All women belonging to the Parish are member 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 and I encourage 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.
All women of the parish are members of CCW. We are always looking for new ideas and suggestions. Please contact me or any Board member with those or to become involved. I look forward to seeing you around the Parish this year.
CCW President 2013-2014
|Our "Mission Statement"
CCW responds to the interests and 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.
| Officers 2013-2014
Officers and Committee Chairpersons are expected to attend. Upcoming meetings:
May 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm in the Gleeson Bldg / Room 306
All women of the parish are invited to attend the monthly Board meeting.
|"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 http://www.oprffoodpantry.org.
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 Molly O'Hara at email@example.com or 708-383-6278 with any questions.
The upcoming dates are as follows:
May 3, 2014
June 7, 2014
July 5, 2014
August 2, 2014
September 6, 2014
October 4, 2014
November 1, 2014
December 6, 2014
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 www.Goodreads.com . 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:
May 27, 2014
For questions, please contact Jackie Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|LOTSA HELPING HANDS - CCW CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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It's easy to be active!!!
Have you attended a CCW project or event in the past, and thought, “Hey, I would like to help with that project, or I have an idea for that event if they do it next year.” Are you new to the parish and looking to become more involved with various activities? Or you have been in the parish forever and are looking for a new project to re-energize you?
CCW has a new, easy method to become involved with CCW events and projects. CCW has a calendar on the Lotsa Helping Hands website. You can sign up on the website to be part of various activities. Now the first time around you will need to register, but it is quick and painless. If you have any questions, contact Jeanne Gallo at email@example.com.
Several activities are already on the calendar including: The Oak Park Food Pantry monthly project, the CCW Christmas Party and the Sharing Tree.
- Go to https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/663605/join.
- Fill in the registration information. Basically you are setting up a user name and password. The form is small.
- An email is whisked off to the coordinator, that asks the coordinator to approve the person. The coordinator says, “Yes, I really want this person to be involved.” An email then is sent back to you that says, “You have been approved”. Everyone breathes a big sigh of relief because approval (in this case) is good.
- At this point, you can log on to the calendar and sign up for the various activities, projects, etc...
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.