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The Catholic Daughters of Court St.Rita #409, Perham,   Minnesota honored our Blessed Mother Mary on May 6th, 2017, by processing into Church with the image of Mary. The procession consisted of Father Matthew Kuhn, Deacon Randy Altstadt, the Knights of Columbus, members of the Catholic Daughters and other parishioners. The Mass was celebrated for the intention of all deceased Catholic Daughters.

Isabella Berkman, daughter of Chad and Stephanie Berkman carried the crown, Don Hendricks of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus carried the image of our Lady. Father Matthew Kuhn assisted by Deacon Randy Altstadt blessed the image as it wa s placed by the altar. The Catholic Daughters, plus First Communicants carried Red roses, placing them by Mary's image. The Rosary was prayed and songs of Mary were sung as we processed around the church and school.

The Catholic Daughters were Musicians, Eucharistic Ministers, Rosary leaders, Sacristans and Gift bearers. Banners Bearer was Cheryl Wacker, carrying the flag was Jill Abbott, assisted by Jackie Lachowitzer and Renee Doll. The event was chaired by Emilee Olstad, past Court Regent.

Pictured on the left is Isabella Berkman, who crown the image of Mary, the daughter of Chad and Stephanie Berkman. To the right is Courtney Poser, daughter of Rachel and Aaron Poser. Courtney is a member of our newly formed JCDA.


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Celebration of Life Mass 2017


Court St. Rita #409 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas sponsored a Celebration of Life Mass on January 27 at St. Henry Catholic Church in Perham, MN.  This has been an annual event for the last 30 years.   Fr. Matthew presided along with Deacon Randy Altstadt serving at the altar.  Throughout the Mass we were reminded of the sacredness of life from the moment of conception to natural death.   We celebrated life and thanked God, our creator; for the miracle of life that he has given each of us. 

As part of the Entrance Procession; the Catholic Daughters selected members from the four area Catholic parishes (St Henry, Sacred Heart, St. Lawrence and Holy Cross) to represent different stages in life. These individuals processed along with a few students from the school, to the front of the church along with the servers, Fr and Deacon with the processional song.  Before the blessing, a greeting and explanation was given by Joann Winjum and roses were presented.   We were reminded that each stage in life is important, needed, special, unique and has so much to offer in its own way. 

This year, the stages/phases in life that were represented were: Expecting parents, New born children, Youth, High Schooler, College/Young adults, Those with challenges or special needs and Senior citizens.  Also celebrated was the great example the Holy Family has set for us.

Participants this year were: Josh & Katrina Nordick, Makenna Kupferschmid and her parents (Brett & Elisa), Jack LaFond, Kolbey Bormann, Thea Romann, Sally Limanen, Rae Giovannelli, and Delores Wasche along with her husband, Joe.  A Red Rose, which is a symbol of life; our most basic need was presented to the participants by the following students from St. Henry’s Area school:  Marisa & Molly Ruther, Isaac Smith, Carson Byer, Ava Tobkin, Sam, Max & Damian LaFond, Katelyn & Madison Kratzke, & Logan Guck.  A rose
presented by Alexis Marthaler was placed before the Holy Family; (under the Sponsorship of the Catholic Daughters, Court St. Rita), as a reminder of our belief in and commitment to the right to life of all people.   

After the presentation of the roses, participants and students joined their classmates and the congregation in their seats.  Mass then proceeded as normal.  Students proclaimed the word of the first reading, lead the responsorial and other hymns throughout the mass, offered intercessions and presented the gifts at the offertory.  Deacon Randy proclaimed the gospel and Fr. Matthew gave the homily.  A Prayer for the Protection of Life was offered by Fr.  Matthew in conjunction with the intercessions.    Throughout the mass, different aspects and stages of life were remembered as we prayed and offered praise and thanksgiving.   It was a very touching, inspirational and prayerful mass.

As we all know: Life is sacred at all stages.  All people need to remember this.  We are to accept life as God’s gift, we are to be examples of this and show it in all we do, say and are.  How we treat one another, no matter how we feel about them.  What we say in different situations and how we act when things happen in life.  We continue in life to teach others as well as learn from each other.  We are: all God’s children, All family, All connected in one way or another and All deserve respect.  Let us help us help each other grow in God’s love and service to him and each other. Let us all treat each other with the dignity and respect we deserve.  We are a gift from God to each other.   We praise and thank God for all he has given us and ask for his guidance in being all he has created us to be and to become (in his Image and likeness).     


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