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Women's Religious grant applications are currently being accepted. Application deadline is April 1, 2022. Grant form can be found under Women's Religious on the forms page or you can click here to open the form.
Promote LIFE Project

Ct. St. Bernard #886 of Lismore, MN began a year-long project to promote LIFE. Beginning October 2021, “Sunshine gal” Joyce Erdman sent out handmade cards to parents with a new baby. The cards have been mailed throughout Minnesota, South Dakota, and even as far away as Ohio. Members personally signed each of the cards with a message saying “thank you for choosing life”. The photos shows Joyce signing the card and one of the examples. The court has sent 10 cards since October and plans to continue sending the greetings throughout 2022.


On December 1, 1945, 73 women came together to institute Court Sacred Heart #1424! On October 17, 2021, Court Sacred Heart was blessed to celebrate 75 years of sisterhood.  With guidance from Jesus and Mary, Court Sacred Heart has been able to pray together, do works of charity, and support our community, school and church for all of those 75 years

The celebration on October 17th began with celebrating Mass, along with the parish at the 10am.  Members of Court Sacred Heart were greeters, ushers, gift bears, lectors, musicians and eucharistic ministers.  Court, State and National officers were robed and proceeded Fr. The’ and Deacon Doyle to the altar.  Fr. The’ gave a blessing to all of the Catholic Daughters.

After Mass, the group made their way to Waseca Lakeside Club to continue the festivities.  The room was decorated in fall colors.  We were joined there by Mary Pufall, State Regent, Cathy Nelson, State Second Vice Regent, Nancy Bambenek, former State Regent and currently a National Director, Betty Hagar District Deputy and past State Regents, Lois Nelson and Ellen Huneke. There were scrapbooks for all to review, recalling all of the years of Court Sacred Heart. The original charter of Court Sacred Heart, signed by the 73 original members was displayed.  Greetings that had been received from the State Board, our National Director, past State regents who could not attend and other CDA courts from around Minnesota were available for all to read. There were three door prizes, a lovely bouquet of flowers, a “basket” with throws, wine etc., and a beautiful necklace. The flowers were won by Dorothy Harguth, the basket was won by Nancy Bambenek, and the necklace was won by Barb Thursdale.

A delicious meal of egg bake, fruit and cinnamon or caramel rolls, catered by Pheasant Café, was served to the members by three men from Knights of Columbus and two of the husbands of the CDA members.

Following the meal there was a speaker, Lin Bruce, from Northfield MN. Lin is an 82-year-old woman, married, mother of four and grandmother of eight. Lin had been a massage therapist during her working years. Lin took up biking at the age of 60, starting a cross country bike ride on her 60th birthday! This changed her life. Since that time Lin has biked across the United Sates several times and actually rode her bike from Northfield to Cheyenne Wyoming twice, once for her 50th high school reunion and once for her 60th! Lin’s motto in life is “Yes I think I Can!” Lin says her rules to success are to make a commitment, get help if you need it, find humor in the hard stuff, connect with others, and stick with your commitment: recommit!!  Those rules to success can be used in all aspects of our lives, including Catholic Daughters!

This was truly a very special occasion, enjoyed by all.  Thank you to all who took time out of your busy schedules to attend and make this such a splendid day.  May God bless Court Sacred Heart with another 75years of commitment, prayer, charitable works, and support of community, church, school, and each other!


Remembering 9-11

On September 11, 2021, the 20th Anniversary of the bombing at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Catholic Daughter’s, Court St. Rita #409, along with the Knights of Columbus Assembly #1733, Perham, Minnesota, participated in a Patriotic Prayer Service to honor those who lost their lives on that day.

The 3 PM Patriotic Rosary was led by Knights of Columbus, Financial Secretary, Ken Guck. Scriptures were read by CDA and KC members, Patriotic Songs were sung by the congregation, led by Deacon Richard Quistorff at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Perham, MN.

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.


Pictured: Left to right: Grand Knight Robert Wagenman, Sarah, Kelly & Karen Wagenman, Rosie Altstadt, Renee Doll, CDA Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke, Leanne & Avery Stoll, Deacon Richard Quistorff, Ken Guck, Al Stigman

Respectfully submitted: Fuzz Hammers, Publicity Chair.

