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 ~
Coffee and Donuts
The Catholic Women’s Club will be hosting
coffee and donuts following the 8:30 AM
and 10:30AM Masses on Sunday, August 13, 2017
2016 ~ 2017 Calendar
News & Reviews…
June – Annual Banquet
On Tuesday, June 13, members and friends of Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club gathered at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth for their Annual Banquet. Welcomed and thanked for their attendance by President Teri Sweatman in her opening remarks, guests were asked to include recently deceased June Stagliano, a long time actively involved Club member in their prayers. A blessing was then led by Rev. Edward Healey, Pastor of Christ the King Parish, and dinner was served. Following dinner college scholarships were awarded by Club Vice President Gail Reilly to five incredibly accomplished, involved, and outstanding high school students, all of whom are active members of Christ the King Parish, and who will be attending college in the fall.
Graduating from Sturgis Charter School Mark Agostinelli, son of Tony and Mary Agostinelli, has chosen to attend Princeton University. Daniel Reilly, son of David and Paulina Reilly, has graduated from Mashpee High School and plans to attend Emerson College to enter Communications studying Theater Education and Performance. Katherine Greene, daughter of Timothy and Christine Greene, will attend Salve Regina College to pursue a career in nursing. Katherine is a graduate of Mashpee High School. Allison Kondracki, daughter of Mike and Dori Kondracki, has graduated from Mashpee High School. She plans to attend Husson University in the fall and complete a six year program in pursuit of a career in Physical Therapy. Jennifer Harney, daughter of Paul and Joanne Harney is a graduate of Sturgis Charter School and will attend Southern New Hampshire University to study psychology with the ultimate goal of a career in criminal justice.
The evening was additionally highlighted by the presentation of a gift to Father Healey demonstrating the continued support of the Women’s Club to the parish. In his remarks of gratitude for their support of the parish Father Healey recognized the Club as one of the most spirited he has ever had the pleasure to work with.
May – Cahoon Museum
On Friday, May 19, Catholic Women’s Club members gathered at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit to view an exhibit of the work of artist Elizabeth Mumford, widely recognized for nostalgic reflections of New England scenes. Known as a contemporary folk artist, Ms. Mumford’s work is similar to that of another well remembered folk artist, Ralph Cahoon. The exhibit also included pieces of Mumford’s new watercolors. Gathered in an exhibit room surrounded by the artist’s distinctive work, those in attendance delighted at the comprehensive, detailed, often humorous presentation by Liz Mumford. What left the greatest impression on the listeners was the extensive amount of historical research completed before each painting was undertaken, research often sourced by historical photos. Fanciful pieces of the artist’s real life are often included in her work as she pointed out to the audience, a fact that would remain unknown to the viewer except when revealed by the artist. Following Ms. Mumford’s presentation guests were free to explore the entire Museum on their with own with the presence and assistance of multiple volunteers available to answer questions.
This lovely and most enjoyable program concluded with an invitation to members to gather in the lower level of the museum for light refreshments of tea sandwiches, desserts, and cold beverages before departing.
April – Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show Scholarship Fundraiser
On Friday, April 21, 2017 the Catholic Women’s Club hosted a delightful Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show. The afternoon also featured a Silent Auction and Raffle, both of which offered a number of attractive items on which to bid. The luncheon was catered by Eat Your Heart Out Caterers and followed by a Fashion Show in the Parish Hall. Close to one hundred members and friends attended. The event was a fundraiser for the Club’s Scholarship Fund. Each year the Women’s Club awards one or more scholarships to qualifying high school seniors who have been active members of Christ the King Parish.
The Fashion Show featured many couture outfits and accessories from the Saint Vincent DePaul Store. Audience members were encouraged not only to donate items to the store but to stop in, browse, shop, and take advantage of the numerous bargains that the SVDP Store offers its customers ranging from clothing, to furniture, household items, and so much more. Highlighted at the close of the show was a wedding vignette featuring a Mother of the Bride ensemble, Flower Girl dress, and the bride herself in a magnificent gown. Models for the Fashion Show were Dottie Cishek, Dottie Hiltz, Shirley Kalnin, Fran Parsons, Gaily Reilly, and Sue Riley.
The afternoon came to a close with Club President Teri Sweatman announcing the winners of the Silent Auction, Raffles, Door Prize, and table centerpieces.
To view the entire album from the event click Fashion Show.
