note from regent
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas nationwide started a new year in September. We are now celebrating a new year 2020.
I want to extend my gratitude and admiration to our members.  They consistently dedicate their time and talents for the better good.  True to the CDA Motto of Unity and Charity, we started strong with a number of activities with the Heartland Senior Home with seniors. We visited Heartland Senior Living Center on Thursday, February 13th, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  There with Helen Juniper we created Valentine craft items.   CDA provided donations of soft candy, small lollipops, and soft chocolate candy.  Our task was to bring Elmer’s glue or stick glue, scissors, patience and joy. We made valentines for the patients and a cute necklace or wreath for their doors. We were surprised to see some of the residents had the valentines that our JCDA had made secured on their wheelchairs!!
Youth/JCDA – Susan Staudt and Denise Beitel as sponsors for the JCDA, joined in with the girls on Sunday with their Membership Drive February 16th.  The JCDA had a corporate mass at 12 noon.  Our CDA ladies wore Ceremonial white and will did pulpit talks at most masses.   At 1:30 p.m. there was a reception and parent information session at the Dolan Center.  CDA provided a cake, finger sandwiches and potato cips.  All CDA members were encouraged to attend the reception.

“My Soul Magnifies the Lord” Retreat has a tentative date of Saturday, June 27, 2020, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Dolan Center.  This project is in the planning stage.  Spiritual Enhancement Chair Denise Beitel is in the lead.  Planning committee is Blanca Kreiner, Shirley Black and Yolanda DeLeón.  CDA is proposing a partnership with the Knights of Columbus.  The retreat will be open to all parish organizations. Further information will be provided as it is available.
Fashion Show Saturday, on April 18, 2020 has been postponed to August 22, 2020.  Tickets are $35!! We will have fashions from Belk’s Department Store from New Braunfels, only twenty minutes away on IH 35 north. The meal will be provided from Las Carretas. Their delicious plate will include rice, beans, enchiladas carne guisada, flautas chips and salsa. We will have our signature mandarin cupcakes. There will be door prizes, a fiesta hat competition, vendors, and music to complete the fashion show.
The four topics that will dominate this  second year of our term as CDA officers is:  Protocol, Circle of Love, Ceremonials, and Spirituality/Service.
Protocols reach across all areas of our organization, including meetings, special functions, conflict resolution and chain of command.  The Texas Court urges that protocols be practiced uniformly in all courts.  Adhering to protocols leaves a lasting impression and broadens our understanding of CDA norms.
The Circle of Love  provides CDA’s structure for assisting in church and community, participating in national programs that make a difference, working with youth and schools, making a difference in the lives of the elderly and aged, and promoting justice and equality in legislative issues through Operation Morning Star.
CDA Ceremonials can include installation of chaplain and court officers, memorial services such as, ceremonies for wakes and funerals for deceased CDA members, CDA Sunday and New Member Reception, dedication ceremony to the Blessed Mother, opening ceremonies at meeting, and saying the pledge to the United States and Texas flags.
Spirituality and Service:  CDA has its own unique spirituality- its own way of approaching God in prayer and living out the Gospel through private prayer and works of justice and charity.  CDA guided by the words of St. Mother Teresa, “The fruit of love is service; the fruit of service is peace; and peace begins with a smile.”  She also said, “Not all of us can do great things.  But we can do small things with Great LOVE.”
Please check the calendar on the News section of this website for dates of CDA monthly meetings and events.
You can reach me at my phone 210-844-8941.
Your Sister in Christ
Yolanda De Leon
Regent, Court St. Helena of the Cross #2679