Dear Sisters in Christ,
Fall greetings to you all! After two years in the deserts of West Texas, I am so excited to be on the East Coast and experiencing a beautiful fall. The leaves are beginning to change, the days are cooler, and dishes featuring pumpkin, apples, and cinnamon are beginning to appear on our table with greater frequency.
It is also a time rich with liturgical year celebrations and events. In October, which is also the month of the rosary, we observe the memorials of St. Therèse of Lisieux, the Holy Guardian Angels, Our Lady of the Rosary, St. Teresa of Avila, and Saints Simon and Jude the Apostles. Before we know it, November will be here and it will be time to observe the Solemnity of All Saints and the memorial of All Souls.
We hope that you and your family, and your women’s ministry, will take the time to celebrate some of these special occasions. To help get you started, we have included two special rosary programs you can use in your celebration of the Month of the Rosary. Since early November also brings Vocations Week we added some ideas for how you can talk about, pray for, and support vocations.
And just as the church calendar is full this time of year, so, too, there is much coming up on the MCCW calendar. Our European and Asian teams are putting the finishing touches on their virtual retreats after travel restrictions caused late cancelations of in-person gatherings. Likewise, the MCCW board is working hard to bring you an amazing Faux Fiesta Forum and to prepare for Worldwide Board discernment. You can learn more about both of these events in this issue of The Well.
I pray that each of you will enjoy the richness of this time of year, whether it be through delicious family meals, special liturgical celebrations, or participation in one of MCCW’s many events.
Yours in Christ,
Kim Miller, President