Unity & Charity
Christmas Spirit - Appetizer Potluck & "Tea Party" Gift Exchange
Wednesday, December 15
at St Mary's Parish Center in Eugene
** Masks and Social Distancing please **
Please bring a snack or dessert or beverage to share with other members, enough for 12 persons.
Tea Party Gift Exchange!
Please bring a wrapped Christmas gift so we can have a fun exchange with other members. The theme for the gift is "TEA PARTY" max spend limit: $10.00 or whatever your budget allows. Examples: a pretty teacup/ or sugar spoons/ or box of teabags, etc.
St Mary's 3rd Annual Christmas Party
Please click here for more information about our needed participation in this Event!
2022 National Education Contest
Parents and teachers of students in grades 4 - 12, the 2022 National Education Contest Entry Form (with Rules and Information) is now available. The deadline to enter is February 1, 2022. Click here to download the document as a PDF.
From our Regent Lisa Hurlimann
Here we are again on the verge of celebrating the upcoming holidays: Thanksgiving, the Advent season and the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us take some time to pause and give thanks for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us in 2021.
For quite some time now, I have been grappling with the trend our Court is developing. I have observed a downward spiral in overall unity within our Court. Without unity, we cannot offer charity. These two actions working together make up the cornerstone of the CDA.
As your Regent, I realize my working a full-time job has created some bumps in the road. Being a wife and mother of three amazing children takes priority for me. These life-driven factors have triggered unwanted changes. Our monthly meeting time is now on a Wednesday evening and this day and time is not ideal for everyone. Changes are always tough to endure but if we strive to make more of an effort, maybe we can turn this current situation around. If we can all think about what it truly means to be servants of God, we can overcome all obstacles keeping us from doing important charitable works. The community is counting on us to make a difference.
Please try your best to attend our upcoming meeting. It is a small amount of time to donate once a month and it can make an enormous impact.
2021 CDA Sunday
A sampling of Officers, and a handful of Members...
Officers, L to R top row: Tess Cersovski, OR State Regent; Fr Ron Nelson, Court Chaplain; Julia Kelso, Past Regent. Bottom row: Susan Freeman, Rec. Secretary; Kathleen O'Connell, Treasurer; Lisa Hurlimann, Regent.
Won't you join us?
Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. We share faith and enjoy each other's company at meetings, and we work hard for our parishes and communities. The local CDA Court Oregon #118 embraces our motto -- Unity & Charity -- in the adoption of many service projects, including those at the local, state, and national levels.
Won't you join us? We’d love to have you! All women age 18 and over are invited to visit our monthly meetings to learn more about our organization. Future meetings will be held at St. Mary Teen Center on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
2021: December 15
2022: January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15 (July-August no meetings)
...from the 2020 National Education Contest
"Living in Harmony with Others"
Living in Harmony with Others
By Jack Brotherton, grade 7,
1st Place Local and 3rd Place State Winner of the 2020-21 National CDA Education Contest
Even though sometimes it can seem hard, living in harmony with others is easier than you think. One easy way to live in harmony with others is by giving back to people in the community. For example, seek out opportunities to volunteer in community-wide events to help those that are less fortunate. Clothing drives and canned food collection drives are two easy ways to participate in community-wide events.
Also another easy way to live in harmony is by addressing the disharmony that may exist in your life. For example, with all the technology that exists today, it can be really hard to feel connected with other people. Feeling disconnected can make differences in opinion and conflict around the world seem like problems that can never be solved. Start by taking steps to actively build relationships with your family and friends, this will get you off to a good start. You can hang out with your friends and spend quality time with your family to make your connections with these people stronger. Build on this good start by attending group events and actively try to build new relations and connections with people in the community.
To live in harmony you should ignore the negative things that are going on in the world and focus on the positive things in your life. For some people, this means not watching the news because they find it depressing. For other people, it means avoiding certain topics with friends and family, such as politics or religion, if those topics cause friction. But living in harmony with other does not mean that everyone has to always get along. If you have a disagreement, solve it by talking it out instead of using violence. Actively discourage violence and support other solutions.
Living in harmony with others may mean that you need to try new activities that take you out of your comfort zone. Avoid doing things that are a waste of time and isolate you from other people, like playing video games or watching TV. Instead, spend that time volunteering at a soup kitchen or attending church. Another easy way to live in harmony with others is to manage your money and give some of it to charitable organizations.
Living in harmony with others requires everyone to be open with people that they are close with and try to express feelings, instead of hiding them. Make sure to be a good listener and pay attention if someone is hurting inside.
These are just some of the many ways to live in harmony with others, some you may already do without thinking, others may require you to be more mindful of your actions. Whether it is second nature or takes effort, taking steps to living in harmony with others is worth your attention.
Jack Brotherton, Grade 7
2020 Our Day of Recollection and Rosary Rally
Our Day of Recollection and Rosary Rally was so very beautiful. Even though our group was small, our prayers were heard by God and all of the Saints and Angels in Heaven above! Thank you for being there!
RADA Cutlery Fundraiser
Thinking about gifts for family and friends? Consider RADA products!
Your purchase of RADA cutlery and kitchen products will help the Catholic Daughters in supporting local charities. Click on the picture to go to the RADA catalog to find good deals on great products. Our group will receive a 40% profit from your order! Thank you and God bless!
Joint Installation of Officers 2020-2022
For the first time, CDA Court Oregon #118 and Knights of Columbus Council 1430 held joint officer installation ceremonies, following the 8:00 am Saturday morning Mass on August 29, 2020.
Front row: Treasurer Kathleen O’Connell, Vice Regent Corrine Clifford, Regent Lisa Hurlimann, Rec. Sec. Susan Freeman, and Fin. Sec. Judy Spearin.
Back row: Grand Knight Chris Hainley, Court Chaplain Rev. Ron Nelson, OR State Regent Tess Cersovski and Sir Knight Arnie Meyer.
...to the Catholic Daughters and Knights of Columbus! Much gratitude for giving of your time and talents!
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.