Keep us, Oh God, from all pettiness. Let us be large in thought, in word, in deed. Let us be done with faultfinding and leave off all self-seeking. May we put away all pretenses and meet each other face to face without prejudice. May we never be hasty in judgment and always be generous. Let us always take time for all things and make us grow calm, serene and gentle. Teach us to put into action our better impulses, to be straightforward and unafraid. Grant that we may realize that it is the little things of life that create differences, and that in the big things of life, we are one. And, O Lord God, let me not forget to be kind. Amen
(Mother Stuart's Prayer) OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL, PRAY FOR US
General Meetings begin at 7 PM with a social time at 6:30 PM
Annual dues of $20.00 should be paid at 1st meeting
St. Mary Women’s Council Agenda
2018 - 2019
9/10/18 – General Meeting: Wine and cheese evening, summer report, budget approval, commission presentations, pecan sale starts, birthday celebration for Sept. and Oct.
10/6 – Our Lady of Fatima 1st First Saturday Mass at 9 a.m. followed by the Rosary
10/15 – General Meeting: Speaker from Hospice
11/3 – Our Lady of Fatima 2nd First Saturday Mass at 9 a.m. followed by the Rosary
11/12 – General Meeting: Possible movie Star of Bethlemem, birthday celebration for Nov. and Dec.
11/18 – Bake Sale after Masses (Thanksgiving is 11/22/2018)
12/1 – Our Lady of Fatima 3rd First Saturday Mass at 9 a.m. followed by the Rosary
12/10 – Covered Dish Christmas Dinner at 6 p.m.
1/5/2019 – Our Lady of Fatima 4th First Saturday Mass at 9 a.m. followed by the Rosary
1/14 – General Meeting: Speaker Blanket Tampa Bay, birthday celebration for Jan. and Feb.
2/2 – Our Lady of Fatima 5th First Saturday Mass at 9 a.m. followed by the Rosary
2/11 – General Meeting: Ditty bags and Gifts from the Heart
3/6 – Ash Wednesday
3/9 – Junk in the Trunk Rain date 3/16
3/11 – General Meeting: Bird Rescue speaker, board nominations, birthday celebration for March and April
3/17-4/7 – Easter Clothing Drive
4/8 – General Meeting: Election of officers; Handmaiden of the Lord vote
TBD – Confirmation rehearsal and reception
TBD - First Communion rehearsal and reception
5/13 – Installation Dinner at 6 p.m., birthday celebration for May through August
6/1 – 6/30 – Giving Cradle Project
A GLORIOUS PAST LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
(A brief history of the St. Mary Women's Council)
In 1966, a group of women organized the Ladies Altar Society to help with the preparation of the altar for the Sunday Mass. At that time, the newly formed St. Mary parish held Mass at Seeley's restaurant and later relocated to Mort Elementary School. The Ladies Altar Society sponsored the first fundraising event, an evening of square dancing, to raise money for building a church. The event was held at Buchanan Junior High School. The cornerstone was placed for St. Mary Church in 1967 and a dedication Mass was held in March 1968 with 480 parishioners attending.
In 1974, the Altar Society name became the Women's Guild. Over the year the women remained available to help the pastor with any request or need of the parish. In the late 1970's the guild reached beyond the parish boundaries to affiliate with the (then) Hillsborough Deanery and the St. Petersburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW). Membership in the Deanery and DCCW brought connection with the Florida Council of Catholic Women / Province of Miami (FCCW) and the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW).
Though remaining autonomous, the Women's Guild of St. Mary's adopted the Council's system of Service through their six commissions. These six commissions Church, Family, Community, International, Legislation and Organization cover every aspect of service and offer each woman an opportunity to be active in the parish and beyond.
To emphasize our connection to the other levels (rings) of Council, we joined many other affiliations within the St. Petersburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in 1999, changing our name to reflect this connection. We voted to be known as the St. Mary Council of Catholic Women.
In 2008 we withdrew from the Deanery to concentrate on our parish needs and to better serve our community. We changed our name to St. Mary Women's Council.
Our St. Mary Women's Council welcomes all women of the parish to regular or associate membership. Some are employed, some retired, some are stay-at-home-moms, some are widows, and some are part-time residents. We have in common the love of God and the willingness to be of service to our Church, our community and our world. The friendships
formed are an added bonus. Please consider being part of our future by joining St. Mary Women's Council.
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