Catholic Daughters Meet in West Bend
WEST BEND — The Catholic Daughters of Court St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, #1797, of St. Mary of Mallard and Sts. Peter and Paul of West Bend, met on Feb. 4. The meeting began after a Valentine dinner at the Wagon Wheel.
Spiritual Chair Lady, Ellen Streit, reminded the members about “Forty Days for Life” which began on Ash Wednesday. The “Forty Days for Life” began in 1999 when four people bowed their heads in prayer asking for God’s guidance when Planned Parenthood opened an abortion center near Bryan-College Station, Texas. They began a campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil for forty days and nights straight outside the killing center of their town. The movement continued to grow and in 2007 the first national “Forty Days for Life” campaign was launched. Each Catholic Daughter may sign up on a specific day to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament and pray for the end of abortion.
Ellen also alerted the ladies of the following dates:
March 5 Second Catholic Ladies Conference in Carroll
April 9 Catholic Women of Sioux City Diocese Convention in Ida Grove
September 24 and 25 Christ our Life Catholic Conference in Des Moines
The Catholic Daughters “welcomed” new members Crystal Woodford, Christy Mader and Susan Ruppert to the court. Their gifts of time, talents and treasures will be a wonderful addition.
Luan Montag, First Vice Regent, reported on a Family Night to take place on March 13 after the Lenten Service at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall. To help, call Luan.
Karen Fogarty, Education Chairman, reported on the Jan. 27 workshop. Rylie Frerk, Mitch Stevens and Abi Schmidt worked on their art projects: We are “Stewards of God’s Creation” or “How do we care for the environment?” The contest is open until Feb. 24. Call Karen if you would like to more information.
Regent Carol Eoriatti asked the court to consider a gift to a mission in Kenya, Africa, to help buy a bus, a tractor and a plow. A $100 donation was approved and $40 was given to the “Forty Days for Life” campaign.
Delegates for the National Convention in Pittsburgh, PA in July of 2016 are needed. Notify Carol if you would like to attend.
At the close of the meeting, Linda Thilges reported on St. Blas for the “Good of the Order”. After becoming a hermit, he befriended wild animals and took care of the wounded and sick ones. The “Blessing of Throats” is derived from the story of a young boy who was choking on a fishbone and was helped by St. Blas. He was a physician, bishop and martyr.
The Catholic Daughters of St. Mary will host the meeting on March 3 in the parish hall in Mallard.