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Mothers' Retreat

Each year a  team of Parish Moms meet once a month to pray together with the goal of creating, planning and bringing to fruition an annual Mothers’ Retreat. The retreat typically takes place in February each year.  It is geared towards providing Mothers’ with a chance to retreat from the chaos of their day to day lives and be “still” with the Lord.  It is a wonderful occasion to come together with other moms to share common experiences, wisdom and our spirituality.  We are afforded the opportunity to pray together, listen to mothers give talks on themes related to motherhood, reflect, journal, meet in small groups, and experience some quiet time.  A penitential service is always included in the retreat and priests are available to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation.  The retreat closes with a beautiful celebration of the Liturgy.  This retreat has been one of the greatest gifts moms have given themselves throughout the years as it lifts us in our journey to know the Lord in a deeper way through the most awesome calling our ministry of motherhood.  It is a profound experience for both Moms of young children as well as for Moms of older children.  Approximately eighty Moms participate in the retreat each year.

Mothers Retreat--The Spiritual Friendship of Mothers-
Encountering God in Our Shared Vocation
February 23 - February 24, 2019
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Click here for a slideshow of the 2017 Retreat

Mothers’ Retreat Fliers from Previous years:



  • Jeanine Cavanagh
  • Mary Beth Jordan
  • Debbie Scott


Volunteer Testimonial:

"The time I spent volunteering for the Mom's Retreat, is time I invested in me and my spirituality. The bonding with other mothers, the friendship developed, the sharing of laughter and tears is what helped make me a better person. To give of ones time for others, out of love, is doing what Jesus did and what we are called to do." - Jo Anne Peppe


"When I attended my first Mothers' Retreat, I was overwhelmed by the encouragement, support and wisdom of other mothers through their faith journeys and experiences,  which enlightened me and drew me into a deeper relationship with God.  I thought that if I could be so blessed by this retreat, I would love to help in this ministry, where other mothers could also enjoy growing in their faith and in their motherhood in the warmth of our church community.  Having served several years in this ministry, I have been immeasurably enriched and blessed to see some of the fruits of the Mothers' Retreat experienced by mothers of our parish family.  God calls us all to serve and in this ministry I feel that I receive so much more than what I give." - Martina Brawley


“True, the mother’s work is within the family, but her silent labor effects the whole nation.  She passes on the whole treasure of culture to her children and her children’s children. She builds the future, and not only the future of this earth: what she does reaches out into eternity, to the very heart of GOD.”  -Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty



For more information contact:
Jeanine Cavanagh
Director of Social Ministry
(908) 725-1112 x1126

When Mother Teresa received her Nobel Peace Prize, she was asked,
“What can we do to promote world peace?”

She replied, “Go home and love your family.”