Group raises funds, holds annual Mass - Catholic Courier

Group raises funds, holds annual Mass

Auburn’s Sacred Heart Parish and Auburn Court 263 hosted the Catholic Daughters of the Americas of the Diocese of Rochester’s annual Past Regents Memorial Mass and Luncheon on Sept. 18.

Bishop Matthew H. Clark concelebrated the Mass with Msgr. James Cox, New York state CDA chaplain; Father Frank Lioi, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Auburn; Father Peter DeBellis, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Auburn; and Father Felicjan Sierotowicz, sacramental minister at Sacred Heart Parish. Deacon Nick Valvo, pastoral associate at Sacred Heart, assisted.

At the luncheon following the Mass, CDA representatives presented Bishop Clark with a check for $2,000 to be used for the Seminary Fund in Rochester, as well as a $25 gift in honor of his 25 years as Bishop of Rochester.

Next year’s Mass and luncheon will be hosted by the CDA courts of Clyde and Wolcott.

A financial report issued at the CDA’s national convention last spring listed the amount of money the courts in each state donated toward the organization’s national charitable projects, according to Marian Love, CDA’s state diocesan chairman of public relations and a member of Court 1173 St. Michael-Penn Yan. According to this report, between June 2002 and May 2004, New York courts contributed more than $32,000 to these projects, more than any other state in the country. There are approximately 10,000 CDA members in New York, she said.

The state with the second-highest amount of contributions was Pennsylvania, which donated almost $15,000 to CDA national charitable projects, she added.

Love also recently learned that the New York courts will host the 2010 national convention, which will be held in Buffalo. To raise money for the convention, New York courts will sell pewter angel ornaments for $10 each, which includes shipping and handling. For more information or to order an angel, contact Diane Scaringe at 53 Wilshire Drive, Albany, NY 12205.

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