Court St. Rita #321 Catholic Daughters of the Americas held a Mass for the reception of new members Monday evening, June 10, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein. The reception was the culmination of three months of membership advancement efforts by the court.
For the year, 15 new members have been welcomed to the court. Taking part in the reception Mass were Leslie Horan, Crystal Hyman, Sue Imoehl, Sandy Magsamen, Cheryl Roth, Kathryn Stejskal, Veronica Stewart, Pat Taylor and Barb Wegner. Others not able to attend the event were Barb Geilenfeld, Mary Kalb, Ruth Lau, Kathy Lenth, Carolyn Olson, and Alice Steinman. Court Regent Diana Stewart presided at the reception ceremony.
Special guests included National Regent Elect, Sherry Nilles, Immediate Past Iowa State Regent Jan Grundmeyer, Iowa State Treasurer Sandra Burgart and District Deputy Lois Gaffney.
Celebrant for the Mass was Father Ray Atwood. He was assisted by Court St. Rita Chaplain, Deacon Jim Patera. Lector was court Vice-Regent Barbara Voshell. Court Financial Secretary and Treasurer Barbara Rundle and Barbara Vandersee respectively presented the gifts.
Other participants were Cross Bearer Barb Gehrke; Color Guards Mary Reeder, Caron Cannon and Rita Thole and Banner Bearer Novella Wilson. Virginia Larimer served as the Ceremonial Coordinator with the assistance of Rosie Casey, Linda Potter and Mary Reeder. Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus of Oelwein Council 1168 served as Honor Guard. Serving in this capacity were Gus Aubrey, Jerry Nolan, and Wallace Rundle.
Erika Brockmeyer served as the song leader, accompanied by J’Andrea Gibney at the organ. Musical selections were “Immaculate Mary,” “One Bread One Body” and “On this Day O Beautiful Mother.”
Deacon Jim Patera read a letter from the Nation Clergy Consultant Father Ed Lamp to welcome the new members. Lamp wrote in part, “The motto of Catholic Daughters is ‘Unity and Charity.’ Charity is often much easier than unity. In Catholic Daughters you will encounter a variety of women, each with her own opinion and ideas, and each created in God’s image and likeness. Robert Fulgham once wrote: ‘We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.’ Only with Charity can we be United.”
Following the Mass and ceremony, a light meal was served in Sacred Heart Social Hall to honor the new members and their guests. Chairman Pat Arthaud and her committee provided this service.
The evening concluded with the monthly meeting of Court St. Rita #321.