MINUTES FROM ST. ANNE’S CHRISTIAN WOMEN’S MEETING – 12/12/2023
St. Anne’s Christian Women met Tuesday, December 12, 2023 in Mary Hall beginning with social time at 6:00 pm followed by a meal, compliments of our officers, for members to enjoy. Delicious desserts followed the meal, thanks to our members for bringing them. President Karen Des Autels called a brief business meeting to order at 7:20 pm with opening prayer and pledge of allegiance. Eighteen members were present.
Minutes from the November 14, 2023 meeting were approved as read; also approved was the treasurer’s report showing a balance of $5,943.23 in checking and $3,532.24 in savings for a total of $9,475.47. Treasurer Stacey also reported that thanks to the dues reminder note in the breakfast worker’s lists, dues payments have increased considerably. Since these dues are often included on a check with other fees, Pat Salzbrun offered to make a spread sheet (for accounting purposes) to make it easier to record multiple payments from one check.
November 19th Breakfast…was a phenomenal success with a profit of $5,438.02 and serving 275 people. That figure includes the special Christmas raffle which did very well bringing in $465.00. President Karen thanked the great turnout of workers for all their efforts to enable the breakfast to do so well, not only as a fundraiser but also as a time of fellowship and community building.
Eucharistic Revival…As a gift, each member was given the book, “Beautiful Eucharist” by Matthew Kelly. Members were asked, after reading the book, to share it with family and friends.
Christmas Gifts for our Priests…Linda Kaiser and Judy Walters shared with the members the special “pizza” gifts that were made for Fr. Erik and Fr. Don. Everyone enjoyed seeing this creative idea. The gifts will be delivered prior to Christmas Day.
Donations…Motion was made and approved to give our parish quilters $250.00 and to put off any further donations until our April meeting. In the meantime, members were encouraged to consider other donation recipients and bring those suggestions to that meeting.
First Communion and Confirmation Gifts…are now taken care of through our Faith Formation program. As in the past, we’ll help pay for those gifts up to $10.00 per recipient.
Resurrection Party…There will not be one this year as, at this time, no Easter Vigil Mass is planned at St. Wendelin’s.
Miscellaneous…Commentscame up about the holy water fonts in church. Attempts have been made to clean the fonts to no avail and the water does not appear clear. Discussion also followed about our small votive globes being hard to clean, maybe replace with metal ones??? Char was asked to follow up on these two items.
No Commission Reports…Members were referred to our diocesan website, www.stclouddccw.org to see latest Catholic Voice Newsletter
Pro Life Note… Char reported that the extremism in our current MN abortion laws has only intensified by the establishment in our state of “Hey Jane”, a telemedicine abortion company with the goal to make abortion even more accessible by offering the pill on line.
Items Collected…Members brought numerous baby items to the meeting which will be given to Elevate (formerly Birthline) as well as clothing and personal care items to be given to a local shelter.
Adjournment at 7:50 pm…with closing prayer and Prayer Partner Exchange. Next meeting will be Tuesday, April 9th in Mary Hall, beginning with fellowship at 6:30 pm, followed by meeting at 6:45 pm.
Following Closing…members enjoyed singing Christmas songs led by Virginia Meyer including a spirited version, of “The 12 Days of Christmas” with audience participation followed by an equally spirited playing of games headed by Connie Netter. Thanks to each of these ladies for providing a delightful evening of fun, laughter and seasonal entertainment; also to President Karen and helpers for the beautifully decorated Mary Hall. Because of the lateness of the hour, White Elephant gift exchange items were taken home by each member to enjoy on her own.
Char Volkmuth, Secretary