Newsletter - November 2015

posted Nov 14, 2015, 11:51 PM by Maryann Stradczuk

Most of us knew that Susan Kenney had been hospitalized this September with heart problems.  We did not know that they would take her life at the tender age of 46.  Suzy was one of our Charter Members and leaves behind her husband, Bill, her mom, Jackie Goddard (our Sister Columbiette), and her aunt, Renee Asmar (our Sister Columbiette).  It is with sadness that we have bid her farewell.  I remember the woman who clowned for us to attract attention to our Spring Fling Bazaar and laughed at our Book Sale.  She always said “yes” when I asked if she could help.  I liked Suzy and will miss her bright spirit.  Many of us gathered at the wake for the Columbiettes Memorial Service and attended the funeral.  Our support at this difficult time was very appreciated by the family and is the number one reason we exist as Columbiettes.  Please continue to pour our your love and support to Jackie and Renee in the upcoming months.    

Our next big event is the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 21st (9:00am-4:00pm).  This is going to be a fabulous day!  The committee has been meeting all year and I think this will be the best one yet.  Our final meeting will be Thursday, November 19th at 6:00pm.  Table set up and hall decoration will also be done at this time.  Even if you’re not on the committee, please consider helping out with the set up.  Bring your work gloves as the tables can be a bit hard on the hands.      

Sue Haulotte had an idea for live Kissing Balls instead of wreaths.  These are made with live cuttings put into a ball cage with floral foam inside.  The bow making and assembly will be done on Tuesday, November 17th at 6:00pm in the Church Hall.  You don’t have to be on the committee to join the fun!  Sue Haulotte knows how to make them and will instruct all.  

Vicki Rosich is in charge of the Silent Auction and is looking for interesting items to auction.  

Lisa Lavado is in charge of the Vendors.  We not only have a great selection of vendors, but we have a waiting list!  Lisa, Allison Turcotte, and I have measured the Church Hall to make a template to see how we can arrange tables.  This will be helpful for other events as well.  Mike Lavado is drawing it up for us in CAD, so we will look all kinds of professional!  This may allow us to invite even more wonderful vendors to join us.  The Stage has been pretty well cleared off and we will utilize that space for the Kissing Balls and more vendors.  Lisa is asking the vendors if they would like to donate an item for our Silent Auction as advertisement. 

Sue Haulotte will have a section for a Used Book Sale.

Patty Martinell, Ceil Roberge, and Jackie Connelly are once again running the Craft Table.  I can’t wait to see what they have this year!!!  If you have any items to donate, please contact them so the items can be priced and displayed ahead of time.

The Committee has purchased many new gift items for sale.  Please check us out when you are looking for reasonably priced gifts.  Columbiettes will be able to pre-shop the sale.

Traci Edwards is once again conducting our popular Christmas Decoration Table and we have lots of great donations.  She could use an assistant, if you are available.

We will be having a Bake Sale, so please consider baking for this.  We have had the best success with offering our baked goods on a donation basis.  I have asked Kristi Surratt if Adrianna would be available to work this booth on the day of.  Adrianna did a great job for us at the Tag Sale with her bubbly personality!

Stan Stradczuk will be in charge of keeping the peace and has done a great job of it in the past.  We really appreciate him!!

Allison Turcotte is having the banner date and time changed and it will be hung upon return.  Jo Ann Rowley and Barbara Hanes have changed the sign to promote the event.  Lisa Lavado has placed an ad in The Reminder, which seems to be the go to place to plan your local goings on, and I noticed our event in The Extra.  There is an event on our page on Facebook.  Please share this on your wall, even if you have already done so.  Vicki Rosich is putting our flyer around town and will stuff the bulletin.  Flyers will go home this weekend with the CCD students. There is a Facebook event for the Christmas Bazaar as well.  Please share it, even if you have done so before.

Of course we will have food!  This year will be a little different in that we will have a baked potato bar, corn chowder, chili, hot dogs, popcorn, and beverages.  Kathy Brophy and Barbara Hanes have volunteered to work the kitchen.  

The Christmas Bazaar is our most “all hands on deck” event of the year.  It is also one of the most enjoyable events to work.  Please jump in to help where you can!  We are especially looking for people to help clean up and break down starting at 4:00pm on Saturday.  If you’re busy during the day, but can devote a bit of time for clean up, you’d be a hero to a bunch of very tired women!  I have asked Sue Haulotte if the Confirmation students might be able to help with this as well.

