Looking for Satisfaction in Your Life? Catholic Moms Group Can Help
A recent repot from Statistics Canada revealed that there are varying degrees of satisfaction with life among Canadians. A recent National Post article published June 11, 2022, highlighted the following aspects of the StatsCan report:
- Newfoundland and Labrador had the highest percentage of satisfaction with 61.7% of the population considering themselves very satisfied with their lives
- British Columbia showed the highest percentage of people who felt their lives were the least satisfying at 46.5% of British Columbians
- Ontario reported the highest rate of loneliness at 15%
But what is satisfaction based on? The Statistics Canada report looked at the following factors: life satisfaction, sense of meaning and purpose, future outlook, loneliness, having someone to count on, and belonging to the local community. Generally, the more involved you are with your community, the greater the satisfaction. The more connection you have with people, the greater the sense of community, and thus, the greater satisfaction with your life.
For the past two years, isolation has disconnected us. We have zoomed our way through work meetings, family celebrations, mass, faith development and rejuvenation. We socialized online with games nights, movie watching, cocktail hours, prayer groups, and book clubs. Some people were even more creative with online clothing swaps and household items exchanges, singalongs, and concerts for those who were brave enough to do so. We watched families cook together, play together, pray together, train their pets, read stories, and on and on it goes. Those of us who are Mother’s Group leaders who were brave enough, even conducted their meetings on zoom.
And what have we learned, dear moms? We have learned that we need connection to be connected to our families, our parishes, our communities, and our workplaces. We have learned that the loneliness is what can lead to despair and isolation. We have learned that we truly need to have each other’s backs to live a fully authentic, and beautiful life.
Catholic Mother’s Group Leaders have a unique opportunity to make an impact on the average mom’s quality of life! How exciting is that? Mother’s Group Leaders can be agents of change. The survey identified six factors that contribute to individual quality of life. Can you, as a leader think about those six factors, and bring more meaning to the groups you minister? To your parishes? To your communities? Wouldn’t that be amazing, how mom’s ministering to moms can change the world?
Catholic Moms Group is on a mission to revive the vocation of motherhood–yes! But it is also on a mission to enliven the Catholic faith within us so we can create connection with each other. CMG gives mothers purpose. We meet, we pray together, we learn something new, and we are invigorated to go out and live our lives with purpose, with a new outlook and with hope for a better future.
If you are looking for connection, for purpose, for a better outlook, for fellowship, and friendship, join a mother’s group. If you want to help create this environment, start a mother’s group. We can’t do it alone.
 https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/newfoundland-has-highest-levels-of-life-satisfaction-in-canada-and-b-c-the-least-statcan-finds?fbclid=IwAR0VxsCFAVQ4x0msDbMxOfsWFgSFycYCCgx_kfo6IzBwtTLwUGlROaG2QH0. Retrieved June 21, 2022.
 https://www160.statcan.gc.ca/satisfaction-meaning-sens/index-eng.htm. Retrieved June 21, 2022.
Rema Celio an award-winning professional editor. She has worked in educational publishing for over 20 years, for both Pearson Education Canada, and recently at the Insurance Institute of Canada. Rema is active in her parish of St. Benedict where she sings in the choir and leads the Catholic Moms Group. She is happily married and the mother of two teen-aged boys. Rema loves to read, cook and bake with her husband, and knit. With her family, she enjoys playing cards, watching movies, and going for walks. Rema recently graduated with her certificate in Theological Studies from St. Augustine's Seminary/UofT.