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Chautauqua Catholic Community

Spring 2013 Newsletter

I hope you have experienced a good winter and spring and are looking forward to our Chautauqua Season. It is with excitement that we are anticipating renewing friendships and developing new ones.

Thank You

Once again our many dedicated members have used their time, talents and energy so events occur within our community. Pat Defendorf our hostess oversees the room lottery. Jane McCarthy and JoAnn Buffo schedule our 18 priests and coordinate their lectures, Jeanne Hatheway house manager, monitors Catholic House during the winter months and coordinates off season retreats. Cherie Andersen and Claire Trubits organize our Tuesday Socials. To all those mentioned and to anyone I have neglected to mention you are profusely thanked.

In Sympathy

Doug Spaulding a founding member of our Community died this winter. To all his family the Chautauqua Catholic Community extends sincere sympathy. Doug will be remembered at on of our Sunday Liturgies.

Day of Recollection

Our day of recollection will take place on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013. Sister Mary McCormick, O.S.U. from Youngstown Ohio, was outstanding in 2012 we have asked her to return to us for  2013. Sister is a Professor of Systematic Theology at Saint Mary Seminary Graduate School of Theology John Carroll University. The day will begin at 9:00 AM at the Catholic House with coffee and donuts. We will then proceed to the chapel of the Good Shepherd for a talk and liturgy. The Liturgy will be celebrated by Fr. Todd M. Remick our spiritual advisor. After liturgy we will return to Catholic House for fellowship and a brown bag lunch.


There will be two daily Masses: 8:45 AM and 12:10 PM

The remainder of the schedule remains the same:
Saturday Vigil 5:00 PM Hall of Philosophy

 Sunday 9:15 AM Hall of Christ

Sunday 12:10 PM Hall of Philosophy

Are You Willing to Serve? Contact the following: 

Eucharistic Ministers – Please contact Maggie Snyder @

Lectors – Please contact Pauline Higie @

Annual Gifts

It is customary to mention in each newsletter a request for financial support from those who benefit from the remarkable presence of 18 priests each season who provide us with liturgies during the week and weekend, two deacons, reconciliation where needed and two seminars each week. The needs of maintaining our weekly programs and upkeep of Catholic House are ongoing. Please think about what Chautauqua Catholic Community means to you and give your tax deductible donation before the end of the year. Remember we receive no outside support for what we do. It is made possible only by your generosity. Included is a self addressed envelope for the Catholic Community.

CCC Website

The official website of CCC is  . A significant amount of the information is presented there including such items as History and Mission of the organization, latest newsletter, 2013-2014 registration form etc.  If you prefer to read the newsletter on line let us know at  this will help minimize expenses with both our Fall & Spring Newsletters.


Over the years both religious and lay people suggested that CCC might be included in their estate planning. Unfortunately specifics’ have never been recorded.

Fr. Joseph Patrick Brennen a frequent contributor to our Community passed away and left a sizable bequest which has led us to inaugurate The Fr. Joseph Brennen Society to acknowledge those who have remember3ed the CCC in their wills.

We would appreciate becoming aware of such plans if CCC is included in your estate planning. You can be assured this information will be handled with confidentiality. Likewise, if you have not made specific plans but intend to do so, we would also wish to be advised. Contact information is included under Annual Giving.

Special thanks to Kathy Nicastro for typing and distributing the newsletter with the help also of Meg Flinn, Cherie Andersen, Claire Trubits and Jeanne Hatheway. 

Peace and all good wishes to you,

Antonia Douglass

President Chautauqua Catholic Community




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