Council of Catholic Women
About St. Joseph Church Council of Catholic Women
St. Joseph’s Council of Catholic Women acts through its commissions to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. These programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.
It’s your Council, You are a member
Every Catholic woman in our parish is a member of St. Joseph’s Council and the National Council of Catholic Women.
One meeting is usually held each month except during the summer. Dates and programs are announced in the Weekly Bulletin.
In lieu of dues, an envelope is provided in your July church support envelopes. You are asked to donate for operating expenses, Diocesan dues, and to support the good works of the Council.
The council consists of elected officers and five appointed commissions. These are:
- Worship and Prayer
- Family Concerns
- Community Concerns
- International Concerns
All members are eligible to become an officer or to work on one of the commissions.
… Involve members and parishioners with working in the community to insure basic rights, needs and justice for all people regardless of age level or development.
- Religious Education Support
- Elderly – Nursing Home Outreach
- Newborn – Layettes
- Morality – White ribbons against pornography
… Assist families in achieving a truly Christian life, preserve Christian principles and offer solace, comfort and support.
Funerals – Assist as neededHonor GuardServe Lunch
Human ConcernsReceptionsMother/Daughter Celebrations
Shut-in and SickCardsRemembrances
… Support for and concern with the needs of people universally.
- Blue Circle – acts of kindness and help
- Mission Outreach
- Mother Theresa
- St. Vincent dePaul
Worship and Prayer
… Promote a church community and programs to expand the spiritual needs of the Council.
- Altar Care
- Rosary – recite and promote
- Holy Family altar flowers
- Offering of Masses
- Retreats, Programs, Workshops
… Assist, strengthen and develop the organization furthering leadership and communication.
- Ways and Means
- Hostess Programs
- Diocesan CCW Liaison
The National Council of Catholic Women was founded in 1919 at the request of the American Catholic Bishops. It represents the voice of more than ten million Catholic women working together, sharing common concerns which reflect current issues in church and society.
Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel
God of Heavenly Wisdom, You have given us Mary, Mother of Jesus to be our guide and counselor.
Grant that we may always seek her motherly help in this life, and so enjoy her blessed presence in the life to come.
O Mother of Good Counsel, Patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women, intercede for us that we may be wise, courageous and loving leaders of the Church.
Help us, Dear Mother, to know the mind of Jesus, your son.
May the Holy Spirit fill us with reverence for God’s creation, and compassion for all God’s children.
May our labors of love on earth enhance the reign of God.
And may God’s gifts of faith and living hope prepare us for the fullness of the world to come.Amen.