January Newsletter

posted Feb 4, 2014, 4:37 PM by Maryann Stradczuk
Hello Everyone!

Last weekend was the Knights of Columbus Pro Life Mass in New Haven.  Those in attendance asked to bring an item to support women who choose life.  Kathy Brophy represented our Auxiliary and brought a Graco Pack & Play (playpen to those of us whose children are grown) that we are donated to the cause.  Thanks, Kathy!

Tis the season of medical issues.  Ann Olewnik is finally done with chemo and seems to be doing really well considering.  She has been sporting quite a lovely array of hats!  Elaine Durham was recently hospitalized and is home now with hospice care.  Elaine - we love you!!  Jackie Goddard is in the hospital (Backus - E441) with congestive heart failure.  As you know,  Renee is Jackie's sister and Suzy Kenney is her daughter.  And if that wasn't enough, I hear that Deb Shaffer has pneumonia!  All of these ladies need our love and prayers.  As for myself, I will be having some abdominal surgery on the 28th for an unrelated issue.  That means that Jo Ann Rowley will have the gavel for our next meeting (February 3rd)!  Speaking of Jo Ann, she is the proud grandma of Clayton Joseph Perry born on Tuesday.  Mom, Brenda, and baby are doing well.    

Columbiettes are planning a fundraiser DeMarle Party on Saturday, February 22nd at 2:00pm.  If you hate to cook or think you are a terrible cook, maybe you just need better equipment!  Our consultant,Johanna, was at the Christmas Bazaar and is a delight. I have been cooking up a storm with my DeMarle cookware and look like a pro.  I will have some links posted very soon on the website so you can check it out.

Spring also means that the State Columbiettes have many events.  On Sunday, March 16th a testimonial dinner is being held to honor Immediate Past Supreme President, Pam Desaulniers.  Pam is a delightful and energetic woman who is also very active in State events.  You may recall that she joined us for our installation.  For the sit down dinner and music, the cost per person is $60.  I plan to go and would love company.  Let me know.

State Columbiettes are having a Day of Recollection on Saturday, March 29th at St. Pius Church in Monroe.  This is a nice, spiritual event that includes Stations of the Cross.  I plan to attend, if you would like to join me.  This is a good chance to get to know Sister Columbiettes across the state.

Saturday, April 26th is the date set for the Major Degree at the KofC Hall in Fairfield.  For the newer members, there are two degrees of Columbiettes membership - First Degree and Major Degree.  The Major Degree ceremony must be run by State Columbiettes and is only done in the Spring - except for installation of new Auxiliaries.  Major Degree members can hold local and State office and also vote at Convention.  If you are a First Degree member, I will be delighted to accompany you.  If you are a Major Degree member and would like to participate on the Major Degree Team, please let me know.  Last year my friend, Bertha, from Stamford brought 12 members to make their Major Degree.  I was so proud of her!

If the date for Major Degree looked familiar, that is the date we had selected for the Spring Fling Bazaar.  The Spring Fling Bazaar is being moved to Saturday, May 17th.  We will talk further on the topic, but now we can begin to book vendors.

I hear that the handrails to the Sanctuary have been installed!  I can't wait to see them this weekend.  I might use one, just 'cuz!!  I know many parishioners will be happy.  Fr. Ted is very pleased with they way they suit the church and they were installed just in time for Deacon Tony's return to mass this past weekend.  All around excellent news!  Thanks to Kathy Kral for her work with the contractor to make this project happen and to every member who raised money to make this possible. 

At the meeting we talked about next year's Snowflake Parade.  Ceil Roberge has decided to retire as chairperson of this really great, local event.  There is a supportive committee in place, but Ceil did a lot of work to make the Snowflake Parade so special.  Thanks, Ceil!  Hopefully the tradition continues.  Columbiettes may have a float in next year's parade.  I bought a small, aluminum trailer (so cute, as you would expect) to tow behind my car for my own purposes.  We could decorate it with the church's Advent wreath and signs on the side saying, "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord!"  We could also have our Columbiettes logo on the back.  Not too difficult, but really Catholic.  We could hand out coloring sheets for Keeping Christ in Christmas that the kids could return for a contest.  It's a fun youth interaction for us that doesn't cost a bunch. 
All of these dates are on the website - http://www.columbiettesofjewettcity.org/.  I feel like I have forgotten something, but there it is.  Love to you all!
-  Maryann