Although it has been said that all good things come to an end, the Ladies of the Court of Moncens 776 do not tell the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Monessen Court 776 held its centenary celebration on October 16 at the Epiphany of the Church of God with Rev. Michael J. Croxton, Celebrant and Pastor of Epiphany in the Roman Catholic Church of God, Monessen, and Court Chaplain.
The local chapter held a reception and luncheon in the church hall that day.
The members of the court planned the luncheon and decorated the church hall with a sunflower theme.
Monessen Court No. 776 was created by Donora Court No. 372 on December 10, 1922.
Founded in 1903, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. CDA provides local spirituality, participation, and activism with the support of the national organization. Members donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive to “help hands in pain, poverty, grief or illness.”
“Some people may wonder how we got to this point, through wars and depression and a pandemic,” said Debbie Jennimore, the court trustee. “It is a club united by God’s love and support under the guidance of the Blessed Mother.
“It is difficult because it is difficult to interest young men. Here at Monson we have a group of women who, as they grow older, are still committed to the organization. While other courts are gone and others move in this way, we are fortunate to have dedicated servants to this organization.”
Members of the organization presented history books on tables throughout the hall containing memorabilia and scrapbooks filled with testimonials, newspaper clippings, and other items.
Genimore said the sunflowers were chosen because of their beauty, strength, and source of joy, as well as their symbolism as a seed of life and food.
“Look at the sun,” said Jinmore. “Stand upright and look for the light.” She added that Pat Godla, the court secretary, came up with the topic of sunflowers.
“Not many courts reach this milestone. It’s quite an achievement,” said Melody Yordi, the county’s deputy.
Catholic Daughters supports the Catholic Church, clergy, and various educational and charitable causes. Historically, the organization
He was interested in helping physically and mentally handicapped children, single mothers, the underprivileged and the needy.
According to reports, the struggle for membership was a progressive cause. The organization is open to any Catholic woman over the age of 18. It reached 170,000 members in 1928. It reached 215,000 in the late 1960s, but had fallen to 174,103 by 1979. In the late 1980s, the membership had fallen to 170,000. In 2012, it was reported that there were 75,000 members in approximately 1,250 courts in 45 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
“I think having Catholic Daughters of the Americas in the community is an act of charity and a do for others,” said Rev. Croxton.
“The organization is not a parish organization but a national one. They mainly use our facilities. Over the years, they have managed to survive through the ups and downs. These ladies have worked to preserve what has been built here in Monsen.”