The Catholic Daughters of the Americas nationwide started the new year in September, after a two month break from formal meetings. Court St. Helena of the Cross started the year with a slate of new officers, welcomed five new members, and added two more during our membership drive in October.
As I begin my term as Regent of our Court, 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. We celebrated CDA Sunday on October 21st with a corporate Mass and a new member reception. We joined other St Helena organizations during the Month of Mary in leading the Holy Rosary before Saturday and Sunday Masses. The following week we made and distributed over 500 white ribbons in observation of White Ribbons Against Pornography (WRAP) week, October 28th-November 3rd. On November 2nd, we partnered with the Bereavement Ministry and the Knights of Columbus on St. Helena’s annual All Souls’ Day Memorial Mass and Candle-lighting Ceremony.
The newly elected officers attended officer training on August 25, 2018 in Seguin, Texas. The State Court officers provided guidance regarding the four topics that will dominate this first year of the term of CDA officers in the local courts: 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.
Your Sister in Christ
Yolanda De Leon
Regent, Court St. Helena of the Cross #2679