For the last two decades women from the Ministry of Mothers Sharing (M.O.M.S.) group have been living out the Gospel message spoken of in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 that says, “Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” Throughout the years the more than 100 women who have participated in the program since its 1995 inception in the parish, have been doing just that – inspiring and encouraging each other in their role as wives and mothers.
For Dawn Transleau, the group’s facilitator and mother of 6, it has been a labor of love. “I first experienced the Ministry of Mothers Sharing in 1995 when I was asked to be a prayer partner at a neighboring church. At the end of the course they had a celebration dinner in which every woman who had ever gone through M.O.M.S. along with their prayer partners came together to celebrate the women who had just completed the program. The feelings of shared motherhood, true friendship and love for Christ were so moving that I decided right then that I must share this with my own parish.”
Ministry of Mothers Sharing is a program in which a group of women experience a 7-week journey of personal and spiritual growth. Through small group discussions and journaling, participants have an opportunity to develop self-esteem, relationship skills and a more defined sense of their own spirituality. Through the process of personal and spiritual growth, women have the ability to clarify their values, claim their own giftedness, and bring these new strengths to their family relationships and to the church community and beyond.
M.O.M.S. Dinner Celebration
Transleau recently helped coordinate a 20th anniversary celebration. The event, she said, was a complete success. “The 20th Anniversary M.O.M.S. dinner could not have gone any better. It was a perfect evening of sharing, praying and good food.” She added that the one thing that touched her the most from the evening was the fact that, “Every woman there said what meant the most was the friendships and personal relationships that were formed during those 7 weeks and continued through the years.”
Although there hasn’t been a recent session of the ministry in the parish, the reunion has reignited an interest from parishioners to bring it back. Tabitha Robbins, a M.O.M.S. member from 2007, was one of the mothers present at the reunion who volunteered to be one of the three facilitators needed. “My hope is that we are able to share this beautiful program with more women in our community. M.O.M.S. went over and beyond my expectations. I was able to meet the most amazing women and grow spiritually through one of our greatest gifts, motherhood. The friendships I made through M.O.M.S. will last a lifetime,” said Robbins, a mother of three. Transleau has volunteered to stay on in an advisory role as the ministry’s coordinator. For more information about a future M.O.M.S. program, contact the Office of Family Life Services at 561-665-8566 or via e-mail at FamilyLife@StVincentFerrer.com