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Season of Giving

Memorial Mass cards are still available $2.50 each. These cards provide prayers once a month for a year for your intentions.  It also provides the money for scholarships. 

At the meeting October 6, the court voted to donate $1500 from the raffle proceeds to the St. Helena Building Fund.


CDA Clips

Events in Photos:

These are the Raffle results from above:

(above) Congratulations to the winners!! It was slow in coming. We had to postpone the April 18, 2020 Annual Fiesta Style Show. We then had to cancel the August 22,2020 Annual Fiesta Style Show. All this is due to the Corona Virus. We are all safe. Next year the annual Fiesta will be May 8, 2021.

Above Photos are from our CDA Sunday 10 am Mass October 18, 2020 in front of the Church.

Financial review October 22, 2020

Moments with Mary October 17, 2020 in St Helena Church.  Father Riley gave a very informative view of the role of our Blessed Mother in the story of salvation and in the church.   Also, thanks to Diana Becerra and Kathleen Sanchez for leading the Rosary. 

Without our masks.

The photos are from our annual All Souls Mass on November 2, 2020. Thank you to our ladies who participated.

St. Helena of the Cross #2679 at St. Helena’s Church December 5, 2020 at noon celebrating the Fatima Rosary Saturday. In addition to officers are our ladies and members of the church seated above. This celebration is in addition to our Fatima Rosary we celebrated on Saturday October 17, 2020.

Several of our ladies will participate in “Wreaths across America” at Ft. Sam Saturday December 19, 2020 at noon. We invite all the ladies to join in this effort to commemorate those who have served our country.

News from National

In CDA National News there are five National Projects for which National is asking that all Courts send $20.00 per project per year.  They are Habitat for Humanity, Holy Cross Family Ministries, Laboure, SOAR, and Smile Train. 
The site also mentioned what the CDA ( as defined by the IRS as a designated tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization.) can do regarding educating voters about the candidates and their positions.  A recent check of  the National CDA site shows new videos and important information.  Please check out the National CDA site at
The Executive Board has voted to suspend the bylaw concerning financial reviews for this period only. The deadline for this period is June 1, 2020. Should we still be in emergency mode, the board will revisit the date for further extensions. Please follow local, state and federal rules for self-distancing and staying at home. Conduct as much business as you can electronically. According to Olga Samaniego we Can Do Anything! 

Our Charities

colourful-volunteer-vectorBudget Committee for Our Charities

CDA members, please make a list of charities you are interested in helping and/or contributing. The National projects are the Habitat for Humanity, International; Holy Cross Family Ministries, Father Peyton; The Laboure Society; Smile Train; SOAR (Supporting Our Aging Religious).  The National Charities:  Apostleship of the Sea; Catholic Relief Services International; Covenant House; Disaster Relief Fund International; Misericordia Heart of Mercy Home; Mother Teresa “Missions of Charity” International; National Center on Sexual Exploitation/Morality in the Media; Pontifical North American College of Rome;  and local charities are a few that we have helped in the past.  Along with these missions, each court or district is encouraged to seek out its own “mission of mercy”.  Each court is encouraged to be aware of needs in their immediate area.  Please contact Yolanda Deleon if you want to make suggestions. 


texas cda is the website to see the Texas CDA information.

Remember to put on your calendar the State CDA convention from April 14-18, 2021 located in Texarkana, Texas.