CCW: Catholic Women United in
Prayer, Study & Service
Who we are:
Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel
Patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women
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.
Oh, 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. Â 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.
What We Do:
Through its commissions/committees,
Three of the past commissions, Family, Community and International, are now grouped under the Service Commission.
So where does one begin? Maybe with a review of the aim for each of the individual commissions that are now
under this new commission:
The aim of the Family Concerns Commission was to assist families in achieving a truly Christian life and to
preserve Christian principles in those areas that pertain to the welfare of all families.
The aim of the Community Concerns Commission was to involve all people in working to answer the needs of their
individual communities by bringing Christ to others while working to address the needs and concerns of their
The aim of the International Concerns Commission was to awaken in all Christians a conviction of their responsibility
for the international society and to create a brotherhood of all peoples.
The aim of this new commission, the Service Commission, is, therefore, threefold: support and enhance the
importance of family life within the church and society, engage all people in working to address the needs and
concerns of their individual communities, and promote global solidarity and the conviction that our wealth and
resources must be shared with all peoples.
We may not have the opportunity to do what we consider is some great and important ministry situation, but we
often underestimate the importance of the ministry opportunities right in front of us every day. Our fellow
parishioners need a smiling face, a helping hand, a listening ear and someone who is willing to pray with them in
their time of need. Being present with people gives us an opportunity to pray with them and for them. This is
what you do each time you participate and help with a CCW event. Serving for funerals and the many other CCW
functions are an excellent chance to serve Jesus especially if they are done with an attitude of love, prayer and
service. Consider the person you are serving to be Jesus and today you will have an opportunity to serve the King!
Next time you come across someone in need ask them, “Can we pray about this together?” Then sit down and pray
with them. After your time together, tell them you will pray for them and then do so. Prayer is our opportunity to
bring all things to our Lord and He is responsible for the outcome. We are responsible to pray and to be his hands
and feet. It is at each of these opportunities that you are evangelizing. When you take time to pray and care for
your fellow parishioners you are truly revealing Jesus in action which is truly the emphasis of this Commission.
The Corporal Works of Mercy 1) Feed the Hungry, 2) Give Drink to the Thirsty, 3) Clothe the Naked, 4) Shelter the
Homeless, 5) Visit the Sick, 6) Visit the imprisoned, and 7) Bury the Dead are practiced through your involvement and
support of CCW. Thank you again for your willingness to serve and help your fellow parishioners in the body of
2015 NCCW CONVENTION LEADERSHIP COMMISSION WORKSHOP WISDOM
by Jane Carter
I have always been amazed at the collective wisdom that is present in workshops at NCCW Conventions. Orlando was no exception! Participants were asked to come to the Leadership Commission Workshop, “Growing NCCW,” prepared to share great ideas and be a part of the future of NCCW. During the workshop, they were directed to share with one another and to respond to three questions. “Listen in” to the concerns, connections and creative ideas of the wonderful women of NCCW!
The first question asked participants to identify “”obstacles to Council Growth at any level.” Here are the top five responses:
Instead of just nodding in agreement or saying “oh yes, we have that too,” use them to start a discussion in your council and turn the obstacles into opportunities to make adjustments and work on areas that need attention!
The second question directed workshop attendees to move outside the parish level and connect with the community and even globally with food or water. The most common answers were:
Think for a moment about the work your council does to end hunger, provide clean drinking water, or promote good nutrition. Can you expand your efforts into the larger community and perhaps, even internationally?
The third and final question involved sharing successful methods that members had used to Grow Council Membership. It was impossible to identify just five
Many of the responses were shared were really GREAT IDEAS for meetings and events. Here are 15 creative ideas—some are quick and easy, others ongoing or will take some planning. I encourage you to choose one and add it to your 2015-2016 Council Calendar:
Let us know if any of these ideas are helpful or fruitful. Share any new ideas that grow from them, and always tell us about your successes so we can share YOUR GREAT IDEAS, too!
Aims to recognize and protect all life from conception until natural death through:
Aims to provide financial assistance for persons who work in various parish ministries to enable them to attend workshops, classes and other programs.
The aim of the Legislation Commission is to promote programs that will help educate women regarding the teachings of the church as they relate to public issues and pending legislation, thereby helping us to be informed Catholic women. As Catholic women, it is our responsibility to be knowledgeable and be able to speak out with courage, skill and concern on public issues involving human rights, social justice and the life of the church in society.