In This Issue: March 30, 2016
-Message from the President -
- By Sheila S. Hopkins, NCCW President He is risen – alleluia! This April 1st we are still in the Octave of Easter experiencing the love of Jesus who died on the cross for our sins and has risen to show He will be with us always. Thank you to all who hosted The Young Messiah premieres around the country. Glowing comments were the norm about this beautiful and touching film so be sure to see it at a theater near you now. We are still receiving the donations so no total raised is available. The next time you call the office, the phone may be answered by Bernadette Corso, our new administrative assistant who begins employment April 1. Bernadette graduated from Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, MD and has experience working in various technical and clerical positions. Heide Seward retires March 31 as her husband retires from federal employment and will be moving from the area. We wish the best to Heide and welcome Bernadette to the NCCW family. Spring brings convention season and I am honored to be speaking at six conventions and have provided welcome letters for four other convention programs. As your council year comes to an end, NCCW is always grateful for any donations to the annual fund if you find a few extra dollars. I look forward to traveling to CA where I will meet with the Orange DCCW and Eastern District of the Los Angeles DCCW. Fr. Albert Bahhuth, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will meet with me to discuss designating a Province Director for the NCCW Board. Ladies, get your forms out and start C-O-U-N-T-I-N-G! The Million Works of Mercy project is launched this month and I have no doubt that together, we can make this happen. May the work of our hands in His name prosper for our good and His glory. Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.
-URGENT NOTICE on VOTING ELIGIBILITY -
-The voting for NCCW Treasurer will be held June 15 – July 15, 2016. Affiliates (this includes Dioceses, Deaneries, Vicariates, and Parishes) whose dues have lapsed MUST pay their dues by Friday, April 12, 2016 in order to be eligible to vote for Treasurer. You have one of two ways to renew: 1) Electronically by 11:59 pm on Friday, April 12, 2016 by going through the NCCW website; or 2) Submitting your check or credit card information with your renewal form, which can be downloaded from the website here. The envelope must be postmarked by Friday, April 12, 2016 in order to be eligible. Article VIII, Section 1 of the NCCW Bylaws regarding this election states that “Officers shall be elected by mail or electronic ballot of the members in accordance with procedures determined by the Board of Directors. If electronic balloting is used for elections, members must state or submit information from which it can be determined the method of voting used was authorized by the member. Affiliate presidents who are listed on the official record sixty (60) days prior to the beginning of electronic voting will be eligible to cast their two (2) votes.” NCCW values your participation in the election for our new Treasurer. For Affiliates: please make sure the NCCW Office has the name and email of your Affiliate President. If you have any questions, please call 703-224-0990.
-Spiritual Corner: Lent is over, but the Journey is just beginning! - -By Father James G. Stembler
When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; it was very large. On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, “Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go and tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.’”(Mark 16:4-7)
As is usually true, after we go through a period of time, or we fulfill certain duties that are required of us, and when these duties or this period of time have come to a completion, we heave a heavy sigh of relief and think to ourselves, “it’s over!” Certainly that is how many Catholics approach sacramental preparation. The service ours have been completed, the classroom instruction is over, we have gone to the required retreats, and now I receive the sacrament I have been preparing for. The whole thing is over. True, the time of preparation is over; however, the sacrament as a grace bestowed upon us is hardly over. The time of living into the sacrament, of allowing the graces from the sacrament to have their effect on us has only started. Why do we always look backward – “it’s over!” – and don’t seem to desire to look forward? Now that the Lenten Season is over, we can reclaim all those things we “gave up” for Lent. We can go back to eating meat on Friday and fasting has become something we have put into a box and placed on the top shelf of the closet. However, what did our Lenten sacrifices and penances do for us? Isn’t that what we should be focusing on? How have they enabled us to draw closer to the Lord Jesus? How will our faith journey be lived out now? If we go right back to being the same person we were prior to Ash Wednesday, then Lent had very little effect on us. If we are ready to move forward with the lessons we learned throughout our Lenten experience then this season will bring us many blessings. The women are told to GO AND TELL what they have experienced at the empty tomb. They are not to stay there. No, there is work for them and the Apostles to do. They are told that the journey is just beginning. May we live our lives in such a way that we witness to the Truth that our journey is just beginning.
-NCCW Treasurer’s Report - -By Mary Matheus
Easter Blessings to all my Council sisters and my brothers in Christ! As we say in Emmaus, “Christ is risen!” And the response is shouted, “He is risen indeed.” We have had the opportunity to change our hearts through the season of Lent and I pray that this Easter season is filled with moments of great joy for each one of you. NCCW has been blessed, too. It is almost four years that I will have been your treasurer. And through these years, there has been a long Lent, a time of sacrifice, but my friends, Easter has indeed arrived and we have been so blessed by each of you. NCCW is solvent once again and is working toward being debt free. By the end of my term, this dream of not having any debt should become a reality. But without your support, your membership, your donations, your good works, and all of your prayers, I could not write this today. I cannot tell you how grateful I am personally. And I know that our current Board of Directors and our past Boards of Directors join me in thanking you. I can’t wait to see all of you in Indianapolis so that I can thank you for your support that has made my job a joy filled experience. My heart is filled with gratitude. My prayer is that each of you will continue to support our beloved NCCW because without you, we would not be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of the needy, the underserved, those without voice, the unborn, the incarcerated, and the homeless, to just name some of the lives that we touch as the National Council of Catholic Women. Let us go forth this Easter season with a new resolve to continue to be Christ to all that we meet and serve. May the peace of Christ be with you. -
-Nominees for Treasurer: Ann Cubillas and Rose Martinet -
-Ann Cubillas Resume Ann Cubillas
“I am seeking the office of Treasurer for the National Council of Catholic Women in order to continue the vision of our Organization. I believe our Leadership over the last 3 years has re-invigorated our membership through transparency and best practices. I believe the person who serves in the office of Treasurer needs to lead by example through this transparency as well as enjoying analytical research ensuring the future financial stability of our Council. I believe I have the knowledge and dedication to bring best practices to this office. The Council has great leadership and I strive to be part of this wonderful Organization and serve with love and dedication where needed.”
Rose Martinet Resume Rose Martinet
“It has been my pleasure to be a part of the Council of Catholic Women since I was a young mother. Over the years I have grown in my faith, my love of council and my ability to serve others. I pray that the wonderful, faith-filled, spirited energy council brings me to be available for all women. My extensive council experience as well as my business and leadership training give me the credentials needed to work with the executive board and office staff to accomplish the goals of NCCW. It would be my privilege to serve as your Treasurer.”
-A Million Works of Mercy! - -By Jane Carter,
NCCW Supporting Member Calling all NCCW members: START C-O-U-N-T-I-N-G! Council members are doing good deeds, serving those in need, and praying for others every day. It is who we are. It is our call and our mission, every day—in big and small ways. And during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are even more conscious of the importance of our works. On April 3, 2016, the Feast of Divine Mercy, members of NCCW will begin C-O-U-N-T-I-N-G every work of mercy performed. As we feed the hungry, pray for our friends and family, clothe the naked, counsel those in crisis, visit the sick, serve funeral lunches and comfort the sorrowing–those merciful works we do every day–we will be C-O-U-N-T-I-N-G. We will add them up–from one to a hundred to a thousand and more–until we reach our goal of a MILLION before the end of the Jubilee Year–The Feast of Christ the King on November 20, 2016. There is a form to help get you started on the NCCW Website. Send in your tally every month and watch the totals grow. Add up your Works of Mercy as an individual or as an affiliate, whatever works best for you, then email to email@example.com or mail them to Jane Carter, P.O. Box 4756, Oak Ridge, TN, 37831 at the end of every month.-
-2016 National Convention: Indy! - -By Maribeth Stewart, President-Elect
I recently returned from a visit to Indianapolis with our President, Sheila Hopkins, and I must tell you how delighted I am that we shall be going to that lovely city for our Convention September 7-10! In past articles I have mentioned the speakers and all the wonderful things we shall have at Convention and there will be more information concerning those important things when I write again. Today, I want to tell you about my impressions of Indianapolis as I found it to be such an inviting city and I want to share my enthusiasm with you. The airport (IND) is easy to navigate and very close to the city (a 20 minute trip from the hotel at most). There are taxis ($35 each way), Uber, and a GO bus ($10 each way) that stops right across from our hotel. The train station and Greyhound bus are also not far. There is reduced rate parking at the hotel (25% off for self parking) and several lots nearby with even less expensive parking – more information to follow on our website. Our hotel, the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott, is very comfortable and all of our meeting rooms are on one floor. Guest rooms have a full size iron and ironing board, lovely amenities, and a great hairdryer so no need to pack your own and we will all look our very best! In room safes are available upon request. On the third floor, there is a pool, a well-equipped fitness room, and a self laundry with washers and dryers ($1 each – requires quarters). Reassured as I was to see all this, the very best thing I observed was that absolutely everyone with whom we interacted in Indianapolis was extremely polite, kind, helpful and genuinely friendly. The city is clean and safe to walk about. Departing the back of the hotel one finds a walkway that leads to several interesting museums and historical sites, a botanical garden and a zoo, all in a row along the same long street. If shopping is more your interest, leaving the front of the hotel or using a skywalk above the streets, one can venture to a 126 store/restaurant mall that is just a block away from the hotel. There is a very beautiful church, St. John the Evangelist, within a block of the hotel and though it is unfortunately not large enough to accommodate our numbers for Mass, is well worth a visit when you have some time away from Convention. While the food was consistently excellent at the hotel, you will find several restaurants right around the area, some of which are historically famous and all that I experienced had consistently good food and that great professional yet genuinely friendly service I encountered everywhere. Though our stay was brief and time was consumed with meetings to ensure that we have a great Convention, we were able to get out and about to experience the neighborhood, walk by the canal (dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day!), take a comprehensive trolley tour of the city, see the Indianapolis Speedway, and sample some area restaurants. I can say without hesitation that Indianapolis will be a wonderful destination for all who will be coming to Convention and there will be much to do for anyone accompanying our attendees. I am definitely looking forward to returning to Indianapolis and hope that this little vignette of the city, coupled with all that will make our Convention itself great, will help you to decide to join us there. -
-LAST CHANCE TO WIN A FREE 2016 CONVENTION TRIP -
-May 15 is the deadline to enter the ONE MEMBER – ONE CHANCE contest to have your name entered to win a trip to Indianapolis! Winner will receive full registration, hotel, banquet, and $400 towards travel. You can enter by signing up a new individual member or one whose membership has been expired for over a year. The form is on the NCCW website. -
-WANT TO HOST AN NCCW CONVENTION?? -
-Bids will be accepted until May 15th to host the 2018, 2019 or 2020 NCCW Conventions. Complete the form available on the NCCW website and mail with letters of invitation from the DCCW President and Arch/Diocesan Bishop to NCCW, 200 N. Glebe Rd., Ste. 725, Arlington, VA 22203. Please do not contact any hotels as this is facilitated by NCCW. -
-Spirituality Commission: Living Witness of the Risen Lord - -By Beth Mahoney, Spirituality Commission Chair Let us rejoice in the Lord for he is risen from the dead, Halleluiah, Halleluiah, Halleluiah! As Jesus revealed himself to those closest to him after the Resurrection, many greeted him with the joy of seeing him alive. When the two disciples walking the road to Emmaus encountered Jesus, their hearts were on fire as they recognized him in the breaking of the bread. The Easter Season gives us many opportunities to recognize the Risen Lord in those around us. As we encounter those who are hurting, in need of assistance, those who are preparing to enter eternal life and those who are in need of our love we are called to be a living witness of the Risen Lord. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy we are invited to give witness to the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Sometimes this witness begins within our own families and within our own councils. I invite you to pause and look around, perhaps you just might be the instrument God intends to use to be that living witness of the Resurrection. During this Easter Season, you might consider the practice of praying for our spiritual advisors. During the January board meeting we shared a suggestion to the assembly that we encourage our councils to use the Prayer for Spiritual Advisors at our meetings. This is an excellent way to give concrete witness of our gratitude to all our spiritual advisors for the work they do, the support they offer and the dedication they live in assisting us with programs/projects that the National Council of Catholic Women are involved in throughout the country and within our respective dioceses. Another suggestion was made during the January Board Meeting to remember our bishops and spiritual advisors on their anniversary of ordination by sending them a card. This connects with our 2015 resolution to support and pray for religious vocations. It is our outward sign of support for all that they do for us throughout the year. As Catholic women we are called each day to be that living witness of the Risen Lord. My dear sisters in Christ, let us shout with joy and truly proclaim Halleluiah to those around us.-
-Service Commission: Intercession for Immigration - -By Chris Heiderscheidt, Service Commission Chair Immigrants, new to our shores, call us out of our unawareness to a conversion of mind and heart through which we are able to offer a genuine and suitable welcome, to share together as brothers and sisters at the same table, and to work side by side to improve the quality of life for society’s marginalized members. (Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity, A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops) As you know, immigration is one of the main issues our commission is focusing on this year. Our committee has been busy putting together information to help you educate others on this topic. It should be available soon on the Service Commission page of our website, nccw.org. However for now, we would like you to do something we believe can make a big difference. We all know there is power in prayer, especially when we do it together at the same time. Since we are in daylight savings time (with the exception of parts of Arizona still on standard times), we are proposing everyone make an attempt to pray every day at this time: 6PM (PDT), 7PM (MDT), 8PM (CDT), 9PM (EDT), 10PM (ADT). We ask that you please take a moment wherever you are and prayerfully pause to say three Hail Mary’s and one Our Father for all immigrants and for a conversion of mind and heart in everyone. If you have a hard time remembering at first, set a reminder on your smartphone. Just think of what could happen if we flood heaven with prayers altogether at this same time asking St. Josephine Bakhita and St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Patroness of Immigration, for their intercession! We can make a difference with prayer. Let us join together starting today. -
-Leadership Commission: Developing Diversity Within Our Ranks - -By Lindamarie Richardson Kelly
