Call to action!

Call to Action
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote as soon as tomorrow (Friday) on a new COVID relief bill, called the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that addresses the needs of many vulnerable people related to the pandemic. The Senate is expected to vote as soon as next week. Unfortunately, unlike previous COVID relief bills, this bill appropriates billions of taxpayer dollars that are not subject to longstanding, bi-partisan pro-life protections that are needed to prevent this funding from paying for abortions. TAKE ACTION NOWThe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is communicating to Congress its strong opposition to any taxpayer funding of abortion as part of this legislation, saying that the Hyde Amendment policy must be included before this bill moves forward. Your voice is critically needed today to tell your representatives in Congress to support amendments that prevent abortion funding and to work for their inclusion in the final bill.

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Lent is just around the corner! While it would be great to gather and attend a Lenten Retreat, the Spirituality Commission of the Superior Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is offering these suggestions for each of you to still have the ‘Best Lent’ ever!

A. Do Your Own Self-Study Lenten Journey with checking out these web sites:

Offers These Lenten Prayer Resources: The Seven Penitential Psalms and the Songs of the Suffering Servant; Stations of the Cross; A Scriptural Way of the Cross; Lenten Reflections from the Director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development – a Gospel reflection is listed for each week of Lent.

2. Feed Your Soul with Prayer this Lent! Sign up for this year’s Best Lent Ever as you journey through Matthew Kelly’s latest book, I Heard God Laugh: A Practical Guide to Life’s Essential Daily Habit.

3. – this group is partnered with Word on Fire, allowing you to email or text message any of Bishop Barron’s premium content.

4. Free Virtual Catholic Conference 

5. Word on Fire – Bishop Barron has a New Lenten Gospel Reflection – it’s free plus the cost of $5.95 for shipping and handling. The resource is also available online as a daily reflection. 

B. Grab a Book and get reading:

1. Ave Maria Press has several book titles appropriate for a Lenten Journey.

2. Commit to reading the Lenten book your parish makes available.

C. Do some Self Evaluation.

1. Reflect on the Ten Commandments.

2. Reflect on an Examination of Conscience.

D. Take your family members along on your Lenten Journey!

1. Explain the ‘why’ of almsgiving, sacrifices of giving up candy or cookies, why items in Church are covered, what is special about the color purple.

2. Rather than give something ‘up’, do some ‘special thing’ for a parent, sibling, friend, or neighbor.

3. Set aside a time for family prayer.

4. Establish your own prayer intention(s): Maybe your prayer intention is to change the hearts and minds of legislators and elected officials to understand the dignity of all life and end abortion.

5. Attend Stations of the Crossas a family

6. Make a date to go to Reconciliation as family.

E. Put a religious App on your cell phone:

Laudate Catholic App / Liturgy of the Hours App / Pray (The Catholic Novena App) / Relevant Radio App / EWTN App

Whatever you do to prepare for Lent may it help you become more forgiving, more loving and draw you closer to the love Jesus has for you.

Jane Schiszik, SDCCW President

JOIN THE SDCCW PRAYER INITIATIVE: ‘Praying the Rosary Together as a Family.’

The Superior Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) would like to invite your parish members to take part in the prayer initiative: ‘Praying the Rosary Together as a Family.’ Praying the Rosary is the 2021 focus of the SDCCW Spirituality Commission. It is based on the movie PRAY: The Story of Fr. Patrick Peyton, a movie about an Irish Catholic seeking his fortune in America. Fr. Peyton coined the phrase, “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together.”

Blessed St. Mother Teresa also was an advocate of family prayer. In the book, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, by Leo Maasburg, St. Mother Teresa has been quoted as saying: “The family is a special instrument in God’s hands, for it is chiefly through the family that God wants to tell us that we are created for greater things: to love and to be loved. As our families are, so will our relations with our neighbors be, and so will our towns and our whole country appear. If the family becomes a place of love and peace and holiness, then our nations and our world too will live in love, in peace and in unity with God and with each other.”

‘Praying the Rosary Together as a Family’

 is a great way to teach your children how to pray / each mystery of the Rosary teaches about the life of Jesus / is an easy way to connect with God / is an opportunity to spend quality time with God / prayer intentions can be personalized: pray for one another, grandparents, friends, neighbors, teachers, or classmates / praying is a way to invite God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit into your home.

Families have a special bond that can grow stronger, face challenges and difficulties, and persevere through prayer. Thank you for your consideration in taking part in this prayer initiative. If you participate, have questions or need Rosaries, please contact Jane Schiszik, 715-748-5240.

Continuing Education scholarship



Supporting, Empowering, and Educating All Catholic Women

 in Spirituality, Leadership and Service

Very Reverend James P. Powers, Bishop of Superior

Father Jim Brinkman, Spiritual Advisor

Application for Mary Jane Morancyk Hennessy Continuing Educational Scholarship for Women of the Superior Diocese who are completing their second year of college or those pursing career advancement.

Application must be postmarked by April 30, 2021

Send to:

SDCCW Scholarship Committee

% Mary Werner

W5490 County Road O

Medford, WI 54451

Or email with the subject: SDCCW Scholarship Application to Mary Werner at

Personal Information:

Name: ________________________________________________

Home Address: _________________________________________

Mailing Address: ________________________________________

Email: ________________________________________________

Phone, Home: ______________________ Cell: ________________

Present Occupation: _________________Full____ Part time______

Name, Address of Employer: _______________________________

Marital Status: ______________ Spouse: ______________________

Number of dependents: _______ Home Parish: __________________

Educational Goals:

What college/university are you attending? ___________________________________

What is your career choice? ______________________________________________

Have you been accepted into the program? __________________________________

What degree will you work toward? _________________________________________

How many years are your required for your career choice? ______________________

Will you be a full or part time student? _______________________________________

When do you hope to complete your studies? ________ Undergraduate____________

Graduate? (If applicable)__________________________________________________

What are your future employment goals? _____________________________________



Name of Colleges attended: _________________________________________


           Did you earn a degree______________ Major______________________

Additional Education_____________________________________________________



Activities and Honors_____________________________________________________



List annual school expenses:

      Tuition and fees                               $__________

       Room and Board                            $__________

       Books and Supplies                        $__________

Approximate Yearly Expense                $ __________

What financial aid do you hope to receive during the next school year?

  1. Name/Amount  ___________________________________
  2. Name/Amount____________________________________
  3. Name/Amount____________________________________

Brief personal essay describing leadership, service and spirituality in your local parish and/or community:



  1. Please have official transcripts from colleges sent to the Scholarship Committee.
  2. Please have letters of recommendation mailed directly to the Scholarship Committee – Minimum of 2
  3. Please attach a recent picture of yourself to your application.
  4. Please send a resume along with application.
  5. Winners of Scholarship must send a copy of their fall school registration to the Scholarship Committee before money is sent to your school.

Admin note – This application in a more condensed form is available by request by email from Mary Werner at the above address

Address Change – NCCW

We Are Moving!!!!!   Happy New Year!!! The national office of the National Council of Catholic Women will be relocating this week. Please update our mailing address: 10335-A Democracy Lane, Unit 201 Fairfax, VA 22030   Our phone number will remain the same, however we will be discontinuing the “800” number.