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Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women help support Catholic Charities
By Judith K. Pappagallo

OLD LYME – Judith K. Pappagallo, President of the Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, (NDCCW) and members of the Council gathered at Christ the King Parish in Old Lyme, for a luncheon and to present staff of Catholic Charities with items collected throughout the Diocese for their Annual Layette Program.

Every year, through the Council’s Layette Program, the women of the council actively collect baby clothes, diapers, baby wipes, and blankets. These items are presented to Catholic Charities. Edward J. Tessman, Executive Director of Catholic Charities joined the women for their annual luncheon and graciously accepted the many gifts on behalf of those the agency serves. 

Ed was in awe of the items that the members of the Council had collected, which had been stacked and covered several tables. Ed stated, “Through your efforts and generosity, the Layette Program allows Catholic Charities to continue Providing Help and Creating Hope for those who are poor and disadvantaged throughout our Diocese. These gifts will be life changing for some and provide so many with a new sense of being and belonging to a community. A community of unselfish people who truly care about others. I look forward to this event every year.”

Ed candidly spoke of the impact that NDCCW has had on the lives of struggling mothers and how their dedication, hard work and generous gifts help to fill the financial gaps for so many.

The Norwich Diocesan Council of Catholic Women have been supporting women in need since the council founded Catholic Charities, Diocese of Norwich in 1921.

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