Sheila Hopkins, NCCW President Elect

Opening Prayer 

Executive Committee met May 30 & 31/Board of Directors meeting was June 1-3

Rebecca Woodhull and I met with Msgr. Ron Jenkins, Executive Director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was given copies of our latest resources – Called to Witness and Women Healing the Wounds - as well as the Religious Freedom prayer card. When told of the upcoming resource, Media: What is the Message?, he asked for a copy and was particularly interested about the pornography section. USCCB will be issuing a document on pornography. Their primary emphasis this year will be religious freedom and marriage. We expressed gratitude for their ongoing support. 

Rebecca visited the NCCW archives housed at the Catholic University of America. It is very extensive and we are considered a significant part of their collection. Nothing has been added since 2001 so this will be a project in the near future. 


A work in progress. Everyone will be in the database according to province/diocese/deanery/affiliation. Entering all the information into the database has taken longer than hoped but accuracy is more important than speed. End of the month goal is to have pay pal activated for online convention registration and NCCW resource purchases. Updates to the website /convention information is ongoing so check often.

New Commission Resources:

  • Spirituality:  1) An NCCW Collection of Prayers will be given to all convention participants with any extra copies available for purchase. This is a compilation of public domain Catholic prayers, recently published or used prayers and prayers from 3 previous NCCW prayer resources: We Are Called to Witness, NCCW Prays and Enhancing Our Spirituality. They will be packaged in shrink wrap three hole punched to put in a binder so you can add prayers in the future. 
    2) A Prayer for Persecuted Christians on a prayer card with the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd on the front is another anticipated handout. 
    3) Members are encouraged to participate in the National 54 Day Rosary Novena beginning August 15, 2015 (Feast of the Assumption)  to October 7, 2015 (Feast of the Holy Rosary). Primary intention is for the family and marriage including peace, sanctity of human life and religious freedom. Go to http://rosaryea.org/index.php/hearts-united-programs/national-rosary-novena/54-day-national-novena-2015, It will be added to our website. 
  • Service: 1)  Newest resource is Media: What is the Message? addressing  the message of the church and prayer and covers the good and harmful effects of technology including television, computers, phones and print media. It will be discussed on the July 8th Leadership Call and at the convention commission workshop.
    2) Another component of the workshop will be Women Healing the Wounds, the updated domestic violence resource. Currently there is an Achievement Recognition Project with several categories to submit your project on domestic violence awareness for an award to be presented at convention, Deadline to submit is July 10th and details can be found on the NCCW website.
  • Leadership: 1) A Parliamentary Procedure booklet has been prepared for convention that is a compilation of Registered Parliamentarian Pat Reymann’s articles in the monthly Connect.
    2) An Introduction to New Affiliates was approved by the Board of Directors. It has been sent to Province Directors who will pass on to A/DCCW presidents as they recruit parishes not currently affiliated with NCCW. 
  • LTD Team: An A/DCCW President’s Training Program, including the script and power point presentation, was presented to the Province Directors for their use. This training will be offered for presidents at convention at the LTD Training Session. LTD has several trainings available.

Membership Recruitment:

One afternoon of the meeting was focused on membership recruitment, both individual members and affiliations. Unfortunately through the corruption of the old database, information was lost so contact information was not available for dues notices. Reaching out to unaffiliated organizations with the new resource and recruiting new members with the new membership form was discussed as well as ideas for fundraisers. Breaking into groups, discussion centered on ownership of the organization; how are you using your time/talent/treasure for NCCW, what specific fundraising strategies have worked best and what specific goals can you make for fundraising in the next 3 months. As the “voice of Catholic women” we should place value on strength in numbers and need to maintain an office infrastructure to support members.


Approval was given to proceed with a fundraiser to be unveiled at convention offering the opportunity to receive full convention registration, hotel and transportation for the 2016 convention. For each new member signed up, the recruiter would have their name put in the drawing.  Other details will be forthcoming. 

4 Resolutions Approved for Presentation at Convention:

1) End Persecution of Christians in the Middle East by Peoria DCCW, 2) Consecrated Life by NCCW Spirituality Commission, 3) Influence of Media on Marriage and Family by NCCW Service Commission and 4) NCCW Website by NCCW Leadership Commission. These will be posted on the website. 


Review the information: NCCW website,  Catholic Woman, eblasts and Connect. Early bird deadline: June 30th. Hotel and convention registration forms on website as well as schedule, speakers, commission and LTD training, Disney tickets, program ads, exhibitor form. Local charity will be JMJ pregnancy centers – flyer forthcoming. Opening liturgy at Basilica of Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe with bus transportation provided. Liturgy and rosary daily.    There will be a special surprise guest at 95th Birthday luncheon and Disney entertainment at the banquet. We need silent auction items for our silent auction fundraiser – minimum value of $50. 

Pilgrimage to France:

This once-in-a-lifetime spiritual journey will visit holy sites in France beginning in Paris and ending in Lourdes. Price of $2,995 includes round trip airfare from New York JFK, hotels, baggage handling, bus, tour guide, daily breakfast and dinner as well as daily Mass with the NCCW Spiritual Advisor Fr. James Stembler. Gratuities total of $125 will be added. Space limited to 40 participants who should be able bodied as European countries are usually not handicapped accessible.  Download the brochure on the website or request a copy by emailing hseward@nccw.org