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.