Catholic Daughters of the Americas

      Massachusetts State Court

                     Important Announcements
Congratulations to our Spring Raffle winners!  
Third place – Nancy Claveau – Ct. Henry A. Sullivan #584
Second Place – Justyna Carlson – Ct. Margaret #629
First Place – Rose Boland – Ct. Sacred Hearts #864
Thank you to all who supported this Raffle.  We raised $1400.00; $600.00 in prizes and $800.00 for the State’s Convention Fund. Click for flyer

Sent: Monday, March 21, 2022 4:04 PM
To: CDA Membership
Subject: Supporting Ukraine

 Good Monday afternoon March 21, 2022,

 Thanks to your support to our disaster fund, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas has sent a check for $10,000.00 to help with the devastation in Ukraine.  This check has been sent through Catholic Extension, one of our charities.  Sending the check through Catholic Extension ensures that the money will be used where it is most needed.

 Would your court consider sending a monetary gift as a follow-up to the first check sent to Ukraine?  If so, please send your court check to:

Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Attention:  Martha, 10 West 71st Street, New York, NY 10023.  The check must be made to:  Catholic Daughters of the Americas

Please include Ukraine in the memo line of the check.  Personal checks will gladly be accepted, also.

 Thank you for following our motto “Unity and Charity” and helping those who are suffering.

God bless,
Sherry Nilles, National Regent
This is a National Convention year.  Please click here for the process should you wish to run for a postion on the National Board.

Holy Cross Family Ministries:

A Family Novena Celebrating Venerable Patrick Peyton's Birth 

There's no better way to start off the New Year than in prayer ... as a family and for your family.  As our ministry founder and sainthood candidate used to remind the world, "The Family That Prays Together Stays Together." Take that to heart this year and what an amazing year it will be!  A novena is a traditional devotion prayed over nine days. These first nine days of the year lead us right to the anniversary of birth of Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., on January 9th.  Please accept our invitation to join us in honoring the anniversary of Father Peyton's birth by praying this novena through his intercession. We will pray for Father Peyton's beatification, his next step in the sainthood process. We will also pray for your family's needs and intentions.  May you and your family build unbreakable bonds through your prayer together bringing love, peace, trust and joy to your home in the New Year. 

To learn more about Father Peyton and the worldwide prayer guild praying for his sainthood, visit his official website. You may also submit your prayer needs there.

May God bless you and your family abundantly
in the New Year!

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State Regent Pat Adams son Chris and granddaughter Molly wrote a book together!  Molly did the illustrations.  Well done Molly!  What a wonderful team!!!
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Greetings from the Boston Anti-Trafficking Coalition:

We hope that you and your families have been safe and healthy during this past year of the pandemic!

This message comes to inform you of our plans for the upcoming annual Prayer Vigil on January 9, 2022 in support of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and Month.

Because of the continued uncertainty regarding Covid-19 and the new variant, and cautions about in-person gathering, we are once again proposing a virtual prayer service to be held at 1:00 pm on January 9 via ZOOM.  Although we will not gather in person, we will post the STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING banner for the entire month of January outside the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph on Cambridge Street. We are very grateful to the Sisters of St. Joseph for posting this sign as a witness to our collective prayers and advocacy!

More information about this event will follow in early January, with a link to the zoom account for participating.
We wish you many blessings during this Advent and Christmas holiday season, and are grateful for your continued support and involvement in eradicating human trafficking!

Mary Jane Cavallo, SND
Betsy Goodwin, OSF
Marilyn McGoldrick, CSJ
Margaret Meyer, MMM
Mary Lou Simcoe, SUSC
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April 6, 2020 - Foe a message from our friends at Holy Cross Family ministry, please click here.
March 30, 2020 - Please click here for an important letter from our State Regent Nancy Meehan.
March 25, 2020 - Please click here for an important letter from our National Regent Olga Samaniego on our upcoming National Convention and other important dates.
1-19-20 A letter from the Cardinal is being read at the Masses on the Expanded Abortion Access bills being considered where we are being asked to contact our legislators to tell them to vote NO on Abortion Expansion.  Log on to and follow the links to find contact information.  Click here for the Cardinal's letter in its entirety.  Let's do what we can as VOTERs (not CDA) in stopping these horrific bills from passing.  Here is the website for more detail:
As per the Resolution adopted at our 2019 State Convention, each court should say the prayer to Saint Michael during their business meeting.
"Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; may God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls."  AMEN.
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 Please welcome our new State Chaplain, Rev. Peter DeFazio of St. Peter Lithuanian Church in South Boston.  Below our State Regent Nancy Meehan puts the Chaplain Pin on Father DeFazio at the Mass of Celebration.
       Rev Peter DeFazio
Congratulations to our Campus Court Seniors!

