“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel.” – Proverbs 31:25-26
The Women’s Guild is a social and service group for women. The Guild, through its dues and fundraisers, pays for the following parish expenses: altar bread, wine, candles, communion cups and chalices, albs, and vestments. The Guild also provides important services including meals after funerals and soup suppers after parish events such as reconciliation services. Besides being Guild fundraisers, the Mardi Gras Brunch (See “Mardi Gras Brunch—Social Event.”) and the December Sweet Shop have also become greatly anticipated parish traditions.
Meetings: All women of the parish are encouraged to attend the Guild meetings, which are generally posted in the church bulletin. In addition to the meetings, events are planned throughout the year for socializing and spiritual nourishment. These events range from overnight trips and tours to luncheon speakers.
Membership: All women of the parish over 18 years of age are considered members of the Women’s Guild. Dues are $5 per year.
Women’s Guild Circles
In addition to being a Guild member, women are encouraged to join one of the Guild’s smaller groups (circles) for fellowship and service. The smaller groups include St. Ann’s Circle, St. Gerard’s Circle and St. Theresa’s Circle.
St. Anne’s Circle has two goals: to promote religious education and to welcome everyone in St. Gregory’s parish community. The Circle also performs many service projects, including providing refreshments, making rosaries, and offering support to new mothers.
Meetings: St. Anne’s Circle meets at 7 p.m. on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (excluding January, April, and October). The $10 yearly dues are used to provide materials for their various projects.
St. Gerard’s Circle makes quilts for the St. Gregory’s community. To raise money for its projects, St. Gerard’s Circle holds an annual raffle for a homemade quilt.
Meetings: This Circle meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Leitner Room, located next to the St. Gregory School gymnasium.
St. Theresa’s Circle is very active serving the parish and community in little ways. Some examples of things done in the past include: making baptismal gowns, donating items to the Women and Children’s Center and The Source, Sacristan duties, Rosary Rally in October, Valentines for residents in the Nursing Homes, helping clean at the Abbey Infirmary, cards for those who are ill, providing food for Manna Kitchen, helping at the Ministry Center, supplying Bingo prizes to nursing homes, and other “little” things.
Meetings: St. Theresa’s Circle meets the 2nd Wednesday of most months at 1 p.m.
The Funeral Dinner ministry is a much appreciated service to families who hold their funeral services at St. Gregory’s Church. These families find having lunch prepared for them after the funeral of a loved one quite comforting as the family can relax and reminisce with their friends and extended family in one place.
Volunteers: There is a great need for volunteers to be in charge of the cooking for the funeral dinners. Because the parish recognizes that volunteers may not be available to cook for every dinner, having a pool of willing volunteers available will help with scheduling and allow the parish to continue this special ministry.
Parishioners can also volunteer to help the head cook prepare and serve the food or be a caller who telephones for workers, salads, and desserts.
All Guild members are also asked to volunteer to bring desserts or salads to funeral dinners on a rotating basis. Requests are made by volunteers using a Guild calling tree. This is a wonderful way to not only support the Guild, but also a way you can support a family in their time of need.