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November 30, 2014

Jesus speaks to us urgently today about being vigilant
for his coming. How will I spend this Advent time
watching and waiting for the Lord?

 

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Ministry of Mothers Sharing

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Elizabeth Ministry

bullet Catholic Ministry for Separated and Divorced
bullet Playgroup
bullet Marriage Enrichment
bullet Just Girls


Ministry of Mothers Sharing -
Contact: Lori Reinneck, lori@stmargaretmary.org or 407-645-0284

MOMSEmpowering women to claim the sacredness of their vocation, their family, their faith, and their friendships.

Register NOW for Spring Groups: We are offering a Monday evening group and a Thursday evening group. Each group is limited to the first 12 signups and participants are urged to attend all sessions. This program is a structured personal journey for 8 consecutive weeks which requires journaling, small group faith sharing, and personal reflection.

For the Fall 2014 brochure click here.

For the Fall 2014 registration form click here.

For the welcome letter click here.


Elizabeth Ministry - Click here for an overview of the program in PDF format.

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Women are God ’s instruments for bringing new life into the world.

Elizabeth Ministry volunteers are God’s instruments for supporting other women who bring (or wish to bring) new life into the world.

Today at St. Margaret Mary Parish, Elizabeth Ministry volunteers are helping other women celebrate their role in God’s plan of creation.  Volunteers help during pregnancy and childbirth.  They offer support when conceiving is difficult.  They share many of the joys and sorrows that a mother experiences throughout her life span.  Elizabeth Ministry volunteers do all these things with a love that only one woman can offer another.

"My favorite part of the day is visiting the new moms... often there are tears - tears of happiness and
thanksgiving that God has been so good..."
- Chris Bush

To read the complete reflection click here.

Elizabeth Ministry volunteers are needed for the following teams: click on each team to see details.

Meal Team New Life Team
Ministry to the Sick Team Baptism Buddies
Rosary Team Pregnancy Partners
Miscarriage and Loss Team Pro Life Team

If  you are interested in volunteering for this ministry please complete the three steps listed below in order to get started:

1. Complete the Personal History Information Form
2. Complete the Fingerprinting process through the Diocese of Orlando webpage and select Fingerprinting under the Employment heading on the left. Choose St. Margaret Mary and the church is covering the cost, so you do not need to pay.
3. Watch the Safety Training Video and complete questions. Click here to begin that process (you will need the code from your fingerprinting paperwork to login to the video).

To make a referral for a parishioner in need of any of the above services complete this easy link: Click here and out team will contact them. Elizabeth Ministry Referral Form

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For all ministry info contact Elizabeth Ministry Coordinator:

Marlena Lynn Templet

mltemplet@gmail.com

In return, Elizabeth Ministry volunteers receive:
            -   Personalized assistance when deciding how best to use their talents
            -   Support and encouragement from ministry coordinators and fellow volunteers
            -   Assurance that their time and talent will be used effectively
            -   Feedback on the results of their service and on the success of the ministry
            -   Personal satisfaction in knowing that their efforts are greatly appreciated, make a real difference, and directly support the overall mission of the parish.

 

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Catholic Ministry for Separated and Divorced

Catholic Divorce Fact Sheet. Click here.

For adults who are separated or divorced:

First Friday Mass and Dinner for all those in any stage of separation, divorce, annulment, remarriage, and step parenting. Meet for Mass in the chapel at 5:30 followed by an opportunity for a Holy Hour and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. At 6:30 all meet in the courtyard to walk down Park Avenue and find a  spot for dinner and FUN! For more info contact the Family Life Office at 407-645-0284, or lori@stmargaretmary.org.

Divorce Survival Guide

Catholic Divorce Survival Guide is a 12 session DVD series created to help separated and divorced men and women heal from their emotional wounds, deepen their personal relationship with Christ, and begin to live a full sacramental life in the Catholic Church. 

Above all, the series is Christ centered.

Based on sound Catholic teaching and spiritual principles, each session helps people find the peace, power, and passion that have been lost through divorce.  The CDSG is a weekly program that offers insight and brings advice form experienced well -loved priests, theologians, authors and professionals to the local church community via the digital format.  It offers help in all areas of separation divorce, annulment, remarriage, and step parenting –from a distinctly Catholic perspective.

This Christian program is based on the teachings of the Catholic Church and open to anyone who needs comfort, counsel, and clarity after a divorce.

Suggested registration fee is $30 which includes a “Personal Survival Guide”, refreshments, and all materials for twelve weeks.

For Fall 2014 flier click here.
For registration form click here.
For more info contact the Family Life Office at 407-645-0284 or email lori@stmargaretmary.org

 

For Adolescents:
Spectrum is a 12 week peer support group for adolescents that deals with issues of loss from changes in the family. Groups are hosted by various parishes in the diocese.

Contact:
The Family Life Office
of the Diocese of Orlando: 407-246-4867

Diocese of Orlando Family Life website

For Children:
Rainbows - Guiding Kids Through Life’s Storms.Rainbows is a 12-week support group for children ages 5-13 who are dealing with loss through separation, divorce, death or other painful transition. Groups are hosted by various parishes in the diocese.

Contact:
The Family Life Office
of the Diocese of Orlando: 407-285-4865.

www.rainbows.org


SMM Playgroup
Playgroup has very often been the first point of contact for new parents. It provides parents of newborns, toddlers and preschoolers a chance to meet others in their community. Come and visit informally with other parents while the children socialize with their fellow parishioners too!

Group meets every Thursday at 9:30 am – 11:30 am in the nursery of the Family Life Center. E-mail Nikki for more info at nicoleannlongo@yahoo.com or call the Family Life Office at
407-645-0284.

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Marriage Enrichment

We are a “Marriage Building Church!”

for your marraige

A large and varied collection of resources for couples who want to live a holy and happy marriage can be found in English and Spanish at www.foryourmarriage.org and www.portumatrimonio.org.

Our Catholic Bishops pastoral letter on marriage, Love and Life in the Divine Plan, can be found in English and Spanish along with a study guide at www.usccb.org/loveandlife

Prayer cards with a “Prayer for Married Couples” in English and Spanish are available from the Family Life office.

Celebrate World Marriage Week every February.

Celebrate Natural Family Planning Week every July.

Programs offered throughout the year to include “Money-Habitudes”, “the Marriage Spa”, Natural Family Planning, “God’s Plan for Joy Filled Marriage” and more.Marriage Enrichment

Contact Lori@stmargaretmary.org for more info.

 

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Just Girls

A Modesty and Chastity Club for 3rd and 4th grade girls who want to create true friendships thru the use of skits, Bible stories, crafts, and culminating in a fashion show! Leadership team consists of 9th-11th grade girls, 8th grade buddies, and young adult mentors.

Sessions for 3rd and 4th graders are once a month; Wednesdays 4-5:30. Planning sessions between the teens and young adult mentors occur the Monday prior to the Wed. from 6-8pm at Panera. A “Just for Moms” session is held at the same time as the girls session for all mothers so as to increase understanding of the material covered. All meetings are held in the Family Life Center of St. Margaret Mary Church

Cost of the program is $30 for each mother/daughter registration. Cost includes:

If you are a sophomore or junior girl in high school and want to be on the leadership team for this chastity based program for 3rd and 4th graders, contact Lori@stmargaretmary.org or call 407-645-0284.

To register a 3rd or 4th grader/mother daughter team: contact lori@stmargaretmary.org or call the Family Life office at 407-645-0284.

 

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