St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Church has a number of organizations that we invite you to join. Just contact one of the leaders listed.
*Altar Society - Every adult woman in the Parish is automatically a member of Altar Society. The Altar Society meets periodically throughout the year, is in charge of the Turkey Shoot, serving funerals and other parish events, and renting out the parish hall. Callers for events like funerals are Barb White and Bobbi White. Officers are as follows:
Bobbi White and Liz Swenson
**Church Choir sings for Sunday Mass and for major Church liturgies, including special preparation for Christmas Eve Mass. Interested singers are invited and urged to join the choir. Organist is Cindy Larson and guitarist is Gay Lynn Ames. If you would like to play the piano, organ or guitar, or sing in the choir, please contact choir director Paula Linke.
**Catholic Daughters of the Americas was organized as Court Holy Heart #163 on February 18, 1912 with 35 charter members. Catholic Daughters were originally known as the Daughters of Isabella. The Catholic Daughters meet on the third Wednesday each month in the church basement beginning at 5 PM with rosary, 5:15 PM meeting. Some of the CDA recent activities include: adopting Seminarian Tyler Pranger; working with Spirit of Faith Church to fill and provide sacks for the local Backpack Program; supporting and working with Quilting for Others, which meets every Wednesday to quilt and enjoy fellowship; leading Rosary before Sunday Mass; offering once/month Sunday breakfast after Mass for support of the basement renovation and sponsoring BINGO monthly at Prairie View Health Center. The Court also supports Right to Life activities, gives donations to Morality in Media by supporting MIM, the white ribbon against pornography campaign during the month of October. The Court decorates a CDA Christmas tree in the county courthouse for the county’s Parade of Tress and purchases gifts for the Christmas Sharing Tree sponsored by the First National Bank. Court Holy Heart sponsors the annual Education Contest in Art, Essay, Poetry, Computer Art, and Music open to all children grades 4 through 12 and adult CDA members. The Court is always seeking charitable projects! Current leadership is as follows: Regent: Lynda Steichen
Vice Regent: Janet Voorhees
Financial Secretary: Cindy Larson 796-4169
Recording Secretary: Diane Larson 796-4985
Treasurer: Jan Stange
Chaplain: Fr Kevin Doyle 796-4666
*Knights of Columbus - Eudes Council 1525 of Woonsocket was chartered on December 4, 1910, with a membership of 68. The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal organization, and has directed its efforts towards that end. They have attempted to reach out to the community by helping with civic services such as the Tootsie Roll campaign, the proceeds of which are given to people with disabilities. They provide transportation to deliver the Christmas boxes to the needy and sponsor the local free throw contest held in January. A seminarian breakfast is held generally every 3rd Sunday to support seminarians in their schooling. In the past, they supported Fr. Chester Murtha and Fr. Larry Regynski of Woonsocket. Currently they are supporting Daniel Smith, Holy Apostles Seminary, Promwell CT. On the 3rd Wednesday of the month, they hold a joint social and supper with the CDA. The KC’s have won a number of awards since their beginnings, and most recently received the following awards: 2006-07 Service Program; Council Scrapbook Recognition 2007; Youth Rally, Papal Visit; 98/99 Vocation Sponsor Award; and 2006-07 Elite Council Award. They earned the distinction of Star Council, the international organization’s top award for the 1999-2000 fraternal year. The award recognizes the overall excellence in the areas of membership recruitment and retention, promotion of the fraternal insurance program and sponsorship of service oriented activities. The K.C.’s also recognize outstanding effort in the community with the “Knight of the Year” award and the “K.C. Family of the Year Award.” Past leadership as follows: Chaplain: Father Kevin Doyle; Grand Knight: Thomas Carda; Deputy Grand Knight: John Delvaux; Chancellor: Jason White; Recorder: Lester Steichen; Financial Secretary: Pat Howard; Treasurer: Al Bies; Lecturer: Al Bies; Advocate: Jack Davis; Warden: Edward Swenson; Inside Guard: Russell Podhradsky; Outside Guard: Albert Schmidt; 3rd Year Trustee: Mathew Moran; 2nd Year Trustee: John Mann; and 1st Year Trustee: Al Bies.