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Note: This is not an area to submit an announcement of an upcoming program, rather, it is an area for affiliates to show the fabulous things our women have already done around the country.
The ladies of St. Charles Borromeo went above and beyond this Memorial Day for the veterans in their community. A remembrance book was signed, stars signed, and a white tree with lights honored the Veterans who had died through crosses and the Veterans who were not able to be there in person were included by stars signed by the Veterans at the event. A table setting was decorated with poppy petals for the Veterans, a symbol of remembrance and hope for the future. Remembering our Veterans on this Memorial Day.
At the 84th Savannah Diocesan Council of Catholic Women convention held in Savannah, GA from April 28-30, Rev. David A. Koetter, Diocesan Spiritual Advisor, was given the NCCW 100 Year History Book in appreciation of the more than 10 years he has served as Spiritual Advisor for SDCCW. Fr. Koetter is Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Savannah which was the host church for the convention. At the Saturday evening Mass, Bishop Stephen D. Parkes, Bishop of Savannah, acknowledged Fr. Koetter’s many years of service to CCW with the words “Blessed are you among women, Fr. Koetter”.
CCW of VA/TN draws membership from southwest VA and northeast TN and uses the facilities at St. Anne Church in Bristol, VA for our meetings. We join together each month for spiritual reflection, fellowship, and outreach. In March, the CCW members joined together for our Lenten reflection. Nineteen members met to pray the Stations of the Cross. As part of our commitment to outreach members donated cleaning supplies to Bristol Faith in Action, a local ministerial organization. This organization serves the community by providing help with utility bills, rent, and household commodities.
Mrs. Barbara Scott, a member of St. Boniface CCW in Springfield, GA, spoke about the history of Effingham County. Barbara is a direct descendant of settlers to the county and is also a member of the Effingham Historical Society. She wore a traditional German dirndl. Effingham County was developed in 1733 under the Treaty of Savannah and was originally established as St. Matthew Parish. One of the charities that St. Boniface CCW regularly contributes to is The Truetlen House – a non-profit home named after John Adam Truetlen (Georgia’s first Governor) that provides services for boys ages 10-21 in the Georgia Foster Care System.
Southwest Minnesota has a council of Catholic women (CCW) sponsored event that draws people from a three state area. Starting in 2015, the Tracy CCW began hosting a unique event that combines gardening and quilts. The event allows people to view beautiful gardens and quilts within a short driving distance from each other and end the afternoon with homemade pie from St. Mary’s. The pie project started 21 years ago and their pies are sold year-round. The event has been a huge success and the 2022 garden and quilt tour was even featured on an episode of Pioneer PBS’ “Prairie Yard and Garden”.
As long-time members found it difficult to attend meetings, we wanted to keep connected and honor them. Thus, the once-a-month Serendipity gatherings began. Held in members’ homes, each attendee brings a dish to the luncheon. They share life and are brought up to date on CCW Doings. This is a form of thank you, mentoring, and support to our members who have been supportive of CCW for years. The bonus is it is keeping them involved and young! Submitted by Mary Ann Scotchie
Guardian Angel Parish CCW of Oran, MO developed a monthly calendar to pray for our priests in the Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau. The names of priests both living and deceased are listed on each day of the month. Printed prayers are provided as a guide to pray for the priests on the date that they are listed. Member Doris Eftink organized the program and provides a calendar for each month as it is prepared. We encourage each PCCW in our Diocese to share this prayer calendar with their PCCW members and other parishioners to show our love and appreciation for our priests!
Last year, we began the Spiritual Adoption Program on Mother’s Day and celebrated the end of the program on February 4, 2023 with a baby shower at the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg. We celebrated the 52 babies that were saved! The HDCCW Community Concerns, Family and Legislative Commissions would like to thank those who participated in the program.
On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, women from across the state joined together to advocate at the State House. We toured the capitol, learned about the legislative process, met with Catholic legislators, including Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, spoke with our elected officials, and watched the House debate H. 3447: the Human Life Protection Act, which was passed by the House on 2/16/23. Submitted by Yvonne Pygatt, Chair Service Commission NCCW