The Martha Mary Guild of the Church of St. Mary Celebrates New and ‘Retiring’ Board Members
"This is a time-honored practice to welcome new Board members and to thank “retiring” members. It’s always a pleasure to see “new” faces, but it’s also sad to see others leaving the Board because it is a close-knit group. We welcome the incoming Board members and we express our gratitude for the generous work done by the outgoing members." stated the group. Below is a list of the 2019-2020 Board:
Presidents:Kathy Adleman & Ellen Balestiero
Vice presidents:Barbara Schaflin & RorieCoppola
Rec. Secretary:Jeanne Cerbone
Corresponding Sec.:Barbara Matuscak
Clothing Sale Chairs:Kathy Adleman, Ien Yoe, RorieCoppola
Decorating:Rosemarie Herold & Margie Delaney
Membership:Carol Donahue & Ginny Hamlin
Publicity:Ann Marie Dayton
Refreshments:Diana Piotrowski & Ien Yoe
Social Activities:Elia Gallello
Telephone:Treasure Herman & Susan Monaco
Welcoming:Anne Baker & Fran Corcoran
About Martha Mary Guild:
The Martha Mary Guild: Who are We?
- women who serve
- women who give
- women who organize
- women who lead
- prayerful women
- welcoming women
- women who have fun
There are many ways to participate in Martha Mary Guild activities. All Christian women are most welcome.
We offer three spirituality days each year: Retreat Days away or at the Parish, Spiritual Reading facilitated by Sr. Fran Lomeo on alternate Tuesday mornings after the 9 a.m. Mass, and an annual Lenten Afternoon of Reflection following the February or March General Meeting, presented by a Sister of Mercy or a Sister of the Good Shepherd. Members are invited to pray the Rosary together in the Chapel a half hour before the start of every monthly General Meeting. Every meeting opens with a prayer.
To support our charitable donations, we hold an annual Clothing and Linen Sale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday after Labor Day. Thanks to our co-chairs, volunteers, and donors of nearly-new (sometimes new) or gently-used clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry, our successful 2015 Sale enabled us to make charitable donations to Merlin’s Kids, an organization that trains service dogs for veterans; Mary’s Place by the Sea, a place of healing and respite, free of charge, for women undergoing treatment for cancer; Habitat for Humanity, for local home construction; Collier Services Kateri Summer Camp for underprivileged children; Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses; Ronald McDonald House, a place where parents of hospitalized children can stay, free of charge; Sisters of St. Joseph Retirement Fund, that cares for the order’s aging and ill sisters; St. Joseph by the Sea, a retreat house at the Jersey Shore where we’ve had wonderful retreat days facilitated by Sr. Helen Clifton, SSJ, our retired Spirituality Chair, and following Sr. Helen’s retirement, facilitated by Sr. Fran Lomeo, Sister of the Good Shepherd. In addition, we have held many other fund raisers over the years to support women and children through our charitable donations.
Our monthly meetings are meant to educate and sometimes entertain, and to always provide opportunities for members to gather and socialize. In the past, speakers have made presentations on the following general topics: faith-related; social issues, e.g., human trafficking, prison ministry; service-oriented; physical or mental health; gardening; the environment; cooking demonstrations on and off site. We are always open to suggestions for activities and general meeting programs.
Daytime bus trips that inspire, educate or entertain are held each year. Trips have included House and Garden Tours of famous homes; Scriptural Musicals at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster PA; The Culinary Institute of NY; The Philadelphia Flower Show; Museum Exhibitions; Grounds for Sculpture in NJ; NY Botanical Gardens; Broadway Shows; Radio City Christmas Shows; Tour of Harlem, NY, and many more. Sometimes the trips include lunch. Other times groups of attendees make their own plans for lunch together. The cost of the trips includes the ticket price and cost of the bus. The trips are very popular and tickets go quickly.