WHAT IS THE HOLY FAMILY COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN??
The Holy Family Council of Catholic Women (CCW) is a group formed many years ago to support the spiritual needs of our members, while supporting the physical needs of the parish. Our mission is accomplished through Fellowship, Spirituality, Legislation, Leadership and Service.
When people hear CCW, they generally think of “a bunch of old ladies baking cookies for the church”. Well, that is partially correct – some of our members are “seasoned”, and we have been known to hold bake sales – but we are so much more. We are mothers, grandmothers, daughters and sisters. We are married, single and widowed. We are old, young, and in between. Most of all, we are friends with a common goal: Supporting our parish and community.
Here at Holy Family, we are a family too. As children of God, there are responsibilities associated with being part of this family. The Holy Family Council of Catholic Women is like the “mom” of the family. We perform some of the traditional roles you might think of a mom doing. If there is food involved, you can probably bet that the CCW is part of it. We organize the First Communion and Confirmation receptions. We coordinated the funeral reception for Father Fred. We participate in the Annual International Food Festival. We assist with “Coffee and Donuts”. We work with the Knights of Columbus, helping with their wonderful Spaghetti Dinners, and serving meals to the homeless at Pinellas Hope.
But cooking isn’t the only way we support our parish. We provide scholarships to students attending Catholic high schools, we donate pies and non-perishable items at Thanksgiving, we make cookies for the diocese vocations program, and we donate money to groups like Pennies for Priests, Benedict Haven, Hand in Hand with Haiti, and FAST – as well as to our own school and church. And yes, in order to fund these projects we do have the occasional bake sale. But we also have used book sales, our very popular annual fashion show, and our newest Christmas fundraiser – Soups and Desserts in a Jar (they make WONDERFUL gifts)!
We generally meet once a month, September – May, on the 2nd Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Diffley Hall. This year we have planned for informative speakers, spiritual retreats, service projects, fun and friendship. You are not required to attend all meetings and annual dues are only $15.
The best place to be at any family event is in the kitchen. There is a lot of laughing going on when ladies gather. You share recipes, and advice, lend an ear, share a hug and a prayer, and learn about God and your parish family. The problems of the world are solved. And you have FUN doing it! Yes, we accomplish a lot for our parish, and there is some work involved. The ladies of the CCW are wise, and kind, and giving, and smart, and funny. And it makes the good work that we do here a labor of love. We all do our share to keep this family healthy and happy.
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MONTHLY CCW MEETING:
10 AM in Diffley Hall,unless otherwise noted:
Please see Church Bulletin for details.
President: Lori Palso–
Contact Lori Palso: Phone- 727-577-7519
Email- moc.o1490350197ohay@14903501977371o1490350197slapl1490350197Awards: Recipients of the Handmaid of the Lord Award
CCW Dates to Remember 2016-2017
Monday, August 29 @6:30 – HFCCW Board meeting – Conference Room
Sunday, September 4 after all Masses on Sunday – Coffee and Donuts
Tuesday, September 13 @6:00 – Potluck Dinner/Meeting – Diffley Hall
Saturday, September 17 @ 9:00 – Jar Assembly – Diffley Hall
Thursday, September 22 @5:15 – KOC Spaghetti Dinner – Diffley Hall
Monday, September 26 @6:30 – HFCCW Board Meeting – Conference Room
Saturday, October 1 – Our Lady Star of the Sea Fall Conference – St. Paul’s
Saturday, October 8 @10:00 – General Meeting – Diffley Hall
Sunday, October 9 after all Masses on Sunday – Coffee and Donuts
Monday, October 17 @ 6:30 – HFCCW Board Meeting – Diffley Hall
Thursday, October 27 @5:15 – KOC Spaghetti Dinner – Diffley Hall
Saturday, October 29 9:00 to 2:00 – setup for International Food Festival – Diffley Hall
Sunday, October 30 – International Food Festival – Diffley Hall
Saturday, November 12 @10:00 – General Meeting – Diffley Hall – collecting baked goods for bake sale
Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13 after all Masses – CCW Fall Bake Sale
Monday, November 14 from 4:00 – 9:00 – assembly of bags (reindeer mix)
Thursday, November 17 @5:15 – KOC Spaghetti Dinner – Diffley Hall
Monday, November 28 @ 6:30 – HFCCW Board Meeting – CCW West
Saturday, December 3 @11:00 – Christmas Luncheon – Carrabbas on 4th Street
Sunday, December 11 after all Masses on Sunday – Coffee and Donuts
Monday, December 19 @ 6:30 – HFCCW Board Meeting – Conference Room
Thursday, December 22 @ 5:15 – KOC Spaghetti Dinner – Diffley Hall
Saturday, January 7 – General Meeting – Regift bingo – Diffley Hall
Friday, January 13 – set up used book sale
Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15 – Used Book Sale – Diffley Hall
Thursday, January 26 @ 5:25 – KOC Spaghetti Dinner – Diffley Hall
Monday, January 30 – HFCCW Board Meeting – Conference Room
Saturday, February 11- General Meeting – Diffley Hall – collecting baked goods for bake sale
Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12 after all Masses – CCW Spring Bake Sale
Thursday, February 23 @5:15 – KOC Spaghetti Dinner – Diffley Hall
Monday, February 27 @6:30 – HFCCW Board Meeting – Conference Room
Saturday, March 4 – Joint Retreat with St. Raphael’s – place to be determined
Saturday, March 18 – General Meeting – Diffley Hall – choose nominating committee
Saturday, March 18 – KOC St. Patrick’s Day Dance – Diffley Hall
Thursday, March 23 @ 5:15 – KOC Spaghetti Dinner – Diffley Hall
Monday, March 27 – HFCCW Board Meeting – Conference Room
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, April 4, 5, 6 – Catholic Days at the Capitol
Saturday, April 8 – General Meeting – Diffley Hall
Monday, April 24 – HFCCW Board Meeting – Conference Room
Thursday, April 27 @ 5:15 – KOC Spaghetti Dinner – Diffley Hall
Friday, April 28 – set up fashion show – Diffley Hall
Saturday, April 29 – Fashion Show – Diffley Hall
Sunday, May 7 – First Communion (reception at 12:00)
May 7 through May 10 –Diocesan Convention – Tampa, FL
Monday, May 15@ 6:00 starting in the Chuch – Installation/Installation Dinner – Diffley Hall
Monday, May 22 – Joint HFCCW Board Meeting – Conference Room
Thursday, May 25 @5:15 – KOC Spaghetti Dinner – Diffley Hall