We Appreciate You!

Court St. Bernard #886 has several members who have demonstrated our motto of “Unity & Charity” for many decades. Their service has not gone unnoticed and is very much appreciated. Bette LeBrun (66 yrs), Joyce Erdman (58 yrs), Mary Ann Loosbrock (64 yrs), were present at Mass on CDA Sunday to receive their pins, a gift from the Minnesota State Board and be recognized. Unable to attend were Henrietta Lais (74 yrs) and Marie Schnieder (79 yrs). We congratulate them and make it our goal to serve CDA as they have and continue to do.

White Ribbons Against Pornography

Pajama Party in Perham

With the Blessed Mother Mary in the background and St. Francis to their left, Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke, along with her husband Jim, set off to do God’s work.

At the Minnesota State virtual convention held on April 23-24 in Moorhead, Minnesota, the Key Note Speaker Renee Rongen encouraged everyone to have a pajama party.

Renee has seen the sadness and struggles with women across the country, who flee in the night for a safe place away from their abuser. Her goal is to make sure every women and child who flee get to sleep in a new pair of pajamas. She challenged each court to have a pajama party, bring a new pair of pajamas and donate them to a shelter in the area.

Court St. Rita #409 Perham, Minnesota donated many pairs of PJ’S which Dianne and Jim are delivering to the Women Crises Center here in Perham.

God Bless every one who donated to this cause and God help those who are in need.

Respectfully submitted: Fuzz Hammers, Publicity chair

Pajama Party

The keynote speaker at the Minnesota State Convention, Renee Rongen, has seen the sadness and struggles with women across the country, who often flee in the night for a safe place away from their abuser. Renee’s goal is to make sure that every woman and child who must leave in urgency get to sleep in a new pair of pajamas. She challenged each court to have a pajama party, collect new pajamas of every size, and donate them to a local shelter.

Pictured with donations from Ct. St. Bernard #886-Lismore are: Ellen Henning, Lisa Diekmann, Pearl Wieneke, Julie Brake, Deb Lutmer, Melissa Einck, and Mary Metz.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday committee member Tara Moenkedick

St. Rita #409, Perham, Minnesota, sponsored Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Henry’s Catholic Church on April 11th, 2021, the second Sunday after Easter. Father Matthew Kuhn opened the 3 o’clock Divine Mercy celebration with the Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The sacrament of Confession was available by Father Matt and Father Arlie to earn plenary indulgence. Scripture Readings were read by Debbie Blickenstaff, Jackie Hager, Phil Moenkedick and Sue Martodam. The Divine Mercy Chaplet was sung by Jeff Blickenstaff and Karla Bell. Deacon Richard Quistorff, court chaplain, presided over the Holy Hour ending it with Benediction. The message of Divine Mercy was entrusted to a Polish Nun from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, now known as Saint Faustina. The message was to reiterate the death of Jesus on the cross, that his passion and death was to be mercy from the Father for the world.

Pictured: Divine Mercy Sunday committee member Tara Moenkedick

Article Submitted by:  Fuzz Hammers, Publicity Chairman

Dignity Quilts

On March 12, 2021 Catholic Daughters of the America’s Court St. Mary Peter and the Bellechester American Legion presented handmade patriotic and community dignity quilts to Zumbrota Health Services.  ZHS staff Laura Erickson (Administrator), Lacey Boesen (Activities Director) and Catherine Keller (Activities Staff) accepted the quilts. The Catholic Daughter members are from Belle Creek, Bellechester, Goodhue, Lake City, Mazeppa, Pine Island and Zumbrota Catholic Churches.

These quilts will help protect the dignity of deceased care center residents while being escorted out by funeral home staff after they have passed.

The Community Quilt is made following a stained-glass window design. The Patriotic Flag Quilt embroidered with “Duty-Honor-Country” will be used for deceased Armed Forces Veterans. Both quilts are embroidered with “Property of Zumbrota Care Center donated by Catholic Daughters of America #1864 and Bellechester American Legion Post #598”. 

Funds for the quilts were donated by American Legion & Sons of the American Legion of Post #598 in Bellechester. C.D.A. members designed and sewed the quilts. Volunteers Lora Keller, Bellechester, embroidered the personalization and Cindy Arndt, Zumbrota, did the long arm quilting.

