Single & RAising Saints
The number of single-parent families is growing. They are divorced, widowed and never married. Yet, sometimes these families feel disconnected or unsupported because they are not a two-parent household. Through Single & Raising Saints, single parents will learn more about the faith, build a community of friendship and support, discover a welcome atmosphere within their parish, and be invited to participate in all aspects of parish family life. To purchase this program, visit our shop or Amazon.
If you are interested in beginning a single-parent ministry in your community, please view these additional resources:
Poll your community. It is better to design a ministry around their needs than your own assumptions. Make an assessment by utilizing this questionnaire document, which lists helpful questions to begin conversations, or to gather research.
Provide your ministry a list of ways that they can glorify God in their spiritual life, so they feel evermore connected to the faith.
Review the outreach opportunities you currently have in your community, and ask them to be a resource for single parents. Suggestions include food ministry, home maintenance, car maintenance, childcare and financial support.
“Being a young, single mom, there aren’t many women my age with a child. Hearing about the group made me excited to meet other women in my same position, no matter their ages, and I knew I’d also make some new friends and resources out of the group as well, which was very encouraging. — Maddie, single mother of one
“Single & Raising Saints” creates community through efficiently addressing common issues facing single parent families. It not only highlights various topics of concern but also provides a clear and manageable guide for how to implement new strategies through facilitated prayer, dialogue, and fellowship. — Lauren Stemper, Marriage & Family Life Therapist, St. Raphael Counseling
“For me to experience the witness and testimonials of people who are living each day in the providence of the Lord in all that they do for their kids and their lives, as well as looking towards one another’s challenges and the realization that yes our lives have changed dramatically but not ended. There is a sense of comfort and consolation in this reality and experiences of one another. — John, single father of three