CCW Overview



The Saint Mary Council of Catholic Women is an organization, working to support, empower and educate Catholic Women in spirituality, leadership and service.  The Saint Mary CCW is affiliated with the Salt Lake Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, (DCCW), the Northern Deanery Council of Catholic Women, (NDCCW), and the National Council of Catholic Women, (NCCW).

The Saint Mary Organizational System consists of the following Commissions: Spiritual, Social and Service. The Commission and Standing Committee Coordinators are appointed by the CCW President.

The NCCW is a member of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO), and is recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The Holy See affirms the mission of the CCW is carried out through the work of its commissions. Each commission under the direction of a commission chair works to educate about issues of concerns of the Catholic women, and empower women to respond in faith and with justice and compassion.

SPIRITUAL COMMISSION

The Spiritual Commission strives to create a community of God’s people that is educated in the Catholic faith, and passionate about sharing that faith.

Rosary: The CCW prays the rosary before each business meeting, and participates in the Living Rosary for life.

Throughout the year the CCW also offers special presentations about the Catholic faith such as learning about the lives of the saints, books to read, movies to watch, and spiritual retreats to attend.

SOCIAL COMMISSION

The Social Commission helps women become aware of the Catholic Church’s mission globally and keeps the Council advised of pertinent legislation and legislative issues.

Convention: This is an informational and inspiration-packed weekend open to all Catholic women. In the past over 500 Catholic women from all over Utah came together to listen to a lineup of keynote speakers regarding Catholic social teaching. The weekend also offers spirituality, learning and friendship for women. http://home.catholicweb.com/slcdccw/

CCW Woman of the Year:  The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding woman in Saint Mary Parish as one who has carried on the mission of Christ through her family, church, and community. To qualify for this award the woman must: Be 18 years or older, Catholic and registered in Saint Mary Parish and has not won the award in the past, the woman of the year is honored at the SLDCCW convention mentioned above.

On occasion the CCW has invited a presenter to speak on social issues such as buying fair trade items, sexting, the HSA mandate and buying local.

SERVICE COMMISSION

Service Commission attempts to involve women in working to answer the needs of individuals and the Parish Community.  Included in this commission are two standing committees, The Special Event Committee and the Funeral Committee. The Special Event Committee plans, organizes, coordinates, promotes and executes special events and activities to help enhance the parish community, and raise funds. The Funeral Committee provides the members of the Parish who are dealing with a death the service of a funeral luncheon reception.

Advent Dinner: Each year the CCW invites all the women of the parish to an Advent dinner. In the past we have enjoyed dinner at Rickenbacker’s and Rooster’s. This year we are offering the dinner at no cost, and it is being held in the Parish Hall.  All women of the parish are invited to join us for an evening of fun, food and fellowship!

Saint Martha’s Baby Project: At our January meeting the CCW hosts a baby shower for the Saint Martha’s Baby Project a Catholic Community Services program. Saint Martha’s Baby Project furnishes baby layettes for low income parents.
  
Give Me A Chance:  The CCW supports “Give me a Chance”, a nonprofit sewing center run by Sr. Nguyen. The center is always in need of volunteers.

Annual Senior Dinner: Each year the CCW invites all of Saint Mary's Senior Citizens to a very special appreciation dinner to catch up with some old friends and make some new friends. Music and dinner are at no cost to our seniors.

First Communion Reception: After the children have received the Sacrament of the Eucharist, the CCW holds a reception for them and their families. We serve punch, coffee and cake.

Confirmation Reception: After the Confirmands have received the Sacrament, the CCW ladies serve punch, coffee and cake to them and their families.

Bishops Dinner:  Once the Confirmation Reception is done, the CCW board members prepare and serve dinner for the Bishop, the Pastor, the Deacons and their wives, and the Confirmation Teachers, in the rectory.

Recruiting Events:  Once per year the CCW invites all the women of the parish to attend a wine and cheese social event to learn more about the CCW and our mission.     

Bunco!: On occasion we like to have fun! The CCW invites all women of the parish to bring a potluck dinner item to share, to bring a friend and to come play Bunco! Be prepared for a fun evening of Food, Fun and Prizes!            
  