FEBRUARY – MORNING 0F REFLECTION
On Friday morning, February 24, approximately 50 members and friends of the Catholic Women’s Club gathered in the Parish Hall to participate in a Pre Lenten Morning of Reflection with guest presenter Sister Shirley Agnew, R.S.M.
Following a gathering time for coffee and refreshments Teri Sweatman, Club President, welcomed the attendees. Sister introduced her presentation with prayer which she explained as a ‘sharing’ of our minds and hearts with God. She began by providing the audience with a brief overview of the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a soldier in the 1500’s, who was wounded in war. While recuperating Ignatius read two books that changed his life forever: The Life of Christ and Tales of the Saints. (He ultimately founded the Society of Jesus more commonly known as the Jesuits). Ignatius developed a method of prayer called the Examen. He tried to find God in all things, a God who is present and active in all aspects of our daily lives. The Examen focuses on the ‘stuff’ of life, is a daily review of our everyday life, and is based on gratitude. St. Ignatius knew that love consists in a mutual sharing, us with God and God with us. That sharing begins with discernment.
The Examen consists of 5 steps and is meant to become a daily practice. It can be completed in 10-15 minutes. The steps are:
1. Ask God for light to see the day with God’s eyes, not merely our own. In other words, let go and let God guide us.
2. Give thanks for the day just lived, a gift from God. Be grateful for it, be thankful.
3. Review the day by looking back on the day, guided by the Holy Spirit. Review brings awareness of things that bring happiness (consolation), the things outside of ourselves; review also brings awareness of things that bring sadness(desolation) those things that turn us in on ourselves.
4. Face shortcomings by facing up to what is wrong, in our life, in us.
How have we failed and what will we do to fix our failures?
5. Look forward to the day to come. Discern what God wants, what will bring us closer to Christ? God wants freedom for us, freedom from the things that keep us from becoming the person He wants us to be.
Following the presentation of the steps of the Examen the group broke to go to a quiet, private place for a self-guided review of the previous day following the steps of the Examen. As the group reassembled members took the opportunity to share some personal reflections of their quiet reflection experience with the larger group.
As Sister Shirley brought the morning’s reflection to a close she recommended two books for future reading. They are: A Simple Life-Changing Prayer, Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius Loyola’s Examen, by Jim Manney and Reimagining the EXAMEN by Mark Thibodeaux, SJ.
The Catholic Women’s Club is grateful to Sister Shirley Agnew for her
comprehensive and clarifying presentation on the EXAMEN and for her presence among us.
On Friday, January 20, 2017 members of the Catholic Women’s Club gathered in the parish hall for an afternoon at the movies and enjoyed the screening of the film THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY starring Helen Mirren, among others. Hot cider, pastries, and popcorn were among the refreshments served and the movie provided a mostly light hearted respite from the winter rains.
The Cookie Laddies Preparing for the Fair
December ~ Christmas Fair 2016
On Saturday, December 3, the Catholic Women’s Club sponsored its Annual Christmas Fair from 9am – 3pm in the Parish Center.
This year the lively Fair featured over 25 crafters selling original handmade items including warm hats, scarves, and blankets, smocked dresses, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, and just so much more! Beautiful and unique gift baskets captured the eye of all shoppers and the live greens decorations, always a popular item, were stunning. Even the children had their own room to shop for gifts and participate in games. Hungry shoppers could relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the bustling Holly Café, which served two varieties of soups, chicken sandwich croissants, hot dogs, and chips. Early morning shoppers could enjoy coffee and donuts also. As shoppers left the Fair they could stop at the luscious looking baked goods table and pick up something delicious for a take home treat. A fun and lively shopping experience was had by all. Our thanks to every wonderful volunteer and contributor who made this special event possible.
