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2023 State Calendar of Events
53rd Biennial State Conventionwill be held April 22 & 23, 2023 at Hotel 1620 Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA.  Click for important documents and information:  Call to Convention   Cardinal Gift
Congratulations to our Week 4 winners!  Thank you again to all who supported this fundraiser!
Day Name Court  Prize
22-Jan Molly Miller St. Joseph #1475 $15 Dunks
23-Jan Annemarie Schmitt Maplewood #510 $25 Amazon
24-Jan Judi Shooter Henry A Sullivan #584 $25 Amazon
25-Jan Chris Adams Our Lady of Lourdes #2396 $15 Dunks/$15Target
26-Jan Janet Koza Henry A Sullivan #584 $25 Cash
27-Jan Maureen Hustle Our Lady of Lourdes #2396 8 Scratch Tickets
28-Jan Linda Coletti St. Clementine #821 $15 Panera
29-Jan Alex Hoezzer Henry A Sullivan #584 $25 Amazon/$15 Panera
30-Jan Nana McHatton Sacred Hearts #864 $50 Walmart
31-Jan McHatton Grands Sacred Hearts #864 $50 Amazon 
Congratulations to our Week 3 Jingle Bell Calendar Winners!  Thank you again for your support on this fun yearly project!
Day Name Court  Prize
15-Jan Kathleen Porter Queen of Peace #2724 $25 Outback
16-Jan Jennifer Pacheco St. Joseph #1475 $25 Barnes&Noble
17-Jan Lynne Suuronen Sacred Hearts #864 $25 Texas Roadhouse
18-Jan Dan Butler Henry A Sullivan #584 $20 Stop & Shop
19-Jan Jacquelyn Bonarrigo Our Lady of Lourdes #2396 $20 Stop & Shop
20-Jan Bob Adams Our Lady of Lourdes #2396 $25 Panera
21-Jan Paul O'Sullivan Queen of Peace #2724 $20 TJX/$15 Starbucks
Congratulations to our Week 2 Jingle Bell Calendar Winners!  Thank you again for your support on this fun yearly project!
Day Name Court  Prize
8-Jan Cathy Duford Our Lady of Lourdes #2396 $20 Cash
9-Jan Kathy Valerio Sacred Hearts #864 $25 TJX
10-Jan Kathy Galeweski Our Lady of Lourdes #2396 $25 Kohl's
11-Jan Kathy Richards Henry A Sullivan #584 $15 Dunki
12-Jan Michael Butler Henry A Sullivan #584 $20 Wallgreens
13-Jan Carol Ghiloni St. Clementine #821 $20 Target
14-Jan Maureen Trainor (FJ) Sacred Hearts #864 $25 TJX
Congratulations to our Week 1 Jingle Bell Calendar Winners!  Thank you again for your support on this fun yearly project!
Day Name Court  Prize
1-Jan Doug Packer St. Clementine #821 $50 Amazon /                    $20 Cash
2-Jan Karen West Henry A Sullivan #584 $25 Amazon
3-Jan Emarie Bernal Henry A Sullivan #584 $15 Dunks
4-Jan Cathy Duford Our Lady of Lourdes #2396 $15 Dunks
5-Jan Brandon Magner Henry A Sullivan #584 $20 Dunks
6-Jan Maureen Trainor Sacred Hearts #864 $5 Dunks /                         $10 Cash
7-Jan Nancy Meehan St. Joseph #1475 $25 Target
Jingle Bell Raffle -  Calendars are $5 each or 3 for $10.  They make great stocking stuffers!  You may also wish to purchase one or more for yourself or your court.  We will have Calendars for sale this Saturday at the Christmas Party.  Winners will be drawn during the month of January, 2022.  Make as many copies as you wish.  Remember: you'll need a separate entry for each calendar purchased.  Make checks payable to MA State Court and send to Pauline Butler, Fundraiser Chairwoman, 9 Laurine Rd., Danvers, MA 01923 Click here for form
12-10-22 - Please join us for our Annual Christmas Party to be held at St. Mary's Church Hall at 58 Carpenter St, Foxboro, MA 02035 on Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Any questions can go to IPSR Nancy Meehan at  Please send your contact information and checks payable to "MA STATE COURT" to Nancy at 5 Elder St, Framingham, MA 01702.  Cost is $35.00 per person and the deadline to register is December 1, 2022.  Please click here for flyer.
State Auction -  REMINDER:  The State Auction will conclude on Saturday, October 15th at the Fall Workshop.  Don't miss out!  View the items up for auction and place your bid using this link:!AsFneatbbNgVkEhlufMkN9bgnp8o?e=GczygA
The State Auction going on now through October 15th: Please see the link below to view items available on the Fall Auction.
Once you are in the online powerpoint presentation, to make a bid, click on the right more/review tab, then comments.  You will see the starting bid comment from Alicia at $3.00.  The bidding increment is set at $1.00.  The Auction will end on October 15, 2022 at the Fall Workshop.  
UPDATE:   If you are having trouble accessing the website, please try this link below.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
In Unity and Charity,
MA State Board
Pat, Cindy, Carol, Jenn & Alicia
10/7/22 - Holy Cross Family Ministry is holding it's annual Rosary Festival at the Museum of Family Prayer at 6PM. Click here for flyer
GAMBIT is starting up!  Didn't buy a ticket last year?  As the saying goes, "you have to be in it to win it."  Don't let it be another year of looking from the outside as winners are announced.  Take a chance on yourself and buy a ticket AND help build our CDA scholarship fund.  It's a win-win!  Click here for flyer and buy a ticket at your September meeting for a chance at every drawing!
10/15/2022 - Your State Board will hold a Fall Workshop at Holy Cross Family Ministeries, 518 Washington Street, North Easton from 10-3 with registration at 9:30.  This will be a day of spirituality, sisterhood, and sharing.  Cost is $20 and includes lunch.  Please click here for flyer with details.  All are welcome!
10/15/22 - The Fall Auction will be held during the Fall Workshop.  This will be both in person and on line.  Please click here for flyer with details and consider taking part either with a donation or bidding for an item.  Your participation makes us all successful.
2022 State Calendar of Events
5/21/2022 -  The State Board is planning a day of spirituality and sisterhood to be held at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Medway from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Plans include procession and crowning of our Blessed Mother, Rosary, and a guest speaker, Mr. James Drummey, Catholic author and parishioner at St. Stephen’s Church in Framingham. Mr. Drummey will speak about the Special Privileges accorded to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Cindy Patriarca will be formally installed as our First Vice State Regent. There will be a sisterhood activity after lunch. The cost will be $20Click here for flyer and registration.
4/22 - Congratulations to the winners of the Spring Raffle:
3rd place - Nancy Claveau of Court Henry A Sullivan #584
2nd place - Justyna Carlson of Court Margaret #629
1st place - Rose Boland of Court 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
3/23/22 - Please join the Sisters of Saint Joseph in an inter-faith Prayer Vigil held at the Motherhouse from 5 to 6pm for peace in Ukraine. This event will also be live-streamed. Registration required. See flyer for detail:  Click for flyer
MA State Court Mentiorship Program 
Dear CDA Sisters:
Have you ever considered applying for a State Office but hesitated because you did not know enough about the roles, responsibilities and duties of the position?  If your reply is yes, then the MA State Court Mentorship program may be just the answer to your prayers!  For the upcoming fiscal year, August 2022 to June 2023, the MA State Court will pilot a Mentorship program, the goal of which is to help members become more informed about what it means to hold a state office and to hopefully, be the catalyst to encourage more qualified members to answer the call to serve when the call for nominations is put forth.
Attached is a summary of the program and an application form.  We ask that you please read the material enclosed and, if qualified, consider applying for this opportunity to learn more about how you can make a difference by your service to CDA.
Please do not hesitate to contact any of the State Officers for any questions or additional information.  The deadline for applying is May 1, 2022.  

