Council of Catholic Women

The Council of Catholic Women is a service organization of St. Therese Parish that all women registered as members of the parish belong to. The St. Therese Council of Catholic Women is an affiliate of the Diocese of Venice Council of  Catholic Women (DVCCW) and the national Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). The NCCW is a member of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO) and is an affiliate of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Mission Statement

The St. Therese Council of Catholic Women acts within the parish community to support, empower, and educate Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. The council's programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and community.


- To unite Catholic women within the parish.

- To provide a means for Catholic women of the parish to speak and act on matters of mutual interest.

- To support social justice efforts and the protection of human life at all stages.

- To represent Catholic women in local, deanery, diocesan, state, and national organizations and programs.

- To assist Catholic women of the parish to act on current issues in the Church and society.

- To train  Catholic women of the parish to be leaders.

- To promote Catholic spirituality and knowledge.   

2018-2019 Officers

President  ~  Josephine Weiss

President-Elect  ~  Frances Rossadivito

Secretary  ~  Joanne Therrien

Treasurer  ~  Vivian Waclawik

Historian ~ Josephine Weiss  


Joanne Therrien, Josephine Weiss, Frances Rossadivito and Vivian Waclawik

2018-2019 Board of Directors 

- Co-Parliamentarian  ~  Peg Giavanti

- Co-Parliamentarian  ~  Cindy Glorioso

- Special Advisor to the President  ~  Cindy Glorioso

- Spirituality Co-Chair  ~  Eleanor Hickly

- Spirituality Co-Chair  ~  Joan Springer (Respect Life/Legislation)

- Immediate Past President  ~  Sandy Bongiorno 

- Leadership Chair  ~  Brenda Dolan 

- Service Co-Cchair  ~  Mary Lee Creed 

- Service Co-Chair  ~  Deanna Pipher 


The Board of Directors meetings are held in St. Therese Conference Room on the first Thursday of every month from September through May at 10:00 AM.

The General membership meets every month beginning September until May, normally at 1:00 PM at St. Therese Church, but not all the time.  The times vary depending on the program. We often have speakers and food and we always have fun and fellowship. CCW is also about service to its members. We strive to help each other to achieve our goals and not lose sight of our values. One of the real joys of attending meetings is to share stories and gather inspiration from one another. If you have a problem you are worried about, someone else at that meeting has probably been through it and can offer some advice.

Fee: $15.00 yearly due to join the St .Therese Council of Catholic Women. Fiscal Year is from June to May.


The CCW is a mingling of young and old, single and married, mothers and grandmothers, all working together for the church and the community. CCW has many wonderful projects, events, and activities for the 2018-2019 year. 

Our CCW is also blessed to have the support of our Pastor and Spiritual Advisor, Fr. Tom Heck. He is there for us. He has no problem giving us a blessing whenever he is there and he attends every event that he can.

CCW needs all the women of the parish. Even if you cannot attend all the meetings, I encourage you to try to come when you can. Be a worker for some of the events, activities, and fundraisers and come and have some fun once in a while too. Hope to see you soon.

For more information regarding the Council of Catholic Women, please contact current CCW President, Josephine Weiss at (239) 567-1761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

30tDiocesan CCW Annual Convention

 Epiphany Cathedral - Venice, Florida - April 23-25, 2015

Newly installed officers of the Venice Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (VDCC) - Saturday, April 25, 2015.

The new diocesan officers were installed during Mass with our Bishop, Reverend Frank J. Dewane, as the Main Celebrant as part of VDCCW's Thirtieth Annual Convention held at Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, Florida.  Included in the picture is Brenda Dolan (Front row-third from right) of St. Therese Council of Catholic Women.  Brenda is the newly installed President-Elect of the VDCCW which is a two year assignment then automatically goes to President for two years. Brenda was a past St. Therese CCW Co-President with Marilyn Horvath. 

We congratulate Brenda on her new diocesan officer assignment and wish her God's blessings and guidance as she begins her ministry as the new VDCC President-Elect.

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