Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

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  • Following God’s Will Through the Holy Spirit

    Discipleship isn’t for the faint of heart. Much is asked. We can’t do it on our own. Thankfully God knew that, and in His faithfulness and compassion provid

  • God’s Mercy

    As we become more intentional in our desire to grow in our discipleship, we open ourselves up to many blessings. We talked about the blessing of intimacy with G

  • Intimacy With God

    Saying YES to discipleship has its challenges but it also has many blessings. The blessings far outweigh the challenges. One such blessing is intimacy with God.

  • At What Cost?

    Last week we received the invitation to discipleship. As we see this week, if we respond “yes,” Jesus has laid out very detailed instructions on what we nee

  • Something New!

    In an effort to keep things exciting and new at Firstfruits, my blogs are going to look a bit different for the next five weeks. Included in a short blog will b

  • Courageous Joy

    I dare you to be joyful. I challenge you to express gratitude outwardly today. I’ll bet my last, secretly stashed bag of dark chocolate covered almond and sea

  • The Balm of Creation

    I’m writing this blog on October 4th, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. So, it only makes sense that I feel compelled to tell you about a Netflix’s docume

  • Believe It or Bologna

    Will wonders never cease? As you recall from last week’s blog, my husband and I just celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary. I mentioned how clueless I w

  • I Wasn’t Dreaming

    Forty years ago today, I woke up in the Point Hotel in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. My best friend, Mary, was in the bed next to me. A long white dress and veil hu

  • Zooming in on the Holy Spirit

    I came face to face with the Holy Spirit this week. It was the face of Julie, one of fifteen faces that joined me on Zoom for Well Time on Wednesday. I was in a

  • A Buddy

    I just spent the better part of a gorgeous Saturday setting up my new computer. Well, actually I sat next to Lynda, our Firstfruits IT person, and watched her s

  • What’s New

    As the saying goes, kids say the darnedest things. Well, in the case of our four-year-old granddaughter, Audrey, I’d have to say kids just plain tell it like

  • The Times, They Are A-Changin’

    I witnessed another amazing miracle of nature last week and again it was right in my own backyard. If you’ve been blogging with me, you remember the fawn that

  • Silence is Golden

    In the later years of my mom’s Parkinson’s disease she found it harder and harder to follow conversations and a lot of talking made her anxious. So when my

  • Best Waffles?

    Some of my husband’s habits drive me crazy. And it has become more intense as his retirement doesn’t seem to go away. I don’t know what I was thinking but

  • Hidden Treasures

    Last week, on our family vacation in Mineral Point, our oldest granddaughter Emily and I were on a walk when she spotted a large totem pole down a side street.

  • Katherine, the Toad

    Do you ever feel like you are taking a vacation from God in the summer? Or he is taking a vacation from you? Summer hits and we are traveling more. Spending tim

  • Listening. Learning. Loving.

    After two weeks of dialogues on racism at Firstfruit’s Well Time series it has become clear that there is a lot of work to be done to heal the wound of this e

  • New Eyes

    Normal visual acuity, that is clarity and sharpness of vision, is considered 20/20 vision. You see clearly what should normally be seen clearly from a measured

  • A Powerful Love

    Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday when we recall the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the beginning of the church. When this imperfect, yet co

  • My Deer Old Dad

    In my last blog I talked about the importance of learning how to just be. I mentioned that Jesus invites us to sit at his feet and just be and often those invit

  • Just Be

    All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.                                    

  • Chances

    In an effort to shine a positive light on the events of the last couple months I would like to pose a question. What if our world was turned upside down for a r

  • Spring Routines

    I have been watching this tree outside my window bud for the last month, literally. It’s outside my morning prayer spot. I have never had the time, or should

  • No More Wonder Woman

    The first step in the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous says: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable When you talk

  • Easter?

    Today is Easter Sunday. Normally, there is such a sense of relief and joy associated with this day. We’ve made it through another Lent with all it’s depriva

  • The Lazy River

    This week I finally sent the email canceling our family trip we had planned for the end of May. To celebrate our fortieth wedding anniversary we were going to t

  • These Puzzling Times

    My sanity saver during this time of social isolation has been a one-thousand-piece puzzle. I was never a big puzzle person but desperate times call for desperat

  • Lessons From a Virus

    In some ways I am feeling responsible for the Corona virus outbreak. I’ve heard it said that when you pray to God for things like more patience, courage or pe

  • Baby Steps

    I just thought I would update you on how I am doing on my resolve to give up control for Lent. I was right; it’s much harder than chocolate or mascara. For th

  • Control No More

    So what are you giving up for Lent? I have decided to give up control for Lent. What exactly does that mean, you say?  Isn’t that the opposite of the discipl

  • Video Evangelizing

    We have exciting news from Firstfruits this week. Grab some popcorn, MilkDuds, or a glass of wine and join me for the “world premiere” of the new Firstfruit

  • Love 101

    So you made it through another Valentines Day. Or should I say PALentines Day or GALentines Day? There are so many variations. How was it? On a scale of 1 to 10

  • Given

    This week at Well Time at Firstfruits we finished up our discussion of what it means to live the life of the Beloved. In Henri Nouwen’s book, Life of the Belo

  • Brokenness

    The last two weeks we have talked about the very good news of our status as the Beloved of God, the truth of our core identity. What could be better than that?

  • Pizza on China

    For years now, I have been getting together monthly with four dear old friends for what we call Fun Club. It’s just so darn fun. We meet on a Friday night, ta

  • Chosen

    It seems like yesterday, middle school gym class at St. Mary of the Woods grade school in Edgebrook, Illinois. We were picking teams for a game of basketball an

  • Who Are You?

    What does it mean to be the Beloved? This was our topic at Well Time at Firstfruits this past Wednesday morning. We looked up the definition of beloved and it s

  • Get Off the Fence

    We have all been invited to come home spiritually this new year. More specifically, to come to our spiritual home that is Firstfruits. The invite came in the bl

  • Sabotaged

    I’ll make this quick. I kidnapped Joan and have her hands bound with duck tape so I can write the blog this week. Here we are a few days before New Year’s E

  • True Joy

    It’s the third week in Advent when we light the pink candle and joy abounds! Everywhere we look, people are rejoicing in the fact that very soon Christmas wil

  • Cardigan Sweaters and Bow Ties

    This week I saw the new Mister Rogers movie called It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. To say I love Fred Rogers is an understatement. I have often used

  • Lessons on Advent

    Mass began this morning with a video about Advent. One line in the video struck me. It said that if you are tired of Christmas by December 25 you haven’t done

  • You Go Thanksgiving!

    This is a big week. Thursday we gather with family and turkey, (or a family full of turkeys) to celebrate all our blessings and then right away on Sunday we beg

  • Where’s God

    Sometimes my spiritual life reminds me of a Where’s Waldo book. Jesus promises to be with us always, “until the end of the age” as it says in Matthew 28:2

  • Hope and Happiness in Him

    I had the privilege of speaking to a group of women from St. Alphonsus parish Saturday morning. We met at the Conservancy for Healing and Heritage in Greendale.

  • Solidarity

    I’m writing this to you from Berkeley, California. My sister and I are visiting my niece who attends law school here. The highlight of the trip so far was bik

  • Sounds of Silence

    I attended a movie today with my daughter as part of the annual Milwaukee Film Festival. It was entitled Moonlight Sonata. This documentary told the story of a

  • Set It Free

    Well, it happened again. Only this time it came from a somewhat unusual place, not the norm for Firstfruits. There was a gathering of high school basketball coa