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GENERAL MEETINGS are generally held on the third Thursday of each month, from September through May.  Meetings are held at St. Francis of Assisi Church.

December   (Christmas Party)




BOARD MEETINGS will be held at St. Dominic Church (unless otherwise noted) on the first Monday of the month or on an "as-needed" basis.




  • Children's Clothing and Toy Resale
  • Holiday visits to residents of Greenleaf
  • Confirmation receptions
  • Parish receptions as requested
  • Bake sale for Support Our Troops
  • Gift bags for residents of Guardian Angel Shelter for victims of domestic violence
  • Guest speakers at our meetings
  • Support for Take Back the Night
  • Back to School Fair
  • February Frolic
  • Fleece blankets for children at Joliet Shelter for Domestic Violence (program at October General Meeting)



  • Illinois Citizens for Life
  • Bolingbrook Police Department (domestic violence cards)
  • Support Our Troops
  • Project Heifer International
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Bolingbrook FISH (Thanksgiving baskets)
  • NCCW Annual Giving
  • Joliet Diocesan Annual Appeal
  • Bishop Blanchette Scholarship Fund
  • Catholic Charities
  • Donations to St. Dominic and St. Francis Parishes
  • St. Dominic School Spring Fling

NEXT MEETING: February 15, 2018



Did you know -- if you are a Catholic woman, at least 18 years of age, and a member of a church parish, you are a member of the St. Dominic/St. Francis Council of Catholic Women.  It's free, it's fun, it's enlightening!!!

The Council of Catholic Women is committed to responding with Gospel values to the needs of our world today.  We hope that you will consider joining us.




The St. Dominic/St. Francis Council of Catholic Women is proud to announce the 2017 Woman of the Year -- GITA LORING

Gita was honored at the Woman of the Year celebration held at St. Raymond's Cathedral on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Please check our photo page for a few pictures of Gita receiving her certificate from the Bishop. 


The Council of Catholic Women presented Bishop Barron's new DVD series, "CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players"
on six Thursday nights, in the St. Francis Room.  
The dates were Feb. 16, Feb. 23, Mar. 16, Mar. 23, Mar. 30, and Apr. 6.
St. Francis of Assisi, the Reformer, radically and literally lived as Jesus commanded to transform the Church.
St. Thomas Aquinas, the Theologian, demonstrated that faith and reason are not at odds, as they come from the same source.
St. Catherine of Siena, the Mystic, gave testimony to the reality of the spiritual dimension here and beyond.
Blessed John Henry Newman, the Convert, left a prestigious career to seek and preach the apostolic faith.
G.K. Chesterton, the Evangelist, publicly, humbly, and humorously announced the paradoxes and truth of Christianity.
Michelangelo, the Artist, dramatically demonstrated that beauty and creativity are a primary route of access to God.
The JDCCW February Frolic event, "The Heart of Jesus," was held on February 25, 2017, at Al's Steak House in Joliet.  
The Council of Catholic Women has been providing grade level appropriate service opportunities for Religious Education students.  
Third and fourth grade students will be creating "blessings bags" for the homeless.  To accomplish this, we will be relying upon
generous contributions of supplies.  Please bring items to the designated collection box the weekends of
January 28/29 and February 4/5 or to your child's RE class the weeks of January 30--February 10.


The September 15, 2016 meeting welcomed Tom Ross, the Public Safety Director for the Village of Bolingbrook.





The October 20, 2016 meeting was a craft night.  Materials for a craft project were provided and gifts were made for the residents

of Greenleaf.  Members were also able to make one and take it home.





Our Third Annual "Spirituali-Tea" (an evening of wisdom and grace, featuring inspiration by Mrs. Deb Drager, Past Diocesan President)

was held on November 17, 2016.  




The Council's Christmas Dinner was enjoyed by all at Gordon Biersch in the Promenade on December 6, 2016.   






A Million Acts of Mercy

During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the National Council of Catholic Women has
challenged members and friends to join in performing one million acts of mercy between
now and the Feast of Christ the King on November 20. As an affiliate of the National
Council of Catholic Women, St. Dominic and St. Francis CCW is offering you the
opportunity to be a part of the challenge.
Wel met at St. Francis Parish on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 for an evening of "Dress A Girl".
This is an ongoing project that makes dresses for little girls who have nothing
and would be unable to attend school without the dresses we make. Our dresses have helped little girls in our
own country as well as traveling to countries all over the world.
You don't need special skills or talent to help. There are plenty of non-sewing jobs. If
you have scissors, bring them. We can always use sewing machines. Other than that we
provide everything.
Join us in this one small way of celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy on April 21.



The Council of Catholic Women invited you to join us for part of your Lenten journey at an evening of 
prayer, fasting and almsgiving on Thursday, March 17 at St. Francis Parish with a soup supper,
followed by "God's Name is Mercy," presented by Sister Jane Schlosser. 
This was followed by an opportunity to learn about and donate to "Watts of Love," a global solar lighting 
non-profit committed to bringing people the power to raise themselves out of the darkness of poverty. 
Learn more at 


We had INDOOR RECESS on February 18th.  
The Lewis University Nursing students showed us some fun ways to be more active and to get moving!
Nanci Reiland and her nursing students presented an evening dedicated to assisting us to practice healthy lifestyles.  
The focus involved some safe and fun ways to get moving.  Some healthy snacks were provided.


The St. Dominic-St Francis CCW Christmas Party was held on December 9, 2015, at Gordon Biersch Brewery.  Joyce P. and Barbara G. planned the event.  All attending enjoyed good food, games, and grab bag fun.



The Council of Catholic Women, once again presented a “ Spirituali-‘Tea" on November 19, 2015.  All women were invited to share in the wisdom and grace of Sister Jane Schlosser, inspiring us with  “Joy and Laughter - Music of the Heart,” and a helping of some “hospitali-tea.”

We invited hostesses and participants to join us for this special event. As a hostess, you sponsor a table of 6 to 8 of your own guests and/or welcome individual guests. Each hostess provides or assigns tablemates to provide disposable serve goods and 2-3 desserts for the table, optional tea of your choice, a coffee carafe and a teapot and optional centerpiece. Table coverings, coffee, regular tea, and condiments were provided.  There is no additional cost. Space is limited.

Those attending were part of an evening reflecting upon and enjoying the special blessings of friends, old and new, as we celebrated the music of joy and laughter in our hearts!




We've all been inspired by the example of service to the poor, the sick and the marginalized that Pope Francis has shown us. The Council of Catholic Women is offering you an opportunity to serve locally. We once again sponsored a Dress A Girl night at St. Francis Parish on Thursday, October 15, 2015. We made dresses for little girls who couldn't attend school without the dresses we make for them and fleece blankets for dialysis patients in Bolingbrook and Naperville.  Those attending had fun and went home feeling that we accomplished something good.




Sadly, summer is over, but the St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women invited you to a new season of Council activities by bringing your "inner artist" to our first ever Make It and Take It event on September 17 at 7:00 at St. Francis Parish. Everyone had an opportunity to rotate through three stations and learn about designing and making your own greeting cards, decorating cupcakes and making Halloween bracelets for the little ones in your lives.  We enjoyed a relaxing evening of prayer, met old friends and new ones, enjoyed some delicious treats and learned about what we have planned for the rest of the year.






Among our accomplishments over the past year, we count two Children's  Resales, Two Women at the Well Spiritual Events,
two Dress a Girl Around the World service opportunities, an Evening of Wellness and participation in Diocesan and National
conventions and Deanery events.  We have hosted three Confirmation receptions, and breakfast for our Greenleaf seniors and
enjoyed a festive Christmas Dinner together.  We have provided financial or material support to Illinois Citizens for Life,
St Dominic School, Project Gabriel, and Dress a Girl.

