Muscatine Catholic Girls Celebrate 100 Years of Community Service | Local

MUSCATINE – Next week, the local Muscatine Catholic Daughters chapter will celebrate one of its biggest milestones.

On Saturday, July 23 at 10 a.m., Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic Church will hold a public mass offered by the Reverend Thomas Zinkula, Bishop. Although the mass is themed Saint Joan of Arc, it will also be in recognition of the 100th anniversary of Saint Joan of Arc Court No. 524 of the Catholic Daughters.

“We want to thank our community and parish members for so generously supporting our many fundraisers over the years,” Secretary Kathy Johnson said.

Present throughout the United States, Catholic Daughters is a national organization of women who try to give service within their community as well as their church. For its members, their mission is “to 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 humanity”.

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Although the Muscatine chapter is only now celebrating its 100th anniversary, Johnson explained that this celebration was actually supposed to take place two years ago, but had to be postponed due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Everyone is ready to celebrate,” Johnson said, adding that while the group has always celebrated and celebrated the service in the meantime, its members are still looking forward to reuniting with the community.

As well as acknowledging the group themselves, the Saturday Mass will also take a moment to recognize the group’s many years of charity work and fundraising.

“For our fundraisers, we make toffees and sell them to the church,” Johnson explained. “We also sell wreaths at Christmas, and we’ve also served MCSA (Muscatine Center for Social Action) and their domestic violence shelter.”

In the past, Catholic Girls have held a “baby shower” for the domestic violence shelter to give the women who live there the supplies they need for their babies. The group has also used its funds to support Senior Resources, Habitat for Humanity and Biking for Babies, which is a group that supports struggling pregnant women. In addition, the group funds scholarships specifically for service-minded high school girls.

When asked what the group means to her, Johnson said she sees it as a way to really help her community.

“(Before joining Catholic Daughters) I didn’t even know some of those needs existed, and I didn’t know how I could help meet some of those needs. I feel like Catholic Daughters is an organization trying to do good – and being part of an organization trying to do good empowers you. It has empowered and encouraged me to do more for my community and for others,” she said.

For residents who wish to learn more about Catholic Daughters – Muscatine Chapter, they can visit https://marymathias.org/catholic-daughters-scholarship.

Norma P. Rex