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Click below for copies of a Calendar and some Human Trafficking Myths prepared by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and printed with permission in English and Spanish.  We invite you to join us in prayer each day from JANUARY 11 - FEBRUARY 8, 2022 as we continue to raise awareness about this horrific Modern Day Slavery.


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2021 State Calendar of Events                                              

December 11, 2021 – The State Court Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 145 Holliston Street, Medway, MA 02053. Join us for a delicious buffet luncheon catered by Oliva’s of Milford, Basket raffle, Group Photo, Christmas Karaoke and CDA sisterhood! The cost is $30.00. Please send checks payable to “MA State Court” with your name and contact information to Nancy Meehan, IPSR,  5 Elder Street, Framingham, MA 01702. Deadline is December 1st.  Please send Nancy a message or email if your reservation is in the mail so that she knows by December 1st 

Fall Auction -  Please use the link below for the Fall Auction.
Once you are in the online powerpoint presentation, to make a bid, click on the right more/review tab, then comments.  You will see the starting bid comment from Alicia at $3.00.  The bidding increment is set at $1.00.  The Auction will end at 2pm on October 16, 2021 at the Fall Workshop.  Please contact the State Board if you have any questions or concerns.  Good luck!
Update:  click here for the list of auction winners.
October 16, 2021 - Fall Workshop 10-3 at Holy Cross Family Ministries, 518 Washington Street, North Easton.  Cost: $20 Click here for flyer and details
April 24-25, 2021 - 52nd Biennial VIRTUAL State Convention - Registration fee of $65 for access to the Zoom site and program materials, deadline April 15th.  Checks made out to MA State Court should be mailed to Convention Co-Chair Judi Shooter at 2 Lester Road, Danvers, MA  01923.  Hope to see you all in the "chat room" on ZOOM!
April 15, 2021 - State Convention Raffles are here!  Even if you cannot attend the Convention April 24-25, you can be a part of the event by purchasing tickets for the raffle, $5 per ticket or 3 for $10.  Deadline is April 15th so get your checks made out to MA State Court in the mail NOW to First Vice State Regent Pauline Butler at  9 Laurine Road, Danvers, MA  01923.  Don't loose out on this opportunity for a chance at three amazing raffle prizes.  Click here for a PowerPoint presentation and pictures of the prizes.  Don't need another raffle winning?  There's plenty to give away as gifts to cheer a friend or family member.  Don't need another basket in your house?  Donate it back to the State Board for a future raffle use!
April 11, 2021 - Save the Date: Virtual Prayer Service to end human trafficking, 1-2.  Click here for flyer.
February 8, 2021Sisters of St. Joseph sharing this year's information on the International Day of Prayer which will be celebrated on the Feast of St. Bakhita. Click for flyer
January 9, 2021 - Click on this linkfor a special message from Father Willy at Holy Cross Family MinistriesCelebrating Father Peyton's amazing legacy:                     
January 10, 2021Anti-Human Trafficking Prayer Vigil ZOOM meeting.  Click here for details.
2020 State Calendar of Events
2020 State Jingle Bell Calendar is here!  Calendars are $5 each or 3 for $10.  They make great stocking stuffers!  1/4 of the proceeds donated to St Francis House in Boston, remaining goes to the MA State Court Convention Fund.  Winners will be drawn during the month of January 2021.  Make as many copies as you wish.  You will need a separate entry for each calendar purchased.  They make great Christmas gifts!!  Checks made to MA State Court and sent to 2nd VSR Pauline Butler, 9 Laurine Rd, Danvers, MA  01923.  Forms can be found on the Publications tab.
December 6 2020 - Thanks to all who donated baskets.  Don't forget to purchase your tickets!  For instructions, click here.  All ticket requests must be postmarked no later than December 7th.  The drawing will take place on December 13th.  All baskets will be delivered to the winners prior to Christmas.
October 3 at 12:00 through October 17, 2020 at 12:00 - MA CDA State Fall Auction.  Please go to the FaceBook page for this auction using this link and good luck! :
Friday, September 11, 2020 - This year since large gatherings still may not be allowed, let's provide quiet remembrance for those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001.  June from Our Lady of Lourdes has a wonderful suggestion:  If you have a CDA battery-operated white candle (or any battery-operated candle), let's set them on the sill of our front windows at sunset on 9/11, and leave them there to flicker all night or for as long as the battery allows.  Let them know we will never forget.
Sunday, January 12, 2020 - Sisters of St. Joseph invite you to join them for a prayer vigil to commemorate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day from 1-2:30 at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 637 Cambridge Street, Brighton.  We will gather in the Motherhouse Chapel.  Warm beverages and refreshments will be served after the vigil.
2019 State Calendar of Events
October 19, 2019:  State Fall Workshop at Holy Cross Family Ministries, 518 Washington Street, North Easton.  Registration at 9:30, Mass at 10.  Please join us for a day of spirituality and renewal of our Catholic Daughter roots.  Lunch will be served.  Cost:  $20.  Registration Deadline:  October 11th. Click here for more information and registration form.
June 8, 2019:  One Minute for Peace -  As promoted by the Holy Father:  Wherever you happen to be at 1.00 p.m., stop, bow your head and pray for peace; everyone according to his own tradition.  Please click here for more information on this very important request.
April 26-28, 2019:  State Convention held at Hotel 1620, Plymouth Harbor.  More details to come in 2019.  Click here for the first Call to Convention
February 2019 - An important announcement from our State Legislation Chair:     
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Dear CDA Members:

