About Our Group
The Mother to Mother ministry began in September 1995 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Newburgh. Since that time, the group has reached beyond the walls of the church to welcome new families and to let women know that mothering matters.
Our Mission Statement
We, Mother to Mother Ministry of the church of St. John the Baptist, Newburgh, declare it our primary purpose to provide an intimate, safe atmosphere where women come and find encouragement, instruction, prayer time, and caring friends.
Mother to Mother is:
- A Catholic women's group where mothers can come to know Jesus in a personal way;
- A place where women can freely express feelings on motherhood, blending together frustrations, successes, and experiences;
- A place where women will find emotional support during times of illness or death;
- A place where mothers help welcome mothers home with new babies.
Our doors are open to all mothers, including those of other parishes and faiths. We welcome "seasoned" mothers to share their wisdom and experience as well as first-time expecting mothers to share their joys and anticipations. New members are welcome at any time during the year. Whether you have lived in Newburgh your entire life or just moved here from far away, you will find our group to be a supportive community during your journey through motherhood.
We meet on the first and third Thursdays of every month during the school year (third Thursday in August through third Thursday in May). Our meetings are held in the Ruth and Naomi room in the lower level of the church. We begin at 9 a.m. and end by 11 a.m. On-site babysitting is provided in three separate rooms for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Nursing babies and little ones are welcome to attend the meetings with you if you prefer.
Our meeting topics include informative sessions focusing on parenting, marriage, spirituality, and health issues. We also have time to come together for prayer and fellowship. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held in the Lower Level of the Church on the first and third Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
In addition to meetings, there are other activities during the year. These include:
- Play dates, lunch meetings, and field trips for our children
- Small group scripture study
- Couple's Night Out
- Mom's Night Out
- Service projects
- Parish Egg Hunt
- Summer picnic
- Spring and fall consignment sales
Organizations We Support
Through our fundraising efforts and members' generosity, we are pleased to support many worthwhile charities each year. Some that we have supported in the past are:
- Catholic Charities
- Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center
- Newburgh Food Pantry
- Shannon Walsh's China mission work
- Vanderburgh County Right to Life
- Our Mother To Mother Prayer
Lord, we give you thanks for having given us children. They are our joy, and we accept with serenity the worries, fears, and labors which bring us pain. Help us to love them sincerely. Through us You gave life to them; from eternity You knew them and loved them. Give us wisdom to guide them, patience to teach them, vigilance to accustom them to the good through our example.
Please, Lord, support our love for our children. Support us in our journey of mothering. We look to Your own mother Mary, as our guide for support and comfort. And so, with Mary, we ask for strength and guidance to be the best mothers that we can be.
For more information, please call the parish office at (812) 490-1000 or email Jay VanHoosier at firstname.lastname@example.org.