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St. Mary's Catholic Daughters

OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP

CDA COURT #1057

“Under the patronage of the Blessed

Mother Mary, the Catholic Daughters of the

Americas are united by their faith in Jesus Christ

And in their devotion to the church.”

 

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. The CDA was formed over 100 years ago being instituted by the Knights of Columbus in 1903. Court Our Lady of Perpetual Help was the 1,057th (hence the court number) to join this organization on July 17th 1927.  This was the day the court’s charter was granted by the CDA national headquarters in New York City. The court was established with 79 members.

 

On May 8th 1927, 52 members of the Ashton Parish, who belonged to Court Bernadette in Sheldon, had a meeting and planned the organization of the Catholic Daughters of America Court in Ashton. On July 17th of that year they obtained a charter and held the first initiation during which an additional 27 new candidates were initiated. Currently we have 57 active and supportive members.  Current officers are Regent: Barb Tremmel, Vice Regent- Pam Wehmeyer, Recording Secretary- Cindy Corbett, Treasurer-Kris Schoo, and Financial Secretary- Mary Frick.

 

Over the years there have many different officers leading this court. Officers may hold 2-2 year terms for a total of 4 years. Court Our Lady of Perpetual Help is proud that in the past we have had members hold the office of State Regent, State Secretary, District Deputy, and currently we have a member who is one of the seven National Directors for the Catholic Daughters.

 

CDA MISSION STATEMENT

The purposes of the organization are to participate in the religious, charitable and educational Apostolates of the Church. Catholic Daughters of the Americas engages in creative and spiritual programs which provide its members with the opportunity to develop the God-given talents in meaningful ways that positively influence the welfare of the Church and all people throughout the world.  Catholic Daughters of the Americas strives to embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all.

 

With this mission statement in mind we, the members of Court Our Lady of Perpetual Help #1057, do many things for our Church and our community.

 

We hold monthly meetings from September through June.  They are held the first Monday of the month with few exceptions. Meetings are fun and informative with speakers on various topics and programs. The Daughters volunteer to say the rosary at wakes for members of our parish and also lead the rosary at nursing homes. Get Well cards are sent to many people from our parish.  We support seminarians with prayer as they journey towards taking their vows to become priests. We hold bake-sales and run the food stand at the Ashton Town & Country Day celebration to help raise funds so that we may help many of the charities that the CDA supports, i.e. Morality in Media to fight pornography, Catholic Relief services , Cleft palate surgery for poor children SOAR (support our aging Religious  and the Tutwiler Clinic in Mississippi to name a few of the many projects we support.   At Christmas we participate in the Adopt a Family program, and we, as individuals, donate mittens and hats  for Upper Des Moines to be distributed to children and adults in need. We are PRO-LIFE.  We also sponsor the annual education contest for our young people.

 

We have a care and concern committee where meals are made and given to those who are in need. Each year the Lifesaver program is a state endorsed project to raise money to help women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

 

The Catholic Daughters is a group of women who have a deep faith in God and his works. We strive to continue His works to the best of our ability.

 

If you have any questions or would like to join the Catholic Daughters please talk to one of the officers or any member of the organization.  For more information, please visit the National Catholic Daughters web site at:

 

http://www.catholicdaughtersofamerica.org

 

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