Raising young children can be lonely, especially for mothers. With life so busy, there’s not always time to meet with friends — and those same friends are likely busy, too. Understanding the valuable need for community, there is a group of moms from St. Patrick Catholic Church who make time on the first and third Monday of the month to gather in friendship and faith.
The Mom’s Group meets at 7:30 p.m., usually around a bonfire at a member’s home. During the liturgical seasons of Lent and Advent, they meet every week, often following a book or Bible study from the diocese.
Emily Arthur took over coordinating the group after Kate Samson got it started. Each time the group meets, about five women attend, and there are about 10 members total. Emily notes that she would love to see more moms get involved.
“In our secular culture, we don’t see Catholic values being played out,” she says. “Secular society has different values. It’s great to have a community that shares similar values. We can work together to provide that example of how we strive to be.”
The Mom’s Group members have worked through various studies over time, whether they follow a study from the diocese or work together to pick a theme. Recently, they worked through a study from St. Faustina’s writings.
“It’s great to get together with women and have uninterrupted time together,” Emily says. “We often have in-depth spiritual discussions.”
Besides that, the women are there for one another throughout life’s joys and challenges.
“We are here for faith formation, to support one another, and to journey together,” Emily says.
Over the summer, the Mom’s Group took a break from meeting. Emily noticed how her faith was impacted by the group’s absence from her routine.
“Others have mentioned too that it’s like this group keeps them accountable,” Emily says. “It helps me keep my faith at the forefront.”
Last Advent, the group went neighborhood caroling. While they don’t need much outside the twice-monthly meetings, members recognize that they are there any time for one another. They can call on each other when they need support or encouragement.
“It’s encouraging to see other women, although they are busy, live out their faith,” Emily says. “It gives me inspiration.”
In turn, Emily welcomes all moms of the parishes to get involved in this group. The moms would love to have you!
“We met for a while in the parish center, but meeting around a bonfire has been really fun,” Emily says. “It makes it more homey.”
To join the Mom’s Group or to learn more, contact Emily Arthur at 573-578-6672 or firstname.lastname@example.org.