Women's Ministry Staff
573-635-9127, ext. 222
573-635-9127, ext. 228
Alphonse J. Schwartze Catholic Center
2207 West Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914
Walking Together March 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
As I write this newsletter I am about to hit the 2 month mark in my role as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator. I am so thankful that the prep work involved in starting a new position is finally starting to show some fruit. I am also truly amazed by the women’s ministry work that is already going on in our diocese and the interest for growing this ministry in our parishes. Every time I speak to one of our parish volunteers I am humbled by their dedication and motivated by their passion for their ministry. I am looking forward to getting out in the parishes and learning more about your work and finding ways I can help support your efforts.
I thought today I would share the three primary focuses I am working in this beginning stage:
Creating two diocesan wide events in 2023
These events will give the women and women’s groups in our area two opportunities to participate in a larger gathering designed to help enrich our spiritual lives and better prepare us to take up our call as disciples of Christ. Details are still being finalized but link to our event page for Save the Date info. Registration for our June event will be coming soon.
Building women’s ministry coalitions within our deaneries
Throughout our diocese we will be forming regional women’s groups to foster collaboration between parishes in creating opportunities for women in the deaneries to gather for fellowship, prayer, faith formation and service. The hope is these coalitions will help us work smarter not harder. By sharing our time and talent with each other we can reach more women and meet more needs. Watch for an introductory meeting to be coming to your area soon. If you are interested in helping on one of our deanery coalitions please submit your email to me at email@example.com for opportunities in your area.
Building a resource library for ministry leaders and personal growth
We will be providing monthly ministry highlights in this newsletter to help generate ideas you can implement in your parish. We are also working on developing a list of resources with ideas and tips to grow this ministry. This resource will take time to build and will be most beneficial with your help. I encourage you to share your favorite book club books, event ideas, speakers and any other ministry successes so we can all learn from each other’s successes. Please send any ideas to be included in this ministry resource listing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of these plans can only be successful with your help. Link to our Disciples Wanted page for opportunities to join us is in our efforts. I am honored to have the opportunity to play my small part in growing women’s ministry and lok forward to excitement to see how we can grow!
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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.
SAVE the DATE
Date change due to Cathedral Rededication
Diocesan Spring Into Summer Women’s Pilgrimage, Cathedral of St Joseph
- Details coming soon
Diocesan Women’s Retreat
- Details coming soon
To invite women of our diocese to your parish events, please send details to email@example.com for inclusion in upcoming newsletters.
Book of the Month
The book of the month recommendation is designed to be put into action two months from now . We will often offer books that correspond to the season, liturgical calendar or special feasts. The two month time lag allows you time to invite others to participate, advertise to your parish, plan a date and order books. Of course any of these books can also be used for personal book study.
Please send our office, firstname.lastname@example.org, suggestions for books or movies to include in upcoming newsletters. Any reviews on the book would also be greatly appreciated.
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 email@example.com and help us build a portal that will inspire us all.
We are looking for local speakers in our diocese to be listed on our speakers bureau page. Please submit your name and what topics you speak on and someone from our office will reach out to you to discuss including you on our speakers bureau page. To submit an idea, please email firstname.lastname@example.org