This energetic circle sponsors a Faith Bracelet Beading Party.
As an ongoing fundraiser, the St. Margaret Mary circle voted to make beaded bracelets with a religious message. They made Faith Bracelets, each part of the bracelet has meaning:
the knot – birth
black bead – sin
red bead – Jesus’ blood
white bead – forgiveness
blue bead – baptism
green bead – spiritual growth
yellow bead – heaven
knot – judgment
clear bead – faith.
An explanation card is included with each bracelet. The bracelets are sold at the parish ministry fair and the parish gift shop.
As a bonus because this was a social activity and not a business meeting, they were able to welcome potential new members to participate in the activity.
What an interesting activity to incorporate member involvement with a fundraiser, social, and recruitment.
The St. Vincent De Paul Circle #211 of Spearville Kansas sponsored two activities that support our youth and community. In July they sponsored a ‘welcome for Totus Tuus’ by providing welcome bags of gift cards and snack items for the Totus Tuus Team. Other circle members made and delivered snacks for the kids who participated in Totus Tuus for that week. Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith. Also, the circle sponsors a year-long collection of food and delivers it to the ‘Manna House’ food pantry in Dodge City for those in need. The St. Vincent De Paul Circle #211 certainly demonstrates their Unity, Friendship and Charity in their generosity to the youth and the community.
The Daughters of Isabella held its 2016 International Biennial Convention at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel in Henderson, Nevada from August 7-10, 2016 . This year’s theme was “Love – Accept – Share”.
Opening Mass was held on Sunday, August 7.. In the absence of the Most Reverend Joseph A. Peppe, Bishop of Las Vegas, the Mass was celebrated by Father Trevor Scarfone, President of the Chaplain’s Committee and Trillium Ontario State Chaplain, concelebrated by our Episcopal Advisor, His Excellency Archbishop Luc Cyr, of Sherbrooke, Quebec and numerous State and Local Chaplains.
On Sunday evening, a special cocktail was served and appreciated by all.
On Monday morning, August 8th, members attended two workshops – The first presented was a Spirituality Workshop by Rev. Trevor Scarfone, State Chaplain of the Trillium-Ontario State Circle and His Excellency Archbishop Luc Cyr, our Episcopal Advisor. The second workshop was presented by International Vice Regent Susanne Suchy and International Past Regent Christiane Chagnon. At 2:00 pm, the business session began.
Approximately 350 Delegates, members and guests were registered for the Convention and in attendance at the Closing Banquet held on Wednesday evening, August 10th. Installation of Officers for the 2016-2018 term was held after the Closing Mass. Mrs. Aline Larabie, International Past Officer, presided at the Ceremony of Installation of Officers in the presence of our Episcopal Advisor His Excellency Archbishop Luc Cyr and numerous State and Local Chaplains.
The new International Officers elected are:
During the Mass, a special Memorial Service was held for deceased members of the Local, State and International Circles and Chaplains.
“A Mask Evening” was the theme for the banquet held on Wednesday evening followed by a fun evening of dancing.
The popular Walk-A-Thon to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness was held at 6:30 am on Tuesday, August 9th, with many, many members participating. Also, during the convention, a huge Respect Life Baby Shower was held, with hundreds of gifts donated by members of the United States and Canada circles.
During the business meeting, on Wednesday, August 10th, International Regent Diane Corriveau made a special announcement regarding the following charitable giving’s for the 2014-2016 period: Monetary Donations: $1,652,819.11 Volunteer Hours: 2 150 996 hours.
During the convention, awards were presented to the circles who were winners of the Cross and Crown Award and Isabella Award. Awards were also presented for membership and the circle with the most percentage of new members is: Lady of Grace Circle # 1414 of Tennessee with 35% of increase. Congratulations!
It was also announced that the next international Convention in 2018 will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
May and June of 2016 were busy times for Joan of Arc Circle #1405 of Metairie, Louisiana. In May the circle, in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus Council #8546, held the 3rd Annual Car Show entitled “Cruising the Do Drive-In” which was named for an old neighborhood theater. 100 classic cars were displayed. Door prizes, raffles, a wide array of concessions and commemorative t-shirts help them raise a net profit of over $7,000. The proceeds were split between the two groups for the benefit of their annual scholarships that promote Catholic education.
