Just one more week until the Faith and Family Mom’s Day Away!
There’s still time to register, so I hope you can go! It’s in Stoneham, MA, very close to Boston. I know several women will be bringing their babies with them, and Danielle Bean tells me:
We purposely made all the “prayer in the chapel” type of stuff optional so that moms with kids or moms who came mostly to socialize won’t feel “stuck” in quiet places.
The church we’ll be in has a beautiful hall with lovely side rooms that [moms] could feel free to escape to with a screechy baby. It really is a perfect spot for moms. There is one room that is just filled with couches and pillows. I am not sure what the church uses it for, but it looks like a perfect “nursing spot” to me. And there are other places too. I really hope she will come, even if just to hang out with some other ladies for a while — I personally would love to have a baby to hold during lunch.
Who will be there?
Hallie Lord of Betty Beguiles! Rebecca Teti of Faith and Family Live! Melanie Bettenelli of the Wine Dark Sea! Lisa Mladinich of Amazing Catechists! Kate Wicker of Momopoly! Pat Gohn of, like, everywhere! Dorian Speed of Scrutinies! Lisa Hendey of CatholicMom.com! Daria Sockey of Coffee and Canticles! Jen Fulwiler of Conversion Diary! Rachel Balducci of Testosterhome! Jen, Rachel, and Danielle will be giving talks, and there will be all sorts of other things going on.
Please do make it if you can! I am actually voluntarily spending a night away from my husband to attend this event, so you know it has to be good. Still time to register!
Here is the full schedule:
Faith and Family “Mom’s Day Away” Schedule
8:00-9:00 Gathering/ Sign–in/ Coffee & Light Breakfast
9:00 Welcome /Introductions
9:15 Morning Prayer
9:30 “One ‘Yes’ at a Time” – Danielle Bean
10:00 Small Group discussions (at tables)
10:20 Large Group discussions (whole group)
10:45 “Letting Go of Fear Can Change Your Life” – Jennifer Fulwiler
11:15 Small Group discussions
11: 35 Large Group discussions
11:45 “Connecting with Christ in Confession and Adoration” - Special Guest, Fr. Chip Hines
Confession (Fr. Chip) Optional
1:00 Adoration Optional
1:30 Rosary Optional
2:00 Gift Giveaways/Break
2:15 “You Too Can Be a Saint!” - Rachel Balducci
2:45 Small Group discussions
3:05 Large Group discussions
Confessions (Parish Priests) Optional
3:20 Reflections on the Day
3:40 Closing Prayer & Dismissal
4:00 Parish Vigil Mass* Optional, Main Church
*Those attending Mass may leave coats and conference materials at their tables until the end of Mass. If you do not wish to attend Mass at this time, you may enjoy quiet conversation in the Hall until 5pm.