Mary, Mother of the Church is home to many community support groups. Some of them are a coalition of churches that come together to offer services and some of them are independent support groups and use the campus at Mary Mother as their meeting place.
Mary, Mother of the Church offers the following the support groups:
The Christian Caring & Justice Commission includes representation from both the Pastoral Care and Social Justice Ministries. The commission meets to discuss current and future needs of our community in the area of service to those in crisis and in need of support.
This support includes the physical needs of food, shelter and safety, as well as the emotional and spiritual needs of comfort, prayer and Eucharist for those in our community.
Mary, Mother of the Church is part of the interdenominational group, which offers information, education, support, and spiritual hope to those affected by depression, and to their families.
All are welcome to attend, regardless of religious affiliation.
The Depression Support Coalition sponsors five monthly meetings from August – December. There is no cost to attend.
The support group program also offers weekly discussion and support group meetings at some Coalition church locations – designed to provide a network of Christian- based support for those affected by depression, as well as their family members.
The Interdenominational Coalition of South Suburban Churches (of which Mary, Mother of the Church is a member) presents a series each spring and fall for adults who have experienced a loss or major crisis in their life.
The series is also of interest to those who simply wish to learn more about the grief process. Each session offers an educational presentation with trained facilitators for help and support and offers a presentation followed by small group support facilitated by trained leaders.
Baby Shower Month: Throughout the month of January we collect new baby items. Items are dropped off in one of the two baby cribs located at each end of the Atrium. Items needed include: baby clothes for all seasons, diapers, onsies, wipes, undershirts, bibs, baby blankets, hooded bath towels and wash cloths. All donations will be divided among local crisis pregnancy centers. Financial donations to A Community Caring for Life “ACCL” can be dropped in the collection basket, mailed to the Church or dropped off at the Parish Office. Financial donations are used to purchase cribs and other larger baby items. Please make checks payable to Mary, Mother of the Church. (Please specify ACCL on your check).
March for Life: Each year we take a bus to the State Capitol Mall in St. Paul to join with other people from across Minnesota for the annual March for (the Love of) Life. This January 22 March takes place on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade, which legalized the violence of abortion. A bus will leave Mary Mother at 11:15 a.m. and returns by 1:45 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration will be in the Chapel for those who are able to pray during the March. Childcare is available, but reservations must be made by contacting us. Sign up for your seat on the bus! Come to the tables in the Parish Atrium after Masses January 9 and 10 and January 16 and 17.
Services, and working with people as we age are available to share their gifts with us.
If you are caring for a loved one with spiritual or health needs, or you are in need of spiritual or health care, we are here to help in any way possible. Here are some of the ways in which we can help:
Holy Communion brought to your home on a weekly basis, when you are unable to attend Mass.
One-on-one visits by our priest, Stephen Minister or Pastoral Care Minister, especially during challenging times.
Resources regarding needs as we age – home health care options including respite care, health care directives, living options, etc.
Prayers both on the prayer line and during the Prayers of the Faithful at Sunday Mass.
Military Support Group: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Our Military Family Support Group meets every second and fourth Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. We meet to support each other and our families who are experiencing deployments of loved ones in all branches of the service. We also prepare packages to send to the troops serving overseas.
Anyone is welcome to attend.
One of the ongoing projects our Military Support Group is known for is our work with Operation Shoebox. We were recognized in 2007 for its ongoing work with Operation Shoebox by KARE 11. We accept any donations for the contents of the packages or postage to send packages overseas.
If you have a loved one in the military and would like the Mary Mother community to keep him or her in our prayers, please fill out the Military Support Form in a blue three-ring binder at the Information Booth in the Atrium and drop it off in the Parish Office or send completed form to: Mary, Mother of the Church, 3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN 55337
Suicide Bereavement Support Group: 2nd Tuesdays and 4th Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
For those who have lost a loved one by suicide, the journey of healing can be lonely, painful and confusing. Those left behind after a suicide need a place where they can share their experiences with others who really understand, a place where they can talk openly, a place where others will listen without judging.
Our Suicide Bereavement Support Group is offered the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Room 17. All adults who are surviving the loss of a loved one who died by suicide are welcome, regardless of religious affiliation. There are no fees or registration required.
The Suicide Bereavement Support Group offers help and guidance from others who have also experienced this tragic loss. Leading this group is a facilitator trained by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Toni Wetzel has lost a loved one by suicide and promotes listening without judging within the group.
A loss by suicide is complicated by overwhelming feelings of guilt and loss. The group provides reassurance that healing is possible. As one group member said, “I find that when I leave the monthly meetings, I am refreshed and feel I’ve been heard. My burdens that I carry about suicide are lifted after each meeting because it is comforting to be there.”
There are no fees or registration required.
Caregiver Support Group: 2nd Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
Weight Loss Support Group: Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Widow/Widower Support Group: 4th Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. (temporary suspended until the spring)
If you have suffered a loss of a child through Miscarriage, please see http://www.catholicmiscarriagesupport.com/