Patriotic Quilt (starting lower left corner): Danielle Welscher, Beth Arendt, John Huneke, Bellechester American Legion Post #598 Commander, Anne Varner, Nita Gadient, Patrice O'Reilly, Marlys McNamara, Margaret Tri, Laura Erickson (ZHS) and Catherine Keller (ZHS).

Community Quilt (starting lower left corner): Danielle Welscher, Ellen Huneke, Beth Arendt, Anne Varner, Marlys McNamara, Nita Gadient, Patrice O'Reilly, Margaret Tri, Laura Erickson (ZHS) and Catherine Keller (ZHS).


PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT:  FUZZ HAMMERS, REGENT DIANNE ROHDE-SZARKEFamily Faith life, usually starts out from birth in most cases, and pictured here is one family that grew up together. Dianne and I grew up in a rural community where there was a Catholic Church and School. Our Dads were brothers who lived a couple miles apart. The generation before them, our parents and our generation were all strong Catholic families who lived in the same neighborhood.

Our family life centered around the St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Catholic School which was owned by the Sisters of St. Benedict from Little Falls, Minnesota. (Until the State took over). Holy Days were a fun day as we had a day off from school. St. Joseph’s day was a major Holy Day because of our patron Saint.St Joseph. We attended Mass every weekday, as the church was across the road. We had Catechism on Tuesday’s and Bible History on Friday. We both went to this school for eight years.

Then we grew up and along came Catholic Daughters. Besides being very active in our church (now St. Henry’s) we both are active in Catholic Daughters, Fuzz 57 Years and 43 years for Dianne. Dianne is and has been Regent for seven years and I have been Publicity chair for that long also. I am still active in our court, at the age of 87, as well as previously the state court. Coincidentally our Mothers were Catholic Daughters and each of us have a daughter in law in court St. Rita #409. Both of us have held many offices in our local court.

With this pandemic it is hard to pick a project to report on. We still support those that are in need, the Food Shelf, the Back Pack program and other charities. A fund is set up in our court to support those members who cannot afford their dues. Mother Teresa says “Do small things with great love.” With all the restrictions, we are trying to do our best in small ways.

Dianne and I are family. We work together on many projects for God and Country through Catholic Daughters. It gives us an opportunity to spend more time with each other, as a family, and with our Catholic Daughter sisters.




The 2021 Habitat Grant was awarded to Court St. Anne #1840, Medford, MN 

Hopefully, in 2021, we  will have two houses to help build, if the coronavirus social distancing requirements are relaxed.

The 2020 build was in Winona, but due to the pandemic, work had to be halted.


* * * Officer Opportunities * * * 

You may run against any incumbents now on the State board. We currently have vacant seats for the positions of State Secretary and Second Vice-Regent.  

See the below listed documents and submit required forms to Ellen Huneke, Chairman of Nominating Committee by

Feb. 1, 2021.

Ellen Huneke 39675 230th. Ave., Goodhue, MN 55027

Ph.651-764-0231 email:

Catholic Daughters Habitat for Humanity Deadline

The Deadline is Wednesday, December 1, 2020. Please return your application to Marlys Knuth, State Regent.
The application forms can be found on this website under the "Forms" tab

Perpetual Calendars

After five years, the Perpetual calendars are finished and ready to be mailed to Courts. They will make great Xmas or birthday gifts. The calendar is a fundraiser for the Courts...what good timing since many large -group fundraisers are not permitted due to Covid-19. As you remember......each Court could send in a phrase, biblical passage or titles that were meaningful to them at the time. Some courts even suggested that their inputs be placed on special days and these requests were met..

Courts can now place orders for the calendars...emails have been sent to Regents with cost information. The State will absorb mailing or delivery costs .
Courts may resell calendars for the price they select.

Text or call Marlys Knuth at 507-327-9677 or email me at
For the number of calendars you would like. Make your check out to Mn State CDA court .


