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Council of Catholic Women




St. Mary Council of Catholic Women, under the guidance of Our Lady of Good Counsel, seeks to support, empower and educate its members in spirituality, leadership and service. The Council of Catholic Women (CCW) programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.

President's Welcome

If you are interested in learning who we are and what we do, please come to a meeting. We would love to meet you. Enrollment is open year round.

Martha Fahey
President, St. Mary Council of Catholic Women



Woman of the Year Celebration

Dolores Schury was honored as St. Mary’s CCW Woman of the Year at the
9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 5.

  Martha Fahey, CCW president, is pictured here with Dolores.

  Family and friends joined CCW members in congratulating
  Dolores at a brunch following Mass.



A Journey With Christ

On Wednesday, April 24, CCW members, together with parishioners, traveled to the Shrine of the Passion of Christ in St. John, Indiana. There they visited the newly opened Moses at Mount Sinai portion of The Shrine. They walked the half mile prayer trial depicting the last days of Jesus’s life here on earth.



A closer look at a ministry we help sponsor…

Prayer Shawl Ministry

1000 Prayer Shawls!


Members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry recently celebrated the making of the 1,000th prayer shawl.  Since the group began in 2010 these ladies have met monthly to create shawls and pray for those who receive them.  To celebrate this milestone, the group breakfasted at EggCetera Cafe.  The ladies received hand crocheted bags containing products to pamper those hard working hands.




We begin our meetings with the following prayer to our Mother Mary under the title of Our Lady of Good Counsel.


Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel

God of heavenly wisdom, you have given to us Mary Mother of Jesus to be our guide and counselor. Grant that we may always seek her motherly help in this life and so enjoy her blessed presence in the life to come.

O Mother of Good Counsel, Patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women, intercede for us that we may be wise, courageous, and loving leaders of the Church.

Help us, dear Mother to know the mind of Jesus, your son.

May the Holy Spirit fill us with reverence for God’s creation and compassion for all God’s children.

May our labors of love on earth enhance the reign of God and may God’s gifts of faith and living hope prepare us for the fullness of the world to come. Amen


CCW Officers for 2018-2020

President: Martha Fahey
Vice President: Barbara Bekker
Recording Secretary: Sue Rizzo
Corresponding Secretary: Lorraine Peppmuller
Treasurer: Ann Norkus



Supporting Positions

Resource: Andrea Jensen
Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Raed Bader
Church Liaison: Bernice Halaby, Christian Service Director




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