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~
Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club
invites you to
A Year Full of Flowers
Lunch with Jeff Sawyer of Verde Floral Design
April 17th ~ 12:00 Parish Hall
$20 per person Make checks payable to CTK/CWC
Questions: Call Lorraine 508-477-4451
News & Reviews…
Deacon Frank Fantasia leads a Pre-Lenten Morning of Reflection
On Friday morning, February 13, fifty members and guests of the Catholic Women’s Club braved bitter cold and unpredictable weather to welcome Deacon Frank Fantasia as presenter for the club’s Pre-Lenten Morning of Reflection. Following a gathering time highlighted with beverages and a wide selection of breakfast refreshments, Dotty Hiltz welcomed the audience and introduced Deacon Fantasia.
In his opening remarks Deacon Fantasia outlined the course of the morning’s presentation, the focus of which was The Journey of Faith. He reminded us that by definition we are a pilgrim people and it is important, as such, not to allow ourselves to become bogged down by baggage, even spiritual baggage. Our ultimate goal is eternal life. While it is a proven fact that we are born, live, and die, we do not believe that our life ends in death but that life is eternal. Belief in eternal life requires a leap of faith. During our earthly lives we need ‘building blocks’ to sustain us in our faith. For us, the sacraments, signs given by Christ to give grace, help us to grow in faith because each is centered on experiencing God. It is through faith that we come to hope. It is important to recognize that our faith journey is not solely an individual one but a journey that includes our relationship with others. We cannot be isolationists. Our understanding of the Great Commandment to love God and love our neighbor is both a vertical and horizontal directive.
Deacon Fantasia invited us each to reflect on something in our lives that has served as a ‘game changer’ in relationship changes with other people. While it can be an easy task to remember the positive ‘game changing’ relationship events that have influenced us, we need also to be aware that some relationship game changes can have a negative impact on our faith journey.
In the second part of his presentation Deacon Fantasia addressed the application of our faith to everyday life, in essence, the living of the Catholic message and the understanding of the role that evangelization plays in spreading the message to others through our actions.. Each of us does make a difference. Through Baptism we are called to be active evangelizers.
Deacon Fantasia then shared a list of practical suggestions for evangelization which include but are not limited to the following:
Nurture family and friend relationships
Work hard at your job; show commitment and dedication
Reach out to those in need
Do what is right, even if it costs you
Practice forgiveness even if it hurts
Be patient with people, even when they are annoying
Be grateful for what you have
Allow the Gospel message to penetrate your heart
In conclusion Deacon Fantasia reminded the audience that people can recognize us by our faith if we practice the suggestions outlined because actions speak louder than words. The essence of Catholicism is dynamic transformation and we cannot become more like Christ and remain the same. As we age it becomes harder to change but the good news is that, for each of us, the journey continues, it is never ending.
On Saturday, December 6, the Catholic Women’s Club sponsored its Annual Christmas Fair from 9am – 3pm in the parish center.
This year the Fair featured over 25 crafters selling original handmade items from hand painted old world Santa”s to warm hats, scarves, and blankets, jewelry, and just so much more! Beautiful and unique gift baskets captured the eye of all shoppers and the live greens decorations were stunning. Even the children had their own room to shop for gifts and participate in games and face painting. Hungry shoppers could relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Holly Café and 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. Click to view photo’s of the event
Catholic Women’s Club November Meeting
Members and friends of the Catholic Women’s Club gathered on Friday, November 21, 2014 for a pizza and salad luncheon in the parish hall. Following lunch the group was treated to a presentation by Gail Reilly who provided instruction on how to make a boxwood Christmas tree. While those in attendance provided and sculpted their own piece of soaked oasis for the body of the tree the club provided the boxwood and decorations to complete the trees. It was an afternoon of creativity, laughter, friendship, and everyone left with their own completely unique boxwood Christmas tree.
On Tuesday evening, November 11, Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club hosted a dinner to honor and celebrate veterans. The event was held in the Parish Hall where red, white, and blue were the colors of the evening. Following a social hour with cocktails and appetizers, club president Jeanne Dennis welcomed those in attendance and introduced Rev. Thomas Wyndham who led the group in prayer and thanksgiving.
