Encountering Christ Together

Councils of Catholic Women


470efabql83wdocrkivoefynu6l.jpgThe mission of the Council of Catholic Women is to support, empower, and educate all Catholic Women in spirituality, leadership, and service.

Each parish council is part of New Ulm Council of Catholic Women (Region 5). The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is associated with the National Council of Catholic Women

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December, 2016 DCCW E-Newsletter

Diocese of New Ulm Councils of Catholic Women


AFC CCW Council

The AFC CCW council consists of two representatives from each of the 4 parish CCW groups.  The purpose of the AFC CCW is to strengthen communication across the 4 CCW groups and combine efforts when it benefits everyone.  One of the first initiatives of this group is the calendar below.  

Chairwomen of our CCW Councils

  Holy Redeemer CCW President   
  St Aloysius CCW President  
Theresa Tersteeg  St. Mary's CCW President  320-579-0322 

St. Mary's Council

The St. Mary's Council of Catholic Women is composed of all the women in St. Mary's Parish. It has the following commissions: Spirituality, Service, Leadership, Scholarship, and Reverence for Life. Meetings are held several times a year for the council; see the bulletin for specific times and places.

The women of the parish are divided into 8 "circles;" those circles are given an "assignment" each year (see below). There are three chairwomen for each circle; they share the leadership for their circle's duties.

Circle Assignments for 2023

Other events may be added in 2023- Circles may be contacted at that time. 

Calendar for 2023                                                                                                                                                                           

1/29/2023            CCW Meeting following 10:30 am Mass in church hall                                                                                                                                                 

2/12/2023            Coffee & rolls following 10:30 am Mass in church hall -Circle #8                                                                                                                               

3/12/2023            Coffee & rolls following 10:30 am Mass in church hall -Circle #4                                                                                                                               

3/18/2023            CCW Spring Gathering @ 9:00 am-St. Anastacia's Hutchinson- cancelled                                                                                                                                                              

4/16/2023            Coffee & rolls following 10:30 am Mass in church hall -Circle #7                                                                                                                               

6/5/2023              Bloodmobile @ Our Saviors Lutheran Church -1:00 pm - 6:00 pm                                                                                                                                             

9/10/2023            Coffee & rolls following 10:30 am Mass in church hall -Circle #1                                                                                                                               

10/8/2023            CCW Meeting following 10:30 am Mass in church hall                                                                                                                                                   

12/3/2023            Theme Basket/Bake Sale/Luncheon Fundraiser- Circles #2 #3, #5 & #6                                                                                                                                    

Members of each circle are asked to make every effort to work when called.                                                                                                                                                                    

Dues: $10 per Year-Make checks payable to St. Mary’s CCW. There is a CCW dues envelope provided in the packet of Sunday envelopes in October for your convenience; it may be dropped into the Sunday collection at any Mass in our AFC, turned into the AFC parish office or mailed to: Deb Marks, CCW Treasurer-830 South 4th Street Bird Island, MN 55310.                                                                                                                                                                         


If you would like to be included in the CCW news events, please email [email protected] or call/text 320-579-0322.                                                                                            





St. Aloysius Council

The women of the St. Aloysius CCW carrry out their mission in a number of ways. They provide:

  • Ongoing faith enrichment through local speakers, diocesan, region, and national conventions;
  • Funeral lunches where each member is asked several times a year to make a salad, cupcakes or work;
  • Fellowship after the 1st Sunday of the month after Mass with coffee and rolls (proceeds go to a variety of causes/social concerns);
  • Fellowship (through soup and sandwiches) after Stations of the Cross, a traditional Catholic devotion during Lent;
  • Charitable giving opportunities with Santa’s Closet, Hope Pregnancy Center, Mary’s Place;
  • Opportunities to create quilts which are donated to local charities (group meets weekly during school year). 




Holy Redeemer Council

Holy Redeemer CCW is made up of all women who are members of the parish.  We are led by a Board of Directors consisting of four ladies plus the treasurer.  We have three commissions - Spirituality, Service, and Leadership - plus a Historian and a Reverence for Life Chair.  We meet 4 times a year. Our CCW is divided into four groups to serve coffee and rolls on the first Sunday of each month plus funeral lunches.  Three ladies share chairmanship of each group.  CCW Handbooks that cover group assignments and meetinig dates are done each July for the coming year, Sept - Aug.  Each member receives a handbook.