in your parish? Using social distancing guidelines and masks, you could bring a group together for a very uplifting experience. Or maybe a book club could be formed, choosing a book based on your parish saint or the Blessed Mother. You could use a format like Zoom to meet and discuss.
LTD will soon be offering virtual leadership opportunities. Be one of the first to sign up for this new way of learning. Details will soon be shared on the NCCW website.
And don’t forget your service projects. You can still hold a virtual baby shower for your local Catholic Charities or participate in Box of Joy from Cross Catholic Outreach (details on the NCCW Website). You might plan a Walk-a-thon where each person solicits donors but walks privately.
Just because we are under the constraints of a pandemic does not eliminate our obligation to fulfill our mission as Catholic women of NCCW! It just means that we need to be more creative. And we are up to this challenge!
When you have completed your special event, be sure to share your success under Affiliate Happenings on the NCCW website so that you can inspire others to the same level of creativity and success.