Motto: Unity and Charity
Patroness: Blessed Virgin Mary
Catholic Daughters of the Americas strives
to embrace the principle of faith working
through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all.
Pictured Left to Right: Leanne Stoll, Recording Secretary; Janel Altstadt, Vice Regent; Deacon Richard Quistorff, Chaplain; Dianne Rohde-Szarke, Regent; Renee Doll, Financial Secretary; Bev Holzer, Treasurer
Catholic Daughters of America
Court St. Rita #409 - Perham, MN
Catholic Daughters of the Americas is the largest organization of Catholic women in the Americas. It is comprised of Catholic women 18 years of age and older. Under the Patroness of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it is an extraordinary organization with the dual purpose of spirituality and service. Our local CDA Court, Court St. Rita # 409, is the 3rd oldest Court in the state of Minnesota. They meet the 1st Tuesday of the month (Sept – June) at 7:00 pm. For more information, contact Dianne Rohde-Szarke at 218-205-1301.
Regent: Dianne Rohde-Szarke Email Dianne
Vice Regent: Janel Altstadt
Treasurer: Bev Holzer
Financial Secretary: Renee Doll
Recording Secretary: Leanne Stoll
Chaplain: Deacon Richard Quistorff
Membership Chairperson: Janel Altstadt Email Janel
Newsletter Editor: Lynn Schwanke
District Deputy: Lori Curtis
Junior Catholic Daughters of America
The local Catholic Daughters of America, Court St. Rita #409, sponsors a Junior Catholic Daughters Court, Court St. Teresa of Calcutta, which includes St. Henry’s and the three surrounding parishes. JCDA is a unique organization that is open to Catholic girls, ages 6-18.
JCDA brings girls together for friendship, faith and action to make a positive difference in the community. The goals of JCDA are Message (Faith), Service (Helping Others), and Community (Friendship). To express interest in joining or helping, contact Ann Dardis (firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-346-3429)
CDA Sunday October 18th, 2020 for Court St. Rita. Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff. Installation of New officers for 2020-20211: Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke, Vice Regent Janel Altstadt, Secretary Leanne Stoll, Treasurer Bev Holzer, Financial Secretary Renee Doll. Reception of New Members: Jackie Hager-big sister proxie for Betty Klein Karen Hammers, Pat Hager-big sister Fuzz Hammers, Tara Moenkedick-big sister Leanne Stoll, Susan Rohde, transfer from Fergus Falls Court St Cabrini-big sister Janel Altstadt. State Treasurer Bonnie Hein, District Deputy Lori Curtis. Ritual Coordinator Ann Dardis.
Donations to Someplace Safe
Check out all of the wonderful items that have been donated to Someplace Safe so far!
Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? To assist those who are affected by Domestic Violence, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St Rita #409 is sponsoring a drive for Someplace Safe. Items can be put in the trunk in the Narthex. They can use a variety of items in new or good condition.
Need some ideas of what to donate? School supplies, toilet paper, cleaning products, small laundry soap, daily necessities & hygiene products are always appreciated. Often, individuals leave situations of domestic violence with little to nothing. What kind of items would one need away from home to assist in being a little more secure and comfortable or in getting a fresh start?
On the 19th Anniversary of the tragedy of the World Trade Center, and out of respect for those who lost their life that day, Court St. Rita #409 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus, Assembly #1773, participated in a Patriotic prayer service at 5PM on September 11, 2020, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Perham, Minnesota.
The Patriotic Rosary was led by Knights of Columbus, Financial Secretary Ken Guck. Scriptures were read by Catholic Daughters and Knights of Columbus, and patriotic songs were sung by the congregation.
The Rosary was prayed for the conversion of our country, for our National, State and County leaders, as well as all 50 states in the Union and those souls in each state. The prayer service calls for the United States to be a light for all nations, that peace may reign throughout our land and beyond all boundaries. GOD BLESS AMERICA.
Thank You to Ann Dardis of the Catholic Daughters for coordinating this event.
Pictured: Catholic Daughters of Court St. Rita, #409, Knights of Columbus from Assembly #1773. and JCDA of St. Teresa of Calcutta, Perham, Minnesota
Consecration of Renee Doll to the
Life of Virginity for Women Living in the World.
