My First Year as a Mother’s Group Leader
The Mother’s Group ministry has enriched my life in more ways than I thought it ever could. It has brought me immense joy and has touched my heart. I have met and forged relationships with many wonderful women—mothers who seek and share a desire to be closer to our Blessed Mother and to be stronger in their faith.
How has the ministry affected the parish? There are so many wonderful things that have happened in our group. Here is a sampling of what we have experienced.
Bringing Women Together to Interact and Pray
Whether you are a grandmother, a young mother, or a mother of young adults, the group has attracted a diverse group of women to come and pray together and discuss diverse topics. This year, we covered bereavement and loss, praying as a family, and how to be graceful in the face of adversity and difficult trials of life.
Many Graces Given and Received
So many women who come to the meetings have made this their extracurricular church function. I have been told by many mothers how invigorating the this has been and how it has enriched their family relationships. It has also strengthened their relationship with Christ.
Widening the Circle of Our Catholic Girlfriends
Our group has a motto, “Mothers Who Pray Together Stay Together” and this motto certainly bears fruit! Individuals have expressed to me the peace that prayer has brought to their lives. The message to the mother’s who come to the meetings is this:
• you are loved;
• you are valued; and
• you are important.
Mother’s Group is a time that moms can claim for themselves to feel loved, to feel valued, and to be received. It is their oasis in a generally crazy and busy life!
Helping Families Grow in Faith
Through the videos from the Mothering Full of Grace DVDs and the speakers who have graced our meetings, our mothers have opened up regarding the difficulties they have encountered in keeping the faith alive at home. In our discussions we have shared ideas to help with these struggles. Let’s face it, for most of us Catholics, we haven’t had much in the way of theological teaching since we received the sacrament of confirmation. Mother’s Group is a positive step towards getting back in touch with the roots of our faith through prayer and fellowship.
Rema Celio is a happily married mom of two young boys and lives in Toronto. She is an active member of St. Benedict Parish.