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.
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.
This is a recent donation of a speaker system from Catholic Daughters to the ITOW Museum.
This is a recent donation to Dent Fire and Rescue for the light bar on their truck. Pictured: Jim Langlie (left) and Perry Coleman (right)
Here is a donation to Perham EMS for two restraint systems.
This quilt is an example of the quilts that the Quilts of Valor make to present to wounded combat soldiers. Catholic Daughters made a $500.00 donation to them to help them in their work.
Pictured: Court St. Rita Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke and Lori Curtis
Lori Curtis Treasurer, Helene Johnson Vice Regent, Deacon Richard Quistorff Chaplain, Lynn Schwanke Secretary, Renee Doll, Financial Secretary Dianne Rohde-Szarke, Regent
Pictured: Catholic Daughters Ritual Coordinator Ann Dardis, Catholic Daughters Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke, Knights of Columbus Treasurer Kevin Lorentz, and Knights of Columbus Trustee and Catholic Daughters Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff
Regent: Dianne Rohde-Szarke Email Dianne
Vice Regent: Helene Johnson
Treasurer: Lori Curtis
Financial Secretary: Renee Doll
Recording Secretary: Lynn Schwanke
Chaplain: Deacon Richard Quistorff
Membership Chairperson: Karen Hammers Email Karen
Newsletter Editor: Janel Altstadt
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 Emilee Olstad (firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-371-4198) or Ann Dardis (email@example.com, 218-346-3429)
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.
On the 18th anniversary of 9/11, out of respect for those who lost their lives, Court St. Rita #409 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus, Assembly #1773, participated in a world day of peace on September 11th, 2019 at St. Henry’s Church, Perham, MN. The patriotic rosary was led by Financial Secretary Ken Guck of the Knights of Columbus. The rosary was prayed for the conversion of our country, for our nation, state and country leaders, as well as all 50 states in the union, and the souls in each state. The ceremony 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!
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.
CDA 100th Anniversary
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: Alter 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.
Catholic Daughter Sunday
Court St. Rita #409, observed Catholic Daughters Sunday at the 10 AM Mass at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Perham, Mn. On October 20th, 2019. The Holy sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated by Father Matthew Kuhn, assisted by Deacon Randy Altstadt and Court St. Rita Chaplin, Deacon Richard Quistorff.
CDA members participated in the Mass as Sacristan, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Mass Servers, Gift Bearers, Choir and organist. The officers processed in wearing their robes and all CDA members wore Catholic Daughter sashes to show our unity on this special Sunday.
Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke, spoke at all weekend Masses at St. Henry’s. Dianne explained what Catholic Daughters do on a local, state and national level, inviting all Catholic women to join our organization.
Also on this Sunday, our annual Gummi Bear fund raising drive was held with the proceeds donated to Habitat for Humanity in Minnesota. This year our 19th house is being built in Eveleth, Minnesota.
After the 10 AM Mass, a Continental breakfast was served for the parish by the Catholic Daughters. A table was located in the narthex displaying information on our organization with pamphlets and posters. Our membership chairman, Karen Hammers, was available to answer questions and pass out information to perspective new members.
Pictured: Karen Hammers, Membership Chairwoman
2019 Style Show
The theme for the 51st annual Catholic Daughters style show was I Do, I Do, I Do. The style show was held on October 26th, 2019 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church. Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke welcomed all guests and special visitors. Prayer was given by Court St. Rita #409 Chaplain, Deacon Richard Quistorff, followed by a brunch and wedding cupcakes.
The church hall was decorated in a wedding theme of pink and purple. In keeping with this year's theme, wedding apparel from different decades was displayed, along with old wedding pictures and other wedding items from years gone by!!
Models for the style show were provided by Perham merchants: Nadines, Dot and Minnie’s, Level III, Richter’s Menswear and 125 Apparel.
This event is a yearly fundraiser to help support many charities in the community. Many businesses in the community contributed over 100 door prizes and silent auction items, which helped to make our fundraiser a success. The Catholic Daughter members also contributed with donations of their time and talents to host this event. Chairwoman of the event was Emilee Olstad and Ann Dardis served as Mistress of Ceremony.
To preview Court St. Rita’s theme for the 52nd 2020 style show, Minnesota Nice, a replica of the state of Minnesota was presented by Catholic Daughters members, Dianne, Janel and Jean.
Pictured: The Church Hall Decorated
Pictured: Four Generations of Family
Pictured: Deacon Richard Modeling