Parent Reflection: Holy Child's Faith Commitment
Three years ago, when my daughter, Riley, was starting out as a Freshman at Holy Child, I approached Dr. Gomez with a selfish idea, really — I wanted to form a freshman mom’s prayer group to pray for our daughters and to get to know who was in the bunker with me. Without hesitation, Dr. Gomez said yes, and the seeds of that day are now centerpieces of Holy Child’s faith commitment and faith formation offerings.
How often can you say you experience Grace? Compassion? Support? Enlightenment? For sure, it’s hard to carve out time and pathways for these gifts to flow, but two such “pathways” — now firmly rooted offshoots of an idea and a “yes” three years ago — exist at Holy Child: The Mother’s Prayer Group and Chapel Talks are profound opportunities for parents to come together and receive these gifts.
What makes the Mother’s Prayer Group meetings special is that we all come with the same core and universal prayer — protect and guide our daughters to a joyous and healthy life. Each of us brings different parenting styles, different struggles, different family dynamics, even different faith backgrounds — but we share this common desire for our daughters and for our families. Though each of our concerns and/or challenges are deeply personal, they are also deeply human, and the teachings of Jesus Christ woven throughout these meetings allow for a beautiful tapestry of comfort and inspiration to unfold. I can honestly say that at each Prayer Group meeting God’s presence is felt and we all walk away feeling understood, validated, and strengthened.
The other prong of Holy Child’s faith commitment is its Chapel Talks. Two each semester, these talks feature guest speakers, provide time for Q and A, and vary topic-wise. Similar to the Prayer Group, Chapel Talks cover timely subjects that are universal to parenthood with a faith-centered mindset. Past talks have touched on: Maintaining Hope and Faith in the Midst of Despair; How to Parent Joyfully; and The Human Body/Human Sexuality, Secular Versus Christian Views. The next Chapel Talk, “The Comparison Trap in the Age of Social Media,” reminds me of something Father Bill Byrne, Pastor at Our Lady of Mercy, and Holy Child Board Member, once shared with me: “If you’re always looking in someone else’s backyard, you’ll never recognize what is in your own backyard.” If this talk is similar to previous Chapel Talks, I am confident I’ll walk away yet again with a fresh perspective, strengthened by the camaraderie of Holy Child’s faith community.
Through the Mother’s Prayer Group and Chapel Talks, Holy Child’s faith commitment has resulted in the faith formation of a community of parents and caregivers that flows directly to our daughters. The gifts shared through these gatherings - Grace, Compassion, Support, Enlightenment, knit us closer in community and remind us that our children are not our own, but God’s. At one recent Prayer Group meeting a mother shared this scripture:
Entrust your loved ones to me; release them into my protective care. They are much safer with Me than in your clinging hands. If you let a loved one become an idol in your heart, you endanger that one - as well as yourself. When you release loved ones to Me, you are free to cling to My hand. As you entrust others into My care, I am free to shower blessings on them. My presence will go with them wherever they go, and I will give them rest. This same Presence stays with you, as you relax and place your trust in Me. Watch to see what I will do.
Genesis 22:9-12; Ephesians 3:20; Exodus 33:14
I’m grateful for Holy Child’s faith commitment and its investment in the faith formation of its entire community. It emboldens me evermore to place my trust in Him and watch what wonders will unfold.
Written by: Colleen Morton (Mom of Riley '21)