Mass of Remembrance, Enrollment of New Members and Retirement Luncheon
June 17, 2021


Row 1:  Holly Walter, Mary Kuhn, Peggy Keene, Irene Siedlarcyk, Joanne Randles, Marilyn Sowinski
Row 2:  Eileen Nowak, Anita Castilio, Joan Piecuch, Mary Ann Dulski
Row 3:  Rev. Lukasz Kopała, Rev. Roy Herberger  Missing from photo:  Beverly Sikora

Our annual Mass of Remembrance was held on June 17th at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine in Bowmansville. It was con-celebrated by Father Roy Herberger and Father Lukasz Kopala, pastor of Sacred Heart Church. Deceased members were honored and remembered fondly for the many years of service to the poor. Father Roy’s homily spoke of the impact our volunteers have on the lives of those living in poverty. He also acknowledged of the work Eileen Nowak began 30 plus years ago as Director of the Ladies of Charity and the impact her work has had on our community. LCUSA President Peggy Keene, Northeastern VP Irene Siedlarczyk, Mid Atlantic VP Karen Radu and Fran Simkulet, outgoing president of the Binghamton Ladies of Charity were our honored guests. Peggy and Irene joined Father Roy, Kathleen Roseti and Linda Hall in the investiture of new members present at the Mass.

A luncheon followed at Joseph’s Banquet Center in Depew to recognize and honor retiring director, Eileen Nowak. In addition to the messages by Peggy and Irene, tributes by Kathleen Roseti and Kathleen Sieracki highlighted the many people Eileen has helped through her work with Catholic Charities and the Ladies of Charity and the positive impact on our organization. Eileen gave a heartfelt message on her personal experience with our organization but especially our members, many who became her friends. She thanked everyone for a perfect and unexpected day as well as the gifts presented to her. We will be forever grateful for her leadership and friendship and wish her well on her next adventure!

Mass of Remembrance, Enrollment of New Members and Volunteer Luncheon
May 16, 2019rememberance mass 5

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

Women who are looking to give back are invited to become members of Ladies of Charity.  Besides supporting the ministries of Ladies of Charity throughout the eight counties of Western New York, a dues-paying member is also a member of Ladies of Charity USA and the International Association of Charities.

Members of Ladies of Charity may choose the amount of their annual dues
Silver $23-$49
Gold $50-$99
Platinum $100 and up

Click here for a Membership Form – New Members

If you want more information currently about becoming a member of Ladies of Charity please call 716-895-4001

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