Jr. Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA)

jcdafThe Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas Middle School Chapter is open to all female parishioners in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades.   Generally, the J.C.D.A. meets at the St. Mary’s White House (314 Duke Street/next to the Rectory) during the school year (September through May), on the first Sunday of the month (after the 5:00 p.m. mass). The meetings include dinner (provided by parent volunteers) and social time (6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) followed by a meeting time when the group plans for upcoming events and works on projects. Meetings end at 7:30 p.m. (or 8:00 p.m. when extra time is needed to complete service projects).  If additional J.C.D.A. events are scheduled close to meeting dates, we sometimes take that ‪Sunday night off so as not to crowd the students’ schedules. Members elect officers and take the J.C.D.A. pledge (below).

The girls determine together their plan for the year. Activities include spiritual enrichment as well as service projects and fund raisers to aid charities.  Usually two to three mothers act as advisors and facilitators, not leaders. The girls are encouraged to take responsibility and cultivate their own

Facts about the Catholic Daughters of the Americas

The C.D.A. are “dedicated to our patroness, the Blessed Mother: our Motto is Unity & Charity; our emblem, the Cross and Crown, symbolizes the reward promised to the faithful. C.D.A. strive to be spirit-filled women who love Christ, His Church, our community, and all humanity.”   The members of St. Mary’s J.C.D.A. Court are encouraged to embrace the Threefold Program of Message, Service, and Community and four goals given to them in the state guidelines:

  1. Develop yourself as a Christian.
  2. Learn to work for the good of others.
  3. Grow Spiritually.
  4. Be Creative and flexible.

J.C.D.A. Pledge

“I promise to be a faithful member of the Junior Catholic Daughters of  the Americas, to promote development of myself as a whole person, to promote service to others, and to encourage spiritual growth in our members.”

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