Growing a ministry for mothers with the help of the Annual Grants Program

I was the first of my friends to start a family and quickly found there was nothing to support young mothers in the community. So much of what I read and watched devalued mothers. I came from working in podiatry to this, and I felt being a mother wasn’t important to society.
Carrie McCormack

Looking for inspiration, Carrie McCormack delved headlong into formation searching what the Bible, the Saints and other Catholic writers had to say about women and the family. “I discovered that it’s so much more than covering a child’s physical needs.”

Carrie was inspired by this new found understanding of motherhood. “My appreciation grew for this God-given task of being a child’s first educator and I began to nurture the richness of the family mission.”

Motivated to help others in the same situation Carrie established Mother Effect which started with weekly groups including study, prayer and collaborative activities.

“Through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd formation I did in 2012, it has grown into a dynamic weekly formation experience for families.” Mothers from all walks of life attend with their children. “I actually met a woman in a park one day with her toddler. She started telling me how lonely she was and I invited her along to mother’s group – and now I’ve started seeing her at Mass too,” Carrie says.

With funds raised through nontax deductible gifts to the Annual Catholic Campaign the Catholic Foundation launched its Annual Grants Program in 2014. Mother Effect was one of 12 grassroots and parish ministries awarded a grant to further their projects.

Your commitment to supporting the Annual Catholic Campaign has helped the initial Mother Effect in St Mark’s Inala become self-sufficient. This mission is now growing in more areas across Australia.

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