Last night was a great night for me, as it was the first meeting of my parish’s newly-formed women’s group. We had a great variety of women show up for this first meeting (from very old to high schoolers, working moms, at-home moms, and single women), so I am excited to see what direction this group will take in the future. We have so much to learn from each other!
One thing I came away from last night’s gathering thinking was that Catholic women from all walks of life need more opportunities like this to get together, especially with other women who share their faith. Gathering with other women of the parish for the sole purpose of connecting with one another was a real blessing. A parish community is supposed to be just that — a community. We lose that sense of community when we simply attend Mass or other parish events, socialize with those people we already know, and fail to connect with the strangers sitting the next pew over each week.
Some parishes are large and organized, offering many different ways for women to get together, share, and support one another. Some smaller and less-organized parishes, however, struggle to meet the needs of women, and it occurs to me that there is a lot we can learn from the ways in which the more successful parishes accomplish this.
What kinds of resources and groups are available to the women at your parish? Are there particular events, studies, or groups you would recommend others try? In what ways is your parish lacking in resources to support women, and how can we help inspire you toward making something happen?