Following an ‘All American’ themed dinner parish music director Donny Nolan, along with voices of the adult choir, entertained with a lively array of nostalgic music that prompted much audience participation. As each branch of the service was recognized, retired members stood and were saluted with the song that identified their particular military affiliation. For the finale of the performance the entire audience stood to participate in the final song and hymn of the evening, “America the Beautiful” and “Let There Be Peace On Earth.” Click to view photo’s from the evening
At their recent October monthly meeting Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club hosted a luncheon and baby shower to benefit A Baby Center a non-profit organization and program of the Cape Cod Council of Churches. Tables decorated in pink and blue cloths along with brightly colored paper lantern centerpieces set the stage for this festive event. After welcoming members to the luncheon club president Jeanne Dennis extended thanks to all who had donated the wide array of items to be presented to A Baby Center and announced that half of the 50-50 raffle proceeds collected at the luncheon would also be donated to ABC.
Following a sumptuous buffet capped off with baby shower themed desserts made by some of the members, Mrs. Dennis introduced Mary Pat Piersons, Program Director of A Baby Center. In her remarks the Director explained that the Center exists to help children up to three years of age from low income families by supplementing basic needs. In outlining some statistics she shared that the Center serves 500 babies monthly and distributes 15,000 diapers and in excess of 5,000 pieces of clothing each month. The ABC Wish List includes diapers sizes newborn – 6, pull-ups 2T-4T, wipes, baby wash and ointment, formula and baby food and new or very gently worn clothing sizes newborn – 4T. A Baby Center is located at 81 Willow Ave. in Hyannis with satellite locations distributing diapers only at Monomoy Community Center, Monomoy, and Christ the King, St.Vincent dePaul Food Pantry in Mashpee. Those wishing to learn more about the Center, volunteer, or make donations may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Solely dependent on community support to aid children in need who live on Cape Cod and the Islands by supplementing critical basic needs to ensure good health and safety, ABC provides these services without regard for religious affiliation. In her closing comments ABC Program Director Mary Pat Piersons expressed the gratitude and appreciation of the many families who are assisted through the generosity of the community.
September ~ 2014 Catholic Women’s Club Begins New Year
Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club began a new program season on Tuesday, September 23, with an 11:00 AM Eucharistic liturgy celebrated by Reverend Monsignor Daniel Hoye, Pastor. Deacon Frank Fantasia was present in the sanctuary for the Mass. Ann Marie Pavlovich was featured soloist and Mary Ann Crowley provided organ accompaniment for the nearly 100 attendees. Board member Dorothy Hiltz was lector and Mass was served by club members Dorothy Duffey and Elizabeth Foley. Club president Jeanne Dennis and Vice President Maryann Piccirilli brought forward and presented the gifts during the Offertory at Mass.
In his homily Msgr. Hoye explained the meaning of the message read from the Gospel of Luke and its correlating message to the first reading from Proverbs. In both passages we were reminded that not only are we called to hear the Word of God we are each called to respond to the Word of God, to act on the Word we have heard. We are called to live the Word in our daily lives, letting our actions speak for us as we grow in discipleship. As we begin a new year together we are each called to grow in caring, helping, loving others and to be grateful for the gift of one another.
Following Mass members moved to the parish hall where tables covered with striped table cloths were beautifully adorned with centerpieces of fresh hydrangeas and green accent blossoms set in glass canning jars. President Dennis welcomed everyone and introduced Msgr. Hoye who led the group in grace before the luncheon.
Following the meal Mrs. Hiltz, fundraising chairperson, announced the cash prize winners of the summer raffle sponsored by the club. Proceeds from the raffle fund the various charitable outreach activities of the women’s club. After outlining the upcoming programs planned for the 2014-15 year Mrs. Dennis thanked the membership for their continued participation and enthusiastic support of the club.
At their next meeting the Catholic Women’s Club will host a Baby Shower to benefit the Baby Center of Cape Cod. The event is scheduled for Friday, October 17, 2014 in the Parish Center hall and will begin with a catered luncheon at 12:00 noon. All who plan to attend are asked to bring an unwrapped baby gift.
