The local members of Catholic Daughters of the Americas — Our Lady of Spalding #2099 St. Michael’s Local Court, and Our Lady of Good Counsel #2039 Sacred Heart Local Court — not only work to support several national charities but also bring their charitable works home to the benefit of our Families in Faith community. Through their works, they build fellowship among themselves and strengthen their closeness to Christ.
More than 20 members make up the St. Michael’s Local Court, led by Regent Sharon Seamann. They meet at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at St. Michael Church.
“Nothing has really changed over the years in the court,” Sharon says. “We offer prayers, hold fundraising events, and do charity work.”
A recent fundraising project was the reprinting of the parish cookbook that was originally published in the 1970s.
“The cookbook was a favorite in Spalding, and it has been out of print for a number of years,” Sharon says. “We thought it was a good time to bring it back and use it as a fundraiser for charity.”
The St. Michael’s Court chooses to support several of the national charities under the national CDA, such as Catholic Charities and the St. Jude organization.
Besides charitable work, the court engages in active prayer that works to strengthen the members’ faith. The members say the Rosary at the beginning of their meetings, ask for intentions, and also pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Each November, the court holds a memorial service for the members who died in the past year.
Importantly, fellowship is deepened as the members come together and discuss a variety of topics.
Our Lady of Good Counsel Court #2039 at Sacred Heart Parish has 82 members and is led by Regent Janet Wood. The members meet on the first Sunday of the month after Mass at the Assisted Living facility.
“We have several ladies who are members in the Assisted Living center,” Janet says. “This gives them a chance to be part of the group.”
The court is active throughout the year, offering hospitality to various parish events.
On the first Wednesday of each month during the school year, the court serves dinner to the junior high and high school students attending CCD classes. The group serves coffee and rolls for First Communion and Confirmation dates, as well as for the Senior Mass. During the Knights of Columbus Lenten fish frys in the church basement, the members provide salads and desserts. The members make and sell Irish stew during Greeley’s Irish Festival in September. They also raffle off a handcrafted quilt, and an iPad during the festival.
Throughout these activities, the members find themselves growing closer to God.
“I think it’s just by being charitable to one another, and our getting together,” Janet says, adding that her faith has been strengthened.
“My mother was a charter member of the court, so I grew up knowing about Catholic Daughters, and I became one,” she says. “It has always been there. Right now as Regent, I have four others — Vice Regent, Treasurer, Secretary, and Finance Officer — and I’ve never seen such hardworking people that are in this team. They have gone above and beyond, and work very well together. To me, that’s God at work, showing how people can support each other and other groups.”
Members’ faith also is strengthened by the court’s ability to help other people in the community, and to help the youth. The funds the members raise are given to a number of entities. At Christmas, the court donates funds to our seminarians and priests. Two $300 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors, and funds are donated to youngsters attending Higher Ground and Going Bananas.
Women who are at least 18 years old in our Families in Faith community may join the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
For information about joining Our Lady of Spalding #2099, contact Sharon Seamann at 308-750-4667. To join Our Lady of Good Counsel #2039 at Sacred Heart, contact Janet Wood at 308-383-4653.