Immaculate Heart of Mary
About IHM
Prayer & Worship
Who are we?

Immaculate Heart of Mary is a Catholic Church of the Roman Rite. Established in 1946, IHM serves the communities of Los Alamos and White Rock in the County of Los Alamos, NM. St. Joseph's mission church serves the people of White Rock.

Elizabeth Ministry is a new form for a very traditional and beautiful ministry. As related in the story of the Visitation of Mary with her cousin Elizabeth, women have historically provided support for each other. Such community provides us the climate to discover that we are not alone. Elizabeth Ministry enables us to capture the essence of casual support systems and overcome the isolating and disconnecting aspects of our society. Through our Elizabeth Ministry community, we are able to use our special gifts and talents to affirm, support, encourage and assist each other in special times of motherhood.


General Pregnancy

  • First-Time Pregnancy
  • Subsequent Pregnancy
  • Large Family
  • Pregnancy Later in Life
  • Pregnancy after Miscarriage or Infant or Child Death

Pregnancy Complications

  • Bed Rest
  • High-Risk Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Testing Concerns
  • Fetal Abnormaility Issues


General Birth

  • First-Time Birth
  • Subsequent Brith
  • Large Family
  • Raising Child
  • Choosing Adoption

Sepcial Birth Outcomes

  • Multiple Births
  • Delivery Complications
  • Postpartum Depression


For breastfeeding questions, please contact Gina by email or call her at 661-8740. She is the parish volunteer lactation consultant.


General Nurturing as Grandparent

First-Time Grandparent

Granchild Joined Family by Adoption

Long-Distance Grandparenting

Grieving Grandparent

Grandparent Facing Obstacles

Rejected Grandprent

Grandparent Rasigin Grandchild

Grandparenting Unwed Child's Baby

  • Unwed Child Is a Teenager
  • Unwed Child Is an Adult

Grandchild Placed for Adoption

Grandchild Aborted

Prayer Support

Prayer Partner

Prayer Network

Blessing Rituals

Memorial Services

Miscarriage and Infant or Child Death

Infant or Child Death

  • Stillborn
  • Multiple Birth Loss
  • SIDS
  • Illness
  • Violence

Fertility and Infertility

Natural Family Planning

Waiting to Conceive

  • Without Known Infertility
  • With Known Infertility

Accepting Inability to Conceive

Accepting a Childless Life

Fertility Transformations

  • Onset of Menses
  • Hysterectomy
  • Menopause


Considering Adoption

Waiting to Adopt

Adoption Loss

Celebration of Adoption

Brith Mother

Infant or Child Crisis

Premature Birth

Intensive Care Nursery

Special Needs

  • Physical
  • Mental

Child Illness

  • Surgery
  • Hosptialization

Family Support


Child Care



Gift and Resource Kits

Supplies are available for:

Women and/or Men

Moms and/or Dads

Married or Single


Grandmothers and/or Grandfathers

Updated January 23, 2014

Elizabeth Ministry Mothers Group

We meet on the second Monday of the month at 10 AM in the IHM nursery.
Meetings consist of prayer, fellowship, and discussion of topics such as pregnancy, birth, adoption, breastfeeding, NFP, infertility, child loss/crisis, and Catholic motherhood.
Children are welcome.
Contact Gina by email, or call her at 661-8740.

Things to Do for Parish Moms

Women's Bible Study - 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the St. Thomas More Center (babysitting available), lead by Christy Patterson.

Morning Bible Study - 10 a.m. Thursdays in the Parish Hall (no babysitting), lead by Jo-Ellen Brown 662-5848

Volunteer Opportunities Available!

Extra hands always help us better serve our parish families. Elizabeth Ministry has ongoing opportunities in several areas.Please prayerfully consider where you may be called to help.

Making Meals
- Volunteers in Los Alamos and in White Rock join a list of people willing to prepare and deliver a meal for new moms when there is a new baby in the parish. (you can specify how often you are available to make a meal: monthly, quarterly, annually)

Visit Moms - These volunteers in White Rock and Los Alamos bring gifts (pick up a bag from the parish hall closet) and make phone calls to check on the needs of new moms and report findings to the director and a volunteer who will arrange meals. (approx. one hour per new baby, which ranges from none to three in a month)

Welcome Moms - Several volunteers make the first contact with women in our parish who are pregnant or just had a baby. These volunteers make out business cards to hand out so new moms know who to contact if they need help. (approx. 1/2 hour per month)


Crafts Volunteers - We can use more baby blankets for new mom gift bags. (time varies)

Elizabeth Ministry Director Gina Peterson can answer any questions you may have. You can reach Gina by email or call her at 661-8740.

Please include in your rosary intentions these prayer requests from our rosebud program. At this time we have the following rosebuds:
   19 waiting to conceive/adopt
   11 loss of child
   16 birth or adoption
   19 pregnancies