Court Stonehill College #2623 is proud of our graduating seniors! We are sad to say farewell, but send them off with prayers and love. 

Past Regent Celia Dolan and Recording Secretary Jessica Costello received the Saint Andre medal, the highest achievement given by campus ministry to Stonehill College seniors who have dedicated themselves to a life of prayer, scholarship, and Gospel values. Celia was also honored as the top student in her Environmental Studies Program!
Financial Secretary Kendra Adams presented seniors Rebecca Brackett, Celia Dolan, Jessica Costello and Laryssa Kalbfus with Catholic Daughter purple and gold graduation cords. Not pictured was senior member Emily Belanger.
Campus Court Advisor Patricia Adams presented Jessica Costello with a certificate of award as the MA second place winner in the adult division for Poetry in the National CDA 2019 Education Contest.
Ever wonder where all that "stuff" goes that the courts collectively save?  Quality of Life Chairwoman Sandra Lane categorizes and counts each and every piece donated.  Click here for her 2018 report.  
Congratulations to this year's Education Contest for Div IV Adult Photography.  This year's theme was "The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy" Ps. 126.

1st Place Winner Judi Shooter, Court Henry A. Sullivan #584 says: "I was blessed to capture this moment when my parents got to hold their great-grand daughter for the first time and thought that the Lord truly has done great things for us. You can see the wonder and joy on their faces."  Click for photo

2nd Place Winner Sheila Kanan, Court Sacred Hearts #864  says: "This is my favorite tree that I can see through my living room slider. I think of it as my "prayer tree", God's gift to me. It is beautiful year round, but especially after an ice storm in the middle of a long cold winter. The tree has helped me through many a trying time and has brought me through many happy moments."

Click for photo


Ever wonder where all that "stuff" goes or how much was donated and passed through our Quality of Life Collectibles and Recycle Chair Sandra Lane's hands? Well wonder no more!

From January 1 through December 31, 2017 the following items were collected:

Greeting Cards:
- St. Mary's School: 213
- St. Jude's Hospital: 482
Metal Flip Tabs:
- 2.4 pounds forwarded to Shriner's Children's Hospital
Religious Articles and Stamps:
- 339 metals, prayer cards, booklets
- stamps - too numerous to count, estimate: 2,000
Eye Glasses/Hearing Aids:
- 20 pairs of glasses forwarded to the Lion's Club International
- 0 hearing aids 
Rosary Beads:
- 26 rosary beads forwarded to the Peyton Center
Shoe Box Items:
- 1,542 items forwarded to Operation Troop Support
- 1,822 Christmas cards written by Court Henry A Sullivan #584 for our troops
Pregnancy Center:
- 28 items forwarded to the PCC
Box Tops for Education:
- 96 box tops forwarded to St. Mary's School

These numbers do not include items that individual courts have directly sent to the above agencies.

Imagine if all members joined together and sent in their collected items to our Chair! It would be amazing!!! Well done to the ladies who helped keep Sandy busy counting!!!!! And thank you Sandra Lane for all that time it took to count and deliver these items.



8-30-17  A very important note from our Massachusetts State Regent:

Dear Catholic Daughters,
Please consider making a donation to this special disaster relief need for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. If you wish you may send your donation to Carol Ghiloni, 23 Saint Clements Road, Medford, MA 02155 and we will send one bigger check from the State of Massachusetts. Make the check payable to Mass. State Court CDA and mark in memo Harvey.

I have sent an email to Rosie Stockwell, State Regent of Texas assuring her of our prayers. Please also keep the Catholic Daughters in Louisiana in your prayers as they prepare to be hit by Harvey.

