March 2016 Newsletter

posted Mar 11, 2016, 7:07 PM by Maryann Stradczuk
Hello Ladies!  
Our new mission statement was unanimously voted in at the meeting.  Here it is:
The Columbiettes is a Catholic women’s organization and an auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus.  We are committed to the spiritual and social support of our members, our parish, and our community as ambassadors for Christ.  Additionally, we support the goals and outreach projects of the Columbiettes and the Knights of Columbus.”   You will see this added to our membership brochure and other literature.  It really has a nice way of saying who we are and what we’re about.
Thanks to everyone who made Deacon Tony’s retirement reception so very nice!  
There is more progress on the Handicapped Accessibility for the Church Hall.  According to the Building Department, we do not have to worry about how close we are to the property line because our purpose is handicapped accessibility.  We will only have to submit two copies of the drawings for approval by the Building Inspector and the Fire Marshall. Easy peasy!
Have you seen the defibrillator that was installed several years ago in the confessional?  If you have, please e-mail me privately.  
The date for the Ladies Tea has been set for Saturday, May 7th at 1:00pm in the Church Hall.  The committee members are Traci Edwards, Jo Ann Rowley, Kristi Surratt, Cheryl Morin, Donna Coombs, and myself.   Kathy Brophy is asking the Knights if they would be willing to serve and clean up so we can all enjoy the day.  They have graciously done this in the past and we are very appreciative.  Jo Ann Rowley, Traci Edwards, Maryann Stradczuk, Madeline Illinger, Rosie Payne, Fr. Ted, Kathy Kral, and Saturday Choir are sponsoring tables so far.  Table sponsors bring everything needed for the theme they choose – centerpiece, tablecloth, napkins, dinnerware, glasses, tea cups, etc.  If you are interested in sponsoring, please let me know.  Alex Kral and Renee Asmar have volunteered to greet our guests and explain the day’s events.   The Church Hall set up is scheduled for the night before (5/6) at 5:30pm.  Please help out, if you can!  I will be at the Columbiettes State Board meeting that night and can’t be there.  I will plan to set my table up Saturday morning around 10:00 and will have the hall open for others to set up.  We are also asking members to bring one dish of great food, nicely presented.  Bring whatever you like – appetizers, desserts, cookies, finger foods, muffins, quiche, pastries, candy  –  you name it!  Bring that recipe you’ve been wanting to try!  Food will be able to be brought Friday night or Saturday morning after 10:00.   We will have a prize for the most popular table, best hat, and a special drawing for those who sign up on the website.  We will have one more committee meeting before the event on Wednesday, April 27th at 6:00pm.  This will be at my house.  
Our next First Degree will be June 5th at 2:00pm.  We are down one member from last year and need two more before the end of June to increase our membership as required to receive the Margaret Mary J. Mangan Award.  If you know someone who has been on the fence about joining, please ask her to join us!
We are planning a Yard Sale!  The date is Saturday, June 4th (9:00-3:00).  As you start your Spring Cleaning, please consider donating your stuff to us!  Donations can be brought ahead of time and stored in the first floor storage at the Parish Center, or brought the morning of the sale at 7:30am.  If you are bringing the morning of (and it makes a lot of sense), please let us know so we can have enough tables.
We are having a Work Night to get the first floor Parish Center storage ready to take on the many new and wonderful items that will be donated for the Yard Sale.  Work Night is Tuesday, March 22nd at 6:00.  As my mom used to say, “Many hands make light work!”
Our new closet off of the Church Hall looks great!  It is so nice to have the things we use in a nice, orderly place – and locked.  Bea Denomme, Leona Minski, and Vicki Rosich worked very hard.  We appropriated money at the meeting to buy clear bins and a light for the closet.  I will install a sign up sheet on a clipboard.  If you borrow anything that leaves the Church Hall, please sign it out.  We have had many things go missing, only to turn up later because they were borrowed.  If you sign them out, we know where they are.  I was embarrassed to be at an event and not have any raffle tickets available.  Even now, the large jar that we always use for 50/50 raffles is missing.  If you have borrowed it, please bring it back.  I really love that vase and it’s perfect for raffles.
It’s time to sign up for the Cape Cod Trip, if you are interested.  Ceil Roberge has the information and forms.  We will arrive at the Cape Cod Irish Village in West Yarmouth (mid-Cape) on Friday (9/16) and depart on Monday (9/19).  The cost is $300/couple and includes two dinners and two breakfasts.  You are on your own for all transportation, but that means you can come and go as you please.  The food and service are great!  The rooms are nice and have a kitchenette and a separate sitting/TV room.  The hotel has an indoor pool and hot tub and also has an exercise room.  We have an available hospitality room for getting together, and get together we do.  The trip is lots of fun and you can get to know other Knights and Columbiettes a bit better.  We have 26 rooms available and those who were on the trip last year have first dibs.  There is a $50 deposit due by the end of May and the balance is paid upon arrival to the hotel.  Please call Ceil or Bob Roberge if you are interested. 
This year’s Major Degree Ceremony is going to be April 23rd in Monroe.  There are two levels of Columbiette membership – First Degree and Major Degree.  The Knights of Columbus have four degrees of membership.  The Major Degree Ceremony is really beautiful and builds on the information you heard in the First Degree.  While auxiliaries are permitted to perform our own First Degrees, State Council Columbiettes must have a Degree Team perform the Major Degree as it is much more elaborate.  If you are a First Degree member, please consider making your Major Degree.  Jo Ann Rowley and I are on the Major Degree Team and will be there to support you.  You’re welcome to ride with me.  At the very least it is a lovely day out with your Sister Columbiettes.  We really do have a ball and there’s no charge.  There is a pot luck lunch and we are usually back in time for the 4:00 mass.
This year’s Columbiettes State Convention will be on June 11th.  I believe there will be some familiar names on the ballot.  We will need two Major Degree members as our delegates.  Our delegates vote on issues and the election of officers on our behalf  
The Beat the Winter Blues Party – hosted by the Knights of Columbus – will be Sunday, April 3rd at 2:00pm.  This is a fun get together for Knights, Columbiettes, and their spouses.  Please contact Kathy Brophy if you plan on attending.  You are encouraged to bring a donation for the St. Mary’s Food Pantry.
Assembly of Shoe Boxes for the Homeless will begin when Patty Martinell comes back for the Summer.  We are in need of more shoe boxes and items to fill them.  Last year we brought (I believe) 83 shoe boxes to the State Convention.  The entire state donated 523 shoe boxes to Catholic Charities.  They are so grateful to us and told us how cherished they are by those who receive them.  
It has come to my attention that the Franciscan Friars on Colonel Brown Road are in need of adorers and substitutes for their Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.  If you haven’t tried Eucharistic Adoration, you’re in for a treat.  The chapel is open 24/7 because someone is always there keeping Our Lord company.  People sign up for a scheduled hour or offer to be a substitute.   I was an adorer one hour a week for seven years when they first opened.  The solitude is very enjoyable and it was nice to sit with Our Lord for that time.  When I came in I always felt like he was saying, “You’re here!”  It’s a wonderful thing.  During your hour you are free to sit quietly in the presence of Our Lord, read, or pray.  It is a very pleasant time in a busy world.
Our next meeting is Monday, April 4th at 7:00pm in the Church Hall.  Social Hour will begin at 6:00pm.  As the clocks are changing to Daylight Savings Time this weekend, we will be at 7:00pm for the rest of the summer.  
Thanks for all you do!
  •  Maryann