First I would like to thank Jane Schiszik and Lucille Brandner for the wonderful leadership article written last month for the March “Connect”. Jane is the Service Commission for both Superior Diocesan CCW and South Central Deanery CCW, Leadership Commission for Medford Holy Rosary PCCW, Milwaukee Province and Co-Chair on membership for the Superior Diocesan CCW Board. Lucille is the Province Director for Milwaukee, SDCCW Electronic Secretary and Co-Chair on membership for the Superior Diocesan CCCW Board. Again, thank you, ladies. One of the greatest challenges for an organization is getting everyone to embrace diversity. Diverse means composed of distinct forms or quality and diversity is the condition of being diverse. Diversity can also mean to create inclusion, creating an atmosphere in which all members feel valued, respected and have the same opportunities. So I guess we can say that diversity is creating opportunity, value and respect for all members while inclusion is ensuring it is actually felt. Diversity is not just black and white, American or Spanish, old or young, Christian or non-Christian, etc., but of every person, liberal and conservative, scholar or slow learner, book smart or street smart, working or stay at home, married or single. NCCW needs to focus its efforts on helping our membership realize that having diverse membership can only make us a stronger organization. NCCW as an organization, must empower our members and capitalize on their strengths but we must also understand value and use these differences for the good of the organization. Failing to accept the diversity of others keeps an organization from growing. Embracing diversity is more than tolerating people who are different, it is actively welcoming and involving them. Suggested ideas for affiliates to embrace diversity: 1. Have a special membership drive after your multi-cultural Masses. Ask the priest to announce the drive and encourage them to stop by. Be welcoming and open to them and work on getting your materials written in their languages. There are applications available online that can be downloaded or better yet connect with a local Catholic High School or College language class to help.They could use this as a class or service project. 2. Plan a program on the special saints of their heritage. Have a speaker on the differences between each of our Masses and practices. But always remember we are all One Holy Catholic Church. Put an announcement in the church bulletins and announce at all Masses. Encourage all to attend. 3. Organize an International Dinner or Afternoon Tea and maybe call it a Taste of “(your church name)”. Provide drinks and desserts but ask for members of the church to provide a sampling of food from their heritage to share with others. Make sure you set up a display board of the projects you have working or what you are supporting. Encourage their membership for the good of Catholic Sisterhood. 4. Look into what multi-cultural projects are going on within your church and volunteer, English as a second language is a great example. But also look into programs dealing with the understanding of banking, budgeting, filling out forms for school, social services, and driver licenses. Let the ladies of your parish see that as a team you are active in many issues and concerns. We need to start thinking of ourselves as teams and not groups. Groups are a collection of individuals each working towards their own goals while teams use the full potential of every member and work toward one united goal. Individuals acting alone can accomplish a lot but a team acting together in a unified way can do great wonders. If you have a suggestion or have done something that works on developing diversity within please get in touch with me. I can be reached at any of the following: NCCWleadership@yahoo.com firstname.lastname@example.org 864-421-3395 (cell)-
-Leadership Training Development Updates - -By Jody Watermann
Have you considered hosting an LTD Leadership Workshop in your affiliate? The LTD team is always ready to come to your area and provide leadership training that is custom-designed to serve your needs. The Province of Galveston-Houston issued an invitation to the LTD Team last fall. Pre-assessments were conducted to help the team choose the presentations that would be most helpful to those attending. On February 6, Mary Matheus and Jody Watermann traveled to Kingsville, Texas to present an all-day workshop to over 65 women from throughout the Province, some women traveling great distances to attend. The day began with an overview of the life cycle of organizations and the history of NCCW to help the attendees identify where their affiliate falls on the spectrum of activity and the possible development of new ideas. Following this topic, a segment on Enthusiasm was presented which got everyone excited about new possibilities and often raised the roof in terms of exuberance. A passerby might have thought it was a sports event taking place instead of leadership training! Then the focus turned to membership recruitment and retention ideas. Retention of passionate members is the quickest way to build an organization! Small group discussions led to many ideas being shared that perhaps may be the impetus to help a neighboring affiliate thrive. When challenged, attendees also worked to explain what CCW is in just a few words. A short statement is often needed at conventions when asked by a stranger what our organization is and what it does. These are called “elevator statements.” Everyone should have one on the tip of their tongue when a quick explanation is needed. Several other topics rounded out the day. When the workshop ended, the members left full of enthusiasm and energy, ready to reignite the affiliates they belong to and to cherish the new friendships they made. Isn’t it time that you hosted an LTD Workshop in your area? The benefits of leadership training are most notable in recruitment of new officers and energizing current members to loftier goals. To begin the process contact the LTD coordinator at email@example.com. We are eagerly awaiting our next invitation! -
-2016 NCCW Our Lady of Good Counsel Award - -By Jane Carter, Our Lady of Good Counsel Award Selection Committee Chair THE CLOCK IS TICKING!! NOMINATIONS for the 2016 NCCW Our Lady of Good Counsel Award are being accepted in the NCCW Office only through April 25th. NOW is the time to send us your most qualified candidate! Many Provinces and Arch/Diocesan CCW’s honor an Outstanding Council Woman locally. Why not submit her name in nomination for national recognition? Find everything you need on the NCCW Website.-
-Monthly Member Call -
-Date: April 13 Title: Update on the Legislative Advocacy Committee Led by: Karen Painter NCCW Members’ Call Information Call in number for all calls: (712) 432-0375 – Pin 505816 Times are 5 pm (PT), 6 pm (MT), 7 pm (CT), and 8 pm (ET) 1. If you join the call after the start time, please do not announce yourself despite the instruction to do so. 2. When you join the call, please mute your phone by pressing *6. You can take the phone off mute if you wish to speak by pressing *6 again.-
-Religious Alliance Against Pornography Webinar - -By Karen Painter, NCCW Representative to Religious Alliance Against Pornography Parenting In A Sexualized Culture Webinar Dates: • Thursday, April 21, 2016 (12:00 PM Eastern) • Tuesday, April 26, 2016 ( 9:00 PM Eastern) This webinar is designed to equip parents, grandparents, and leaders who minister to parents with tools, strategies, and biblical understanding to help their families thrive in a sexualized, digital age. The content is a condensed version of pureHOPE’s video resource Quest: Parenting in a Sexualized Culture. Presenters will be Noel Bouche’ who serves as CEO of pureHOPE, and Dan Martin who serves as Parenting Associate with pureHOPE. Topics to be covered: • The Foundation – God’s story of sex. • The Conversation – How parents can talk to their kids about this issue. • The Technology – How do we develop an effective strategy for living in this technology age? • The Legacy – What will we leave behind? (God’s original plan for us) • Questions & Answers Please spread the news of this helpful and informative webinar. All are welcome either one on one or in a group. Questions? You may contact Karen Painter at 918-541-6580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org-
In This Issue:
• Message from the President
• Spiritual Corner
• NCCW Treasurer’s Report
• A Million Works of Mercy!
• 2016 National Convention!
• Spirituality Commission: A Gift of Grace
• Service Commission
• Leadership Commission: Paving NCCW’s Future – One Member at a Time
• Leadership Training Development Updates
• 2016 NCCW Our Lady of Good Counsel Award
• Monthly Member Call
• Call for Nominations
• Call for Resolutions
Message from the President
By Sheila S. Hopkins, NCCW President Dear Sisters in Council, As we continue our Lenten journey this month until we reach Easter joy on the last Sunday, I am reflecting on a comment I heard recently: our attachments are often a source of suffering. Our possessions, our habits, our friends and any number of obstacles may cause us to lose focus and hope. One traditional Lenten practice, Stations of the Cross on Friday night, reminds me of the sacrifice Jesus made for me as I reflect on how He suffered for my sins. May we always give thanks for every suffering and blessing for this is the will of God for us. March 4th is the 96th birthday for NCCW! What a wonderful milestone for our organization by and for Catholic Women. This year it falls on a Friday in Lent so you may not have a celebration that day but take time to pray for our beloved organization – that God will show us the way to engage women of all ages and in all stages of life as we approach our 100th Birthday and beyond. May Our Lady of Good Counsel continue to be our guide and counselor in this life as we work in our parishes and communities so we may enjoy the blessed presence of her Son in the life to come. Is public speaking your gift? Would you have the time to join the Leadership Development Training team (LTD) and engage in training NCCW groups based on their needs? LTD is looking to add new members for a three year term as a trainer. See Linda Clark’s article in this Connect for more information. The LTD Team is an integral part of the resources we offer to the membership for their membership and personal growth. We have been blessed to have Fr. James Stembler serve as the NCCW Chair of Spiritual Advisors for two terms. His service to NCCW and the gifts he brings to us have “grown” our spirituality, one of the goals of our mission. The call for applicants for this position has been sent and so far, nobody has applied. Please encourage any spiritual advisor who has been active in Council and helpful to your group to apply for this important position.The Chair is an ex officio member of the NCCW Board of Directors. In this Connect, you will see an exciting new program to embrace during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy: A Million Works of Mercy! Read Jane Carter’s article and download the form also available on the website. Can we reach 1,000,000? We have almost eight months to engage in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, a primary focus of Our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Start C-O-U-N-T-I-N-G April 3rd! Thank you to all the Province Directors and members who stepped forward to host one of the 25 premieres of “The Young Messiah” on March 10th. We were blessed with this wonderful gift of tickets so that NCCW could benefit from the sale of vouchers for this exciting new film about Jesus as a young child and what life might have been like for the Holy Family. Check out locations near you listed on the website. If you do not live near any of the theaters to participate, you can be an active partner in this fundraising effort by sending in a donation to NCCW and mark YM fundraiser. Thank you for your generosity! Calling for bids for future NCCW conventions! We are looking for Diocesan Councils who would like to host in 2018, 2019 or 2020. A form to be completed can be found on the website and must be accompanied by a letter from your Arch/bishop in support. Deadline to submit is May 15, 2016. Please note the important upcoming deadlines: Submit a Resolution: March 7 Nominations for Treasurer: March 15 Nominate one of your ladies for the Our Lady of Good Counsel award: April 25 Apply for LTD Team: May 15, 2016 See the NCCW website for information and application forms. Thank you for your service to NCCW and may He bless the work of our hands in His name. Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.
By Father James G. Stembler Greetings to one and all as we begin the third week of our Lenten journey. A good question for us to ask ourselves: how is my relationship with God deepening? Perhaps the best answer to that question can be found in how we are witnessing to the Gospel message in our lives each day. Are we bringing God with us as we go down the path of this life? Number 29 of Humane Vitae states the following: Now it is an outstanding manifestation of charity towards souls to omit nothing from the saving doctrine of Christ; but this must always be joined with tolerance and charity, as Christ Himself showed in his conversations and dealings with men. For when He came, not to judge, but to save the world; was He not bitterly severe toward sin, but patient and abounding in mercy toward sinners? Husbands and wives, therefore, when deeply distressed by reason of the difficulties of their life, must find stamped in the heart and voice of their priest the likeness of the voice and the love of our Redeemer. So speak with full confidence, beloved sons, convinced that while the Holy Spirit of God is present to the magisterium proclaiming sound doctrine, He also illumines from within the hearts of the faithful and invites their assent… This balancing act of being severe toward sin and showing mercy to sinners is something that not only priests, but all members of the clergy, should spend time reflecting on because it is not always easy to keep that balance appropriate. In particular, for the Pope and the Bishop of the diocese, we mention them by name in the Eucharistic Prayers because they need to maintain this balance for our good as the universal and local church. We always look for easy solutions to complex questions, and God helps us to come to the understanding that easy solutions are not readily possible. However, what is possible, is a renewed understanding of what Blessed Paul VI teaches us in his encyclical about human life that we need to walk with one another. Sin is sin and we must be honest about and acknowledge those wrong choices that we make, but the voice of the Redeemer calls us to abound in mercy and help one another to experience the truth of God’s love for us. That is why admonishing the sinner is a spiritual work of mercy. Because in admonishing one another when we do wrong, we can help one another walk more closely with Christ. And the best way to admonish the sinner is to always recall Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount: “Remove the wooden beam from your eye first: then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.” - Matthew 7:5 God bless us as we continue our Lenten journey!
NCCW Treasurer’s Report
I am excited to report that the financial position of NCCW improves every day. Our debt continues to shrink and soon will be paid in full. And it is all due to of each one of you. I am so very grateful for your support during these four years that I have been entrusted the finances of NCCW by you. It has been a labor of love and the fruits of our labor are being seen in abundance. God has been so good to us. NCCW continues to be very much needed in our secular world today. Our voice needs more than ever to be proclaimed throughout our land. Please do not think that NCCW does need your financial support in the future. It is more important than ever for us to expand what we do and allow our Christian women’s voice to be shouted from the rooftops for the unborn, the marginalized, the sick, the poor and the dying. So during this season of Lent, consider giving a small contribution to NCCW to continue the work that was begun in 1920. May God bless each of you and your families during this Lenten season and have a Blessed Easter.
Million Works of Mercy!
By Jane Carter, NCCW Supporting Member Calling all NCCW members: START C-O-U-N-T-I-N-G! Council members are doing good deeds, serving those in need, and praying for others every day. It is who we are. It is our call and our mission, every day—in big and small ways. And during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are even more conscious of the importance of our works. On April 3, 2016, the Feast of Divine Mercy, members of NCCW will begin C-O-U-N-T-I-N-G every work of mercy performed. As we feed the hungry, pray for our friends and family, clothe the naked, counsel those in crisis, visit the sick, serve funeral lunches and comfort the sorrowing–those merciful works we do every day–we will be C-O-U-N-T-I-N-G. We will add them up–from one to a hundred to a thousand and more–until we reach our goal of a MILLION before the end of the Jubilee Year–The Feast of Christ the King on November 20, 2016. There is a form to help get you started on the NCCW Website. Send in your tally every month and watch the totals grow. Add up your Works of Mercy as an individual or as an affiliate, whatever works best for you, then email to email@example.com or mail them to Jane Carter, P.O. Box 4756, Oak Ridge, TN, 37831 at the end of every month.
2016 National Convention!
By Maribeth Stewart, President-Elect We hope that you are making your plans to attend our 2016 National Convention September 7-10 in Indianapolis! It promises to be a wonderful time to reconnect and to make new friends from across the nation that share our Catholic faith. We have a beautiful hotel, the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott; wonderful speakers: Sister Donna Markham, OP, CEO of Catholic Charities, Judy Hehr, Catholic radio show host, Maria Morera Johnson, Catholic author and speaker, and Kateriina Rosenblatt, trafficking survivor and founder of There is Hope for Me; beautiful liturgies with Archbishop Tobin leading our opening Mass, Bishop Parkes, NCCW Episcopal Liaison celebrating the Friday Mass for deceased members of NCCW and Archbishop Kurtz celebrating our closing Mass; inspiring workshops given by our Commissions and our Leadership Training Development Team; and fun times to be together. There is much more information in your next issue of Catholic Woman so be sure to look for it and plan to join your sisters from across the country as we gather to celebrate our 96th year as the National Council of Catholic Women!
Spirituality Commission: A Gift of Grace
By Beth Mahoney, Spirituality Commission Chair It is hard to believe that we are almost through our Lenten Journey. At the end of this month we will celebrate the most important feast in our Church, that of Easter. As we prepare to enjoy the meaning of this celebration I would like to invite us to pause and think about how we plan to live the Triduum. During this Lent we have either given up something or done something that we normally don’t do to focus on some area of sacrifice. The church provides us with this gift of grace for these 40 days. Whether we give up something or add something to our lives, we experience the struggle to remain faithful to whatever we decided to do for Lent. In less than a month we celebrate the Triduum – the three days leading up to the death of Jesus and to his Resurrection. The first of the three days is the celebration of the Last Supper. During this dinner, Jesus, looking up to his Father, broke the bread, blessed the bread and shared it with his apostles saying: take this, all of you and eat it – it is my body given to you. He then took the cup, blessed it and gave it to his apostles saying: take this cup and drink from it – it is my blood. Before the end of the dinner, he washed the feet of his apostles as a witness to his words; I have come to serve and not to be served. I invite us, as Catholic Women, in this Jubilee Year of Mercy to take a few moments to reflect on how we are called to live these words in our lives. As we prepare to celebrate the joyous event of Easter, we are called to live these words of the Eucharist and the witness to his works of service. As we experience this prayerful celebration of the Last Supper, what service do we bring into our own families? What sacrifice have you lived within your family or for your family? How do you give witness to the words of Jesus at the Last Supper and of his action of washing the feet of the apostles? My dear sisters in Christ, may you feel the warmth of the Risen Lord in your hearts and be ready to be of service when called upon to help.
