The Columbiettes of Bishop Greco #9499 want to welcome ladies to join our organization at Holy Family. Have you heard of our good works? We are a fraternity of Catholic ladies bonded with friendship and goodwill, doing charitable work, and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. We are celebrating 25 years at Holy Family and now have 11 auxiliaries in North Carolina. Join us.
Inquiries and interested ladies contact: Jennifer at 336-382-9326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESIDENT: Jennifer Szescula
PAST PRESIDENT: Kathy Thomas
VICE PRESIDENT: Jennifer Walter
SECRETARY: Suzanne Seth
TREASURER: Lisa Cain
FINANCIAL SECRETARY: Megan Hauser
SENTINEL: Eileen Bongaerts
Who are the Columbiettes?
On March 2, 1939 the first Columbiettes were instituted in New York City, where the Supreme Council resides today. On March 12, 1992, the Bishop Greco Auxiliary of Holy Family was founded. Membership is by induction, dues are annual and members receive a monthly newsletter.
The Columbiettes represent a unified body of Catholic women ages 17 or older that when initiated become members of a team who act as “extended family”. Columbiettes provide emotional support to each other. The Columbiettes are affiliated with the Knights of Columbus but are a separate organization with their own goals and objectives. However, our group stands ready to help our Knights of Columbus Council promote Holy Family and the community.
The benefits of membership are many, including spiritual, moral, charitable, educational and social. We pray for each other and play together building lasting friendships and crucial support systems in our lives. Many hands make a lighter load when doing projects to benefit others.
In addition to fun events such as our Ladies Night Out socials this organization is very active in our parish. Columbiettes can be found singing in the Choir, serving as Eucharistic ministers, lectures and ushers, working in the nursery and serving as catechists for our Faith Formation program. Many are members of the Bereavement Committee, St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Guild, Stewardship team and other commissions at Holy Family. Our organization has made monetary donations to parishioners in need, provided financial backing for the beautiful statues in the church, donations toward the sound system, organ fund and nursery as well as the Faith Formation program. The Columbiettes host an annual “Sister Social” for the ladies of the parish and the Religious Sisters in our area.
Each year the Columbiettes sponsor two or more Community organizations. Our largest fundraiser is our annual Casino Night. Smaller fundraisers include Used Book Sales, and Bake Sales. New ideas are always developing. In prior years the Columbiettes have provided funds to many community organizations such as Active Minds, Ronald McDonald House, I-CAN House, Safe on Seven, SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), Riverwood Therapeutic Riding, Room at the Inn, Sertoma Deaf Camp, CureSearch, Brunson BackPack, Dominican Sisters of Peru, Pencils of Promise, Hand to Hand, Cancer Services, Crisis Control Ministry, Hospice of Forsyth County, Carolina Patriot Rovers, Dress for Success, Kids of Childhood Cancer and many more! Additionally, we’ve provided items to Silver Stockings and Newborns in Need.
Membership and Meeting Location
Meetings are for members only and are held the 2nd Monday of each month (except July and August) at 7:00 pm in the Holy Family parish center. The Organization is made up of Officers (President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary, Financial Secretary, Treasure and Sentinel), Program Directors and general membership. Open meetings for new members are held twice a year (usually in October and March) and new members are inducted twice a year (usually in November and April).