We have been really blessed here at Beads with Faith to be finding such a wonderful variety of Catholic and Marian Ministries across the world and Heart of Mary Womens Fellowship has really captured my heart and attention. it is a Parish based women’s fellowship that is 7 years old, the work that the Blessed Mother is doing through this Ministry is phenomenal, not only in the place where it began but across America and the world, lives and hearts are being touched by Our Blessed Mother through this beautiful ministry.
The Mission of Heart of Mary WF is absolutely Beautiful, it is a Parish based womens fellowship that is open to all women to support and serve one another in growth in virtue through the use of devotions, faith sharing and gifted speakers.
Just as Mary the Mother of God gave her eternal ‘Fiat’ (Yes) and made of herself a gift of love, we seek to make ourselves a gift of love, so that we might support the life of the Parish in service to God.
What I find ultimately beautiful about this ministry is that the idea came to the founders after the death of a very active young woman in their Parish, Ashleigh Michelle Scanlon-Smith, who died in her sleep in November 2008. Ashleigh was very active within the Parish, she had served at a Youth retreat weekend and Mass of the Deceased the week prior to her death and was an altar server who always radiated Joy despite suffering greatly with problems with her feet. Her example of being Catholic resonated throughout the whole Parish Community and they did something about it!
The Parish now have a prayer space for teens dedicated to Ashleigh with a beautiful icon of Saint Maria Goretti, with the blessed mother wrapping her arms around the Saint, they are also blessed with a first class relic of the Saint. These sit above the Parish offices and Youth building.The following September, September 2009, Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship had its first meeting, held in the Parish dining room with over 100 women in attendance they were blessed to be bursting at the seems! The first speaker was a Carmelite Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus from Los Angeles, which really set the the tone for the following 7 years.
The whole idea behind this ministry is Faith Sharing and Fellowship, that, as time has gone on, has been further blessed by God with many other beautiful ideas and devotions:
They always have Heart of Mary Meetings on the First Saturday, unless they fall on a very important Holy Day. they have Holy Mass, Rosary and Confession, in line with the Devotion to Our Lady of Fatima in the hall at 9am and have a small time to discuss variousthings going on in the Parish and how they can serve each other better. Twice a year the fellowship complete the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, as a Parish, they invite all the ministries to come along and consecrate their ministries and themselves as individuals to Jesus through Mary! They help to provide for the local soup kitchen, which gives 6 meals a week to the homeless by giving donations of Rice and beans, as a way to give back to the community.
Prayer Shawl Ministry – this group of women make prayer shawls, praying the whole way through their process and give them to sick people or those that need some extra support in their prayer lives.
Fruits of the Heart of Mary Fellowship
In July 2015 www.heartofmarywf.com was launched which allows an online consecration, Daily Bible Study, Devotionals and Free Audios of the Rosary and the Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots
Beads with Faith readers will soon be able to get these for free download directly from the website! With grateful thanks to HOMwf!
These are also available in the Catholic App Laudate – which is the number one catholic app, if you dont have it already please do get it!
In August 2014 the fellowship hosted its first Annual womens conference which had 250 women in attendance, this doubled in 2015 and the 2016 Conference which will be held this Saturday August 13th 2016 looks set to have increased numbers again. Michelle Workman, founder of Heart of Mary WF is very thankful and blessed to receive 100% support from the Parish with their Ministry as well as the other ministries within the Parish. They are now getting ready to launch Parish Based ministries as an option for anyone to bring the Heart of Mary to their Parish. Heart of Mary Womens Fellowship will assist those who wish to in beginning the ministry!She has been able to include field trips, Pilgrimages and many other options of blessings to their ministry. After 7 years they now feel ready to approach the Bishop of their Diocese for his stamp of approval and ensdorsement, which will further strengthen this blooming ministry!
Currently there are 30 different interests from people all over the United States interested in starting a Parish Based Ministry with Heart of Mary. If you are interested in starting this Ministry please let me know or contact HOMwf – this is a ministry that all parishes would be blessed to have bringng the Parish together and into the Heart of Mary!