Poinsettias: During the Christmas season the CCW offer poinsettias for purchase. Each poinsettia purchased is adorned with a loved one’s name and Father Vidal says a mass for each loved one. Poinsettias remain on the altar until Epiphany.

Easter Lilies: After Lent the CCW offers for purchase Easter lilies. Similar to the Poinsettias at Christmastime each Easter lily purchased is adorned with a loved one’s name. The Easter lilies decorate the altar and chapel. A tribute page listing all of the names of the loved ones is published in the bulletin.

In years past the CCW also held these service events: Woman to Woman, a service project once held by the CCW and the LDS women across the street. They used to get together to sew and crochet blankets, and layettes, for babies in need.
And these…
CCW Holiday Cookie Swap                      Book Club
Mother Daughter Breakfast                       Spring Fling
Craft Night                                              Relay for Life

Ideas for the Future
Saint Mary Catholic Church Women’s Retreat

SPECIAL EVENT COMMITTEE

The Special Event Committee plans, organizes, coordinates, promotes and executes two special events each year to raise funds for the altar expenses, scholarships and the CCW operating costs.

At present the CCW purchases regularly, the flowers, linens, wine and hosts. In the past the CCW has purchased for the altar, a microphone, vestments for the Pastor and the altar server cassocks.

Ripened To Perfection:
Ripened to Perfection is an educational wine tasting class held each year as a fund raiser. It is held at Saint Mary’s in the Parish Hall. We usually have 6 Wine pouring’s, imported cheeses and meats to eat, and for entertainment we offer live and silent auctions.

There is a lot of planning for Ripened to Perfection and volunteers are always needed in the following areas:
Gathering donations for silent and live auctions, writing letters to solicit corporate sponsors, gathering supplies, gifts, and baskets,  selling tickets, kitchen volunteers, set-up, cleaning the linens, live auction, finance, and clean-up.

Fall Craft Bazaar:
At the end of October the CCW holds a Fall Craft Bazaar. There are over 40 different vendors with crafts, jewelry, handmade items, bake sale items, candles, and much more for sale! We have an opportunity drawing for a quilt, beautifully prepared specialty baskets, a cash drawing, and silent auction.

And there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. The bazaar planning consists of vendor registration and recruiting, logistics, advertising, preparing raffle items and silent auction baskets, getting a food handlers permit and kitchen operating permit, ordering, preparing and serving food, set-up and clean-up  

Scholarships:
In the past we have offer scholarships for people who could not afford the cost of Faith Formation Classes such as Lay Ecclesial Minister Training, for a woman to attend the SLDCCW Convention, and for a family who could not afford to pay for their child to attend VBS.

FUNERAL COMMITTEE

The St. Mary CCW Funeral Committee offers a Luncheon Reception for the family and relatives of a deceased parish member. It is our hope that serving them in the pleasant atmosphere of the church will bring them comfort in their time of sorrow and grief.

Assistance is needed with set-up, cooking food for the reception, serving and clean-up of the funeral reception. Due to the variety of days of week and time of day, please volunteer when available.

 Reasons to become an active Council Woman:
•To meet new women of your parish community and keep in touch with those you already know.
 •To support and encourage parish members in their faith, especially during difficult time in their lives
•To support parish and diocesan activities.
•To support our clergy as they strive to serve the Church and our parish family.
•To nurture and enhance your own prayer and spiritual life.
•To keep abreast of changes in Church.
•To express your Catholic Faith on matters of interest, individually, and as an active member of Council in community, in our state, and in our nation.
•To be more aware of legislative issues, particularly those that support and/or oppose, our faith-based views.
•To enjoy the benefit of programs and workshops presented not only locally, but at the national Council gatherings addressing areas of interest that involve family, church, community, and international concerns for women and children.
 •To network with women throughout the state and our nation to gain insight and expertise in areas of common interest
 •To work with a strong group of women, who share the same faith and to make this world a better place in which to live and raise our families.

This word of thanks to the Lord for his mysterious plan regarding the vocation and mission of women in the world is at the same time a concrete and direct word of thanks to women, to every woman, for all that they represent in the life of humanity.

— Pope John Paul II's "Letter to Women"