Monday, March 10, 2014

Only Through The Power Of The Holy Spirit

Christie Mombrea, Catholic Mom and Founder of Forgiven and Set Free Healing Ministry in Niagara Falls, spoke at our Moms meeting this past Saturday, March 8th.  She shared the inspiring story of the Holy Spirit working in her life, and encourages all women to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and step out.  

You can listen to a recording of her talk by clicking the video below (go here if the video doesn't appear below).

Niagara Falls Catholic MOMs Group
Join us for breakfast, faith and fellowship from 9:30 am – 11 am in the Dining Room at the Parish Ministry Center 2748 Military Rd, Niagara Falls.  Babysitting available.  Contact Sarah at 957-2410 for more information. The NFC Mom’s group is designed to support and connect mothers raising Catholic families. Our goal is to offer community and resources to help us all be happier, healthier and holier moms.  Upcoming meetings include Sat, April 5th (in the church), May 10th and June 14th.

Christie's Ideas For Raising Pro Life Children
1)    Make it a daily occurrence in your house to pray for families/babies
--Who/What to pray for: moms in difficult situations/ sick babies/
scared Moms (mention Mary having nothing for Jesus)

2) Purchase a poster of human development and show your kids the beauty
 (Biology 101--$1)


3)   Spiritually adopt a baby for 9 months

 “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of [baby’s name] the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.”
- Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

4) Donate to Summit Life Outreach Center

Upcoming dates: April 26, May 31, June 28. Silently and prayerfully after Mass we process to the local abortion clinic to pray the rosary for mothers, fathers, their unborn children and the ultimate end to abortion.

6) 40 Days for Life Diocesan info:

Holy Spirit by Bryan & Katie Torwalt

(click title above if the video doesn't come through)

Verse 1:
There's nothing worth more
That could ever comes close
Nothing can compare
You're our living Hope
Your presence Lord
Verse 2:
I've tasted and seen
Of the sweetest of love
When my heart becomes free
And my shame is undone
Your presence Lord
Holy Spirit You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory God is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence Lord.
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness

Come Holy Spirit Prayer
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spiritand they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Forgiven and Set Free

We apology for re-posting this blog.  The original was posted in 2013. We are experiencing some technical issues.

This past Friday morning I attended the Mom's meeting at St. Gregory the Great.  Oh was amazing.

Christie did a beautiful job sharing some thoughts on Confession and the 'Woman at the Well'.  

“But whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty; no, the water I give shall become a fountain within, leaping up to provide eternal life.” 
                                                                                    ~John 4:14

One of the moms in the group, Jocelyn, had painted this picture for a day of reflection. 

...Heard a song by Casting Crowns - 'The Well'  

...then an amazing witness from a post-abortive woman.  

...Christie Mombrea, founder of the 'Forgiven and Set Free' Ministry shared her story of God calling her to do more for others who are hurting from their past choices.  She needed signs...and God gave them to her!

For more information on this ministry, please visit 
Help us get the word out!  Over 54 million abortions in the United States alone which means there are millions of women who needed to be forgiven and set free.

... We heard The Stations of the Cross through Mary's eyes.

...had time with other moms.

...and time for sharing prayer requests. 

An inspiring morning.

If you don't have a Catholic Mom's Group in your area, please consider starting one. We'll help you every step of the way.  Ducks need other ducks!

Ideas To Prepare You (And Your Family) For Lent

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Ideas to prepare you (and your family) for Lent:

  • Figure out what you are "giving up" or "taking on". Click here for a fun list of ideas. We also like the 1-1-1 plan at Our Sunday Visitor (one sin; one give-up; one add-on).
  • Use a Lenten countdown calendar of some kind (Lacy at Catholic Icing shares some great ideas for kids such as "print my calendar, make a paper chain, count almsgiving pennies, use a crown of thorns".
  • Attend an Ash Wednesday service.   
  • Read the gospel message daily - click here for USCCB Daily Readings or use a smart phone app such as Laudate.
  • Receive a daily Lent meditation by email from Fr. Gaitley and/or Fr. Barron - both are fantastic!
  • Listen to a Lighthouse CD each week as a family (These titles are great for teens and young adults)
  • Plan your meatless-Friday meals for Lent together.  Find new recipes and cook them together. 
  • Try to pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday.   
    Will be held during the Fridays of Lent, beginning 3-
    7-14, at the Prince of Peace site at 1:30pm with the 
    school children and at 7pm. Living Stations will be 
    held on March 14 and March 28 at 1:30pm with the 
    school children. Lifelong Faith Formation children 
    will hold a Living Stations on April 11th at 7pm
  • Pray the Rosary (especially the sorrowful mysteries during lent). Never prayed the rosary together as a family? Start with one decade and work your way to more.
  • Start a 6-week Study Group in your home. Contact us for ideas.
  • Make a good Confession before Easter. Check your parish for Confession times.
  • Check out the new movie Son of God at a theater near you.
  • Listen to this interview with 3 great Catholic dads who share what they were doing for Lent.
 2 min video below from Our Sunday Visitor

For more ideas visit last year's CMC post.