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.

To become a member please click application and print the form. Your completed application may be mailed to the address on the form or dropped off at the Parish Office. If you have any questions or comments, please go to “contact us”, all submissions go directly to the parish office.


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On Sunday morning, June 10, 2018 members of Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club gathered for their Annual Meeting at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth. Following a welcome and blessing by Reverend Deacon Robert Lemay attendees enjoyed a sumptuous brunch.

The Annual Meeting began with the presentation of six college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who have been actively involved members of Christ the King Parish. The outstanding scholarship recipients were Justin Bernier, Ilya Boyd, Michael Burke, Myranda Goveia, Hannah Laird, and Joseph Papapietro. The presentation of scholarship awards was followed by the installation of club officers conducted by Reverend Deacon Robert Lemay. Installed as officers were: Gail Reilly, President, Suzi Rego, Vice President, Carol DeVincent, Recording Secretary, Maddy Hooke, Corresponding Secretary, Joanne Coletti, Treasurer. On behalf of the Pastor of Christ the King Parish , Reverend Edward Healey, Deacon Lemay then accepted a donation to the parish from the Women’s Club. Father Healey had earlier expressed his thanks and appreciation to the club for its tireless efforts, commitment and support of the parish. The program concluded with the outgoing Catholic Women’s Club President, Teri Sweatman, expressing her appreciation for the opportunity to lead the group for the past two years and most especially for the assistance and encouragement she received from members of the Board and membership of the club whom she encouraged to remain involved and participative in the ongoing activities of the club. Mrs. Sweatmen was presented with a stunning bouquet of roses as the gathering ended.



On Friday, May 18, 2018 the Catholic Women’s Club welcomed Meg Hovsepian, Designer and Manager of Setting the Space with a store location in Mashpee Commons. The business offers furniture staging, styling, and a delightful shopping experience. After addressing the design services offered by the store Meg interacted with the audience in a question and answer session and demonstrated the items she had brought with her as examples of coastal chic living.
The presentation was followed by a delicious salad luncheon topped off with servings of coconut cream cake, a divine way to end the monthly gathering.

The final event of the year will be the Annual Brunch Banquet to be held at the Coonamessett Inn on Sunday, June 10, beginning at 11:00 AM. Highlights of the Brunch will be the awarding of scholarships and presentation of Father Healey.







On Friday, April 27, 2018 Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club hosted afternoon tea and a presentation by Nancy Engel, ‘the Lavender Lady’. A medical aromatherapist, Nancy was trained in France by a French medical doctor, a German chemist, and an Australian naturopath. She has studied aromatic plants for over 25 years, working the harvests of Provence and Turkey. She has been featured in the Boston Globe, as well as on PBS and Chronicle. Ms. Engel encouraged the audience to read the labels of the lavender products they purchase to see if the product contains a ‘fine lavender’, or is labeled AOC, indicating a very highly organic product never grown near roadways, etc. Ms. Engel spoke of the many and varied attributes of lavender from taste, to aroma, to the effect of lavender on the central nervous system, to its healing power. Lavender essential oil may be used to treat small burns and cuts, headaches, as a sleep aid, antidepressant, antiseptic, insect repellent, and for insect bites. She markets essential oil products through her business, Goodness Remedies, in Southboro, MA. For further explanation of the benefits of lavender and other essential oils Ms. Engel recommended reading THE COMPLETE BOOK OF ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY by Valerie Ann Worwood and LAVENDER OIL by Julia Lawless.

Prior to Ms. Engel’s presentation, club members and guests sampled a wide variety of tea sandwiches enjoyed with a cup of tea. Following the presentation, the winners of two raffle gifts, provided by the speaker, were announced. The afternoon concluded with a wide selection of dessert bites, tea, and congenial conversation.
The next meeting of the Catholic Women’s Club will be on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:15 AM in the Parish Center. Featured presenter will be Meg Hovsepian, Designer and Manager of Setting the Space located in Mashpee Commons who will speak on the topic of Coastal Chic Living. A salad luncheon will follow, and the donation is $20.00. For further information or to register for the program please call 774-238-6071.