CDA Sunday in Perham


Catholic Daughter Sunday, October 18th, 2020 Mass was celebrated for Court St. Rita, St. Henrys’s, Perham, Mn. by Father Matthew Kuhn. The event included installing Deacon Richard Quistorff as Court Chaplain, Installation of New officers for 2020-2021: Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke, Vice Regent Janel Altstadt, Secretary Leanne Stoll, Treasurer Bev Holzer, Financial Secretary Renee Doll and the 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, Fergus Falls, District Deputy Lori Curtis, Perham, Mn. and Ritual Coordinator Ann Dardis conducted the rituals.

New Members: Jackie Hager- big sister proxy Karen Hammers, Tara Moenkedick-big sister Leanne Stoll, Pat Hager-big sister Fuzz Hammers, Susan Rohde-big sister Janel Altstadt.

Celebrant Father Mathew Kuhn and Court Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff.

District Deputy Lori Curtis, Court Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff, Ritual Coordinator Ann Dardis.


Front row new court officers: Secretary Leanne Stoll, Treasurer Bev Holzer, Regent Dianne Rohde- Szarke, Vice Regent Janel Altstadt, Financial Secretary Renee Doll. Back row: Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff, District Deputy Lori Curtis, State Treasurer Bonnie Hein.


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 Donald Kettler (Bishop of the St. Cloud Diocese) presiding. Concelebrants were Reverend’s 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 Lector’s 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.
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 with Alan and Mary Schumacher as Host and Hostess and Lynn Bleichner at the guest

Submitted by:
Fuzz Hammers

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. Her and her 4 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 Granddaughters 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.

Respectfully submitted:

Fuzz Hammers, Publicity Chair.


Message from Olga Samaniego, National Regent

I am excited to inform you that CDA has a new website! Tom Panas, the executive board, and E Catholic have been hard at work for the last few months designing a whole new look for the CDA website. We are extremely grateful to the innovators especially Shirley and Daniel Seyfried, who designed our first website. It served us well for many years, and we are grateful to them for bringing us into the 21st century. Now, as with all things, it was time for an update. I hope you will check it out. We were going to do a "soft" launch in order to make sure we could work out any "bugs." However, more people than we thought are finding the new website, so I thought I'd let everyone know. The new tools will be added to the new website shortly. What is on now are the current tools, and they are still in effect. Our address is the same Check it out, and let us know what you think. If you have any suggestions, we would be glad to hear them. I am grateful to Tom and the executive board for all their hard work!!
Court St. Rita #409 Pandemic

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 have 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.

Respectfully submitted,
Fuzz Hammers, publicity chair


Reaching Out in the Face of COVID-19

Greetings to Our CDA Sisters from Ct. St. Mary Peter #1864

Even without gathering together, we want to stay together virtually and give you some information. First and foremost, we want to share some of the many options for participating in virtual Mass since we are not able to gather for Mass at this time. It is important to pray together in some way during this unprecedented time in our world! Our local Priests are available for sacraments if needed during this time.

There are three links below that will allow you to watch Mass; we also know there are many more on local TV stations.


The Archdiocese:

St. Peter and Paul Mazeppa, having daily Mass said at Pax Christi:


St. Charles, with our State Chaplain Father Tim Biren:

We would like to have all Sisters pray for your CDA sisters this month

Here is a "Prayer for a Pandemic" our Recording Secretary, Ellen, wished to share. It was sent out by Fr. Rick Colletti


May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors remember those who are most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who can care of our children when their schools close remember those who have no options at all. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no place to go. And may we who are losing our money in the market remember those who have no money at all. May we who must settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our brothers and sisters.


Here is a prayer our Spiritual Enhancement Chair (Jan) wanted to share with you, it was sent out by Fr. Don Talafous OSB


Abraham bargains with God in a famous Old Testament story about how many good people it will require for God to spare a city (Genesis 18). After apologizing for his presumption, Abraham finally gets God down to ten people. The smallest bit of innocence, of moral decency, in other words, is of great value in God's eyes. We experience something similar when, after a particularly bad day on the job or just in the city, we come across a person or deed which makes up for all the hassle, argument, brutality, and coarseness that we've met.

