WORLD DAY OF THE POOR AND SERVICE DAYOn November 16, 2022, Ladies of Charity observed World Day of the Poor at the Russell Salvatore Food Pantry and Outreach Center in Lackawanna. The day began with a prayer service led by Holly Walter. Approximately 45 ladies were in attendance. Following the prayer service 600 gift bags were assembled to be distributed by Catholic Charities to the homebound. Included in the gift bags were several personal items, small blankets, word search books and many items that were homemade by our Ladies of Charity. The Enchanted Taste Catering, of Depew served a hot lunch which included salad, breaded chicken, crispy potatoes and dessert. Many thanks to all the workers especially Carolyn Stewart, Julie Lulek, Kathy Roseti, Janice Ferguson and Marion Snyder for planning, purchasing and setting up the products and assembly line for the gift bags. There was a spirit of friendship and service for the poor felt by all.2022 Mass of Remembrance and Enrollment of New Members
A Mass of Remembrance and Enrollment of New Members was held on May 12, 2022, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine. Over 60 women attended.
We enjoyed a morning of full sunshine and light breezes as we participated in a Mass held outside at the Shrine, celebrated by Fr. Lukasz Kopala, Pastor. We remembered all of our deceased members who passed during the past year.
Fr. Kopala, along with President, Kathy Roseti; and Membership Chair, Linda Hall; enrolled several new members and presented them with the Ladies of Charity cross and service manual. Each woman was also given a beautiful rose.
Afterwards, we walked to the nearby Parish Center in Chesterton Academy for a superb lunch of Chicken salads, breadsticks and wonderful homemade cupcakes, all provided by caterer “An Enchanted Taste,” located on Transit Rd., Depew. The beautiful table centerpieces were crafted and donated by Dianne Sippel. A lucky person at each table won the centerpiece to take home.
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Mass of Remembrance, Enrollment of New Members and Retirement Luncheon
June 17, 2021
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!
The Ladies of Charity thank Eileen Nowak, Director of the Ladies of Charity who retires after 31 years. She worked tirelessly to helping those living in poverty throughout Western New York. The Ladies of Charity was able to help thousands of people annually due to the leadership Eileen provided to our organization and to Catholic Charities. We wish Eileen well as she enters the next chapter of her life! God Bless!
Buffalo Ladies of Charity World Day of the Poor
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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.
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Ladies Day Out – A Visit to Yorkshire
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
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
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 Luncheon, May 16, 2019
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
April 13, 2019
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.
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Congratulations to Celine (Sally) Kingsley who is a Recipient of the Presidential Service Award on March 28, 2019.
Sally received the highest award level, known as the “Called to Service Award” which recognizes individuals who have given 4,000 hours or more of volunteer service in a lifetime. The ceremony was held at a luncheon on March 28, 2019 at the Statler’s Erie Room at E.C.C. North Campus. On hand to present the award was Erie County Executive, Mark Polancarz and Timothy Hogues, Commissioner of Senior Services.
Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, Sally received a personalized certificate, an official pin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.
A visit from the National St. Vincent DePaul Society Northeast Region VP!
Irene Frechette, Northeast Region Vice President of the National St. Vincent DePaul Society recently visited the Ladies of Charity Center and her husband Armond. Irene was hosted by Holly Walter, LOC Spiritual Moderator.
Patra Mangus provided a tour of the Buffalo Center showing Irene and Armond our Thrift Store, Fresh Start department, donation sorting area, Christmas Toyland and more! Armond, Irene and Holly also enjoyed lunch at Chef’s Restaurant, a Buffalo favorite. They were joined by Kathleen Sieracki (pictured with them) and Kathy Roseti.
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.
St. Gregory the Great Ladies of Charity 25th Anniversary Tea
The St. Gregory the Great Parish Ladies of Charity (LOC) held a Tea for current and future members to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. The first meeting of the St. Gregory the Great LOC was held on June 21, 1993. It was started by Margaret Gleason and Eileen Nowak, Director of Parish Outreach and Advocacy who forged a partnership to start the association in response to an article Margaret had read in the parish newsletter about the diocesan Ladies of Charity.