Saturday, March 17, 2018: St. Patrick’s Dinner


On Saturday, March 17, 2018 the Women’s Club co-hosted “A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with the 50+ Club and the Knights of Columbus. The evening featured a complete corned beef dinner prepared and served by Eat Your Heart Our Catering. Entertainment was provided by The Familiars who performed a blend of folk, fiddle, country, Irish and popular music 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and more. It was a fun night for all who attended. To view photo’s from the evening go to: St. Patrick’s Day






On Friday morning, February 9, 2018 Catholic Women’s Club members gathered in the Parish Center for a Lenten Morning of Reflectiion. Presenter for the Reflection was Deacon Dan Nunes, warmly welcomed by the attendees. Deacon Nunes focused his talk on three aspects of Living Lent: 1.) Almsgiving 2.) Fasting and/or Giving Up 3.) Prayer

Almsgiving is an action that connects us to others as Christ took on humility and took on others as friends. Almsgiving can be accomplished by giving money, possessions, or time.
Fasting or Giving Up connects us to ourselves and unites us to Christ’s suffering on the cross. Fasting or Giving Up also pushes basic instincts and desires down so they no longer rule us.

Prayer flows from the practices of Almsgiving and Fasting or Giving Up. Prayer calls us to worship the heavenly Father rather than the world and urges us to raise our hands and minds to God.  Prayer is God’s prompting us to search for Him and should be viewed and practiced as a conversation among friends, a simple exchange of talking and listening to God, treating God as our friend. In his recommendations for prayer Deacon Dan encouraged the audience to make prayer a priority, to establish a holy hour at a time when it is productive for you, to ask what does God want you to do, to practice centering prayer, shutting out all noise. Dan also recommended a Website for daily reflection: where you can sign up with your email address and receive short quotes or reflections sent directly to your email inbox.

In closing, as we near the coming of Lent we were left with the following thoughts to ponder…
Lent is not a time to be survived but embraced and lived. It is a time to welcome the Risen Christ.
Lent is a campaign to get to Easter.
Lent is about dying to ourselves to let Christ live.
Do not see Lent as a burden but see it as an opportunity to connect with and strengthen our relationship with the Almighty God.  



On Friday, January 19, 2018, Catholic Women’s Club members gathered in the Parish Center for a relaxing and entertaining ‘Afternoon At the Movies’. The featured film was HIDDEN FIGURES starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae. The film was based on the true story of three African American women at NASA who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glennon into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. Refreshments were served to the audience and those in attendance commented on the quality of the film and the relaxing experience of the afternoon.




On Saturday, December 2, the Catholic Women’s Club held its Annual Christmas Fair from 9 AM – 3 PM in the Parish Hall .Eighteen vendors were registered and presented their unique crafts and products featuring items from antique and unusual plates with hand beaded servers to repurposed decorative items, jellies and jams, handmade hats, scarves, blankets, and so much more. The extensive jewelry selection drew a crowd of shoppers as did the Boutique table with its array of gift baskets and other lovely items. Always a highlight of the Fair was the fresh greens table which featured beautiful handmade wreaths, door hangings, table centerpiece arrangements and an assortment of boxwood Christmas trees. The raffle table offering items submitted by the vendors was busy selling chance tickets all day as was the cash and prize raffle sponsored by the Women’s Club. The bake sale table was overflowing with delicious offerings and the chance to win Fr. Healey’s donated homemade pie was another big hit with shoppers. The Holly Café was the spot to be for chowder and a croissant sandwich as lunchtime drew near.

The Annual Christmas Fair is the result of many hands coming together in so many ways to make the event a success. The Fair is a major fundraiser for our scholarship awards program. Our thanks to each and every person who helped in any way. Your involvement is most sincerely and gratefully appreciated.




