Walking Together Women's Ministry Newsletter

April 2024

Women's Ministry Staff

Coordinator of
Women's Ministry
Barbara Prasad
573-635-9127, ext. 222

Administrative Assistant
Mary Madelyn Mertes
573-635-9127, ext. 228


Alphonse J. Schwartze Catholic Center
2207 West Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914

Who We Are

A Message from Barb

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.            ~ St Catherine of Siena

We have now entered the Easter season. This is my favorite time of year of the year for daily mass readings! I love hearing the stories of how our early Church formed. But it is also a time to ask how we fit in the story. Christ did not just die for the early church but for each of us in the place and time we are in. Each of us, also, has a unique irreplaceable role to play in continuing that story by the lives we can touch. But how do we best find that?

I had the privilege of attending the (W)holiness event at Immaculate Conception parish last weekend. Father Flatley led us on a meditation on the stories of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. He left me with so much food for thought but something in particular on how to best find our role. He said we need to be both catechized and evangelized. I have always believed this to be so, and that this is a never ending journey. For many of us a love of Jesus was passed on to us from our family or perhaps someone we know or married. We begin a relationship with Jesus, we are evangelized. We also perhaps go to Catholic school or participate in OCIA attend weekly mass and are catechized. But neither of these are meant to be a one and done. The more we develop a relationship with Jesus the more we want to know Him and the more we know Him the stronger the relationship becomes. If we persist in our faith it is a never ending circle that deepens our relationship as time goes on. And as Father Flatley says occasionally when you pursue this you will have moments when Jesus pierces your heart!

These next few months we have many opportunities to be catechized and evangelized. This upcoming Saturday is our 2nd annual Spring Pilgrimage. We will be exploring the luminous mysteries and how Jesus is lighting a path for us through how He lived and ministered during his time on earth. Our speaker Jill Simmons passion is helping women find how their unique talents and how they can be used in the service of our Lord. I promise if you attend you will have a growing understanding of how God is calling you to set the world on fire!

We also have some amazing books we are promoting. They are books focused on some of the main issues I have been hearing are important to you: how to survive as a mother and raise our children to have faith in this crazy world and how to help when we have adult children who have left the faith. I know we have many women who would love to participate in these studies. If you feel the Holy Spirt nudging you reach out to me, bprasad@diojeffcity.org and I will help walk you through how to get started or join me at the studies at the Cathedral in Jefferson City.

Finally, if you are trying to find your place I encourage you to join us for our new FIAT Focus monthly Zoom calls. Our next one is coming up April 8th and is offered at noon and 5:30. Plus we will offer a recording after the fact if you can’t attend during those times. This month we will have a panel of women on the call and will discuss how best to Lead and Facilitate a Book Club.

So don’t just believe the story ENTER INTO IT! We look forward to writing this chapter of our church story with you!

To Shaping Our Future Together!

Barb

EASTER

Prayer Resources

Catherine Of Siena

April Prayer Challenge

Join us for our April Prayer Challenge. Add a prayer of intercession to St Catherine of Siena whose feast day we celebrate on April 29th. This prayer is a great addition to your personal prayer habit or to use to open or close women's gatheirngs this month.

Upcoming Events

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Diocesan Wide

Spring Pilgrimage: Light Our Path

Join us on April 6th in Shelbina MO for our Fiat Women's Ministry 2nd annual Spring Pilgrimage. Don't miss it! Hurry up and register it's only a few days away! Also get information on the upcoming Cursillo in May.

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Core Team Events

Join us for the See City Fiat Ministry Team's Marian Event. This is our first core team planned and sponsored event and women throughout the diocese are invited. Thank you to the core team for planning this and to the ladies of St Thomas and St Cecelia for hosting!

Book Studies

Spring Quarterly Book Club

April Book Recommendation

Follow the link to get more information on our two Quarterly Book club offerings:

What Would Monica Do? & Catholic Mom Calm. 

Also check out our recommended book of the month:

The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena

Have a book recommendation?

Give a book recommendation for our Book of the Month for 2024!

Service Opportunities

Get information in how you can join in the efforts to grow women's ministry throughout our diocese! Check back with each newsletter for more service opportunities as they become available. Thank you for your interest!

Have Ideas or Suggestions?

Is your parish offering a ministry program or event you would like to share?  Do you have ideas or suggestions for how to grow women's ministry in our diocese?

Please send us your ideas and suggestions to bprasad@diojeffcity.org!