September 2016 Newsletter

posted Oct 5, 2016, 7:42 PM by Maryann Stradczuk

Hello Ladies!

I am pleased to report that the Golf Tournament was a huge success!  We had a good number of workers and the course was in great shape.  You will recall that the entire week had been rainy – except Friday.  We had beautiful sunshine.  Thank you, God!  There were 63 raffle prizes and 79 golfers.  This blows away our previous years’ numbers and most of the golfers heard about us by word of mouth.  Everyone seemed to have a great time and it is nice to see so many golf with us year after year.  We are grateful for their support.  Many thanks to our hard working committee and all Columbiettes who supported this great event by asking their golfing friends to join us or donating items for the raffle.  Many hands make light work as my mom would say.


Dorla Barres and Madeline Illinger put together 41 backpacks for distribution for Back to School.  We pray for a successful year for all of the recipients. 


Our Sister Columbiette, Yolande Tice’s husband passed away recently.  He had been ill for some time.  There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, September 30th.  We will gather for the Columbiette service for the loss of a husband.  Times and information will follow in a separate e-mail closer to the date.


We are sponsoring a night of Foxwoods Bingo on Friday, October 28th.  Bingo starts at 6:30pm and goes until about 10:00pm.  The price of the tickets is $15, and Columbiettes will receive a portion of each ticket sold.  Please contact Sue Haulotte to get tickets to sell to your friends.  I don’t gamble, but I’m looking forward to a night out with all of you! 


‘Tis the season for trying something new!  We are having a live comedy night on Saturday, November 5th in the Church Hall!  Join Father Patrick Aloysius Misgivings for this divine presentation of stories and one liners about growing up Catholic.  From miracles and marriage counseling to bazaars and birth control, nothing escapes the good father’s razor sharp Irish wit.  This hilarious, interactive comedy includes a collection, a raffle, and even an actual bingo game.  Cheryl Morin has the tickets .  Please take some to sell at masses and to your friends.  The cost is just $20/person.  Social Hour begins at 7:00pm and the show starts at 8:00pm.  We will finally be putting the stage, new stage curtain, and sound system to good use!  If space allows, anyone with a group of 8 or 10 can request a table be set up.  Consider selling tickets at mass.  If everyone sells a few tickets, we will have a very successful event.


October 7th is the Feast Day of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary.  Of course we need to celebrate!  Fr. Ted has asked that we host a reception after the 8:00am mass.  Ann Olewnik has volunteered to serve.  I think this will be somewhat small as it is on a Friday, but it would be nice if a couple of Columbiettes could bake for this.  Think “pinky up” finger foods that would go nice with coffee or tea.  Please let Ann know, so we can be sure to have enough (and not too much). 


Our State President, Kathy Bacon, is looking for someone to take over the Ad Journal for the Annual Convention.  The proceeds from the Ad Journal go to help support our Campership Program.  The task entails sending out a letter and contract, receiving the ad copy and payment, follow up e-mail/call to those who didn’t return an ad, and putting the ads together in booklet form to be printed.  You can work right from your home, there are no meetings to attend, and everything you need will be provided.  Please let Kathy or me know if you are interested in helping out with this project.


Thanks to everyone who helped our Knights with the Tootsie Roll Drive!


Jackie Goddard and Renee Asmar donated a standing popcorn machine in memory of our Sister Columbiette, Susan Kenney.  We will be able to use this for many upcoming events and very much appreciate their thoughtfulness. 


Remember to sign up for the Day of Recollection (10/22).  Fr. Steve is preparing a thought provoking program for us and is even including a question and answer period.  Church doctrine can be confusing and often we are reluctant to ask questions.  Fear no more!  If you have questions, please submit them ahead of time to give Fr. Steve a chance to reflect upon his answer.  This also has the dual effect of you not having to ask your question out loud, if you are embarrassed.  Sign-ups are on our website, or you can call, text, or e-mail me.  This is free for McCabe Columbiettes and $10 for other guests.  All ladies are invited!


I am always happy to hear from you!  The best way to reach me is on my cell phone (860-608-6772 - call or text) or by e-mail (  Messages left on my house phone are commonly not relayed to me.  Sorry!  You all know that I work odd shifts, but I shut the ringer off when I am not available so you can never call at a bad time.


The HSCC has chosen October 12th to participate in the 40 Days for Life walk in front of Planned Parenthood on Case Street in Norwich.  Sign-up sheets and posters are available in the center vestibule.  Sheila thought it would increase participation if Columbiettes asked parishioners if they would be willing to sign up for a time slot.  Can you help with this?  I was shy of participating at first.  I sincerely believe in the mission of preserving the lives of our most vulnerable.  Good people need to make their opinions known on the topic of abortion.  The lives of innocent babies matter.  Choosing life isn’t always easy, but it’s the Christian thing to do.  Fr. Ted talked me into walking a few years ago and I have been grateful for it.  Please join me!  I plan to take the 3:00pm slot, if you would like to walk with me. 


This Saturday, September 24th (10:00-4:00) will be a walk and fundraiser to bring awareness to Addiction as a Disease – known as Matt’s Mission, in memory of Matthew Patrick Barrett.  This event will be held at Griswold Veteran’s Memorial Park in Jewett City.  Registration for 2.5 mile walk through town begins at 10:00am.  $10 cash donation to participate.  To find out more –


Our Sister Columbiette, Debbie Gallant, from Monroe is looking for help.  Her husband, Don, is in kidney failure and his best hope is a living donor transplant.  St. Jude Parish Church (707 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT) and the Columbiettes of Blessed Pope John XXIII are hosting an informational event for this purpose this Saturday, September 24th (11:00-2:00).  A light lunch will be served.  A light lunch will be served.  You could be the one God has chosen to save this man’s life.  RSVP to Debbie (203-414-9861 or 


Our next First Degree will be on December 4th.  Please mark the date on your calendar to celebrate together as we mark our fourth anniversary!  We have reserved the 11:00 mass for our intention and will likely have a pot luck lunch together.  If you have friends who are on the fence about joining, the anniversary celebration is always a good time!


Our next meeting will be Monday, October 3rd at 7:00pm.  Social Hour begins at 6:00pm.  We will be back in the Church Hall.  I hope you’re still out and enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having!  Thanks so much for all you do!