June 19, 2021 - Parish Anniversary Party

St. Michael's celebrated its 25th Anniversary as a parish. The Knights and Columbiettes hosted a special picnic reception. The Knights grilled hamburgers and hotdogs, while the Columbiettes provided homemade desserts. Several sisters worked the dessert table, while others worked the drink tables. Sisters also decorated the Family Center into a festive party room, with colorful tablecloths and bright balloons. Despite the rainy weather, we had a large turnout of over 350 parishioners. A good time was had by all. Here's to another wonderful 25 years!


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June 12, 2021 - Clergy Appreciation Dinner 

The past year was especially stressful for our
clergy. We showed our support and appreciation
with a special dinner for our priests, deacons
and their wives. Chef George prepared the
delicious meal, while the Columbiettes
transformed the conference room into a formal
dining room, complete with linens, crystal and
china. From all the smiles, I think it was a success!

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June 7, 2021 - Officer Installation Ceremony

Our new auxiliary officers were installed by our District Deputy, Past State President, and Father Larry. Congratulations to Maria Shepherd - President, Joy Crowder - Vice President, Paula Pelusi - Secretary, Liz Laxson - Financial Secretary, Rita DeFrank - Treasurer, and Mary Binicewicz - Sentinel.  



November 16, 2020 - Backpack Project

The Columbiettes participated in a service project to benefit the homeless. Sisters were asked to send in donations, and send in they did! The tables were overflowing with socks, gloves, hats, toiletries, snacks, first aid kits, and many other items for the backpacks.  We had hoped to fill 36 backpacks, but ended up filling 60! The backpacks will be donated to The Cherokee County Homeless Veterans Program who will distribute them to the homeless veterans in our community. 

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October 19, 2020 - Prayer Blanket Sew-A-Thon 

Sewing machines were sewing, irons were ironing and everyone was happy to be back in business. After many months of being shut down, it was a great way to get together again. Father Larry even stopped by to bless the blankets and encourage all of us to "work faster". We completed several dozen blankets which will be given to anyone in need of physical, emotional or spiritual healing. 

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January 11, 2020 - Father Larry's 25th Anniversary of His Ordination 

Father Larry celebrated the silver anniversary of his priesthood with a special mass and reception. The Knights and Columbiettes provided a joint honor guard for the mass, which was officiated by all three of our priests, and assisted by all three deacons. After mass, everyone was treated to a dinner featuring all of Father Larry's favorites - Chili, Cornbread, Brownies and Ice Cream. The Family Center was very festive with blue, white and silver everywhere, and featured a balloon arch with giant "25" balloons. Joe Lemmo provided the entertainment by roasting Father Larry. After a beautiful speech by Maria Shepherd, the Columbiettes presented Father Larry with a new set of vestments. A special tag was made for the vestments to commemorate his special anniversary. It was a great party and a great way to thank Father Larry for everything he has done for the church and the Columbiettes.

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December 14, 2019 - Wreaths Across America

The auxiliary purchased four wreaths as part of the Wreaths Across America Program, a program that works to provide wreaths for every veteran's grave in all military cemeteries across the country. On Wreaths Across America Day, several sisters joined in with many other local volunteers to help place the wreaths on the veteran's graves. It is a very moving day as we honor those who have served and especially honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 

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September 14, 2019 - Knights Dinner Auction

The Knights held their annual dinner auction, their largest fundraiser. The Columbiettes were asked to donate desserts, and donate they did. The tables were overflowing with so many goodies! The sisters were also needed to help decorate. Several sisters helped decorate the tables, while others helped put up dinner posters around the room. The Family Center looked great and the tables were all so festive. The dinner auction was one of their most successful ones and the Knights were very appreciative of all our help.  

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August 5, 2019 - First Degree and Ice Cream Social

Who screams for ice cream! We do! The evening started out with a First Degree where we welcomed six new sisters to the auxiliary. After the degree ceremony, we installed Father Luiz Alvarez as our new Columbiette Chaplain. Once all the business was finished, it was time to move on to the fun - the ice cream social! What a great and yummy way to welcome all our new sisters and to reconnect with the old! We even had a few "visitors" - Father Larry and a few Knights who came for the leftovers.  A fun evening for everyone. 










June 2, 2019  - Father Adam's Anniversary Reception

The parish gathered for a special celebration - Father Adam's 25th Anniversary of his ordination.  The family center was decorated in lots of bright, cheerful colors. The serving tables were overflowing with special treats - donuts, breakfast breads, pastries, cookies and his favorite, cream puffs. To top off the fun, polka music filled the air.

