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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

 

We are celebrating our 90th Year as a Court! 

We were chartered on June 24, 1928.  This will be a year of special celebration!  We are a spiritual and service organization.

 

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.” 

The 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.  St. Petronille Catholic Daughters celebrate an annual May Crowning Mass.

 

 

 

OFFICERS Cathy Kuczynski - Regent

Denise Doerries - Vice-Regent

Eileen Breen - Financial Secretary

Karen Cunningham - Treasurer

Cathy Douglass - Recording Secretary

Fr. John Sullivan, Chaplain

 

 

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”.  In March we collaborated with the “Choose Life!” Committee and collected diapers for Mothers in Need and raised $1,538 for Waterleaf, a Pregnancy Resource Center. 

 

 

Our Annual Fundraiser is “Ladies Night Out”, which was on Monday, November 13th. We provided delicious appetizers and sweets while friends play cards and other games. 50/50 Raffle and “Mystery Gift” auctions added to the event! 

 

 

 

In January, Catholic Daughters worked on two service projects. We provided lunches for PADS and also prepared lunches for those who participated in the Right to Life March in Chicago.

 

 

UNITY Catholic Daughters come together in Unity to enjoy each other’s company at monthly meetings. Members rotate on the Hospitality Committee to provide refreshments. Meetings are planned that provide information on current topics or focus on the spiritual aspect of our lives. Topics in the past year included, “Intriguing Tidbits of Glen Ellyn History” and “Pre-Lenten Reflections on Saint John Paul II”.

We also stay in touch with other Courts in the State of Illinois and attended the State Convention in DeKalb in April.

 

 

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 Denise Doerries at doerriesanndenise@gmail.com or (571) 338-7087 for more information.

 

 CDA Calendar 2018-19

 

  • Monday, September 18 – 7pm PLC Welcome Back! Pay dues; Discuss the Court Program:  Induct new members

More information on upcoming events will be published soon!

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