We thank you for your service and participation to help make these achievements possible.  Please join us to see what else we can achieve.

On May 21, 2015, we gathered to celebrate the conclusion of a successful year of spirituality and service. We began with Mass, followed by dinner, dessert, and socializing.


The Council of Catholic Women invited you to join us on April 16th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi in Bolingbrook for another fun evening of creating dresses for little girls around the world who couldn’t go to school without the clothing we send them.  Those prepared to pin, sew, iron and finish dresses completed over 40 dresses!  We also made a small treasure such as a fabric doll or a bracelet to put in one of the pockets.   We all helped make a huge difference in the life of a little girl we will never meet and had fun while we were doing it.  


Woman of the Year 

This celebration of the good works of our Parish women is hosted each Spring by the Joliet Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.  The Council of Catholic Woman, while it has deanery, diocesan, national, and even international roles, is fundamentally a parish organization offering its women spiritual, educational, service, and yes - social - opportunities.  The women who make this happen in a parish may or may not be the officers of the organization, but they are the 'workers in the Lord's vinyard'. 

This year, our Council was proud to honor Karen Koenig for her past involvement and love for the Council of Catholic Women.  Unfortunately, we lost Karen a year ago, though she is still in the hearts of her "friends for the journey."  Her daughters, Monica, Rebecca, and Cheryl, along with grandson Braden, accepted this award on their mother's behalf at the Women of the Year Mass held at the Cathedral in Joliet on April 18, 2015.



The Council of Catholic Women presented "Woman at the Well – a Lenten Perspective" on March 19, 2015.  Our presenter was Sister Glenna Czachor OSF, who guided us through a Lenten reflection, group meditation and prayer as seen through a woman’s perception. A light supper was served. 


The St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women held an evening offering screenings, healthy recipes and tips on healthy lifestyles at St. Francis on Thursday, February 19th.  Interactive heart health awareness events, conversations and heart healthy refreshments were available.


(These are some of the events to be sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women for 2015) 

St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women invites you to join us for any or all of the remaining events for winter and spring 2015.  Newcomers are always welcome!

  • February 19 – Heart Health – screenings, recipes and health tips.
  • March 5, 12, 19, 26, and 31 – registration for Spring Resale.
  • March 19 – Women at the Well – Lenten reflection with Wheaton Franciscan Sister Glenna Czachor, OSF
  • April 11 – Spring Resale
  • April 16 – Dress A Girl – last chance this season to help make dresses for little girls who need them to wear to school.  No sewing skills necessary.

All events are at St. Francis, east entrance.  Resale registration 6:00 to 7:00 PM, resale 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, all other events 7:00 PM.


The CCW Christmas Party was held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at Traverso's Restaurant in Naperville.  Dinner and socializing were enjoyed by all, and the gift exchange ended the evening on a fun note.


On Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:00 p.m.  Women at the Well presented a Friendship Spirituali-'tea' at St. Francis.  All women were invited to share in the wisdom and grace of Sister Jane Schlosser on the blessings of friendships as well as some hospitali-"tea"!  

Each hostess sponsored a table of 6 to 8 of their own guests.  Each hostess provided or assigned tablemates to provide disposable serviceware, 2-3 desserts for the table, optional tea of their choice, a coffee carafe, teapot, and optional centerpiece.

Table coverings, coffee, regular tea, and condiments were provided.  There was no additional cost.  



On Oct. 16th, we met at St. Francis Church and pinned, sewed, ironed and finished dresses for girls around the world. It’s hard to imagine that there are places in the world where girls can’t go to school because they don’t have clothing.  We can make a difference and have fun doing it.

Women who attended were instructed how to sew or iron, cut out or pin the very simple style dresses we want to make. In the dress pocket we include a simple cloth doll to say someone loves you. We may never know to what part of the world our dresses will go, only that we have shared God’s love with one of his precious daughters.

Watch for another "Dress A Girl Around the World" event.  If you are a sewer, please bring your machine. If you have scissors for fabric or an iron, bring those too. We have something to do for everyone, YOU DON’T HAVE TO SEW.


We met on September 18, 2014, at St Francis for our premier event of the season. We rolled out our new format (no business meeting) and started out in the very best way with Mass in Church at 6:30. Then we gathered for hospitality featuring the usual array of delicious refreshments and time to make new friends and reconnect with others.  It was a special time to be together as we started a year of spiritual growth, service opportunities and hospitality. 

Looking forward to seeing you at our next event.  (Dress A Girl Around the World on 10/16/14).



If you’re wondering why you’re so tired, here’s a partial list of what we did in 2013-2014: 

*   three Dress A Girl events where we made dresses for girls so they would have something to wear to school

*   a Toy Resale that offered a chance to do your Christmas shopping at reasonable prices

*   two Children’s Clothing Resales – spring and fall

*   a seasonal visit to Greenleaf with gifts and breakfast treats

*   a craft night

*   service projects

*   we also support Illinois Citizens for Life, Catholic Charities, both St. Dominic and St. Francis Parishes, St. Dominic School, Catholic Relief Services, the Bishop Blanchette Scholarship Fund (for high school students attending diocesan schools) and the Joliet Diocesan Annual Appeal.

Plan to join us in future Council-sponsored activities.


May 15, 2014 

We have come to the end of another successful CCW year at St. Dominic and St. Francis. We celebrated on Thursday, May 15 at 7:00 at St. Francis with a potluck dinner.  The CCW provided the entrée and drinks and those attending were asked to bring a side or dessert. 

We wanted to thank everyone who made this year a success by hosting a relaxed and fun evening.  We thanked our outgoing officers, welcomed and blessed our incoming board members, and announced plans for next year. We want to thank everyone who helped out this year.  Please plan on joining us in the upcoming year.


April 24, 2014

Another evening of sewing, ironing, cutting, and pinning was held to make more dresses for the Dress a Girl Around the World project.  We love seeing the dresses from start to finish and will be planning another project night in the near future.


March 20, 2014

The Council of Catholic Women presented an evening of Easter craft ideas to take home and share with your favorite children.  No bunnies here!  These crafts are based on the real message of Easter and are a great way to teach children the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Instructions were available to see how to make Easter napkin rings with a piece of the story on each one to share around the table and an Easter calendar – similar to the Advent calendar we all know.  Templates were available to make your own Easter scene which is a lot like the Nativity sets you just put away.   We also learned how the kids can help make two different “empty tomb” treats that tell a story and taste great too!

As always we began and ended with prayer, shared all the news of what your Council of Catholic Women has coming up next and spent some time sharing sisterhood and goodies.  

February 20, 2014

We had a special treat for those attending the meeting this month.  Our guest speaker was Christine Berrong of Just Desserts, a bakery that opened in Bolingbrook last November.  She gave us some insight into what it's like to open your own business.  Christine's bakery specializes in individual and small sharing desserts such as mini-cakes, cupcakes, handmade caramels, cheesecakes, fruit slices, dessert shooters, cream puffs as well as natural dog treats and pupcakes.  They do cookie trays and sweet tables and Christine says, "Any dessert you can think of we can make it!"  Visit the Just Desserts website or Facebook page for photos that will make you drool. 



Another evening of sewing, ironing, cutting, and pinning was held to make more dresses for the Dress a Girl Around the World project.  The weather didn't quite cooperate, but we had a roomful of hardworking people to help this ministry.  Don't worry if you missed it -- we'll be planning another project night in the near future.


On December 4, 2013, we celebrated Christmas with dinner at Traverso's. 


Our Toy Resale was held on November 9, 2013.  Thanks to the hard work of our co-chairs, Stacy and Susan, and all of the workers and volunteers that helped at the sale.  Santa and his elves might not have to work so hard this year!  


On Thursday, November 21, 2013, we will meet to prepare a craft gift for the residents of Greenleaf at our General Meeting.


