Advent Series: Mary, Mentor of Self-Compassion
Presented by Kathleen Hagerty, CSJ
The Women’s Table of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston will present a 4-part series entitled, “Mary, Mentor of Self-Compassion.” This series will consider Mary’s life in her humanity and her acceptance of her Self. Through understanding her gifts of compassion, trust and vulnerability, we will reflect on how she lived her life into her mid-life and later years as a woman of faith. Using input, reflection and sharing as our process, we will journey with Mary this Advent and grow in grace as she mentors us. The four sessions will be held on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 637 Cambridge St., Brighton, MA 02135. Dates include: Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, 2019. To register, please call Linda Boothroyd: 617-746-1603, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MULTICULTURAL CIRCLE FOR WOMEN
The Multicultural Circle for Women weaves the lives of women from Guatemala, China, The Philippines, Uganda and beyond. These circles meets once a month and provide women from other cultures the opportunity to share their joys and struggles with one another. This group has been meeting for more than eight years now, and one member, Susan, described it this way:
“In my hectic pace of life, the Circle has been an oasis—and to borrow something from my daughter’s vocabulary, My Sisters’ Club! At the Circle, we are free to release what’s in our hearts, have a good cry, share a hearty laugh and be comforted. All present are supportive and walk with us through this journey called Life. Thank God for the Women’s Circle!” All are welcome. For more information, please call: 617-746-2056, or email: email@example.com.
Circles for 2019-2020 include: September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10, 2020, February 14, March 13, Apr. 10, May 8 and June 12th.
GATHERING CIRCLE FOR MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Our Gathering Circle offers support for mothers of children with special needs and has been meeting for seven years. Mothers from greater Boston and beyond meet once a month to share their experiences, listen compassionately, and share resources with one another. Kay Pranis, author of Peacemaking Circles, underscores the value of Circles for participants, “Circles are places for being heard—for expressing what’s on our minds and hearts and having others receive it deeply. Telling our stories in the safe space of Circles opens windows on each other’s lives, giving us moments when we can witness the path another has walked as well as feel that others appreciate our own path.” One participant describes it this way, “The Circle is a refuge from my busy world, my busy life. To sit and be with peers whose experiences are similar is comforting.” For more information, please call: 617-746-2056, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Mothers’ Circle generally meets on the third Monday of the month, however there are some exceptions due to holidays. Dates for 2019-2020 include: September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16, January 13, 2020, February 10, March 16, April 13, May 18 and June 15th.
The Women’s Table of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, will host a six-week series, starting. This program inspires women to freely express their thoughts and feelings through writing. The facilitator of the group, Mary Caruso, provides a skillful balance of thought-provoking writing prompts and opportunities for participants to share their writing, as they wish. The spring series takes place on Thursday mornings, from 10:00-11:30 a.m., in the Dining Room at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 637 Cambridge Street, Brighton, MA. Spring session: March 5, 2020 – April 9, 2020. More information to follow. Questions – call Mary Rita Weschler at: 617-746-2056 or email: email@example.com. There is no cost for this series, though good will donations are always welcome.
RETREAT FOR MOTHERS – NAHANT
A day-long retreat for Mothers of Children with Special Needs, held at Mount Carmel Villa, Nahant, MA. This retreat is designed to offer mothers time for respite, quiet and sharing. Come away to nurture your heart and soul! October 19, 2019. To find out more information please call Mary Rita Weschler at: 617.746.2056 or email: maryrita.weschler@ csjboston.org.
A PLACE AT THE TABLE – THE WOMEN’S TABLE FUNDRAISER
Save the date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 – 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
“PEACE BEGINS WITH ME” DAY
The Women’s Table of the Sisters of St. Joseph invites you to join for a day of relaxation, renewal and rest! We welcome you to “Peace Begins with Me,” a day-long program of self-care including neck and shoulder massage, breathing and relaxation exercises, yoga for all experience levels, introduction to coloring for adults and Zentangle, and the opportunity to “just be” for a day! There is no charge for the day, and registration includes a light breakfast and lunch. Date: November 9, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. To register, please call Mary Rita Weschler at: 617.746.2056 or email: maryrita.weschler@ csjboston.org.