Catholic Daughters of America
We are the largest National Organization of Catholic Women in the world. We were founded in 1903 by the Knights of Columbus in New York as an opportunity for Catholic women to belong to a fraternal organization and to help them improve themselves spiritually, intellectually and socially. Catholic Daughters of the Americas strives 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.
The integration of spirituality and service is the foundation of the Catholic Daughters. Catholic Daughters of America helps women develop their spirituality and provides avenues of service to live out that spirituality. The CDA gives members a unique opportunity to share their faith with other Catholic women. Helping others through charitable acts in the spirit of Jesus Christ is the heart of our organization. "Spirituality and Service" is the heart and soul foundation of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Members must be 18 years or older and be a practicing Catholic. We promote Catholic values.
We support St. Vincent De Paul, Hospice, Seminarians, Right to Life, a Crisis Nursery, and several other charities. We support the National CDA Charities as well as our State Court. We send delegates to the bi-annual State Convention and the bi-annual National Convention.
For more information, contact Rosemary Dougherty at 623-760-8479.
The Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a Fraternal Catholic Organization for men. To become a member one must be a practicing Catholic in union with the Holy See. A prospective member must appear before an admission committee for an examination as to his qualifications for membership. Once a prospective member has passed the inquiry, all the pertinent information is entered on a form and presented to the council's Grand Knight. The Form is then presented to the full membership for their approval.
To become a knight, the prospective member must attend a degree ceremony, possibly with other prospective members from other councils. Once he completes this degree he will become a member of the order with full rights of membership. He will at that time receive a membership card, which must be presented at council meetings to be able to enter the hall.
Though the Knights of Columbus' ceremonials were secret in the past, they have now been made public. For many years, those who wish the Catholic Church and the Knights ill have spread rumors of dark secrets contained in the ceremonials. In reality, the Knights are committed to unity, fraternity, charity, and patriotism.
All men age 18 and over are invited to join our ranks. Become a Knight of Columbus today and join the ranks of these faithful soldiers for Christ!
The Knights of Columbus Auxiliary
The Knights of Columbus is a Fraternal Catholic Organization. We, the ladies, have our own Auxiliary. We assist the knights in their projects and have a few projects of our own. Our meetings are held at the same time as the knights.
To be eligible for membership, one must be: a wife, mother, unmarried daughter, or unmarried sister, or a widow of a Knight in Council #11809, or a widow of a member in good standing of any Knights of Columbus Council.
Our dues are $10.00 a year. Payable by check. All monies go to charitable donations in the local or surrounding area.
Our Lady's Guild
The Women’s Guild of Our Lady of Lourdes was founded in 1979 with the establishment of the parish in Sun City West. During 40 years of service, the Guild contributed more than $492,000 to the parish and over $165,000 to more than 32 various charitable and community groups. The stained-glass Rosary window at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and two stained glass windows in St. John Paul II Chapel at Prince of Peace Church were donated by the Guild. Other donations include Nativity scenes for both churches, priest vestments, courtyard tables and umbrellas, and many icons that are displayed at both parish campuses.
After the original Guild was disbanded and Prince of Peace Church was elevated to parish status, a new Our Lady’s Guild was formed in 2021 for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. At the first General meeting held May 3, 2021, officers were elected and installed.
Monthly general meetings are routinely held the first Monday of each month (but are rescheduled if there is a holiday). Sign in and social time start at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting starts at 9:30am. Meetings are held in Madonna Hall. All women of the parish are invited and welcome to become members of Our Lady’s Guild and experience the camaraderie and spirit of the Guild as it works to support the parish. Information about meetings and events is routinely published in the parish bulletin and Guild Flocknote pages.
For further information, please contact Our Lady's Guild President, Maryanne Edens at 507-254-2758.