On February 8, 1949, Esther J. Cranker, Connecticut State Regent of the Daughters of Isabella, presided at an open meeting at St. Michael Church for the organizing of a Daughters of Isabella Circle. Monsignor John F. X. Quinn, the Pastor, granted permission, along with the support of Rev. Francis McShane, Assistant Pastor. The St. John Francis Circle #798 is named in their honor.
St. John Francis Circle dedicates itself to practice the motto of Unity, Charity and Friendship. During the past 64 years, the Circle has worked diligently to raise money for various local, state and national projects. Members have worked together with other parish organizations to financially assist in parish, school and cemetery improvements. Other charitable activities include adopting U.S. Troops at Christmas, making baptismal robes, knitting hats for hospital newborns, assembling food baskets, and assisting with care of the altar.
Religious activities have included Masses for deceased members, retreats, days of recollection, evenings of prayer, corporate communions, communion breakfasts, visits to shrines and participation in the Feast of the Assumption procession through Pawcatuck streets.
Monthly business meetings include a social. New members are always welcome to join in the Circle’s good works. The Daughters of Isabella currently meet on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm in St. Mary’s Church Hall.
Contact: Carol Granato, 860-599-5651