Project Rachel - Post Abortion Healing

Project Rachel is an ecumenical ministry of healing and reconciliation for people of all ages who are suffering distress from a past abortion experience.

The ministry was launched throughout southern Alberta in November 1998

Project Rachel is a sensitive, private and confidential program. We offer support to anyone, regardless of gender, age, or faith. Not only women who have had the abortion, but also men and family members who experience post-abortion grief are welcome to contact us. Our counsellors recognize abortion as a traumatic experience, and address its psychological and physical symptoms. In addition, they offer the unique opportunity to integrate spirituality into the healing process.

  • Teams of trained therapists or clergy are available to see clients on an individual basis. Our counselors are readily available; there are no long waiting times.
  • This is a confidential and ecumenical ministry.

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Upcoming Events

The next Project Rachel Weekend Retreat will be held March 17-18, 2017. This is an opportunity to journey with others who are also seeking healing from a past abortion experience - under the guidance of two professional counselors. For more information or to register, contact the Project Rachel office at 403-218-5506 or (Toll Free) 1-877-597-3223 or email at

A Song For Rachel

'A Song For Rachel' is held annually as a fun-filled, family fundraising concert that has been established in 1999. A silent auction was added in 2003.

The Song for Rachel Team wants to thank all those who have contributed to make our 2016 fundraiser event what it has become. We are grateful to our faithful audience, and happy to see you again next year!

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Message from the Project Rachel Team

Project Rachel is a ministry of the Diocese of Calgary providing support, guidance and reconciliation to those affected by abortion. We are grateful to those who have sponsored this ministry over the years, including parishes, the Catholic Women's League and the Knights of Columbus councils who have hosted the annual Song for Rachel concert fundraisers.

Many of us in the community contribute directly or indirectly to the circumstances that put women in a position where abortion seems to be the best, or the only choice, they can make in their situation. Those directly involved, the mother, the father, the grandparents, and the siblings of the aborted often have a desire for healing from the trauma that abortion causes. Project Rachel provides help to those who have been affected by an abortion.

The Project Rachel team of speakers, counsellors and volunteers have the blessing and support of Bishop Henry. We are a community that professes to live Christ's message of love, compassion and forgiveness and we are the model to provide this help to the people in need. However, we need you, the members of this community, to help us share the fact that Project Rachel exists.

Schools and church communities have generously allowed us to put brochures in their information racks. However, we need the opportunity to talk to and discuss abortion with the student bodies, and your church congregations. We need to be invited by the Catholic Women's League and Knights of Columbus councils to speak at your meetings. We need more parishes to sponsor the Project Rachel ministry and to host the annual Song for Rachel concert. We need to talk about why abortions occur, and how we, through love, respect, forgiveness and education, can help those who might be considering an abortion make a better choice for their child.

In this papal Jubilee of Mercy it is our hope that you will search your heart and become involved in helping those affected by abortion. Please visit

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Being Known by God and Knowing Him

Inner peace comes from knowing that one is loved by God and from the desire to respond to that love. ~ John Paul II ~

Psalm 139 makes reference to the unborn life. The Catholic Women's Devotional Bible elaborates further by saying, "From the instant of conception, the child in the womb is in a relationship with God. Hidden to everyone else, the child is cherished by its Creator, who lovingly and 'wonderfully' fashions it [Psalm 139.13-16]. Each unborn child's death is first and foremost God's loss…. Abortion opposes God's creative action. It ends one phase of His special relationship with a human being who is sacred, called into existence by God as a unique person made in His image and likeness.

Women who have had abortions and suffered bitter regrets over what might have been are often caught up in a downward spiral of black despair. What have I done? There is no forgiveness for me. But Scripture says the exact opposite. 'The Lord is merciful and gracious…. He does not deal with us according to our sins' [Psalm 103.8.10]. Women who seek forgiveness from the God of unfailing love will surely find it – and will also find help to deal with the anguish that is an inescapable fruit of abortion."

This anguish is no small thing, because abortion is no small thing. The decision, often made hastily and under duress, is irrevocable, there is no way back. Like a rosebud nipped before it can bloom and display its beauty, new life has been snuffed out.

The Project Rachel Ministry is a ministry of hope and healing. Although it is under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary, this ministry is offered to those of any faith; available to men and women impacted directly, or indirectly by abortion. This ministry invites the person to give God permission to heal their heart. We are all sinners. God disapproves of our deed, but He never stops loving us.

The story of the woman caught in adultery John 8.1-11 is a beautiful example of God's mercy. When the Scribes and the Pharisees bring a woman who has been caught in adultery before Jesus, they are prepared to stone her as the law of Moses commanded. How did Jesus respond? Jesus replied, "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." When they heard this, they went away, one by one and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus asked her "Woman, has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, sir." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on, do not sin again."

The Project Rachel Ministry is spiritual, post-abortion counselling, offered on an individual basis or during a weekend group retreat. This uniquely individual, healing journey of prayer, music, scripture and reflection includes the processing and release of pain, loss, grief, shame and anger. Healing is about forgiveness of others, of self, and experiencing God's mercy and forgiveness. The Project Rachel Ministry is a valuable resource of understanding, compassion and hope for anyone suffering from and still living with the aftermath of an abortion experience. Help is there for all who need it. One only needs to accept it.

For more information about the Project Rachel Ministry, call (403) 218-5504.

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Life Education Committee

Strengthens and coordinates pro-life educational initiatives in the Diocese of Calgary.


The Diocesan Life Education Committee coordinates and supports initiatives that educate on the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death.


The Diocesan Life Education Committee consists of representatives of various agencies and organizations involved in public education on the life issues. The Chairperson of the Diocesan Life Education Committee is the Director of the Life and Family Resource Centre. It is the responsibility of the Chairperson to approve membership on the Diocesan Life Education Committee.


  • Maintain working relationships with local pro-life groups and agencies
  • Taking action to raise awareness of the issues that compromise respect for life and marriage in the Diocese of Calgary
  • Provide educational opportunities and time for sharing program information among committee members
  • Support local programs that counsel and assist women with problems related to pregnancy
  • Support Project Rachel as the Diocesan post abortion ministry
  • Encourage and support local programs that provide care for the dying
  • Promote prayer and formation for the protection of human life from conception until natural death


The Diocesan Life Education Committee will meet no less than three and no more that six times a year for the purpose of facilitating the committee objectives. Members are expected to attend regularly scheduled meetings. A member who misses two consecutive meetings without excuse will be contacted to inquire about their ongoing participation.

For more information please contact us.

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Related Themes Contraception Abortion Life Issues Prolife Family

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