Mothers Group at St. Anthony of Padua

27 Mothers Group Leaders Gather – Highlights 2019

Sep 9, 2019 |

Missed our recent planning meeting? We have the highlights here. Pour yourself a coffee or tea, say a prayer to Our Lady, and settle in while we get all caught up.

Twenty-Seven Mothers Group Leaders gathered for our planning meeting. We shared stories, swapped ideas, and got excited about the year ahead. Here’s what we’re thinking about as we head into this brand new year:

1.
As Mothers Group Leaders and supporters, we have responded to God’s call to build up the vocation of motherhood. Where is he guiding you and your group this year? How are you preparing?

Now is the time to set your dates, settle on topics, and get the word out! Be sure to submit your dates for publication on the Catholic Moms Group website. Invite moms to follow Catholic Moms Group on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Brainstorm other points of contact, the places moms hear about your group. Go there and spread the word about the great things God is doing through our Moms Groups!

If you need help planning now’s the perfect time to reach out. Look through our website and resource materials for ideas. You can always send an email through the Catholic Moms Group website or connect with a fellow group leader if you need a hand.

We have an updated list of speakers. Be sure to request your copy if you weren’t able to attend the meeting. You are sure to be energized in your faith by these inspiring men and women.

2.
Did you know the top reason moms attend Mothers Group is for prayer?

There are plenty of groups for moms to chat, learn something new or participate in an activity but a place to pray with like-minded women…? That’s the kind of amazing they look forward to doing with YOU at Moms Group.

We have no idea the kinds of things our sisters are carrying around on their shoulders, praying silently in those moments when you pray for “all the intentions we hold in our hearts.” Invite moms to share specific prayer requests or write them down to be placed in a prayer box next to Our Lady as a reminder of her constant intercession.

Remember, our meetings consist of 4 elements:

Prayer, Catechesis, Fellowship, and a Call to Action (or Resolution)

3.
Speaking of planning, we’re about to get a NEW RESOURCE! The group leaders at our meeting called it a GAME CHANGER and many, MANY leaders said it’s the resource they’ve been waiting for. The Motherhood Matters Study Guide is about to be published.

The 52-week study contains a complete guide for a new group discussion each week. It includes references from Scripture and the Catechism, an anecdote, a one-minute Saint biography, a recommended book for additional reading, an informative and inspiring quote, an activity and discussion questions all centering around the weekly theme. How much planning time does that save? Well… nearly all of it if you like!

Fun facts- Meeting attendees got to select the final cover.

4.
Have you ever contemplated the relationship between St. Anne (Mother Mary’s mother) and Our Blessed Mother? Emily has. Artist and new mom Emily Claire Puigmarti 

was inspired to create a modern image for our Moms Groups in the style of Iconography. She even brought a print of her original work to share with each Mothers Group!

As you gaze upon the image of Mother Mary and her own mother, St. Anne, take time to prayerfully contemplate the symbolism of the elements present: the scroll representing the teaching of scripture and passing on of the faith, her attentive and prayerful posture as she receives what is being passed on from St. Anne. What truth does her image call to mind when considered in light of the multigenerational nature of many of our Mothers Groups?

5.
Save the date for the Dynamic Women of Faith Conference on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Young women in High School are invited to attend Calling ALL Girls on Friday, March 27.

We have an amazing line-up of speakers and we hope to see YOU there!

Thanks to all who attended and shared their experiences and assisted in the organization of the day. Thanks be to God and the intercession of Our Lady for all of our Mothers Group Leaders. May God bless you as you head into the new year.

P.S. Do you know an expectant mother? Let her know about Little Miracles a prayer team dedicated to praying for her throughout pregnancy. Read more about Little Miracles:

http://www.catholicmomsgroup.com/blog/learn-5-things-about-the-little-miracles-prayer-ministry/

to request prayer for yourself or share the sign-up page with a friend please visit:

http://catholicmomsgroup.com/little-miracles

Karen Keayes

Karen Keays returned to the Church in early adulthood after more than a decade of wrestling with God. She is a stay-at-home mother of three.

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