Court St. Rita #409. Perham, Minnesota is proud to announce that our financial secretary, Renee Doll, was consecrated to the Life of Virginity at 3 PM Mass on July 31st, 2020 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church with Most Reverent Bishop Donald Kettler (Bishop of the St. Cloud Diocese) presiding. Concelebrants were Reverends Brady Keller, Aaron Kuhn (Renee’s Spiritual Director) and Matthew Kuhn, Pastor at St. Henry’s. Other clergy participating at the Mass were Deacon’s Randy Altstadt, Mark Stenger and Richard Quistorff, Court St. Rita Chaplin and Master of Ceremonies. Attendant’s and Lectors were Jennifer Martin (Renee’s Sister) and Cheryl Prososki (friend). The music was provided by Jeff Blickenstaff, Heidi and Grace Kalina accompanied by Isaiah Blickenstaff on the piano. Al & Mary Schumacher acted as host and hostess, and Lynn Bleichner was at the guest book.
The formation of a consecrated Virgin is a serious choice, as the consecration is permanent. It is a process: the education is a study of what a consecrated virgin is, what is expected of them, the study of scriptures, study of other consecrated virgins and saints, doctors of the church and church history. The participant meets with a spiritual director, the bishop and a formation director/team. It is at least a 2 year process.
At the actual Consecration, according to the Code of Canon Law, these women must be consecrated to God through the diocesan Bishop according to the Rite approved by the church. The Bishop prays the prayer of consecration, the Virgin receives a ring (mark of the Bride of Christ), a veil and the book, Liturgy of the Hours (prayers of the church).
At the consecration, the Virgin dresses in white, is examined of her willingness and intentions and resolves to follow Christ in a life of perfect Chastity. Upon consecration, they are bethrothed mystically to Christ. The Litany of Saints is prayed as an offering to God the Father and asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary and Saints. They are to stay a virgin to God for eternity and be dedicated to the service of the church
Consecrated Virginity is one of the oldest recognized forms of consecrated life in the Catholic Church. It is actually as old as apostolic times. Blessed Virgin Mary was actually the first consecrated Virgin. Other consecrated Virgins were: St. Agnes, St Agatha, St Cecilia and St. Lucy. In 1970, the actual rite was renewed and today around 5000 women throughout the world have joined the age old “Order of Virgins.”
Life for the consecrated Virgin looks pretty ordinary. They can live as individuals making themselves available to the desires of the church and work of their spouse (the church). They can hold jobs to support themselves (As the local diocese is not financially responsible for them). They must take time for their physical, spiritual, psychological, emotional and special needs. Their primary focus is on prayer, praying for the needs of the people and priests, attending Mass daily, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, studying scriptures, as well as taking time for personal prayers and devotions. Consecrated virgins living in the world do not wear habits, take vows, change their name or title, they have no leader or Mother Superior. They remain in their diocese, receiving direction from the diocesan bishop but not under his obedience. Reference of consecrated virgins can be found in Matthew 19; 12 and I Corinthians 7:25-40. The consecrated virgin is called to be spiritual by following the example and inspiration of the saints, in particular the Blessed Mother Mary.
A reception followed hosted by Renee’s family at Lakes Café.
YOU CAN HEAR THE ANGELS SING
According to the Irish Lullaby.
Court St. Rita #409 of Perham, Minnesota, lost our oldest CDA member on July 8th, 2020. Lorly Schik (Dolores Delaney) was 95 years old and a Catholic Daughter of our court for 76 years, having joined CDA at the age of 19, in 1944.
Lorly grew up on the family farm, the only daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Delaney. She and her four brothers attended rural St. Joe School for 8 years. She and her family also were active members of the nearby St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Lorly began her career as a teacher in a rural school. Not able to drive a car, her Dad had to drive her to the school every Monday morning. Lorly then stayed the rest of the week in the homes of the families whose children went to school in her district. She said one of her jobs every morning, was to start the wood fire, so the school room would be warm when the students got there. Eventually she became a full- time kindergarten teacher and transferred to the Public School in Perham, MN.
In 1947, she met the love of her life, Henry Schik, and together they had 3 children, Mike, Kenny and Shelly. Her other titles were grandma, great-grandma and flower girl. To her delight, she was asked to be a flower girl at her granddaughter's wedding. As she proceeded down the aisle, instead of throwing flowers, she smiled and waved from her wheel chair.
She was very proud of her Irish Heritage. St. Patrick's Day was a big occasion in her life. She would be all dressed up in her Irish green color, and of course, there was a good old Irish party.
The funeral for this proud Irish lady will be held at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Perham, Minnesota, on Saturday July 26th, 2020, with Reverend Matthew Kuhn Presiding. Court St. Rita Catholic Daughters will wear CDA sashes and pray the Rosary led by Lorly’s old friend, Fuzz Hammers. May her soul and all the souls of our deceased Catholic Daughters Rest In Peace.
