Newsletter - August 2017

posted Aug 12, 2017, 4:46 AM by Maryann Stradczuk

Hello Ladies!


It was a lovely day to have a Golf Tournament!  Once again, the weather got out of the way so we could have a good day.  Thank you, God!  Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s event a success.  Thanks to the committee for all of their hard work throughout the year.  Thanks also to those who made the raffles so amazing – people who donated, gathered, put together, and displayed.  It was a great effort.


Like so many others, I have eliminated my house phone.  Please call or text me on my cell phone – 860-608-6772 – or you can e-mail me – 


I have not heard from Linda DeManuel since her move to Canterbury.  If you have heard from her or have a way to contact her, please let me know.  Thanks!


Our Officers’ Meeting will be this Monday (8/14) – 6:00pm at my house. 


The Sunflower Stroll has been moved to Sunday due to a threat of bad weather for Saturday.  I have a previous engagement and will not be able to attend.  Bea Denomme has graciously offered to bring the items to it that we are distributing.  We do need a couple of people to help set up in my stead.  I am not sure where our spot will be, but it is just that – a spot.  We would need to bring a table or two to put our items on.  We have been asked to check in at the Town Hall (28 Main Street) around 2:00pm.  From there, we will get instructions on where to be, etc.  Parking behind St. Mary School is not a problem, since the event does not conflict with our mass.  Meet at the Parish Center at 2:00pm. 


Ham Dinner tickets are available for sale.  Please take some from Kathy Kral.  Kathy Luty will coordinate the sale of tickets at all masses beginning Labor Day weekend.  There will be a meeting of the committee on August 28th at 5:15 in the parish Center.      


Fr. Steve had his back surgery on Thursday, and says he is doing well.  In fact, he hobbled in to River Ridge to support our Golf Tournament.  He told the ladies that he has pain from the incision, but has no pain in his legs.  Hallelujah!!  We are praying for his continued recovery.


Speaking of Fr. Steve, he has agreed to conduct a Day of Reflection for us on November 11th.  Please put the date on your calendar so you can be there!  Fr. Steve is a font of information.  In the past, he has explained some pretty sticky spiritual situations to us in a way that really makes sense.  He also discussed the lives of some modern saints.  If you have any nagging questions, please feel free to let Fr. Steve or me know.  You could also put an anonymous note in the collection basket.  I can guarantee you that if you have a particular question, somebody else who didn’t voice it has the same question.  And if that wasn’t enough, everyone is invited to come.  You can bring your friends, family, and neighbors.  This event will be free for McCabe Columbiettes.  All others will pay just $10.  We will have more information upcoming, but for now please hold the date.  This is a wonderful way to prepare spiritually for Advent before all the craziness sets in.


Madeline Illinger and Dorla Barres are collecting supplies for backpacks for disadvantaged Griswold students and those in the care of DCF.  When Madeline returns from Alaska, we should have a better idea of what else is needed.  So far, the response seems quite good.  Thanks for your support of this worthwhile project!


I will be leaving on Friday for the Columbiettes Supreme Convention on Long Island.  I am looking forward to sharing ideas with our Sister Columbiettes from around the country and truly enjoy their company as well. 


Janice Steinhagen spearheaded our efforts to help Camp Ahimsa in Voluntown, which is run by Catholic Worker.  You generosity and a check from Columbiettes for $100 yielded three dinners for all of the campers and counselors.  Camp Ahimsa works with inner city kids throughout the year and brings six different small groups to the country for a week each in the summer.  Several of you joined in with Janice and Erich and it sounded like a really wonderful experience all around.  There are pictures on our Facebook page. 


It’s time to get ready for the Christmas Bazaar!  We will have a meeting at my house on August 22nd at 6:00pm.  Bring your best ideas for success!  Here’s who we have for committees so far:

  1. Main Committee:  Sue Haulotte, Jo Ann Rowley, Kristi Surratt, Maryann Stradczuk, Vicki Rosich, Dorla Barres, Debbie Shaffer, Lisa Lavado, Allison Turcotte.

  2. Crafts – Patty Martinell, Jackie Connelly, Ceil Roberge

  3. Silent Auction – Vicki Rosich, Maryann Stradczuk

  4. Vendors – Lisa Lavado

  5. Christmas Decorations – Traci Edwards, Becky Jusseaume

  6. Kitchen – Kathy Kral, Linda Champagne, Barbara Hanes, Jo Ann Rowley


    The Knights of Columbus will be conducting their annual Tootsie Roll Drive – September 14th-16th.  After their 8/24 meeting, we will be asked to help fill in slots.  Patty Martinell is coordinating our effort on this.  A schedule of open spots will be available at the September meeting.


    EWTN has a program that they run on Saturday evenings at 8:00 on the lives of saints.  Check it out!


    State Columbiettes have some canvas tote bags available for (I think) $10 each.  Let me know if you are interested.


    Due to the Labor Day holiday, our next monthly meeting will be September 11th at 7:00pm in the Parish Center.  Social Hour will begin at 6:00pm.  Divine Mercy Chaplet will be in the Parish Center Chapel at 5:30pm.  I look forward to seeing all of you.  Thanks for all you do!


  •  Maryann