State Senator, Harriette L. Chandler has filed a bill, SD 109 "An Act to Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access." The bill already has 40 co-signers.
The bill, if passed, allows for the abortion of an unborn child up to the time of birth and it eliminates the necessity of a consent by a parent or guardian regardless of the age of the mother.  The bill redefines the definition of pregnancy and abortion and eliminates all mention of an "unborn child"  (language used in the current law).  The bill allows abortion on demand for just about any reason one wishes to provide.
As far as I can tell, the bill has not as yet been assigned to committee and no public hearings have been scheduled.  
We have been in contact with the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Office and will keep you updated as more information is made available.
A copy of the bill is attached.  Check to see if your State Senator has signed on to this bill. If so, you are encouraged to contact him/her and let them know you strongly oppose any legislation that expands abortion on demand and definitely not after the 24th week of pregnancy.  
Reminder: when contacting any elected representatives, you do so as a private citizen/constituent and NOT as a member of CDA.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Carol Ghiloni, Legislative Chairwoman, or 781-395-2088.
Important links for more information:  Bill detail and  Article
In Unity & Charity,
MA State Board
January 13, 2019 - Save the Date!  Sisters of St. Joseph are holding their annual Prayer Vigil to commemorate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day from 1:00 - 2:30.  Gather at the Motherhouse Chapel, 637 Cambridge Street, Brighton.  click for flyer
2018 State Calendar of Events
December 8, 2018:  Save the Date!  Women Affirming Life is holding its annual Mass and Breakfast at the Norwood Four Points Sheraton from 8:30 - 11:00.  This year's theme "The Pro Life Movement:  Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow" presentation given by special guest speaker Professor Mary Ann Glendon.  This even is co-sponsored by Women Affirming Life and the Pro Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston.  Tables of 10 are available for $300.  For further information contact    or   call  508-651-1900.
December 2, 2018:  State Christmas Party will be held at John Boyle O'Reilly Hall, 17 Willow Street, Westboro 11-2.  (yes same place as last year).  Click here for details.
October 20, 2018The MA State Board is sponsoring a Leadership Workshop on Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at St. Columbkille School in Brighton.  We encourage as many members as possible to attend. There's something for everyone: spirituality, education, information and of course some fun time.  Court officers are strongly urged to attend, particularly those who are new to their elected office.  It's a great chance to meet and interact with your CDA sisters; network, share ideas, learn something new and have fun along the way.  For details, click for flyer.
October 13, 2018:  Sisters of Saint Joseph send a "Save the Date" for the 9th Annual Symposium on the Impact of Social Media on Human Trafficking.  Registration at 9AM, presentation 9:30-12:30 at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 637 Cambridge Street, Brighton.  Sponsored by The Anti-Trafficking Coalition [ATC] of the Boston Unit of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious [LCWR] is committed to raising awareness and inspiring action that will stop the demand for human trafficking in our neighborhoods and our world.  Click for flyer to share with others.
September 28-30, 2018 - Weekend Retreat:  Notre Dame Spirituality Center, Ipswich, MA  Nourish Your Relationship with God   Arrival after 3:00 pm Friday, departure 1:00 pm Sunday
Presenters: Sr. Peggy Cummins, SNDdeN, Gloria Hayes, Mary MacGillivray, Bryn Walsh.  Spend a quiet weekend nourishing your relationship with God. Allow yourself to slow down and listen for God’s voice in scripture, poetry, art, music and nature. One on one spiritual direction is included.  
Cost: $175 To register call: 978 380-1574

Eight-week Prayer Experience modeled on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, A Path to Love – Come and Share the Sacred Journey into God.  This program offers guides for personal daily prayer, opportunities for participation in various forms of prayer, and faith sharing.  Individual spiritual direction will be available.

Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm
– October 11
– October 18
– October 25
– November 1
– November 8
– November 15
– November 29
– December 6

Presenters: Sr. Peggy Cummins, SNDdeN, Gloria Hayes, Mary MacGillivray, Bryn Walsh
Free will offering
To Register, call: 978-380-1574 or
June 17, 2018The annual Massachusetts Citizens for Life March was held today on Boston Common. It was a beautiful day to be out showing support for life. Once again CDA had a table on the commons, showing our support of MCFL and sharing information on our organization. Well done State Regent Tricia McShane and State Secretary Carol Ghiloni!  Click for picture
May 19, 2018:  The Day of Recollection at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham on Saturday, May 19th was a wonderful day filled with spirituality and sisterhood. Many courts were represented as well as State Officers Past and Present and our own Spiritual Advisor, Sister Ellen.  Didn't go this year? Don't miss out again! Make a mental note now to "save the date" when Court St. Clementine offers this activity in 2019.  Click for picture
2017 State Calendar of Events
October 22, 2017:  World Mission Sunday (sponsored by The Society for the Propagation of the Faith) will be on October 22 this year.  His Eminence Sean Cardinal O'Malley will be the Principle Celebrant and homilist at the 11:15 Mass at St. Columbkille Church, 321 Market Street, Brighton.  If you are interested in attending please let State Regent Patricia McShane know so she can reply with a head count.  The Propagation of the Faith has been one of our Christmas Charities.
October 21, 2017:  There will be a Fall workshop for Local Court Officers, District Deputies, Chairmen and anyone else who wants to work on teamwork in the State of Massachusetts.  The Workshop will be on Saturday, October 21 at Holy Cross Family Ministries in Easton (next to Stonehill College). Please plan on attending. It is very important to the survival of Catholic Daughters in our State that we build bridges and open the lines of communication.
October 14, 2017:  SAVE THE DATE 9:30am –12:00pm Please join in the 7th Symposium on Anti-Human Trafficking
WHERE?  St. Joseph Preparatory High School
(next to Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse)
617 Cambridge Street, Brighton, MA 02135
A panel of speakers from law enforcement agencies
in the greater Boston area will offer an update on the status
of Human Trafficking today. They will share anti-trafficking
initiatives in the United States and Massachusetts - what has
changed in recent years and what they see in the future.
They will also offer some practical actions that individuals and
groups can take to help eradicate Human Trafficking.
September 30, 2017:  Your State Board, IPSR Maureen Trainor and some members from Court Henry A. Sullivan will be manning an information table at the "A Reason for Our Hope" Conference in Lowell MA on Saturday, September 30.  We hope to gain new members and maybe even a new court. Please pray for our success. For more information on the Conference please go to 
Friday, September, 15, 2017:  We will be manning the phones at CatholicTV Telethon between the hours of 3-6 pm. If you can help out, contact State Regent Patricia McShane.  This activity involves being able to hear well and being able to write clearly. It also requires patience and good people skills.
REMINDER:  From your State Regent:   Dear Catholic Daughters,
If anyone is interested in helping out answering phones please let me know by next week. I need to give the names in soon.
If you can listen well, write neatly, and have a cheerful attitude with others, you CAN DO THIS.  It is a lot of fun and you meet a lot of wonderful and interesting people from all over the world through the phone.  Please email or call me if you would like to help out this year.  Address is 34 Chestnut Street behind St. Patrick's Church in Watertown.
God Bless,
September 14, 2017:  From our Brothers in Christ with Knights of Columbus.  Please read on:
From: Deacon Tom Anthony <>
Date: July 24, 2017 at 10:43:28 PM EDT
I am happy and overjoyed to announce a major Pro-Life Event. The Knights of Columbus Council 202 Haverhill, MA is sponsoring a concert September 14, 2017 at All Saints Church in Haverhill, MA featuring John Michael Talbot. All proceeds are to benefit the purchase of an ultrasound machine to be placed in a pro-life doctor's office in Haverhill. Free ultrasounds will be given to all pregnant women referred to the doctor by the Pregnancy Care Center of Haverhill and from our Pro-Life warriors who stand every day in front of the Abortion Clinic in Haverhill on Groveland Street. As you know, it is a fact that 90% of women contemplating an abortion change their mind when they have an ultrasound performed. 
I am begging all of you to support this event by posting the flyer in your church bulletins and, God willing, purchase tickets. You can either call me or order tickets online.  Either way, please act now. This event will put Council 202 over the top to purchase the machine.  As you all know, council 202 has been working on this project for over two years now. We are committed to finishing this event this year with this concert. 
Please click here  and here for flyers for the details. 

If you have any questions, please call me at: (978) 973-0437
Deacon Tom Anthony
40 Days for Life Haverhill

Friday, March 24 - Saturday, March 25, 2017 - Throughout the Archdiocese of Boston and together with the church around the world, 24 Hours with the Lord is part of Pope Francis' universal effort to make Christ's mercy and love known.  For more information, go to or click here for flyer.
Sunday, January 8, 2017 1:00-2:30pm JOIN IN A PRAYER VIGIL TO COMMEMORATE THE 9TH ANNUAL National Human Trafficking Awareness Day WHERE? Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse Outside [and Inside] Motherhouse 637 Cambridge Street, Brighton, MA 02135.   We will gather in our Motherhouse Chapel. Warm beverages and refreshments served after the vigil. Click for flyer.
2016 State Calendar of Events
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Massachusetts State Court invites you to attend the Annual Christmas Luncheon at Lombardo's, 6 Billings Street, Randolph at 11:30am.  This year's theme is "Angels we have heard on high".  Cost:  $45/person.  Registration deadline: November 26th.  No refunds after November 28th.  Make checks payable to Mass State CDA.  To register, send your check to Judi Shooter, 2 Lester Road, Danvers, MA  01923, call Judi at 978-774-4158 (if you get answering machine, leave your name and court), or email at .  Your served dinner includes garden salad, slow-roasted stuffed breast of chicken, red bliss smashed potato, petite carrots and green beans, lemon curd and cream cake, coffee and tea.  YUM!  Cash bar will be available.  Entertainment by Kathy on the Keys and raffles will add to our Christmas Celebration.  All courts re asked to bring a raffle item with approximate value of $25 for the table.  