In June Joan of Arc Circle #1405 and the KC Council #8546 sponsored ‘God’s Special Children’s Luau’ for the GSC group. The GSC organization consists of folks with special needs and their families. These families celebrate mass at St. Francis Xavier Church on the first Sunday of each month in an informal atmosphere where the ‘children’ fully participate in the mass via readings, responsorial psalm, homily and Prayers of the Faithful. These children present special challenges to their families and the mass allows the families to gain strength through the companionship of others. Our parties (two a year) allow everyone to celebrate summer and Christmas together. The Joan of Arc Circle truly lives our motto of Unity, Friendship and Charity through their good works for their community.
In March, the O’Reilly Circle #128 members joined the Edwardsville Knights of Columbus Council 1143 members in a prayer service, sponsored by the Knights, in honor of the Holy Family featuring the Icon of the Holy Family. Deacon Dan Corbett of St. Boniface Parish was the leader the service, with scripture readings by Edwardsville Council 1143 Grand Knight Lou Carnoali, and Daughters of Isabella O’Reilly Circle 218 Regent Robin Hake. Approximately 40 members of the Knights and the Daughters participated in this joint prayer service which allowed us to share our spirituality in Unity, Friendship and Charity with our local Knights of Columbus.
Each year St. Anne’s Circle #1332 hosts a Lenten Morning of Reflection as a spiritual gift to the St. Anne’s parish community. On February 13, 2016, the morning Mass was followed by a continental breakfast prepared by St. Anne’s Circle members. Single decade rosaries were given out to everyone who attended. Debbie Uhlich, St. Anne’s Circle Chancellor, organized the event and introduced the speakers. Sister Sharon Mello, S.H. F., a member of St. Anne’s Circle, presented a program entitled “Hidden Women”, which focused on four women of the New Testament who played distinct roles during the events surrounding the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Members of the audience were asked to reflect and discuss their thoughts and insights on each of the women. Almost 50 women and men attended the Morning of Reflection. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to learn, share and deepen their Lenten spiritual journey in Unity, Friendship and Charity.
On February 6, 2016, twenty-two young women at Virginia Tech became Charter Members of the new Virginia Tech Circle #1446 in Blacksburg, VA. Following the Conferral of Degrees, attended by their Chaplain Rev. David Sharland, Installation of Officers was then presided over by International Vice Regent Susanne Suchy from Michigan, assisted by Elaine Leger, International Organizer, from Florida.
Members of the John Cardinal Newman Council #11323 Knights of Columbus attended and acted as Marshals at the Installation. Officers installed were: Regent Kate Burke; Vice Regent Rachel Wilk; Honorary Past Regent Cathryn Schwing; Financial Secretary Abby Wilson; Recording Secretary Marilyn Alcorn; Treasurer Amy Rusnak; Scribe Alyssa Mako; Chancellor Michelle Waligora; Auditor Sydney Mabery; Custodian Grace Hemmingson.
On behalf of the International Board and all the circles in the United States and Canada, we wish this new circle much success and many years of happiness as they work together in Unity, Friendship and Charity in their circle, church and community.
The Biennial Convention of the International Circle, Daughters of Isabella, will be held August 7 to August 10, 2016 at the Green Valley Ranch, Henderson, Nevada.
Opening Mass: The Opening Mass will be held on Sunday, August 7 at 3:00 p.m. at the hotel.
Two Workshops will be offered for those who have taken the package deal. A Spirituality Workshop will be held in French and English on Monday, August 8, from 8 to 9 a.m. A second workshop will also be offered in both languages from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
The Respect Life Baby Shower will be held during the convention. Also, on Tuesday, August 9, the Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-a-thon will take place from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Opening and Business Sessions:
On Monday, August 8, the Business Session will begin at 2:00 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. Elections will be held immediately following the business session. On Tuesday, August 9, the Business Session will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with Mass to be celebrated 11:30 a.m. On Wednesday, August 10, the Business Session will be held from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
The Closing Mass, followed by the Installation of Officers, will be held on Wednesday, August 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the hotel.
The Closing Banquet with entertainment will be held on Wednesday evening, August 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the hotel ballroom. The banquet will have a masquerade theme requiring a small mask and evening attire.
St. Francis Circle #232 of Wilson, KS sponsored a special activity to promote First Eucharist and the Daughters of Isabella involvement with youth. At a meeting the Circle members created prayer cards on the computer. Each card displayed the picture of Blessed Imelda, the patroness of First Communicants. First Communion medals were purchased by circle and blessed by the Father Steve Heina. The medals were attached to the cards with red ribbons and labels promoting the Daughters of Isabella. The cards were given at First Communion to communicants at St. Ignatius parish, St. Bernard’s parish, and St. Wenceslaus parish. This activity demonstrates our members’ willingness to share their faith with the youth and promote the good works of the Daughters of Isabella in the community.