January 2017 Newsletter

posted Jan 5, 2017, 8:22 PM by Maryann Stradczuk

Hello Ladies!

Fr. Steve had a shiny, new calendar and we did our best at the meeting to fill it up!


The new tables have arrived.  Fr. Ted will decide what to do with the old tables.  Some may be used for CCD, etc.


Cheryl Morin reports that we may have a copy of the plans for the Handicapped Ramp for the Church Hall very soon.  We will look it over to see if it is exactly as we pictured, and Fr. Ted will also need to approve the design.  Thanks in part to donations made in the name of Jackie Goddard, the fund for this has nearly $18.000 in it! 


There is a meeting every Monday (7:00-9:00pm) at the Griswold Youth Center (on Ashland Street) to make Sleeping Mats for the Homeless.  All are welcome, and some Columbiettes regularly attend.  Volunteers are needed to fold or cut bags, connect the pieces to make the yarn, and knit or crochet the mats.  Honestly, it’s pretty easy.  If you have ever wanted to learn how to knit or crochet, this is a great opportunity!  If you skip a stitch here or there, nobody will notice.  And you’re doing something good. 


The Kitchen Committee is being chaired by Kathy Kral and includes Lisa Lavado, Linda Champagne, Renee Asmar, and a couple of Scout representatives.  A meeting will be scheduled soon.  Any plans will have to be approved by Fr. Ted and any funding will have to be approved at our Meeting.  We have a great space and it would be really nice to have it updated to be more of a commercial type kitchen. 


The Epiphany Dinner is this Sunday, January 8th at 2:00pm in the Church Hall.  All parishioners are welcome!  Fred and Kathy Kral will be cooking the roast beef, and all in attendance are asked to bring a side dish or dessert.  This is always a great time and I am looking forward to it.  Columbiettes have volunteered to set up and this will take place on Saturday (1/7) at 2:00pm.  We will set up for 100 people, which is 13 tables; with an additional 5 tables for food.  Sheila was pleased to hear that we would be using our tablecloths.  Cheryl Morin and Donna Coombs are working on some lower centerpieces.  Volunteers for the set up are:  Donna Coombs, Vicki Rosich, Kathy Brophy, Linda Champagne, Renee Asmar, and Jo Ann Rowley. 


The semi-annual audit was conducted by Kathy Brophy, Karen Aubin, and myself and I am pleased to report that everything looks to be in order. 


We have scheduled a Pro-Life Baby Shower for Sunday, March 12th at 2:00pm.  Cheryl Morin and Donna Coombs are co-chairing this event with Sue Haulotte, Jo Ann Rowley, Linda Champagne, and Kristi Surratt on the committee.  I recommend a meeting soon as this date is fast approaching.  We voted to appropriate $100 for the purchase of one car seat.  Kathy Brophy will ask the Knights if they are willing to support the purchase of a car seat as well.  This was a really fun event that benefits the Cradle Fund, which is a terrific group supporting disadvantaged women who choose to have their babies. 


The Ladies Tea will be Saturday, May 13th at 1:00pm.  We decided to have 8 tables for people and 3 tables for food.  Please let me know if you are interested in being on the committee for this popular, annual event.  Donna Coombs has volunteered to create an invitation to hand out to the ladies of the Parish.  As in the past, we are asking people to decorate (or sponsor) a table.  With only 8 available tables, this could go fast.  Let me know if you are interested in sponsoring a table.


Our Columbiettes Christmas Party will be Tuesday, January 24th at 6:00pm at my house.  Please bring a dish to share.  Okay, I know Christmas is over but we can sure bring some sparkle to the normally blah month of January!


The Knights of Columbus Pro-Life Mass will be at St. Mary’s Church (5 Hillhouse Road) in New Haven on January 15th at 10:00am.  There is a reception afterward in the Church Hall. 


We are planning a First Degree on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00pm in the Church.  The Degree Team will be Vicki Rosich, Kathy Kral, Jo Ann Rowley, Alex Kral, Ann Olewnik, Becky Jusseaume, Kathy Brophy, and myself.  I was speaking with a couple of ladies who are interested in joining.  Hopefully they can make it that day.  If you know of anyone who is interested in joining, give them a call!


The annual Yard Sale and Book Sale will be Saturday, July 8th (9:00am-3:00pm).  I am hoping that Derek and Adrianna can help us out again! 


All of these dates are on the Columbiettes calendar on our website (www.columbiettesofjewettcity.org).  Our next meeting will be February 6th at 6:30pm in the Church Hall.  Social Hour begins at 5:30.  Divine Mercy Chaplet will be at 5:00pm in the Parish Center Chapel.


Thanks so much for all you do to make our parish and community a better place!  I really do feel that we are making a difference and I am very proud of our group.


  •  Maryann