Women’s Book Study Group

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This is a multi-generational women’s study group open to all women of the parish, academy, or their contacts. This group is offered once each semester, beginning in September and again in January. Each semester runs about ten weeks. Topics range from digging deeper into Holy Mother Church, Catholic sacraments, prayer, societal changes and demands, authentic femininity, and the role women play in the world.

A sampling of books studied in past semesters include: Courageous Love by Stacy Mitch, Living the Drama of Faith by Romano Guardini,Live Well, Die Holy by St. Robert Bellarmine, Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom by Ryan Anderson, Fatima for Today by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, Happy Are You Poor by Thomas Dubay.

Moderator of the group: Mary Jo Thayer, M. A. Contact: maryjothayer@comcast.net

Mary Jo is a former moral theology teacher and a current public speaker, whose specialty is John Paul II’s The Theology of the Body.


For all women of the parish, the academy, and their contacts. Starting on September 13, we will meet on Thursday mornings from 8:45-10:15 at the home of Mary Jo Thayer, 101 Monticello Dr. NW, just two miles from Sacred Heart. Unfortunately, no child care is available, but moms could rotate this duty enabling others to participate. The fall semester book is The Mindful Catholic: Finding God One Moment at a Time by Dr. Gregory Bottaro (Beacon). Often we find ourselves consumed with anxiety and worry about our families, our relationships, and the state of our Church. This book guides us to be aware of God’s safety and peace in every minute, in every circumstance, and comes highly recommended by Peter Kreeft, Christopher West, and Dr. Ray Guarendi. Please order your own book and register with Mary Jo by email or text to reserve your spot: maryjothayer@comcast.net; 517.281.4370. From John Paul II’s Letter to Women we gain this encouragement: “Thank you, women, for the simple fact of being a woman! Through the insight that is so much a part of your womanhood, you enrich the world’s understanding and help to make human relations more honest and authentic.” The Church and our world need strong, steady women more than ever. Please consider joining as we grow in our Catholic life together!