Our Lady of Grace - Mother's Group
To be a source of spiritual and emotional nourishment for mothers. We seek to bring all ladies closer to our Lord Jesus Christ, through His most Blessed Mother, Mary.
To help wives and mothers transform their lives in Christ and strengthen them to fully live their vocation in their families by being a place they can:
- learn the foundation of personal prayer
- deepen their appreciation of the graces they receive from Christ in the Sacraments
- grow in the knowledge of the teachings of Christ in Sacred Scripture and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
To provide an environment where mothers can grow in love for Jesus and embrace the fullness of Christian faith present in the Catholic Church so that they may radiate the life of Christ to their families and to the world.
To foster a spirit of mentoring where wisdom, pertaining to family life, child rearing, homemaking, and other opportunities related to women, can be passed from generation to generation.
Why we do what we do
Our group is convinced that a Mother’s Group is one of the most important ministries we can cultivate at our Church. A foundation in Catholic Faith, life, and tradition starts with a newborn child in the home, and the child’s mother is generally his primary teacher. Parenting and mothering is the most important function and privilege we have in our lives. It is daunting if we try to do it on our own, but is manageable day by day with the grace of our Lord and the fellowship of other mothers.
As a wise wife and mother once said, “Our vocation is the highest calling; to shape character, instill virtues and affect the world.”
A Mother's Prayer to Mary
O Mary, model of all mothers, you know that I, too, am a mother. Some years ago, my husband and I told your Son, Christ, that we would live together for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death would part us. We are still together and God has blessed our union with lovely children. I am grateful for being a mother, and my children are my joy. But, dear Mary, I worry so much about all of them. I know that I spend more time with them than anyone else and they easily will do what I do. That is why I am asking you to help me to become a better mother. If I pray with my children, they do not mind praying. Please do not let me miss this privilege of teaching them to talk with God and you. They will be obedient to Jesus and me if I show them that I am obedient to the commands and wishes of God. I can teach them how to be patient if you help me to be calm in difficulty as you were at all times. My girls will love modesty if I am ever modest in my dress and in all my actions. If you help me to guard my lips and all my words, my children may learn never to stain their tongues on which your Son must rest in Holy Communion. The more my boys and girls see me overlooking the faults of others, the more charitable they will be. Mary, please help me to compliment people rather than criticize them. You know how difficult it is for me to be sweet when I have a headache or am tired, but Mary, my children will learn to agree with God in times of suffering if you teach me at such times to say: Jesus, it’s all right with me. Yes, Mary, your Son has put so much trust in me, giving me a family to lead through this world back to Him in heaven. Help me and my husband to show them the power of the sacrament of matrimony and the beauty and joy of home-life and of married life in Christ. Again, I am asking you, the model and most successful of all mothers, to help me as a mother to draw my family close to you and your Son, Christ. Amen.