Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas, otherwise known as JCDA, is a unique organization that is exclusively for Catholic girls. Our Blessed Mother, Mary, is our Patroness.
The JCDA members accept, act, and live the Christian message, in service to God through others in a variety of activities. The areas of involvement include Message, Service, and Community.
JCDA/Court Marion is based out of St. Mary Parish in Mt. Angel; however, girls from surrounding parishes are welcome to join JCDA/Court Marion. Each member is given a blue sash and earns project and activity pins to attach to her sash.
Court activities include regular meetings; furthering religious education; involvement in Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy projects, such as the annual May Crowning, Adopt-a-Seminarian program, baby shower for the Fr. Taaffe Foundation, and nursing home assistance; scholarships; fundraisers. Court Marion participates in State JCDA activities, including the State JCDA Conventions and State JCDA Fun Days.
Girls, 3rd Grade 8th Grade, meet on the 2nd Thursdays of September through May, from 2:30 or 3:00pm (depending upon discharge from school) to 4:15pm. High School girls participate in activities as time permits.
The JCDA Program is based on four objectives:
- To promote the development of the whole person through programs of self-identity, personal growth, and peer group relationships;
- To promote service to others in the parish, community, and JCDA;
- To encourage spiritual growth by providing opportunities for personal prayer, liturgy, and ecumenical understanding; and
- To encourage programming that is open, flexible, and creative to current needs and concerns.
For more information, contact Marietta Schindler, (503) 845-6141, or Patty Eder (503) 932-7684.