We stop for coffee and are served by a gracious and smiling person who stands out against the backdrop of insensitivity and anger. A colleague senses some worry or discomfort in us and asks concernedly how things are going. In traffic or in the checkout lane someone waves us on or ahead. For a moment we are reassured that not everyone in our world is looking for a confrontation. It's a relief and may be enough to restore our confidence in the human race, our hope for a better world or, at least, a better tomorrow.

We experience the same thing when we come home from a day of painful meetings and even rude people to the loving embrace of husband or wife, of children, of friends. It is enough to make it all worthwhile. And, of course, it works the other way. Anyone of us can be that light and restorative for others who may be experiencing life and other people as simply combat or cross. Worship and prayer encourage us to be that saving bit of refreshment and encouragement that will bring hope and joy to some of those we meet.

Our Vice Regent, Beth, is sharing this prayer from Pope Francis


“Let us Pray Together for doctors, hospital staff, and volunteers who are giving their own lives to save others. And for civil leaders, for those who have to make decisions at this time. All these people are the pillars defending us in this crisis.”

Pope Francis.


EWTNs website has the Spiritual Communion Prayer


It reads My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.”


Saint Thomas Aquinas described Spiritual Communion as an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the most holy sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when we cannot receive him in Sacramental Communion. 




Please reach out to your Sisters at this time - just a quick phone call to check in and say hello or a card dropped in the mail. This is a time that people could feel isolated and we want to reach out to assure our Sisters know we are here for each other.

Stay healthy and safe.

Joan, Beth, Linda, Ellen and Sue
Court St. Mary Peter #1864

Ct. St. Mary Peter Welcomes New Members

On December 16th Court St. Mary Peter celebrated their new member installation, officially welcoming six members. The ceremony was officiated by Court Chap-lain Deacon Paul Tschann. Left: Court members posed for a picture following the ceremony.

L to R Seated: Johnnie, Rose, Jo, Mary, Nita, Zonda.
1st standing row: Regent Joan, Financial Secretary Linda, Mary Lou, Andrea, Reghann, Liz, Denise, Ann, Kathy, Anne, State 2nd Vice Regent Monica Capra, Financial Secretary Sue.
2nd Row: Patrice, Cecelia, Marie, Laurie, Mag, Rita, Marie, Louis, 1st Vice Regent Beth.
3rd Row: Marlys, Laurie, Pam, Jeanette, Kris, Shirley, Pam, Janet, Dani, Court Chaplain Deacon Paul, Recording Secretary Ellen. Not Pictured: Kathi, Char, Bev, Joan and Gloria

Sweet on Our Sister Court

The Ct. Joan of Arc in Marshall shared a Valentines
surprise with their sister court, St. Mary Peter in
Bellechester. Homemade strawberry jam was made for
each memeber of the court. Ellen Huneke met the
sweet jam making sisters for the special delivery.
The jam was enjoyed by Ct. St. Mary Peter.


Senior Royalty Crowned at Perham Living Valentine Party

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.

Rohde-Szarke, Regent and MC, welcomed royalty and guests. Ann Dardis, chairmen 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.

Left to right: Emerson Schultz, crown bearer, Larry Lange & Odilia Riestenberg, king and queen of Prairie Knoll, Isabella Schultz, tiara bearer.

Odilia Riestenberg (Queen of Prairie Knoll)
Odilia was born 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 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.

Left to right: Wyatt Guck, crown bearer, Leslie Wohlert, king of Burlington, Charleen Schermerhorn, Queen of Timber Grove, Cassidy Sazama, tiara bearer.

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 country 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 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.

Left to right: Cooper Adams, crown bearer, Joseph Carlson king of Harvest Glen, Magdalene Wallgren, queen of Pine Harbor, Paisley Thorsen, tiara bearer.

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: Charleen Schermerhorn, Timber Grove, Leslie Wohlert, Burlington, Joseph Carlson, Harvest Glen, Magdalene Wallgren, Pine Harbor, Odilia Riestenberg, Prairie Knoll, Larry Lange, Prairie Knoll.

Respectfully submitted,
Fuzz Hammers

2020 Habitat Build

Congratulations to Court Winona #191. They have been awarded the 2020 Habitat grant.
Womens Religious Grant Applications due April 1, 2020

Grant applications for the Women’s religious program must be completed by April 1, 2020. If your Court is participating, note the Group or Individual needs and specify “how", and “why” they should receive some funds. The State has $2000.00 to distribute. The State board will make the determination for distribution.

for the Grant Application click here

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, lector’s, 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. 