October 30, 2016 - SAVE THE DATE!  The Massachusetts State Court will be celebrating their 100th anniversary on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. in Sacred Hearts Church, 165 South Main Street, Bradford, MA. The Anniversary Dinner celebration will follow at DiBurro’s Function Facility, 887 Boston Rd., located off Route 125, Bradford, MA. Your State Board is in the process of making plans to celebrate this special occasion.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016CDA101 Please join us at Holy Cross Family Ministries, 518 Washington Street, North Easton for a day of prayer and learning. The day begins with 9AM registration, 9:30 Mass, 11AM presentation by Lynnel Cox of Hand Delivered Hope, 12:15 lunch raffles, and gift shop, 1:15 workshops, 2:15 sharing of ideas, 3:00 raffle drawing and closing by 3:15. All CDA members are invited to attend.  Cost: $20/pp.  RSVP 1st Vice State Regent Patricia Abruzese Johnston at    617-755-8306 or  Make checks payable to MA State Court CDA and send to Patricia at 148 Marble Street, Apt 202, Stoneham, MA  02180.

  July 20-24, 2016 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the site of our National Convention. This should be a wonderful convention filled with many events as planned by the State Court of Pennsylvania and our National Court. Delegate and Alternate election forms have been mailed. Please follow procedures for electing your representatives and return the form to the National office along with a copy to the State Regent and a copy for your files. If no one from your Court will be attending the same procedure must be followed with a completed form being returned. Delegate and Alternate forms must be returned to the National Office and State Regent. The March mailing of the National Newsletter has all the necessary paperwork for those who will be attending the Convention and the information is also available on the CDA National website. All resolutions that are submitted to the National Chairman must be postmarked by May 1st.  Remember to send National's meal reservation form and check to Linda Coletti.  Tour reservation forms with court checks are sent directly to National.  State Dinner night reservations and checks go to 1st Vice State Regent Patricia Abruzese-Johnston.  Click flyer for details.

March 18, 2016 - Celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy with Holy Cross Family Ministries and Stonehill College Ministries.  4:30 prayer, 5:30 fellowship, 6:30 adoration. Please see attached flyer for detail.  Also see attached the Short Notices: Year of Mercy Event flyer.
February 19-20-21, 2016 - Please note the following request from our State Spiritual Chair, Jean Rousseau:  Dear Members, Will you please keep the 100 women in MCI, Framingham in prayer this weekend as they attend a retreat and the 19 members of the team that will be ministering to them.  By our prayer we can live out one of the corporal works of mercy which is to comfort the imprisoned and our call to "Be Merciful just as our Father is Merciful"  Luke 6:36  Peace,  Jean Rousseau, Spiritual Enhancement Chair
2015 State Calendar of Events
Sunday December 6, 2015 - MA CDA Christmas Party at Lombardo's (6 Billings St., Randolph). Save the date!!!
Month of November - Is blood drive month.  Give blood and save a life!
Month of October - Membership month!  BOGO (bring one, gain one) - and wear your purple proudly!  Why would someone want to join your court?  Spread the word!
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) annual fund raiser dinner – Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA 6pm Reception 7pm Dinner $65.00 pp
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - Save the date for our Gathering Workshop at Holy Cross Family Ministries.   Click here for directions to HCFM using Google Maps.  Day begins at 9:30AM with Mass concelebrated by Fr. Leo Polselli and Fr. William Salmon, our State Chaplain.  Following will be "coffee with Helene".  Helene Shepard, National Regent Elect and Massachusetts Supervisor from New York will share information on what we as Catholic Daughters need to know about our wonderful organization. Lunch will follow. The afternoon session will be a 3-4 minute presentation by each Regent about their calendar plans for 2015-2016.   It’s time to share your information and let others know what you are doing. The day will end with closing remarks followed by prayer reflections from our State Spiritual Chairwoman Jean Rousseau. Please click here for flyer and additional info.
October 15, 2015 – Bethany Health Care, Ministry sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Boston Marriott Copley Place, 6pm Reception, 7pm Dinner, $225 pp

October 4, 2015 - Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle – Boston College High School, 5pm Reception, Awards 6:15pm - $125 pp

