CHRIST THE KING CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CLUB
The Catholic Women’s Club of Christ the King Parish welcomes women of all ages to participate. Members of the Women’s Club focus on its mission which is spiritual renewal, fund-raising for the parish, and social events throughout the year. The Women’s Club’s monthly meetings and activities provide opportunities to meet new people, renew friendships, and participate in the vibrant life of Christ the King Parish.
Members of the club are women who enjoy each others company while adding to the strength of our parish. Participation in the club provides opportunities for developing social relationships while pursuing individual interests and talents. The club’s activities include meetings, social afternoon and evening events, a summer fair, a bake sale, an annual raffle, a Christmas bazaar, and combined events with other parish organizations.
~ UPCOMING EVENTS~
June 7 ~ Annual Meeting
News & Reviews…
On Saturday evening, May 17, 2016, the Catholic Women’s Club hosted a Scholarship Dinner. Proceeds from this event help to fund the scholarships which will be awarded to high school seniors at the Club’s annual meeting in June. Following a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, a sumptuous buffet was enjoyed by nearly one hundred guests at the dinner. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets in hopes of being the fortunate recipient of one of the numerous and lovely raffle items offered as part of the fund raiser. One lucky person at each table was given the floral table centerpiece at the end of the evening. Following dinner the evening was capped off with the lively musical entertainment of Razzle Dazzle Rat Pack.
On Friday, April 15, Vice President Teri Sweatman welcomed nearly sixty five members to the monthly meeting and introduced the afternoon’s speaker, Jessica High, Design Manager from Pottery Barn in Mashpee Commons. Jessica gave a lively and colorful presentation on Transitioning Our Homes From Winter to Summer. Using many lovely items she had brought from the store she shared practical suggestions to brighten and refresh our homes for the coming season and answered decorating questions from the audience.
Following Jessica’s presentation members enjoyed coffee, desserts, and conversation.
During the month of March the Catholic Women’s Club does not host a meeting but rather joins with the Knights of Columbus and the 50+ Club to sponsor the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Saturday night, March 12, the Parish Hall became a bit of Ireland as a large crowd enjoyed a delicious and traditional Irish feast catered by Eat Your Heart Out Caterers and were entertained by David Polansky. It was a great time for all who attended!
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On Friday, February 19, the Club hosted a Lenten Morning of Reflection. Our guide for the morning was our own Deacon David Pierce. Deacon Pierce presented two talks: Temptation – Resistance is Futile? and Mercy – Year-Round Requirement? His extensively prepared power point presentation served to illustrate his remarks visually and was very effective. In his remarks on temptation Deacon Pierce addressed the presence of temptation in our lives that surrounds us and attempts to possess us constantly. He reminded us of the many instances in which Jesus Himself was tempted. In his second talk Deacon Pierce stressed that mercy is not pity, that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice, and finally that mercy is God’s identity card. We thank Deacon Pierce for his thoughtful and insightful presentation.
In January Club members were invited to An Afternoon At the Movies in the Parish Hall. Along with refreshments and laughter those in attendance viewed The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
The month of December is always the culmination of massive planning, coordination, and hard work as our members come together to sponsor the Catholic Women’s Club Christmas Fair. Held on Saturday, December 6, this year’s Fair hosted a large number of crafters exhibiting a broad range of incredible handmade items. Live Christmas wreaths and seasonal decorations, cash and gift raffles, boutique shopping, gift baskets, jewelry, baked goods, children’s shopping room with face painting and games and the Holly Café all contributed to making this year’s Fair another wonderful memory. Our grateful thanks and appreciation to all who made the Fair a success once again.
Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club October 23rd meeting was a step away from its more traditional luncheon meeting and the experience provided for a delightful afternoon. The Club hosted a Luncheon Tea highlighted with a presentation by Margo Bik of Blackstone, MA, lovingly known as “The Hat Lady”. Welcoming the attendees who were encouraged to wear their favorite hats, and following the blessing, President Jeanne Dennis introduced Carol DeVincent, Dottie Hiltz, Betty Foley, and Grace Glennon. These members ‘catered’ the event by assembling the assorted and delicious tea sandwiches served at the luncheon. Tea was poured from a large, magnificent silver tea service and served in delicate china tea cups. A colorful selection of desserts ended the meal on a sweet note.
