By Fr. Christopher Kubat
On a day when many places were closed due to heavy snow, many members of the Lincoln Diocesan Counsel of Catholic Women (LDCCW) gathered at Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat House in Waverly.
It was Saturday, Jan. 12, a day we closed St. Louise Gift & Thrift and Gianna’s Java & Gelato because of the inclement weather. It sure helped that the ladies drove in the night before and hunkered down while the snow fell. In some places in Lincoln, 6-8 inches accumulated. It was even greater in the southeast sector of the diocese.
It was a beautiful! Much of the snow stuck to branches of trees and bushes. It was truly a winter wonderland. During the day, multiple speakers were scheduled. When it was my turn, I had the privilege to talk about the homeless population we serve and the women at St. Gianna’s. Many of the ladies and their children at St. Gianna’s were previously homeless before being admitted.
I am happy to relate that the individual PCCW groups collected items for the above mentioned people. I previously wondered if a seat-less van would be sufficient but soon learned that something larger was called for due to the huge volume collected. Seeing the many items was truly inspirational. They included personal hygiene items, sleeping bags, coats, gloves, other winter weather items, and a whole list of things people need. After my talk, LDCCW President Kay Wessel handed me a check for $500, and another lady slipped me an Andrew Jackson. I told them the cash will help pay one month’s rent for a needy individual or family.
I would like to encourage any woman not involved with their parish council of Catholic women (PCCW), to prayerfully consider getting involved. Each PCCW does invaluable things for their parish and collectively as the LDCCW for institutions across the diocese, while at the same time having a lot of fun… especially when they get snowed in somewhere!
I would like to thank Kay Wessel and all of the members of the LDCCW for their love and support. I would also like to also thank Father Gary Coulter for his kindness and hospitality to the ladies and myself. He was on his best behavior that weekend because his mother Mary Coulter was in attendance. He is, incidentally, doing a wonderful job as the director of Our Lady of Good Counsel Retreat Center. If you have never made a weekend retreat there, I encourage you to do so. It will change your life. Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us! St. Gianna, pray for us, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!