TABLE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: 2021 WUCWO NORTH AMERICA REGION CONFERENCE
b. Please list three things that you and your family can do or has done to be good stewards of Creation.Use filtered water; not bottled waterMore recyclingUse cloth bags; not plasticInvolve teens and families in clean-up of litter for towns and beachesAdopt a section of highway for cleanupEducate and train concerning not disposing of litter improperlyTake family on field trips to see where they can help the environmentHave a garden and grow your own producePlant insect-friendly plantsUse environmentally-friendly means to control pestsRecycle used water for plantsInstall solar panelsCut back on water use; don’t let water run when brushing teethRe-use takeout containers for food storageDecrease use of electricityPurchase energy-efficient lightbulbs, windows, and when replacing appliancesUse cloth diapersPlant trees and compostPlant milkweed to attract butterfliesRescue/adopt a petPatronize local farmer marketsHang laundry out to dryOpen the window for fresh air rather than use air conditioner when possibleCut up the plastic holders that come with 6-packs -leave no holes that can entrap animals and strangle or deform them as they growEnsure that fishing nets and fishing line is not left in the waters______________________________________________________________________________
2. RESOLUTION TWO:a. Name three things your organization can do or has done to protect the most vulnerable in familiesVolunteer/send money to organizations that help familiesEmbrace diversity in familiesPrograms in church: Tulsa has the RISE program to help developmentally handicapped to progress through schoolLook into whether Best Buddies is available and support them in the communityHelp with independent livingEducate the young that all are created and loved equally by GodEnsure interaction among all including all levels of abilityBe aware of your neighbors and check on themBegin or support ministries in your diocese such as homeless pregnant womenInstall ramps, handicapped bathroomsEncourage inclusive classroomsSupply items needed at homeless sheltersPurchase clothes from “Crossing Jordan”Help support a home that is a safe place in threatened areas like the “Tenderloin District”Make mats for the homelessMake pillow case dressesProvide transitional housing assistance/ Shelter the homelessProvide information on safe place/number for domestic violence in public bathroomsCreate and/or volunteer at a food pantryRequest that the pastor give a homily on domestic violenceHave a program on domestic violence at churchSupport refugees such as Afghans and those in abusive situations by adopting a familyWrite letters to public officials encouraging support of elderly, disabled (physically and mentally), unborn and their mothers before and after birthPromote Box of Joy programPromote Seafarer BoxBring educational programs to the community to teach how to access and control technology available to children (family can attend together) Schedule programs and speakers on this topicSupport the baby bottle collections at churchSupport domestic violence sheltersBecome more aware of the signs of domestic violence; attend seminarsUse the NCCW Women Healing the Wounds resources; use the October programSupport and hire individuals with disabilities for CCW functions and encourage members to do the same with their businessesEnsure individuals with disabilities are included and feel valued in your CCW or organizationRaise awarenessPrayAcknowledge those who are vulnerable and support them with care and loveHave your local CCW have speakers on various disabilities such as autism and IDD’s.
b. Name three things you and your family can do or has done to protect the most vulnerable in familiesClean closets, etc. to give and share our richesIf working with children, bring a disabled person with you so that the children learn to interact properlyAcceptance by familiesVolunteerFamily discussion/teaching momentsInclude elderly in the family in family gatherings, visits, and ensure they feel lovedWeekly visits to cerebral palsy personsInclude developmentally disabled in work Include handicapped in rides to school with my childrenSupport a food pantry with items and volunteer timeEnsure all know the number to call to speak with someone about domestic violenceFill bags with food and personal supplies and distribute to those in needBecome/encourage foster parentsBe a child advocateBe a volunteer to help mold children (like a Girl Scout leader, etc.)Be respectful of the disabled and their limitationsTreat disabled exactly as you want to be treatedDonate to thrift shopsShare resources we have with family membersDuring October have family rosaries for the vulnerableEncourage the family to visit people with disabilities and make it a true teaching momentMake sure your family is inclusive of all other individuals, especially those with special needsVolunteer for Best BuddiesPray the rosaryParticipate in the 40 Days for LifeProvide rides and accompaniment to church and meetings for those who are fragile, elderly, disabled, etc. Ensure they are included and feel valued.Have elderly or disabled over for supper with the family, especially at holidays_____________________________________________________________________
