Events

Ladies of Charity holds social events for our members and their guests to have the opportunity to support our programs, meet others and have fun.

Please watch for more information about our upcoming events!  

Enjoy a recap of our 2019 events below!

Buffalo Ladies of Charity World Day of the Poor

World Day of the Poor The Diocese of Buffalo Association of the Ladies of Charity celebrated  the third annual World Day of the Poor on November 14, 2019. The program for the day included presentations by Holly Walter, Spiritual Moderator, Kathleen Roseti, President, Eileen Nowak, Director, Catholic Charitiesof WNY (CCWNY) Parish Outreach and Advocacy Department and four of her employees:  Carolyn Kwiatkowski, Outreach Specialist, Jen Pitisi, Service Corps Program Director, Laura Steuerman Nutrition Educator and Cassie Fee, AmeriCorps.
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Holly Walter began the day sharing Pope Francis’ message explaining his designating November 17thas “World Day of the Poor’ three years ago.  Pope Francis designated this year’s theme “The hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.” Holly shared a beautiful reflection, prayer, advocacy information to help the poor and all sang “Hear the Cry of the Poor” together..  Begin to Weave and God Will Provide the Thread Kathy Roseti then introduced this year’s LCUSA Assembly theme “Begin to Weave and God Will Provide the Thread”. Kathy spoke of our organization relating it to the weaving of a tapestry. She explained how if you only had the warp, or vertical lines, the tapestry would be very limited in its effectiveness or strength.  The tapestry needs the woof, or horizontal lines.  She asked everyone to picture the threads of the woof and warp weaving together, up and over each other.  The tapestry resulting from weaving these two threads together is strong, functional, rich with color, perhaps even has a creative design. Ribbons were then distributed to each member who were asked to let their ribbon represent them as individuals. Kathy spoke of how each of us is an individual, a family member, a member of a community and a lady of Charity. Each of us brings different interests, talents, skills, beliefs, education and experiences to LOC. The way in which these skills, talents, experiences etc. are used as members LOC was then highlighted.  Perhaps sewing elastic into a crib sheet, reading to a young child, advocating for someone without a voice, feeding the hungry, praying, helping a thrift store customer find a pair of winter boots, doing physical work, speaking Spanish etc. Kathy pointed out how we are each individuals with our own experiences, interests and skills but when we work together through collaboration, we make LOC stronger, more successful and more effective in our mission. Individually we are good, but together just like the warp and woof, we are stronger. Together we weave the tapestry of our ministries to help those living in poverty.  Members then took time during the day to weave their individual ribbons into the warp to be displayed at the Center on Broadway.
CCWNY Parish Outreach and Advocacy
The CCWNY Department of Parish Outreach and Advocacy was recently awarded a grant to assist them in educating those living in poverty with nutritional education. Jen Pitisi, Laura Steuerman and Cassie Fee gave a power point presentation explaining their new program, “Nutrition –Simply Said”. They shared their goals of helping individuals and families make good healthy food choices.  They spoke about educating their clients on meal planning, nutrition awareness and substituting healthier ingredients, especially if dealing with weight, cholesterol and diabetes issues. They demonstrated the preparation of a healthier cookie choice, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies,sharing the cookies once they were baked with the audience.  Jen and Carolyn also gave overviews of their program responsibilities and the results of LOC’s collaboration with Catholic Charities, sharing volunteer hours and other information on the number of people impacted with our ministries. Eileen Nowak gave an in-depth explanation of the client-caseworker referral process and the many services offered within her department at CCWNY.  She answered many questions posed by LOC members.  All found it very informative. Carolyn shared a personal story involving her own father who after a tour of our LOC Center and knowing Carolyn’s involvement with the Christmas toy donations, motivated his place of workplace to collect toys for LOC’s toy distribution this year! A perfect example of “Begin to Weave and God Will Provide the Thread”.