By Chris Heiderscheidt, Service Commission Chair In case you wonder if anything is happening to help stop Human Trafficking, please read the following information or click on cookcountysheriff.org to read the entire article. Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – A national coalition of law enforcement agencies conducted a sting operation that led to 552 arrests – 522 would-be sex buyers (or “johns”) and 30 pimps or sex traffickers. The National Johns Suppression Initiative (NJSI) ran for approximately three weeks from Jan. 17 – Feb. 7 (Super Bowl Sunday), bringing together 23 law enforcement agencies throughout 14 states in a widespread crackdown on the demand for purchased sex. These operations were launched by Sheriff Dart in 2011 to highlight the role of sex solicitors as perpetrators to this violent and exploitative industry, leading to the arrests of more than 4,400 total johns over 11 national stings. The results of the latest National Johns Suppression Initiative reflect growing momentum for this national movement. The operation also targeted pimps and traffickers who have forced victims into lives of prostitution. 30 men were taken into custody on charges of sex trafficking, pimping or promoting prostitution. Among those agencies was the Sheriff’s Office of Santa Clara, the site of Super Bowl 50. ”Sex trafficking continues to destroy countless lives, and this broad national movement should send a strong message to prospective johns that their ‘hobby’ is much more than a ‘victimless’ crime,” said Sheriff Dart. “It’s particularly meaningful that this sting culminated on the day of the Super Bowl, which unfortunately has emerged as a prominent haven for sex trafficking.” Cumulative numbers from the 2016 “National Johns Suppression Initiative” campaign are as follows: • 30 sex trafficking arrests • 522 sex solicitation arrests (johns) • $187,000 in minimum fines for sex solicitation • 73 adult victims recovered • 3 juvenile victims recovered Also, after months of working on information to help you educate people on this issue, the NCCW Service Commission Human Trafficking Committee has information available for you to download from the NCCW website under Service Commission. Please use this tool to educate others on Human Trafficking and make a difference at home today.
Leadership Commission: Paving NCCW’s Future – One Member at a Time
By the Leadership Commission ONE MEMBER – ONE CHANCE Perhaps you have seen this printed on a flyer or possibly on the NCCW website. If you have seen this, then you know about NCCW’s membership challenge and campaign. The challenge that entitles any member, who signs up a new individual NCCW member, the chance to win a full registration, including banquet and hotel (4 nights) for the 2016 Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Plus, the winnings also include up to $400 to cover travel expenses. This membership challenge started at the NCCW Convention in September 2015 and runs until May 15, 2016. Just as many of us were becoming aware that 2015 was also the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. One might wonder what does the membership challenge, and joining the National Council of Catholic Women, have to do with the Jubilee Year of Mercy? When you think about it, the membership challenge, joining NCCW as an individual member and participating in the Year of Mercy, invites us to start on a journey. A journey that can be life changing, spiritually fulfilling, directed by God, and very much a part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. NCCW was founded by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1920 and has been referred to, and explained over the past 96 years by many titles. The programs and projects developed have helped to support, empower, and educate all Catholic Women and continue to do so today. These programs developed with membership input, promote life and protect the human dignity of those without a voice, the unborn, the very young, the aged, the immigrant, and those suffering in silence. While it is apparent NCCW programs are intertwined with both the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, one might still wonder how this is all tied to membership. Well this is the formula of the membership challenge. It involves one woman, who in turn talks to and gets another woman involved in Council. Now both women go out and seek yet another new member. This activity grows the membership. Collectively, these women join forces with other women across the United States who have similar values and beliefs. As the National Council of Catholic Women Organization increases its membership, the strength of the organization increases, their Catholic Voice becomes stronger and they become more unified in purpose and action. My Sisters in Council, each of us has received a great gift. We need to share the great gift of mercy with others. We are part of an awesome God filled organization, the National Council of Catholic Women, which empowers us to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. We need to become the Sowers of Hope in today’s world. Every day is a new opportunity to be washed in the water of baptism. Let today, be the day, you ask another woman to accompany you on a journey which allows her to experience this relationship between the Father and the Son. A journey that can be life changing, spiritually fulfilling, directed by God and very much a part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Let us each accept the One Member, One Chance Challenge. Let each member enroll another of our Sisters in Christ as a member of this great organization. Click here for information on One Member, One Chance. Remember, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13).
Leadership Training Development Updates
By Linda Clark At the end of January, the LTD team met for a three day work session to update and revise program information. At this time Maureen Willenbring, Coordinator, is taking a well-deserved break. An interim team was appointed: Linda Clark, Lead Coordinator, Suzanne Erpenbach,Second Coordinator, handling publicity and communications and Mary Matheus, Third Coordinator, taking care of technology. The team developed guidelines and a systematic approach to appoint new trainers. A rotation schedule was also created to service both new and existing trainers. The success of this program has been overwhelming, largely due to the unique custom-design component. Feedback has been exceptionally positive, and the team is ever updating program content to meet the needs of diverse councils and changing times of our society. If your council, deanery, diocese or province is interested in reaping many benefits by hosting a program, or want to know more about a Leadership program, please contact NCCWltdcontact@gmail.com. Linda Clark will be most happy to get back to you and answer any questions you may have. One question most frequently asked is, “Does the team get paid?” The answer is no, we are all volunteers and members of NCCW. This program was created by women of council, for council. If you are interested in becoming a trainer, please visit the NCCW website for information on the LTD program. You will find a New Trainer Application form and information regarding the requirements and how to apply. Deadline to apply is May 15th. “Training empowers people to realize their dreams and improve their lives.” –Sylvia Burwell
2016 NCCW Our Lady of Good Counsel Award
By Jane Carter, Committee Chair DON’T MISS OUT! Nominate an amazing and wonderful member from YOUR DIOCESE or PARISH for the NCCW Our Lady of Good Counsel Award! Look around—-every group has an outstanding, remarkable member. If she qualifies, nominate her—-she can’t win if she isn’t nominated!!! Don’t wait until the last minute—-your nominee deserves your best effort! Everything you need for the nomination process is on the NCCW Website Home Page. Applications will be accepted in the NCCW Office beginning March 14th! Download the forms and GET STARTED TODAY!
Monthly Member Call
Date: March 9 Title: Update on the Leadership Commission
Led by: Lindamarie Richardson Kelly NCCW Members’ Call Information Call in number for all calls: (712) 432-0375 – Pin 505816 Times are 5 pm (PT), 6 pm (MT), 7 pm (CT), and 8 pm (ET) 1. If you join the call after the start time, please do not announce yourself despite the instruction to do so. 2. When you join the call, please mute your phone by pressing *6. You can take the phone off mute if you wish to speak by pressing *6 again.
Call for Nominations
By Catherine Berry, Nominations Committee Chair Women of poise, character, strength and dedication have served to represent Catholic women nationwide throughout the almost one hundred year history of the National Council of Catholic Women. Members of the Nominating Committee seek candidates to represent all members in the office of Treasurer. Information and a nomination form with qualifications and requirements for the position are posted on the NCCW website. Any individual member in good standing may submit a nomination. Members may provide valued assistance by directing suggested candidate names and recommendations to Chair of the Nominating Committee, Catherine Berry, firstname.lastname@example.org, PO Box 3202, Eau Claire, WI 54702-3202. The deadline to receive all nomination applications is March 15, 2016. The job description for treasurer is: The NCCW treasurer must have work experience and be proficient in all aspects of accounting including preparation of budgets and the interpretation of financial statements. The treasurer must give detailed explanations of the financial statements and budgets to the NCCW board of directors quarterly and annually to the membership at the NCCW convention. She must prepare reports for the Catholic Woman magazine and write monthly articles for the NCCW Connect. In the absence of an Executive Director employed by NCCW, the treasurer, working with the bookkeeper, monitors the daily finances of NCCW including the writing of checks, maintaining an up to date bank balance, monitoring the accounts payable, and making day to day financial decisions. She provides at least monthly updates to the Executive Committee and is involved in decision making for all major financial expenditures with the members of the Executive Committee. She is the Chair of the Finance Committee. Qualifications/ Prerequisites: Candidates for the office of Treasurer must be an individual member of NCCW; preferably have held an office on the arch/diocesan, subdivision, or local level or served on another non-profit organization’s board; be able to attend three Board of Directors meetings a year and other meetings as requested; be available for monthly conference calls with other members of the Executive Committee. Additional information about responsibilities of Officers is available from the office. Process to apply: Nominations need to be submitted by March 15, 2016 to the Chair of the Nominations Committee. Elections will be held in June with installation at the annual meeting in September, 2016. Nominations need to include the nomination form(available on nccw.org), a letter of endorsement from the candidate’s bishop and president of their affiliate, a 100 word statement of nominee’s reason for seeking this position, a resume (details on nccw.org) and a current photo. Please prayerfully consider stepping forward to be “The Voice of Catholic Women” and support the organization we all know and love. Any individual member in good standing may submit a nomination. Consult www.nccw.org for more information or one of your nominating committee members: Catherine Berry, email@example.com; Josephine Gilbert, firstname.lastname@example.org; Lucy Johnson, LucyHJohnson@msn.com; Alison Mimms, email@example.com; Yvonne Pygatt, Yvonne.firstname.lastname@example.org; Joan Weber, email@example.com; Anne Wharton, ACW193@bellsouth.net.
Call for Resolutions
By Joan McGrath, Resolutions Committee Chair Resolutions are statements of direction for NCCW and members to use for program planning. Resolutions will be discussed and presented to the members for a vote during the Annual Business Meeting at the 2016 Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Resolutions Committee. A Resolutions Committee consisting of seven (7) members has been appointed by the Board of Directors with Joan McGrath as Chair, Helen Davis, Kim Hulcher, Alison Mimms, Karen Painter, Linda Smith and Barbara Vaughn. The Resolutions Committee will: 1. Review all resolutions based on the focus/theme. 2. Consolidate all similar resolutions into one that encompasses a similar issue. Submission Process. All resolutions must be submitted with the NCCW 2016 Proposed Resolution Submission Form which will be available on the NCCW website, and must meet the submission deadline to be considered. The following information is a summary process for the consideration of resolutions: Deadline for Submissions. NCCW Bylaws require that any resolutions offered by members for consideration at the Annual Business Meeting must be submitted six (6) months prior to the opening date of the Annual Meeting. This year that date is March 7, 2016. Please submit resolutions to NCCW at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrive by the submission deadline of March 7, 2016. Elements of a Resolution: * A formal statement of purpose * A rationale for the resolution * A call for specific action For details, please see the NCCW 2016 Proposed Resolution Submission Form and the Format Example of a NCCW Proposed Resolution that are online at http://www.nccw.org/. Criteria for Resolutions: * Consistent with the NCCW Mission Statement and constructive in nature * National in scope * Capable of implementation by NCCW membership on a national level * Submitted according to the required format and timetable * Does not duplicate a previously approved resolution but could amend or update a previous resolution by modifying or updating the call for action Approval Process. The Resolutions Committee shall review resolutions received and present them to the Board of Directors with recommendations for consideration and approval. By majority vote, the Board of Directors shall have the power to reject any resolution. If a resolution is rejected by the Board of Directors, the member submitting the resolution may present it for consideration at the Annual Meeting provided there is a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members in favor of considering the proposed resolution. The official notice of the proposed resolution approved by the Board of Directors with an explanation of the rationale of the Board of Directors must be sent to the membership at least two (2) months prior to the Annual Meeting (July 7, 2016). Adoption. Any resolution presented at the Annual Business Meeting may be adopted upon a simple majority vote of the voting members present in person.
My Dear Sisters in Christ and Spiritual Advisors,
As the year comes to an end, we celebrate what could be called the circle of love. There is the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus, to Mary on Christmas Day. His birth takes place in a family, honored as the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, where he receives love and grows in wisdom as preparation for his place in the world. Closely following is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. On the cross, Jesus gave his mother to the world so we have Mary as our advocate to Jesus, now and forever.
In January, the Executive Committee will begin meeting January 19 to 21, joined by Board of Directors members for the March for Life Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception the evening of January 21 and the March for Life January 22. The Board meeting is scheduled for January 23 and 24. Three members will join me for the last two days of the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering including congressional visits to the Hill. A report on the events will be included in the next issue of Catholic Woman.
NCCW was offered and has accepted a unique opportunity in 2016 to partner with Motive Entertainment to host the preview of “Young Messiah”. This Christian film looks at Jesus as a seven year old returning with his family to Nazareth after the death of Herod. Scripture is silent on what Jesus said or did in that period so this is an imaginative look at what might have been. Recently Cardinal Sean O’Malley previewed the film and described it as captivating, inspiring and deeply moving, an addition to your “must see” list.
A combination fundraiser and exposure opportunity for NCCW, 5,000 vouchers will be sold for a suggested donation of $10 each (200 tickets per theatre for 25 theatres) to members, family, friends, and neighbors for March 10, 2016, the day before the film premieres on March 11th. I will be working with Motive to identify 25 cities and a coordinator for each city. If you have an interest, please email me at email@example.com. What a great opportunity to support a Christian filmmaker and earn funds for the National Council of Catholic Women!
May 2016 be a year of growth for NCCW as we seek to engage women of all ages in all stages of life. Thank you for your support and prayers. Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.
January Spiritual Corner
By Fr. James G. Stembler
“Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.”
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H. (1850) canto 106
The passing of one year into another is always a tenuous time. In reviewing the proceedings of the old year, there may be many unpleasant memories that pass in review in the final hours and they can leave us very uncomfortable. There can also be many pleasant moments from the old year that we just don’t want to let go – we would like to wrap ourselves up in these thoughts with an extremely tight grip because they leave us feeling good.
The fact of the matter, though, is that the bells will ring out – the old year, usually personified by an old man in a top hat, is walking out. The year has come to a close. 2015 is history! Yet, those bells also announce a new year, usually depicted as a small baby with a top hat. It is time to begin again. The lessons we learned from our experiences during the old year can help us as we enter into 2016.
From where we stand, the new year looks so fresh and gives the appearance that it will be around for a while. However, in not too long, we will be seeing the year move on, and it will be Christmas before you know it!
In our spiritual journey, there are times when we reach a plateau. Everything seems to be smooth and all systems are o.k. Truthfully, though, these plateaus give us the opportunity to catch our breath, to breathe in the great light of God’s love, because the journey does continue. December 31st into January 1st provides us with a plateau every year. We have the opportunity to review the events of the past year, learn some valuable lessons and continue our journey in this life. The lessons are important as they will help us in the journey ahead.
