Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) - Founded in 1903 by the Knights of Columbus in Utica, New York, CDA has grown into the largest national organization of Catholic women in the United States and Central America. Under the patronage of the Blessed Mother, its members are united by their faith in Jesus Christ and their devotion to the Church and the Holy See. Our CDA emblem is the cross and the crown which symbolize the reward promised to the faithful.
CDA welcomes all Catholic women, lay and religious, 18 or older who love and support the Church and wish to participate in social and charitable activities.
Cedar Rapids CDA Court #1768 is made up of women from all of the Cedar Rapids/Marion Catholic churches. We meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church unless otherwise noted (except during the months of January, July, and August). Please join us at our next meeting.
The Stitchers and Knitters group meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of every month in the Glovik Parish Center from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The group makes quilts for various events including Goulash Day. For more information, call Sandy Pape at 286-9141 or Elaine Boes at 848-6052.
Golden Friendships is an organization for retired persons to visit and build community and is open to both non-parishioners and parishioners. This group meets for a potluck on the third Thursday of the month at 12 noon in Chihak Hall. Everyone brings a covered dish and dues are $1.00 per month. After the meal, Bingo is played, with each person donating one item to be used for prizes.
Our parish has on average 45 parishioners who are shut-ins, home-bound, in nursing homes, Hallmar or the hospital. During the holidays, Visiting Angels members make goodies, decorate the plates, and then visit these parishioners, taking the goodies and greeting cards. At Christmas they buy something special for each of them. Donations to the “Giving Tree” help fund this.
Saint Bridget’s Circle members provide funeral meals and also help prepare for Goulash Day. The money they raise is used to purchase needed items for the parish. This circle meets twice a year for social events.
Members of Saint Monica’s Circle meet for a potluck meal at 11:30 a.m. the first Sunday of the month in Chihak Hall. A business meeting follows. This circle bakes kolaches as a fundraiser. The money is used to purchase items needed in the parish. Group members also serve on the Goulash Day Committee.
The After Easter Feaster dinner/auction began in 2014 and is held the Saturday after Easter. The committee plans and works the event each year.
The Cadets of St. George/First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association is a fraternal benefit society formed to address the insurance needs of men and women of Czech and Slovak descent. FCSLA and its members are actively involved in the Church, Catholic education, social and civic causes, and providing aid to those in need. The association sponsors over $248,000 in annual scho.larships for young members.
The Goulash Day Committee plans Goulash Day and coordinates various associated committees to make the day a success. The committee meets in late spring and summer prior to the day of the event. Goulash Day is held the 4th Sunday of September.
The Saint Vincent DePaul Committee members volunteer their time and talent at the Saint Vincent DePaul Society. They provide assistance for people in need. They also volunteer in the retail store, providing low cost household and clothing items.