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Ladies of Charity Annual Dress for Less Style Show and Luncheon
“A Rainbow of Fashion”

Buffalo LOC’s 19th Annual Style Show was held on Saturday, September 28, 2019.  This is our largest fundraiser of the year.  Approximately 300 members and friends attended where they were able to purchase name brand clothing, pursers and jewelry donated to the Ladies of Charity Thrift store in Buffalo, NY. Attendees were also able to take part in theme basket raffles, a split club, silent auction and drawing for a quilt handmade by LOC member Mary Carroll.  The Style Show was coordinated by a cast of many with Susan Ward and Nancy Ortolano servings Co-Chairs. Our commentator was Mary Alice Demler, a local Buffalo newscaster. DSC_1718

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Ladies Day Out – A Visit to Yorkshire
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

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The annual outing for the Buffalo Association of the Ladies of Charity took them to Corfu, NY, and Yorkshire Hall to experience a Luncheon/Play entitled:  “Don’t Blame the Chef!”  A delicious meal was served to the Ladies and their guests as the play unfolded.  Before arriving at Yorkshire Hall, a stop was made at Kutter’s Cheese Factory Store in Corfu where we were treated to wine tasting and an opportunity to purchase cheeses and many other items.  Following the luncheon and the play we visited Oliver’s Candy Store in Batavia.  54 Ladies and their guests attended.  A split club took place on the way home along with a drawing for movie tickets to 10 lucky winners!

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2019 Out of Town Day
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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On Tuesday, June 4, many of our local Ladies of Charity traveled to Bergen, NY, to spend time with the Ladies of Charity members of St. Brigid Church. We began the visit with Mass celebrated by Fr. Matthew Phelan, Ide M. Ladies from Bergen and Buffalo assisted as Lector, Eucharistic Ministers, gift bearers. Beautiful guitar music was provided by Kathleen Fink of St. Brigid’s and Holly Walter from Buffalo was cantor for the Mass.

Afterwards, the Ladies from St. Brigid put on a delicious luncheon with several salads and a vegetable/antipasto tray, capped off with luscious homemade desserts.

Our speaker was Sister Marie Schober, who gave us an inspiring talk about our being present to God and recognizing God’s presence in all people in our lives and in all nature around us. She gave us many helpful handouts to assist us in realizing God’s presence in every aspect of our lives. She also presented us with suggested prayers for us to use in our daily prayers.

Many thanks to Jan Bausch, President, and to all of the Ladies of Charity of St. Brigid Church for their exceptional hospitality.

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2019 Mass of Remembrance, Enrollment of New Members,
and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon
May 16, 2019

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From left to right in above picture:
Chris Eberl, Alice Russ, Kathy Roseti, Elaine Wendel, Fr. Roy, Cosma Kidder, Delores Celano, Diane Zwiecki, Debbie Chadwick, Irene Siedlarczyk

Mass of Remembrance and Enrollment of New Members was held on May 16, 2019 at Ss. Columba-Brigid Church with 75 members in attendance. Father Roy Herberger was our celebrant and enrolled 5 new members. We were fortunate to have Debbie Chadwick, LCUSA President, Irene Siedlarczyk, VP Northeast Region, Fran Simkulet, President Elect of the Binghamton Association and Margaret Hanson, Parliamentarian and past LCUSA President as our guests. Holly Walter, Director Northeast Region, served as Cantor for the Mass. Debbie and Irene women spoke on the need to seek new members. Debbie talked about her father playing professional baseball in Buffalo when she was a child. She likened our membership need to baseball; LOC needs to have the “bench warmers” who will be ready to continue our ministries when we are no longer able to. The Catholic Charities staff hosted a delicious Volunteer Appreciation lunch following Mass with a short report on the programs of Ladies of Charity

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Party Saturday
April 13, 2019

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PARTY SATURDAY, held on Saturday April 13, 2019, was a great success! There were over 100 participants and many volunteers to make this event fun for everyone. Nine regular rounds of 4 drawings for gift cards valued at $25 or more were sold at $2 a ticket, and one special raffle of 6 drawings of gift cards valued at $50

Pizza, soft drinks/coffee, and dessert were served for lunch. Also, there were over 70 theme baskets. Additionally, raffle tickets were sold for the beautiful quilt on display, which was hand made by Mary Carroll. The winner of quilt raffle will be drawn at our annual Style Show to be held in September of this year. There is still time to purchase raffle tickets for the quilt!

Many thanks to all businesses, members and parish groups for their donations of gift cards and gift baskets and to all the volunteers who helped make it a success.

More photos are in the Photo Gallery

World Day of the Poor
November 15, 2018

Ladies of Charity in response to Pope Francis World Day of the Poor, held a day of service.  Holly Walters, Vincentian Spiritual Moderator began the day with a prayer service and song.  Approximately 40 ladies participated in this project, filling more than 450 bags for the homebound.  Bags, decorated by the Junior Ladies of Charity, were filled with cleaning supplies, toiletries, Christmas cards and throws.  The service day ended with lunch and fellowship.

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