Jr. Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA)


jcdafThe Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA) chapter at the Basilica of Saint Mary is open to girls in grades 6-12. The JCDA’s goal is to promote service and spiritual growth and to foster a greater appreciation of our Catholic faith. The girls participate in Catholic faith-based activities and service projects under the spiritual direction of our pastor and with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Kavanaugh #54.

We will continue to offer meetings with service projects and  Holy Hours at the Basilica to provide opportunities for spiritual growth and reflection.


The Junior Catholic Daughters of America is among the many parish activities for the youth, but they require their very own permission form.

Please fill out permission form below!


Facts about the Catholic Daughters of the Americas

The CDA. 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. CDA strives to be spirit-filled women who love Christ, His Church, our community, and all humanity.”   The members of St. Mary’s JCDA. 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.

JCDA 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.”

Past Activities Include:

  • Conducting a Halloween candy drive to benefit Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation
  • Hosting a babysitting fundraiser (during school parent-teacher conferences) to benefit Mary’s Shelter
  • Volunteering to assist Catholic Daughters with their annual Square Dance, Bingo Night and Yard Sale
  • Taking a field trip to The Bible Museum
  • Making handmade Rosaries for First Communicants at the Basilica of Saint Mary

Many thanks to members of the Basilica’s Junior Catholic Daughters, who recently made 10 baby baskets for families with new babies to be given out to women in need at Tepeyac OB/GYN, a pro-life medical practice, in Fairfax. What a great witness to the Culture of Life!

During December 2023, they girls made Christmas cards and cookies and distributed them to the elderly at Sunrise Center.

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