MOMS was created by the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Paul’s Monastery in St. Paul, MN. The creators based this journey on the gospel values expressed in the documents of Vatican II, especiallyCalled and Gifted for the Third Millennium. The first edition was published in 1993, and since then the ministry has created a national network of women.
Through MOMS, women are encouraged to reflect on themselves and on the roles they hold in life. They take time to look at their strengths, weaknesses, ministries, feelings, and friendships, and how God’s grace plays a role in all aspects of their lives. They are encouraged to seek out areas in their life for personal growth, and to view their vocation as the sacred gift God made it.
MOMS is led by a team of women who have felt the call to reach out to others through this ministry. They willingly share from their own personal stories, and help guide discussions based on questions found in the MOMS journal. MOMS is an eight-week journey, and is open to any woman who plays the role of “mom”. This may include mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers, day-care providers, teachers, or any other similar positions. Each journey is fundamentally the same, with each parish adding their own unique flair.
We are currently holding evening sessions in the spring, and morning sessions in the fall, with child-care provided for the morning session.
Please click on the link below to print a registration form for MOMS. Mail your completed form to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 705 Main Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 Attn: MOMS Group.
“The MOMS group is a true gift to yourself. Give yourself the pleasure of participating. You will be so fulfilled! It helps to build life-long friendships!”Anonymous
“I was a bit skeptical at first. I didn’t really know what to expect. This experience was beyond my expectations! A truly spiritual and personal growth journey. I am so glad I took this leap of faith.” Anonymous
“MOMS reminded me what a special ministry motherhood is. The group was really fun, and I got to meet some new friends.” Carolyn Lee
“I did MOMS eight years ago when my children were very small yet. It was a nice little “me time” once a week, and I met some other young mothers that I still have great friendships with today!” Joedy Boe
“To be honest, I weakly turned down the invitation to MOMS twice and tried to come up with legitimate excuses between those two rejections. I thought this group wasn't for me because I had many incorrect preconceived ideas about its purpose, namely that it was a support group for Christian mothers with mental health issues--none of which I identified with. Boy was I WRONG and happily so! I met the most amazing, beautiful, and strong group of women. MOMS is a gift that all women deserve to give themselves!" Sunny Valente
“This ministry was the beginning point of my adult spiritual journey. It helped me to appreciate the gifts and talents that God had given me. I learned to look at motherhood as a ministry – a calling from God. I believe I became a better mom, a better wife, and a better steward in the community from the MOMS 9 week journey!” Sheila Thelen
“An excellent way to meet people and make new friends.” Jennifer Barnes-Seger