St. Gerard Women's Guilds

Purpose:

The Parish of St. Gerard was founded on the concept of building a "sense of community and belonging" and of having "smaller Christ centered communitites within the larger faith-filled community". A GUILD is that smaller group in which to better get to know one another and is one way to respond to this concept.

Guild History:

The St. Gerard Women's Group was the first to be formed when the Parish began in 1970. Five Guilds (meeting evenings in homes) were formed within geographic neighborhoods, leading to ten as the Parish grew. The group affiliated with the local Deanery Council of Catholic Women (DCCW), the Archdiocesan and National CCW. Parish women served on these local boards who presented leadership training and education on projects adopted by the CCW in the areas of family, church, community, legislation, international concerns along with organization.

Current Status:

Three daytime guilds currently exist. All three invite new members. Women may visit/join anytime.

What do Guilds do?

The current Guilds exist primarily to socialize, build friendships, and for the support that results. They share in an opening prayer, a brief business meeting and collect a small (optional) monetary donation for projects as determined by the group. Past projects include donations to the St. Gerard Angel Tree Project and Heifer International.

For more information on the Guilds or to join, please contact Colette at coletteo@st-gerard.org or 763-424-8770.