Safe Place

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 carloads being delivered to Someplace Safe and the Bridge Pantry (at Someplace Safe’s request). In addition, recently a check was delivered to Someplace Safe.

Picture: Janel Toppari, Someplace Safe, Crime Victim Adovate and Catholic Daughter Court St. Rita Court Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff

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The 2021 State Convention will be the weekend of April 23-25. The hotel is the Courtyard by Marriott and the convention site will be St. Joseph’s Parish and School.



The rosaries made by Court St. Mary Peter Mazeppa-Bellechester in honor of our deceased members were donated to Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. The Chaplains in the Pastoral Care Department will be distributing them to injured soldiers.

Circle of Love Forms

Circle of Love forms are now available under the forms tab.  Deadline for form submission to the State Chairs is March 1, 2020. 

Gummi Bear Chair Report


The 2019 Gummi Bear Chair report is now available under the Forms tab - Gummi Bear Forms

Forms need to be submitted by November 25, 2019

Pictured: Karen Hammers, membership chairman
CDA Sunday Observed

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.

Respectfully submitted,
Fuzz Hammers, Publicity Chair

Commemoration of Our Lady of Fatima

On Sunday October 13th and in commemoration of Our Lady of Fatima, Court Queen of Peace and Junior Court St Cecilia gathered and prayed a rosary at Divine Mercy Hall at St. Ann’s in Slayton
We Remember


On the 18th Anniversary of 9-11, out of respect for those who lost their lives, Court St. Rita #409 of the Catholic Daughter of the America’s, in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus Assembly #1773, participated in a World Day of Peace, on September 11th, 2019, at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham, Minnesota. Th Patriotic Rosary was led by Knights of Columbus Financial Secretary Ken Guck. 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 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
Dianne Rohde-Szarke

CDA Sunday Proclaimation Signing

Chaplain Deacon Richard Quistorff, in the presence of Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke of Court St. Rita #409, Perham, Minnesota, signed a Proclamation designating Sunday, October 20TH, 2019, as Catholic Daughter Sunday.  The theme for this term is “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel: 3:9). 

65 Year Member in Slayton

Alice Knutson as a 65 year member of Court Queen of Peace #1558 in Slayton. Her namesake and a court member Alice Spartz presided at the occasion. Father Thien Nguyen blessed her pin during the Mass. A reception with meal was held in Divine Mercy Hall following ceremony. How awesome!!
Court St. Rita’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

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 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 Roman. 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 thank full hearts, Court St. Rita # 409 is looking forward to the next 100 years.

2020 Education Contest 

The themes for the 2020 Education Contest are:  


The local deadline for the education contest is February 1, 2020.   The deadline for state is March 1, 2020.

Entries being submitted to NATIONAL chairperson must be postmarked no later than:  APRIL 1, 2020.

The categories are Art, Essay, Poetry, Computer Art, Music and Photography.  Please see your local education contest chair for details regarding the different categories.

All first place winners in each category on the local level will be sent to the state education chair for judging.  

All first place winners in each category on the state level, will be sent to the National Education Contest for judging. 

The entry form may be found under "Forms" on this website.

Best of luck to all the courts and their participants.

Grotto of Redemption Day Trip

On July 31, 43 people from the three Courts of Plainview, St. Charles and Mazeppa-Bellechester took a bus trip to West Bend, Iowa and visited the Grotto of Redemption Shrine. It is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sioux City. There are nine grottos depicting scence in the life of Jesus. Construction began in 1912 and continued for 42 years. 

To see more information on visiting the Grotto visit their website


Habitat Build September 21st!

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Margaret #1888 will hold another Catholic Daughters Habitat Build at 1410 W 1st Street in West Eveleth on Saturday, September 21.  This build will include members from Resurrection and St. Joseph’s parishes and the Catholic organizations in the area. All Catholic Daughters members and their family members, 16 years old and older are encouraged to help.  16-18 year olds need to be accompanied by parent.