So, as 2016 greets us, welcome this new year with joy and gratitude for God’s great gifts and for the lessons we have learned and can put to use. Undoubtedly there are challenges ahead, but these will help us to embrace God’s love more fully. A blessed and happy new year to one and all!
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break
down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to
mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather
stones together; a time to embrace, and time to
refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and
a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep
silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and
a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1 and following
God bless us everyone!
NCCW Treasurer’s Report
By Mary Matheus, NCCW Treasurer
Wow, it’s 2016! The older I get, the more time seems to go by faster and faster. Did you make some New Year’s resolutions or will you make some? I have always found that I try hard but I never seem to keep them. So in this year of mercy, I have decided to learn more about mercy and to be a more merciful person.
A Jesuit priest, James Keenan, a theologian from Boston College, defines mercy as entering into the chaos of another’s life. That has given me much food for thought on how I can be more present to those who I interact with, including those that I know and especially those that I do not know. What does mercy mean to you?
We are entering the last few months of my term as your NCCW treasurer. Together, you and I have made incredible strides in our financial position. Another one of my New Year’s dreams is to leave NCCW not only solvent but debt free. So I ask each affiliate to consider resolving to put NCCW on their list for charitable giving in the next six months. And I ask each individual to think about giving to NCCW, maybe this will be the first time for you. What a wonderful way to start your new year by remembering the National Council of Catholic Women. Remember no gift is too small, every gift matters. Together we can make my dream a reality.
In this year of mercy, let us love and serve Our Lord by loving and serving each other. May Our Lord bless you this day and every day.
Convention 2016 Convention 2016
By Mariberth Stewart, President-Elect
As we recall the wonderful experience that was our 2015 95th Birthday Convention in Orlando, we begin to plan for our next gathering that will be held in Indianapolis from 7-10 September 2016 at the Marriott Downtown. It is never too early to start thinking about and gathering the necessary resources to meet with women from around the Untied States who share our faith and our commitment to Council.
Working from the beautiful theme of Catholic Women: Instruments of Mercy, we shall be living the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis with liturgies, rosaries, and speakers that will reflect mercy in our personal, national, and international work.
Please plan to join us as we complete our 96th year of Catholic women united in voice to proclaim spirituality, leadership and service.
There will be more information in the next issue of Catholic Women so please be sure to look for all the latest on our 2016 Convention and start to make your plans to attend. Looking forward to seeing you in Indianapolis as we meet to pray, learn and have fun together.
Call for Nominations
By Catherine Berry, Nominations Committee Chair
Women of poise, character, strength and dedication have served to represent Catholic women nationwide throughout the almost one hundred year history of the National Council of Catholic Women. Members of the Nominating Committee seek candidates to represent all members in the office of Treasurer. Information and a nomination form with qualifications and requirements for the position are posted on the NCCW website. Any individual member in good standing may submit a nomination. Members may provide valued assistance by directing suggested candidate names and recommendations to Chair of the Nominating Committee, Catherine Berry, firstname.lastname@example.org, PO Box 3202, Eau Claire, WI 54702-3202. The deadline to receive all nomination applications is March 15, 2016.
The job description for treasurer is: The NCCW treasurer must have work experience and be proficient in all aspects of accounting including preparation of budgets and the interpretation of financial statements. The treasurer must give detailed explanations of the financial statements and budgets to the NCCW board of directors quarterly and annually to the membership at the NCCW convention. She must prepare reports for the Catholic Woman magazine and write monthly articles for the NCCW Connect.
In the absence of an Executive Director employed by NCCW, the treasurer, working with the bookkeeper, monitors the daily finances of NCCW including the writing of checks, maintaining an up to date bank balance, monitoring the accounts payable, and making day to day financial decisions. She provides at least monthly updates to the Executive Committee and is involved in decision making for all major financial expenditures with the members of the Executive Committee. She is the Chair of the Finance Committee.
Qualifications/ Prerequisites: Candidates for the office of Treasurer must be an individual member of NCCW; preferably have held an office on the arch/diocesan, subdivision, or local level or served on another non-profit organization’s board; be able to attend three Board of Directors meetings a year and other meetings as requested; be available for monthly conference calls with other members of the Executive Committee. Additional information about responsibilities of Officers is available from the office.
Process to apply: Nominations need to be submitted by March 15, 2016 to the Chair of the Nominations Committee. Elections will be held in June with installation at the annual meeting in September, 2016. Nominations need to include the nomination form(available on nccw.org), a letter of endorsement from the candidate’s bishop and president of their affiliate, a 100 word statement of nominee’s reason for seeking this position, a resume (details on nccw.org) and a current photo.
Please prayerfully consider stepping forward to be “The Voice of Catholic Women” and support the organization we all know and love. Any individual member in good standing may submit a nomination.
Consult http://mail.imismailcenter.com/wf/click?upn=hbyiTLq0GmsoOIJTWeuAz9kdAdjPoWPZtF1RFu1-2Fc3s-3D_UJ2QLamM9fqgGWLg2B-2BJmVYlY7Fa5gIi15l-2BJ00Ob-2B-2BeTQC-2FHGUWlZwyMUgHN6dI3hi4HQoLptyGTm5RJRWQnPXEyasf0CsEjeaFFTcn2l2WnQ0m6mYgR39FG2mggZr7AHYlapwtbp-2FBDnado-2Bs4G15cy6pgOjNzlpa7uONgqg-2BYHG3R2Xv0OVTXn9k71FyqASrVHjEek-2BPitO7e5WTmAzOsQC4GtXMk3dCPlw-2BIe0LqLiU0JA0WfRwd0au-2BPkguJ8xrTwDxDPfcNvIxku4t6yc8xe5Cx5IHC8NIfmy-2FJ3WRzWl5WO3SiWJKsuqCnbcWklSzJKi4EWb7ltOXQ7htFAzItG9XyaKTnIrePtDKVtNzPsITU5E0aT0XRqqEyF1hzVtRLlAp1w9pNs6UsFrfoA-3D-3D for more information or one of your nominating committee members: Catherine Berry, email@example.com; Josephine Gilbert, firstname.lastname@example.org; Lucy Johnson, LucyHJohnson@msn.com; Alison Mimms, email@example.com; Yvonne Pygatt, Yvonne.firstname.lastname@example.org; Joan Weber, email@example.com; Anne Wharton, ACW193@bellsouth.net.
Call for Resolutions
By Joan McGrath, Resolutions Committee Chair
Resolutions are statements of direction for NCCW and members to use for program planning. Resolutions will be discussed and presented to the members for a vote during the Annual Business Meeting at the 2016 Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Resolutions Committee. A Resolutions Committee consisting of seven (7) members has been appointed by the Board of Directors with Joan McGrath as Chair, Helen Davis, Kim Hulcher, Alison Mimms, Karen Painter, Linda Smith and Barbara Vaughn.
The Resolutions Committee will:
1. Review all resolutions based on the focus/theme.
2. Consolidate all similar resolutions into one that encompasses a similar issue.
Submission Process. All resolutions must be submitted with the NCCW 2016 Proposed Resolution Submission Form which will be available on the NCCW website, and must meet the submission deadline to be considered. The following information is a summary process for the consideration of resolutions:
Deadline for Submissions. NCCW Bylaws require that any resolutions offered by members for consideration at the Annual Business Meeting must be submitted six (6) months prior to the opening date of the Annual Meeting. This year that date is March 7, 2016. Please submit resolutions to NCCW at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrive by the submission deadline of March 7, 2016.
Elements of a Resolution:
* A formal statement of purpose
* A rationale for the resolution
* A call for specific action
For details, please see the NCCW 2016 Proposed Resolution Submission Form and the Format Example of a NCCW Proposed Resolution that are online at http://mail.imismailcenter.com/wf/click?upn=hbyiTLq0GmsoOIJTWeuAz9kdAdjPoWPZtF1RFu1-2Fc3s-3D_UJ2QLamM9fqgGWLg2B-2BJmVYlY7Fa5gIi15l-2BJ00Ob-2B-2BeTQC-2FHGUWlZwyMUgHN6dIv897ssYUSqiUlk0Ac9N3m92g7WOF-2FH0fOi7RHNPotlbYVmX1vKE00zjXZXVZrLsufOZ7Cp-2BNHYyn43-2Bb8Wlza-2BNjHtTYhNScQncV1BadbDhayH1UkXsuHJlMY2Iyi-2FLSHEPQ2sg9GaqkaE0NRIhrGJ92Z5egHTnvhSuwcobMsxh-2FFkipKvt2p-2BF77wDInVAzc2EglvEmDtSKmKjveYEXzf7W3SQA3JZ64frU3owHArtExDU1Uc7kT5JcjBlsG-2FZP5l6srEc0DIxi4aVM96k-2B1MBUeBpjYCFim1Hh-2BwEoXRnCgFG-2BdniN44PNmWkfsYbEZseHzbvto4Qziw03YNHU1w-3D-3D.
Criteria for Resolutions:
* Consistent with the NCCW Mission Statement and constructive in nature
* National in scope
* Capable of implementation by NCCW membership on a national level
* Submitted according to the required format and timetable
* Does not duplicate a previously approved resolution but could amend or update a previous resolution by modifying or updating the call for action
Approval Process. The Resolutions Committee shall review resolutions received and present them to the Board of Directors with recommendations for consideration and approval. By majority vote, the Board of Directors shall have the power to reject any resolution. If a resolution is rejected by the Board of Directors, the member submitting the resolution may present it for consideration at the Annual Meeting provided there is a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members in favor of considering the proposed resolution. The official notice of the proposed resolution approved by the Board of Directors with an explanation of the rationale of the Board of Directors must be sent to the membership at least two (2) months prior to the Annual Meeting (July 7, 2016).
Adoption. Any resolution presented at the Annual Business Meeting may be adopted upon a simple majority vote of the voting members present in person.
Witnesses of God’s Mercy
by Beth Mahoney, Spirituality Commission Chair
The month of January can be a long and tiring time in our lives. For most of us in the United States the weather can be a challenge. Whether we are facing snow, cold winds, ice storms or rain, day after day can be miserable for most of us. Yet, as Catholic women we take our focus off of ourselves and place it on those who don’t have a voice, the unborn. Hundreds of thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C. to join the March for Life. There will be Masses, public talks, visits with congressional leaders, prayer services and a public witness to the sanctity of life from the moment of conception until natural death. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy we are reminded of the loving and forgiving God that cares for us and desires that we never get tired of approaching him for forgiveness. He is ever ready to embrace us at all times when we ask for his forgiveness. The gift of His mercy is waiting for us.
We are reminded in scripture that Jesus had to tell his apostles many times on how to live, how to relate with others and how to be a good follower. Sometimes that is true with us. We need to be reminded that as members of NCCW we are called to support, empower and educate all Catholic women. As we pray for the unborn, the marginalized, the voiceless, terminally Ill, those in violent situations and those involved in human trafficking may we be witnesses of God’s mercy.
May we hear the words that Mary heard when the Angel Gabriel visited her on that day she was asked to be the mother of God: Be not Afraid. As Catholic women may we hear these same words echo within our hearts. Pope Francis encourages us all to be bold, be courageous. This month, let us go physically to Washington DC, or into our neighborhoods and bring God’s Mercy by our witness and our prayers. Remember to wear your Pro Life pin, use our Prayer Resource Book and encourage your councils and parishes to advocate for Life.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
By Joyce Piersanti, Chair, Service Commission Human Trafficking Focus Group
What a perfect time for us to begin working on what each one of us can help to accomplish “the Elimination of Human Trafficking in our home town”.
This is about saving lives, mostly children’s lives. This behind closed doors crime is happening very close to you right now, well within your circle of influence. Whether you live in a metropolis or rural America, there are children who are chained or locked inside a shack, an apartment, or a house. They are controlled by drugs, beatings and threats. Some do not speak English, no one knows who they are, but be assured, American children are the choice of the sex trade. In fact these children with an average age of 12, some as young as 8, can be raped 40 times day. You are their only hope.
AWARENESS is FIRST AND KEY!
Within a cross-section of every community, we need to bring together and educate people who are likely to come in contact with victims, or could observe questionable activity and report it, or be in a position to influence prevention education. And there is you all by yourself! You can save these children just by keeping your eyes open, and calling the US National Hot Line 1888 373 7888 or Text for Help or Info to, Be Free (9233733).
Make no mistake, HUMAN Trafficking is second only to DRUG Trafficking. It is a multi-billion dollar business, and where there is one there is the other.
The Catholic Church has spoken to us to do all we can to work toward the elimination of human trafficking. The NCCW is committed to provide you with tools and tasks that will save these children’s lives.
Human Trafficking is a huge and complicated crime. Over the course of 2016 we will work to inform and hopefully make it easy for you to help with the fight against Human Trafficking.
The NCCW Against Human Trafficking Team: Lorraine Riedl, Myrna Wong, Mary Ann Cummins, Marilyn Audet, Jan Dalske, and Joyce Piersanti, Chair.
By Lindamarie Richardson Kelly
I hope that everyone had a very blessed and happy Christmas and New Year’s. At the beginning of the New Year most of us make New Year’s Resolutions and I hope you keep NCCW in mind. We all know the benefits of belonging to NCCW but many women don’t, so let’s share:
#1 Offer up prayers every day for NCCW and for their mission to support, empower and educate Catholic women in Spirituality, Leadership, and Service.
#2 By memorizing the NCCW Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel, we can petition Our Blessed Mother’s help to become Wise, Courageous and Loving Leaders of the Church.
#3 To speak to at least one woman about NCCW and what it means to you each week. Always have an application for NCCW membership in your purse to give out.
#4 Talk with your Priest or Deacon about ways to get more information about NCCW into your church.
#5 Print copies of the monthly e-newsletter, the Connect ,and pass them around at your CCW meetings. After reading your Catholic Woman magazine, pass it on. Relate or remember something you’ve learned from attending the NCCW Conventions to other women. Always share!!
#6 Encourage women to join the Birthday Club or Legacy Circle.
#7 BE THE VOICE OF CATHOLIC WOMEN in everything that you do. Always BE ENTHUSIASTIC, inviting and welcoming. BE EMPOWERING to educate women in the needs of the Church and Society with Gospel Values. BE HONEST, speak with love and compassion.
REMEMBER, YOU ARE THE IMAGE OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN!
Leadership Training Development
By Suzanne Erpenbach
Stars so many…stars so bright…shining outward with your light. We open the New Year celebrating NCCW’s stars in members nationwide. The NCCW Leadership Training Development (LTD) Program was created and designed to make members SHINE. Periodically STAR IDEAS handouts have been prepared to serve and support membership and council development. We share pieces of these as a New Year gift to all from the LTD Team.
What would Jesus do? * See himself in each person * “Feed” the people with words and food – use His example in your meetings * Begin all gatherings with prayer.