We wish to thank everyone who came out to contribute to the success of the Dress a Girl project.  Whether you lugged a sewing machine, ironing board and iron and used them, helped make dolls, bracelets, tags, pinned or added elastic, your contribution to the evening made a difference!  We thank the Elizabeth Ministry for partnering with us and helping to get the word out.  A special note of thanks to Jan Wallace for suggesting this worthy project and Deacon Rob Wallace for all of his assistance in setting up for the evening.  We pray that the Lord will continue to bless Ann Marie and her family as they carry out this work.


Dress a Girl Around the World

Join us on October 24th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Church as we pin, sew, iron and finish dresses for girls around the world.  It's hard to imagine that there are places in the world where girls can't go to school because they don't have clothing.  You can make a difference and have fun doing it.

We are in need of women who can sew or iron, cut out or pin the very simple style dresses we want to make.  In the dress pocket we will include a simple cloth doll to say someone loves you.  We may never know to what part of the world our dresses will go, only that we have shared God's love with one of his precious daughters.

If you are a sewer, please bring your machine.  If you have scissors for fabric or an iron, bring those too.  We have something to do for everyone, you don't have to sew. 

Sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women and Elizabeth Ministry.  For more information, call Jan Wallace (630-739-1185).


October 17, 2013

Join us Thursday, October 17th, in the St. Francis Room of St. Francis Parish at 7:00 p.m.  Tell us briefly about your favorite pastime -- scrapbooking? -- bowling? -- yoga? -- collecting? -- gardening?  Whatever it may be, we'd love to hear about it and see any examples if possible, so "prepare to share"!

We begin, as always, with meaningful prayer and will update you on important goings-on with delicious refreshments and building relationships along the way. 


September 19, 2013 

Calling ALL women of the Parish.  We need your unique ideas, experiences and perspective. The Council of Catholic Women invites you to the first meeting of the year on September 19th to have a look-see at the events and programs planned for the year.  "Dress A Girl Around the World," Undy Sunday, and visits with residents of Greenleaf are a few of the activities planned for the year.  All meetings begin (at 7:00 p.m.) and end with glorious prayer and refreshments at St. Francis Church.  The September 19th meeting will have a very brief meeting, pizza, and a fun-filled game of Bunco.   HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.

2012-2013 IN REVIEW
The St Dominic/St. Francis Council of Catholic Women celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. Each year we hold a Fall and a Spring Children’s Clothing and Toy Resale and a Christmas Toy Resale. These events not only give service to the communities by allowing participants to buy and sell goods at low cost, but they also enable our CCW to have funds to engage in our mission “to support, empower and educate its members in spirituality, leadership and service.”
We are grateful to our pastors, Fr Herb Essig and Fr David Lawrence for their continuous support, and we appreciate the efforts of the parish staffs for their assistance.  By supporting the work of CCW, you also help us achieve our goals of “responding with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world” in the following ways: Donations were made to Catholic Charities, Sucre Medical Mission trip, Project Gabriel, Bishop Blanchette Scholarship Fund, Illinois Citizens for Life, Undy Sunday, St. Dominic Prayer Blanket Ministry, K of C Gingerbread Houses for Intellectually Disabled, and NCCW Giving Appeal. We presented programs on Women’s Health, The Sucre Medical Mission and Fair Trade. We provided a Christmas breakfast and gifts at Greenleaf, and cash gifts at Christmas to both parishes, clergy and religious. We prepared prayer shawls for the Martha Mary Ministry and 1,000 blessed Mother's Day Prayer Squares. We served confirmation receptions and celebrated the 50th anniversary of St Dominic Parish as well as our Woman of the Year, Sophie Hibberd. We processed scholarship applications to submit a candidate for the Bishop Blanchette Scholarship. We participated in Diocesan and Deanery Council events and most importantly, each time we gathered to meet, celebrate or serve, we have prayed in meaningful and spiritually uplifting ways!  Finally, did you know that ALL women who ascribe to the above stated mission of the St Dominic /St Francis CCW are members of the Council of Catholic Women? Our officers, Board and members look for-
ward to further serving you in the future.






On Thursday, February 21, we will gather together in the St Francis Room of St Francis Church at 7PM to pray Mary’s Stations of the Cross. Later we will learn the answer to the question “What Would Jesus Brew?” and more Fair Trade information. We will also be fringing, tying and hand stitching prayer shawls to supplement the St Francis Martha Mary Ministry while we enjoy the warmth of each other’s company and some mighty good refreshments. Please come, and bring a friend! If you can bring a refreshment to share, we would welcome it. Thank you.


Please join us Thursday, October 25 at 7PM in the St Francis Room for an evening dedicated to women’s health matters. As our spiritual health is foremost, we will begin promptly with prayer. A representative from Walgreens will be on hand to offer health shots to interested men and women at a cost of $25.99 (a $6 discount) or most major health care insurance plans can be billed through Walgreens. Elizabeth O’Connell, R.N., will provide us with useful   information pertaining to health and wellness for women. Social time, refreshments and organization updates will follow. The Council of Catholic Women wants you to be your best, healthy self, so make it a point to join us  then.



Save The Date --You Are Invited
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
St. Dominic-St Francis CCW Christmas Party
Traverso’s Restaurant
2523 Plainfield-Naperville Road
Naperville, Illinois
Cocktails- - 6:30 p.m.
Dinner - 7:00 p.m.
Individual Checks -- Order Off Menu
RSVP by Saturday, December 1, 2012
Barbara Garavalia
Joyce Proudian
$10.00 Gift Exchange -- Optional
Games and Prizes


St. Dominic/St. Francis Council of Catholic Women

Minutes Board Meeting August 6, 2012


In attendance: Mary Mitchell, Karen Koenig, Judy Singer, Sue Guglielmi Donna Zonca, Jan Wallace, Joyce Proudian, Karen Britvich, Joan Ruth


Meeting came to order at 7:09PM


Jan Wallace led us in the Opening Prayer, Unite Us Lord in Your Spirit.


 President Mary Mitchell presided over the meeting and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.


No minutes were available from the previous board meeting.


Treasurer’s Report:   As of 7/31/12

Checking: $1,244.71   Savings: 2,264.35        CLDF $.00


Old Business: By-Laws – Sue Guglielmi – By committee reviewed and made changes.  Recording Secretary in the process of typing up the changes.  Standing Rules will need to have changes and additions.


New Business:


Call to JDCCW Convention packet was received by Mary and passed around for the board to review. 

·         A motion was made and seconded to take a full page ad in the JDCCW Convention Ad Book.  The motion was amended to take a ½ page ad for $75.  Motion carried.

·         A motion was made and seconded to donate a $50.00 raffle prize for the BBSF Convention Raffle.  Motion carried.  The prize will be in the form of a monetary donation.


Council Audit Committee chaired by Donna Zonca will contact the committee for a date to meet.

Council Budget Committee chaired by Sue Guglielmi will contact the committee for a date to meet.


A Spiritual Bouquet for Father Herb will be created and sent via email by Joan Ruth.


Board Roster was distributed, edited and corrected.


The August Children’s clothing and Toy resale has 40 people registered as of this date.


The December 5 Christmas dinner will take place at Traverso’s in Naperville. The time is 6:30 with dinner taking place at 7:00. We will have separate checks and a private dining room.


Calendar dates:


September 20th 3rd Thursday.  The St. Francis Room has been scheduled by the Parish for a Women at the Well Presentation/Program.  Discussion entailed on whether we want to participate. Sue Guglielmi will check with the office to see if a small room is available for us to meet after the presentation. 


ICL Dinner – Tickets are $70 each and the ad book is $60. 


Undy Sunday  is October 7. 


