Newsletter - October 2015

posted Oct 11, 2015, 8:38 PM by Maryann Stradczuk

Hello Ladies!

Please excuse my lack of a newsletter last month.  

The Wine & Beer Tasting was a nice success.  The hall was decorated beautifully and the food was great.  Everyone had a good time.  Thanks so much to the committee for hosting this lovely event!

The Pro-Life Baby Shower was Sunday, October 11th.  All proceeds are being given to The Cradle Fund. Car seats were donated in the form of a $100 gift card for WalMart.  The Cradle Fund has no room for storage of car seats, so they take the family to WalMart to purchase it for them.  They have an arrangement with WalMart on pricing.  Our Knights contributed $100 to purchase a car seat.  Columbiettes voted to donate $100 on top of sponsoring the shower.  And $100 was donated through Vicki’s Bag.  Thanks!!  And what would a baby shower be without silly shower games and lots of ooohhhing and aaahhhing??  Word is that the games were lots of fun and this was a really nice event.  You may have noticed that last week’s second collection benefited The Cradle Fund.  This was a complete coincidence, but it is good to know that Fr. Ted has checked out this charity as one worth supporting.  

The Major Degree will be Sunday, October 25th.  There are two rungs on the Columbiettes ladder – First Degree and Major Degree.  The Major Degree ceremony is like the First Degree ceremony – faith affirming and lovely, but bigger and more dramatic.  If you are a First Degree member, please make that next step.  Already on the list to advance are:  Bea Denomme, Mary McElhiney, Yolande Tice, Linda Champagne, Jackie Franco, Pat Metzler, Tara Ingraham, Leona Minski, Terri Craig.  C’mon – do it!!  We will be joined by our Sister Columbiettes from Rhode Island and Connecticut.  The Degree Team will arrive at 9:00am for rehearsal.   We will attend the 11:00 mass as a group then go to the Church Hall after mass for the Major Degree Ceremony.  If you are pressed for time, you can attend the Major Degree which will begin around 12:15Jo Ann Rowley, Kathy Kral, Vicki Rosich and I are on the Major Degree Team along with a cast of characters from around the State.  

As hosts, we are having a Pot Luck Lunch after the Major Degree.  Please bring one dish of great food!  Here’s who’s bringing food so far:  Leona Minski (meatballs), Maryann Stradczuk (meatballs), Linda Champagne (soda), Becky Jusseaume, Kathy Brophy, Paula Nowakowski, JoAnn Rowley, Vicki Rosich, Kathy Kral, Renee Asmar, Jackie Franco, Pat Metzler.  Please bring a card to put in front of your dish to say what it is and if there are any potential allergens (wheat, dairy, shellfish, etc).  

Welcome to Glenda Marion – our newest Columbiette who made her First Degree in September.  Our next First Degree will be Sunday, December 6th, at which time we will be celebrating our third anniversary.  Please put this date on your calendar!

If anyone has spare sympathy cards, please give them to Dorla Barres for Social Welfare.

Fr. Steve is putting together a Day of Recollection for us.  What a marvelous idea!  We will have discussions, mass, lunch, and rosary – not necessarily in that order.  Please put Saturday, November 28th on your calendar to attend this wonderful day of reflection just before the beginning of Advent.  We will also be inviting the ladies of the Holy Spirit Community and our Sister Columbiettes from Connecticut and Rhode Island.  We are planning to have some refreshments early and serve lunch.  It was decided at the meeting that McCabe Columbiettes would attend free of charge and all others would be asked to pay $10 to defray the cost of food.  

Dorla Barres and Madeline Illinger put together backpacks to be given to children under the care of DCF.  Columbiettes and parishioners donated enough to supply 35 backpacks to this worthwhile cause.  Thanks Dorla and Madeline!!

The purchasing of new tables and chairs for the Church Hall will be done through the parish, per request of Fr. Ted.  Hopefully this will go forward soon so we have enough tables for the Christmas Bazaar.

The date for next year’s Golf Tournament will be Friday, August 12th.  Mark your calendars!!!

There was much discussion at the meeting about the gentleman who goes about Jewett City making the area look better.  It was voted that we would give him a $50 gift card to Dean’s Corner as a thank you.  If you bump into him as you are out and about, please thank him also!  By all accounts he is a good man doing a good job on his own time.

Our next Christmas Bazaar meeting will be Wednesday, October 14th at 4:45pm.  We are trying something a bit different regarding the time.  We will have the meeting at my house and will be working on tags as well as discussing plans.  The Officers’ Meeting will also be at my house on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30pm (please note the time change).  

We received a request for funding from John Coleman, who is working on his Eagle Scout project for St. Mary’s.  He is working on installing a fence to hide the propane tank at the Parish Center.  With Fr. Ted’s approval in place, he has requested that Columbiettes fund the purchase of six climbing roses to make it look better.  We approved the funding to a maximum of $150.  

CT State Columbiettes are once again sponsoring the 30 Week Club as their major fund raiser to support State projects and the Campership Program, which benefits handicapped people to go to summer camp.  You may recall that our Auxiliary won $500 at the State Convention drawing.  We have voted to participate this year again (a no-brainer, right??).  Individuals are welcome to join in and I invite all to do so.  The cost is only $30 for the year.   I will send in the form after the November meeting.  So far JoAnn Rowley and I will also be in the 30 Week Club.  C’mon!  Take a chance for a good cause.

We are putting together a multiple vendor online shopping fundraiser that will run from as soon as we can get it up and running until November 25th.  We hope to have Tupperware, Thirty-One, Creative Obsessions Jewelry, DeMarle at Home Cookware, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, and Kathy Kral’s book involved.  I will send out the information separately as soon as I have it.  I also plan to add a page to our website.

40 Days for Life runs 9/23 through 11/1.  This program involves a peaceful presence walking up and down the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood in Norwich (12 Case Street).  The entire campaign has changed from previous years.  Sign-ups are only being taken online at  I also imagine you could show up on your own volition without signing up online.  Signs are no longer being provided, so you have to bring your own.    I was thinking that perhaps we could make up a few for Columbiettes.   Becky Jusseaume has signed up for October 14th at 11:00am, if you would like to join her.    

Debbie Shaffer has suggested that we support a switch to LED light bulbs at the church properties to save on utilities.  She or I will consult with Fr. Ted to see what sizes are needed.

Renee Asmar has suggested the establishment of a Coffee Hour (better name to come) for evangelization and fellowship.  It could also take the form of an ice cream social or pancake breakfast.  So far the committee consists of Renee Asmar, Bea Denomme, Leona Minski, Alex Kral, and Sue Haulotte.   The committee will get together this month to discuss options.  There’s room on the committee, if you’re interested.

Our next meeting will be Monday, November 2nd.  Since we voted to change the meeting time based on the time change, the meeting will begin at 6:30pm in the Church Hall.  Social Hour begins at 5:30pm.  See you then!