*Publish a “challenge of the month” for councils to consider and submit suggested solutions or creative ideas. This could span out into creative fundraisers, how to better enhance opportunities for young women to participate, program ideas, etc. Women have vastly different experiences in life and bring many perspectives to the table!
*Begin planning with an end in mind. What do you want your goal to be? What do you want to accomplish?
*Have members bring items for a “Take it for Free” sharing table at meetings for religious articles and printed materials. Donate any leftovers to a prison ministry. (Think of varied ways to expand the table idea.)
*Survey your membership before summer to identify the top three reasons they attend Council, what would motivate them to be more involved, and their points of interest, such as projects and causes. Gather during the summer and, using the results of this survey, review your upcoming Council year. Make a list of possible programs, speakers and goals you would like to accomplish. Custom design your upcoming year to the needs of your community and membership! Be pleasantly surprised how involved your membership will be if they feel you are listening to them and have enhanced their Council ownership!
*Streamline meetings by having an executive committee meeting ahead to plan and prepare reports / motions for actions.
*Invite a neighboring affiliate to your CCW meeting. Challenge the people who attend to invite a different affiliate to their next meeting. How long can this continue?? All can learn from everyone else.
* Membership begins with relationship – identify women in the same stage of life with common schedules and opportunities as a great idea for Council membership outreach. One Spiritual Advisor announced the Wednesday noon Masses for the month would be offered especially for women at different stages of life. One week a Mass for retired women, the next week for mothers with young children, and then women working in the community, with the last Wednesday of the month for mothers of ‘tweens and teens.
“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” - Blessed Mother Teresa
Legislative Update: Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation – H.B. 3226
By Karen Painter, Legislative Advocacy Chair
Ladies, please contact your U.S. House of Representatives and show your support of this bill H.B. 3226. Tell your representative thank you for introducing (H. B. 3226, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015.)
Message: Explain you are a member of the National Council of Catholic Women and that you strongly support passage of this legislation. NCCW has been a strong support of human life and dignity, in every way, and has worked through education and advocacy against the scourge of human trafficking. Thank you on your sponsorship of H. B. 3226, and I urge its prompt enactment.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2015
News from Your Service Commission
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November 2015 NCCW CONNECT
Dear Sisters in Council, November is a full month of remembrances and celebrations beginning with All Saints on November 1st followed by All Souls on November 2nd. The close proximity of these two feasts make the connection of the communion of saints. As All Saints recognizes those who have died in Christ and are now in eternity with him, All Souls is praying for those who have died and may have time in purgatory before they are purified and can join the faithful departed. As Catholics, we consistently pray for the living and the dead. Veteran’s Day honors all those who have served in the military starting at the end of World War I. Becoming an official holiday in 1954, this day of recognition for those who have served reminds us how blessed we are to live in the United States. My grandfather was a lieutenant colonel in the Army, a Baptist chaplain, when the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor in WW II. May we never forget the sacrifices of those who have served, both those living and dead, that we may be free. While our right to practice our faith as we believe continues to come under attack, we must defend religious freedom and remember that our founding fathers embraced God and encouraged the practice of religion, but not one particular religion. George Washington, the first president of the United States, issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation at the request of Congress on October 3,1789, and thus began the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. For women, Thanksgiving is a special time of planning special meals to celebrate with family and friends. It is a time when we begin to think of Christmas gifts to give, showing our love and affection. This is also the time we receive mail requests for a special end of the year gift. I am asking you to consider a donation to the National Council of Catholic Women in appreciation for our 95 years of service to our church, community and the nation. Our mission to educate, empower and support women in spirituality, leadership and service continues, seeking the next generation of women to join us as we love God and our neighbor as ourselves. We are proud to be Catholic Women! For Catholics, Advent begins this year on November 29th, the four week waiting period before Christmas as we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus”. We celebrate the first coming of Jesus as a babe in the manger and wait with hope for his second coming. May we ever be in awe of our opportunity to receive Jesus in the Eucharist at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us. Yours in service to the Lord, Sheila S Hopkins
November Spiritual Corner By Fr. James G. Stembler I have been taking the parishioners I serve through the recent Encyclical, Laudato Si’, chapter by chapter, so as to familiarize them with this document and give them an opportunity to have an informed conscience on the topic and on its contents. It has been a good exercise for both them and me because this document causes us to sit back and take note of some things that perhaps we easily overlook. The one thing that has caused me to sit back and ponder is the truth that all creation is connected. If creation is suffering, we are suffering because we are connected with creation. If you read the first two chapters of Genesis, it is made very clear that God put everything into existence. At the conclusion of his creation of the heavens and the earth; his creation of the lights of the sky – the stars; day and night; the birds of the air and the fish of the seas; the animals, etc., God completed his total creation by creating us, the human being. We are the final part of the creation of everything that is. If that is the case, then we are connected to all of what God has created. So, if the earth is crying out, we should involve ourselves in this crying out and begin to dialogue about how we can relieve this suffering. We were not created as an independent thought after creation and nature; we were created as the completion of creation – earth, sky, seas, stars, animals, fish, etc… Therefore, it is important for our spiritual journey to recognize this connection. We have a unique role within this creation – which means we have an important responsibility because of this role – so if we begin to reach out and dialogue with one another, we can do our part in helping our creation continue to be the beautiful gift that God gave to us, to all of us. If you haven’t done so, I encourage you to read this document. It is very challenging, but it does cause us to think about how we are living our lives in this beautiful gift of God’s creation. Am I living in this gift in such a way that I show great respect to God? Am I being a good steward of this gift that God has given? These are questions that all of us should ponder and pray on. God bless always!
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By Mary Matheus, NCCW Treasurer God continues to bless NCCW. We negotiated an agreement with one of our vendors. We have sent them a check to pay off the balance and they in turn forgave $38,000 of the debt. I was very excited to sign that check and send it. We continue to lessen the long term debt with your support. We will pay off another vendor in November. Our debt lessens every month. I ask you to continue your support of NCCW with an end of the year contribution. NCCW continues to work for you and for all women with its programs and its advocacy. Our programs currently respond to domestic violence and evangelizing those we meet wherever we meet them. We are proactive in advocating for life from the womb to the tomb. But to accomplish that takes money for staff, an office, supplies, equipment, a magazine, a newsletter and many other things. This is what your dollars provide. When you consider what charities you will support this year and next, please remember your beloved National Council of Catholic Women. We are so very grateful for your prayers and your contributions of time, talents and treasure. I wish everyone a very Blessed Thanksgiving. May we remember to be thankful for everything in our lives–for everything shapes us into the people that God has called us to be, his loving daughters and sons.
Time to Speak Up for Conscience Rights By Richard M. Doerflinger What if you spent years training to help the sick as a nurse – only to find that to keep your job, you must take part in the killing of a defenseless five-month-old unborn child? What if a church in your town lived up to its teaching on healing the sick by providing its employees with excellent health coverage – but was told that is illegal, unless it pays for abortions that violate its teaching on life itself? What if your local Catholic charitable agency were providing excellent service for some of the most marginalized people in our society – victims of human trafficking – but lost its federal grant to secular agencies that are less qualified, because it couldn’t comply with a new government mandate to do abortion referrals? Projections of a nightmare future, where respect for human life and religious freedom are a thing of the past? No, each of these things happened recently in our country – and will keep happening, unless we stand up as citizens and demand a change in the law. The nurse is Cathy DeCarlo, who was forced to assist in an elective late-term abortion at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on threat of being fired. The experience gave her nightmares and emotional trauma, so she filed suit to keep it from happening to others. But the court dismissed her case: The federal law protecting her rights could only be enforced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). That agency sat on the case for three years, then declared it resolved after the hospital changed its policy. Cathy never had her day in court, and she and other health care providers remain vulnerable. You can see her story here. It is the California department of managed health care that has ordered almost all health coverage statewide – even coverage provided by churches and other religious organizations – to include unlimited abortion coverage. California’s mandate violates a federal law known as the Weldon amendment, but the federal agency assigned to enforce it has taken no action since complaints were filed over a year ago. Other states may follow California’s lead. And the federal grant to serve human trafficking victims was taken away from the U.S. bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services agency and its nationwide network of Catholic subgrantees in 2011. Despite a congressional investigation, and calls for the government to obey its own conscience laws, government pressure on pro-life social service providers continues. How can these things happen, if there are laws on the books to protect conscientious objection to abortion? The fact is, current laws have loopholes and legal weaknesses that opponents of conscience rights have learned to exploit. The biggest loophole is that none of these laws includes a “private right of action,” allowing victims of discrimination to go to court to defend their rights. When the only enforcer against a government body’s coercive actions is that same government body, the law can become a paper tiger. A solution is available and we should be part of it. Congress has long been considering a remedy called the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, to close these loopholes and provide a private right of action. Introduced in the past as a free-standing bill, it is now part of the House of Representatives’ appropriations bill for funding HHS. By December, Congress needs to pass a law funding government programs in Fiscal Year 2016 – and this urgently needed reform should be part of that final bill. We must speak up now to protect our cherished right of conscience. In a partisan and divisive political climate, this is one issue that should bring Congress together. Conscience laws on abortion have been approved by Congresses and Presidents of both major parties for decades. President Obama has said he supports current federal conscience laws – and he should not object to letting them work effectively. Many “pro-choice” people realize that freedom of choice is meaningless unless it protects a choice not to be involved in taking unborn human life. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, with the help of its partner organization the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA), is working to see the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act over the finish line this year. We can urge Congress to support this modest but essential law. NCHLA has made it easy to do so. Simply click here to send a message to your elected representatives. Together we can make a difference! Mr. Doerflinger is Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more on conscience rights see www.usccb.org/conscience.
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By Beth Mahoney, Spirituality Commission Chair The month of November provides for us the opportunity to pause to give thanks. There are so many areas of life that we could pause to give thanks. I had the opportunity to attend the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and to attend the Mass with Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. What an awesome experience this week was in Philadelphia! Meeting families from around the world, pausing to give thanks each day and sharing in the excitement of seeing Pope Francis in the United States all can seem overwhelming. When I think of all that I lived that week my heart overflows with gratitude, love and joy. I would like to share with you an experience of gratitude that I had which makes all that I lived in Philadelphia real for me. I was traveling through the busiest airport in the United States – Atlanta Hartsfield Airport in Georgia. I landed before a friend and was waiting for her arrival close to baggage claim. I looked over to where people were waiting for family and friends to come up from the gates via an escalator to retrieve their bags. I noticed 4 boys dressed in military camouflage outfits, holding glass jars filled with goodies. On the outside of the jars were red, white and blue ribbons and cut-out hands with the words – thank you! These 4 boys were with their mother greeting each military person as they got off the escalator. It was a very emotional encounter that took place between the military and these boys. The boys were having a great time passing out the glass jars of goodies and the military receiving them were very moved by the gesture. The boys would smile and laugh. Sometimes they would run to their mother with such excitement in their eyes … their faces radiating with joy and love! People were approaching the boys and thanking them for their outward sign of support to our troops. Many took pictures and some of the military posed for pictures with the boys. They had 4 cases of jars and by the time I was ready to leave, they were down to one case. I often share a word of gratitude to our military when I see them. And after I thank them, I say a prayer for them … and I am always left with a heart full of gratitude. During this month I ask these questions: how do you experience gratitude in your life? In what ways do you share gratitude with others? How often do you pause before our loving and gentle God to say thank you? Resources: www.nccw.org; www.usccb.org; Prayer book resource by NCCW.
Pope Francis’ Intentions for November Universal: DIALOGUE. That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.
Evangelization: PASTORS. That pastors of the Church, with profound love for their flocks, may accompany them and enliven their hope.
November Member Call Beth Mahoney, Spirituality Commission Chair, will be leading the call on the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.The call will be on Wednesday, 18 November, at 5 pm (PT), 6 pm (MT), 7 pm (CT), and 8 pm (ET) Call in number: (712) 432-0375 – Pin 505816
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By Chris Heiderscheidt – Service Commission Chair The Service Commission will focus on the three important issues during 2015-2017: 1. Human Trafficking 2. Immigration 3. Respite Program Thank you to the following women serving on this commission committee (*=Board Member): Myrna Wong-FL Betty Koch-MT Sandie Heimerman- MN Olga Dickieson-GA Kathy Wilmes-MN Barbara Wann-OK Lorraine Riedl-WI *Mary Bisett-OK *Mary Ann Cummins-CO *Mary Rowley-MO *Marilyn Audet-MA *Joyce Scott-PA *Diane Tugander-FL *Jan Dalske-CA Joyce Piersanti Please watch for more information on things you can do to make a difference.
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By Rosi Schumacher, Leadership Commission/Membership Chair Ever try to lose weight overnight? Any woman who has ever had to lose some weight can tell you, “You didn’t gain it overnight and it won’t come off overnight.” The same applies to our membership numbers in reverse. We did not lose members all at once and we cannot expect to wave a magic wand and our membership numbers will be as high as they were 20 years ago. We must focus on the “number one.” We kicked off the “One Member – One Chance” raffle at convention and over 70 women have already signed up a member, and they did it one member at a time. In the same manner, each diocesan president should focus on just one affiliation to either bring back to Council or sign up a brand new affiliation. There is a wonderful resource on our website to help you in this outreach: “An Introduction to NCCW: The National Council of Catholic Women.” Once you sign up an affiliation or have hit a brick wall, you don’t stop there, you focus on another affiliation. You just keep in your mind that you are only after one–but we know it’s one at a time! This approach may seem too simple, but the bottom line is that by doing it one at a time, you are always out there recruiting for NCCW. It is a proven fact that if you do something every day for a month, it becomes a habit and you then continue to do it without even thinking about it. Wouldn’t it be great if all of us just evangelized other women and sang the praises of Council without even thinking of it? Just think: our membership numbers would be as great as we know we are.
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400 Attend Pro-Life Rally in Anaheim By Dr. Ida Pennella, PhD: Fr. Martin Tran from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in La Habra was among the 400 pro-lifers at a rally at the Planned Parenthood facility at 303 W. Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim to protest abortion. Ironically, the protest was held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 on the same day as the Catholic Church celebrated the Queenship of Mary. The movement that spread over 300 cities was held at Planned Parenthood facilities with tens of thousands of pro-life advocates, from all different Christian Communities, in response to the selling of aborted babies’ body parts. Shocking videos can be seen at the Center for Medical Progress. As I walked through the crowd carrying my sign, I visited with men, women, and children standing with their signs. One thing was apparent, these people were motivated to put an end to abortion and defund Planned Parenthood if they continue doing abortions. The rosary was recited throughout the event in both English and Spanish. One man was donating water and two men were donating food to the participants. According to the Susan B. Anthony List, Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider. “Roughly one out of every four abortions in America” is carried out in a Planned Parenthood facility…in 2013 alone, Planned Parenthood performed a record 357,653 abortions.” Go to one of the Planned Parenthood facilities in your area and join others to pray the Rosary and save a life. You can find all their locations on the web. Dr. Ida Pennella, PhD is the President of the Orange Diocese Council of Catholic Women (ODCCW), the Past President of the La Habra Republican Women, Federated (LHRWF) and a lector at St. Pius V Church in Buena Park
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Resolutions 2015 – Action Points By Rita Maher, 2015 Resolutions Chair
Following are some suggestions on how you can use/act on the 2015 NCCW Resolutions. By using even just one suggestion for each Resolution, you will be part of the effort to support, empower, & educate our Catholic women. Be The Voice!