November – Holiday Decorations For A Cape Cod Christmas
On Friday afternoon, November 18, over 100 members and guests of Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club gathered in the Parish Hall for a presentation by Sue Preston of Country Garden in Hyannis, MA. Following an introduction by Club President Teri Sweatman the speaker began with her personal remarks on the importance of appreciating this beautiful season as one of gratitude, gratefulness, and thankfulness. Titled “Holiday Decorations For A Cape Cod Christmas” Sue kept the rapt attention of the audience as she demonstrated and displayed Christmas decorations for both indoors and outdoors of the home. Among the many arrangements she displayed was a stunning bird bath topper assembled with assorted fresh greens, oyster shells, and berries in an oasis base set into a plastic bowl shaped container. Succulent plants set in green moss atop a repurposed hollowed white pumpkin highlighted with small poinsettia and finished off with a colorful bow provided a striking visual. Another lovely and simple decoration that Sue shared was an ordinary dish with several rosemary twigs set around a candle ring in which was placed a mason jar with a small amount of water, filled with cranberries and a few more rosemary twigs and topped off with a floating candle. Clam shells filled with a few cranberries and a tiny ornament made a pretty but simple decoration. In decorating a small sled that could be used as a door hanging Sue began by hot gluing a small igloo shaped device that would serve as the base for securely attaching greens to the sled as it was decorated. Rustic looking birch pots, very popular this year, planted with lemon cyprus plants would be an impressive addition to any seasonal decorating. The Cape Cod wreath Sue displayed was decorated with drilled oyster shells, tiny pieces of driftwood, and red berry clusters, again, simply elegant. Among the many other designs that Sue Preston assembled for the group was a porch basket filled with magnolia leaves and assorted greens. Responding to a question from the audience Sue shared a rule of thumb about the height of arrangements which is generally one third container and two thirds arrangement. Sue concluded her presentation with plenty of time for questions and answers and then raffled off a number of the seasonal arrangements she had made. Our thanks to Sue Preston for a great presentation that was beautiful, instructional and very much enjoyed and appreciated.This lovely afternoon ended with members and guests enjoying an array of festive homemade desserts, coffee, and conversation.
October ~ Catholic Women’s Club Hosts Oktoberfest
On Saturday evening, October 15, the Catholic Women’s Club of Christ the King Parish hosted its first Oktoberfest celebration. Over 100 guests gathered in the Parish Hall where tables were colorfully set for Autumn with orange and yellow cloths and miniature mum centerpieces in various shades. The music of Ray Cavicchio serenaded those in attendance. The social hour featured an inviting cheese and fruit table where people sampled the offerings while overlooking the raffle table which had a variety of items to choose from. Among other things the raffle offered a basketed arrangement of flowers, an unusual wine opener, a handmade purse from the Designs by J. Dennis Collection, and a gift basket filled with gourmet goodies. The evening’s door prize was an elegant handmade centerpiece which was a succulent decorated oversized pumpkin.
After a welcome to the evening’s festivities by President Teri Sweatman, Father Edward Healey, Pastor of Christ the King Parish, led the blessing of the meal. Prepared by Eat Your Heart Out Caterers, a delicious German buffet dinner was served. As the meal came to a close Mrs. Sweatman introduced multi-talented musician Ray Cavicchio. Ray’s musical career started at 16 as a marimba artist on the Lawrence Welk Show. Ray holds a Ph.D from Tufts in Psychology-Medical Engineering. He is a photographer, computer-graphic artist, and an instrument-rated private pilot. This gifted musician, over time, developed his ultimate keyboard instrument, the Cavichord, parts of which are patented. Resembling an accordion, the Cavichord has the bass and chord buttons on the left side, and a piano style keyboard on the right while adding a fourth section of melody derived from the highest note played with the right hand. Each of the four sections can play a unique combination of sounds simultaneously depending on how the Cavichord is squeezed. The evening’s music ranged from symphony orchestra sounds to the piano and guitar and others, and included classical, to old time, to current music. In addition to Ray’s melodious voice the group was also entertained by the impromptu singing performances by Karen Klein of “Summertime” and “I Could Have Danced All Night and Susan Rego who performed “Unforgettable”.
September ~ Opening Meeting
On Friday, September 9, 2016 Christ the King Catholic Women’s
Club began a new program season with an 11 AM Eucharistic liturgy celebrated by Reverend Edward J. Healey, Pastor. Seminarian Dan Nunes was also present in the sanctuary for the Mass. Mary Ann Crowley was the organist and Ann Marie Pavlovich was featured soloist.
Nearly 100 club members and friends gathered in Christ the King Church for the Mass which was served by Dorothy Cishek and Betty Foley. Fran Parsons participated as lector. Club president Teri Sweatman and Vice President Gail Reilly brought forward and presented the Offertory Gifts during Mass.