November Toy ResaleStacy has procured a date at St. Dominic’s Gym.


Spring Clothing and Toy Resale – Dates penciled in for April 12-14, 2012.


Closing Prayer – Our Lady of Good Council.


Meeting adjourned: 8:50.




Sister Jane did a presentation on the Resurrection Gospels.  Refreshments and fellowship followed




Sr. Beatrice Baker spoke at our March 15th Council of Catholic Women meetingat St. Francis of Assisi Parish at 7:00 p.m.  Sr. Bea ministers in Joliet, IL at the Will CountyAdult Detention Facility.  She is a member of the team of the non-profit organization,Center for Correctional Concerns (CCC).  The team serves the jail inmates in various capacities:  pastoral, social services, educational, and lending library.  CCC also has a significant number of volunteers who are teacher-aides, assistant librarians, leaders of AA meetings, along with Sunday services and bible groups.  Used paperback books, especially those dealing with spirituality subjects, are most welcome.  Her topic is "God Loves You and So Do We." Refreshments were served following the meeting.           



Project Night -- join us as we do a project for the Pastoral Care Ministry.  Learn how to make Prayer Shawls and enjoy light refreshment and fellowship. 











First Place Prize is $50

For more information email or call Maggie McGuire or 630-904-0877




Our annual Christmas Party was held at the Olive Garden Restaurant on Weber Road in Bolingbrook on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, and a GREAT time was had by all.  What a great way to get in the holiday spirit.  Plan to join us next year!  


Our November meeting started off with a prayer service, a short meeting, and then the members got down to making . . . I can't tell you -- it's a surprise for the residents of Greenleaf. The CCW ladies will be hosting a breakfast at Greenleaf on Saturday.  If you would like to join and help serve, please contact one of the officers.



A message from the President (of CCW, not the USA)...


I want to thank Sue for the wonderful tables of refreshments.  everyone needs to attend meetings to share friendship and refreshments.  I was not able to be at the September meeting, but I was told this was a wonderful meeting from the prayer service, the one pound auction, and the wonderful refreshments of many different and abundant appetizers.  Thank you Pat, Sue, and Fr. Herb for leading the Auction.  Congratulation to Nancy on your adult Wizard of Oz red shoes!  This past October meeting Sue once again performed magic by the wonderful blue clothed tables filled with varieties of wines, cheeses, fruits, meats, olives, and nuts.  Her table setting made me feel as if I was out for the refreshments and friendships and the meeting was secondary.  It was wonderful.  I hope that you will all take the opportunity to join us for Sue's wonderful evenings of elegance.  Karen K.



Some of our recent events. . .


The Council of Catholic Women collected donations for Operation Support Our Troops.  Boxes were available to collect the "top ten needed items," including:

tuna flat packs;

peanut butter, 28 oz. or less in plastic jars;

canned fruit, 28 oz. or less;

jelly, 28 oz. or less in plastic jars;

beef jerky, Slim Jims;

Pop Tarts;

cereal bars;

non-aerosol sunscreen;

non-aerosol insect repellent or wipes;

gallon zip lock bags

In addition, and of great importance, notes of support and thanks to our troops may also be included.  Also appreciated are donations.  Each care package costs $20.00 to ship.  Checks in any amount made out to Operation Support Our Troops of Illinois will be accepted.


Thank you and God bless you for remembering our military personnel overseas. 


A Chili Cook-Off took place on Saturday, March 5th after the 5:00 p.m. Mass at St. Francis sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women.  There were eight chili entries enjoyed by all.  Congratulations to Jan Wallace, who won for the "best" chili.


 Sister Jane Schlosser RSM presented an Evening of Reflection on the Holy Eucharist on March 17th at St Francis of Assisi Church in Bolingbrook. The miracle of the Holy Eucharist was first instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper, and is the true presence of Jesus Christ in the bread and the wine.

Our evening began at 6:30 pm with a light supper followed by Sister Jane’s presentation.

Sr. Jane is on the staff of the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien, IL and holds a Doctorate of Ministry Degree, works in Spiritual Development and gives much of herself sharing with those who come to the Center.


All members of the parish were invited to participate in an evening of Spirit filled Faith and Fellowship






Board Meeting

March 7, 2011


Present:  Karen Koenig, Jan Wallace, Sue Guglielmi, Joyce Proudian, Barbara Garavalia, Joan Ruth, Mary Mitchell, Pat Cetera, Donna Zonca, Maggie McGuire


Call to order:  7:10

Opening Prayer

Minutes:  February board meeting minutes approved

Treasurer’s Report:  Checking account - $2104.42, Savings accounts - $2259.50.  Report attached.


Unfinished Business:

  • BBSF applications – no response from anyone in either parish yet
  • Chili cook-off was a success.  About 40-50 people attended and sampled.  Jan Wallace won first place.
  • The nominating committee is in place and working on a slate
  • The West Will Deanery is looking for names for their nominating committee.
  • BBSF Friends Luncheon fundraiser is at White Fence Farm on March 26.
  • Sister Jane Schlosser is the speaker for the March meeting.  Dinner is at 6:30.
  • 2 or 3 former service women will speak about their experiences at the April meeting.  We have permission for a collection for the troops at both parishes on the weekends of May 1 and May 7.


New Business:

  • Take Back the Night is coming up.
  • Deadline for Woman of the Year reservations is March 25.
  • ACS Relay for Life is coming up.  A motion was made to sponsor Marge Vargas’s daughter.  Motion carried.  Motion form attached.
  • Renewal for our website is due March 21.  A motion was made to renew for one year at $35.  Motion carried.  Motion form attached.


Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:35.

Closing Prayer



Board Meeting
November 1, 2010

Present:  Karen Koenig, Pat Cetera, Maggie McGuire, Joyce Proudian, Sue Guglielmi, Jan Wallace, Mary Mitchell

Call to order:  8:20 PM
Minutes:  The October minutes were approved with the addition of Joyce Proudian as present.
Correspondence:  None
Treasurer’s report:  Checking - $3696.30, Council Leadership Development Fund - $695.04, WACI - $208.00.  Report attached.

Unfinished Business

  • Toy Resale – there are 3 people registered with two registration dates to go.  Karen will speak to the principal at St. Dominic’s regarding what room we will be able to use for counting.  Advertising for the resale was in both parish bulletins this past weekend.
  • JDCCW Convention – there were a few comments regarding the Convention last weekend.
  • Entertainment books – 25 have been sold to date.  They will be sold for two more weekends at St. Francis.
  • CCW Christmas party will take place at White Fence Farm on December 7 at 6:00 with dinner being served at 6:45.  Prices are:  chicken – 20.00, shrimp – 21.00, whitefish – 22.00, rib eye - $26.00 and vegetarian – 16.00
  • St. Nicholas Event – Father Herb has agreed to play St. Nick
  • Christmas party at Greenleaf will take place on December 4.  A motion was made to provide up to $200 for expenses.  Motion carried.  Motion form attached.
  • November general meeting – will be making small photo albums for the Greenleaf party.  We will start with refreshments and a brief meeting.  We will ask for non perishable food donations.

New Business

  • Christmas gifts – a motion was made to donate $500 to each parish for Christmas.  Motion carried.  Motion form attached.

Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 PM.

General Meeting
October 21, 2010

Call to order:  The meeting was called to order at 8:05.
Minutes:  The minutes of the September 16 general meeting were approved
Correspondence:  None
Treasurer’s Report:  Checking - $4267.69, Council Leadership Development Fund - $695.04, WACI - $168.00.  Report attached.