3. RESOLUTION THREE:a. Has your organization used the resources noted in Kathy’s talk, or similar, to raise awareness of Domestic Violence in your parishes? In your families? Has your work been effective?Yes -Women Healing the Wounds has been very effective in helping to raise awareness and concern for victimsHave not used these resources but definitely will. Thank you!Placed stickers in public bathrooms with number for helpPresentation with panel on teen dating and violence at church with principal, guidance counselor, and policeNeed to make sure professionals help; not just word of mouth information. Catholic CharitiesProvide NCCW brochure and hotline for helpEnsure the members are kept up to date on this topicSupply clothes, suitcases, toiletries, and a teddy bear for children taken from domestic violence situationsYes to all (used resources, know what to do and say)Post the Women Healing the Wounds brochure in churchCatholics for Family Peace promote the NCCW domestic violence resourcesCCW’s have invited domestic violence advocates and experts to speak at meetingsTeach members to know the signs of traffickingMake sure parishioners know about safe houses and that Catholic Charities has trained professionals to help with domestic violence and trafficking. Know the phone numbers so you can share them.Start program at church with annual collection with lollipops called “Help Us Lick Domestic Violence”Also, give out bandaids at church with slogan “Help Us Heal the Wounds” for a donation split between women in shelters and kids in distressKnow the 800 number!Pastors need to know to ask the question, “Are you safe now?” and know what to do according to the response.The National Initiative on Domestic Violence works well with NCCW resourcesHave Father talk on domestic violence on Super Bowl SundayBe aware of Community Crisis Centers and connect abused person with female staff membersb. Do you know what to do and say if someone comes to you asking for your help with a domestic violence occurrence? Kind of -maybe not as much as we should. Know we should listen and not be judgmental. Need to learn the phone number for “safe” places and Catholic Charities. We’ll do this!Teach to call the pastor, Catholic Charities, and PoliceShare the hotline numberTell the family members where and to whom to go if they witness domestic violenceMake a planDonate to sheltersThank you, thank you for all NCCW does for this terrible plague_____________________________________________________________________
4. RESOLUTION FOUR:a. Name two things that have brought you closer to answering your personal call to holiness.Maribeth’s talkAdoration HourBeing quiet and focusingBeatitudes facilitates our examination of consciousDeath of parentsHearing God’s voiceDaily Rosary Make Adoration and the Eucharist the center of our lives“RESPECT” for all peopleJoining CCWNCCWVolunteering to serve on NCCW committeesVisits at churchBible in a YearPrayerScripture StudyLives of SaintsIntentional PrayerSpiritual friendsJournaling at MassReading books on faithAttending this event and those like itDaily MassVolunteer at parish ministriesb. Have you or will you read Gaudete et Exsultate?One has; 6 will definitely readWill definitely read nowWill look for it and read itNo, but maybe will now; need to find it -why doesn’t our pastor have this available or talk to us about these papal writings?We will read it!Plan on doing so nowHave read parts but will read entire work nowLeadership should encourage reading this and making Marybeth’s talk available on our website; needs to be heard- though we know she is humble about her abilites but this needs to get out there Thanks!_____________________________________________________________________
5. ADDITIONAL THOUGHTSa. Do you understand your organization’s connection to WUCWO and the value of that connection?Yes -now I do!!!!I understand more after attending this event. NCCW is part of this worldwide organization and has representation within WUCWO. Wow!Yes. Better understanding now of connection between NCCW and WUCWOConnects us with women all over the world. We are blessed and we need to share and make others awareYes!Yes. Thank you for a great conference. Loved all the speakers, especially MaryBeth’s talkYes, and today we learned moreb. Any other items discussed at your tableThe fact that women around the world share the same problems, same faith, and can work togetherWe have a channel for us to have access to the Pope and women around the world sharing Christ’s MissionBeing part of a world organization and speaking thereOther reviews on climate change as presented by the speaker. Do not agree with all he said. Inappropriate to mention President Trump’s name -made it seem political -additional note on this sheet in different hand wrote that not all agree with this comment. Only mentioned President Trump with regard to pulling out of the Paris Accord. Not political; just fact.We all want to go to Assisi! Keep us informed of this next General Assembly!Loved this conference but the room temperature was a little challengeLunch was delicious and fun! Loved the tiaras and blowers, balloons, and cake. Thanks! Happy Birthday WUCWO!!!No other items discussed at our tableEnjoyed the clear science of the first presentation, the great information on such a great service, Best Buddies (need to get that our way), Kathy always speaks so well on DV, and we loved Marybeth’s call to holiness. Thanks so much for this wonderful conference. Thank you, thank youOur table thinks we should have this Conference every year -please