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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.


St. Mary Council of Catholic Women (CCW) is dedicated to Our Lady of Good Counsel. With her help we offer our members opportunities to serve the parish and community, pray together, and share fellowship.

We sponsor a collection for Daybreak, scholarships for the 8th graders, and we have adopted a seminarian. We accept donations for Birthright and Rachael’s Vineyard Retreats by offering lapel roses in October and carnations in May. We entertain the residents of Frankfort Terrace Nursing Home with a bingo party in the Fall and Spring. At Christmas time, we delight the residents with treats at a caroling party.

During Lent we walk with Mary as we pray the Marian Stations of the Cross. As a Council we celebrate Mass together at the beginning and middle of the year. In November we remember our deceased members at Mass. On the feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel we attend Mass petitioning our Mother for her continual protection. Of course, at meetings there is a time for refreshments and fellowship.

As president of the Council of Catholic Women, I invite all women of the parish to join us. We meet the third Thursday of the month from September through May. See the calendar below.

If you are interested in joining CCW, please come to a meeting. Enrollment is open year round.

Any questions? Email me at
Andrea Jensen, President



We welcome Fr. Raed Bader as our spiritual advisor!



2017-2018 Calendar of Meetings

All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Hall except for January (see below).

Dates of the general meetings are:

October 19, 2017 February 15, 2018
November 16, 2017 March 15, 2018
January 18, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m. April 19, 2018

At every meeting, we offer a Split the Pot Raffle to benefit a CCW charity.  Additional donations to support the Piglets for the Philippians program are collected.


Calendar of Events

To sign up for any event, kindly contact CCW president Andrea Jensen at

November 2 All Souls Day.  Deceased CCW members will be remembered at the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Also occurring on this date is a Retreat Day at the Woods sponsored by the CCW of St. Jude's, New Lenox. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. Mass is at 10:00 a.m. A light lunch will be served afterwards. The cost is $5.
November 4 South Will/Grundy Deanery Fall Coffee @ 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony Church in Frankfort.
November 14 JDCCW Evening of Spirituality, light buffet at the Blanchette Center at 6:00 p.m.  Fr. Jim Antiporek will speak on "Finding Joy".
November 16 Meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Church Hall. Jennifer Shea, member of Silent No More will be the speaker.
December 6 Frankfort Terrace Bingo, 6:15-8:00 p.m.
December 13 Frankfort Terrace Christmas Carols, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
December 14 Christmas Party, 6:00 p.m. @ Little Joe's in Frankfort.
December 25 Happy Birthday Jesus!
January 1 Happy New Year.
January 18 Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. in the Church Hall. Movie night plus nominations for Woman of the Year.
January 21 Mass and fellowship. CCW Mass at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Knights of Columbus sponsored pancake breakfast in the Church Hall.
February 15 Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. in the Church Hall. Vote for the St. Mary CCW Woman of the Year.
March 15 Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. in the Church Hall. Marian Way of the Cross. Father Bader will share some thoughts on the Blessed Mother.
April 1 Happy Easter!
April 19 Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. in the Church Hall. Election of Officers.
April 21 Women of the Year Mass and Luncheon at the Cathedral in Joliet @ 9:30 a.m.  You need to sign up for the luncheon.
April 26 Feast Day of Our Lady of Good Counsel.  8:00 a.m. Mass for the intentions of the CCW members.
April 29 St. Mary's Woman of the Year Mass @ 8:00 a.m. followed by a light breakfast.
April 30 South Will/Grundy Deanery Spring Institue, St. Mary's Minooka. More information to come.
May 12/13 Mother's Day carnations. Donations accepted to benefit Birthright of Joliet following all Masses.
May 17 Installation of new officers. Venue TBA.


SAVE the Date for these exciting events that will take place next year!

 Oktoberfest 2018
 September 29th at St. Mary Parish

 Polka Mass and Ethnic Luncheon
 October 21, 2018 
 1:30 pm Mass followed by an Ethnic lunch
 St. Mary Church

 20th JDCCW Biennial Convention
 "Kindness Fills Our Spirit with Joy"
 November 2-4, 2018
 Carmelite Spiritual Center, Darien IL


A closer look at a ministry we help sponsor…

Prayer Shawl Ministry

About the shawls

The prayer shawl ministry began when a parishioner was diagnosed with cancer. An out pouring of love for this parishioner and others with cancer gave rise to the prayer shawl ministry. Since those early days the ministry has expanded to offer handmade knitted and crocheted shawls to those experiencing chronic conditions, those undergoing medical procedures, or anyone grieving a loss or undergoing challenges.

The dedication in the prayer shawl manual states: “May the work of our hands in creating these shawls be a visible sign of a ‘HUG FROM GOD’ to those in need.” Members of this ministry meet monthly to pray the rosary and prayers of petition while knitting or crocheting shawls. In this way prayers become woven into the fabric of the shawl.

If you are interested in joining this special ministry, we meet the first Monday of the month (except when a holiday falls on a Monday) in the Church Hall from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Please check the bulletin.

Gifting the shawls

          The gifting of prayer shawls is key to the spirit of this ministry.

Do you have a loved one who would benefit from receiving a shawl? Over the years families have recounted stories of how loved ones were comforted by the reception of a prayer shawl. Knowing that shawls were created out of love and concern for them gave many recipients peace and strength. These shawls truly are a “hug from God”.

Shawls come in a variety of colors for men, women, and children.  While there is no cost for a shawl, free will donations are gratefully accepted to help this ministry continue. St. Mary CCW also supports this ministry as needed.

A parishioner may request a shawl by contacting the parish secretary. Enter door #3.



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 2017-2018

President: Andrea Jensen
Vice President: Nancy Blake
Recording Secretary: Linda Quinlan
Corresponding Secretary: Lorraine Peppmuller
Acting Treasurer: Nancy Blake

Supporting Positions

Resource: Helen Sluis
Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Raed Bader
Church Liaison: Bernice Halaby


2018 Woman of the Year
Andrea Jensen


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