Unfinished Business

  • Undie Sunday – items collected from both parishes were delivered to Day Break
  • Toy resale – working on publicity.  Drop off is November 19
  • St. Nicholas event will be held on Saturday, December 11.  A motion was made to approve up to $150 to cover expenses.  Motion carried.  Motion form attached.
  • Christmas Dinner will be at White Fence Farm on December 7 at 6:00
  • Entertainment books will be sold the weekend of October 30 and 31 at St. Francis
  • NCCW dues are now $90 for parishes
  • ICL annual dinner – Mary Mitchell and her husband attended.   Report attached.

New Business

  • The November 18 meeting will be a service project night to make Christmas photo albums for Greenleaf.

Adjournment:  The meeting adjourned at 8:50

Board Meeting
October 4, 2010

Present: Barbara Garavalia, Judy Singer, Donna Zonca, Sue Guglielmi, Mary Mitchell, Pat Cetera, Karen Koenig, Jan Wallace, Joan Ruth
Call to order:  7:10 PM
Opening Prayer
Minutes:  Minutes of the August 30 board meeting were approved.
Correspondence:  Request for donation from Morningstar Mission.
Treasurer’s Report:  Checking-$4267.48, Council Leadership Development Fund-$694.93, WACI-$168.00.  Report attached.


Unfinished Business
o Undie Sunday – Some items were already donated.  The collection will continue at both parishes next weekend.
o Toy resale – the flier has gone to both parishes.  Pat will send a copy of the flier to a list of churches and day care centers.  She will also write a short article on the toy resale to be sent to the Chicago Tribune for their local section.
o JDCCW Convention – Karen took the check from our council for an ad in the ad book to the office.  Most of the St. Dominic/St. Francis is going.
o NCCW 2011 Convention – discussed fundraising for the national convention in Chicago next year.  A motion was made to disburse funds from our savings account to the Council Leadership Development Fund ($1200) from the last two resales to go towards our fundraising efforts.  Motion carried.  We will continue to raise funds through WACI, but also keep our options open on larger fundraisers.
o October general meeting – Sue Rosenmeyer will speak on grief starting at 7:00.  Speaker will be followed by refreshments, prayer and meeting.  A motion was made to donate $100 to the speaker.  Motion carried.  Motion form attached.
o CCW will act as greeters before and after the 10:00 Mass at St. Dominic.
o Entertainment Books – 8 sold so far.
o West Will Fall Coffee is October 12 at 6:30 at St. Mary in Minooka.
o ICL dinner – the check for our ad has been sent.   We will also purchase 2 tickets to the dinner.
o St. Nick Program – a motion was made to budget $150 for expenses for the program.  Motion carried.  Motion form attached.

New Business
o November meeting – this will be a service night at St. Francis.  Details TBA.
o Greenleaf Christmas visit – scheduled for December 4 at 9:30 AM.
o CCW Christmas Dinner – December 7 at 6:00 at White Fence Farm.

Closing Prayer
Adjournment: 8:45



Board Meeting


August 30, 2010


Present: Karen Koenig, Jan Wallace, Barbara Garavalia, Judy Singer, Donna Zonca, Sue Guglielmi, Maggie McGuire, Mary Mitchell, Joyce Proudian, Pat Cetera


Call to order: 7:10

Approval of Minutes:  The August 2 minutes were approved as printed.

Correspondence:  None

Treasurer’s Report:  Checking-$3032.20, Council Leadership Development Fund-$694.82, WACI-$168.00.

Resale – Total sales $4915.60, CCW profit $1337.98

Copy of report attached.


 Unfinished Business:

  • Fall resale – went smoothly.  We need more publicity for the toy resale.  All sellers at this resale got a flier regarding the toy resale in their envelopes.
  • Undie Sunday will be held at both parishes on October 3.
  • Bracelets for Brandon will be sold September 11 and 12 at St. Dominic’s after all the Masses.
  • Toy resale – sign up, set up, and sale dates are set.  We will have a Spanish speaker to help at the resale.  Registration will be Wednesday, October 27 from 6:00 to 8:00, Saturday, November 6 from 9:00 to 11:00, Thursday, November 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 at St. Francis.  Resale dates are November 19 and 20 at St. Dominic.
  • JDCCW convention – deadline for registration and all other paperwork is September 22.
  • JDCCW ad book – a motion was made to take a full page ad in the convention ad book at a cost of $125.  Motion carried.  Motion form attached.
  • BBSF raffle – a motion was made to donate a basket for the raffle at a value of $50.  Motion carried.  Motion form attached.


New business

  • Entertainment books are in.  The cost is $25.  We will receive $5 each for up to 35 books and ½ of the cost of the book for every one after that. 
  • October 21 meeting will be a bunco and white elephant night.
  • Tuesday, October 12 is the WW Fall Coffee at St. Mary in Minooka with registration at 6:30.
  • NCCW Sunday will be marked at St. Francis on October 3 which is Undie Sunday.  CCW members will act as greeters and there will be a petition included regarding CCW.  The same thing will repeat at St Dominic on October 17.
  • NCCW Convention will be in Chicago in 2011.  We will consider fundraising of some kind to help more women attend.


Closing prayer

Meeting adjourned: 9:35

Board Meeting
August 2, 2010

Present: Pat Cetera, Karen Koenig, Jan Wallace, Joan Ruth, Joyce Proudian, Donna Zonca, Mary Mitchell, Sue Guglielmi, Judy Singer.

Call to order:  7:10 PM
Approval of minutes:  The May 3 board meeting minutes were approved as printed.
Correspondence: None
Treasurer’s Report:  Checking - $3,032.06, Council Leadership Development Fund - $694.71, WACI - $168.00.  Report attached.

Unfinished Business:

  • Back to School Fair supplies were collected at both parishes and will be delivered on August 5.
  • Joan Ruth moved to donate $100 to the DuPage Township Back to School Project.  Motion approved.  Motion form attached.
  • Fall Resale – 24 sellers registered as of today with one more registration going on tonight and another next week.
  • Bracelets for Brendan – 50 new ones were made and some of those were sold at the recent fundraiser at Tailgaters.  There will be a sale at St. Dominic’s after the Masses.  We are aiming for September 12 (Grandparents Day) but haven’t cleared the date with the parish yet.
  • Toy Resale is November 19 and 20 at St. Dominic’s.  Dates are not set for registration yet.


New Business:

  • A letter was received from Kathy Williamson, WW Deanery President, listing the board positions that are available.
  • Parish board positions are still available.  Contact Karen if interested.
  • Illinois Citizens for Life has asked us to take out an ad in their annual dinner ad book.  Mary Mitchell moved that we take out a 1/8 page ad.  Motion approved.  Motion form attached.
  • Undie Sunday – Joan has a form from Catholic Charities asking if we are interested in having a drive.  CCW will volunteer to handle the drive for the parishes.
  • Fair Trade Coffee – it was suggested that we provide Fair Trade Coffee for our meetings, St. Francis hospitality weekends, and receptions.  We decided to do this and use the opportunity to educate people on what Fair Trade Coffee is and where to purchase it.
  • CCW name badges – Karen is ready to order them.
  • September meeting – John Chase will talk about navigating E-Bay.  Doors open at 6:45 with a 7:00 start.  We will start with the speaker, followed by do it yourself sundaes, prayer service, and business meeting.
  • December 11 – The Family Commission will sponsor a visit with St. Nick.  There will be a craft project for kids, St. Nick Veggie Tale, snack, an ornament for the kids.  Kids 2 to 10 are targeted and we will ask them to bring a gift for a needy child.  We will provide a wrapping station.
  • Future meetings -  the Church Commission will have a program in March,  Community will do something on garden planning in April, we will do a veteran’s project, probably for Valentine’s Day and November 18 will be a service night of some kind. 

Closing prayer
Meeting adjourned at 9:30.

