The first circle of the Order was founded in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1897, for the purpose of uniting all Catholic women in a sisterhood to achieve the following aims…
“You, as women, have your own gift to offer to the Church – a gift that is very precious and very needed.”
St. Mary’s Circle #543 – Putnam, CT – sponsors one activity each year to benefit their church and community. The activity is a Yuletide Festival held in November at St. Mary’s Church with 22 crafters; large raffle with prizes like a 36” TV; night on the town with theater tickets and dinner; and a camping weekend in Maine. There was also a bake sale (where most members are willing to bake) and a café with a light lunch. A profit of over $4,000 benefited the convention fund (25%), the church and community (50%), and church receptions or other community activities like a blood drive (25%). The support to the church included the purchase of a TV and DVD for the Faith Formation classes; sponsored a confirmation student to attend the Retreat at Steubenville; and supported a young missionary from their church in her travel cost or donation to the missions. Over half of St. Mary’s Circle membership participated.
The life of Queen Isabel of Spain, whose zeal for Holy Mother Church and complete dependence on God transformed the corrupt kingdom she inherited into the most powerful nation of 15th and 16th Century Europe.
Be sure to check out this presentation on the Patroness of the Daughters of Isabella. To be shown on EWTN – 01/11 at 10:00 PM ET; 01/15 at 5:00 AM ET