St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Welcome and GIVEAWAY!

Today is the feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla (patroness of Catholic working mothers) and the official launch of this site! Hooray! I’m so happy this day is finally here!

The most common refrain I hear when I meet another Catholic working mother, whether online or in person, is, “I’m so glad to know I’m not alone!”

If you are a Catholic working mother, you are not alone! I want this site to be a source of encouragement and inspiration for Catholic working mothers who are struggling to balance the duties of their vocations as mothers with the responsibilities of being wage earners, whether outside of the home or from the home.

We are Catholic. We are lay Catholic women faithful to the Magesterium of the Catholic Church. We hold, believe and practice all that the Holy Catholic Church teaches, believes and proclaims to be true, whether from the natural moral law or by way of revelation from God through Scripture and Tradition.

We are Working. We earn a wage in addition to our responsibilities as mothers and/or wives. Some of us work part-time; some of us work full-time. Some of us are freelancers or saleswomen; some of us are executives, teachers, or retail employees. Some of us have spouses who work, some of us are the primary breadwinners for our families while our spouse is in school or stays at home, and some of us are single, divorced, or widowed. Some of us are working by choice; some of us only work because we have no other means by which to support our families.

We are Mothers. Some of us are pregnant. Some of us have children by adoption. Some of us have one or two children on earth. Some of us have three or more children. Some of us have children in heaven. All of us recognize that our vocation as a mother is one of the most important jobs we will ever have.

We don’t compete with stay-at-home moms – we complement them. We both have tremendously important jobs with equally difficult responsibilities and unique challenges. Some of us may transition over time depending on our season of life. Regardless of where we are, it is so important to have community – a group of like-minded women who we feel will understand our trials, tribulations, triumphs and successes as we strive to serve God in all things, whether at work or at home.

In the words of Pope St. John Paul II,

Thank you, women who are mothers! You have sheltered human beings within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail. This experience makes you become God’s own smile upon the newborn child, the one who guides your child’s first steps, who helps it to grow, and who is the anchor as the child makes its way along the journey of life.

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Thank you, women who work! You are present and active in every area of life-social, economic, cultural, artistic and political. In this way you make an indispensable contribution to the growth of a culture which unites reason and feeling, to a model of life ever open to the sense of “mystery”, to the establishment of economic and political structures ever more worthy of humanity.

Please follow me on social media! This blog has its own public Facebook page and Twitter account (most tweets will include #catholicworkingmother), as well as a Pinterest board. (There is also a closed Facebook group available for people who prefer more privacy.) You can also follow the blog via email (see left sidebar to sign up), or on various blog readers (feedly, bloglovin, etc).

To celebrate the launch of this site, I’m doing a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Saint Gianna Molla: Wife, Mother, Doctor by Pietro Molla and Elio Guerriero, in either paperback or e-book format (winner’s choice).

 

To enter the giveaway, check out the options below!

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The giveaway ends the evening of May 4, and I’ll announce the winner the next day. Thank you for visiting, and please spread the word!

30 thoughts on “Welcome and GIVEAWAY!

  1. I’m not a working mom, but I would think that trying to get everything taken care of (time with family, work, the house, children’s activities, plus some much-needed relaxation time!), would be the hardest part. I know that personally I would struggle to manage my time effectively.

  2. The hardest part about being a working mom is not always being the mom you wish you could be. Missing milestones, not being able to breastfeed as long as I wanted to, being exhausted, etc.

  3. I love to learn more about the trials and tribulations of other peoples lives. I would be especially interested in reading more about a Catholic working mother, who became a saint nonetheless!

  4. What a beautiful testimony she has! I read part of it from our meditations from the Ignatian Spiritual Exercise classes.

  5. I’m not a mother yet, but I still find it hard to be a faithful witness to the Catholic faith at work. It’s fine line of professionalism and Truth.

  6. The hardest thing about being a working mom is living in the present moment. In the present moment you are honoring you vocation as a mom, a wife and an employee. You cannot be doing one thing and thinking about another, it will eat you up. I love my children and know they miss me. I am giving them my Catholic faith, teaching them to be and not do and hopefully giving them good memories if the time we spend together and the fun we have.

    The house rarely gets cleaned, do it on the fly. I am starting a meal service and trying to get support from my spouse. He does not work and still wants me to do everything. That just will not happen.

    Glad to find this webpage and support every women who stays home or ventures into the paid workforce. We need to build each other up and strengthen each other in the faith.

    God Bless You. And Thank you.

  7. The hardest part about being a working mom (when I was, I’m not currently) was just finding time to get everything done and spend quality time with my family. What was hard about being a specifically Catholic working mom was that all our parish mom and family events tended to be during working hours so it was hard to find community with other Catholic families.

  8. I felt like I missed so many milestones, so many moments of enjoying them without rushing to bed or sports. Now, after 8yrs, 5 children, I’ve got the chance to stay at home. We will be pretty broke, but definitely thankful beyond measure.

