Mother’s Circle

We are mothers of teenagers, growing, supporting, learning, and praying together.

If you are a mother of a teenager, then you are invited to join the conversation! Join us on the second Tuesday of each month, from 6:30-8:00 PM in the St. John’s Adult Faith Room (unless other location is noted!); come for speakers, fellowship, and friendly tales of teen-year survival!

September meeting: Cancelled

Due to Back to School busyness and Labor Day weekend travel, we have decided to cancel our September meeting. We hope that you will join us on October 5th! Details will follow soon!

Pencil It In:

  • We typically meet on the First Tuesday Evening of each month
  • Join us from 6:30-8:00 PM
  • Find us in the St. John’s Adult Faith Room (Map)
  • Mark your calendars for the following dates:

June 1, 2021
July 6, 2021
August 3, 2021
September 7, 2021

October 5, 2021
November 2, 2021

*December 2, 2021*
Join us for Advent by Candlelight!

December 7, 2021
(Regular meeting replaced with Advent by Candlelight)

January 4, 2022
February 1, 2022
March 1, 2022
April 5, 2022
May 3, 2022
June 7, 2022

  • More details about each evening will be posted soon!


The resource page holds a mix of handouts from previous meetings, along with important links to Youth Group calendars and volunteer opportunities.

Mission Starts with Mothers!

Who We Are

Want to know more about who we are and why we are here? Read our Mission Statement.

Past Events:

Be the Expert

Date: Tuesday, August 3rd

Time: 6:30-8:00PM

Where: St. John’s Room (Map)

What: You are invited to be the expert this Tuesday evening! Is there a piece of parenting advice that you live by? Perhaps you have a tip or trick passed down by your grandmother; a deceptively simple practice that makes a huge impact; or a personal prayer or self-care routine that keeps you going. Whatever it is, we want you to share it!

Not every mother’s expert advice will fit every other mother in the room — and that’s okay! We aren’t giving one-size-fits-all mandates; we are listening, learning, and sharing in a conversation. Join us for prayer, wine, friendship, and an evening of expert advice!

RSVP: Your RSVP is appreciated and helps us plan accurately, BUT, we understand plans change. Your RSVP doesn’t obligate you to come; not RSVPing doesn’t mean you can’t join us! just give us your best guess!

Using Your Gifts

Date: Tuesday, July 6th
Time: 6:30-8:00PM
Where: St. John’s Room (Map)
What: Meet us on Tuesday evening for prayer, conversation, wine, and friendship. We will be discussing the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. What are they, how do we receive them, and how can they help us better parent our teens? We would love for you to join the conversation!

Pandemic: Unmasked

When: Tues, July 14th;
7-8:00 PM Gathering + discussion
8-9:00 PM Holy Hour
Where: Matthew/Mark Room(7-8 PM)
Church Sanctuary (8-9 PM)
Who: Mothers of Teenagers
What: Join us for a round table discussion and time for personal prayer. We look forward to hearing how you and your teenager have been holding up during this unique season! Come for all of the evening, or just drop in when you are available. 

Pornography & your Teen:

When: Tues, Mar. 10th; 7-8:30 PM
Where: Ascension’s Youth Room
Who: Mothers of Teenagers
What: Join us with Sam & Beth Meier, parents and directors of the Our House initiative, a diocesan program devoted to healing and protection from pornography exposure of youth and families.

Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First

When: Tues, Feb. 11th; 7-8:30 PM
Where:Ascension’s Youth Room
Who: Mothers of Teenagers
What: Join us with Sr.Elena Morcelli of the Apostles of the Interior Life and Spiritual Director of the St. Lawrence Center. She will share on the priority of nurturing our own interior lives … even before we nurture the interior lives of our teens. She will weave our call to interior joy with the message of Our Lady of Lourdes, who’s feast day is also on February 11th!

Mother & Daughter: from Teen to Adult

When: Tues, Jan 14th; 7-8:30 PM
Where: Ascension’s Youth Room
Who: Mothers of Teenagers
What: Join us with mother-daughter duo, Liz and Mary Whitehead. They will share their experience navigating the teen years and transitioning into young-adulthood. Their story will be shared through an insightful, “double-lens” perspective — with viewpoints from mother and daughter together.

Hospitality Un-Pinned

When: Tues, Nov. 12th; 7-8:30 PM
Where: Ascension’s Parish Hall
Who: Mothers of Teenagers
What: Disregard everything you know about hospitality; forget about entertaining, table settings, and evenings worthy of a Pinterest post. Join us with Jennie Punswick, a mother of 6 and teacher with The School of Faith. Jennie will share on the Gospel virtue of hospitality. How do we live the virtue of hospitality for our teenagers? How is hospitality a necessary component of evangelization — both within and beyond the walls of your home?

Relying on His Cross

When: Tues, Oct 8th; 7-8:30
Where: Ascension’s Parish Hall
Who: Mothers of Teenagers
What: Join us with Kelsie Gartner, a former Ascension Teen, now turned young adult. She will share her story of brokenness, loss, beauty, and redemption. How did the faith of her mother help sustain her through impossible terrain?

Teen Brain, Explained:

When: Tues, Sept. 10th; 7-8:30 PM
Where: Ascension’s Library
Who: Mothers of Teenagers
What: Join us with Stacie Cordell, an Ascension mom and licensed family Therapist. We will explore the topic of teen brain development.

Ask a Youth Leader:

When: Tues, Aug. 13th; 7-8:30 PM
Where: Ascension’s Youth Room
Who: Mothers of Teenagers
What: Join us for wine, fellowship, and snacks. Meet, greet, and get to know Lee McMahon and Anna Eftink with creative questions and a few unexpected answers.

Monthly Updates

Want to know more about what is going on with your teen? Click the envelope for Lee’s monthly youth group updates. Find information on schedules, topics, and links to all the latest happenings!