Walking Together September 2023
A monthly newsletter to inform, support and share with women
the many ways the Spirit is moving through us in our diocese.
A Message from Barb
“When was the last time you set aside a whole day just for you and God? When was the last time you really took time to be with other women and be with Christ and share the faith?” ~Teresa Tomeo
In the liturgical world September falls during the season known as Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color of green. Green is a color of hope. A color representing growth. During this season of harvest we look towards reaping the rewards of what we have sown. But let’s not mistake ordinary for boring. I love the readings of this season! During this time of year we are challenged by the parables and journey along with Jesus during the ministry stage of His life. They are readings that have deeply formed who I am and how I think of the world. The stories that pepper my Catholic education and the countless homilies I have heard over the past 60 years. They infuse every aspect of who I am and never cease to challenge me.
So this September I challenge you to examine what you are doing with your ordinary time.
How do you spend it? Who do you spend it with? And what are the voices that fill your day?
Perhaps this question is the start of fully embracing what women’s ministry can be in our world today! What is God placing on your heart? What is he calling you to do? I certainly don’t have all the answers to this for myself or our church. I do know, however, that when I surround myself with other faith filled women and participate in opportunities to dig deeper into my faith life I am never disappointed. So with that thought on my mind I invite and encourage all of you to join us at our fall women’s ministry event. If you are feeling the desire to be there take that as the promptings of the Holy Spirit and find a way to make it happen. Set aside the day or the evening for you and God. Take time to surround yourself with other women and let the voices of this day fill you with inspiration and hope. God has a plan for each of us. Ours are the hands He has to use to minister to our world. So don’t bury your talents, don’t hide your light under a bushel, don’t forget to fill your lamps with oil. Let the parables of our Lord inspire you to live a life that is anything but ordinary. His ministry journey was not meant to be done alone!
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What's New in Women's Ministry
Opportunities to Gather
Watch for opportunities to join other women in our diocese
in fellowship, prayer, faith formation and service.
Diocesan Women's Ministry Fall Events
Cathedral of St Joseph/Cana Hall
Jefferson City, MO
October 6th and October 7th
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Would you like to invite women of our diocese to your parish event?
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Visit Our Events page for other happenings around our diocese.
Book of the Month
The book of the month recommendation is designed to be put into action two months from now. Our Faithful Departed is a great book to add to your October/November schedule to correspond with All Souls Day. This time lag allows you time to invite others to participate, advertise to your parish, plan a date and order books. Of course any of this book can also be used for personal book study.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order discounted bulk copies of this book for your book club
Please send our office, email@example.com, suggestions for books to include in upcoming newsletters.
Any reviews on the book would also be greatly appreciated.
New Opportunities to Serve
Get information in how you can join in the efforts to grow women's ministry throughout our diocese
Is your parish offering a ministry program or event you would like to share? We are working on building a portal of ideas for women working/volunteering in ministry to access. Please send us information on what is working in your parish. Email ministry ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org and help us build a portal that will inspire us all.