SQUIRETTES OF MARY
Our Lady of Grace Circlette
Sponsored by St. Ignatius Loyola Knights of Columbus Council 10861, the Our Lady of Grace Squirette Circlette is open to Catholic girls ages 10 to 18. The Squirettes conduct their own activities independently but also have joint activities with the John T. Sansano Columbian Squires Circle 4703.
The Squirettes at St. Ignatius held their charter investiture in November 2008 with 40 members and is the only Circlette west of the Mississippi River. We are told that ours is the largest charter investiture on record!
The Squirette Program was founded by Father Michael Keane, Father Prior of the Immaculate Conception Circle of Columbian Squires in Colton, California. Father Keane felt that there should be some comparable group for Catholic girls. Through his efforts, the first Squirette of Mary Circlette was formed. The organization has a very active program planned by the members under the guidance of their Counselors. At the present time, Circlettes are operating in the United States, Canada and Japan.
During our first year,we clocked aproximately 480 service hours. We assisted with parish events such as pancake breakfasts and Fall Festival. We raised money by making and selling brownie mixes. We cooked our very own Lenten Dinner. We sponsored a seminarian. We made care packages for US soldiers. We participated in the living rosary and the May crowning. And that is just a sample of the things we did that allowed us to spend time together in fellowship and fun!
If you are interested in joining the Squirettes, simply come to any of our general meetings. One of our counselors will provide you with the necessary paperwork and assist you in becoming a Squirette.
SQUIRETTES OF MARY PROGRAM
NAME – the name Squirettes of Mary was chosen because of its sacred meaning and because the organization is consecrated to United Catholic Action through devotion to Our Blessed Mother under whose protection the organization was founded.
PURPOSE – The object of the organization is the spiritual, moral and intellectual advancement of its members, the promotion of that which is best, both in their church and community life.
CIRCLETTES – The Squirettes are comprised of Circlettes, which are patterned similarly to the Columbian Squires. Each Circlette is sponsored by an organized and exemplary Catholic Women’s Organization or the Knights may sponsor the Squirettes.
HOW THE ORGANIZATION WORKS
The Committee of Counselors consists of a Chief Counselor and at least one counselor for each activity appointed by the sponsoring organization. The Counselors are in direct control of the Circlette but are responsible to the sponsoring organization at all times for the welfare and progress of the Squirette Circlette. The sponsoring organization is directly responsible to the Supreme Council Columbiettes.
The Squirettes elect their own officers. The officers are: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sentinel. The President appoints committee chairs. The committee chairs are: Spiritual, Social and Service.
WHAT ARE WE? A Catholic girl’s youth group**
WHAT WE DO:
Community Service: · Assist at K of C events · Raise money for Charity
Spiritual: · May Crowning of Mary · Corporate Communion
Social: · Parties
**Service Credits are available for students requiring Community service for Confirmation, college applications, etc.