Following lunch members were treated to a lively, lovely, informative, and often funny presentation by Ms. Bik who spoke about and modeled her fabulous collection of hats, some dating from as early as the1930’s, each with its own story or history, some humorous and some poignant. Members agreed that Margo Bik provided an unusual and most entertaining program and her delightful personality was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
On Tuesday, September 22, members of Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club gathered to inaugurate a new year with a Eucharistic liturgy celebrated by Reverend Monsignor Daniel Hoye, parish pastor. Members of the choir accompanied by organist Mary Ann Crowley led the congregation in song. Board member Dorothy Hiltz was lector and club members Elizabeth Foley and Catherine Trainor were Mass servers. Offertory gifts were brought forward and presented by club president Jeanne Dennis and vice president Teri Sweatman.
In his homily, referring to the Gospel of Luke read just prior, Monsignor reminded the membership of the presumption that blood is thicker than water, that blood relationships are often understood to tru
mp other relationships. However, once, when Jesus was preaching, he was told that his mother and brothers were waiting to see him but unable to reach him because of the crowd. He responded that his mother and brothers are all of those who hear the word of God and obey it. Following this reasoning all of us are invited to become relatives of Christ when we hear God’s Word and follow it. And so the question to us becomes “Have we accepted the invitation to relationship with Christ in our lives?”
Following Mass members adjourned to the parish hall where luncheon tables were adorned with decorated mason jars filled with colorful hydrangeas and created by new club Vice President Teri Sweatman. President Dennis welcomed all and introduced Msgr. Hoye who led the group in grace before the luncheon.
Following a lovely luncheon Dottie Hiltz, fundraising chairperson, drew and announced the cash prize winners of the summer raffle sponsored by the club to help fund various charitable outreach activities. President Jeanne Dennis then took the opportunity to outline the year’s upcoming activities and to thank the membership for their continued participation and support.
The next meeting of the Catholic Women’s Club is scheduled for Friday, October 23. The meeting will be a Tea. featuring the Hat Lady. Members are encouraged to wear their most unusual hat and prepare for a most festive program.
Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club ended their program season on Wednesday, June 17, with a dinner at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. The evening began with an hour of lively conversation. A table of crackers, cheese, and assorted fruit was available to whet appetites, and a power point presentation flashed photos of members enjoying past occasions so guests could reminisce, all the while entertained by the beautiful music of Donald Nolan at the piano.
Club President Jeanne Dennis introduced the Reverend Monsignor Daniel Hoye who began the dinner with a blessing. Guests then enjoyed a choice of raspberry chicken or fish and an array of fresh vegetables and roast potatoes. Mud Pie topped off the delicious meal.
During the evening, Mrs. Dennis awarded scholarships to five very deserving winners. These young people amazed all with their accomplishments as they move on to bright futures. Kevin Agostinelli will be attending Princeton; Erica Caldwell, the University of Pittsburg; Rachel Walman, UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College; Meaghan Fitzgerald, Curry College; and Mary Burke, UMass Amherst.
A lovely white orchid was presented to past president Fran Parsons who after many years of additional service on the board has decided to retire. The board will miss her dedication and good humor.
President Dennis then presented a gift to Reverend Monsignor Hoye who expressed his gratitude and noted that it was truly appreciated especially this year after the unusually snowy winter limited the number of parishioners able to get to church.
Mrs. Dennis thanked the membership for their participation and support. A great evening was had by all.
On Friday, May 15th, members and friends of Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club gathered in the parish hall for the monthly meeting. President Jeanne Dennis began the afternoon with the blessing. Then all enjoyed conversation and a delicious lunch of quiche and salad with yummy strawberry shortcake for dessert. Each table was decorated with a colorful gerber daisy.
After the lunch, attendees moved to another section of the hall and enjoyed an informative and delightful presentation by Meade Fasciano and Fluffy Winner of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Meade began the presentation with a slide show guiding us through the selection process of the art. We were then delighted to see the art and corresponding floral interpretation side by side. Art in Bloom is held yearly at the MFA, usually the last week in April.
Fluffy Winner then took the stage to amaze the audience with her lovely interpretation of a painting by David Hockney, choosing flowers whose colors reflected those in the painting. A lucky raffle ticket winner took home this arrangement.
The next meeting of Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club will be the annual banquet on June 17th at the Coonamessett Inn when scholarships will be awarded and a gift presented to Msgr. Hoye.
2015-2016~ EXECUTIVE BOARD
Vice President – Teri Sweatman
Treasurer ~ Diane Kraihanzel
Recording Secretary ~ Carol DeVincent
Corresponding Secretary ~ Maddy Hooke
Hospitality ~ Grace Glennon
Membership ~Marion Mooney
Reception ~ Cathy Trainor
Publicity ~ J Lorraine Brown
Phone Calling ~ Marion Stearns