Ladies’ Guild

Ladies’ Guild 

The Ladies’ Guild Mission is to support and enrich the life of our St. Mark parish family through fellowship, outreach and spiritual activities.

Our regular meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month from September through May at 7pm in the Parish Hall.

Contact:  ladiesguild@saintmarkbelmont.com for more information or to get on the email list for – The Guild Gazette
This is our monthly (or close to it)  eNewsletter and has details and information on what the Guild is currently doing.
Note: Your email will only be used by the Guild and you can “unsubscribe” at any time.

SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR OUR MISSION STATEMENT IN ACTION –
WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU “CHECK US OUT”

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KICKOFF MEETING-SEPTEMBER 1 – 6:30pm

We are finally able to get together, so September 1 will be our welcome back meeting.

We will talk about our options for the upcoming Guild year and what we can do in the way of meetings, outreach options, events and fundraisers.

However, new COVID restrictions have forced a slight change. Instead of our regular Ice Cream bar,  we will have a selection of ice cream novelties which MUST be eaten outside. 

These individual treats – bars, cups, etc. will be available from 6:30 to 6:45pm in the Parish Center entrance and can be enjoyed outside on the brick walkway or grass.  We are asking St. Martha to intercede for good Belmont weather!!

We are starting earlier than usual, so come, walk around and greet your friends as you enjoy your ice cream goodie.

 At 6:45, we will move indoors, WITH MASKS, to sign in, buy Pot of Gold  tickets and turn in your membership forms before the meeting begins.  Masks must be worn the entire time.

 In this way, we hope to provide as safe a way as possible for us all to get together after this very long hiatus.

 

MEMBERSHIP:

Our Guild year runs from September through May, so it is now renewal time again.

Dues will remain at $15.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US AT THIS MEETING (OR ANY MEETING). 

NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED AND WE OFFER FREE PARKING.

 

IN THE MEANTIME,  please continue your prayers:

For all throughout the world, in our country, our communities, and our families who have been affected by this pandemic, or are suffering from COVID-19.

For all who are sick or injured, suffering, in pain, or in any way in need of our prayers. 

For all who are struggling with grief, who are recovering from surgery, home bound or in care facilities as well as all Caregivers.

 For all who feel the loneliness of being cut off from family and friends.

May we ask for strength to see us through, wisdom for those who need to find solutions and love for us all to be patient and supportive to those many, many who are in need.

LORD, help us –  St. Mark, pray for us; St. Martha, pray for us.

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The Ladies’ Guild Mission is to support and enrich the life of our St. Mark parish family through fellowship, outreach and spiritual activities.

What does that mean in action?

PARISH SUPPORT 
Over the years the Guild has supplied many of the beautiful items in the church and surrounding grounds. 
We have helped the Religious Ed and Youth Ministry programs whenever asked.
And, we are proud that in all its endeavors, St. Mark parish knows it can always count on the Ladies’ Guild.

FELLOWSHIP:  
 Our members are a group of amazing ladies and we welcome any woman of the parish to join us.
 More than ever, our voices are needed.
 Individuals can do a lot, but there is great power in the strength of a group.

Join us at meetings and get to know other awesome women of the parish
We meet the first Wednesday of the month from September through May at 7pm in the Fr. Flanagan Hall
Not all members can make the meetings, but when they can, all are willing to help as needed.
Subscribe to our eNewsletter, the Gazette, to stay informed
      Contact:  ladiesguild@saintmarkbelmont.com to get on the list
Volunteer to help with events, outreach and fundraising

 

 

OUTREACH:   
Over the years we have increased our outreach efforts and found the ultimate reward in knowing that in some way, no matter how small, we have made a difference.

Our MARTHA MINISTRY AND SUNSHINE PROGRAMS support members of our own Guild in times of need

       SANDWICHES ON SUNDAY (SOS) began as part of the efforts of the Social Justice group formed following the first Renew.

Once a month, since 1990 volunteers have made from 50 to 100 Bag lunches for distribution at Samaritan House in San Mateo.  Currently we are making 50.  Lunches include two sandwiches (1 meat/cheese and 1 peanut butter/jelly), fruit, drink, chips and a snack.

Donations and Funding from Ladies Guild support the program.  With COVID the number who can physically make the lunches is limited, but we would welcome any volunteers who would like to be on the list.


In addition our other OUTREACH EFFORTS have included drives – for socks, sweats, T-shirts, toiletries, school supplies, etc. and other programs to support a variety of worthwhile causes and organizations, including:
Catholic Worker House, Samaritan House, Samaritan House Safe Harbor, St. Vincent de Paul, the Veterans Administration Homeless Project, Epiphany Center, SVdP Catherine Center and Shelters for Abused Women – to name a few.

 

                                                                                 

How much more could we do with your help??? 

 SPIRITUAL:        
We draw our strength from our faith and strive to include readings and programs throughout the year to increase our love, compassion and understanding.