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St. Mary's Catholic Church
Pompton Lakes, NJ
May 1, 2024

At our parish, St. Mary’s Church in Pompton Lakes, NJ, we celebrated St. Phoebe with a St. Phoebe-focused Liturgy of the Word celebration and witness reflection from a woman from our parish. We had many interactive parts of our Liturgy of the Word, including a call and response and the opportunity for participants to share the name of a woman in their own lives who influenced their faith journey.

This was an incredibly empowering experience for those of us who were involved in planning our celebration. We hope to continue this journey together by potentially starting a St. Phoebe Circle. Our experience together was such a blessing, and we will continue to reach out to others amongst us to uplift the witnesses of women in our community on our journey together.

Organization
“We raised so much awareness from our event, of both the ongoing Synod and of St. Phoebe and her ministry. Together, we learned of the power of the intercession of St. Phoebe, and how significant her feast day can be to carry the message of women’s roles in the Church.”
The Church of St. Francis Xavier
New York, NY
Organization
“The most meaningful parts of our celebration together included a standing ovation following the witness reflection, the power and strength of the reflection itself, and the procession at the start of mass. In the procession, young women carried in and presented symbols of St. Phoebe including an icon, the commission of St. Paul, a deacon’s stole and a pitcher of water to symbolize our shared baptism.”
St. Barnabas Parish
Chicago, IL
Witness
“Preaching on the Feast of St. Phoebe, and supporting and training other women to preach, was a joyful and invigorating experience. It is beautiful to see women claim the truth that they are called and gifted, and equally beautiful to see the People of God’s receptivity to women’s preaching, ministry, and leadership.”
Rhonda Miska
St. Phoebe Day Witness at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in St. Paul, MN; Founder and Co-convener of the Catholic Women's Preaching Circle; Catholic Women Preach Advisory Board Member

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