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The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians

Seacoast Division 1 September 8, 2009

Welcome back from Summer Vacation!!!!

Mary Gail Duffy,

President, 742-6010

Ellen Hawkins,

Vice President, 742-2343

Rhonda Zabielski,

Recording Secretary,


Valerie Gillen,

Fin. Secretary, 742-3215

Sheila Marquette,

Treasurer, 664-5596

Janet Lucco,

Historian, 742-7590

Susan Kilday,

Catholic Action, 743-4893

Maureen Collopy,

Missions and Charities,


Jeanne McShane,

Mistress at Arms, 742-4096

Joan Folger,

Sentinel, 207-748-3279

September LAOH meeting: This month's meeting is this coming Monday, September 14 at 7pm downstairs at Kelley's Row in downtown Dover.

Get Well Cards, etc.: Veronika Burke needs get well cards to send to members when they are ill. If you have any cards that you can donate, please bring to Monday's meeting. Stamps are always appreciated too!!

Web site/Domain Name: Up until recently we have owned the domain name which pointed directly to our website. It cost us $18 per year which was a great deal. Now the cost has gone up to about $43 per year for us to keep this name. I am recommending that we go back to using the national LAOH domain name ( which points to the national site where anyone can follow the links to the state sites. Feel free to share your feelings on this subject on Monday.

Apple Harvest Day: LAOH will be selling hot dogs, chips and water at Ross Furniture parking lot. We need volunteers for about 2 hours at a time. Much thanks to Ross Furniture for allowing us to use their lot again. SICA will also have a booth and the Irish Show will be doing a huge basket. We could use some donations for that also. Contact Phyllis Howard at 749-0349.

LAOH Pictures: If anyone has pictures of past LAOH events please call Mary Gail at 742-6010, or mail her the copies at 11 Union St. Dover NH 03820. We are attempting to put together a scrapbook and also some displays for our new home at Kelley's. Also, if anyone has ideas to help us with the project, just let Gail know. We really want everyone involved. Even if you are one of those members who are unable to make the meetings, you are still members and have a say!

Stamps for the Missions: Phyllis Howard has found a new mission that is requesting canceled stamps. Please call her at 749-0349 or bring them to the next meeting.

LAOH Day of Recollection: October 10th, 10am to 2 pm. See Gail's note later on in this newsletter.

Membership Booklet: I have enclosed an LAOH Membership booklet so that you all have a copy both of the prayer we typically say at each meeting along with phone numbers for all members. Please remember that not everyone is in the phone book, so out of respect for all of our members, these numbers should only be used for LAOH purposes. Thanks for your understanding!!

Correspondence to Soldiers: We are trying to get hold of the names of several soldiers serving over in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have two people who can help us. This will be discussed in detail on Monday, so please try to attend the meeting. We need people who can commit to this and follow through.

Transportation: If anyone is in need of a ride to the meeting, call Gail at 742-6010 and we will arrange for someone to pick you up and bring you home. Please give us a few days notice! (Or call Mary Goodwin at 740-9430 anytime—I can swing by for you!)

Aftertainment: As usual, some of the ladies will be gathering upstairs at Kelley's for music enjoyment following the meeting.


Saturday, October 10th, 2009, the LAOH will be holding a day of prayer and recollection at St. Theresa’s Church in Rye NH.

Our day will begin at 10 am with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, followed by a homily on the Eucharist to be given by Rev. Fritz J. Cerullo, O.S.A. to be followed by a short discussion session.

We are honored to have Father Fritz. He has been our chaplain and supporter from the very inception of our division. He has a very rich and diverse background. He has a B.A., from Villanova University, and a M.A. from Washington Theological Union, Silver Springs, Maryland.

At present Father Fritz has been appointed head of the Development Council for the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova in the New England Region.

Following Father’s presentation, we will break for lunch. We have decided to go with a pot luck lunch. You will be hearing from one of the officers prior to October 1st. We will need to get a head count on who will be attending and what they intend to bring.

We have a special young man, 17 year old Bill Gabriel who will be giving the afternoon session. Billy Gabriel has carried a passion for theology and a joy in discovering more about the Catholic faith for quite some time. He is currently a senior at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, NH. Billy is the Founder and Director of Saint Ambrose: a Summer Catholic Learning Experience for teens in sacramental preparation for Confirmation. Trying to ignite the fire of the Holy Spirit within every one of the teens he teaches, Billy continues his calling to enrich their minds and hearts and to inspire a faith of love, intellect, and a personal relationship with God.

After the afternoon session we will have Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

I hope that everyone will please make a special effort to attend this function. It would be a wonderfully uniting day for us to start off the new year together as a division.

With all that is going on in the world and the church we need to raise our voices together and pray for all the peoples of the universe and The Mystical Body Of Christ.

Coming Events:

Irish Music Sessions -

Rocky Rockwood - Monday nights at Kelley's from 7:30-10 (head up there when our meeting is over. This is a great session.) and also

Sunday afternoons at Ri Ra Pub in Market Square, Portsmouth, 5-8:30

Barley pub 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7 pm.

Genealogy – If you are interested in working on your Irish Genealogy with SICA, please call Maureen Collopy at 742-5584 for information.