Every parish newsletter we will focus on a different ministry at St. Catherine’s. This edition we are highlighting the Ladies Group.
The purpose of Ladies Group is to allow the women of St. Catherine’s to meet one another and build a strong faith community. The members often go to different Masses, so Ladies group is a time to form relationships with people who you might not see on Sundays. Ladies Group helps create unity within the parish and hopes to form a stronger and more active congregation. Any woman can attend the meetings as there are no set membership requirements.
Ladies Group has met on the first Tuesday of the month in the Gathering Space. From 6:30-7:30 there is a social hour where people can catch up with each other, have a glass of wine, and eat some appetizers. Right before the speaker at 7:30pm there is an opening prayer and a story from a female saint, followed by announcements. Featured saints have been St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, and St. Teresa of Avila. Then there is a guest speaker, and each meeting explores a different topic. Examples of past speakers are a lawyer, judge, financial advisor, and someone involved in healing ministry. One meeting in the summer there was a self defense course. Another meeting featured Dr. Caren Frost, a Professor in the College of Social Work at the University. She was once married to a Muslim man, and spoke about the role of women in Islam. There will be a meeting on December 6th, and Dennis Kelsch, the Director of Homeless Services for Catholic Community Services, and Gina Lopez, the Client Advocate at the Weigand Homeless Resource Center are the guest speakers.
The meeting on December 6th will be the last one if St. Catherine’s does not find a new Ladies Group coordinator. They are looking for a new one because Peggy Quinlivan, the current leader, will be stepping down. The coordinator is responsible for securing a speaker, organizing the food and drinks, advertising the event, and running the event. Please contact Fr. Lukasz at [email protected] if you are interesting in becoming the new coordinator.