Getting to Know Heart of Mary // Parish Based Ministry/Bible Study Ministry

Did you know that Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship is also a parish based ministry?

It is!

So, what does that mean, you ask?

Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship got its start in San Bernardino, California. When tragedy struck a local family in November 2008, Michelle Workman, our founder, went to work bringing together the women of the parish to support this local family. The women really came together, and Michelle’s friend whispered,

“we need women’s fellowship at our parish.”  

Months later, at a women’s retreat, Michelle heard the whisper again. So, Michelle set to work.

September 5, 2009 was the first gathering of Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship. It was held in their parish library, which seats 70. One hundred women came.

The meetings start with (an optional) Mass at 7:30 am.  Immediately following, the ladies pray the Rosary and then move into the parish hall, where they drink coffee and chat until 9:00 am,  when Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship Meeting officially begins. They start with a song and then move onto  announcements, and later breakfast and either more chat and fellowship, or a speaker.

“Many of the women are ministers in the parish already.” Michelle notes. “So Heart of Mary is a place for them to go and not serve. It’s a place for them to…be served.”

This means that often times the announcements are about other things going on in the parish. The women’s fellowship group is there to support other women, parish ministries, and services that reach beyond the parish.

To date, it’s a huge success. So successful, the group is helping other parishes to set up the same thing at their own parish. To date, a nearby parish in San Bernardino has a thriving group, and a parish in Michigan is on their way.

Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship encourages other groups to meet on the first Saturday of the month, making it easier to fulfill any devotional requirements to Our Lady of Fatima.  

The San Bernadino group supplies prayer booklets and rosaries to help other parishes get their own Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship groups started.

Of course, if a parish group is interested in bringing the online Bible Studies to their parish, we can help with that, too.

Women helping women - women supporting other women - in the Heart of Mary. That’s what we’re here for.

If you would like to bring Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship to your own parish - in either capacity - let us help!  

Download your leader handbook and get Heart of Mary parish ministry started in your parish today!

Getting to Know Heart of Mary // Mass Journaling

From time to time,  I volunteer in our parish library. It’s quite a collection and is quite busy on Sunday mornings. One day, as I was placing a book back on the shelf, a yellow sticky note fell from between its pages and fluttered to the ground.

Getting to Know Heart of Mary // Spiritual Direction and Prayer

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Image by Beautiful Light Photography

A letter from our Spiritual Director

My name is Linda White and I am the spiritual director for Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship. Like most women, my Catholic journey has been unique, challenging and fulfilling but it has shaped who I am today while the process continues. Like many women, I entered adulthood wanting to love God and others but very confused by the ways of the world and hurt by challenges experienced in my childhood.  Attending church and trying to be a good Catholic women did not fulfill the longing I had to know the true God and His daughter, Linda.  

I tried to fulfill my desire for God through mass and service. And though these were very good actions, they were not enough to heal the wounds that were inhibiting my relationship with God. Christian counseling was good but still not fill the void. Finally, a few years ago, I was led to spiritual direction and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. THIS was the missing piece. Through daily meditation of scripture and periodic meetings with my spiritual director, I began to piece together the true nature of God and his plan for His beloved daughter. A few years into this, my spiritual director helped me realize that God was calling me to this same ministry.

After three years of formation, I am now a spiritual director for my parish and Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA. In the Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship, I provide spiritual insights to the “33 Days to Morning Glory” Consecration and can take spiritual questions through email (linda@heartofmarywf.com).

For those that might want regular spiritual direction, I meet at my parish in Alta Loma, CA or a Skype session can be arranged if distance is a problem. I consider spiritual direction to be a ministry and have chosen not to charge a monetary fee for my time.

So what is spiritual direction? Spiritual direction is help given by one Christian to another to enable that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the call of God in their lives. This is usually accomplished through daily prayer over assigned scripture passages, then sharing the experiences of that prayer time and other ways that God communicated in daily life. Meetings with spiritual directors are usually once per month.

The process is life changing. Spiritual direction is often confused with pastoral counseling which is Christian or Catholic-based counseling aimed at solving a problem such as a relationship or depression. In spiritual direction, the same issues may be discussed but the focus is on how God is speaking to you through the challenge and how the challenge is affecting your relationship with God.

Peace be with you, Linda

A letter from our Prayer Director

Regard your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today 1 King 8:28

What is prayer?

"Simply the practice of lifting up the heart to God"

It is an honest conversation with the one that we love (Jesus). Each one of us has been assigned to pray with hope and faith and love, this brings us into harmony with God.

When we pray for others this is intercessory prayer. Intercession can be called a doorway to Gods heart. It's heart knowledge we want when praying for others, we want to pray with the father's heart, a father always wants what is best for his child.

So as an intercessor we call down the graces needed, praying with a focus and aligning ourselves with God.

Praying with purpose.

This creates a sense of communion between the one who prays and the one who hears our prayer, namely God the father.

Praise, worship, thanksgiving and adoration are all part of of this conversation through which we grow in intimacy with our Lord. Esteem in honor to be a servant of the Lord through which our humble supplication is heard. God is present in each of us when we draw near to him in friendship.

Most of our prayers are done in secret before the Lord there are times we are asked to pray with and for others but mostly alone before the Lord. We don't change things God does, so he gets the glory.

One thing that happens from prayer is your heart will be changed. You will grow in compassion in his mercy and you will grow and gratitude in his friendship.

God bless you, I am praying for you, Susan Sabahi

You can ask for prayer at heartofmarywf@aol.com

Getting to Know Heart of Mary // Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Dear Friend, 

Here is My Consecration Story

I was introduced to Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary through a friend who is very pious with deep devotion to our Blessed Mother. Soon after, I began my 33 day journey and was in awe of the life of the 17th century Saint, Saint Louis de Montfort who spread the devotion.

Saint Louis evangelized Jesus through Mary to everyone he met. At some point Saint Louis was given specific tasks to do in his priestly duties that left him frustrated and discouraged. 

So he set off to see Pope Clement XI, he walked 1000 miles to receive permission to continue his ministry. Pope Clement XI recognized Louis's real vocation and gave Saint Louis the title "Apostolic Missionary." Allowing him to evangelize and spread Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. 

Following in Saint Louis de Montfort's footsteps my friend and I brought the idea of Consecration to our parish priest and since then have lead groups including hundreds of people, helping them to fall deeper in love with our Lord through his beautiful mother. 

The consecration itself is 33 days of prayer, reflection, and examination of self. It begins 33 days before a marian feast day, so the act of consecration is made on a celebratory marian day. 

You will receive a book filled with Marian Consecration prayers and devotions, along with an exclusively designed Miraculous Medal bracelet from My Saint My Hero.  We have a spiritual director and a prayer team that can help you along your journey.  

We are happy to announce a NEW beginning to online Consecration. We will have registration for the new class on May 9, 2016. Our start date will be June 13 with our 33rd day ending on July 16, 2016, which is the feast day of our Lady of Mount Carmel.

It is a blessing to bring this beautiful devotion to you. Our prayer is that you will chose to experience this beautiful devotion with us.

To Jesus through Mary,

Michelle and your Total Consecration Team

Sign up to join a Consecration group today!