As Catholic Christians, we are called to serve our neighbors. Here at Holy Apostles, our Women’s Ministry seeks to bring the love of God to others through many service projects in our community. Lily Wright and Kelly O’Brien have been facilitators for the ministry for the past three years.
“The goal is to serve other women, the parish, and the community through friendship and service,” Lily says.
The Women’s Ministry was founded in January 2008 after a group of women attended a Fire in the Fall retreat and felt called to start a new ministry that was not present in the parish. There are between 14 and 16 members who meet monthly in St. Bart Room or Mary’s House, on the second Saturday of the month. At each meeting, they visit in fellowship and serve both one another and the parish community.
“We are a tight group,” Lily says. “Most of the women know each other pretty well after 15 years!”
The service projects they undertake come from the members’ suggestions. Most of the projects are well established, but the group is open to new ideas, nonetheless.
One of the group’s service projects is Reclaiming Hope, which provides essential support to survivors of sex trafficking.
“Each January, the Women’s Ministry brings awareness to parishioners of this scourge of modern society,” Lily says. “We collect items for Comfort Bags with three days of basic needs to survivors of sex trafficking rescued by the FBI Task Force on Human Trafficking and Colorado Highway Patrol.”
This is the 12th year the Women’s Ministry is supporting the Reclaiming Hope program for survivors. Items will be collected for both boys and girls aged 9 through 12, on the last two weekends of January.
Another of the group’s unique service projects is making pillowcase dresses.
“We provide instructions and workshops to make pillowcase dresses to send to sunny countries (Africa),” Lily says.
Recently, the group collected 110 dresses, and the parish paid to ship the dresses.
Other ongoing service activities include serving at the Monument House, a halfway house for men who have left prison, and maintaining the votive candles on display at the south wall by the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Throughout the year, the group also promotes various devotions and Mass intentions.
“During Lent, the Women’s Ministry sponsors a visit to the outdoor Stations of the Cross at Mount St. Francis,” Lily says.
Mother’s Day is certainly an important day for the ministry. For a suggested donation of one dollar, the ministry offers Mother’s Day cards to offer intentions for both living and deceased mothers. These mothers’ names are included in the 9 a.m. Mass intention during Mother’s Day weekend and the names are published in the church bulletin.
The Women’s Ministry also honors fathers in the same way for Fathers’ Day weekend.
The group also leads a Rosary after Mass on July 4 in commemoration of Independence Day.
The group communicates for their projects and meetings through Flocknote, and the ministry is open to all women who wish to participate. The group meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Lily Wright at 719-216-3913 or firstname.lastname@example.org.