The Columbiettes presented Father Adam with a special basket filled with all his childhood favorites. Thank you Barbara Francissen for the homemade kolachy cookies and Mary Binicewicz for the homemade pierogies and sweetbread. Father Adam also received two new pairs of crazy socks - one covered in popsicles, the other with pierogies. 

Thank you to everyone who helped make Father Adam's reception so special. I know that he was deeply touched and very appreciative.


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May 10, 2019 - Rosary Ministry Milestone

The Rosary Ministry reached a milestone - 10,000 rosaries made! When the ministry first began, we made only a few rosaries each month, afraid that we wouldn't be able to give them all away. What a difference three years makes. The ministry now makes hundreds a month, with many sisters making the rosaries at home. Maria Shepherd, master knot maker, just completed her 2,500th rosary! The rosaries now go to not just our church and local ministries, but to ministries around the world. With everyone still knotting away, it won't be long before we hit the 20,000 mark!


February 4, 2019 - Tutus and Tiaras 

The Columbiettes gathered together for a fun night of laughs, lots of pink, and an opportunity to release their inner princess! Everyone came donning their favorite tiara and spent the evening making their dream tutus. The tutus were for Tutu Capers, an organization that provides tutus and capes for local children in the hospital. Not only did we come dressed as princesses, but we were treated to princess themed goodies - tiara shaped cookies, pink sprinkle cupcakes, and a nice fruity punch. In the end, we made 77 tutus! I'm sure they will bring some smiles to some very deserving kids!  


January 27, 2019  - Woman of the Year 


                                                                  Congratulations to our very own Beverly Galanek

                                                            for being named this year's St. Michael's Woman

                                                            of the Year! I can't think of anyone more deserving                                                                    than this wonderful lady. She served as Auxiliary                                                                        President, 2016-2018, and did it with lots of sweet                                                                    southern charm. A lady with a big smile and an even                                                                  bigger heart! Congratulations Beverly. You do the                                                                      Columbiettes proud!  

                                                            She will be honored by the Archdiocese at a ceremony                                                              this April.  

October 2, 2018 - Novena Reception

The Columbiettes hosted a reception following the last night of our Novena - Prayers for Healing of the Church. The parishioners were asked to bring finger foods, and bring they did! The tables were overflowing and everything was delicious! Thank you to all the wonderful sisters who helped set up, serve and stayed to clean up! Father Larry was very appreciated of all our hard work and support. 



















September 28, 2018 - Hope Center Work Day

Several sisters spent the morning at Seeds Thrift Shop just "sortin', taggin', and hangin' " all the donations.  Our work days are always a lot of fun and a great way to spend time with our sisters while helping to support a great cause.  












August 4, 2018 - Meet and Greet Fashion Show 

What a fun day and what beautiful models! Thank you to all our wonderful sisters who volunteered to "strut their stuff" during the fashion show. You all did great! Chico's and White House/Black Market supplied the fashions and were our emcees for the afternoon. We had a wonderful turnout and welcomed several potential members and even a few husbands. A big thank you also to all the sisters who brought cookies. We had an awesome spread! This was truly a great start to our new Columbiette year!   












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June 23, 2018 - Columbiette State Convention 

To all the sisters who helped plan, execute and pull off an incredibly successful convention, a round of applause! It was a lot of work and time spent but the results were amazing.....the Supreme Vice President, Micky McGee, said "I have attended many state conventions, but this one is the greatest one I have attended"!! 

Planning, selecting menus, printing and mailing invitations, typing and having the book printed, selling ads, making favors, researching and presenting the Friday night inspirational hour, cutting up potatoes, making salad, cookies, pies, and JELLO, decorating tables, making baskets......the list goes on and on......We thank Joy, Tish and Val for the beautiful and informative presentation on Friday night, and of course the "pickem up supper" was perfect...delicious pizza, salad and cookies!


Continental breakfast on Saturday was presented beautifully in the Multipurpose Room decorated with white baskets holding blue and white silk flowers and yellow table runner...Tish's blueberry mini muffins, Joy's scones, and fresh fruit!


The tables decorated by sisters with china, crystal, and beautiful centerpieces made the luncheon so special. You should have heard the "oohs" and "aahs" when everyone walked into the room.  The food of course was fantastic, as if cooked in a 5 star restaurant!!!  Just delicious. Thank you Maria Shepherd!


