Adult Groups and Activities - St. Giles Council of Catholic Women


All women belonging to the Parish are members of the CCW.

The St. Giles CCW was established in 1927, and continues to be a vital organization within the St. Giles parish adult community. CCW efforts fall into four areas: CHURCH, HOSPITALITY, SOCIAL and FUNDRAISING. Church activities sponsored by CCW include such events as the Sharing Tree at Christmas, the annual Coat Drive, Stations of the Cross and various spiritual evenings held throughout the year. Hospitality includes providing refreshments and “manpower” as needed for events held at the parish, including special Masses and remembrances. Social events include the Barefoot Contessa Cook-Off, Bunco Nite and the Progressive Dinner. Fundraising events include the Rummage Sale and the Annette Henneberry Spring Scholarship Fundraiser, which raises funds to give scholarships to 8th grade girls continuing on to Catholic High schools.

A Letter from the President

Welcome to your CCW,

Support, Empower and Educate all Cathoic Women in Spirituality, Leadership and Service.

This statement embodies the mission of CCW. The Board encourages you to become involved in your CCW this year. We are committed to deepening the bonds of the women of our parish through social, spiritual and philanthropic endeavors. To this end, CCW offers a myriad of possibilities that may interest you. Take a moment to look at some of the opportunities that await you.

Please look for information regarding upcoming CCW events and news each week in The Arrow or check this site, as it will be continually updated. If you would like to receive the monthly CCW E-News, please send your email address to Sheila Kunkel, and she will add you to the mailing list.

All women of the parish are members of CCW. We are always looking for new ideas and suggestions.Please contact us or any Board member with any ideas or to become involved. We look forward to seeing you around the Parish this year.

Warm Regards,
Cathy Rhomberg
Maureen O’Boyle

CCW Co-Presidents 2015-2016

Our "Mission Statement"

CCW responds to the needs of women of all ages within the parish community and beyond.
CCW affirms every woman’s unique gifts and talents, providing opportunities to develop spiritually, intellectually and socially.

CCW Board Forms / Documents 2015-2016
Co-Presidents: Cathy Rhomberg
Maureen O’Boyle
Co-Vice-Presidents: Monica Klinke
Kari Hayden
Secretary: Kim Gotti
Treasurer: Kelly Richard



Officers and Committee Chairpersons are expected to attend the board meetings. All women of the parish are invited to attend the monthly Board meeting.



CCW Calendar of Events 2015-2016 - docx Document - GOOGLE DOCS
2015-2016 Board Information - xlsx Document - GOOGLE DOCS
CCW Reimbursement Request Form - pdf Document
CCW Financial Guidelines - pdf Document
Tax Exemption Letter - pdf Document

"Book Club" (A social sharing event)
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Interested CCW members gather monthly in the Parish Living Room to discuss an agreed upon book selection. The evening includes book discussion and socializing. Upcoming book selections and meeting dates can be found in The Arrow or on the Parish website calendar.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would still like to be part of the book club discussions, please look for the St. Giles CCW group on . Goodreads is a social media site for readers, you need to be part of Goodreads to access the group.

The CCW Book Club meets at the Parish Center Living Room on most fourth Tuesday evenings of the month at 7 pm:

February 23, 2016

For questions, please contact Jackie Carey at

"Friends Feeding the Community" (A monthly spiritual service event)

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Oak Park and River Forest Food Pantry

“Working together to provide hunger relief in our community" is the slogan of the Oak Park and River Forest Food Pantry. In its effort to provide hunger relief, this group provided nutritious groceries, produce, meat and dairy products to 15,873 local families last year. Each month volunteers donate over 1400 hours of labor helping to feed their hungry neighbors

St. Giles CCW has pledged to provide 6 volunteers to assist the first Saturday of each month from 8:45 am to 10:30 am at the Oak Park Food Pantry. The duties for this focus primarily on distribution directly to the clients who move through the storeroom selecting food items. This effort is very rewarding to those who volunteer as they have the opportunity to assist and encourage clients in a positive situation. St. Giles youth are invited to participate as "valets" to carry groceries out to the parking lot for clients. This effort, in addition to a great feeling, also earns service hours!

Visit the food pantry's website for further information at

The Food Pantry is located at First United Church, 848 Lake Street, Oak Park. The Food Pantry provides hunger relief, counseling and nutritional counseling to families from 28 zip codes in Cook County.

Volunteers can commit to any or all Saturdays. Dates are listed below. Come help OPFP feed our community and spend quality time with fellow CCW members.

Want to volunteer or have any questions?
Contact Sharon Bresnahan at or 708-383-3430 x 420 with any questions.

The upcoming dates are as follows:

March 5, 2016

Beatitudes For Women
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Blessed is she who suffers with the very young, the very old, and the very lonely, for she has compassion.
Blessed is she who greets the world with joy, laughter and anticipation, for she has courage.
Blessed is she who speaks gently, lives humbly, and chooses to give freely, for she has dignity.
Blessed is she who listens and hears and extends her hands as a friend, for she has understanding.
Blessed is she who gives simply, loves deeply, and walks joyfully in life, for she has sincerity.
Blessed is she who lives intensely and sings life’s alleluias, for she has awareness.
Blessed is she who has compassion and courage, freedom and dignity, understanding, sincerity and awareness, for she is a woman, a gift, a blessing.

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