Please see the Resolutions passed at the NCCW 2015 Annual Convention in Orlando, here.Consecrated Life Resolution Action Points— * Include prayers for vocations at all meetings. * Become aware of local religious orders & tour their facilities & learn of their mission focus. * Assist local orders in raising funds & awareness of their needs. * Purchase goods that may be made by the order to financially support them. * Offer an NCCW membership to a motherhouse or group of sisters. * Invite your priest to speak to your CCW group. * Honor special anniversaries of your priests. * Create a monthly prayer calendar for daily prayers for your pastor or bishop. * Invite a religious man or woman to speak on the Year of Mercy. * Take a priest out to dinner to celebrate his vocation. * Send an appreciation card to a sister or priest. NCCW Website Action Points— * Include the posting of the NCCW website address in all publications & printed information that is distributed to council members at meetings & in all e-communications. * Diocesan presidents could encourage parish affiliate members & individual members to go to the NCCW website “at least once” for their information. * Diocesan presidents, PD’s, etc. can use the website to check on the accuracy of local memberships. * If a D/ACCW has a page on their diocesan website, put the NCCW website link on the diocesan website or at least display it prominently on your page. End Persecution of Christians in the Middle East Action Points— * Publish the Angelus Prayer in parish bulletins & diocesan papers & explain the purpose. * Invite guest speakers to increase the awareness of Council members on the persecution issue. * Pray the Angelus Prayer at local, diocesan, & province meetings. * Collect donations for relief organizations that help displaced & persecuted Christians. * Read publications/books that describe the lives of our fellow Christians in the Middle East so you can discuss the topic. Influence of the Media on Marriage & Family Action Points— * Print the Media: What is the Message? program from the NCCW website & refer to it at meetings & publicize it. * Use the USCCB website for information on media. * Distribute Media: What is the Message? brochures in parishes & at Council meetings. * Publish awareness articles in parish bulletins & diocesan newspapers referencing the websites cited in the resolution. * Organize workshops & presentations by guest speakers on the topic of media for use at meetings.
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Leadership Training Development: Who is a Leader? By Jody Watermann We often think of a leader as a person who has been appointed, elected or who has assumed a position of authority at the request of the members of a group or an organization. We expect the leader to be committed to the mission of the organization. We expect the leader to have a vision that provides the route to success. We expect the leader to wield influence. We expect the leader to help others achieve a common goal through good communication skills. We expect the leader to empower the members to become the best they can be. Are you a leader? If you are reading this article, the answer to that question should be YES! Sometimes we deny being a leader, but we all lead at some points in our lives. We are leaders if we are part of a family, a parish community, a workplace or an organization such as Council of Catholic Women. We are leaders if we are committed to the various groups in our lives. We are leaders if we have a vision of providing service in our community. We are leaders if we have influence upon others. When you offer your unique talents to improve life in any of the aforementioned groups, you are a leader. When you offer your vision of the future and help to obtain it, you are a leader. When you facilitate communication between fellow members, you are a leader. Some people lead large groups, some people provide leadership skills to small groups. But the definition of a leader does not rely on the size of a group. To lead is to help others converge on the same road in fulfilling a goal or mission. When you think of someone being a leader, do you include yourself? The answer to that should be a resounding YES!!
Legislative Advocacy: 2016 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering By Karen Painter, Legislative Advocacy Chair Join us January 23 -26 in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering (CSMG).This year’s theme is, “Called to Live Mercy in Our Common Home” As we look forward to the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis calls Catholics to reflect on what it means to live mercy in our world today. “Everything is connected. Concern for the environment…needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’- No.91) Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville will be the principal celebrant and homilist for the Welcoming Mass on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Archbishop Kurtz serves as the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 50+ Sessions from Leaders in Social Ministry: * The Global Suffering of Women as an Ethical Imperative for the Church, presented by Sr. Kathleen McManus. * Encounters at the Margins of Our Common Home, presented by Dr. Meghan Clark. * Community Workshop topics range from Laudato Si’ to the Jubilee Year of Mercy. * Policy Workshops on current issues such as climate change and criminal justice system reform. * Advocacy training for the beginner and experienced advocates – plus much more. Reasons why you should attend!!! * Understand Our Mission Today – For more than 25 years the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering has served as the central gathering for professional development of Catholic social ministry leaders in the United States. * Learn From Notable Experts & Leaders – With the voices of our bishops and the wisdom of the experts you’ll gain greater understanding of the relevance of Catholic social teaching in the public square. * Network with a Vibrant Mix of Social Ministry Professionals – Your ministry’s work around Catholic mission for the good will be stronger due to connections and professionals at CSMG. The Catholic Social Ministry Gathering is organized by the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in collaboration with 16 national Catholic organizations, one of which is NCCW. To register and or for more information visit www.CatholicSocialMinistryGathering.org Don’t delay, early registration ends on November 13th, 2015
MEDIA: WHAT IS THE MESSAGE?
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The NCCW Service Commission The MEDIA: WHATE IS THE MESSAGE?
PRAYER FOR USING THE MEDIA IN THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
O God, to communicate your love to all, you sent your only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world and made him our Master and Shepherd, the Way, Truth, and Life of humanity.
Grant that all means of communication—print, film, radio, television, the Internet, and all new media—may be used for your glory and the good of all people.
Inspire everyone of good will to assist with prayer, action, and financial support, so that through these powerful means the Church may preach the Gospel to all peoples. Amen.
Blessed James Alberione
Live Christ! Give Christ! –Pauline Books & Media Pg.86
SECTION 1:THE MESSAGE OF THE CHURCHMEDIA: WHAT IS THE MESSAGE?
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCES FOR THE 49TH WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY
Today the modern media, which are an essential part of life for young people in particular, can be both a help and a hindrance to communication in and between families. The media can be a hindrance if they become a way to avoid listening to others, to evade physical contact, to fill up every moment of silence and rest, so that we forget that “silence is an integral element of communication; in its absence, words rich in content cannot exist.”
BENEDICT XVI, Message for the 2012 World Communications Day.
The media can help communication when they enable people to share their stories, to stay in contact with distant friends, to thank others or to seek their forgiveness, and to open the door to new encounters. By growing daily in our awareness of the vital importance of encountering others, these “new possibilities” we will employ technology wisely, rather than letting ourselves be dominated by it. Here too, parents are the primary educators, but they cannot be left to their own devices. The Christian community is called to help them in teaching children how to live in a media environment in a way consonant with the dignity of the human person and service of the common good.
The great challenge facing us today is to learn once again how to talk to one another, not simply how to generate and consume information. The latter is a tendency which our important and influential modern communications media can encourage. Information is important, but it is not enough. All too often things get simplified, different positions and viewpoints are pitted against one another, and people are invited to take sides, rather than to see things as a whole.
Families should be seen as a resource rather than as a problem for society. Families at their best actively communicate by their witness the beauty and the richness of the relationship between man and woman and between parents and children. We are not fighting to defend the past. Rather, with patience and trust, we are working to build a better future for the world in which we live.
From the Vatican, 23 January 2015
Vigil of the Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales
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FAMILY GUIDE FOR USING THE MEDIA
USCC Committee for Communications
United States Catholic Conference Washington, D.C.
The Second Vatican Council called communication media “marvels” and “gifts” from God, but it also recognized that these gifts can be mixed blessings, depending on how they are used. The media’s impact continues to grow, as computer networks and the Internet add powerful and easily accessible new means to the familiar forms of mass communication—print, television, radio, film, video, telephone, and cable services.
Influential enough individually, they are converging into multi-media networks that make them increasingly essential to people’s daily lives. The media are so much part of us that to recognize their impact, we must step back and consciously think about how they shape our lives and what they are saying. An intelligent use of media can prevent our being dominated by them and enable us instead to measure them by our standards.
In this way, even many messages with which we cannot agree, inevitably coming to us from a diverse constellation of media, will not hurt us. They can even be turned to our benefit by whetting our understanding and articulation of what we believe. It is important for parents to educate their children in the influence of the media, to take responsibility for monitoring what media their children use, and to become role models for appropriate use of media.
The use of the media involves moral choices. Here are ten actions or attitudes that can guide parents as media consumers to affirm Christian values:
In evaluating media, parents should ask whether human life is shown to be a precious gift from God. Is sexuality linked to life? How is the act of dying presented? Is the taking of life portrayed casually and without moral consequences?
Respect human beings and the family
Individual human beings are the concrete focus of respect for life. Each person possesses an inherent dignity, created as we are in God’s image and likeness, and each one finds meaning, purpose, and identity within the family and faithful, well-ordered relationships. Ask yourself whether the media you are using respect human dignity. Do they reverence lasting commitments within the context of marriage and the family? Is this respect maintained even when the programming is humorous or satirical? Is exploitation, oppression, or neglect of any group of people condoned or even promoted? Is respect shown for the variety of cultures? Do the media glorify attitudes such as excessive consumerism, promiscuity or other exploitative relationships, prejudice, or violence?
Apply gospel values.
In making media choices, parents should take as guides Scripture and Christian belief and morals. Ask yourself whether the media you are using foster a sense of the divine, of human destiny extending beyond the confines of this life, of our obligation to forgive and our need for forgiveness. Are compassion, reconciliation, thanksgiving, and moral responsibility affirmed?
Use your intelligence.
As entertaining and useful as the media can be, they should not be accepted uncritically or thoughtlessly. In subtle and not so subtle ways, most media convey moral messages. Reflect on what ethical standards the media are using. What is portrayed and why? What is it saying about human existence? How does it relate to Christian faith and moral belief? If something seems shocking, is anything of value also being conveyed? Is comedy used for genuine amusement or merely as a put-down? How are you and your family reacting to your media choices? Are you benefiting from them?
Talk back to the media.
All too often we experience media, especially television and film, as one-way communication. Get in the habit of using television, film, and other media to start a dialogue. Where media are interactive, you can engage in an actual dialogue. Where they aren’t, you can contact networks, local stations, and newspapers to compliment or complain how the media are or are not helping you as a parent. The dialogue can also go on in your family. For example, a television drama can start you asking one another, “What would you have done or said in that situation? Why?”
Set your own agenda.
The mass media, especially news programming, tend to set the public agenda. They tell us what issues deserve our attention; they highlight certain people and social and political options. Think about this media-set agenda. Does it reflect what is truly important? Are you hearing the things that matter to you and your family? Choose the media that serve your needs rather than just tuning in or logging on. Help your children to pick good programming instead of surfing through what’s there.
Look at consequences.
When it comes to film or television drama, ask, “What should happen next?” In real life, actions have consequences. On television or in film, these consequences often don’t appear unless they affect the plot. Help your children recognize the difference between fiction/fantasy and real life, especially when it comes to depicting violence, sexual activity, and lavish lifestyles that have no visible means of support.
See the whole picture.
Be aware of the potential for receiving partial information or biased views. No communication medium can supply all details about anything. The Internet, in particular, offers a vast amount of unevaluated information. You and your children need to use a variety of media sources to learn about the world in which we live. When using media, be ready to ask what aspects of life are being neglected, what issues are being ignored, and whether bias or manipulation is involved
Be alert to the effects of advertising.
Advertising and media are closely allied. Advertisers need the media to get their message out. Most forms of media are supported by advertising. Parents need to ask whether their families are consuming what they need or what the media make them think they need. How are you helping your children to avoid being manipulated by advertisers? Do you and your family take into account Gospel values in making consumer choices?
Talk to each other.
People are more important than things. Media usage should help build each family’s community of faith as one source that can lead family members out of themselves and toward each other. Ask yourselves whether your family’s way of using media does or isolates family members instead. How can your media usage improve family communication and enrich your conversation? Look for ways to balance media involvement with other family activities.
This major statement of the Catholic bishops of the United States deals extensively with media issues.
Available from USCC Publishing Services at 800-235-8722. Pamphlet overview also available
Renewing the Mind of the Media: A Statement on Overcoming the Exploitation of Sex and Violence in Communications
Office for Film and Broadcasting at the United States Catholic Conference –The USCC Department for Communications, through its Office for Film and Broadcasting, regularly produces reviews of motion pictures currently available in theaters, on television, and on videotape. USCC classifications are a useful reference for concerned, busy parents in exercising their responsibility to protect their youngsters, especially teenagers, from films that may be morally harmful. The USCC’s reviews and classifications are available to the public in a variety of ways (see below).
Catholic newspapers that carry USCC motion picture and television reviews, capsules, and classifications provided to them via the Catholic News Service (CNS).
The TV & Movie Guide – weekly newsletter designed for distribution by parishes and schools, which carries USCC reviews and classifications of movies currently in theaters, evaluations of upcoming TV shows, classifications of movies scheduled for cable channels, and other information. A subscription with rights to distribute to all members of a single parish or school is $97 per year. Individuals may subscribe for $47 per year. Sample copies and further details may be obtained from Catholic News Service at 202-541-3279.
The NCCB/USCC Internet site – find weekly reviews by logging onto www.usccb.org click on “News & Events” and then click on “Movie Reviews”. There is also an alphabetical listing of recent reviews here. America Online subscribers can find reviews by entering the keyword “CNS.”
Pornography and Violence in the Communications Media — from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Available from USCC Publishing Services at 800-235-8722.
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Family Guide for Using Media … to educate their children in the influence of the media.
No communication medium can supply all details and all information.
Use a variety of media sources.
PRAYER FOR DISCERNMENT IN USE OF TECHNOLOGY
You have given us the skills and ability to create technology. We have used it often to spread the Good News of salvation and God’s plan for those who believe. Please help us continue to evangelize in this way, using the gifts you have given us for good, not for evil.
Some have fallen prey to the temptations that are available on technology and have squandered the precious gift of time on mindless entertainment and valueless escapism. We can easily become slaves to technology, forgetting the incredible gift of being present to you and to one another.
Through technology, we have an easily accessible way to communicate with one another. Let us continue to witness, not only with our words, but the work we do in your name. May we always embrace our responsibility in this life – to serve you and those we come into contact with each day – as we seek a balance in our use of technology.
May we use technology and our time wisely as a means to communicate your message of love to the world. Amen.
NCCW Service Commission 2013-2015
A Prayer Before Writing
O Jesus, Divine Master, I offer you my pen and keyboard for the intentions with which you preached your Gospel. May every word be only and always for the glory of God and peace to all people. May everyone know you, O Jesus Truth May everyone wholeheartedly follow you, O Jesus Way! May all hearts love you, O Jesus Life! Give me clarity of thought, pure intentions, and grace in writing. May my words reiterate your word; may Saint Paul the writer guide me; may every piece of writing I produce be modeled on the Bible. O Mary, Mother, Teacher, and Queen, who gave to the world the Divine Word Incarnate, look down lovingly upon me and bless this apostolate that I shall carry out with you and for you.
