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Excerpt from the Criterion Online
St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities to honor former council members at gala
St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities in New Albany will hold its annual Giving Hope – Changing Lives gala at the Galt House in Louisville, Ky., at 5:30 p.m. on April 19.
The gala will benefit and celebrate the efforts of St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities to help those in need in southern Indiana.
It will also provide an opportunity for two former St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities Advisory Council members to receive the Spirit of Hope Award.
Carl Wolford, 91, first became involved with the organization in 1989 when it was the St. Elizabeth Maternity Home. That year, he and his wife Mary helped with the organization’s first major fundraiser.
“The goal was $50,000,” he says. “At the end, we ended up with about $62,000.”
Wolford eventually went on to serve on the St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities Advisory Council for nine years, including the last few years as chairman. When his council involvement ended, he was 87.
Wolford has seen a lot of change in the organization over the years. He started serving on the council around the time that the maternity home merged with what was then Catholic Charities of South Central Indiana in 2004.
“It’s been gratifying to see the growth and see what we’re doing,” says Wolford, who, with his wife, is a member of Holy Family Parish in New Albany. “The growth is impressive—the beginning of it with the ministry of crisis pregnancy [housing], to what it is today, eight ministries.”
Wolford is also impressed with the leadership that accompanied the growth that occurred during his time on the council.
“Our executive director and staff are more professional,” he says. “We have a good advisory council, and we have an army of volunteers in diverse specialties that do a tremendous job in seeing that we have the means to really help a lot of these people in the community. That impresses me more than anything—the dedication.”
While most of his service has been on the council or in helping with the organization’s fundraisers—an activity he’s continued to participate in since 1989—Wolford recalls time spent with clients at St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities’ annual holiday dinner for staff, council members and those they serve.
“That’s always a very nice experience,” he says. “These people are very appreciative of the help they get from St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities. To sit down with them and have a meal with them and be aware of their needs—it’s pretty gratifying to know that we’re helping them.”
Being named a recipient of this year’s Spirit of Hope Award was something Wolford says he “certainly didn’t expect.
“I look back and see the reason for [the organization’s] success, and I see its directorship, its professional staff, and of course its council and its army of dedicated volunteers. I can’t emphasize that enough. They’re available to step in and do what has to be done in making these services available to the people who need them.
“I feel like the Spirit of Hope Award that I’m receiving goes to everybody that I just mentioned, everyone that’s connected with St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities—its staff, volunteers, and last but not least its donors,” he said. “I like to believe that the Spirit of Hope Award goes to all of these people who try to support St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities in making life easier for the people who need these services.”
God is calling us to be saints, Pope Francis tells us in his recent document, “Rejoice and Be Glad: A Call to Holiness in Today’s World.”
Through Pentecost Sunday, May 20, MISSIO offers an email retreat with Pope Francis (in English and Spanish) as a resource for your parish and school community. These emails feature Pope Francis’ inspiring insights, informative teachings, and invitations to active involvementand growth on the path toward holiness.
The first reflection (in English) is provided below. Sign up for the series of emails (three times a week, plus one on Pentecost Sunday; 13 emails in total).
We will be collecting the CRS Rice Bowls starting on Easter Sunday. Please place your rice bowls in the baskets at the entrances to church. The deadline to return the bowls is April 8. Thank you for your generosity to our brothers and sisters in need!
If you are interested in singing with the choir for our Holy Thursday Mass on March 29th at 7pm, contact Paul Stiller at email@example.com or 812-944- 8283, ext. 225. There will be a one hour rehearsal tomorrow, March 28th at 6:30pm in the school music room!
The Silent Auction is here We will be using the same format as last year. There will be another chili supper to kick-off the viewing sessions in the gym on Wednesday, March 7! The Silent Auction items will be available to view during the following times:
- Wednesday, March 7 – 5:00-8:00 pm
- Thursday, March 8 – 3:00-6:00 pm
- Saturday, March 10 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Sunday, March 11 – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm and 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Silent Auction will end on Sunday, March 11!
The link to the Silent Auction Items on the Beckort Auctions website is ready! Click here to see all of the items up for bid!
Thank you to the Indiana State Police and everyone that attended last night’s Active Shooter Preparedness Presentation. It contained a lot of important information. If you were not able to attend, but would like to see the materials covered last night, please click on the links below.
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