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Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA)

 

Formed in 1903, The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas.

Unity and Charity

 

Who Are The Catholic Daughters?

The CDA motto is “Unity and Charity” because Catholic Daughter women come together in unity to enjoy each other’s company at meetings and volunteer charity events, and work hard to support St. Petronille, our community, and those outside of our community who are in need of help.  We donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.” 

ImageThe CDA was formed over 100 years ago and today numbers 70,000 dues-paying members in 1,250 courts (local chapters) in 45 states across the country, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. Court #1096 was Chartered on June 24, 1928 at St. Petronille Parish.

Our Patroness is Blessed Mother Mary, and you can see some of the St. Petronille Catholic Daughters at our annual May Crowning Mass.

 

OFFICERS St. Petronille CDA recently installed their new officers at the annual June dinner. They are:

Cathy Kuczynski - Regent

Denise Doerries - Vice-Regent

Eileen Breen - Financial Secretary

Karen Cunningham - Treasurer

Cathy Douglass - Recording Secretary

Fr. John Sullivan, Chaplain

Congratulations to Cathy Kuczynski, our regent, who was also honored as Woman of the Year by the Council of Catholic Women (CCW). 

 

CHARITY One of the main missions of the CDA is to raise money to donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness”.  St. Petronille Catholic Daughters do volunteer projects such as sewing “Little Dresses for Africa” and becoming “Blanketeers” for the Linus Project, a group that collects new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. Pictured with a display of little dresses and blankets are Cathy Douglass, Tammy Miller, and Fr. John Sullivan.  St. Petronille CDA has also volunteered at Feed My Starving Children.

This year, one of our biggest fundraisers for charity was our 2nd Annual CDA Bake Sale.  Thank you to all parishioners who contributed homemade baked goods last year!  They were delicious, and the decorative pedestal plates made by Claire Tansley were a big hit.  Not only did people look for their favorite sweets, but they also looked for the ones on their favorite plate! Proceeds went to charity.  See the list below of charities to which Catholic Daughters have contributed in the past.

 

In November, Catholic Daughters learned how to do flower arranging from Catholic Daughter Cathy Douglass.  They put their new talents to work to create the flower table arrangements for St. Petronille’s 90th Anniversary Dinner.  Pictured left to right are Cathy Douglass, Eileen Breen, Janet Archer, Karen Cunningham, Beth Kilker, Patricia Weiner, and Cathy Kuczynski.

 

 

UNITY  Catholic Daughters come together in unity to enjoy each other’s company at monthly meetings.  Members rotate as teams to bring in some treats, sometimes theme- related to the time of year, as with our October, December and February Mardi Gras celebration.  Some of last year’s meetings presentations ranged from an interactive “Resurrection Egg” guided reflection for Lent presented by Susan Tutaj, to educational speakers like Michelle Picchione’s presentation on “Common Core”, and just plain fun like our annual Christmas gift bingo grab bag. Some of our events are spiritual.  Fr. John Sullivan, our chaplain, leads us in prayer to begin and end our meetings.  Our monthly gatherings are sometimes centered around Mass as with our Four-Court Brunch, breakfast, and May crowning.

Catholic Daughters have fun together as they learn, do service, and raise money for charity.  Some of the charities St. Petronille Catholic Daughters have contributed to over the years are:

  • Generous gifts to our Priests and Fr. Palmer at Christmas.  

  • Five CDA National Projects

    • S.O.A.R.(Support Our Aging Religious)

    • Habitat for Humanity

    • Smile Train

    • Laboure Society

    • Holy Cross Family Ministry

  • Each Year the Court votes on which 10 charities to support for that membership year .Some charities CDA has supported in the past are:

    • St. Petronille Springboard to the Future

    • St. Petronille School L.I.F.E. Fund

    • St. Petronille Faith Formation Fund

    • St. Petronille Sharing Fund

    • Catholic Relief Services

    • Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

    • Family Shelter Services

    • Glen Ellyn Walk-in Ministry

    • De Lasalle Blackfeet School

    • The Andrew Mogni Family Fund

    • Catholic Charities of Joliet

    • DuPage Convalescent Center Foundation

    • Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

    • CNS Home Health Hospice

    • Illinois Citizens for Life

    • School Sisters of St.Francis

    • Retirement Fund for Religious

    • Northern Illinois Food Bank

    • Salesian Missions

    • The Missionaries of Charity

  • PADS lunchmaking service project

  • Annual Baby Shower to support Pro-Life efforts for women who need pregnancy assistance.

 

The National CDA Website http://www.catholicdaughters.org/

 

 

 

Want to Join Catholic Daughters?  We welcome all Catholic women of the community!  Attend a meeting and check us out.  Contact Cathy Kuczynski at potsdam1@ameritech.net or (630)462-3736 for more information.

 

The National CDA Website http://www.catholicdaughters.org/

 

Link to purchase CDA aprons from the National CDA Website

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Link to purchase CDA hooded zip-up sweatshirts from the National CDA Website

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