Women’s Guild

2022-2023 Officers

Co-Presidents – Jean Maakestad-Wolf(je-wolf@wiu.edu) and Laura Courter(soakupthesun@hotmail.com)
Secretary – Jenny Bright(jbright@stpaulmacomb.com)
Treasurer – Donella Anderson (gumby@macomb.com)

Mission Statement

Building community among all women of our Parish through spiritual, social and charitable activities.

Parish Related Activities

Plan and host spiritual activities such as prayer partners, retreats and special speakers.

Conduct community service projects such as the Mardi Gras food drive, Giving Tree and the Prison Mission project.

Provide food for and host funeral dinners.

Host special event receptions such as First Communion, Confirmation and Easter Vigil as well as other Parish special occasions.

Manage fundraising and community service activities including two Parish rummage sales each year, Cookie Walk and Decorate-a-Table.

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Women’s Retreat Fundraiser Flyer March 26, 2023



Women’s Guild Update – March 2022:

Greetings on a beautiful, spring-like day.  I am so excited to see signs of life in my yard/garden and am more than ready to start digging in the dirt.
Some general notes, thoughts and prayer requests.


“Building community among all women of our Parish through spiritual, social and charitable activities.”

It is time to start gathering again!

*Save the Date:    Catholic Women’s Retreat-Acts of Charity*
This event will be hosted by the Newman Center on March 31st, starting with Mass at 5:00 pm.  Light hor d’oeuvres will be served following mass, and the retreat will start at 6:00 pm. Guest speakers will talk about service opportunities around Macomb. Activities will include making rosaries, knitting baby hats and making cards to share in the community. More details will be available following spring break.   If you have any questions, please contact:  Beate Wilson, Coordinator of the St. Francis Catholic Newman Ministry at 309-837-3989 or  wiucatholic@gmail.com.
The Women’s Guild will provide desserts for this event.  If you are interested (4-5 individuals) in helping with this, please contact me (309-255-0400 or je-wolf@wiu.edu).

We will have a Women’s Guild meeting in late August.  One agenda item will be to elect new officers.  Additionally, we will look at the calendar to plan events for the upcoming year.
We are currently exploring a variety of fund-raising opportunities and other events; possibly one for the summer.  This will be a good time to reconnect and look ahead.

We have missed the Rummage Sales!  Plans are underway to start again with the Fall Rummage Sale.   We want to be sure that everyone involved, including those who sort items and those who attend will be safe.  Details will be shared, when available.

Thank you to all who volunteered to be a prayer partner with a child beginning the journey for 1st Communion.  This is an important time for these individuals to connect with members of the St. Paul Community.  The Guild provides the reception following 1st Communion.

Thank you to all who have continued to serve in different capacities for the Women’s Guild in the past 2 years: sharing prayer hankies with those going through difficult times, helping with the Cookie Walk, providing items for and delivering the Christmas bags, contributing to the Van project, and reaching out to those in need during these challenging times.

The Annual Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 2022 Volunteer Appreciation Mass & Luncheon is Friday, April 29th, in Peoria.  If you would like to nominate a member of the Women’s Guild to be recognized for her volunteer work, please contact Shirley Adams, Donella Anderson, or me.  Past St. Paul Women’s Guild members who have been recognized include:

2015  Loretta Baucom
2016  Cecelia Majeres and Jan Theis
2017  Kathleen Markey and Jean Waymack
2018  Rita Richbark, Pat Arnold and Cathy Crain
2019  Shirley Adams and Judy Yeast
2020  Program not available
2021  Dana Derry and Cynthia Sullivan.

Prayer requests:
Kathleen Markey and Mary Aurelio — for healing for health related concerns
Jenny and Rachel Bright — in thanksgiving for safety during a car accident
Father Stimpson, Father Joseph, Deacon Larry Adams, Deacon Tony Ensenberger, Sharon Hoffbeck
St. Paul School — staff, children and families
First Communicants

The email addresses included in this group list include those who completed the form for Guild membership.  Please let me know if you know if you or someone you know is not receiving the messages or if an address is incorrect.

If you have any questions or comments or suggestions, please contact any of the Executive Committee members:  Shirley Adams, Donella Anderson, Jenny Bright or me.  The following months will be a time for reconnecting and rebuilding the work of the St. Paul Women’s Guild.

May you find peace and joy in your journey this Lenten Season.

Jean Wolf