Having had a wonderful experience in the Little Flowers Girls’ Club with her daughter 10 years ago, Meg Bauer wanted to bring the ministry to our parish.
“I wanted to go through the program with my younger girls and also wanted to include other girls from the parish,” she says. “The interest in the program was bigger than I expected and we’ve had some growing pains as I navigated getting things running. What a great problem to have! I am learning as much as the girls.”
The Little Flowers Girls’ Club is in its second year at St. Michael. The club seeks to teach girls various virtues through Scripture, the lives of the saints, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The program utilizes the Leader’s Guide and Member’s Guide published by Behold Publications.
“Our club fosters learning about holiness through virtues and provides social opportunities for the girls of the parish,” Meg says. “It is called Little Flowers because we try to be like St. Therese of Lisieux and be little saints in God’s great garden of souls.”
Each meeting is dedicated to a virtue and the biography of a specific saint who embodies that virtue, along with a floral theme. Meeting monthly over nine months of the year, the club covers nine virtues — mercy, courage, justice, wisdom, joy, generosity, prudence, loyalty, and perseverance.
The club engages the girls in a community service project, as well as an end-of-year fancy tea party.
“The service project reminds us to give even if we feel we don’t have much to share,” Meg says. “The end-of-year tea party is for celebrating a year of learning, service, and also an opportunity to practice good manners.”
Last year’s community service project involved collecting donations and supplies for the Life Choices Care Center and this year they will be collecting items for the Hancock County Food Pantry.
Any girls of the parish from kindergarten to sixth grade are welcome to join at any time. The remaining dates for this year are Jan. 22, Feb. 12, March 11, April 22, and May 13. The May 13 meeting is a Mother’s Tea with a Mother/Daughter Tea Party. Meetings take place in the Parish Life Center, Room 2, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.
“Each meeting includes prayers together as well as snacks, songs, and fun hands-on activities with friends,” Meg says. “Each member has a book with prayers, coloring pages, saints biographies, and ways to practice the virtues. We also play games to learn and have fun.”
Combining faith with fun and fellowship, the Little Flowers Girls’ Club provides girls of our parish with a place to learn what it means to live virtuous lives as young Catholics.
“I believe that learning the stories of the saints helps us to do that,” Meg says. “I want to help my daughters encounter the saints and it’s fun to do it with friends.”
The group has grown so big that Meg says there is an opportunity for a second co-leader.
“Anyone who has a heart to help evangelize and share God’s love with the girls of the parish is welcome,” she says. “I would invite any woman of the parish to come to the meetings and spend time discussing the saints and virtues with these wonderful girls, either monthly or even just at the end-of-year party. Especially at the tea party, helpers for planning, decorating, and food preparation and serving would be most welcome!”
To get involved or to learn more about the ministry, contact Meg Bauer at email@example.com.