While distinct from our local Knights of Columbus Council, the Ladies of Holy Family Mitchellville are a true Auxiliary, involved with most everything the Knights are about. Just as wives and mothers are at the center of Christian homes, we are the heart of Columbianism here at Holy Family Parish. We are an ethnically diverse community, but we are united in our faith and values. We care about one other and work closely with each other, our Knights, our Parish, and with other spouses and children in our Knights of Columbus family. Together, we try to make a positive difference. While it might sound old fashioned, we very much believe that behind most successful Knights there are loving and supportive women.
A Baby Shower & Prayers for the Sick – We are flooded with many conflicting feelings as we review our first year. We began somewhat unsure of ourselves but determined to be there for each other and to help in the larger community. One of our first activities was a surprise Baby Shower on July 11. Our sisters Ngozi Ikeji, Pam Rozanski and Monette Roxas-Tharp worked closely to make the event happen. The hall was reserved and BK Morgan Walubita, Yiliwaka’s husband was helping us to set things up. Members bought items for the coming baby. The food would be potluck. We got the word out so that our 17 members would be in attendance. God be praised, the Walubita family would have a healthy child!
We started with high expectations and a desire for excellence. Although only a few months old, we won two second places at the May Convention. Now we would have a whole year to work!
Our Second Installation – The Ladies of Holy Family Mitchellville had their second Installation of Officers following that of the Knights at Fr. Michael C. Kidd Council on Sunday, July 10, 2016 after the 12 Noon Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchellville, MD. 150 plus people were in attendance. It was conducted by Josie Boisvert (Co-Chair for the MD State Ladies Auxiliary Program) with assistance from Kathy Salvemini (wife of State Warden Tony Salvemini). The incoming officers were as follows: Geneva Murry (President), Marietta Cobo (VP), Maribel Akinola (Secretary) and Ngozi Ikeji (Treasurer). Kathy presented the newly installed officers with colored ribbons and medals. Fr. Joseph Jenkins, the Council Chaplain offered the prayers. The Bishop Walsh Color Corps lent solemnity to the prior Mass and event. We were honored by the presence of many dignitaries: MD State Secretary Dale Trott, District Deputy Romeo Paternoster (5) and his wife Sharon, District Warden George Riddle and his wife Carissa, Gil Boisvert, PGK and his wife Josie and Edward Padgett, PGK and his wife Pat (another Auxiliary Co-Chair). The reception following the Installation was lavish with Filipino foods, roasted pig, music and ethnic dancing. Donations from the Ladies and other family members covered half of the costs (over a thousand dollars). We were particularly appreciative of the donation of wine from Lady Monette Roxas-Tharp. Marietta Cobo (VP) presented flowers to the female dignitaries.
Assorted Cooperative Programs – While we have our own programs, we are involved with most everything the men do, from planning to execution. The hall kitchen always has the wives and mothers of Knights preparing and serving food and drink. At every step along the way, we have had a part to play in the success of our Knights and Council. We are proud of our men and we support them. Activities include the Sunday Fish Fry, the Trunk or Treat Halloween activity, Lunch with Santa (our Lady Pam prints all the photos!), the parish Christmas Outreach to the Poor, the Rosary Initiative and the annual Simbang Gabi nativity play, Mass and reception (organized by Lady Monette). Of course, we are not just work and no play. We had a wonderful Spring Dinner Dance, too.
Involved with Sports Programs – Our Ladies are also involved with sporting activities, including those operated by the District. At the recent District 5/2 Basketball Free-Throw, our Council had 16 Council Knights involved. Less known was that we had 6 of our Auxiliary members: Wilma Bandong, Judy Cardano, Marietta Cobo, Ellie Foronda, Alicia Roxas and Pam Rozanski. Later we were joined by lady Maribel Akinola. Other wives of Knights were present and we hope they will join our number! We similarly assisted at the District 5/2 Soccer Challenge, helping with registration, giving out shirts and organizing the children. We were also present at our own Fr. Michael C. Kidd Memorial Golf Tournament, both volunteering and playing. Here we were joined by Ladies Monette Roxas-Tharp and Stacy Alexander. We assisted with preparation, recruitment of players, getting sponsors, setting up, registration, giving away goodie bags, selling raffles and mulligan tickets and presenting awards. You name it, we did it!
Bringing Joy at Christmas – We have been involved with so many things, it is hard to do anything more than make a list. Ladies Judy Cardano and Marietta Cobo could speak about their singing Christmas carols at Larkin Chase Nursing Home (December 17). December 19 we held a potluck Christmas party for our Ladies and their Knights. As always there was lots of singing.
Culture of Life & Community Service – Our Ladies volunteered under our sister Pam and Lady Ellie to help in hosting 104 students from Indiana in the Parish Hall who came to Washington for the annual March for Life. It is amazing how much young people can eat! Earlier in the Year, some of our members had joined the Knights in the Walk/Run for Life and the Spike for Life volleyball tournament. We raised over $600 for the local crisis pregnancy center. Our Ladies also participate in the annual ARC Bowling Bash. We respect the dignity of life and the value of all persons.
Dinner Fundraisers – We collected clothes and other needed items for the House of Ruth, a halfway house for battered women. We also ran a fundraiser with Carrabba’s Italian Grill. A percentage went to the cause. Similarly, we again did a dinner fundraiser with Texas Road House, raising funds for the Prince George’s County Special Olympics Swim Team.
Our next project will be a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Holy Family on Feb. 28, 2017.