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: 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.
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
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.
Someplace Safe Donation
Annually, Catholic Daughters Court St. Rita #409 of Perham, Minnesota Sponsor a fundraiser to benefit Someplace Safe in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. CommIttee Chairman Court St. Rita Chaplain, Deacon Richard Quistorff, placed a wicker trunk in St. Henry’s Church Narthex and invited all parishes to participate in donating items for women and children at Someplace Safe. It was a huge success with car loads being delivered to Someplace Safe and the Bridge Pantry (at Someplace Safe’s request). In addition, recently a check was delivered to Someplace Safe.
Pictured: Janel Toppari, Someplace Safe, Crime Victim Advocate and Catholic Daughter Court St. Rita Court Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff
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.
Left to right: Emerson Schultz, crown bearer, Larry Lange & Odilia Riestenberg, king and queen of Prairie Knoll, Isabella Schultz, 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: Cooper Adams, crown bearer, Joseph Carlson king of Harvest Glen, Magdalene Wallgren, queen of Pine Harbor, Paisley Thorsen, 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.
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
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: Gabriella Scraper
1st Computer Art: Braysen Salo
1st Art: Abigail Olstad
2nd Art: Ava Tobkin
3rd Art: Daisy Loerzel
1st Poetry: Kya Olstad
1st Place Art: Emilee Olstad
1st Place Poetry: Renee Doll
Education contest 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners:
Senior Royalty Crowned at Perham Living Valentine Party
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.