3/20/2012 11:47:00 AM Guild's efforts keeps church full of flowers
St. Therese Guild photo
An arrangement at the St. Cecilia Church altar, created by members of the St. Therese Guild.
BEAVERTON — The St. Therese of Lisieux Guild was formed approximately 15 years ago at St. Cecilia Church to provide fresh flowers for the altar at Sunday Masses, Holy Days, first Communion, confirmation, the Feast of St. Cecilia and other special occasions.
In order to support the mission, the Guild sponsors two fundraisers each year – they sell hot cross buns on Palm Sunday and poinsettias in December.
Father Pat McNamee, pastor, works with the guild to bring beauty and grace to the altar. Last year guild members placed an article in the church bulletin asking parishioners to donate garden flowers for the altar during the summer and fall months. The donations saved money, but also became an opportunity for parishioners to get involved in the church through their love of gardening. Guild members were repeatedly invited to visit gardens and pick flowers whenever needed. The response was overwhelming, said guild member Marcia Whitelock, so the group intends to continue the project.
The church has two side niches, where parishioners leave flowers and plants on a regular basis. Outdoor plants are placed in the church’s flowerbeds, which provide color outside and flowers for the altar.
One parishioner arranged a donation of two evergreen topiaries for the outside planters at the front entrance to the church. The guild adds annuals for seasonal color at the base of the shrubs.
“St. Cecilia is blessed to have caring and supportive parishioners who make our job fun and rewarding,” said guild member Rose Stormer.