LODI, N.J. — The ladies of St. Joseph Church in Lodi will take their turn in the spotlight after the men's society recently turned 100 by launching a women's auxiliary club.
Parishioner Patrizia Pagano organized the start of the women's auxiliary club in December in the memory of her friend Paula LaFranca. LaFranca first suggested the idea to Pagano before she passed away earlier this month.
"If we do this it's definitely going to be in her memory," Pagano said of honoring LaFranca. "It's definitely going to be a tribute to her."
Pagano also said she thought it was time for the women to help on their own. For most events, the wives assist their husbands from St. Joseph.
"We've always been there in a supportive role, so we're just going to go ahead and form our own group," she said.
Pagano has a list of about 30 people who have expressed interest in joining the women's auxiliary. She plans to meet with the men's society president and pastor soon to talk about their plans before moving forward.
Once they start, Pagano said the ladies will plan plenty of fundraisers.
"I want to start doing more goodwill things because there are a lot of needy people out there," she said.
Cooking meals for those in need is one possible volunteer effort for the club, Pagano said.
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