Based on a prayer of Blessed James Alberione
Live Christ! Give Christ! –Pauline Books & Media Pg.101
SECTION 2: THE INTERNET: TABLETS AND COMPUTERS:
THE INTERNET: TABLETS AND COMPUTERS
In his January 24, 2014 Message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis said, “Our world suffers from many forms of exclusion, marginalization and poverty, to say nothing of conflicts born of a combination of economic, political, ideological, and, sadly, even religious motives. In a world like this, media can help us to feel closer to one another, creating a sense of the unity of the human family which can in turn inspire solidarity and serious efforts to ensure a more dignified life for all. Good communication helps us to grow closer, to know one another better and ultimately, and to grow in unity. The walls which divide us can be broken down only if we are prepared to listen and learn from one another. We need to resolve our differences through forms of dialogue which help us grow in understanding and mutual respect. A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive. Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances. The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.”
|According to “The New Education Ecology” by Lee Rainie in the Pew Research Center these are the definition and percentage breakdowns for each generation of individuals now using tablets and computers: Millennials (ages 18-34)||Gen X (ages 34-46)||Young Boomers (ages 47-56)||Old Boomers (ages 57-65)||Silent Gen (ages 67-74)||G.I.’s (75+)|
Dearest Sisters in Council:
I am pleased to offer my congratulations to our newly elected officers, Maribeth Stewart (CT) as NCCW President-Elect and Jean Kelly (WI) as NCCW Secretary! Please see the NCCW website www.nccw.org for additional information on the new officers and members of the Nominating Committee who will be in charge of selecting candidates in next year’s election for NCCW Treasurer. If you have wondered how the NCCW National Commissions work or have wanted to be more involved nationally you, have an opportunity to submit your application for one of the NCCW National Commissions right now! Forms are on our website. I am excited to tell you that NCCW has several new resources coming your way before the end of 2015 and more of our NCCW prayers and resources are becoming available in Spanish. At the USCCB General Assembly in St. Louis last month, one speaker noted that Spanish-speakers are almost half of the US population. Your NCCW Board is actively pursuing ways to engage our Spanish-speaking sisters in the faith! Watch the nccw.org resource page and future Connect issues to see what is ahead! I pray that you will attend the NCCW Convention in Orlando this September where several of our new resources will be highlighted, including many items you can take back home for personal, parish, regional or diocesan use! Of course, we are concerned by the recent Supreme Court decision mandating that states accept same-sex coupling as marriage, overturning votes by thousands of Americans who voted against it. Especially disturbing is that all but two of the judges are Catholic. As an educator, I believe one of the most damaging effects is that schools and our Catholic teachers in those schools will be forced to portray same-sex families as a normal “option” and sex education classes (mandatory in many places) will also include this option. This enters into the realm of Religious Liberty which will be our next major challenge with the Supreme Court. I urge you, even if you have never been politically active before, to start addressing this issue with your state and federal legislators. Go to their local town meetings and speak up or submit written testimony. Please see our NCCW News Release on this topic. I am sure you have heard of the Pope’s new encyclical, On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) on environmental stewardship. After reading an extensive summary of it, I was inspired to do more in my home and neighborhood than before. It is, as the USCCB website states, “written with both hope and resolve, looking to our common future with candor and humility.” Please see the USCCB Environmental Justice Program website for ideas for Diocesan Councils and parishes to become more responsive to the links between reverence for the environment and social action on behalf of those negatively impacted by the environment. Our Caps for Love project relates to the Pope’s message as well as our members’ support of CRS and Cross Catholic Outreach agricultural, housing, education, water purification and disaster relief projects.
During these summer months it might be good to read the “Canticle of the Sun” by Saint Francis of Assisi, which was a source of inspiration for Pope Francis’ encyclical. God bless you all!
July Spiritual Corner
A great number of bishops and archbishops have put out statements concerning the Supreme Court decision on June 26th. You can go to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website to read the President of the USCCB, Archbishop Kurtz’s statement on behalf of all the Bishops. Your own diocesan website will have a copy of any release or statement that may have been made. In addition, NCCW President Rebecca Woodhull has made a statement, which is posted here.This is not the time to be scared and let fear be our “God.” If we are not careful, our fears can guide us and can lead us down bad paths. Always remember Pope St. John Paul II’s motto: “Be Not Afraid.” The important thing for us is to continue to witness to our faith.
In light of the Supreme Court decision from Friday, June 26th concerning the definition of marriage, I have taken four paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Second Edition, 1997): one paragraph concerning the Church’s understanding of what marriage is and three paragraphs on homosexuality so that we can all be on the same page with our Church on these subjects in light of recent happenings in our country.
1660: The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children. Christ the Lord raised marriage between the baptized to the dignity of a sacrament.
2357: Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that “homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.” They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
2358: The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
2359: Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.
A common misunderstanding that causes much confusion is the term “intrinsically disordered.” That term basically means “going against the moral norm.” The Church is not saying that the fact that a person is homosexual is what is “intrinsically disordered.” Like all human persons of any sexual orientation, homosexuals are creations of God and, therefore, are to be treated with dignity and respect. The act of sex between homosexuals is where the sin can be found. It is the same as an act of sex between heterosexuals that is outside of a marriage covenant. Sin can be found here because we are all called to be chaste and the sexual act is an expression of a couple united to one another in marriage. But these sins do not make a person disordered. The disorder is found in the sin, not in the person.
To all human persons, no matter what acts they have engaged in, we are called to be compassionate and reach out with the hand of God. Recall Jesus’ statement to the officials in the temple when they were ready to follow the Law and stone the woman caught in the act of adultery; “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” God did not give us the mission to cast stones, but to witness to His love in our lives.
It is obvious that many emotions have been stirred in our country by this decision, and these emotions will probably be riding high for a while. If we are living in a world that redefines terms at whim, there eventually will be no order. The most important thing that Roman Catholics can do is continue to follow the way of the Lord Jesus and be the people of hope we are called to be by virtue of our baptism. We are blessed because we can live out that hope in the truth of the Gospel of Christ, and through that witness, much can occur. Maybe not in our lifetimes, but much can occur. We are being called to persevere in the living out of our faith and in placing total trust in God. Again, recall Jesus’ words: “Render unto Caesar’s what is Caesar’s, and render unto God’s what is God’s.” Always remember, God’s is much greater than Caesar’s.
God bless us everyone!
NCCW Treasurer’s Report
By Mary Matheus, NCCW Treasurer
Summer is a time to reflect upon what you have already accomplished and to plan for the future of your Councils. I ask you to consider remembering NCCW in your financial planning. We need you to continue with your memberships, both affiliate and individual. We need you to plan to send women to convention to learn, and return home full of energy, ready to re-vitalize and energize your affiliates. And we need you to remember us in your giving planning. These three things are essential to the success of your NCCW and to being the voice of Catholic women. These are all ways in which you support NCCW and NCCW thanks you in advance for your generosity. If ever our voice needed to be heard, it is certainly now when our religious freedom is being questioned and slowly being taken away.
Have a blessed summer and remember a successful leader plans for her future successes. Be that successful leader!
From the NCCW Secretary
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
Clean, sort, file, throw away
Ahhh…….feet up, ice tea and sunshine
From the Past President
Primary Intention: “For Family and Marriage”
• Included: for Peace, Sanctity of Human Life & Religious Freedom
Why: A Message of Hope in response to the spiritual crisis in our culture and nation and to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops call to prayer
What: Pray the rosary for 54 straight days for the Novena Intentions
Religious Freedom and its Place in Our World By Kathy Wilmes
Freedom. It is a very powerful word; one which most of us are just beginning to understand. Just the thought conjures up scenes that are very similar to the opening of the movie “The Sound of Music” with Maria taking in the sights of the world around her. Filled with joy, she bursts out in song. However, as the movie rolls along, she realizes that freedom requires strength and perseverance as well as heart, in order to rise to meet the challenges of the day.
So it is with our Biblical journey. In the beginning, God made man and women, setting them in His garden in complete freedom to enjoy what He had created. He had only one stipulation; they should not eat the fruit of the tree in the center of the garden, they should not even touch it, lest they die (Gen. 3:3). course, Adam and Eve did touch the fruit of the tree and eat it; as a result they were cast out of the Garden. From the story of Abraham and Noah, to the difficulties created by the Israelites following their escape from the land of Egypt, man has tested God’s patience with his idea of freedom. Even Kings David and Solomon, who were closest in God’s favor, gave in to the temptation of using freedom and power to their own advantage, with disastrous results.
In the New Testament, we have the Blessed Virgin, who used her freedom to be completely obedient to God’s will; we have a beautiful display of that in the Magnificat (see Lk 1: 46-55). And we have the perfect example of Our Lord, whose obedience led Him to the cross. We have Saul, who used his freedom to kill, and Paul, who used his freedom to build up the kingdom of God (hard to believe that Saul and Paul were the same person!). Each Sunday at Mass, we read and remember those who freely taught, and ultimately gave their lives, so that we may know, and live, the Good News of Jesus Christ today.
It is sadly true, that there are many in our world today who pay with their lives for their Gospel beliefs. We watched the news with horror as Coptic Christians were beheaded, and witnessed in sorrow the thousands forced from their homes all over the Middle East. These people do not have the right to freely speak their minds. And we pray in solidarity as we witness their modern-day martyrdom.
While we Americans still have the right to speak our minds and our beliefs, there are many people who are not open to those beliefs, and are not beyond name-calling when the time is right. When we say we need to share with those who are poor, they have a name for that. In the most recent example, the encyclical by Pope Francis on climate change and the environment, many would tell him that he is not “qualified” and that religious should not stick their noses where they do not belong.
In this month of July, we celebrate our nation’s independence. Freedom of religion was one of the reasons our ancestors came, and fought for, this new world. Let us continue to fight for the rights of every Lazarus the Lord gathers into his arms, and for minds who see openly what is right and true.
Pope Francis’ Intentions for July
The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for July is: “That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.” His intention for evangelization is: “That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.”
Knowledge, Compassion, and Action…result in Change!
By Kathy Bonner
Reservations made, travel plans complete now you just need to pack your suitcase but there is one item left to do. Print the NCCW Convention schedule and mark the Friday session on September 11 at 8:30 a.m. OR 9:45 a.m. session. You are invited to join us at the NCCW Service Commission workshop.
Sometimes, women think we are expected to completely solve difficult problems. But women know if we cannot fix the situation, it is possible through education, to find ways to alleviate the problem.
During the workshop we will share the stories of two women. You will experience visual interactions, which make it easier to understand the intricate situations that heighten the difficult decision to leave for the victims of domestic abuse and violence.
Do you know when or where God may call upon you to assist someone, will you know what to say, what not to say, where you can direct a person in need? Come and join us to educate yourself. The person you might be called on to assist may be someone you know.
Service Commission: Deadline Extended!
GREAT NEWS FROM THE SERVICE COMMISSION!
Because of a surprise change in summer schedules, we are able to extend the July 10th deadline for entries for the Women Healing the Wounds Achievement Recognition Project! If you have not sent in your submission, it is not too late! Please send it before August 10th. That gives you a whole month! Submission Guidelines are on the NCCW website (CLICK HERE!) LET US HEAR WHAT YOUR COUNCIL IS DOING!
You spoke, We listened! Thanks to one of our kind members, the online resource, Women Healing the Wounds is now available in Spanish! For Las mujeres curan las heridas, CLICK HERE.
What does the Leadership Commission DO?
By Jane Carter, Leadership Commission Chair
During my term as Leadership Commission Chair I have been asked many times, “What exactly does the Leadership Commission do? In other words, “What is the Job Description of the Leadership Commission?” My response usually begins with “Well, it depends….” The NCCW Guidance and Resource Manual provides an overview of what the job entails, but the actual job description of the Leadership Commission depends on several things—the level of council, the bylaws of the particular Council, and the priorities of the President. Sometimes that last one seems surprising.
Commissions are led by women who are appointed to the position by the President. Commission Chairs are not elected by the membership. There is a reason for this! Commission Chairs serve “at the pleasure of the President” and act on her priorities within their focus area. They are chosen for their passion and expertise in a particular area. (Don’t let the word expertise scare you—-the more passionate you are about something, the more energy you devote to it and that makes you an expert compared to the general membership!) The Council President should, when making the appointment, share with the Commission Chair what she has chosen as a theme for her term. It might be a theme (or focus) for each commission, or one theme which can be applied to all of them.
If the President’s priority is HUNGER AWARENESS in the community, for example, all three Commissions could work on it together. Service might organize a food drive and a speaker to educate about nutritional needs in low income families. International hunger issues could be researched and this information shared with membership through a PowerPoint presentation, poster display or speaker.
Spirituality might prepare a special prayer service on the theme of HUNGER AWARENESS and ask your spiritual advisor to write a special prayer for your Council. A special event on the NCCW Day of Prayer and Fasting to End World Hunger would be planned. The CRS Rice Bowl recipes could be used for a luncheon, and the stories shared by different women in costumes. The Spirituality Chair could approach the pastor and ask that the parish Sunday mass intentions include those who are hungry.
Leadership would promote the events and theme with good publicity, articles in the newsletter or on the website, and outreach to all parish/diocesan offices involved with this theme. A panel could be assembled for a meeting at the parish or diocesan level with representatives from various ministries all focusing on how HUNGER effects their clients. Table decorations, through the hospitality committee, could reflect the theme—created from non-perishable foods to donate or with photos and information of global hunger.
If the President wanted to focus on MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT during her term, again all three Commissions could work on different aspects of the theme. Prayer begins every action in our organization, so Spirituality might help set up prayer partners for the membership—-because we all know that EVERYONE is a member of the membership committee! This is a wonderful way to include members who are homebound or at work during your regular meeting times. The NCCW Prayer for the Membership could be used by all at a designated time of day or day of the week. Membership growth, building relationships and becoming more inclusive might be themes of monthly opening prayer services for membership meetings.
MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT is not usually thought of as a Service Commission focus area—-but service projects are a great way to involve additional women (and potential new members!) Whenever you work in the community, or even within the parish, wear identifying NCCW aprons, T-shirts, scarves, pins and buttons. If you schedule a “meeting” at 9 with a “service project” to begin at 10—-invite younger (and very busy) women to join you at 10 and “stay and help as long as they can.” Allow them to leave to get the kids from soccer or have enough time to buy groceries. Be sure to start the service project time with another prayer—or blessing—-and thank them when they leave no matter how long they were able to be there!
Public Relations is an important part of the Leadership Commission’s work. Advertise in different locations on the parish campus and in the community. Send invitations (yes, use snail mail once in a while for impact) to groups who are already working in the same focus area as a speaker you have scheduled, or a project you are working on. For example: invite the prolife group to your Christ Child Shower when you collect baby items to donate, invite the youth minister and high school religious education moms when you plan to use the new Media: What is the Message program—-especially the chapter on dating, or invite the parish Junior & Sr. Girl Scouts or Heritage Girls and their moms to a living rosary or talk on the Blessed Mother.