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - Please keep the Knights of Columbus in your prayers as they hold their Installation Mass of State Officers at St. Ann's in Dorchester.
Friday September 11, 2015 - Support Catholic TV through this year's telethon.  Watch between 3-6 as the MA Catholic Daughters answer phones and take pledges.  Check your local cable listing for the channel to watch.  Want to join us?  Contact State Regent Maureen Trainor.     Seating is limited so don't delay!  This is an easy way to get out there and take action, hang out with your CDA sisters AND spend some time watching Father Reed and Jay behind the scenes.
2014 State Calendar of Events
Sunday December 7, 2014 - MA CDA Christmas Party at Lombardo's (6 Billings St., Randolph). Save the date!!!
Thursday October 23, 2014 - Mass Citizens for Life Fundraiser Location: Four Points by Sheraton (1125 Boston Providence Turnpike Norwood MA) Reception 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. Cost: $60/ticket Contact Tricia McShane at by Sept. 26th. 
Saturday September 27, 2014 - New Officers Workshop at Holy Cross Family Ministries (518 Washington St. North Easton) Registration 9:30 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m., followed by workshop. Donation $20 for lunch and materials. Contact Maureen Trainor (77 Laurel Ave, Bradford MA) by September 13th.
2014 Calendar of Events - click here for list.
Saturday May 3, 2014 - MA CDA Retreat
Court St. Clementine #821 is hosting our CDA State Retreat at Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA from (9 AM - 3 PM). Our facilitator is Sister Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ who will discuss "God's Gift of Aging". Mass will be at noon in the Abbey Chapel.  Cost is $30 per person and includes coffee and lunch.  All CDA members are welcome to attend.  Please contact Regent Carol Ghiloni at 781-395-2088 or email Carol at if you plan to attend.
Sunday April 6, 2014 - MA CDA SPRING BLING!
11:30 am - 3:30 pm at DoubleTree by Hilton Leominster  (99 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA 01453). Enjoy good company and a luncheon and have a sneak peak at where the 2015 State Convention will be held.  Guest speaker Sister Pat McSharry, SND will discuss current anti-trafficking efforts and the Safe House.  A Lia Sophia jewelry (bling) party will raise funds for anti-human trafficking initiatives. Bring a donation for the Safe House (gift cards from CVS, Walgreens or Walmart, ect.) and you will be entered to win a Lia Sophia gift.  Cost: $28 per person; RSVP by March 21, 2014. Checks payable to Mass. State CDA to be mailed to Mrs. Maureen Trainor, 1st Vice State Regent (77 Laurel Ave. Bradford, MA 01835), telephone 978-374-4682 or
 Sunday December 8, 2013 - MA CDA Christmas Party 11:30 am - 3:30 pm at Lombardo's (6 Billings St., Randolph). $35 per person; checks payable to Mass. State CDA to be mailed to Linda Coletti, 11 Sanger St. Medford MA 02155. Registration deadline November 22nd; no refunds after November 27th.  Call Linda (781-395-0038) or email  Directions to Lombardo's (Rt. 93 south; Exit 5A toward Randolph (MA 28s); right onto Scanlon Drive; right onto High St.; 1st right onto Billings St.)
Saturday October 26, 2013 - Membership Gathering at Holy Cross Family Ministries, 518 Washington St., North Easton, MA, 9:30 AM registration; 10:00 AM Mass.   Cost: $20 (make checks out to MA State Court); RSVP by Oct. 11th with name and payment to: Maureen Trainor, 1st Vice State Regent, 77 Laurel Ave. Bradford, MA 01835.
Sunday, September 8, 2013 - Installation Mass for Tricia McShane, newly elected State Secretary at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, 24 Conant Street, Danvers at 11:30 followed by Reception for newly elected State Regent Judi Shooter at Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott Street (Rt 62) Danvers.  Cost:  $38  RSVP Marie O'Brien 978-531-2896
Thursday - Sunday, April 25-28, 2013 - CALL TO CONVENTION!!!  48th Biennial State Convention, Radisson Hotel at Plymouth Harbor, Plymouth.  Thursday "fun day/night" scavenger hunt.  Friday opening ceremonies followed by Business Sessions, Key Note speaker: Fr. William Devine, recipient of the Knights of Columbus Lantern Award.  Saturday Business Sessions followed by Saturday night Banquet with Key Note speaker:  Fr. Robert Reed of Catholic TV.  Sunday Installation Mass of new State Board officers followed by luncheon.  Exhibit Room:  RSVP 2nd Vice State Regent Patricia Abruzese Johnston, Exhibit Advisor, to reserve your table.  NOTE:  this year we will be offering a CDA Store with supplies from National in the Exhibits Room as well as 50/50 raffles and raffle baskets.
Sunday, April 14, 2013 - (rescheduled from February 17) JCDA Day Mass of Thanksgiving, 64 Warner Street, St. Clement parish, Medford.  Time: 11AM followed by collation in Parish Hall.  Guest Speaker:  Nicole Latif, children's author of Forever You:  A Book About Your Body & Soul.  Share the joy with our Junior Catholic Daughter Courts - Our Lady of Providence, Ct St Joan of Arc, Elizabeth A Seton. 
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - Soul Cry dance presented by Accendo Dance Company, reflection and discussion offered by Boston Unit of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition.  Fontbonne Academy, 930 Brook Road, Milton, MA  02186.  12:30 Registration, 1:00 Prayer and Welcome. Closing: 4PM. 
Sunday, March 23, 2013 - Christian Seder Supper "Come to the Table".  Save the Date!  Elks Hall, Washington Street, Brighton, 4PM.  Cost to follow.  More information will be in the March newsletter.
Sunday, March 10, 2013 - Family Rosary Lenten Retreat 2013 from 1:30-5PM.  $5 per person/$20 per family - includes snack.  Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Road, North Dartmouth, MA.  To register call 508-238-4095
Sunday, March 2, 2013 - Workshop/Delegates & Alternates Meeting for upcoming State Convention, at 12:30, at St Clements Hall.  Pizza and salad lunch for $5 per person.  Make checks to MA State CDA and forward to Maureen Trainor, State Secretary, 77 Laurel Avenue, Bradford, MA  01835.
 Friday, January 25, 2013 - March for Life, Washington DC.  This year IPSR Linda Coletti will be joined by State Secretary Maureen Trainor and 2nd Vice State Regent Patricia Abruzese-Johnston.
2012 State Calendar of Events
January 8, 2012 (Sunday) - Prayer Vigil to commemorate the 5th Annual National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 637 Cambridge Sreet, Brighton from 1:00-2:30PM.