In his homily Father Healy shared the story of St. Peter Claver, a native of Spain, who left his homeland in 1610 to be a missionary in the New World. He sailed to Cartagena, a rich port city, where in 1615 he was ordained. By this time the slave trade had been established for nearly 100 years and Cartagena was a chief center for it. Ten thousand slaves poured into the port each year after crossing the Atlantic from West Africa in conditions so inhuman that great numbers died in transit. As soon as a ship docked in Cartagena Peter Claver moved onboard to minister to the ill treated passengers. Once the slaves were herded outside he moved lovingly among them with food, drink, medicine, anything that might have brought a small comfort. Peter’s ministry in Cartagena spanned 40 years during which time he instructed and baptized 300,000 slaves. Peter Claver’s life was clearly one of service to the neediest of God’s children in his time. In concluding his homily Fr. Healy reminded all present that service is a willingness to see what needs to be done, whatever it is. His closing remark was a question and a challenge: ‘How do we relate ourselves to St. Peter Claver?’
Following Mass members and guests moved to the parish hall where tables were beautifully adorned with vases of fresh flowers. President Teri Sweatman welcomed the group and introduced and thanked members of the CWC Board for their involvement and support. She indicated that the coming year included some wonderful programs and hoped to see many members attending the meetings. Fr. Healey led the blessing of the food and all enjoyed a sumptuous buffet luncheon. Over dessert the drawing and winner of the 50/50 Raffle was selected.
After the meal Mrs. Dottie Hiltz, Fundraising Chair, announced the cash prize winners of the Summer Raffle sponsored by the Club, proceeds of which fund the various charitable outreach activities of the Catholic Women’s Club. The meeting closed with remarks from President Sweatman and a reminder to all present about the Oktoberfest Dinner with Entertainment by Ray Cavicchio which the Club will host on Saturday evening, October 15 in the Parish Hall. The event is open to all.
Catholic Women’s Club Holds Annual Banquet
On Tuesday evening, June 7, 2016 Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club hosted its Annual Banquet at the Coonemessett Inn in Falmouth.
As members and guests arrived they were invited to stop and view a colorful and comprehensive video presentation of the Club’s many and varied activities and events throughout the recent past. The evening’s ambience was beautifully enhanced by the piano music of Donny Nolan.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation by Club Vice President Teri Sweatman of scholarship awards to four outstanding high school seniors who, with their families, were guests at the banquet. In presenting the awards Mrs. Sweatman outlined the eligibility criteria and assured all of those present that the future was in good hands because of the qualities exhibited by these young people. Scholarship recipients were: Nathan Ryan, graduating from Barnstable High School who will attend UMASS at Amherst and plans to major in Engineering; Kendall Hoover graduating from Sturgis Charter School who will pursue a degree in Elementary Education at St. Anselm’s College; Daniel Burke, graduating from Sturgis Charter School, who will attend the University of Hartford to study Civil Engineering; Mary Kate Fitzgerald, graduating from Sturgis Charter School, and who has been accepted into the Nursing Program at St. Anselm College. These four outstanding students were heartily congratulated and wished well in their future endeavors.
Following the awarding of scholarships Club President Jeanne Dennis introduced Monsignor Daniel Hoye, Pastor of Christ the King Parish, who led those gathered in a prayer of thanksgiving.
In one of her final gestures as Club President Mrs. Dennis presented Monsignor Hoye with a donation to the parish on behalf of the membership, the result of various fund raising efforts conducted throughout the year. In accepting the donation Monsignor expressed his gratitude to Mrs.Dennis and the membership for their ongoing involvement and support in the parish.
In a candlelight ceremony following dinner Monsignor Hoye presided over the Installation of Officers assisted by Club President Jeanne Dennis. Newly installed Officers are: President, Teri Sweatman; Vice President, Gail Reilly; Recording Secretary, Carol DeVincent; Corresponding Secretary, Madeleine Hooke; Treasurer, Diane Kraihanzel.
The evening concluded with the closing remarks of Jeanne Dennis, outgoing Club President, who briefly reminisced over the many activities and events that she had participated in during the past three years of leading the group. Mrs. Dennis acknowledged and thanked the members of her working Board for their diligence and commitment to task and recognized the entire membership for their continued support of the Club and its goals.
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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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2016-2017~ EXECUTIVE BOARD
Vice President – Gail Reilly
Treasurer ~ Diane Kraihanzel
Recording Secretary ~ Carol DeVincent
Corresponding Secretary ~ Maddy Hooke
Hospitality ~ Grace Glennon & Betty Foley
Membership/Publicity ~ Marion Mooney
Phone Calling ~ Marion Stearns