Here is where you will find the latest news about what New Jersey Catholic Daughters are doing to spread Unity and Charity throughout the State.
There are presently 32 local courts and one junior court located in Woodbridge.
Watch for upcoming feature stories.
Deacon Don Zampella
Joyce Ann Fleming
A Message from the State Regent
May is the month of Mary, our Blessed Mother. I'm sure there will be many prayer services held at this month's meetings. She is the patroness of the Catholic Daughters. Ask her to continue blessing our organization and to inspire women to join our membership.
Congratulations to the new officers of our local Courts. Thank you for your willingness to serve. Remember to have your Financial Secretary fill out the Local Court Officers form and send it to the National Office and to me. Even if there are no changes in Offices, the form should be sent for the two year term 2016 to 2018. Dawn Toal, State Secretary, is sending this form with the dues bill in case you do not have it handy. It can also be downloaded from the National website www.catholicdaughters.org.
Financial Reviews for the period Oct. 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 were due in April. To date we have received 10 out of a total of 30. Please complete your Financial Review as soon as possible and send it to the National Office, myself and Dawn Toal, State Secretary. Dawn has been diligent in following up on the Financial Reviews that we do not have in our files. I thank those Courts who have responded to her.
The raffle drawing which supports our Scholarship Fund will take place on June 4. Please send all the chance books, both sold and unsold, and checks to Audrey Spenard, First Vice State Regent.
Justine Romanelli, State Chairman for Education, has announced the State winners in the National Education Contest. She has sent the First Place winners in each category to National. The National winners will be announced at the National Convention in July.
Congratulations to Ethan Zeigler, grandson of Elaine Niznik from Court Immaculate Queen of Peace #1552 in Secaucus, this year's winner of our State Scholarship. In the May Newsletter is a list of Education Contest winners and an article on Ethan. Thank you Justine for a job well done.
First Vice State Regent Audrey Spenard, Second Vice State Regent Theresa Dieterich, State Treasurer Loretta Zimmer, and I will be attending the National Convention in July. We will be joined by fourteen other delegates and alternates from our Local Courts. New Jersey will be well represented. State Courts have been asked to provide a basket valued at $50 for a raffle at Convention. Theresa Dieterich will be assembling a bouguet of flowers made from $1.00 bills. We call it - FLOWER$ FROM THE GARDEN STATE.
I hope you all had a very happy Mother's Day.
In Unity and Charity,
Maria Rau, State Regent
A Message from our State Chaplain
May, the month of Mother's Day, Pentecost, Most Holy Trinity, the Most holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) is a month dedicated to Mary and with good reason. The weather softens with warm temperatures, sun, and the flowers are blooming. It speaks of God and of the Blessed Virgin.
We start with Mother's Day a day to remember all mothers, especially Our Heavenly Mother, Mary. For Mothers are our first loves and nurturers; the women we go to for comfort, and help when we are in difficulty, especially Mother Mary.
Next is Pentecost...the day the Holy Spirit comes upon us all, not just those present two thousand years ago...a day we celebrate Confirmation, when we become empowered by the Spirit of God.
Then the Holy Trinity, the uniting of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is one of the greatest mysteries of Christianity and, at some point, in the future, we will be with the Trinity celebrating with praise and song to Almighty God.
The best Sunday is saved for the last, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi); the gift given to us by Jesus the Christ, His body and blood to nourish us both in body and soul. Why? Because of His unconditional Love.
This is the month of remembrance: Remembering our mothers, Our Heavenly Mother, the gifts of beauty that God gives us and the unending gift of His Body and Blood. What a month to pray to God and the Mother of God and say "THANK YOU LORD GOD ALMIGHTY."
May Our Loving God bless all of us in this month of Holiness, beauty and Love.
Deacon Don Zampella, State Chaplain
Local Officers: Send me your e-mail addresses so the State Board can better communicate with you. I will be sure to forward them to the State Board members. (Include name and title.)
Send to: Dolores Berardicelli
A Stewardship Prayer
Lord and Creator….You are the source of wisdom and grace, the author of human freedom and creativity. We thank you for these gifts and ask that you teach us to be good stewards of our creative spirits.
Show us how to quiet ourselves and to learn the art of reflection and relaxation so that we might recharge and refill ourselves for the work you have planned for us.
Help us never to be too busy to pause and realize your gracious presence all around us, in nature, in other people, in ourselves. Slow us down, Lord, and teach us to be stewards of our time and recreation. Amen.
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