Please see the letter from our National Regent, Helene Shepard, below.

God Bless,
Tricia McShane, State Regent

Dear Catholic Daughters,

In the past few weeks we have sent Disaster Funds to Arkansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, Peru and others.   We normally send $2,000 to the Bishop in states requesting Disaster Funds, but in the case of Harvey they are in need of much more help and so we may have to send more in this case.

 My purpose in writing this email is to inform you that our Catholic Daughter Sisters in Texas and Louisiana are in need of our prayers and at this time they also need our financial support as a result of Harvey.  We would like to give every state and territorial court the opportunity to help relieve the burden for these states in need.  If you are able to contribute to this worthy cause please send your donations to the National Office and remember to make checks payable to Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  No donation is too small.  Indicate in the memo of the check for Disaster Fund.

 May God bless and reward you for your generosity.  No kind deed goes unrewarded.

 In Unity and Charity,

 Helene Shepard, National Regent

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CONGRATULATIONS to the members of the Massachusetts State Court for a successful 50th Biennial State Convention April 28-30.
Your newly elected State Board:  Left to right:  State Treasurer Judi Shooter, 2nd Vice State Regent Pat Adams, State Regent Patricia McShane, 1st Vice State Regent Nancy Meehan, and State Secretary Carol Ghiloni  with State Chaplain Father William Salmon and National Regent Helene Shepard in background.
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Just a friendly reminder that the EDUCATION CONTEST for this year is due to your local court chairman by February 15thFIRST PLACE ENTRIES ONLY are due to your state chairman postmarked no later than March 15th.    Attached is the information and forms if you have misplaced them.
Please send to Nancy Meehan, State Education Chairman, 5 Elder St, Framingham, MA 01702.
Click here for form in English. Click here for Spanish version.
On August 28th, 2016 we celebrated the institution of Court Queen of Peace #2724 at St. Mary's Church in Foxboro.  Father Matthew Westcott was installed as their Court Chaplain.  Fifteen ladies participated in the installation and two additional women came forward after the ceremony to be installed.  May God bless these ladies and their new Court throughout their new CDA year and beyond.
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This year is starting off grand with the birth of Matthew James Adams, grandson of 2nd Vice State Regent Pat Adams.  Congratulations to proud parents Brian and Jessie!

Let us join in the celebration of the Miracle of Birth:  Past State Regent Linda Coletti and husband Dave are thrilled with the birth of their first grandchild 8/16/2015, Ryan Daniel Coletti, son of Michael and his wife Shana. Thanks be to God for this blessing in the Coletti family!
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                              In Loving Memory
                              Patricia A. Devine
           February 5, 1931 to  August 4, 2013
              Massachusetts Past State Regent (2005-2007)
          Member of Court Brookline #488
It is with heartfelt sorrow that we note the passing of Past State Regent Patricia A. Devine.  We honor the service she gave to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, especially here in Massachusetts.  Our sympathy lies with her family and friends as well as her countless sisters in CDA.  May she rest in peace.
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Sr. Ann M. Moynihan, C.S.J.
Sr. Ann Moynihan,  C.S.J.
Massachusetts CDA Spiritual Advisor

 March 29, 2012

To Our Beloved Sr. Ann,
You have always been there with all of us every step of our way. You made us laugh, you told us to be the very best that we could, you gave to us and showed us your unconditional love. You fought a strong battle and when you received the news that you were ill, like your humble patron St. Joseph that you served, you sat quietly and accepted what was to be. You said that you were ready for whatever His will was and that you were at peace. You always shared how you felt privileged in your service as our CDA Spiritual Advisor here in Massachusetts, however, Sr. Ann that privilege was OURS. Then on Thursday March 29, 2012, the  day  came when Our Lord called you home proclaiming “Well done good and faithful servant, Come to my table". You are at PEACE. You are with TRUE LOVE. You are with Our Risen Lord and Our Blessed Mother. We will always and forever hold your LOVE for us in our HEARTS, as we are your "WOMEN WHO EMBRACE THE VALUES OF THE GOSPEL".
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                     Working to bridge the gap to help others in need