Holy Trinity Seniors
The Holy Trinity Seniors recently met at the White Inn. President Rita Lombardo gave the Invocation and recited a poem titled "Sunshine or Shadow." Vice President/Treasurer Doris LaSpada gave the financial report, it was accepted.
Each member selected their meal from the menu.
LaSpada decorated the table with a gold tinsel garland with red and green gifts boxes and she also placed cut-out Christmas trees over the table. She wrapped gifts for each member with gold paper, tied with red ribbon and a small bow. Other gifts were wrapped with white tissue paper with red ribbon. These were raffled and won by members.
Secretary Josie Wierczynski gave each member a small bag of Lindt candy with a small bow. President Rita Lombardo bought a red poinsettia for the table which was raffled and won by Ann Schlichter.
The next meeting will be in April 2012 in the Parish Center.
Ladies Society of Blessed Mary Angela Parish
The Ladies Society of Blessed Mary Angela Parish celebrated its Advent Christmas dinner party Tuesday evening, at the social center.
Special guests attending were the Rev. Matt Nycz, pastor, Angeline Anderson and Elizabeth Dauber of Cleveland, Ohio.
The social hall was decorated with numerous brightly lighted Christmas tree wreaths and a holy creche.
The tables were covered with red and white tablecloths centered with fresh red poinsettia plants. Red candles decorated with fresh evergreen holly and pine cones flanked the centerpieces.
Each place setting had a printed poem titled "The Memory of the Snowman" and a Christmas basket crafted by Joan Zielinski which was filled with candy.
Fruit punch and hors d' oeuvres were served proceeding dinner.
The members and guests shared the Christmas wafers (oplatki) and extended holiday greetings.
Carol Schiller, president of the society, offered the invocation.
Following dinner, Father Nycz gave a brief talk extending Christmas wishes to the members.
Schiller presented a gift to Nycz on behalf of the Ladies Society.
A raffle was held and the poinsettia plants were won by Sue Hall, Schiller, Lottie Mierzwa, Henrietta Borowski, Nycz and Nathalie Kolasa.
Many games were played and all the prizes won were associated with the holiday season.
The officers of the Ladies Society served on the Christmas dinner party.
St. Lucy Society
On Sunday, the society once again had the feast of St. Lucy, the patron saint of the eyes. They attended a Mass in her memory at St. Anthony's Church, Fredonia. celebrated by the Rev. C.J. Westfield. After the Mass, the society held a brunch at Concord Estates hosted by Elaine Raczka.
President Lucille Rizzo led the members in prayer. The traditional "cuccia" was prepared and served by Rose Cerrie, vice president. The wheat is symbolic with St. Lucy.
Diane Manzella made the favors for the table which were crocheted dish cloths tied with ribbon and had a candy cane in the center.
After brunch, everyone sat and talked about other feast days and noted the St. Lucy Society was started in 1913. Nearly a century later, she is still remembered.
A closing prayer was said and everyone wished a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.