  9. I think the hardest part about being a mother and working is finding balance, not just with the day to day but the emotions of it all. Leaving work AT WORK is super hard when it’s been a rough week. Finding time to get basic household chores done is a challenge some weeks, but even if my house isn’t immaculate I do what I can. I found making a schedule and sticking to it helps create balance.

  10. Welcome to the blogosphere! I am a working Catholic mother, and I struggle with working in a very liberal setting (I am a researcher in a marine science dept. at a university in the Northeast). I don’t work with any other married women or mothers, besides my boss, who is my mother’s age, and it is generally assumed that everybody is liberal, on birth control, and hates organized religion. I miss out on hanging out with my Catholic mom friends because they are all stay at home and like to meet during the workday. It makes sense because weekends are for church and family-time while husbands are home from work, but I feel like an outsider in both of these groups. Thank goodness for facebook, or else I would be completely isolated!

  11. I think missing milestones would be tough! I will start working next year and although I’m excited, I’m also dreading the day I’m not there for something exciting!!

  12. The constant feeling of exhaustion. I’m still getting up for one feeding and to pump during the night. Feeling so tired all the time is so discouraging. By the time I do what needs to be done (dinner, minimal cleaning, washing pumping supplies, getting bottles ready for the next day) I’m too tired for what I’d like to do (spend time with baby and husband, hobbies, etc…)

  13. I’m so nervous about breastfeeding and working. I’ve been fortunate to stay home for my first two children, but the time has come that my calling (nurse-midwifery) is drawing me into the workforce at the same time I will have a new baby. I’m not as afraid of the separation because I truly appreciate the village it takes to raise children and I find that the personal satisfaction I have gained by using my calling to help other women and families is making me a better mother and more present when I am present. but I’m used to doing things my way whenever I want and this is going to be a whole new kind of balance.

    • You can do it Mama! I am a nurse on a busy Med/Surg floor. That was definitely my biggest fear going back to work, too. You will make time to pump for your little one. Sometimes it means documenting and pumping at the same time. The wonderful thing about nurses/midwifery is you are surrounded by other working mothers. Hopefully they are as supportive of you as my unit has been of me. My baby is 9 months (EBF for 6) and we are still going strong. I believe in you!

  14. When I was working outside the home the hardest part was leaving her at daycare each morning (especially when she was a newborn). I cried every day, even when I’d been doing it for several years.

  15. Hardest part for me is spending quality time with them and still getting them in bed as early as they need. There aren’t enough hours in the day! Since my kids start the bedtime routine at 6:30pm because they need it, I now end my workday at 3pm and do school pick up. I am extremely aware not everyone has this option and empathize.

  16. The balancing of chores and home maintenance with time with kids after work is hard for me. I have learned to let certain things and am slowly coming to terms with the fact that my husband and I will never be the do-it-yourselfers that my father was. Paying someone for home repairs is ok! It saves us stress and gives us time as a family :)

  17. So I have now been pretty much everything–a stay-at-home wife (no children), a PT-working mom, a FT SAHM, and a FT working mom. I’m currently at home on mat leave, so I feel like I’m living in 2 worlds right now. I guess the hardest thing for us is finding a balance, especially in taking care of myself (spiritually, working out, eating healthy), along with taking care of my children, spouse, and my job.

    I’m excited for this blog and finding this community!

    • I’m out on maternity leave right now too with my 3 year old son and 2 week old daughter. It has been challenging because apart of me is trying to be super efficient and do everything I never get time to do while working…but another part of me is trying to say “slow down, you just had a baby”. I’m also dreading going back to work because I deal with a lot of stress in my job and long weeks. I could find balance with one child, but my job has changed drastically in three years and I’m nervous to find balance again with two. I feel like maternity leave is going to go by so quickly. :-(

  18. I’m actually not a mom yet but I really long to be – my husband & I have been trying to conceive a child for around 3 years… I’m lucky that when I do have children I have a freelancing business that allows me to work from home. When I do have kids, I would think working outside the home would prevent me from being around my children as much as I could. Thanks for this awesome blog & giveaway! :)

  19. Right now the hardest part is getting housework done while working and taking care of kids and being pregnant. When I go back to work it will be so hard to leave my new baby with anyone… I never had to do that before: (

  20. I don’t work outside the home, but I think the toughest part would be leaving your kids. What a sacrifice to make.

  21. Hi! I’m a SAHM, but one day I plan to return to work. My dilemma now is I am one class short of my BS in health science, and I can’t afford to pay for it. It’s just not happening anytime soon.

  22. I think the hardest part of being a working catholic mother is maintaining focus on priorities. It is easy to be governed by the tyranny of the urgent and the popular, but I believe that as a mother (and a human) I’m called to attend to the big picture. Often this means coming to grips with the fact that I will disappoint people, they will think I’m “simple” for my faith beliefs, and that I can’t do everything.

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