11 St. Henry’s students were present in their cars for a blessing from Father Matt, Deacon Richard and Deacon Randy. Catholic Daughter Court St. Rita presented all 27 graduates from St. Henry’s, St. Lawrence, Sacred Heart and Holy Cross with a small gift under their “In the Beginnings” project.
In Honor of our Deceased CDA Members
Officers, Chaplain and Court St. Rita members would like to honor our 5 deceased members.
At this time in the history of our country and the Corona pandemic, we would like the Catholic Daughters of Minnesota and our National members, to know about OUR court pandemic.
In the last 4 months, Court St. Rita has lost 5 talented and faithful members of our court; three of them members for 68 years.
December 7, 2019 we lost Lucille Schmitz a member of our court for 68 years. Lucille was home bound for many years but contributed when she could. The theme for one of our annual style shows was “What’s cooking”. Lucille called and donated one of those old gray coffee pots, as she was so proud to be able to contribute. Bless her Heart.
January 5, 2020 we lost Lu Knuttila. Lu was a past Court Regent and District Deputy, a member of our Court since 1975. Even with frail health, assisted by a granddaughter she attended our Courts 100th Anniversary on September 15, 2019. She was a dedicated hard worker in our court. Her leadership will be greatly missed.
January 16, 2020 we lost Deloris Lachowitzer a member of our court for 68 years. She was our Cake lady. When ever there was a festivity at our court she made and beautifully decorated a cake for all to enjoy.
We lost a dedicated school teacher at St. Henry’s Catholic School on March 23, 2020, when Grace Baumgart was called home. She had been a member of our court for 56 years. All the kids wanted to be in her 4th grade class as she taught with words but also with love. And the Minnesota twins game could always be heard playing quietly in the back ground.
Another member of our court for 68 years was our member Jackie Lachowitzer. She passed away March 30, 2020. Jackie was a regular meeting attendee and great help on many occasions. Even at the age of 86 she was always on hand to help decorate the stage for our annual style show.
We would like to say thank you to these 5 talented and faithful women for their dedication to Court St. Rita. They are sadly missed by our court, church and community.
Education Contest Winners
Catholic Daughters Court St. Rita #409 sponsored an education contest and hosted the winners, who read their poems and essays and explained their artwork at the March meeting.
This years theme was “Blessed are the Peacemakers” and "Living in Harmony with Others”. The first place entry will be entered into state and national competitions.
Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke CDA member Emilee Olstad, winners Kya Olstad, Gabriella Scraper, Trystan Larson, Abigail Olstad, Ava Tobkin & Braysen Salo, CDA member Renee Doll, chair Leanne Stoll
Education contest 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners:
1st Poetry: Gabriella Scraper
1st Computer Art: Braysen Salo
1st Art: Abigail Olstad
2nd Art: Ava Tobkin
3rd Art: Daisy Loerzel
1st Poetry: Trystan Larson
1st Essay: Sam Lafond
1st Computer Art: Trystan Larson
2nd Computer Art: Jaxson Pickrain
1st Art: Ty Rooney
2nd Art: Kallie Bachman
3rd Art: Aiden Vetsch
1st Poetry: Kya Olstad
1st Place Art: Emilee Olstad
1st Place Poetry: Renee Doll
Senior Royalty Crowned at Perham Living Valentine Party
Left to right: Emerson Schultz, crown bearer, Larry Lange & Odilia Riestenberg, king and queen of Prairie Knoll, Isabella Schultz, tiara bearer.
Left to right: Cooper Adams, crown bearer, Joseph Carlson king of Harvest Glen, Magdalene Wallgren, queen of Pine Harbor, Paisley Thorsen, tiara bearer.
Left to right: Wyatt Guck, crown bearer, Leslie Wohlert, king of Burlington, Charleen Schermerhorn, Queen of Timber Grove, Cassidy Sazama, tiara bearer.
Left to right: Charleen Schermerhorn, Timber Grove, Leslie Wohlert, Burlington, Joseph Carlson, Harvest Glen, Magdalene Wallgren, Pine Harbor, Odilia Riestenberg, Prairie Knoll, Larry Lange, Prairie Knoll.
New royalty is reigning at Perham Living. At a balloon-filled ceremony on Valentine’s Day, six residents representing the households were crowned kings and queens. Royalty was selected by staff, friends and family. St. Henry’s Area School children presented the royalty with their crowns and tiaras.
