Bishop presides at Catholic Daughters liturgy in Watkins Glen - Catholic Courier

Bishop presides at Catholic Daughters liturgy in Watkins Glen

Honoring deceased fellow members from the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the CDA’s diocesan Past Regents Club held its annual Memorial Mass on Sept. 26. The liturgy took place at St. Mary of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen, with Court Lourdes No. 628 of Watkins Glen hosting.

Bishop Matthew H. Clark presided and served as homilist. Concelebrants were Father Paul Bonacci, pastor of Schuyler Catholic Community; and Father Lewis Brown, chaplain, CDA Court St. Joseph No. 139 of Corning. Assisting as deacons were Dan Pavlina and Rick Roy.

Other participants were the Rev. Henry F. Adamski Fourth Degree Assembly Honor Guard of the Knights of Columbus, Elmira; Anna Jean DeDominicis as pianist and Chris Conley as cantor; Helene Shepard, national CDA director, as lector; Patricia A. Gavin, first vice state regent, leading the responsorial psalm; and Mary Ziesig, second vice state regent, leading intercessions with the naming of the fifteen CDA members from this diocese who have died since the last Memorial Mass was held in October 2008.

The gifts were presented by current officers of the Past Regents Club: Shirley Schmoldt, president (Court 924, Clyde); Mary Smith, vice president (Court 139, Corning); Charilla Conner, secretary (Court 931, Brockport); and Emma Lou Smith, treasurer (Court 628, Watkins Glen.)

Before the Mass’s conclusion, a presentation of $2,000, to be put toward seminarian training, was made to Bishop Clark by Heather Rave, supervisor of the diocesan CDA group and state treasurer. The check was presented on behalf of the state’s CDA Court.

Fifty-two people attended a luncheon that followed at Castel Grisch Winery and Restaurant in Watkins Glen. During the luncheon Bishop Clark offered details regarding seminary training within the diocese and noted the institutions where our seminarians are currently studying.

The Past Regents Club involves members from the 10 CDA courts located within the Rochester Diocese. The Memorial Mass is rotated annually among these courts.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas formed its national organization in 1903 in Utica. It is one of the oldest and largest coalitions of Catholic women in the United States, with nearly 100,000 dues-paying members in more than 1,400 courts in the U.S. and several other countries. Members take part in religious, charitable and educational endeavors, offering financial support in many areas. They also are active in numerous social-justice causes.

In addition to hosting this year’s Memorial Mass, Court 628 held a rosary recitation on Oct. 13 at St. Mary of the Lake Church that was open to the public. Members are now looking ahead to the Veterans Mass to be held Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Benedict Church in Odessa. The liturgy, which will begin at 5 p.m., is one of many efforts by Court 628 in recent years to honor military personnel.

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