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Yankee Swap Provides Laughter

Diana McDonald opens bag with dancing, ear-flapping, musical Snoopy. Denyse Lyden, Mrs. Clause and MC, mixes names up in the bowl for Diana to draw the next name.

One of the favorite meetings of the year was held on November 10 where 32 members of the Ladies of St. Anne Sodality chose Christmas themed gifts. In the tradition of the Yankee Swap, some of those gifts moved (sometimes several times!) from one Lady to another as each lady chose a mystery gift bag or an opened gift they liked from another lady. Popular gifts that moved several times included wine glasses with bottle of wine and soft throw, stuffed gnomes, angel and stuffed animals playing Christmas songs.   
During the business part of the meeting the Ladies approved a donation of $200 to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in honor and memory of Mildred “Millie” Woodman.  Millie, who passed away on October 31, was a long-standing Lady and instrumental in establishing the food pantry.  

The Christmas Gala committee chairwoman, Ann-Marie Lavallee-Kell, provided info about the Gala.  It will be held on December 15, 2022, 6 pm, at Restaurant 45, in Medway, MA.   A buffet menu will include Chicken Parmesan, Baked Haddock and Steak Tips. Also, garden salad, roasted potatoes, vegetables, Italian bread, coffee, tea & vanilla ice cream.  A bakery cake with surprise theme topping will be provided by the Gala committee.  The cost is $32 per person.  Payment, either cash or check made out to St. Blaise with “LoSA Gala” on the Memo line, is due by December 4.  You can give payment to Ann-Marie or put it in an envelope addressed to Ladies of St. Anne and place it in the collection basket during Mass.  If you have questions, please contact Ann-Marie at (508) 488-8528. 
The Ladies also raffled 6 Thanksgiving Baskets on November 20th after the 10 a.m. Mass. Members donated food, wine, and gift cards to make up the holiday baskets.