Navigating a Mother’s Group Meeting with the 52-Week Study Guide!
Picture this. The monthly meeting is just around the corner. The holidays are over and it is back to the regular schedule. We have feted, celebrated, sang the many carols, attended the masses, visited with relatives, hosted gamily and friends, and stopped by the cemetery to pay our respects to the ones no longer with us. Through it all we smile and reminisce about times gone by and pray for a Happy New Year!
Well my friends, for those of us in this ministry, 2020 will be the year to pick up the beautiful new Study Guide and put it to the test. At St. Benedict’s first meeting of 2020, I did just that with my group.
I started by telling the women about how the book was born and explained how it could be and would be used to minister and facilitate these meetings. I then launched into that evening’s topic – The Office of Motherhood. January being the month of the Holy Family, I felt it was fitting to set the tone for the new year with a reflection on what it means to be an everyday hero.
After reading the reflection in the Study Guide, I shared my personal reflection on traditions that my family cherishes and continues to make part of holiday celebrations. I then had the moms share their traditions, and talk about what these traditions mean, and why they are important.
I asked one of the moms to read the passage from the Book of Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” And another read the corresponding passage from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We talked about the Domestic Church and why it is important, and why the Lord wants us to be in awe of Him like children are.
This Study Guide is an amazing tool that is so helpful to draw people into the conversation and to get them to share their perspectives and wisdom. I treasure this resource and see so much potential for its use in this ministry.
In our meeting, we touched on how simple deeds, everyday tasks even, though mundane, are truly heroic because we do them with love and with purpose. After reflecting on all the “nothing” tasks that moms do to make a holiday special or to care for our families, we come to realize that we are in some small ways heroes because of how we love and cherish our families.
This year, 2020, is just a few weeks old. It is my hope that we make use of our talents and draw closer to the Lord. Make the Study Guide a part of your ministry. It will not disappoint!
Happy New Year!
Rema Celio is a happily married mom of two young boys and lives in Toronto. She is an active member of St. Benedict Parish.