St. Patrick Guild 2022-2023

MISSION:   

Our mission is to unite parishioners in purpose, direction, and action in spiritual, fundraising and social fields.  Additionally, our mission is to be of assistance to the Pastor for specific needs of the Parish as he may request.

MEMBERSHIP:   

Membership is open to all Catholic adults of St. John Paul II Parish.  New members are welcome and encouraged to join at any time.  The annual dues are only $5 but the rewards are many.

CURRENT OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRS: 

President:  Peggy Sue Smigel      Vice-Presidents:  Judy Klotzbier    Secretary:  Amy Hickey    Treasurer:  Paulette Reed

Committee Chairs:     Christmas Dinner: Toni Feest     Holiday Bazaar: TBD       Hospitality: Helen Hill and Elaine Smith

Membership: Peggy Becker       Prayer Line:  Jann Dalton 

GUILD SCHEDULE:

St. Patrick Guild meets the second Tuesday of each month from September through June, in the Parish Center.  Meetings usually begin at 7:00pm and often include entertainment, guest speakers or potluck dinners. 

Fundraising is an important activity of the Guild.  Each year we are able to fund several major purchases for the parish and provide support to various local and international causes.

Detailed information about Guild activities and upcoming events can be found in the parish bulletin under the heading "Guild Grapevine."

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND GOALS:

  • Prayed for dozens of intentions through the Prayer Line and Memorial Masses
  • Did registration and canteen duty at Red Cross Blood Drives in October 2021 and December 2021
  • Placed flags at the Cemetery for Veterans Day and Memorial Day
  • Brought some cheer to 80+ residents of Cobalt Lodge and Chestelm (handmade treat boxes for Valentine's Day and handmade Easter placemats)
  • Shopped for and assembled 66 Boxes of Joy for families served by Cross Catholic Outreach
  • Donated children's items (approximately $30 value) to the NDCCW Layette Program in June
  • Hosted a speaker from Tango2 Research Foundation and made a $100 donation
  • Hosted a presentation on hospice and palliative care by Middlesex Health Hospice Program, and made a $100 donation
  • Enjoyed an introduction to Tai Chi
  • Conducted a festive Holiday Bazaar in November, yielding a profit of nearly $3,300
  • Gathered for a Christmas Party in December
  • Hosted an Asian-themed Spring Tea in May
  • Conducted a successful Tag Sale in June to support improvements to the Parish Center
  • Covered the cost of new sacristy cabinets (approximately $1,200)
  • Donated $2,000 towards flooring in the Parish Center
  • Donated $190 to Water for Life ( a program of Catholic Relief Services)
  • Assisted with farewell events for Fr. Greg and Fr. Frank

CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR A TERRIFIC YEAR!                                                                                                                                             For 2022-2023, We plan to continue our current ministries and hope to add other activities for our parish community.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

If you would like more information about the Guild, please contact Peggy Sue Smigel - President - 860-885-4734

UPCOMING Dates (2022-2023)

September 13  6:00 pm  Welcome, Guild Mass, potluck & business meeting

October 11   7:00 pm  Business meeting/Assemble Boxes of Joy

November 5  9:00 am -- 1:00 pm  Holiday Bazaar

November 6  Place Veteran's Day flags in cemetery

November 15  7:00 pm  Business Meeting  Presentation by Judith Hughes the 2022 recipient of the Our Lady Queen of Hope Award

December 13  6:00 pm  Christmas Dinner at an area restaurant

January 10  7:00 pm  Business meeting and make Valentine's cards for Chestelm and Cobalt Lodge

February 21  7:00 pm  Business meeting, Fat Tuesday & Camino presentation

March 14  7:00 pm  Business meeting and make Easter baskets for Chestelm & Cobalt Lodge

April 11  7:00 pm Business meeting and Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services presentation

May 9  7:00 pm  Hospice presentation

May 20  Place Memorial Day flags in cemetery

June 13  6:00 pm  Guild Mass, potluck and business meeting