Board Meeting
JUNE 1, 2010

Call to order:  7:25 PM
Opening Prayer
Minutes:  Minutes of May 3 board meeting approved.
Treasurer’s Report:  Checking - $3487.02, Council Leadership Development Fund -  $694.50, WACI - $168.00.  Report attached
Resale:  Total sales - $5591.35, CCW profit - $1331.61.  Report attached.


Unfinished business:

  • Resale – Except for a couple of miscommunications with other parish organizations which have been addressed, all went well.   Financial report is attached to the treasurer’s report.
  • Spring Institute – The order for dinner has been changed to chicken piccata.  Tablecloths, paper goods, drinks either have been purchased or will be this week.  A work schedule is being set up.
  • Confirmation reception at St. Dominic went well, although only 2 workers were able to be there.
  • Bracelets for fundraiser – bracelets sold out at the craft show.  We took in $660.00.  Report on supplies purchased is attached.  There were many requests for smaller sized bracelets.  A motion was made that CCW pick up the extra $82.31 in expenses not covered by our previous donation.  Motion carried.  The entire $660 will be given to the family.  Motion form attached.


New business:

  • Fall resale – the dates are August 19 to August 22.  Two volunteers have come forward to help with publicity.  Two other volunteers have come forward to chair the event.  Registration dates (all at St. Francis) are July 24, July 28, August 3 and August 12.
  • Entertainment books – coming in July.  They are still priced at $20.  We need to sell a minimum of 33 in order to get the full $5.00 per book.
  • A motion was made to donate $100 to member Karen Britvich to help with fire recovery expenses.  Motion carried.  Motion form attached.
  • A letter was received from JDCCW requesting parish service hours.
  • A motion was made to donate $50 to the Avon Breast Cancer Walk.  Motion carried.  Form attached.

Closing prayer
Adjournment: 9:20

Board Meeting
May 3, 2010

Call to order: 7:10 PM
Opening prayer
April board minutes:  The closing time on Saturday for the resale should be 2:00 PM not 1:00.  Minutes approved as corrected.
Treasurer’s report: Checking account - $2580.52, Council Leadership Development Fund - $694.39, WACI - $168.00.  Report attached.


Unfinished Business:

  • Spring Institute – proposal for catering for 120 people by Traverso’s is attached.  The Deanery will provide $5.00 per person, St. Raymond’s (co-host) will provide $100.00, and St. Ambrose (co-host) will provide desserts.  Sue Guglielmi moved that our CCW provide up to $250.00 for Spring Institute expenses.  Motion approved.  Motion form attached.
  • A fundraising event for Brenden Shannon will be held at New Life Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 29 from 9:00 to 3:00.  Joan Ruth moved that we provide up to $100.00 to buy materials to make bracelets to sell at the event.  Motion approved.  Motion form attached. (Approval for the bracelets from the chairs of the event is pending.  If the project is approved, we will make bracelets on May 12, 19 and 26).  
  • Resale – May 5 and May 8 are the last two registration dates.  53 people are registered so far.  Mary Mitchell has four teenage volunteers to help.  Joan Ruth will check the cost of signs for several street corners.  Two volunteers have stepped forward to take over the chairmanship of the kids clothing resale.
  • April General Meeting – over $300 worth of books were ordered to donate to Aunt Mary’s Book Project.
  • May General Meeting – Tuesday, May 18.  Father Herb will say Mass at 7:00.  Installation of officers will take place at Mass.  Dinner will be catered by Traverso’s with the same food being served as will be ordered for Spring Institute.

New Business:

  • We will host the Confirmation reception at St. Dominic’s on May 24.
  • Discussion was held regarding whether we will continue to support the   Catholic Charities Back to School Fair or the DuPage Township Tools for Schools event or both.  To be determined.
  • Our web site has been upgraded so the survey can go on-line.
  • Due to the conflict with Spring Institute, our next board meeting has been moved to Tuesday, June 1.

Meeting adjourned at 9:20.



General Meeting Minutes

April 20, 2010


Call to order:  7:55

Opening Prayer for incarcerated women


President’s Report

Ø  Thanks to all who worked the St. Francis RCIA reception and to those who worked the St. Francis Confirmation reception

Ø  April 25 is hospitality Sunday at St. Francis

Ø  WW Spring Institute is June 7 at Holy Spirit in Naperville.  Workers should be there at 4:00.  Registration is at 5:15, liturgy at 6:00 and dinner at 7:00.

Ø  Spring Resale – 50 people have registered so far.  The presale will be from 5:00 to 10:00 on Friday with the general public welcome from 8:00 to 10:00.  There will be no second day prices at this resale.  Saturday hours are 8:00 to 1:00.

Ø  Elections were held for St. Dominic and St. Francis CCW for 2010-2011.  The slate was presented and elected.  Motion form attached.


Treasurer’s report: Balance in checking is $2918.16, Council Leadership Development Fund is $694.10 and WACI is $168.00.  Report attached

February minutes:  Approved as presented

Correspondence: Letter was received from the BBSF Monitoring Committee regarding our applicant for the scholarship.


Meeting adjourned at 8:45.


Minutes of the Board Meeting
April 5, 2010

Present: Joyce Proudian, Barbara Garavalia, Karen Koenig, Pat Cetera, Joan Ruth, Jan Wallace, Sue Guglielmi, Mary Mitchell
Call to order: 7:10 PM
Opening prayer
March Board minutes:  Approved
Correspondence:  Thank you from WW deanery for the contribution to the Bakeless Bake Sale, and a thank you from Connie Reilley for the donation to Project Gabriel.
Treasurer’s Report:  $3059.86 in checking, $694.10 in Council Leadership Development Fund, and $168.00 in WACI.  No written report.


Unfinished Business:

  • Spring resale – Pat and Sue will do some publicity work.  The pre-sale will start on Friday at 5:30 PM for workers and will be open to the public from 8:00 to 10:00 PM.  There will be no second day prices at this sale.  Saturday hours will be from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We will ask one of the St. Francis youth groups for help at take-down.  We will donate $100 to the group for 3 hours service by a minimum of 4 workers.
  • Fall resale – August 19 to 22 at St. Francis.  Dates have been approved but aren’t posted on the calendar yet.  
  • BBSF Scholarship – we had one applicant this year.
  • Spring Institute – registration is at 5:00.  Workers should be at Holy Spirit at 4:00.
  • Interactive website – on hold for now.
  • April meeting – we will be ordering books from Scholastic Book Club to donate to Aunt Mary’s Book Project.  Members will be able to buy individually.  We will take part in the postcard campaign for the Family Unity Program.  2010-2011 elections will be held.  A motion was made to donate $50 to buy books and another $50 to be donated directly to Aunt Mary’s Book Project.  Motion approved.  Motion form attached.
  • St. Francis Confirmation reception – Mary Mitchell will chair.


New Business

  • May meeting – Karen will check to see if Father Herb is available for the Mass and Installation that night. 
  • Thanks to Joan for chairing the RCIA reception at St. Francis.


Meeting adjourned at 9:40.


Minutes of the Board Meeting
March 1, 2010

Present: Jan Wallace, Sue Guglielmi, Maggie McGuire, Joan Ruth, Pat Cetera, Barbara Garavalia, Karen Koenig, Joyce Proudian, Mary Mitchell, Donna Zonca, Judy Singer
Call to Order: 7:00 PM
Opening prayer
February board minutes:  Approved
Correspondence: None
Treasurer’s Report:  Checking - $3,069.86, Council Leadership Development Fund - $694.10, WACI - $168.00.  Report attached.
Unfinished Business:
Nominating Committee – slate is complete and will be presented to the membership at the April meeting.
Resale:  Four registration dates are set for Spring resale and dates are set for the Fall resale on August 19-22 at St. Francis.
Spring Institute:  St. Ambrose will assist in provide desserts and St. Raymond’s will provide cash toward the meal.
Membership Survey:  We can make our website interactive for a fee.  The survey and other membership information can be put on it.
A motion was made by Donna Zonca to allow Judy Singer to spend up to $100 on an interactive website.  Motion approved.  Motion form attached.
St. Francis Confirmation reception:  Still need a chairperson.