Fr. Steve is putting together a Ladies’ Day of Recollection for us on Saturday, November 28th.  This is going to be such a great day and I am really looking forward to it.  I think it’s the perfect time to pause and reflect - just before Advent!  McCabe Columbiettes attend at no cost.  All others are being asked to pay $10 to cover the cost of food.  Please feel free to invite your mom, sister, daughter, and/or friends.  All women are welcome.  All ladies from the HSCC have been invited along with our Sister Columbiettes from Connecticut and Rhode Island.  All you have to do is sign up on the website or call me and let me know you want in.  If you are able to come, please bring your favorite rosary.  Here’s how the day looks:

  • 9:00 - Arrive - light refreshments
  • 9:30 - Conference on Pope Francis’ document on the Year of Mercy
  • 10:15 - Break and go into Church
  • 10:30 - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Litany of the Sacred Heart
  • 11:00 - Benediction
  • 11:15 - Mass
  • 12:00-1:00 - Lunch
  • 1:15-1:45 - Talk on the Blessed Virgin Mary

The committee for the Day of Recollection is Kristi Surratt, Donna Coombs, Kathy Brophy, Jackie Franco, and Linda Champagne.  There’s room for you, too!  We will set up on Friday, November 27th at 6:00pm.  Consider helping out, even if you’re not on the committee.  It is likely that we will ask everyone to make one dish to share and we will fill in with any money we collect.  More on this when we are closer to the event and have an idea on who is attending.  So far 10 ladies signed up are from our own Auxiliary.

We will be celebrating our third anniversary on Sunday, December 6th.  As always, we will begin together at the 11:00 mass.  Then we will have a First Degree (if we have candidates).  This is the best time of year to join Columbiettes, so please invite your friends.  After mass we will have a pot luck lunch.  Our Degree Team consists of myself (President), Jo Ann Rowley, (Vice President), Kathy Kral (Past President), Vicki Rosich (Sentinel), and Tara Ingraham (Candle Bearer).  We also need a Cross Bearer, another Candle Bearer, and a Chairman.  If you are interested, please let me know.  If you know anyone who is interested in joining our merry band of ladies, please let me or Vicki Rosich know.  

Fr. Ted used the $500 we gave the church from our 10% Fund toward the purchase of new tables for the Church Hall.  Awesome!  We voted at the meeting to pay for the purchase of five more tables, and they have arrived!!  

Our Pro-Life Baby Shower was a huge success, and the Cradle Fund was very happy with the result.  Four car seats were donated along with many useful items.  And in the true Columbiette fashion, a good time was had by all.  People might have been confused by the concept of having a baby shower without a specific recipient, but I think that if we do it again they will now understand it better.  The Knights of Columbus are having a Pro-Life Mass on January 17th at 10:00 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven.  If the weather cooperates, this is a very powerful event.  Donations of items to assist moms are gratefully accepted.  

We voted at the meeting to form a Columbiettes Foundation to evaluate requests for contributions for community outreach.  We have had many worthy causes brought forth at meetings that we could support.  Our core mission is support of our members, our Parish,  Knights of Columbus, and Columbiettes.  All requests outside of our core would be considered as community outreach and should be presented to the Foundation.  Each request must be on the request form, which will be available at our meeting, and must be signed by a McCabe Columbiette.  The Foundation Committee consists of Rosie Payne (chair), Dorla Barres, Allison Turcotte, Linda Champagne, and Ceil Roberge.  The committee has complete authority to decide whether or not to approve the request.  This will streamline the meetings by keeping all community outreach requests in a separate forum.

The Snowflake Parade will be Sunday, November 22nd.  Tara Ingraham, Ceil Roberge, Patty Martinell, Dottie Rex, Becky Jusseaume have volunteered to join in the fun.  We will be assisting with the collection of food for the St. Mary’s Food Pantry.  I will not be able to attend, and would appreciate it if someone could take our banner to walk with for the parade.  Wear your elf or Santa hat and a Christmas colored scarf and meet at the Griswold Middle School.  The parade lines up at 1:00pm and walks to Veterans’ Park.  Thanks!  

There has been some confusion among new members about things many of us take for granted.  What is Vicki’s Bag?  What is the 10/10/40/40 split?  You get it.  I will create a brochure to explain some of these things to new members.  If you have any suggestions for things to include, please let me know. 

We are having an online Christmas Shopping party!  This party ends November 25th, so you’ll have to move quickly.  All of the information and links are on our website -   You can choose what you want from Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Creative Obsessions Jewelry, Jamberry (nail wraps), and Kathy Kral’s wonderful children’s books.

The Ecumenical Concert is this Sunday (11/15) at 2:00pm in the Church.  Several choirs are performing, including our own HSCC choir - including Fr. Ted!  Last year’s event was fantastic, and I think this year is even bigger.  There’s no charge for this wonderful community event.  There will be a reception in the Church Hall afterward.  Columbiettes have been asked to serve the event.  Bea Denomme, Leona Minski, and Tara Ingraham have volunteered to serve.  Consider baking a dish, if you have a chance.  I have a feeling many of the other choirs will be bringing food, so there’s not too much pressure for us to bring food.

Jo Ann Rowley could use egg cartons, if you have spares.

Our books will be audited this month.  The Audit Team consists of Kathy Brophy, Allison Turcotte, and Karen Aubin.

Our next meeting will be Monday, December 7th at 6:30.  Social Hour will begin at 5:30.  Dates and times for all of our events are on the calendar page of our website.  Thanks so much for all you do!!!  We are the most vibrant group I know of and I am so pleased to be your President.  Hope to see you soon!

-  Maryann