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St. Mary's Columbiettes

Fishkill, NY

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Home Auxilliary of Past New York State President

Dee Wych


What are the Columbiettes?

In 1939, Monsignor J. Francis McIntyre, at that time Chaplain of the New York Chapter Knights of Columbus,  and who later became Cardinal McIntyre of Los Angeles, California, seeing great numbers of women coming  out of a Communist rally at Madison Square Garden, conceived the idea of a ladies organization to work with the Knights of Columbus. The New York Chapter Knights of Columbus formulated a plan for such an  organization. Their plan called for the establishment of Auxiliaries in each Council and to coordinate the  efforts of all under the direction of one parent group. On March 2, 1939 the first Columbiettes were instituted in New York City. Since that memorable day, many new auxiliaries were formed and eventually  State Councils and a Supreme Council were established. New members are initiated in these subordinate  Auxiliaries and it is only through the integrity, strength and scope of these Auxiliary activities that the Columbiettes have become a recognized group of women working with the Knights of Columbus, promoting the ideals of Columbianism.

Our Emblem
  • The BLUE CIRCLE represents the World.

  • The WHITE CROSS represents Christ’s love for us – by His Crucifixion He redeemed the World.

  • The RAYS represent our zeal to serve God through the Mediums of Faith, Hope and Charity symbolized by the THREE WHITE STARS.

Our Patronesses
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Blessed Virgin Mary – Let us be ever mindful of the responsibility which is ours, by emulating her in her purity, and by imitating her as a Mother, for we, as Catholics know, that she is the foundation of all true motherhood.

Saint Theresa, the Little Flower – In her great zeal to serve Almighty God, she welcomed any opportunity to make sacrifices.

St. Joan of Arc – She was always ready to give her aid unselfishly to those who defended a righteous cause.

About St. Mary's Columbiettes

St. Mary's Columbiettes is a local Columbiette Auxiliary. Chartered in 1995, St. Mary's Columbiettes is located in the Hudson Valley. 

Membership in the Columbiettes is open to women who are practicing Catholics

18 years of age and older.

Our Auxiliary serves the parishes of St. Mary Mother of The Church in Fishkill,

St. Columba in East Fishkill, and St. Denis in Hopewell Junction.


We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month from September through June at 7pm in the 4065 Council Hall.



Like our Knights, our members are active members of the parish communities that we serve.  We serve our parishes in many different ways.  Some of the ways we serve as volunteers are:


  • Ushers (Ministers of Hospitality)

  • Lectors

  • Eucharistic Ministers (Both at Mass and Bringing Communion to the Home Bound).

  • Religious Education Instructors

  • Parish Schools

  • Parish Council

  • Parish Outreach Ministries

  • Youth Ministries

  • Local Food Pantries

  • Music Ministries

  • Social Welfare Ministries

  • Social Awareness


Some are able to donate a little time. Some are able to donate a great deal of time. Some are unable to donate any time at all, but support the programs that we are involved in.  No amount of help or support is too small or too much.  We are grateful for all that our members do,



We provide support to the Communities in which we live and serve by sponsoring:

  • Birthright Baby Showers for expectant mothers

  • Putting together books for Transcription Services for the Blind

  • Thanksgiving Baskets for Families in need in our Community

  • Thanksgiving Dinners for Senior Citizens

  • Clergy Recognition Dinners

  • Communion Breakfasts

  • Annual Memorial Mass in Remembrance of our Deceased Members

  • Penny Socials

  • Community Dances


Funds that we raise provide:

  • Easter Baskets for Families in need in our Community

  • Thanksgiving Baskets for Families in need in our Community

  • Christmas Dinners and packages for Families in need in our Community

  • Stipends for Support of our Seminarians

  • Support for our men and women in the military

  • Donations to local charities that our members bring forth

  • Partnership with our Knights, contributing funds such as for Coats for Kids

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