Message from the President
By Maribeth Stewart, NCCW President
The month that we honor Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph has to count as a top month! I wish all of you delightful celebrations of these two important saints. Of course, we are in the Lenten Season and I hope that all of you are enjoying a most fruitful Lent; a time when we are gently reminded to pray a little more, read our Bible a little more, give a little more of our time and our treasure, so that we can fully celebrate the Paschal Mystery of He who gave all for us. I would remind you that our theme this year is based on Evangelii Gaudium. While we shall soon have a great overview ready courtesy of our Education Committee, Lent would be a good time to begin to read this beautiful apostolic exhortation, a little section each day.
Since I last wrote, much has been going on that I’ll simply note here in quick bullet form: • Implementation of the new database is going well. A new website design is well underway. We hope to be live early in March. Information about the new members only section on the website and other options will follow. • We were very sorry to cancel our pilgrimage to Ireland. It is such a beautiful land with so many lovely sites to visit and people to meet. In the end, there simply were not enough registered. Perhaps another time! • Holy Land Project update -We exchanged the first set of pictures and letters between the Terra Santa School in Bethlehem and St. Lawrence School in CT!
They were wonderful from both schools. Everyone involved is delighted and grateful for this project. The pictures and letters are filled with expressions of love and caring for each other and delightful questions back and forth concerning sports, school, family members, games, daily life, etc. They underline, in a most charming way, the similarities in young students around the world though they live in such different conditions. I hope to submit an article on our project for Catholic Woman. The Service commission will soon investigate expanding this project to additional sets of schools. • Our Human Trafficking Project is ready to go and will be on our new website. It consists of five components: Education, Mentoring, Advocacy, Prayer, and Donation of items requested for homes for trafficking survivors. Please check this out to see what you can do to help alleviate the suffering caused by this terrible affront to human dignity. • I attended the excellent Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C. and prepared a summary that you can find on our website. Andrea, our Executive Director, manned our exhibit table at the event and was very busy as there were many interested in our NCCW. • While at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, Andrea spied an exbibit table for Education for Justice. They promote knowledge of Catholic Social Teaching and make the connection between current world events and our faith. We joined and all their excellent resources will be available free of charge to
our NCCW members as a new member benefit. They will be available through a link in the member only section of our new website. • Andrea also represented us at the Mid-Atlantic Congress, a meeting of Catholic pastoral and administrative leaders. She reported that many came to our NCCW exhibit table including a delegation from the Military ACCW who noted that they would love to be more involved with the national level again! This is just what we need as we want all Catholic women to be a part of our NCCW. One of the reasons we were founded nearly a century ago was to provide a common voice and united presence for all Catholic women in our country. This is a good time to recall that membership is up to each of us. • Our membership brochure has been translated into Spanish and will soon be available through our NCCW Store.
NCCW Individual membership:
please consider joining NCCW as an
individual member if you are not already an individual member (the dues are only $50 per year
. Your membership and voice is needed in this
chaotic world that we live in. As an individual member, you would receive your own personal
copy of the NCCW magazine “Catholic Woman”, the NCCWConnect and all mailings from the NCCW office. Join us today!
National Council of Catholic Women continues decades-long tradition of participating in March for Life, the largest pro-life event in the world. Active in the pro-life movement even prior to the infamous Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion in 1973, the National Council of Catholic Women has been, since its foundation by the U.S. Catholic bishops in 1920, a voice for the dignity of every human person.
OTHER NCCW RESOURCES AVAILABLE
FOR YOUR USE
We are Called to Witness
A program of the NCCW Leadership Commission designed to helpmembers and affiliations discover and actively participate in sharing theGoodNews, the Joy of Jesus—theNewEvangelization! This program as well as a promotionalbrochure is downloadable. New Evangelization Program and PromotionalBrochure If you would prefer to order a bound copyof the programinstead of printing it, please contact NCCW.org to order. This resource is also available in Spanish.
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Vocation Purse Club Helps Catholic women entering religious life
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We invite all to consider raising funds in support of Catholic women wanting to pursue a religious vocation. These women are eager to answer their call to holiness and to begin their journey with a specific religious community. We, as NCCW, passed a resolution in 2015 to support vocations within the church. Your gift helps remove this obstacle from their process to say yes to God.