The work day will begin at 8:45 a.m. Court St. Margaret #1888 members will serve lunch at noon. Work will continue at 1 p.m. and we will work until about 4 p.m.  Please come to help in the morning, the afternoon or all day.  The crew manager will find work that we are able to do.  Wear sturdy shoes & bring gloves.

We hope some of you can come and help us with this build.  Please pass this information to your courts.

Please call Anita 218-744-1142 or Mary 218-744-3630 if you are able to help build.

Thank you

Anita McNulty & Mary Spang

Court St Margaret #1888

Eveleth, MN

Habitat Co-chairs

District Deputy Installed for Perham, Detroit Lakes and Mahnomen

Lori Curtis of Court St. Rita #409, Perham, Mn was installed on June 11th, 2019 as the District Deputy directing the courts of Perham, Detroit Lakes and Mahnomen for a two year term. The installing State Officers were State Regent, Marlys Knuth of Slayton and 1st Vice State Regent Mary Pufall of Moorhead.
Lori is married to Brian and has 2 adult children. She has been an active member of Court St. Rita #409, joining in 2014 and is currently serving as treasurer. Lori is employed as Office Manager at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Battle Lake, Mn.

Lori was presented a certificate and a rose commemorating her installation, followed by a Blessing by Father Matthew Kuhn, the parish priest of St. Henry’s Catholic Church of Perham and past Catholic Daughter’s National Chaplain.

Respectfully Submitted - Fuzz Hammers


Congratulations and Welcome!


Court St Cecilia #1558 the new Junior CDA court , Slayton was instituted Saturday August 10 at 5 PM Mass. Pictured back Michelle Zenk, Abby Ford, Hannah Herrig, Front: Emma Risacher, Sophia Nelson, Olivia Kathman, Addy Dierks, Josie Spartz, Rachel Huso, Grace Nelson and Father Thien Nguyen.

Family and friends enjoyed a light meal prepared and served br Court Queen of Peace after the formal institution and installation of officers. Representatives from visiting courts included Marshall, Lismore and Adrian as well as 4th Degree Knights and State and local officers.

Margaret Huebsch
Margaret Huebsch, one of Minnesota’s longest serving Catholic Daughter, passed away on August 13th, 2019 at the age of 97. She was a 76 year member of Court St. Rita #409 of Perham. Sadly, we said goodbye to Margaret too soon , as she could of helped Court St. Rita celebrate their 100th Anniversary in September.

Margaret was the mother of nine children. In her Irish wit, she said she was married to her husband, Jim, on Labor Day and was in labor for the next 17 years until her youngest graduated. She was a very strong Irish Catholic, devoted to the Blessed Mother Mary.

Thank you, Margaret, for your devotion and dedication to Catholic Daughters.

Respectfully submitted - Fuzz Hammers


Court St. Margaret #1888 Habitat Build Needs Your Help!

Our Catholic Daughters Build will be on Saturday, August 24 at 1410 West 1st St. in West Eveleth. We can use more help for this CDA Build. We will work from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our court will serve lunch at noon. We hope you can come. Please let us know how many are coming so the building manager can plan the work and so we can plan the lunch.

Thank you,

Anita McNulty


Court St. Margaret #1888

Habitat Co-chair

Summer Workshops
Summer workshops are planned.

This year’s workshop will focus on working together to build unity within our courts. We will have breakout sessions on recruitment, project ideas, and spirituality. ALL CDA members are invited to come and share their ideas! 

** Registration is $25 per court.
** Courts with 6 or more receive a $15 rebate!!
** Meal fees for District Deputies and State Chairman are covered by the State  Court.
** Host courts pay only registration; no meal fees.
** Please arrive 30 minutes before workshop for registration

See the links for the information

General Information

Registration Form

Deadline: Aug. 2, 2019 for workshops at Eveleth & Detroit Lakes
Deadline: Sept 7, 2019 for workshops at Medford & Marshall *No Refunds after deadline dates 

Habitat Build Date

Our Catholic Daughters Build will be on Saturday, August 24 at 1410 West 1st St. in West Eveleth.  We hope you can come.  Please let us know how many are coming so the building manager can plan the work and so we can plan the lunch.

Thank you,

Anita McNulty


Court St. Margaret #1888

Habitat Co-chair