On Tuesday evening, June 10, 2014 Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club hosted its annual banquet at the Coonemessett Inn in Falmouth.
As they arrived attendees were invited to stop and view the club’s ‘year of memories’, a colorful and comprehensive video presentation of the many and varied activities sponsored by
the Women’s Club throughout the 2013-14 year. The evening’s ambiance was enhanced by the piano music of Donny Nolan.
Following the social hour President Jeanne Dennis welcomed members and guests and introduced Monsignor Daniel F. Hoye, Pastor of Christ the King Parish, who led those gathered in grace before dinner.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation by Club Vice President Maryann Piccirilli of scholarship awards totaling $6,000 to three outstanding high school seniors who, with their families, were guests at the Banquet. Scholarship recipients were: John Bondarek, graduate of Sturgis Charter East High School who will attend Cape Cod Community College to pursue his interest in broadcasting with the goal of becoming a television anchor; Callie Donahue, graduate of Falmouth High School will attend Rochester Institute of Technology for studies in biotechnology, with the ultimate goal of earning a PhD and pursuing a career in the field of medical research. Lily Josephs, also a graduate of Falmouth High School will be attending the University of New Hampshire to study medical laboratory science in pursuit of a career as a forensic scientist with hopes of working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. These three outstanding students were heartily congratulated and wished well in their future endeavors.
Following dinner President Dennis presented Monsignor Hoye with a donation to the parish which was gratefully accepted by Monsignor who thanked the membership for their ongoing support and involvement in Christ the King Parish.
In her closing remarks Mrs. Dennis acknowledged the members of her working board for their diligence and commitment to task and thanked the entire membership for their involvement and support during this past year. Click to view photo’s from the evening
At the May meeting of the Catholic Women’s Club members gathered over wine and cheese and enjoyed a presentation by Sue Preston of Country Garden in Hyannis. Sue demonstrated the easy assembly of miniature gardens in hanging glass orbs and small flat-bottomed terrariums. She also created an enchanting Fairy Garden which was awarded as a raffle prize along with succulent container gardens that were centerpieces on each table. The meeting concluded with attendees enjoying coffee and an assortment of desserts.
The Catholic Women’s Club hosted a Christian Passover Seder meal
on Wednesday evening, April 16, 2014
click to view photo’s from the evening
On Friday, February 14, the Catholic Women’s Club of Christ the King Parish celebrated their monthly meeting on Valentine’s day with a Share the Love luncheon. Members were welcomed by President Jeanne Dennis. Ms. Dennis informed members that the club plans to host a Christian Passover Seder Meal on Wednesday evening of Holy Week, April 16, in the Parish Hall. The Seder Meal will be open to all members of the parish to attend. Following that announcement Ms. Dottie Hiltz, Fundraising Chair, provided information about the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Celebration to be held on Saturday evening, March 15, beginning with a 5:00 PM cocktail hour followed by a traditional corned beef dinner starting at 6:00 PM and catered by Chef Roland’s Catering. The evening, co sponsored with the 50+ Club and the Knights of Columbus, will feature the entertainment of Jack Wyatt and be held in the Parish Hall. Please contact Dottie at 508-477-2837 for additional information. Following a grace of thanksgiving members enjoyed a lovely buffet luncheon, chocolate desserts included, while admiring the festive table decorations featuring vases of red and white tulips.
Concluding the meeting Ms. Dennis expressed the gratitude of the club to Ms. Trexler for sharing her story and encouraged members to find ways in which they might help in this ongoing effort to clothe children in Uganda.
2013-2014~ EXECUTIVE BOARD
Vice President – Maryann Piccirilli
Treasurer ~ Diane Kraihanzel
Recording Secretary ~ Carol DeVincent
Corresponding Secretary ~ Maddy Hooke
Hospitality ~ Grace Glennon
Membership ~Marion Mooney
Program ~ Joan Powers
Reception ~ Cathy Trainor
Publicity ~ J Lorraine Brown
Spiritual Life ~ Sr. Shirley Agnew
Advisor ~ Fran Parsons