Walking Together Women's Ministry Newsletter

May 2023

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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

Walking Together May 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

If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon our Lady, just say this simple prayer: 'Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.' I must admit, this prayer has never failed me."
Blessed Mother Teresa

In the Catholic Church the month of May is Mary’s month. It is when we take time to honor Mary as the Mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ but also as our heavenly mother. She is our most perfect example for living a life of dedication to God. Is it any wonder so many saints have had a strong dedication to her and asked for her intercession in their life. This month I encourage you to find ways to celebrate the month of Mary. Ask her to help us all as we journey to sainthood. I also ask you to pray for her intercession as we try to grow women’s ministry across our diocese. Pray that she will guide us and bring fruit to our efforts.

Here are a few other ways you can celebrate Mary this month

  • Gather to pray the rosary
  • Explore making a consecration to Mary
  • Read a book on Mary or better yet gather a group to read one together
  • Put flowers around your Marian statues this month 

I hope this month of May will bring you closer to Jesus through Mary. I also hope you will register to join other women in our diocese for our Spring Into Summer Pilgrimage. Speaker Patty Schneier will be inspiring us with talks on prayer and the Eucharist. We will also have the opportunity to gather in prayer and adoration. I think you all will be inspired not only by the speakers and prayer opportunities but also the newly re-dedicated Cathedral of St Joseph. It has been a long time since we have had the opportunity to gather as women of our diocese. I hope you will prayerfully consider joining us. I promise you will not be disappointed!

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Our Mission

Supporting women in their journey to sainthood through providing opportunities for growth in prayer, fellowship, service, and faith formation/education.

Our Vision

A community of women that look to the Church as the center of their lives and who actively seek to share the joys of their faith with others by participation in the life and mission of their parish.

What's New in Women's Ministry

Opportunities to Gather

Opportunities to join other women in our diocese

in fellowship, prayer, faith formation and service.


June 10th

10:00 to 3:30

Diocesan  Spring Into Summer Women’s Pilgrimage, Cathedral of St Joseph  


October 7th   

Diocesan Women’s Retreat  
- Details coming soon

To invite women of our diocese to your parish events, please send details to bprasad@diojeffcity.org 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, bprasad@diojeffcity.org, suggestions for books or movies to include in upcoming newsletters. Any reviews on the book would also be greatly appreciated. 

Diocese of Jefferson City Schools Office

Bright Ideas

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 bprasad@diojeffcity.org and help us build a portal that will inspire us all.

Speakers Bureau

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 bprasad@diojeffcity.org