Walking Together Women's Ministry Newsletter

July 2024

Women's Ministry Staff

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

Administrative Assistant
Maddie Gramlich
573-635-9127, ext. 237

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

Who We Are

A Message from Barb

Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2691

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As we enter July all eyes in the chancery are on the upcoming Eucharistic Pilgrimage passing through the diocese. We are so blessed that this procession is journeying through our area. It will be such a visible sign of the Church in our midst. As I reflect on this, I thought I would share a few of the thoughts I have had.


First, I liken this pilgrimage to how I carry the joy of the Eucharist through my life. Just like the Eucharist traveling across the country, sometimes my awareness is full of adoration or full of the praise and glory of a solemn procession. I celebrate it in community and proudly walk in unison with our church. Other times it is quietly being carried through the rough terrain of life and maybe even being carried for me in times and places that I cannot seem to make the journey myself.

Second, this pilgrimage makes me think of how each of us has a part to play in making sure a love of the Eucharist is carried to those around us and carried on to future generations. It's as if the pilgrims that pass it  off from diocese to diocese represent the church of today and the pilgrims making the whole journey represent the church as it journeys through all of time! who was it that carried that love to you and how many people before them made that possible? Who will not hear this message as they should if you do not do your part? These thoughts fill me with such a sense of gratitude while at the same time and awesome and somewhat frightening sense of responsibility. But we do not have to make this journey alone, and while I am sure we will not do it perfectly, we all have the grace in it to make it.


So, the takeaways I hope I will carry with me after this week is over are:

  • That I will continue to find opportunities to bring increased awareness to my faith and joy in the Eucharist. There are so many opportunities to do this I just need to say yes. And if I am not finding the opportunities I need, I need to be the person that makes them!
  • I need to surround myself with a strong faith community so when the road is tough, and the journey seems too burdensome others are walking beside me.
  • I need to have more gratitude for the generations of people that have traveled before me and made sure that this beautiful church I am blessed to be a part of has been carried over 2000 years to this time and place.
  • I need to cat on this gratitude by making it my mission to continue this earthly pilgrimage and to hold my hand out to those journeying with me so that we too will pass on a faith that is strong and vibrant and leaves its mark on the world.

Don't miss being a part of this visible symbol of our earthly journey to heaven being led by the Eucharist that sustains us on that journey! If you are able join, the women's ministry team of Jefferson City for an adoration hour at St Peters in Jefferson City on July 4th at 10:00 am or look for it on our Facebook page if you can't attend in person.

Hope to see you on our journey Walking Together,



Prayer Resources

Precious Blood July

July Prayer Challenge

Join us for our July Prayer Challenge and get ready for the upcoming National Eucharistic Pilgrimage!

July is the month dedicated to the Precious Blood of Christ. The feast of the Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood.

Upcoming Events

2024 Fall Events Bulletin Graphic

Registration is now avialable for our Fall Events!

Join us for our Fall Events from November 1-3 with Fr. Leo Patalinghug, founder of Plating Grace!

July 4 Adoration Graphic Post

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

Hour of Eucharistic Adoration

The See City Women's Ministry Team would like to invite you to join us for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration at St. Peter in Jefferson City on July 4th at 10:00am. Join us after the 9:00 am mass. We hope to see you there. Can't make it watch for us on our Facebook page live!

Book Studies

July Book Of The Month

The Woman in the Trees

Check out our July featured book of the Month — The Woman in the Trees, by Theoni Bell

Set within the expanses of the American frontier, this story follows Slainie, an inquisitive pioneer girl, whose life is forever transformed when a mysterious seer shows up at her door. Amidst the backdrop of the Civil War, family tragedy, and the nation's most destructive wildfire, Slainie must navigate her rugged pioneer life as she encounters love and loss, and comes face to face with the story of America's first approved Marian apparition.

Click here to purchase the book!

Have a book recommendation?

Give your book recommendations for our quarterly Faith Formation studies 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!