Maybe it was the colorful, brilliant, and mild Fall or perhaps it was the focus on two events or it was a few announcements (congratulations Team Hoyt and Marshal Donoghue) that were made that distracted me from writing this message sooner. In any event, the result is an "eco-friendly" combined newsletter for October and November.
It has been a busy time for our committee!
The "1/2 Way There" event was supported by a great planning committee, and joined on the day by volunteers. Everyone involved worked so hard to create a family friendly afternoon, which included great music, delicious food and a few great artisans. Thank you for the crack planning team of: Devin Sheehan, Kara Shanahan, Mike Ahearn, Karen Casey, Brynn Feyre, Hayley Dunn, Jacki Reardon and Steph Joyce. The day of the event we had great support from Sue Poulin, Jen Voyik, Alyssa Casey, Barbara LaFlamme, Dan and Marion Tierney. The event was recorded for all of history by our photographer of the day, Kathy Krisak. Thanks Kathy!
Hamel's Summit View was the site of our event. Mike Hamel and his staff were warm and welcoming. It was a great partnership for this event. Additionally, we received great support from outside sources. Thank you to all of our supporters.
The Golf Tournament at the Northampton Country Club was once again a great success - Golf, Football, Tailgate food and hearty golfers - who could ask for anything more? Thanks to Mike Ahearn and his committee for a nice event with good company.
Ongoing projects as we go to press include:
- The final pieces are coming together on the agreement with Kringle Candle. We hope to have the first candles available around Thanksgiving. We are going to need people to sign up to be on the Kringle Committee (which is a great name for a committee). Please be sure to notify Sheila Moreau, Jim Leahy, Brynn Feyre or Hayley Dunn if you are able to assist them in any way. Committee Chairs please be advised, you will be contacted if the Kringle Committee is going to be at your event selling our attractively displayed candles.
- Our website upgrade is a work in progress and we look forward to the many options that will be available to all of us and to all that want to get to know more about the committees and our events.
- The Memorial Mass will take place on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24th at St. Jerome's Church in Holyoke at 8:00a.m. Mass will be celebrated by our Chaplain Fr. Bill Lunney. Please join us for this touching remembrance which honors our deceased members and includes the first official welcome to our Grand Marshaal. There will be refreshments served in the sacristy following Mass. There are sponsorship opportunities available to help defray the small costs incurred by this event. Please contact Ann Lowe or Sara Mutch to participate.
- Our December meeting will take place on December 19th at 6:30p.m. at the Elks. I invite you to a Casual Christmas Party following the meeting, staying right at the Elks where we can gather to wish each other Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The agenda for the meeting will be abbreviated and I will provide pizza. You are on your own at the bar and yes, we have secured a bartender for the bar upstairs! I encourage you to invite your significant other(s) to join us. Also a few people have offered to bring cookies or a dessert. Please feel free to bring a plate of your favorite treat! I look forward to spending this time with all of you in the midst of our busy holiday season.
Our next meeting is on Thursday, November 14th at 6:30p.m. at the Elks. The announcement of the Citizenship Winner will be made.
From my family to yours, I wish you a Blessed Thanksgiving. May it be a time for you to gather with those that are important to you, include time to remember those that are less fortunate and pray for our deceased loved ones. I have included in the newsletter a prayer the my Mother-in-law gave all of her children many years ago. I recall that she found it is a church bulletin and she gave copies to all of us. I hope you like it!
Prayer for a Sense of Humor
Holy God, help me to see the lighter side of life,
and to enjoy the ordinary, everyday gifts
you place in my path.
Help me to laugh ofter and heartily
at your divine sense of humor
For who but you would think up
anteaters and peep frogs
cattails and caterpillars
wild mushrooms and dandelions?
Help me to laugh at my own limitations
and to ve gentle with the weakness of others.
May I never laugh at their expense
but only to affirm and sustain them and
always to lighten their burden
O Great God,
Thank you for the gift of laughter
May I use it often and well.
Jane C. Chevalier
2014 Parade President
St. Patrick's Committee of Holyoke, Inc