The ceremony is sponsored each year by the Catholic Daughters of the America’s Court St. Rita #409 of Perham, Minnesota.
Dianne Rohde-Szarke, Regent and MC, welcomed royalty and guests. Ann Dardis, chairwoman of the event, entertained along with her daughter, Joanna and the Junior Catholic Daughters. The JCDA also handed out Valentine cards and treats to guests. Dessert was served in each household following the ceremony to conclude the event.
Odilia Riestenberg (Queen of Prairie Knoll)
Odilia was born on February 12, 1935 on the family farm near Perham, Mn. She graduated from St. Joe country school and Perham High School. Jack Riestenberg and Odilia Guck were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church June 13, 1959. She is proud of her 5 children, 18 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, baking and gardening. Odilia joined Perham Living April18, 2018. Now she enjoys visiting with family and friends, Mass, music programs, bingo, playing dice, jigsaw puzzles and word games.
Larry Lange (king of Prairie Knoll)
Larry was born on April 23, 1939 by Star Lake near Dent, Mn. He graduated from Country School District #137 and Pelican Rapids High School. He served in the US Navy. Larry and Joan were married at Trinity Lutheran Church, Underwood, MN., on May 12, 1962. He is proud of his 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Before retiring, Larry, was a plant engineer for Barrel of Fun. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, trap shooting and making duck decoys. He now participates in church, musical events, supervising exercises in Prairie Knoll, happy hour and visiting with family. Larry came to Perham Living on January 24, 2020.
Charleen Schermerhorn (queen of Timber Grove)
Char entered Perham Living on May 24, 2018. Charlene and her husband, Don, were married at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Frazee, Mn. Char is blessed with 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was a realtor in Perham and Detroit Lakes before retiring. Her and her husband enjoyed traveling and spent their winters in Mexico. Her hobbies were golfing, snowmobiling, cross county skiing and swimming. Now Char keeps busy in activities like church, music programs, strength and balance, tone chimes, chair yoga, resident choir, watching sports, reading and spending time with family.
Leslie Wohlert (Burlington)
Les was born March 20, 1934 in New York Mills, Mn. He attended District #179 for 8 years. During Les’s life, he worked on the family farm and other various jobs which included meat packing and Lund Boats in New York Mills. His hobbies were wood working, hunting, fishing, water skiing and continuing his father’s collection of cars and tractors. Les joined Burlington household January 4, 2019, where he enjoys dominoes, dice games, strength and balance, music programs and reading various papers.
Magdalene Wallgren (Pine Harbor)
Mag joined Pine Harbor household on May 24, 2019. She was born in Dazy, North Dakota on August 25, 1929. She attended elementary school in Bluffton, Mn and graduated from Wadena High School. She has 9 children, 18 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling to Mexico and the Virgin Islands. She was secretary at the Bluffton Creamery and the Fergus Falls Medical Center. Her hobbies were reading and crocheting. Mag now enjoys choir, strength and balance, visiting with family and friends, music and praying the Rosary.
Joseph Carlson (Harvest Glen)
Joe was born in Crosby, North Dakota on May 30, 1932. He graduated from Crosby High School and worked for the Highway Patrol and as Safety Director for the State of North Dakota. Joe served in the Air Force for 4 years. Married in Crosby, Joe and his wife, Yvonne, were married 60 years. He has 1 son, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Before entering Harvest Glen he enjoyed traveling to Hawaii. Joe joined Perham Living on May 14, 2019 and enjoys strength and balance, bingo and the spa.
Celebration of Life Mass
Court St. Rita #409, Perham, Minnesota of the Catholic Daughters of the America’s sponsored the 33rd annual Celebration of Life Mass on January 31st, 2020 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church. The celebrant was Father Matthew Kuhn assisted by Deacon Randy Altstadt. St. Henry’s School students participated at Mass as musicians, servers, lectors, gift bearers and rose presenters. Catholic Daughter Financial Secretary, Renee Doll, presented the narration of the representatives of the sanctity of life from before birth to death. They were presented a red rose, a symbol of life.
The life stages represented were sanctity of life before birth, infant, youth, young adult, senior citizen, special challenges and the right to life of all people.
Honored were Tara Moenkedick, before birth, Noah Schwanke, infant, Sam Lafond, youth, Isaiah Blickenstaff, young adult and Jerry Guck, special challenge. Jackie Lachowitzer, senior citizen was unable to attend.
