And the Winners Are…

If you’re listed as a winner, please check your e-mail for a message from me (and e-mail me if you are listed as a winner but have not received an e-mail).

Prize #1: Shades of Orange Knitted Infinity Scarf
Donor: Lisa Adkins, ARose4Lisa
Winner: Mandy

Shades of Orange Knitted Infinity Scarf

Prize #2: Royal Blue Bracelet with Silver Cross
Donor: Megan Caire
Winner: Beth

Royal Blue Bracelet with Silver Cross

Prize #3: Teal Bracelet with Gold Cross
Donor: Megan Caire
Winner: Jessica B.

Teal Bracelet with Gold Cross

Prize #4: Coral Necklace with Gold Cut-Out Cross
Donor: Megan Caire
Winner: Jill S.

Coral Necklace with Gold Cut-Out Cross

Prize #5: Catholic Sistas 2015-2016 Catholic Through the Year Bundle
Donor: Martina Kreitzer
Winner: Evie F.

Catholic Sistas 2015-2016 Catholic Through the Year Bundle

Prize #6: “Like Living Among Scorpions: One Woman’s Quest to Survive Her Suburban Life” by Jennifer Fulwiler (Kindle edition)
Donor: JoAnna Wahlund
Winner: Kathy H.

Like Living Among Scorpions

Congratulations to all the winners, and THANK YOU to everyone who entered!

An Anniversary Giveaway!

As I mentioned on Saturday, I’m running a giveaway in honor of the first anniversary of the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group! We have some great prizes donated by some of our group members.

Use the Rafflecopter app at the bottom of the post to enter. The giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. MST on Saturday, August 15. Winners will be announced Sunday, August 16. Please note that entrants MUST leave a valid e-mail address in the combox so I can contact you to award your prize!

Prize #1: Shades of Orange Knitted Infinity Scarf
Donor: Lisa Adkins, ARose4Lisa

Shades of Orange Knitted Infinity Scarf

A beautiful handmade knitted infinity scarf, perfect for fall!

Prize #2: Royal Blue Bracelet with Silver Cross
Donor: Megan Caire

Royal Blue Bracelet with Silver Cross

This bracelet is made with royal blue beads on stretch cord and features a silver-colored metal cross.

Prize #3: Teal Bracelet with Gold Cross
Donor: Megan Caire

Teal Bracelet with Gold Cross

This bracelet is made with teal beads on stretch cord and features a gold-colored metal cross.

Prize #4: Coral Necklace with Gold Cut-Out Cross
Donor: Megan Caire

Coral Necklace with Gold Cut-Out Cross

This necklace is made with coral beads on stretch cord and features a gold-colored metal cut-out cross.

Prize #5: Catholic Sistas 2015-2016 Catholic Through the Year Bundle
Donor: Martina Kreitzer

Catholic Sistas 2015-2016 Catholic Through the Year Bundle

An amazing gift donated by Martina Kreizer of Catholic Sistas!
The Catholic Through the Year 2015-2016 downloadable planner bundle includes a Calendar, a Homeschool Bundle, a Household Management bundle, AND a Blogger bundle!
Go to the Catholic Sistas store link to see the details of which resources are included in each bundle.
(Please note: this is an electronic resource, not a physical one.)

Prize #6: “Like Living Among Scorpions: One Woman’s Quest to Survive Her Suburban Life” by Jennifer Fulwiler (Kindle edition)
Donor: JoAnna Wahlund

Like Living Among Scorpions

From Amazon.com: “Whether she’s soaking her living room in Raid bug spray, fantasizing about living in a $50,000 sleep capsule, or dragging her brood of rowdy children out of Whole Foods, Jennifer Fulwiler’s life is sure to be a source of inspiration (or at least entertainment) in this collection of essays originally published on her blog. With a new introduction and conclusion, as well as a foreword by author Simcha Fisher, Like Living Among Scorpions is a fresh look at the most popular humorous posts that chronicle Jen’s attempts to keep her sanity while managing a house full of babies and scorpions. Longtime readers will love reliving these moments with Jen, and new readers will enjoy this introduction to her unique perspective on life.”
(Note: this prize is for the Kindle edition only. You must have a Kindle or a [free] Kindle app on an appropriate device to receive it.)

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An Anniversary

Mommy and Peter
Peter with his mommy — August 7, 2014

One year ago today, I was sitting in a small conference room at my workplace, pumping breastmilk for my then-10-month-old son, Peter, and thinking about a recent Facebook PM I’d received from a new Facebook friend. A mutual friend had directed her to my blog, and she was glad to find another Catholic mom of many who also worked full-time outside the home. I was happy that she’d contacted me, because it was rare to find someone else who could understand the joys and challenges of being a Catholic working mother.

Which got me to thinking — I knew we couldn’t be the only two Catholic working mothers out there; in fact, a recent thread in another Facebook group for Catholic moms had asked how many of its members worked outside the home, and I was surprised by the number of respondents.

I wondered, not for the first time, why wasn’t there a Facebook group specifically for Catholic working mothers? We really needed a source of community given that it seemed no one around us understood what it was like to live as we did — constantly trying to balance faith, work, and family in a culture that was increasingly hostile to Catholicism.

As I listened to the whirring and hissing of my breastpump — an object that was, to me, a symbol of my working mother status — the Holy Spirit slapped me upside the head. If you want a group like that, maybe you should start one.

I pulled out my iPhone and the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group was born.

I was kept busy the next several weeks welcoming new members. “I’m so happy to have found this group! I thought I was the only one!” was a common refrain.

One year later, we have nearly 700 members [edit: as of 6:15pm MST on August 8, we have 701 members!) — Catholic working mothers from all walks of life. We have mothers who work full-time, part-time, work at home, or do freelance work. We have mothers who are pregnant with their first child and mothers of large families. We have mothers who are nurses, pharmacists, teachers, software engineers, military officers, editors, and countless other professions. We have mothers who are married and mothers who are single. We have mothers who are wholly committed to their careers and mothers who are only reluctantly working because their family needs their income. Most importantly, we are all faithful Catholics, striving to live our vocations as mothers and employees in accordance with Church teaching.

The success of the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group was the inspiration for the start of this blog. To commemorate this anniversary, I’m going to have a great giveaway, featuring some prizes created by a few of our members! Be sure to come by the blog on Monday to check out the available prizes and find out how to enter!

We Have A Winner!

Sorry for the delay; I had a busy day at work and am just now getting the chance to see who won!

The giveaway has ended! Thank you to everyone who entered. Your comments were great and I look forward to building a supportive and positive community for Catholic working mothers.

And now, the winner!

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Congratulations, Lauren S.! I’ve already e-mailed you with details about how to collect your prize, so please check your e-mail. (And if you haven’t received anything, please let me know at joanna@catholicworkingmother.com).

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!