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Council Prayer   

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

4/21- Easter

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

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 A special project we continue to be involved in throughout the year is Foundations of Life of Catholic Charities, which is an incentive program for pregnant women.  A pregnant woman sees a mentor every 4-6 weeks until the baby is one year old.  When monthly goals are achieved, she is entitled to shop in the donated Boutique.  Items needed throughout the year are: diapers (open packages are also accepted), baby supplies, formula, new/used clothing in good condition (up to 24 months), cribs, high chairs, pack 'n plays, etc., all in good condition, and maternity clothes. Due to law, car seats are not accepted.  Drop off items at Catholic Charities, 2021 E. Busch Blvd, Tampa. You may drop off small items at the St. Mary's Parish Center or contact Mary Mosiello, 813-503-6432.  If you plan to leave items at the parish center, please notify Mary to label FOUNDATIONS OF LIFE OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES.

We collect travel-size toiletries, reading material, rosaries, prayer cards, etc., for our ditty bags throughout the year. Reading material should be along the lines of Reader’s or Catholic Digest, family oriented and small enough to fit into the bags. These go to shelters and senior living facilities in Tampa.

What we do:

  • Monthly meetings and Christian fellowship
  • Assist with needs in our church
  • Spiritual bouquets
  • Mother’s Day flowers for the altar
  • Religious education support/Vacation Bible Camp
  • Mision Santa Maria support
  • Hosting family events including 1st Communion and Confirmation receptions
  • Thanksgiving Food bags for the poor
  • Giving Cradle for Catholic Charities' Pregnancy Support Services
  • St. Joseph's Women's Hospital Newborn Program
  • Easter Clothing drive
  • Vocation Support
  • International and community projects
  • Gift bags for assisted living homes
  • Educational speakers
  • Bake Sale
  • Garage Sale

Donations we need  (Can be brought to any meeting)

  • Small size toiletries like shampoo, lotion, mouthwash, soap, toothpaste, etc,. for ditty bags. Also Christian reading material, Reader’s Digest.
  • Lotion and slipper socks for the "Gifts from the Heart" bags for local assisted living homes
  • Old eyeglasses, old cell phones
  • Donation of items that can be used as door prizes at monthly meetings.

OFFICERS

2018-2019

President

Debbie Kipp

948-3139

debkipp@tampabay.rr.com

1st VP

Debbie Dolan

909-1866

tylerda1@verizon.net

2nd VP

Mary Brate

264-1303

rbratweb@aol.com

Secretary

Theresa Knecht

494-5012

tlynnk01@aol.com

Treasurer

Shirley Hales

961-7385

shirleygh35@aol.com

COMMISSIONS

Church

Jean Gootée

Community

Ida Burke

Family

Mary Mosiello

International

Mary H. Allen

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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