CCM Gathering – Wednesday October 23

October 23

9:00 am, at the school. Join us for coffee and tasty somethings, and to hear a talk by Mary Jacobs on her expertise in child speech and language development. We will also hear from Angie Dosdall about reading & spelling issues and dyslexia.

• Mary Jacobs is a speech-language pathologist, currently working with preschool-aged children in the South Washington county school district. She will share about stages of speech and language development, ways to promote language learning and early literacy, and answer questions.

Angie Dosdall is an occupational therapist and Barton Reading and Spelling System specialist. She will talk about how to spot dyslexia, the warning signs, steps to take and help that is available for dyslexia, reading & spelling issues, and will answer your questions.

If you or your children struggle in any of these areas, please come with questions, or simply for support and encouragement. Even if you or members of your family do not have reading or speech issues, it will be nice just to hear from our fellow parish moms what their journeys have been.


We don’t have anything really formal set up for the meetings but we will start after morning Mass (so right about 9:00), and try to wrap up by about 10:00 so that those who need to get back to their busy days don’t feel the pressure to stay a long time.

We will start with a prayer and possibly any special intentions we would like to mention and pray for, and then go into the talk. We likely could stick around for a bit afterward to chat, and clean up, collect any children we brought with, and head out by about 10:30.


We Need Volunteers!

Can you be the “go to mom” for childcare this month? Can your teen or young adult help with babysitting? Can you bring a tasty adult breakfast snack? Show up early and put on coffee? If so please let Jennifer know! Thanks!

Next Gathering – Talk by Deacon Dan Gannon: November 13 or 20 (final date and topic to be determined)

What is the Confraternity of Christian Mothers?

The Confraternity of Christian Mothers is an international organization formed by Catholic mothers in France in the mid-1800s seeking to discuss and pray about their everyday struggles. Today there are Christian Mothers groups throughout the world.

All moms are invited. No homework, no obligation … just come! We will begin our meetings with prayer and focus on topics concerning mothers and families today. We will have guest speakers or table discussions to encourage dialogue. And coffee! 
See the Schedule of Gatherings link in the menu

We will seek to:
· Promote the intellectual and spiritual growth of the family through
Christian education in the home
· Serve as a source of support and renewal for mothers of all ages, and
encourage mothers in performing their duties and practicing virtues.

October 23 – First CCM Gathering!

October 23

9:00 am, at the school. Join us for coffee and tasty somethings, and to hear a talk by Mary Jacobs on her expertise in child speech and language development. We will also hear from Angie Dosdall about reading & spelling issues and dyslexia.

• Mary Jacobs is a speech-language pathologist, currently working with preschool-aged children in the South Washington county school district. She will share about stages of speech and language development, ways to promote language learning and early literacy, and answer questions.

Angie Dosdall is an occupational therapist and Barton Reading and Spelling System specialist. She will talk about how to spot dyslexia, the warning signs, steps to take and help that is available for dyslexia, reading & spelling issues, and will answer your questions.

If you or your children struggle in any of these areas, please come with questions, or simply for support and encouragement. Even if you or members of your family do not have reading or speech issues, it will be nice just to hear from our fellow parish moms what their journeys have been.


We don’t have anything really formal set up for the meetings but we will start after morning Mass (so right about 9:00), and try to wrap up by about 10:00 so that those who need to get back to their busy days don’t feel the pressure to stay a long time.

We will start with a prayer and possibly any special intentions we would like to mention and pray for, and then go into the talk. We likely could stick around for a bit afterward to chat, and clean up, collect any children we brought with, and head out by about 10:30.


We Need Volunteers!

Can you be in charge of childcare this month? Can your teen or young adult help with babysitting? If so please let Jennifer know! Thanks!

How the Confraternity helps Mothers

Prayer & Support

Advantages

       Many powerful graces are available through the prayers and good works performed by members complying with the directives of the Confraternity and the guidance of its Director. We have our Savior’s own words: “If two of you join your voices on earth to pray for anything whatever, it shall be granted you by my Father in heaven.”

       Whenever a member prays for herself and her children, all the other members and their children benefit from her efforts. All members of a Confraternity form a pool of spiritual reinforcement. In choosing Mary, the Mother of Sorrows, as their Patroness, the mothers ensure the particular protection and powerful intercession of their Heavenly Mother adding a special dimension to their own spiritual resources.

Prayer

       The number of Christian Mother Confraternities in North America with headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, has varied over the years. The latest count stands at two thousand with thirteen new affiliations in the past three years, as far away as Nigeria.

       Most Christian mothers meet once a month under the direction of the parish priest to support one another in prayer to become the mainstay of the spiritual life in their own families and a fruitful source of blessing to the community in which they live. Our Christian grandmothers too have much to share with their experience and wisdom. In some confraternities the Saint Monica Circle has been established to encourage priestly and religious vocations. The mothers sponsor mother/daughter and father/daughter activities. The women visit the sick and help the needy. Many pastors claim that the Christian mothers are still the best helpers in the parish in matters spiritual and temporal. They recite the rosary at the funeral home for deceased Christian mothers and provide an honor guard at the funeral Mass.

St. Mary’s Confraternity of Christian Mothers – A History

In 1920, St. Mary’s – Big River founded a chapter of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. Our affiliation number is 925 and the affiliation date is February 6, 1920. The pastor at the time was Rev. E. Kreil.

It was dissolved at some point long ago, but has now been officially reinstated under the approval and direction of Fr. Louis, with the purpose of providing a framework for drawing Catholic mothers at St. Mary’s together in a united goal of raising children in our Faith and supporting and encouraging one another as mothers – at all ages and stages of motherhood.

What is the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, and why has this chapter been reinstated at St. Mary’s?

From the official website:

Mothers guide the destinies of homes; that is why God is relying on mothers to keep Christ in the world by keeping Him in their hearts and homes.

Under the special patronage of Mary, the Mother of Sorrows, Christian Mothers are encouraged joyously to undertake the important task of training and sanctifying the young souls entrusted to their care. They are instructed with ways to edify one another by word and deed, to support one another by fervent prayer and in this way become the mainstay of the spiritual life within their own family, and a fruitful source of blessing to the community in which they live.

This is the fundamental aim of all Confraternities affiliated with the Archconfraternity. Christian Mothers learn to unite their own hearts to Christ so that they can help to draw their families closer to the Lord. In that way they become the leaven which makes their own parish and community more alive with the presence of the risen Lord.

“If two of you join your voices on earth to pray for anything whatever, it shall be granted you by my Father in heaven.”