On Friday, November 10, 2017, the Women’s Club hosted veterans and guests at a Veteran’s Appreciation Social. The event was held in the Parish Hall from 4:00 – 6:00 PM and refreshments included wine, cheese, soft drinks and finger foods. Approximately fifty attended this recognition of service to our country by the veterans in attendance. The piano of Donny Nolan and the voice of Anthony Texiera added to the spirit of the social where each branch of the military was recognized in song. Our continued thanks to each and every one of the men and women who have served our country bravely with dignity and honor.



Catholic Women’s Club Hosts Sapori D’Italia Dinner

On Saturday evening, October 14, 2017, Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club hosted Sapori D’Italia, a ‘Tastes of Italy’ dinner. The evening began with a social hour during which guests could try their hand at the Wine Bottle Ring Toss, which proved to be a very popular attraction. At the same time there was ample opportunity for all who attended to browse the lovely assortment of raffle gifts which included, among numerous other items, a pasta bowl with assorted pastas, several large wine baskets, a very stylish handmade hat, a designer handbag, and an Autumn serving tray. Following a welcome by Teri Sweatmen, club president, Father Edward Healey, Pastor, offered a prayer of thanksgiving and dinner was served. Prepared by Eat Your Heart Out Caterers, the buffet meal featured favorite Italian foods. Following dinner those in attendance were entertained by the widely known multi-talented vocalist and musician Ray Cavicchio. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Catholic Women’s Club Scholarship Fund.

On Friday, November 10, 2017, the club invites all parishioners of Christ the King to attend a Veteran’s Appreciation Social in the Parish Hall from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Admission for veterans is complimentary and guest donation is $10 per person. Light refreshments will be served. Call 508-419-1349 for further information about this upcoming event or to register to attend.



On Friday, September 15, 2017, Christ the King Catholic Women’s Club inaugurated a new program year with the celebration of liturgy by Father Healey, Pastor.

Members who participated in the Mass were Fran Parsons as lector with Betty Foley and Dottie Cishek as altar servers. Musical accompaniment was provided by Mary Ann Crowley, organist, and Anne Marie Pavlovich, cantor. Offertory gifts were presented by Club President, Teri Sweatman and Vice President, Gail Reilly.

Remembering the Blessed Mother under her title of Our Lady of Sorrows Father Healey noted that September 15 ended the liturgical month of Mary which had begun on August 15 with the celebration of the Assumption. The focus of Father’s homily centered on the sufferings of Mary, certainly harshly judged by some in her community, dealing with the struggles of a blended family, the shame she must have felt when Jesus left his home to preach rather than remaining to follow in Joseph’s footsteps as was customary, her widowhood, the tension she must have experienced after Jesus’ death when she did not go to live with family but was to be taken care of by John. Throughout her life Mary remained strong, with a strength that came through her faith. In closing Father reminded us that Mary is our greatest example of how to be strong in adversity through our faith.

Following Mass all adjourned to the Parish Hall for a buffet luncheon and an opportunity for fun and fellowship. Following lunch winners of the Summer Raffle were announced and members heard about the Program of Events scheduled for the 2017-2018 calendar year. All members were encouraged to attend and spread the word about the October 14th  Sapori D’Italia Dinner which is a scholarship fundraiser event. 



The Catholic Women’s Club hosted very successful bake sales in July and August this summer. Special thanks to Father Healey and all those members who contributed delicious baked goods for the sales. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!


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.



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.




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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.


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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.

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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”.

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IMG_1208September ~ 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.

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Rev. Edward Healey


President ~ Teri Sweatman

Vice President – Gail Reilly

Treasurer ~ Diane Kraihanzel

Advisor and Membership ~ Jeanne Dennis

Recording Secretary ~ Carol DeVincent

Corresponding Secretary ~ Maddy Hooke


Fundraising ~ Dottie Hiltz

Hospitality ~ Dottie Cishek, Grace Glennon
& Betty Foley

Publicity ~ Marion Mooney

Phone Calling ~ Barbara Lynch