January 24, 2012 - Washington, DC.  Once again State Regent Connie Pagan brought our Junior Catholic Daughters down to Washington to participate in the annual March for Life.  While there the young ladies were interviewed by Catholic News Service.  Click here to read how they responded when asked why they were there. 
Saturday, January 28, 2012 - (Please note date change)Winter Conference, St. Linus Hall, Hartford Street, Natick, MA.  Click here for directions.  Registration:  9:30 a.m.  Conference will start at 10:00 a.m. with workshop commencing after lunch.  Cancellation due to weather will be made via emails and/or phone calls. Contact 1st Vice State Regent, Judi Shooter with registration names.  Cost: $20.00 per person with checks made out to MA State Court.  Deadline for registration: 1/7/2012.
February 18, 2012 - Institution of new JCDA Court, Court Our Lady of Providence - 4PM Mass at St. Clement Church, 71 Warner Street, Medford, MA with a collation hosted by Court St. Clementine to follow in the Parish Hall.  Our National Supervisor, Helene Shepard, will be there to share in our celebration.  Donation:  no charge.  Please RSVP at 617-755-8306 to gauge refreshments.  Our goal is to have your presence and spread the word about who we are and what we do.  Please bring a friend and/or Catholic girl ages 6-18 to witness this blessed event and learn about Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
February 18, 2012 - State Chaplain Fr. Kevin invites all to see Ronan Tynan in concert at Holy Cross Cathedral, 1400 Washington Street, Boston, 7PM.  Tynan is called the modern day renaissance man whose songs are traditional, Irish, Religious and Classical.  Tickets: $15 for CDA members only.  Tickets may be purchased at the door (doors open at 6PM) or by calling Holy Cross Cathedral at 617-542-5682.  The church is handicap accessible. 
February 19, 2012 - JCDA Day 11AM Mass.  St. Stephens' Church, 221 Concord Street, Framingham, followed by collation at the Christa McAuliffe School.
February 22, 2012 - Ash Wednesday.  Join the challenge!  A note from 2nd Vice State Regent Patricia Johnston:
I have an idea - I'm thinking 40 acts of kindness in 40 days.  We all, as CDA ladies do such things in the normal course of our lives, but let's each of us challenge one another to go the extra mile in these days of Lent.  I am thinking small, nothing heroic, but nonetheless meaningful and stretching.  Say an extra Rosary, call a friend, spend time in adoration of the Sacred Heart, make the Stations of the Cross, visit a shut-in, let someone pass in front of you even when you are in a hurry. say a special prayer for the person that says "I just don't have time to attend a service to get Ashes" (how sad for her - I heard this on the radio this AM), provide a meal for a neighbor (you can buy it), donate to a cause you never considered, smile at a stranger in public, offer a compliment - it may be the only one that person receives that day, tell someone how much their prescence in your life means to you (we all like to be appreciated) get the picture.   The key is to have this foremost in your mind so you never forget to "pay it forward".  If you are up to the challenge, you are on the clock starting now.  Remember, only ONE extra kindness/day, but who's counting!  Need a form to keep you on track?  Click here
Saturday, March 10, 2012 - Women Affirming life Spring Breakfast and Mass at 8:30AM, Four Points by Sheraton Norwood, 1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike (Rt 1), Norwood, MA  02062.  Guest speaker M.C. Sullivan, Nurse and Attorney will speak on Physician Assisted Suicide - How to Inform Ourselves for a Meaningful Response.  If interested in attending, please contact the ProLife office at 508-651-1900 or
Saturday, March 31, 2012 - "Come to the Table" Christian Seder Meal.   Service starts at 4:30 at the Brighton Elks Lodge,       326 Washington Street, Brighton Center, followed by dinner.  Catered meal by Maria's of Watertown will include homemade soup, salad, lamb, potatoes and green beans.  Donation:  $35.  Please RSVP to State Secretary Maureen Trainor at 978-374-4682 or by March 26th. 
Saturday, April 21, 2012 - Spring Workshop at St. Clement's Hall, 64 Warner Street, Medford.   Registration:  9:30 a.m.  Workshop will start at 10:00 a.m. Cost:  $20 per person with checks made out to MA State Court.  Deadline:  April 14th.  Please send your check and Registration form to 1st Vice State Regent Judi Shooter, 2 Lester Road, Danvers, MA  01923.   
Saturday, May 5, 2012 - Consumerism and the Many Faces of Human Trafficking symposium offered by the Anti-Trafficking Coalition of the Boston Unit of LCWR, 8:45AM - 12:30PM at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 637 Cambridge Street, Brighton.  To register, email rosemaryhanlon@csjboston or call 617-746-2029.
Saturday, June 2, 2012 - National Convention Delegates meeting at Mt. Vernon Restaurant, 14 Broadway in Somerville, 1:30PM.
Saturday, June 2, 2012 - Family Rosary Retreat "Living the Beatitudes Together in Christ" sponsored by Holy Cross Family Ministries will be held at the Cardinal Spellman High School, 738 Court Street, Brockton from 8AM - 5PM.  Mass will be celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop John Dooher, D.D.  Guest Speaker Sr. Terry Richard O.P. will speak on the importance of Family Prayer.
Sunday, June 10, 2012 - MA CDA Group Installation of Court Officers, 3PM at the Holy Cross Cathedral, 1400 Washington Street, Boston.  Free Parking in the lot behind the Cathedral with entrance on corner of Harrison and Malden Streets or street parking.  A light collation will follow the ceremony.        Courts participating:  #584 Ct Henry A Sullivan, #781 Ct Ausonia, #821 Ct St Clementine, #1859 Ct St Francis of Assisi, and #2410 Ct St Bernadette.  Even if your court is not participating, please consider attending in support of our CDA members.
Sunday, June 24, 2012 - JCDA Court Mother Seton will be instituted at the 9:45AM family Mass at St. Bartholomew's in Needham. 
