Circle of Love – Definition*
CIRCLE OF LOVE – By definition, a circle is a curved line with every point equal distance from the point of the center and bound together by a common interest. The seven point program of the CIRCLE OF LOVE is bound together by the common interest – LOVE.
The small heart in the center is taken from the logo of the HEART SPEAKS TO HEART program. By utilizing this portion of the logo and part of the Heart Speaks to Heart program that is compatible with the Circle of Love, a smooth transition occurs.
The cross and Crown in the center of the heart is the national symbol of the Order – The Catholic daughters of the Americas.
The Seven points selected indicate the needs of the Church and community best served by the Catholic daughters. The program itemizes these needs with suggestions on how Catholic daughters can effectively serve.
*The Circle of Love diagram and description were copied from the Minnesota State CDA website and permission was given for use by the MN CDA Website Webmistress.
Circle of Love-Local Projects-Court St. Charles #1791:
Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn. Tri-Parish members and Faith Formation students are encouraged to participate. A mass is celebrated in honor of those spiritually adopted approximately 9 months after their adoption.
Sponsor an under-served child in Columbia through the Sisters of St. Francis, Rochester, MN
Back to School Collection~new tablets, pencils, crayons, etc: Recipient: SE MN Resource & Referral Center of St. Charles, MN. Tri-Parishes encouraged to participate.
New and gently used age-appropriate books: Recipient: Head Start of St. Charles, MN. Tri-Parishes encouraged to participate.
Halloween mini-pumpkin decoration. Recipients: Nursing Home residents, St. Charles, MN
White Sock Collection: Recipient: Mary Jane Copeland of Minneapolis, MN. Tri-Parishes encouraged to participate.
Christmas Baskets: Recipients: Families in special need, communities of St. Charles, Elba, and Eyota, MN
Birthright “shower” of New and Gently used baby clothes and supplies. Recipients: Winona, MN & Rochester, MN Birthright (alternate years.) Tri-Parishes encouraged to participate.
Baby Blankets: Tied fleece blankets are made and distributed. Recipients: Winona, MN & Rochester, MN Birthright.
Prayer Partner Program for the Tri-Parish youth: First Reconciliation, First Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation.
Bible Purchase for the Tri-Parish 7th grade youth to use in Confirmation preparation grades 7-10.
Sponsor masses for the Tri-Parish: Respect Life (October), Pro-Life (January), Reparation (May), and Spiritual Adoption (June).
Sponsor Food Drives: Recipients: Backpack program at St. Charles Elementary School, St. Charles, MN, Dan Corcoran House (Catholic Workers House), Winona, MN, and SE MN Resource and Referral, St. Charles, MN.
Offer a pre-mass rosary and post-mass honor guard at the funeral of deceased CDA members.
Sponsor an annual Women”s Lenten Retreat. Open to all women of the Tri-Parish and their guest(s).
Sponsor an annual Post-Secondary Scholarship to a graduating senior.
Sponsor Mother’s Day Flowers: Recipient: New Life Family Services.
Donate “baskets” to various Tri-Parish Fundraisers.
Collection of Campbell’s labels, milk caps, General Mills Box Tops: Recipients: school aged programs.
Collection of aluminum pop tabs: Recipient: Ronald McDonald House