WEIRTON - Court Bishop McDonnell of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas met in St. Joseph's meeting room for their regular monthly meeting, with Regent Marge Trinone presiding.
She led the opening prayer, "A Prayer of Thanksgiving" and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lois LaMantia presented the October meeting minutes and Dorothy Skrab gave the treasurer's report, both of which were approved.
AWARD WINNERS — St. Paul’s School students placing at the state and national levels included, from left, front, Sabrina Alatis and Alyssa Gobleck, and, back, James Mazzone and Brandon Waugh. Michael Littell also placed. -- Contributed
Sunshine Chair Dorothy Skrab reported on birthday, get-well and remembrance cards sent and encouraged members to keep in touch with shut-ins.
Regent Trinone reviewed court activities and events that members participated in recently, notably the Right to Life Stand-In at St. Paul's Catholic Church, the Rosary Rally at Sacred Heart of Mary Church and the White Ribbon Against Pornography Campaign sponsored by Morality in the Media.
She reported ads were placed in the local paper for Clergy Appreciation Month for the Rev. Caesare Federico, court chaplain, and the Rev. Manuel Gelido, St. Joseph pastor.
Members attended a special Mass at St. Joseph Oct. 21 in observance of Catholic Daughters Day, followed by brunch at Eat'n Park. A memorial Mass was celebrated Oct. 25 at St. Joseph for Ella DiBartolomeo, a past local and state Regent.
The Christmas Party for members and guests will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Undo's Restaurant. Members will be contacted by phone with details.
Education Chair Eleanor Davis announced the National Education Contest awards for the state and national levels had been distributed. Seven local students won state awards and three students at the national level.
Sabrina Alatis, a St. Paul's School student, won first prize in art in Division I nationals. Michael Littell, a St. Paul's student, won third prize in computer art in Division II nationals. Hannah Crawley, a Madonna High School student, won second prize in computer art in Division III nationals. On the state level, Alyssa Gobleck, St. Paul's student, placed in poetry; James Mazzone, St. Paul's student, placed in essay; Brandon Waugh, St. Paul's student, placed in art; and Emma Chartier, St. Joseph the Worker School student, placed in computer art.
A special fundraiser is being conducted for the National Charities and Education Contest. Prizes include a West Virginia University fleece blanket, a WVU tote with a WVU pen, notepad and bracelet, and men's and women's leather wallets. Winners will be drawn Dec. 2. Tickets may be purchased from members and at church services.
The student packets for the 2013 National Education Contest have been distributed to the schools. The themes for this year are "Jesus is Reflected In Me" and "My Life is a Reflection of Good." Categories include poetry, essay, art, computer art, photography and music. The divisions include Division I, fourth and fifth grade; Division II, sixth through eighth grade; and Division III, ninth through 12th grades.
The monthly program was a review of the lives of saints newly canonized by Pope Benedict XVI and a roundtable discussion of the HHS Mandate led by Eleanor Davis.
The meeting closed with "A Prayer for the Departed" read by Lois LaMantia.
Marge Trinone and Dorothy Skrab were hostesses for the Social which followed.