July 17-22, 2012 - 54th Biennial National Convention - Omaha, Nebraska!  Thirteen Massachusetts delegates, including all your State Officers, attended this year's National Convention.  With the theme taken from Matthew 19:26, "With God, all things are possible," workshops were attended, new friends made and old ones re-united, Work Sessions were attended with a voting potential of 2,414 and actual voting power of 589.  State Regent Connie Pagan made us proud when she stood before the delegation and fought for Massachusetts-submitted Resolution #7 which calls for the Catholic Daughters to adopt a campaign to promote the purchase of Fair Trade items as part of our Anti-Human Trafficking awareness campaign - and it PASSED!  Donations totalling $158,700 were reported with The Smile Train receiving donations of $51,000.  Thursday's State Dinner night was very successful with 24 attending from Massachusetts, Vermont and Connecticut.  Friday night's Nebraska Night Dinner was a fun time for all.  Saturday's Mass and Installation of National Officers included the installation of Massachusett's own Joyce Ann Fleming to National Director.  CONGRATULATIONS Joyce Ann!  This was followed by the Appreciation Banquet followed by the inspiring Mass for Travellers.  The Masses were spiritual and the guest and key note speakers were inspiring.  If you regret not attending this year, join us in 2014 as we travel to Billings, Montana! 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - State Regent Connie Pagan and 2nd Vice State Regent Patricia Abruzese-Johnston had a wonderful opportunity to speak about CDA on the radio!  During the 4-5PM hour on The Good Catholic Life, Boston's daily Catholic radio program (1060 on your dial!) Connie and Patricia spoke with Scot and Father Matt on what we do here in Massachusetts.  Read the transcript at
Thursday, September 20 - Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Prayer for Life Retreat with Father Peter West, founder and director of AMICUS.  Sponsored by Massachusetts Prayers for Life in association with Eternal Life Radio.  Click Registration Form for more detail.
Sunday, September 23, 2012 - Your State Board - State Regent Connie Pagan, ISPR Linda Coletti, 1st Vice State Regent Judi Shooter, and 2nd Vice State Regent Patricia Abruzese-Johnston - was well received at today's Membership Drive at the 8:30AM Mass at St. Zepherin's Church and the 10:30AM Mass at St. Ann's, both in Wayland.  Many parisioners stopped by and expressed interest in both senior and junior courts.  Keep these wonderful women and young ladies in your prayers!
 Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Massachusetts CDA opening Mass, Rosary, Speaker and Officers Workshop.  Taken from the suggestion box, come listen to our guest speaker, bioethicist, nurse and attorney M.C. Sullivan, director of Ethics at Covenant Health Systems in Lexington, present information on the Death with Dignity Act.  She is an extremely passionate and knoweldgeable speaker - you won't want to miss.  9:30 Rosary, 10:00 Mass of Gratitude with celebrant Fr. Leo Polselli, followed by our guest speaker.  Officer's Workshop to follow at 1:30-3:30 for local Officers (all members welcomed).  Registration: $20 includes lunch.  Please send your check along with your Registration form to Judi Shooter, 2 Lester Road, Danvers, MA  01923.  Holy Cross Family Ministry, Easton.  Also:  kickoff for GAMBIT 2012-2013.  Send your Registration Form to Judi Shooter, 2 Lester Road, Danvers.  REMEMBER to bring a donation of instant breakfast cereal, oatmeal or soup for Operation Troop Support.
Sunday, October 7, 2012 - Healing Mass & Blessing with Brother Andre' Relic, Holy Cross Family Ministries, Easton.  Click here for detailed flyer.
Thursday, October 11 - Saturday, November 24 - The Year of Faith.  Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict has declared October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 as the Year of Faith.  His message to all of us is “ it will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God to strengthen our faith in Him and to proclaim Him with joy to all people.” He continued to refer to St. Paul’s  1st letter to the Thessalonians and said that it reminds us that the New Evangelization is the Lord who touches  Hearts by His Word and His Spirit by calling people to faith and communion with the church---Let us all in Unity and Charity as CDA Women Embracing the Values of the Gospel  continue to be leaders to walk in the path that is Christ, and to make  known to all the beauty of His Gospel that gives us  life.
Attached is a Resolution from our National Board to declare in Unity and Charity this Year of Faith.  CDA women let’s eat, sleep, live it, talk it, and   walk it. Let’s live our FAITH!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Click here for resolution.
Saturday, October 13, 2012 - CDA Outdoor Rosary Rally 11AM - 12:30PM, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Washington Street, South End, Boston.
Sunday, October 21, 2012 - SAVE THE DATE for our first Fashion for Fair Trade for Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium 2012 at the Four Points by Sheraton, 1125 Boston Providence Turnpike, Norwood, MA - held in memory of our beloved Sr. Ann Moynihan.  Registration and Exhibits preview open at 12:30 followed by Opening Remarks at 1:00, dinner at 1:15 and our fabulous Guest Speaker, Karen McLaughlin at 2:15.  At 3:00 we will have our Merchandise Reverse Fashion Show (come see what that is all about!) where guests will have ample time to purchase products from our exhibitors.  Symposium concludes at 4:30.  Come learn how you can do your part to combat human trafficking through supporting our fair trade merchants.  Space is limited.  Tickets may be reserved through State Secretary Maureen Trainor.
November is Massachusetts CDA Blood Drive Month
November (date tba) - Advent Day of Prayer and Reflection.  More to follow.
Sunday, November 4, 2012 - Mass of Thanksgiving & Reception Celebration in honor of National Director, Joyce Ann Fleming.  See Local Events for detail.
Sunday, December 2, 2012 - CDA Christmas Party at Lombardo's in Randolph.  More to follow.
2011 State Calendar of Events
September 12th - 9/11 Mass Remembrance and Collation for newly elected 2nd Vice Regent, Patricia Abruzese Johnston, 6PM
September 18th - Afternoon Tea with the Daughters of St. Paul, Jamaica Plain, 3PM
September 24th - Fall Conference, St. Joseph's Hall, 145 Holliston Street, Medway 10-3
September 25th - Mass and collation for newly elected State Treasurer, Patricia McShane, 2PM, St. Columbkille, Brighton
September 30th - Catholic TV telethon, answering the phones - call in your pledges! 4-6PM
October 15th - Court Margaret's 90th Anniversary, 4PM Mass, North Adams
October 30th - State 95 Anniversary Mass and collation, 3PM, St. Patrick's, Stoneham
December 4th - CDA Christmas Party, Lombardo's, Randolph, 11AM - 3PM (ticket purchase deadline: 11/14)
December 11th - Advent Reflection, Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta Church, 800 Columbia Road, Dorchester, 6:00PM.  Donation: free will offering at door.
December 17th - Women Affirming Life, Mass begins at 8:30AM with Registration at 8:00, Four Points by Sheraton Norwood, 1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike   (Rt 1), Norwood.  Cost:  $30 sent to Women Affirming Life, PO Box 35532, Brighton, MA  02135
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