Presenting red roses were Isabella & Emerson Schultz, Maya Schultz, Juliette & Maverick LaFond, Boone Ditterich, Rhagen & Cassi Sazama and Norah Tusow. Presenting the final rose was Kallie Bachman to be displayed in church before the Holy Family as a reminder of the right to life of all people. With each rose we are met with the challenge to accept life as God’s gift.
Court St. Rita member Lori Curtis was installed as the new District Deputy for the 3 Catholic Daughter Courts of Perham, Detroit Lakes and Mahnomen. She will oversee these courts for the next 2 years.
Pictured: Court St. Rita Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke and Lori Curtis
CDA 100th Anniversary
Pictured: Bishop Donald Kettler, Clergy, Court Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff, Court St. Rita Officers, State Officers, JCDA Officers, Banner Bearers and Past National Regent Shirley Seyfried.
Pictured: Bishop Donald Kettler, Court Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff and Court St. Rita Officers
For 100 years Court St. Rita # 409 Of Perham, Minnesota has been working in God’s Vineyard. From the Pioneer’s of yesteryear, the women of 1919, to the hard working Catholic Daughters of the Americas today, we strive to do our best for God and Country. Court St. Rita would not be what it is today if it were not for the unselfish dedication, service and devotion of those who have gone before us. To those we give thanks.
A Mass of celebration at St. Henry’s Catholic Church was held on September 15th, 2019 at 10:00 AM. The celebrate was Most Reverend Bishop Donald Kettler of the St. Cloud Diocese. Concelebrate was Catholic Daughter’s Past National Chaplin Father Matthew Kuhn. Assisting were Deacon Richard Quistorff (Court St. Rita Chaplin), Deacon Randy Altstadt and Deacon Paul Tschann, Zumbrota, MN. Before Mass, the Rosary was led by Knights of Columbus members Al Schumacher and Ken Guck.
Processing into church were the following: Altar Servers Keyana King and Maggie Vickmark, Cross Bearer Dominick Hammers, Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, CDA Color Guard Emilee Olstad, Karen Hammers and Mary Mercer, Banner Bearer Sherryl Holzer, Court St. Teresa of Calcutta JCDA officers Kya Olstad President, Abigail Olstad Vice President and Miranda Poser Secretary, St. Rita Court Officers Treasurer Joanne Winjum (proxy for Lori Curtis), Financial Secretary, Renee Doll Recording Secretary, Lynn Schwanke Vice Regent, Mary Schumacher (Proxy for Helene Johnson), Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke, District Deputy Lori Curtis, Minnesota State officers, Secretary Bonnie Hein Fergus Falls, Second Vice Regent Monica Capra Zumbrota, First Vice Regent Mary Pufall Moorhead, State Regent Marlys Knuth Slayton, Past National Regent Shirley Seyfried Battle Lake, followed by the clergy. Sacristan was Fuzz Hammers, greeters were Jean Quistorff, Leanne Stoll, JoAnn Meyer and Cheryl Wacker. Catholic Daughter’s of Court St. Rita members wore sashes distributed by Joan Guck and also participated in the Mass. Readers were Lori Curtis, Lynn Schwanke and Gospel and General Intercessions were by Court Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff. Homily was by Most Reverend Bishop Donald Kettler. Gift Bearers were Renee Doll and Joanne Winjum and Eucharistic Ministers were the clergy, Dianne Rohde-Szarke, Lori Curtis, Joanne Winjum and Deb Romann. Music was by JCDA and CDA members. Singing the Ava Maria was soloist Ann Dardis.
After the Ritual, a social and dinner was served in the church hall. Denise Schornack and Sophie Zvonar served as hostesses. At the registration and guest book table were Karen Hammers, Mary Schumacher and Judy Christopherson. Pinning corsages were Sheryl Holzer and Diane Lorentz. Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke welcomed the guests, followed with invocation by Court Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff. After dinner, Regent Dianne introduced the special guests and visiting courts. Marlys Knuth, State Regent, congratulated Court St. Rita and presented the court with a 100th Anniversary Plaque from the Catholic Daughter’s National Office. Fuzz Hammers, past State Secretary and State 2nd Vice Regent gave a 100 year history of Court St. Rita.
Guests enjoyed music selections by court members Ann Dardis, Cathy Doll, Janel Altstadt, Sharon Neuerburg and Gina Cavanagh. The JCDA members sang “Singing in the Rain.”
Regent Dianne led us in a closing prayer followed by the song “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
With thankful hearts, Court St. Rita # 409 is looking forward to the next 100 years.