New Business
March meeting:  Small group questions and discussion of Lenten Scriptures.  We will serve soup and bread.
Chili Cook-off:  Maggie suggested that we join with the Knights in sponsoring a chili cook-off.  We will aim for a fall date.
Service Project:  Sue suggested that we do a book drive for Aunt Mary’s Book Club in April as our Mother’s Day project this year.
Discussed changing our meeting dates and times.  Unresolved.

Meeting adjourned: 9:25.


Minutes of the Board Meeting
February 1, 2010

Present: Joyce Proudian, Donna Zonca, Maggie McGuire, Barbara Garavalia, Karen Koenig, Pat Cetera, Sue Guglielmi, Mary Mitchell
The meeting was called to order at 7:20.
“Evensong” prayer service was led by Barbara.
Minutes of the January 4, 2010 board meeting were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Checking $3,748.70, Council Leadership Development Fund $694.01, WACI $0.  Profit from Entertainment Books was $168.00.  Report attached.
A discussion followed on the need to have full reports at both the board and general meetings.  We will continue with both reports.
Correspondence: We receive a thank you letter and report of amount donated to St. Francis during the year 2009.

Unfinished Business

  • Joyce and Sue are serving on the nominating committee.  Work is just beginning.  No report.
  • Spring Resale – three registration dates are set in April at St. Francis.  Karen has received all of Beth’s email contacts and the names of the shift chair people.  We will advertise that registration will only be taken on the published dates.
  • Discussion of the August and Toy Resale -  we will get on the August calendar and make the decision on whether or not to go ahead with it at a later date.
  • Spring Institute – we need more information from the deanery board on the budget before we can continue with plans.
  • Name tags – the top line will say Council of Council Women and the second line will have the person’s first and last name.  Karen will order.
  • Membership Survey – we will attempt to get permission to put the surveys in the pews at both churches and distribute to school and RE parents.  Also checking into making it an interactive survey on our website.
  • No one has asked for a BBSF application.
  • The February General Meeting will be a baby shower for Project Gabriel.  We will attempt to get someone to speak on the work of Project Gabriel.

New business

  • There is a Health Fair at St. Francis this weekend. (February 7)
  • We have been asked to serve at the St. Francis confirmation on April 18.
  • St. Dominic Parish is doing a cookbook and is looking for recipes, especially in languages other than English.
  • Tickets are available for the BBSF Friends luncheon on March 20.
  • Legislative action days will take place in Springfield on March 2 and 3.  JDCCW will have a delegation.
  • JDCCW presents a Day of Recollection on March 6 at the pastoral center.
  • “Unified by the Spirit” is the theme of the JDCCW convention to be held October 22-24 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kankakee.  One day registration will be available.
  • A motion was made and approved to donate $100 to Project Gabriel in addition to the baby shower items collected.  Motion form attached.

Meeting closed with the prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Meeting adjourned at 9:30.



General Meeting – January 19, 2010



  • Meeting called to order at 7:55.
  • Prayer service – Gathering Together
  • Moderator’s Report – Father Herb spoke on Bishop Siegel’s ordination.
  • Treasurer’s Report – as of 12/31/09 – Checking - $3634.37, Savings - $694.10, additional $80 received from Entertainment Books.
  • Survey was filled out by several women on St. Francis on “Welcome Sunday”.
  • BBSF information in the bulletin.
  • BBSF “Bakeless Bake Sale” – West Will deanery asked each parish to host a bakeless bake sale.  An envelope was passed during the meeting for contributions.
  • February Frolic will be held at Broken Arrow on 2/27 at a cost of $20.  A sign up list was passed.
  • West Will Deanery looking for names of those interesting in submitting their
  • Clothing resale – a list was sent around for those who might be interested in name for nomination to the Deanery board “chairing” a designated time.  Karen Britvitch will be Chair of Cashiers.
  • Nominating committee has been formed for the Parish CCW.  Sue Guglielmi is chair.
  • A motion was made and seconded to donate $50 to the Catholic Relief Services for Haiti victims.  Approved/.
  • JDCCW Morning of Reflection to be held at St. Charles Pastoral Center on 3/6.  Cost is $5
  • Closing prayer
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:35






General Meeting Minutes   November 17, 2009


Call to order 8:15

The meeting began with recognition of Fr. Herb’s 35th anniversary and refreshments

Minutes of September General Meeting:  Approved

Corresponding Secretary:  A thank you from Deacon Rob Wallace.

Treasurer’s Report:  Accepted and filed.  See attached.

Program:  Judy Singer explained the program for the evening which including writing notes to the people being served by Emmet Reed and the Peace Corps in Rwanda.  Rosaries were included with the notes.  The note writing took place during the rest of the meeting.

Unfinished Business

  • Toy resale – 33 sellers are signed up.  The pre-sale will be from 7:30 to 8:00 AM on Saturday and the regular sale will run from 8:00 to 1:00.
  • CCW Christmas party planned for Thursday, December 3 at 6:00 at White Fence Farm.
  • A Thanksgiving basket will be donated to a family through FISH.  Members donated non-perishables and CCW will provide a gift card for perishables.
  • Christmas at Green Leaf will be celebrated on Saturday, December 5 with set up beginning at 9:00.
  • Entertainment books will be available at St. Francis this weekend.  The sale ends the night of our Christmas party.


New Business

  • We will be looking for a chair or co-chairs for future resales.
  • Karen thanked Beth for all she has done.  The toy sale will be Beth’s last before her move to Charlotte.
  • A motion was made and approved to donate $500 to each parish for Christmas.  Motion form attached.
  • A suggestion was made and approved to add $100 more to the money for St. Dominic’s and, with the pastor’s approval, CCW would use the $600 to donate a gift to the parish in Marge Vargas’ name.

 Meeting adjourned at 9:30. 


September, 2009 -- After a short business meeting, one of our members shared her craft of quilting.  She brought several of her pieces to show and even had an extra piece that she donated for a raffle.  


April, 2009 -- The St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women hosted a White Elephant Sale at our regular meeting.  The proceeds of the sale will benefit the National Council of Catholic Women’s Madonna Plan and the Women’s Emergency Refugee Fund.


We also made cards and decorated gift bags to give to women incarcerated at the Will County Jail for Mother’s Day. 


We began with an international prayer service in the Church followed by our program.


February, 2009 -- St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women welcomed 7th grade Girl Scout Troop 28 as our special guests.  As part of the requirement for earning a badge, they were the hostesses for the evening and served beverages, appetizers and the fixings for “do-it-yourself” ice cream sundaes.  In addition, they told us what they have to do to earn badges, and filled us in on the trip they took to California last year.

We met in the Church for prayer at 7:30 followed by a short meeting and the program in the St. Francis Room.


January, 2009 -- Happy New Year from St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women! We celebrated the beginning of 2009 with our first meeting of the New Year at St. Francis parish. We began with a prayer service and then moved on to our annual Game Night. Games will be provided. Treats were available. We enjoyed seeing new friends and old friends for an evening of fun.



St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women is proud of its history of service to the Church and our local community. We gladly do whatever is asked of us by the parishes, we host a Christmas party at Greenleaf each year, and we have offered clothing resales for many years. Recently, we had a most successful toy resale just before Christmas which helped sellers make a little extra money and sell outgrown toys and gave buyers the opportunity to buy good quality Christmas presents at reasonable prices in this poor economy. We also sponsor several service nights each year that benefit various organizations.


