WATERLOO — Court Castile 49 of the Catholic Daughters of America is marking its 100th anniversary in February with a year-long enhancement of unity and charity, the principles to which the court is dedicated.

These are particularly evident when a Catholic Daughter dies and members gather to pray the rosary at her visitation and form an honor guard at her funeral.

Theme for the year will be “Past, Present and Future.”

Court 49 includes 165 women from Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, Gilbertville, La Porte City and some who were members locally and have resettled in other states. Membership is open to all Catholic women 18 years or older.

Founded nationally in June 1903, the Waterloo Court was organized as Daughters of Isabella (in honor of Queen Isabella of Spain), Castile Circle, in 1906 and was reorganized as Castile Court 49 in 1934.

The national CDA “Circle of Love” program assists courts in working with the church and community. The spokes of the circle are meant to embrace education, youth, family, leadership, legislation, quality of life and spiritual enhancement.

A major commitment and focus of the court is education and youth. In recent years scholarships have been given to two female high school graduates each spring. Funds for this are raised by the court’s annual spring luncheon and style show, attended by over 200 women.

For further information, call Regent Cindy Klenzman, 504-4791.