LYKENS - The Northumberland District Council of Catholic Women held its deanery meeting March 30 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church.

Rosemary Boyer, deanery president, called the meeting to order. Members joined in reciting the Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Terry Bakowicz, parish host president, did the Bible enthronement and welcomed attendees. The roll call was taken and minutes approved. The treasurer's report was read by Debbie Gownley.

Boyer offered an update on the diocesan meeting held March 1. She thanked the Rev. Frank Karwacki for his help in preparing the liturgy for the convention to be held May 5 at the Cardinal Keeler Center.

The wedding anniversary Mass and celebration for couples married 25 years and over will be held at Our Lady Help of Christians Church. The date will be announced, and information provided in parish bulletins.

The next deanery meeting will be held June 22 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Williamstown.

Karwacki told members about Pope Francis' concern for the poor. He asked everyone to reach out to the poor.

Prayers were recited for sick and deceased members, and an extra prayer was offered for the health of the new bishop, Ronald Gainer. The meeting was adjourned, and refresehments were served.