President: Cara O'Keefe
Spiritual Advisor: Rev. Peter J. Henry from St. Ann’s in Debary
The Eastern Deanery Council of Catholic Women encompasses nine Parish Affiliations in Volusia County. Together we support many charities, promote spirituality among our members and encourage leadership. Please visit any of the Affiliations listed below.
For more information contact Cara O'Keefe, Deanery President.
Church of the Epiphany Council of Catholic Women is located in Port Orange, Florida, has a very popular Knit, Crochet and Quilt Group that meets every Monday morning. Projects are donated to several nursing homes in the area as well as Hospice and the Pregnancy Crisis Center. Quilts are raffled off each year at our Christmas Bazaar. In addition to the Bazaar our ladies also host monthly card parties and two pasta dinners. The proceeds of our fund raisers will benefit our parish, homeless school children in Volusia County, help with the personal finances of one seminarian, aid in our parish outreach to the poor and many other charities, both in our community and internationally. We meet on the third Thursday of each month, from September through April, at 10 a.m. Come join us!
Our Lady of Hope Council of Catholic Women is located in Port Orange, Florida. We meet the first Wednesday of every month, September to May. Our theme last year was "Let's Get Engaged," and indeed we did get engaged in the life of our parish and our community. We reached out to the working women in our parish thorough the formation of a Circle which meets in the evening. In large part because of this, we added 30 new members and our roster now stands at 144. We educated and inspired our members through programs ranging from a patriotic Rosary to presentations on women's health issues, domestic abuse, and some of our less well-known parish ministries. In addition to our serving our parish by organizing receptions for the First Communicants and Confirmands and serving at coffee and donuts, most of us are engaged in one or more ministries. Our sewing group makes grief dolls, baby items, quilts, afghans, and walker bags for distribution. We organized a Baby Shower for the Pregnancy Crisis Center and 40 Days of Hearts and Soles clothing drive to benefit homeless school children, both of which our parishioners supported generously. We conducted two new fund raisers and were able to increase our donations to several of our charities and added a new charity to our list at the suggestion of our Circle members. Despite our busyness, we got to know each other better through social events including pre-meeting coffee, the post-meeting Lunch Bunch, and Christmas and Installation luncheons.
Our Lady of Lakes Council of Catholic Women is based at 1310 Maximillian Street, Deltona, Florida. We support, empower and educate Catholic Women in spirituality, leadership and service. Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month, from September through June, at 12 noon in the Parish Social Center. There are evening meetings on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm, in alternate months from September through May. Dues are $8.00 per year, payable in September. Many of our members serve as ministers to the sick and Eucharistic Ministers, belong to the Respite and Good Samaritan group, and support our Parish Youth Group in its activities, as well as church, diocesan and NCCW projects. Throughout the year we have numerous events of a social, philanthropic and religious nature, such as card parties, talent and fashion shows, days of reflection, and a yearly mass for our deceased members. The Crafty Ladies group meets every Friday morning to make items to be sold at the annual Craft Fair. We welcome new residents and church parishioners to join us and thus make a difference in our community.
Our Lady Star of the Sea Council of Catholic Women is fortunate to be situated in the beachside community of New Smyrna Beach. Meetings are held every first Tuesday of each month for the months of September through June at our Parish Hall. Our members are dedicated to helping our Community by holding numerous fund raising events throughout the year starting in November with the Christmas Crafts and Bazaar. In December we hold our Santa’s Auction followed by a Card Party, Taste of the Parish and Fashion Show. The proceeds from these functions help fund our Human Service Ministry, Goats for Haiti, Cudas Unhooked and Various other Charities in our Community. Our Members also are Eucharistic Ministers, Pink Ladies Volunteers at our local Hospital and Nursing Home in addition to volunteering at other organizations in our community. We welcome visitors, new residents and parishioners to join the Council at our meetings and hope that they become new members.
Prince of Peace Council of Catholic Women is located in Ormond Beach. We meet at 7:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, Sept. – April, in the Social Hall. We are a group dedicated to uniting the woman of the parish, providing support for the parish in Spiritual, Social, and Service activities for the glory of God and the welfare of the parish. We run the Religious Articles Shop, hold an annual Arts and Craft Show, a Trash and Treasure Sale for the benefit of a scholarship for a graduating senior, a Baby Shower for the Pregnancy Crisis Center, and have an Evening of Reflection in December and a Day of Reflection during Lent. Our Card Parties and various activities support charities and our monthly newsletter keeps members informed of these activities. Membership is open to all women of the parish 18 years and older. Dues are $10.
Sacred Heart and St. Gerard Council of Catholic Women members reside in either New Smyrna Beach or Edgewater and surrounding areas. We are close enough to Daytona Beach to take advantage of what the city offers while far enough away to benefit from a quiet community and beautiful beach locale. Our Council is blessed with women of a variety of ages and talents who work in the church, our school, and with parish families, and the community. We take our ministry to heart, providing support and encouragement to our members in carrying out the will of our Lord. We praise God in all that he has done for us and pray for his continued grace and blessings. We are blessed to have our Pastor, Fr. John F. Murray.C.Ss.R., as our Spiritual Advisor. Our council meetings are the first Wednesday of each month, September through May. Guests are welcome.
St. Ann’s Council of Catholic Women is located in Debary, Florida. We meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month from September through May. At our meeting we provide our members programs for spiritual and educational enrichment. We are blessed with a membership of active and dedicated women who work tirelessly each year to raise several thousands of dollars for local charities, our parish and the community. St Ann’s is also blessed with an active Jr.CCW with guidance and support from the members of our CCW.
St. Brendan's Council of Catholic Women is located in Ormond Beach, Florida
St. Peter’s Council of Catholic Women is located in Deland, Florida. We meet the third Monday of each month, September through May.