Why I should Attend the 56th Annual MACCW Convention
Why I should Attend the 56th Annual MACCW Convention
Why I should Attend the 56th Annual MACCW Convention
Why I should Attend the 56th Annual MACCW Convention
56th Annual MACCW Convention Package
56th Annual MACCW Convention Package
56th Annual MACCW Convention Package
56th Annual MACCW Convention Package
The Holy Family and All Families
The Holy Family and All Families
The Holy Family and All Families
The Holy Family and All Families
Scholarship Gala
Scholarship Gala
Scholarship Gala
Scholarship Gala
President's Newsletter Winter 2014
President's Newsletter Winter 2014
President's Newsletter Winter 2014
President's Newsletter Winter 2014

President's Corner

Why I should Attend the 56th Annual MACCW Convention

Posted by Josephine Gilbert

By: Waiting For The Word

My Dear Council Sisters,

Greetings to you all and I wish you a hopeful Easter. We have 14 days, to be exact, until our convention. The MACCW Board and the Monroe District Ladies have been working hard to get all our ducks in a row. Now that the time is getting closer, the registrant numbers should be a lot greater than we have right now. In case you are still deciding on whether you should attend, here are some reasons.

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Events

56th Annual MACCW Convention Package

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By: A.Davey

The 56th Annual MACCW convention will be held April 25th through 27th at the Miami Airport Marriott on LeJune Road in Miami. The Convention theme is “MACCW: Missionaries of Hope; Strengthening Family Life”. The theme this year will reinforce our efforts to bring hope to our communities through our programs.

Join us for a weekend of sharing out spirituality with faith-filled programs and fun.

Download the 56th Annual MACCW Convention Package which includes a schedule, registration form, room reservation form, business advertising forms and more.

 

Homily

The Holy Family and All Families

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By: Katie Hunt

On December 29, the feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis spoke in a special way to families.  He highlighted the Holy Family of Nazareth and talked about the difficulties that families face.  In the example of the Holy Family, he said, we are reminded of all who are suffering.  In a special way, this includes refugees and immigrants, and people who are marginalized within their own families, like the elderly.

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Affiliation News

Scholarship Gala

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By: Waiting For The Word

Dear Friends of Education:

The Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (MACCW), an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW), is an organization that recognizes the gifts and talents of Catholic Women from Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. It supports their efforts in the areas of evangelization, leadership, spirituality, service, and education. It is in the area of education that we are appealing to you to join us in our cause.

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President's Corner

President’s Newsletter Winter 2014

Posted by Josephine Gilbert

By: Waiting For The Word

Dear Council Sisters,

I wish a Happy New Year to you, my dear Council Sisters. I welcome you wholeheartedly to this second half of our Council year. We had a wonderful and productive first half. Thank you all for your hard work and I look forward to an even more productive second half.

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Homily

Pope Francis, First Day of Advent Angelus

Posted by Josephine Gilbert

By: Chez Eskay

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning!

Today, on the First Sunday of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year; that is, a new journey of the People of God with Jesus Christ, our Shepherd, who guides us through history toward the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, this day has a special charm, it makes us experience deeply the meaning of history. We rediscover the beauty of all being on a journey: the Church, with her vocation and mission, and all humanity, peoples, civilizations, cultures, all on a journey across the paths of time.

But where are we journeying? Is there a common goal? And what is this goal? The Lord responds to us through the prophet Isaiah, saying: “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths’”(2:2-3). This is what Isaiah says regarding the goal toward which we are travelling. It is a universal pilgrimage toward a common goal, which in the Old Testament is Jerusalem, where the Temple of the Lord rises. For from there, from Jerusalem came the revelation of the Face of God and of his Law. Revelation found its fulfillment in Jesus Christ, and he, the Word made flesh, became the “Temple of the Lord”: he is both guide and goal of our pilgrimage, of the pilgrimage of the entire People of God; and in his light the other peoples may also walk toward the Kingdom of justice, toward the Kingdom of peace. The Prophet continues: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (2:4). Allow me to repeat what the Prophet says; listen carefully: “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more”. But when will this occur? What a beautiful day it shall be, when weapons are dismantled in order to be transformed into tools for work! What a beautiful day that shall be! And this is possible! Let us bet on hope, on the hope for peace, and it will be possible!