One last—and important thing: the work of the Leadership Commission—-indeed, the work of all the Commissions—should not be set in stone! There are important things that happen every year, and we want to continue traditions and have continuity—but we are a living organization, part of a living faith filled community at every level—-and living things must continue to GROW and with growth comes CHANGE. Embrace it—it is the only way to move forward!
2015-2016 Council Year: Be Ready to Grow!
2015-16 Council Year
PREPARE: BE READY TO GROW!
by Pat Cetera and Jane Carter
During these hot and sunny summer days, sit with a cool drink and check out some of the many ideas and resources from the NCCW Commissions. Consider how you can use them in this next year to attract more women to the parish CCW meeting or increase attendance at the next A/DCCW Convention. Use the templates in the NCCW Guidance and Resource Manual on pages 12—15 and make a plan—-because we all know Ben Franklin was right when he said:
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
CHOOSE A THEME or FOCUS
“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.”
~ Robert H. Schuller
USE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION to PUBLICIZE and EDUCATE
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
~ Alexander Graham Bell
KEEP CONNECTED THROUGH PRAYER
“The more prepared you are, the less pressure you feel.”
~ Orrin Woodward
“Clearly outline your plans, acknowledge God and he will direct them for you. If you can have it planned, you can achieve it; if you have it planned big, you will achieve it big. Make your choice!”
~ Iraelmore Avivor
NCCW: “We are Called to Witness!”
By Jane Carter, Leadership Commission Chair
Wondering WHY you should evangelize?
Why you should share your love of Jesus and the Catholic faith?
After all, to know God means to know that he who created and willed me, who looks at me every moment with love, who blesses and upholds my life, who has the world and the people I love in his hand, who waits longingly for me, who wishes to fulfill and perfect me and to make me dwell forever with him, is there. To nod with your head at this is not enough. Christians must adopt Jesus’ way of life. (YOUCAT question 34)
Wondering HOW you can evangelize?
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, says begin with “hello!”
If there is someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, can you say “Hello.” to them? Can you say “Hello. How are you doing?” the next time you see them? Can you say “Hello. How are you doing? What’s been going on?” the very next time you see them? How far can you go?
Wondering WHEN you should evangelize?
From the Unites States Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Pastoral letter:
Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response—
“Being sent on a mission is a consequence of being a disciple. Whoever wants to follow Christ will have much to do on his behalf—announcing the Good News and serving others as Jesus did. Jesus’ call is urgent. He does not tell people to follow him at some time in the future but here and now—at this moment, in these circumstances. There can be no delay. ‘Go and proclaim the Kingdom of God!’
Ask the Parliamentarian: About Bylaws
By Pat Reymann, Professional Registered Parliamentarian
Q. Bylaws are scary! Can you break them down for me?
A. As you know, bylaws are very important because they define the basic structure of your organization. When they are followed, they assure consistency and fairness. Below is a suggested outline for the articles and the questions that should be addressed in each section of that particular article.
ARTICLE I. Name – What is the official name of your organization? What is the acronym that you prefer to use to describe it?
ARTICLE II. Object – What are the purposes or mission statement?
ARTICLE III. Membership – What are the qualifications for membership? What categories of membership are there? How are the dues determined (but don’t specify the amount)?
ARTICLE IV. Officers – What officers do you have? What are their qualifications? How are they nominated and elected? What are their duties? How long are their terms?
ARTICLE V. Meetings - What meetings do you have and when are they? What is the quorum (the minimum number of members who must be in attendance)? How are special meetings called?
ARTICLE VI. Board of Directors (optional)- Who makes up the Board (if you have one)? What are their responsibilities? What is the quorum for a Board meeting? When are the meetings and how are special meetings called?
ARTICLE VII. Committees – What are the names and duties of the Standing Committees? How are members selected? How are Special Committees formed? (Note: the Nominating Committee should appear in ARTICLE IV. Officers, not here.)
ARTICLE VIII. Parliamentary Authority – Something like… “The latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall be the parliamentary authority in all instances that do not conflict with these bylaws or other rules of order that the organization may adopt.”
ARTICLE IX. Amendment of Bylaws – What is the procedure for amending these bylaws (previous notice and a ? vote are recommended)?
Q. How often should the bylaws be reviewed?
A. Every 2 years is ideal. If there isn’t a Bylaws Committee already, a special committee can be formed to review them and make recommendations for amendments to the Board and assembly. Be sure to follow the amendment procedure specified in your own ARTICLE IX Amendment of Bylaws.
Leadership Training Development
Changing Roles By Suzanne Erpenbach, LTD Team Member
At times, we should review how we serve ‘as members of our family, parish and Council of Catholic Women.’
One summer, years ago, there was an opportunity to share time discussing stewardship with a group of teens. One activity divided the group into four-person teams. The first member operated as the team’s feet, the second as the ears to hear, the third member as the hands, and the fourth as the mouth. Each member could only perform his or her given task. The group effort was to approach a table, make a jelly sandwich, and pour water for the fourth member to consume.
It was interesting to observe as team members pondered their role. Conversations focused needs and efforts required communicating and working with one another, while respecting each person’s abilities and disabilities. Some noted that feet could be used as hands or could carry others to the meal table. Hands may be used for nonverbal communication. The teens came up with creative ideas for adaptations to complete the task and meet the needs of the group. Each team successfully completed the activity.
The exercise can be compared to the roles each person serves in a home, council and parish, complete with variations in age, race, culture, experience, and ability. Despite differences, we come as we are. We make up the modern-day body of Christ, present and serving through our daily efforts.
We share roles in faith and service, all vital to the presence and future of our council. Our participation as members of council is needed to maintain and develop programs, ministries, and environments. We continually develop and evolve in our roles through shared interactions. Each age teaches and models for others, broadening viewpoints and relationships.
We can assess change and growth in our councils by reviewing the roles we serve as members. Are we limited to serving as one part (e.g., hands only), or might we be able to adapt to other roles and abilities? How creative are we in finding ways to serve? How might we change our perspective? Might we be the perfect person to bring vitality, commitment, or dimension to our council?
As a new council year approaches, consider the exercise above to gain new perspective in realizing the value of the roles, large and small, you and others embrace. Christ calls us to share our life and faith with him. Let us answer, “Here I am, Lord, present and willing to serve.”
LTD programs offer presentations, activities and information related to leadership, discovering and using individual and group gifts, creative response, adjusting to change and more… with over 50 topics in the program. Check the NCCW website for information related to bringing a program to your area.
By Rosi Schumacher, Membership Chair Got a Goal???
There’s a saying that “A child will seldom surpass your expectations of him.” This is true of many things including our affiliations and our personal lives. There is a four letter word that separates the winners from the losers and that word is GOAL! Do you have a goal for your affiliation this year, or is your group just on “Cruise Control” moving aimlessly in whatever direction the wind blows it?
You, too, can be a winner, just like St John the Evangelist Affiliation from the diocese of Orlando. We all have the same tools, but this affiliation last year set a GOAL for their affiliation to increase their membership to 150 from 128, and when they reached that goal they didn’t stop there, but increased the goal and wound up with 198 members by the time reports were done! Even after the year end reports were written, they continued to attract new members and surpassed 200 by summer.
You will be able to read their report as part of the Membership Matters brochure this committee is compiling to help all affiliations increase their membership. If you know of an affiliation that had a huge increase in membership and would like to share their report with us, please email me at email@example.com.
Remember MEMBERSHIP is the job of all members, not just your membership chair.
NCCW – Sowers of Hope
by Carolyn Morrison
We are Sowers of Hope…..
Standing in the rain, praying on the sidewalk in front of the Abortion Clinic: We are Sowers of Hope.
Collecting food, handing out soup: We are Sowers of Hope.
Collecting and sorting clothes: We are Sowers of Hope.
Teaching children about Jesus: We are Sowers of Hope.
Building a hut: We are Sowers of Hope.
Lobbying the legislature: We are Sowers of Hope.
Teaching the grandchildren about human trafficking: We are Sowers of Hope.
Giving toothpaste to a shelter: We are Sowers of Hope.
Collecting plastic lids: We are Sowers of Hope.
Organizing a new affiliate: We are Sowers of Hope.
Covering a new bride with a mantle of prayer: We are Sowers of Hope.
Evangelizing the Good News: We are Sowers of Hope.
Healing the Wounds: We are Sowers of Hope.
Cuddling a baby: We are Sowers of Hope.
Arranging flowers: We are Sowers of Hope.
Facilitating a meeting: We are Sowers of Hope.
Teaching a new skill: We are Sowers of Hope.
Praying the rosary: We are Sowers of Hope.
Attending Mass together: We are Sowers of Hope.
Sharing a meal together: We are Sowers of Hope.
Caring for a sick sister: We are Sowers of Hope.
Hosting a dinner for the religious of the diocese: We are Sowers of Hope.
Inviting a new member to join CCW: We are Sowers of Hope.
Serving a meal at the homeless shelter: We are Sowers of Hope.
Preparing dinner for the Campus Ministry Mass and Meal: We are Sowers of Hope.
Giving a Bible to a prisoner: We are Sowers of Hope.
Loving each other: We are Sowers of Hope.
Forgiving the one who harmed us in some way: We are Sowers of Hope.
Fostering a relationship with the stranger: We are Sowers of Hope.
Vising the sick: We are Sowers of Hope.
Reading at a friend’s funeral: We are Sowers of Hope.
Telling someone that we love them: We are Sowers of Hope.
Omaha Council of Catholic Women Annual Province Meeting to be Held July 20
All women in the Arch/Dioceses of Omaha, Lincoln, and Grand Island are invited to attend the Omaha Province Meeting of the National Council of Catholic Women. The meeting will be held on Monday, July 20, 2015 at “Jubilee Hall”, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 518 West State Street, Grand Island, NE.
Registration will begin at 8:15 AM which will include coffee and rolls. The meeting will begin at 9:00 with a Living Rosary. Our guest speaker will be Eileen Love, who will speak about Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women), an educational apostolate started in Denver in 2003, and created for the purpose of educating women in the truths of the Catholic Faith.
Mass will be held at 11:15 AM with a catered lunch to follow. The afternoon will include a business session and reports from the three dioceses. Registration fee of $12 is payable at the door. Everyone is welcome!
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June 2015 President’s Message
By Rebecca Woodhull, Ph.D.
My Dear Council Sisters:
I just returned from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) annual Spring General Assembly, June 10-12, in St. Louis and, again, it was thrilling to be among all the shepherds of our U.S. Church as they deliberated on various issues. Both Eastern Eparchies and Latin Cardinals and A/Bishops were present, as well as some Auxiliary Bishops and retired prelates such as Cardinal McCarrick of Washington, DC. Read More
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|In this issue: • February 2015 President’s Message • From the NCCW Treasurer–Good News! • From the NCCW Secretary • From NCCW Past President Call for Nominations • President-Elect, Secretary, and Nominating Committee members Call for Resolutions • Resolutions: Why Make Them & What Should We Do With Them? Spirituality Commission • Year of Consecrated Life • Pope Francis quote and intentions for February Service Commission • 5 Ways to Make a Difference: Teen Dating Abuse We Are Called to Witness • Great Ideas for Evangelizing Leadership Commission • NCCW Members–Wise, Courageous, Loving Leaders • Ask the Parliamentarian – About the PARLIAMENTARIAN • Newsletter Knowhow • DCCW Convention Ads Legislative Advocacy Committee • CRS Responds to LifeSiteNews Story on Sex Ed Program • Catholics Speak to Congress About Church Priorities Leadership Training and Development • Recruiting and Retaining Membership NCCW 2015 Annual Convention • Getting Ready to Celebrate 95 Years Idea of the Month • Lenten Calendar In the News • NCCW Marches for Life Membership • Leadership and Advocacy Calls Calendars • NCCW Calendar • Diocesan Calendar Cross Catholic Outreach • Women Helping Women Campaign Mount Tabor Books • Spend a Week on Retreat with Saint Francis||February 2015 President’s Message By Rebecca Woodhull, Ph.D. Dear beloved NCCW sisters,I had a disturbing call from a woman the other day. She was asking about NCCW activities. When I mentioned the recent March for Life, our positions, NCCW’s participation with other national groups, and our resources on issues such as domestic abuse and pornography, she replied, “Well, you haven’t solved those problems!”Why haven’t we solved the problems of domestic abuse, human trafficking, or pornography yet? I was shocked at the woman caller’s comment and responded that just because we have not won the war doesn’t mean we should stop fighting. It was disturbing because she had obviously stopped fighting; her voice would not be heard.This call came on the heels of a New York Catholic television interview that I had just done via Skype on the topic of human trafficking. NCCW officers have done many media-related interviews to help get the word out on NCCW, its positions and programs.Now it is your turn! I challenge YOU to find out what media outlets are in your diocese and contact them. You can give them your name as a Catholic woman who belongs to the NCCW and they may call you for comments from a Catholic woman’s perspective!50 Shades of What? Let’s Hear That Voice!This weekend the highly publicized movie “50 Shades of Grey” is coming out (for Valentine’s Day), with two sequels planned. The film has been banned in some countries for being unnatural and sadistic. The film is rated R but as I read recently, “yesterday’s R is now PG-13, so what is R now?” Morality in Media argued that the rating “severely undermines the violent themes in the film and does not adequately inform parents and patrons of the film’s content…and was encouraging sexual violence.” The National Center on Sexual Exploitation website states “Hollywood is advertising the Fifty Shades story as an erotic love affair, but it is really about sexual abuse and violence against women. The porn industry has poised men and women to receive the message that sexual violence is enjoyable.”This film is targeted to “20-somethings”–our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews–to push the violent sex agenda. The movie trailer had the most YouTube views of 2014, and on-line ticket sales have been the highest in Fandango’s 15-year history. The Devil is very busy with this one! NCCW has written a letter of dissent to Universal Studios and I urge you and your parish CCW to write editorial letters and contact your movie houses to ask that they not allow the film. Let’s hear that voice!Our Service Commission is addressing Domestic Violence with a free brochure and resources you will read about in this issue of the Connect, including a domestic violence resource, Women Healing the Wounds, that you can download for free from our website. Please share these resources with your parish and put something on your group’s agenda to address this ever-present evil, which is now growing due to the influence of the media on marriages and families.To end on a more positive note, if you want to see a movie this weekend, a wholesome, faith-filled alternative is Old Fashioned. And, in honor of St. Valentine, priest and martyr, here is a Valentine Prayer for you:I said a Valentine prayer for you and asked the Lord above to fill your heart and bless your soul with the precious gift of love. I asked Him for sincere love–the kind that’s meant to stay. Just like the generous love you give to those you touch each day. I prayed for love from family and from every cherished friend. Then I asked the Lord to give you His love that knows no end. (Source unknown)This article can be shared online or in print. Please credit the National Council of Catholic Women|