We recently met in the Father Frank Room at St. Dominic parish to make Valentines for Vets for the second year in a row. We will present the cards along with gift bags to veterans at Hines Hospital and at Manteno. It’s a fun evening and there is a job for every talent. We hope to serve between 400 and 500 veterans, so we would really appreciate your help.

November, 2008 -- You’ve heard the questions asked lately about what’s in our water bottles. Bottled water corporations are changing the way people think about water. Corporations are manufacturing a demand for an essential resource that flows directly from our taps. We took the Taste Test Challenge to see if there is a difference in taste between bottled water and plain tap water. On Tuesday, November 18 we had a prayer service followed by a short meeting, the Taste Test and great treats and conversation.

November Service Night -- On November 25, we met in the Father Frank Room at St. Dominic’s Parish at 7:00 p.m. to work on a Holiday project given to residents at Greenleaf. Scissors, holiday stickers, holiday stamps and colored markers were all it took! We promise these are projects that anyone, no matter how craft challenged, can help with, so join us for a future project.


Christmas Party
The St. Dominic/St. Francis Christmas Dinner was held on Thursday, December 4, 2008, at White Fence Farm. AND A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!!!

October, 2008 The St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women met on Tuesday, October 21, 2008. We began with a prayer service, followed by a program planned by our Legislative Commission. We learned about issues that affect Catholic families and are of interest to Catholic women. As always, we ended with delicious treats and some social time.

September, 2008 The St. Dominic/St. Francis Council of Catholic Women kicked off our 2008-2009 year of service, education and leadership within our parishes on September 16th with 7:00 PM Mass at St Francis followed by refreshments and “getting to know us”. We had a short presentation of our plans for the upcoming year and invited suggestions as to how we can continue to best serve our community.

May 2008 This was the last St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women meeting of the 2007-2008 year. The evening began with Mass and installation of the officers for the 2008-2009 year. We moved into the meeting area after Mass where dinner for all Council members was on CCW! It was a relaxing evening with good food, good conversation and a brief wrap-up of the events of the last year.

April 2008 The St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women began this meeting with prayer in the Church, followed by a fun program on cake decorating by one of our members who was a Wilton teacher.

The St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women sponsored another service night on Monday, April 28, in the Father Frank Room at St. Dominic’s at 7:00 PM. We made cards and decorated gift bags that were given to women at the Will County Adult Correctional Facility on Mother’s Day weekend. CCW also provided gifts for the bags (in compliance with the Facility's rules).
Just a reminder: Our May meeting has been changed to May 27th. Fr. David Hankus will celebrate mass with us at 6:30 followed by a potluck supper and meeting. What a great way to end the CCW year.

March 2008 The St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women participated in an evening of Lenten reflection in preparation for Holy Week and the great feast of Easter. Father Richard Bennett of Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Naperville was our guest speaker. His topic was Lent: Back to the Basics. Father Bennett is a long time social justice advocate and is passionate about serving the underprivileged. Fr. Bennett's talk followed a reflection on St. Patrick and St. Joseph, the March Saints.

February 2008 The St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic Women had a program unlike anything we’ve ever done before! On Tuesday, February 19th, Joe and Sue Guglielmi gave a presentation on “Developing and Preserving Your Family’s Heritage – A Guide to Creating a Family History”. Joe, genealogy hobbyist, showed us ways to develop our family tree, and Sue showed us how to celebrate family traditions and our various cultures as well as how to start developing our own family history. Some of us already working on your genealogy brought along our own exhibits to share. It was a fun filled and informative evening.

We began with prayer in the Church at 7:30, continuing our CCW tradition to pray Mary’s Way of the Cross during Lent. Our program and a short business meeting followed this moving prayer service.

February Service Night St. Dominic and St. Francis Council of Catholic is sponsoring another service night in the Father Frank Room at St. Dominic Parish on Monday, February 25 at 7:00. We will be making fleece blankets for the children at the Groundwork shelter. We’ve made blankets for the shelter before and they are a big hit with the children. Right now, their supply is low so it’s time for us to replenish it.

There is no sewing involved, so don’t be afraid to come if you have no sewing skills. It simply involves cutting and tying. We will provide the material and the tools, but if you have some fleece you would like to donate, it takes about 1-1/2 yards each of two different patterns to make each blanket. If you have scissors, a rotary cutter, cutting mats or fringe cutters, please bring them, but if you don’t have any of those, don’t let that stop you. Just bring yourself and a willingness to make some kids smile.

January 2008 The St. Dominic/St. Francis Council of Catholic Women held their first meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, January 15 at St. Francis Parish. We met for prayer in the church at 7:30. Father David Hankus was our guest speaker. His topic was a reflection on the Advent and Christmas experience. We had a short business meeting and concluded as usual with social time and great treats. It was a calm and relaxing evening of looking back on our own holiday experiences now that the hustle and bustle is over.

January Service Night During all the hustle and bustle of the season, some of our members met to make fleece scarves and decorative boxes at one of our service night meetings. These gifts were distributed to 50 residents of Greenleaf during our annual Christmas breakfast there. We will have another service evening coming up soon. In the past, we have made children’s blankets for a shelter, rosaries for soldiers, and hand made Christmas cards for the residents of Greenleaf. Watch this space for the date and details concerning our next project for an evening of fun and service. No artsy-crafty skills are necessary – we can find a job to fit anyone’s special gift!

December 2007 Members started off the holiday season with a delicious dinner held at White Fence Farm. It was a great night to get into the holiday spirit.

November 2007 We began by praying the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary in the Church and then moved on to the St. Francis Room for a "Fun Night". The business meeting was be short, and the "fun" was a night of Bunco. As always, delicious treats were served and there was plenty of time to talk with old and new friends.

Our members put together a Thanksgiving basket at the meeting for a family who could use some help. CCW provided the turkey.

October 2007 The program for this month's meeting was presented by the International Concerns Commission. The speaker was Nanci Peek, a St. Dominic parishioner and nurse, who talked about her recent mission trip to Bolivia. Nanci accompanied a group of college students on the trip and told about their work in Bolivia and the people who were served.

September 2007 Our first meeting of the year was a relaxing, fun evening. It began with a prayer service at 7:30 in the Church, followed by a very short meeting and a fun evening of song based on the television show "The Singing Bee" and featuring songs from old TV shows. We served pizza, dessert and wine (all the important food groups were covered!) and fun.


Because of your generosity, the St. Dominic/St. Francis Council of Catholic Women was able to deliver a large supply of spiral notebooks to Catholic Charities Back to School event. Your donations helped many kids get a good start for the new school year.


Health Fair ThankYou

A big thank you to all those who supported and attended the Council of Catholic Women’s recent health fair. Approximately 125 parishioners and members of the community took advantage of the event. We also appreciate the donation of time and effort of those who displayed health information and provided free services.

St. Dominic/St. Francis Council of Catholic Women sponsored a FREE health fair in St. Dominic’s gym on Sunday, September 30 from 8:00 AM until 12:00 noon. The health fair was geared toward women, but all were welcome for free screenings for cholesterol and glucose, body fat analysis, body mass index, blood pressure, physical fitness, vision, balance/fall prevention, spinal screening, and foot screening. There were seminars on scams involving the elderly, power of attorney/living will, an automatic defibrillator demonstration, and school bus safety for kids. St. Joseph Hospital, Edward Hospital and the new Bolingbrook Hospital all had representatives there as well as representatives from Avon and the Body Shop. The Fire Department was there with information on CO2 detectors, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers. The Lyons Club collected old eyeglasses. There was information on domestic violence, the March of Dimes, poison prevention, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Refreshments were served.

And just to keep us busy on September 30, 2007, we moved over to St. Francis in the afternoon to help at Francis Fest. CCW members provided delicious desserts to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth.


ALL CATHOLIC WOMEN, 18 years of age and older, are invited to attend.