The Ladies were honored to have as their guests Father Leon Biernat, Father Francis Lombardo, Father Tom Mahoney, Father Paul Sygan and Sister Shawn Czyzycki. Father Leon recommitted our officers Susan Ward, President, Mary Ann Held, VP, Katie Ola, Secretary and Susan Ognibene, Treasurer.
Our current president Susan Ward shared a short history of the original members and the various ladies who have served as officers for the parish LOC and on the diocesan board.
Eileen Nowak presented the association a plaque from Catholic Charities in recognition of the time and treasure the parish Ladies of Charity have contributed to the Buffalo Association over the past 25 years.
Everyone enjoyed a variety of sandwiches and desserts, freshly brewed tea and iced tea. The event was co-chaired by Mary Joan Fix and Marilyn Leslie.
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Today Show Shines Light on the Buffalo Ladies of Charity
Buffalo Ladies of Charity volunteer, Estelle Anderson, age 96, received a surprise visit from NBC Today Show Host Al Roker. Estelle was recognized by the Today Show and the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program for her volunteer work improving the lives of those in need in the community.
State Farm Insurance Representatives, who sponsor the program, showered the Ladies of Charity with items to make it easier to continue their ministry in the Buffalo Community; including sewing machines, material, thread, diapers, blankets and clothing.
Estelle who was the 2017 Catholic Charities Volunteer of Year directs the Buffalo association’s layette program. When Estelle first encountered the layette program over 30 years ago, she found nothing but a few items in a donation box. An avid sewer and quilter, she agreed to deploy her skills for the program. Under her guidance, the program blossomed into much more than a simple donation box. Today, in-need mothers and their infants are supplied with essential crib linens, clothing and diapers.
At age 96, Estelle still volunteers 30 hours a month, assembling layettes and coordinating the donations received from baby showers held by both parish Ladies of Charity groups and others throughout the community. She began another effort eight years ago in which she and others sew tote bags for home bound adults and also grocery bags for patrons of eight Catholic Charities food pantries.
Estelle also gives educational lectures on quilting, discussing the connection between quilt symbols and the Underground Railroad. When asked what drives her to continue to volunteer and serve some of the most vulnerable people in Buffalo, Estelle says it is simply how she was raised, adding that she has always looked to the example set by her mother, who believed everyone has a responsibility to give back to their communities and to make it a better place.
Congratulations to Estelle Anderson who has been named
Catholic Charities USA Volunteer of the Year for 2017!
When Estelle first encountered the Ladies of Charity Layette Program over 30 years ago, she found nothing but a few items in a donation box. An avid sewer and quilter, she agreed to deploy her skills for the program. Under her guidance, the program blossomed into much more than a simple donation box. Today, in-need mothers and their infants are supplied with essential crib linens, clothing and diapers. At the helm, Estelle has aided an estimated 10,000 families in Buffalo and surrounding communities.
Now age 95, Estelle still volunteers 30 hours a month, assembling layettes and coordinating the donations received from baby showers held by both parish Ladies of Charity groups and others throughout the community. Items donated at the showers are stockpiled and distributed as needed. In addition, many volunteers meet weekly to sew needed items. She began another effort eight years ago in which she and others sew tote bags for home bound adults and also grocery bags for patrons of eight Catholic Charities food pantries.
Estelle also gives educational lectures on quilting. She spent afternoons at area churches in February, Black History Month, discussing the connection between quilt symbols and the Underground Railroad. When asked what drives her to continue to volunteer and serve some of the most vulnerable people in Buffalo, Estelle says it is simply how she was raised, adding that she has always looked to the example set by her mother, who was the daughter of slaves. Estelle said her mother believed everyone has a responsibility to give back to their communities and to make it a better place.
Congratulations on this well-deserved honor for Estelle.