The Mass Father Bob said for us had special blessings ...so moving and then a really beautiful memorial service in the Day Chapel for all deceased sisters throughout the state. Before the memorial service, Ann Irwin lead us in the Rosary.


But probably the most awesome event of the day was OUR OWN JOY CROWDER WAS NAMED GEORGIA COLUMBIETTE OF THE YEAR!!!!!  We all know how much she deserves this distinct honor.

A special thank you to Maria Shepherd and Beverly Galanek for co-chairing the convention. We couldn't have done it without you wonderful ladies. You did the auxiliary proud!

June 11, 2018 - Officer Installation Ceremony

Our Officer Installation Ceremony was held in the sanctuary. It was a beautiful ceremony. The officers were installed by our State President, Wilhemina Dusse. Father Bob presented each officer with her officer jewels and was later installed by our President as Auxiliary Chaplain. Congratulations to our incoming officers: President - Valerie Wheeler, Past President - Beverly Galanek, Secretary - Maria Shepherd, Financial Secretary - Evelyn Castellani, Treasurer - Liz Laxson, Sentinel - Bonnie Carver.   

April 17, 2018 - Little Dresses for Africa Sew-a-thon

The Columbiettes participated in a very special project

called Little Dresses for Africa. Many of the children in

Africa are orphans and not properly clothed. This makes

them especially targeted by sex traffickers.


The Columbiettes held a sew-a-thon and made dresses

that were sent with missionaries to these needy children.

As always, the sisters went above and beyond the call!

Many sisters came to the sew-a-thon, while several

other sisters took dress kits home to finish. We were

hoping for 30-40 dresses to send. When all was done,

we had 130!




December 2, 2017 - Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa is always a hit with the children of the parish. Everyone was treated to a great pancake breakfast prepared by the Knights. Maria Shepherd once again played Mrs. Claus and was joined by the Polar Express Conductor.  Mrs. Claus and the Conductor read books to the children while they waited to see Santa.  Several other sisters came to help by manning the coloring table. What an enjoyable morning for everyone!

December 16, 2017 - Wreaths Across America 

This year the Columbiettes bought a wreath for Wreaths Across America, an organization that works to place wreaths on every veteran's grave in national cemeteries across the country. Several sisters volunteered on National Wreaths Across America Day to help lay wreaths at the National Cemetery in Canton.  What a truly beautiful and moving event! May we continue to honor and remember our veterans throughout the year. 









March 17, 2018- Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 

This year's Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event entertained over 100 children and their families. Besides Mr. Easter Bunny, the kids played the Bunny Throw Game and Pin the Tail on the Easter Bunny. They made special bracelets, had their faces painted and took home prizes and bunny balloons. And most especially, they had bunny pancakes for breakfast! Once again, a big thank you goes out to our sister Maria Shepherd for donning the bunny suit, taking pictures with the kids, and handing out Easter Eggs.  



December 1, 2017 - Senior Christmas Luncheon 

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas! Although this isn't a Columbiette function, many sisters sponsor a table at the Senior Christmas Luncheon. Other sisters help in the kitchen cooking and serving. It takes many people to make this event a success, and as like every year, it was bigger and better than the previous one. Over 200 seniors from the community were treated to a special lunch and wonderful holiday entertainment. Santa even came by to greet everyone.


The Family Center was beautifully decorated, all thanks to those sisters who came the previous day to help set up and decorate the 15 Christmas trees for around the room. After a fun morning of decorating, the sisters enjoyed lunch together at Buffalo's. What a great way to finish off a fun morning!




November 4, 2017 - Sock Hop 

Poodle Skirts, Saddle Shoes, and the Twist! The Columbiettes and Knights hosted their first joint event, a sock hop, to benefit the Widows' Build Fund.  There was plenty of 50's food - burgers, hot dogs, fries, onion rings, and of course, milk shakes. To cool everyone off after all that dancing, they were sent to "The Ice Cream Shoppe" for rootbeer floats and ice cream. We had a terrific DJ who kept everyone dancing, or competing in all our other fun activities, such as the twist, hoola hoop and costume contests. For those brave individuals, we had a karaoke contest. Our new deacon Joe won with his awesome rendition of La Bamba. A special shout out to our Master of Ceremony, Paul Crowder.  He did a terrific job! The sock hop was a great success, made possible only with the help of a lot of sisters and Knights.  Everyone had a great time and all are looking forward to next year's sock hop.