Brookings register | Marking a Century of Service to the Catholic Community of Brookings


BROOKINGS – On Sunday, September 19, Catholic girls in the Brookings area will celebrate their 100th anniversary of service to the Brookings faith community with a Mass at 11 am and a reception at St. Thomas More Parish in Brookings.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas.

It offers local spirituality, sharing and activity under the support of a dynamic national organization.

Members donate to charity, administer scholarship programs and strive to “help people where there is pain, poverty, grief or disease.”

They embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all.

St. Agnes Court No. 618, Brookings of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas was founded on May 22, 1921, with 31 members, headed by Agnes Grimm who had just moved to Brookings from Parkston where she was a Catholic girl member of the yard there.

The new tribunal was named in his honor. Over the past 100 years, the organization has helped support the many ministries within the parish of St. Thomas More; helped support the construction of two church facilities, were readers, Eucharistic ministers, religious education teachers, ushers, choir members, sacristans, conducted Bible studies, visitors hospital and office assistants. The organization has organized card parties, Mardi Gras parties, spaghetti dinners, pastry / craft sales, raffles, all to support our charities. Ct. St. Agnes has hosted four state conventions and various other CDA gatherings and workshops since its inception.

“Currently, our members visit various nursing homes and assisted living centers in Brookings where they pray the Rosary with residents, Catholics and non-Catholics; make quilts that are donated to Sleep in Heavenly Peace; donated the papal flag to the STMCS; make the baptismal bibs given to each child when they are welcomed into the church; and award two scholarships to students pursuing college / technology studies, ”according to a CDA statement.

“We raise awareness of abuse with our Lifesaver program in the spring and our White Ribbons Against Pornography (WRAP) program in the fall, provide meals for the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes, send shoes and clothing to missions. , collect non-perishable food for the pantry, clothing and personal items for the shelter from domestic abuse.

The tribunal meets on the third Tuesday of the month (this Tuesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. in the social room. Any Catholic woman aged 18 and over can join Tuesday.


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