Our annual Fall Membership Mass and dinner was held on Tuesday, September 24. Father Patrick Butler led us in a wonderful celebration of the feast of St. Vincent DePaul at DePaul House Chapel. Fr. Robert Gielow concelebrated the Mass. Fr. Gielow is the twin brother of the Spiritual Moderator for LCUSA, Fr. Richard Gielow.
Once again we were treated to Sheila Morris Barnes’ beautiful singing voice and she was accompanied by the talents of Jean Tebbetts on the piano. Jean did a marvelous job attending to every detail for the Mass.
Immediately following, we headed to Wolfert’s Roost for a delicious dinner and fellowship. Alba Giordano worked tirelessly to make sure all of our needs were met. Dinner was a delicious blend of pasta, salads, chicken and salmon. There was no excuse to go away hungry!
Our guests included the President and Vice President of the Academy of the Holy Names Junior Ladies of Charity. Stefania Bonanni and Grace Giambetti, respectively, spoke with us about why they enjoy being Junior Ladies and shared with us some of the work they have done in the past year. It was inspiring to hear their words.
Our own Ladies offered brief commentary on why they enjoy the ministries in which they are involved. Their descriptions at times made us laugh and at others reminded us why we work so hard at what we do. A call for help with the Coats for the Community drive as well as the Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin-By World program garnered many volunteers. It was heartwarming evening.