This journey never comes to an end. Just as in each of our lives we always need to begin again, to get up again, to rediscover the meaning of the goal of our lives, so also for the great human family it is always necessary to rediscover the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes for a good journey. The season of Advent, which we begin again today, restores this horizon of hope, a hope which does not disappoint for it is founded on God’s Word. A hope which does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful! He does not disappoint! Let us think about and feel this beauty.

The model of this spiritual disposition, of this way of being and journeying in life, is the Virgin Mary. A simple girl from the country who carries within her heart the fullness of hope in God! In her womb, God’s hope took flesh, it became man, it became history: Jesus Christ. Her Magnificat is the canticle of the People of God on a journey, and of all men and women who hope in God and in the power of his mercy. Let us allow ourselves to be guided by her, she who is mother, a mamma and knows how to guide us. Let us allow ourselves to be guided by her during this season of active waiting and watchfulness.

President's Corner

NCCW Convention Highlights

Posted by Josephine Gilbert

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After months of planning and apprehension, NCCW Convention came and went. We give glory to our God Almighty who gave us the grace to make it work. We did it and many thanks to all who contributed to the success of the convention. I thought my heart would burst. Many of us worked from 7 am to 8 pm on most days and on Saturday some worked until 9:30 pm. You see, my sisters I am not a morning person, your dedication made me tighten my belt and I was determined to be in the Clearwater room by 7 am before you all arrived, so you are all my hero!

My sincere thanks to you all, even Fr. Greer had to wake up one morning to be at the airport at 6 am when Bishop Johnston had an early return flight.  I received numerous expressions of positive feedback from attendees as they were very grateful for the smooth running of events at the convention. Many thanks to Fr. Joseph Connolly of Venice who became an expert auctioneer for the purse auction. Thanks to all the  diocesan priests who attended the masses. The Province of Miami certainly broke a record with 163 members attending this year’s province dinner; 63 of those members are from the Miami ACCW. Also in attendance was Msgr. Alfred Culmer, Spiritual Advisor for the Catholic Women Auxiliary in the Bahamas, Verdell Williams, President Emeritus and Veronica Taylor, the Chairman of the Catholic Women Auxiliary in the Bahamas; all were there to rejoice with our dear sister Diane Tugander as she was installed as  Province Director- Elect. We pray to God that Diane will receive the wisdom she needs to be a wise servant and leader of FCCW.

“Be the Voice of Catholic Women: Confidence, Hope & Joy”. On September 25th -28th , 2013, over 500  women came with confidence that with our love for the council we can face our challenges head on;  we came with hope that God will see us through and NCCW will keep being the voice of catholic women; we came with joy to celebrate with each other our solidarity.

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Homily

Archbishop Wenski’s Statement on Immigration

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By: Denise Krebs

This is a transcript of Archbishop Thomas Wenski’s key note address to the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations meeting in Ft. Lauderdale. September 30, 2013.

Immigrants are not problems – they are persons, made in image and likeness of God.

No one should be surprised that the Catholic Church here in the US has taken a strong stance in favor of immigrants. After all, many newcomers are in fact Catholics or come from Catholic lands. And most of us Catholics fortunate to have been born in the United States are only a generation or two at most removed from the immigrant experience. And those who know American history are aware of how much the anti-immigrant nativism that emerged in the 19th century was a manifestation of a deep Anti-Catholicism that has yet to be fully expunged from our national consciousness. But our “pro-immigrant” advocacy is about more than “enlightened self-interest”. It is a lived application of the gospel message itself.
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Events

Come Join our First Victorian Tea Fundraiser

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By: Mt. Hood Territory

MACCW is having its first Victorian Tea Fundraiser on November 13, 2013.

The Tea will be held at St. Henry’s Catholic Church (1500 South Andrews Avenue
Pompano Beach, Florida 33069) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Tickets are $25.00 per person.

There will be a Chinese Auction and Pot of Gold, so bring your friends and support MACCW!

View/Print the MACCW 1st Victorian Tea Flyer