The CDA 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”. Our court is aware of needs in our immediate area such as the Food Bank and the Guadalupe Home.
Please check out the National CDA site www.catholicdaughters.org. You will find information about 59th Biennial Convention July 20-24, 2022, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. There are hotel accommodations, positions available for a choir, among other things at this site. There is a CDA store at the website. There are also many inspirational articles to be read at the website as well.
Here are the highlights of the October 9, 2021 Fall Fling!!!
Since we were unable to have our Spring Fiesta Fling in April due to the Covid pandemic, we postponed the event till October 9. We will had the same venue of Northern Hills Golf Club. Belk’s Department store in New Braunfels, Texas provided the fashions. There was music! We had vendors. Las Carretas provided a delicious Mexican Dinner.
The vendors were URPI Latin American Art. The jewelry vendors represented Jimenez, Grace & Heart, Paparazzi, and Love Edie. The other vendors were URPI Latin American Art, Fashion Elegance, PASHAWL and Charlotte Kennedy Harper Gifts provided gifts and accessories for handbags and totes, fashions and stationary products. The event was so much fun!
Did I mention the silent auction? There was jewelry, home decor and Christmas items galore.
We are grateful to HEB for their donation of $200 in gift cards. Lone Star Capital Bank and Randolph Brooks FCU have each donated $500. Swing Junction; Puente & Sons Funeral Home; Alterations, Tailor & Shoe Repair have each donated $100. We have also heard from Reger Family Dental; My Shop Tint; Jennifer Scroggins; and Adorn Jewelry @ Rolling Oaks Mall. We have heard from Oak Leaf Event Center,;Kutz and Kurls; Las Carretas Restaurant all who are offered Gift Certificates. We had auction contributions from our court sisters and friends. We did meet our goal of $7,000 and will donate $3,000 to the St Helena Building Fund after expenses.
The pictures below show our models. The models were from various ministries. The models were active in promoting the parish activities. Some of the vendors are also shown.
Our court provided chips and sandwiches at the 4pm Mass Farewell reception for Father Lenin Naffate on September 25, 2021.
Yolanda DeLeon with some of our guests at the New Member reception October 23, 2021.
We provided cookies for the Welcome reception on October 31, 2021 after the noon Mass for Father Marcin Czyz, our new Pastor and Court Chaplain.
Above we celebrated our November 2, 2021, All Souls Mass with the Bereavement Ministry. We have celebrated this event with our parishioners who have lost a loved one in the last eighteen months. Afterwards, we have a small reception of cookies and beverages.
Our Promotions in Photos:
St. Helena of the Cross #2679 has taken on the Gifting Tree ministry. Several times a month we will be selling religious items at the Dolan Center. The profits go to our St. Helena Church. Check the bulletin for dates. See you there!
In July, 2021, members of Court St. Helena of the Cross #2679 in San Antonio attended the Catholic Women’s Conference presented by the Pilgrim Center of Hope. With the theme of “Women of Hope,” the speakers presented enlightening talks at this two-day conference. Posing with a cardboard cut-out of Pope Francis, in left to right order: Diana Becerra, Alma Algermissen, Megan Rothe, Yolanda DeLeon and Shirley Black. Not included in the photo is Belinda Cortez who worked as a volunteer at the conference. We will attend again this year on July 29-30.
We continue to practice our circle of love spoke of quality of life (social awareness) by taking Christmas gifts and entertaining the folks at the Aventine Senior Living Center on December 20, 2021. We hope to continue this mission at the Heartland located in our parish.
Our family includes the St. Helena Parish. As part of the parish, we staffed the silent auction at the Wine and Tasting event on January 15, in the Dolan Center. The goal is to break ground for a new Religious Ed building for our youth. The parish is close to reaching the $3 million goal.
www.texascda.org is the website to see the Texas CDA information.
Texas CDA on their website list the upcoming monthly challenges:
• April …. Spring Clean-up / help clean up your Parish.
• May … Month of Motherly Love / Donate to Children’s programs.
• June – August… Summer Fun Time / Help with VBS or TOTUS TUUS…refreshments from the Court.
www.catholicdaughters.org is the link to the National Catholic Daughters Website. Look here for the latest in forms, contests, and events. You may also find the copies of the Share magazine published the Catholic Daughters. At this website you can read about the 59th Biennial Convention July 20-24, 2022. It will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At this website there is information on hotel accommodations, and other must know items.