Council of Catholic Women
The National Council of Catholic Women acts through its members to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.
Current Board Members:
Father Kasel – Spiritual Director
Ann Tescher – President
Carol Nelson – Vice President
Christine Kneeland – Treasurer
Paula Breid – Secretary
Theresa Liffrig – Community Concerns
Vacant – International Concerns
Vacant – Church Concerns
Vacant – Family Concerns
Links of Interest:
Contact the St. Michael’s CCW:
Calendar of Events:
Next Holy Hour – Sunday, October 22nd, 6:00 p.m.
2017 Holiday Tea – Saturday, December 2nd
The Thursday prior to Thanksgiving, 16 November, we ask our members to fast and pray to end hunger. This year, the Spirituality Commission is requesting that our members send the money they save fasting that day to the NCCW who will combine the money received and forward it to Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The check should be made out to NCCW and in the memo portion, write "CRS-Thanksgiving."
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Devotion to the Mother of Good Counsel is associated with the story of a miraculous icon. The sacred image is found in a church in Genazzano, a beautiful town thirty miles south-east of Rome. The church dedicated to the Mother of Good Counsel was built there in the fourth century. In 1356 the church was given over to the Augustinians. Restoration started in 1467, when a widow, Petruccia, sold all her belongings to help finance the project. However, funds ran out before the task was completed.
That same year, all the residents of Genazzano heard a beautiful melody coming from heaven. As they looked up, they saw a white, shining cloud that descended on the church of the Mother of Good Counsel. The cloud gradually vanished, revealing a beautiful painting of Our Lady tenderly holding her Divine Son in her arms. Immediately, Mary began to cure the sick and grant countless graces.
The amazing news reached Rome. Pope Paul II sent two bishops to investigate the story. The prelates reported that 171 miracles were recorded in the months following the icon’s appearance. The pope’s commission also found that there was an empty space on the church wall at Scutari. An icon that had been venerated there for centuries was, indeed, missing.
The image was painted on a sheet of plaster so thin that it would have been impossible for any human hand to remove it without damage. It had survived the subsequent centuries through the tumult of several earthquakes and withstood the bombing during World War II. Several altars were destroyed, walls caved in, and the roof was crushed. The icon, only yards away from the explosion, remained intact.
In 1753, Pope Benedict XIV established the Pious Union of Our Lady of Good Counsel to promote devotion to Mary under this title. Pope Leo XIII added the title Mother of Good Counsel to the Litany of Loreto. Pope Pius XII dedicated his term of office to Our Lady of Good Counsel. And Pope John XXIII visited her shrine to pray for the success of the Second Vatican Council.
The icon at Genazzano is about a foot wide and eighteen inches high. It depicts a mother figure that is half turned toward her son and half toward the viewer, reflecting Mary’s concern for both Jesus and his Church.
If Our Blessed Mother is willing to ask her Son to work miracles to let us know of her motherly concern, Our Lady of Good Counsel is certainly willing to speak words of advice and instruction to help us over the hurdles of our daily lives.
Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us
Ann, Barb, Teresa, and Sara
In September 2017, Parishioners of the Church of St. Michael’s donated needed items such as blankets and hygiene items, and a supper meal made and prepared for the homeless.
The food was served “family style”. A guest staying at the house said a word of thanks prior to the meal. Those individuals staying at the Dorothy Day House were very kind, expressing much thanks, and gratitude. Those who volunteered shared that this was a truly enjoyable and grace filled experience.