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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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Project Rachel Brochure

Upcoming Events

Project Weekend Retreats are available. 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 info@projectrachelsa.ca

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 next Song for Rachel concert will be held on Friday, May 12, 2017 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church, 1600 Acadia Drive SE. The silent auction will open at 6:00 pm and the concert begins at 7:00 pm. The price is $15.00/person and $35.00/family.

Call now to reserve: 403-218-5505.

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Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Project Rachel
Related Themes Abortion Contraception Life Issues Prolife Family

Project Rachel: Healing Journey to Peace after Abortion

Project Rachel is a healing journey of hope and forgiveness for anyone impacted directly or indirectly by the loss of a child through abortion. Although individual counselling is available, retreats are also offered for those seeking a safe place to work through their loss, grief and anger in a group experience. A retreat gives you the opportunity to hear how others have experienced similar feelings associated with abortion and how they have tried to cope. You discover that you are not alone and someone else understands your pain.

A retreat offers several steps of healing. Through the sharing of your personal story, you are able to examine your story, to come to a sense of forgiveness from God, to give that forgiveness to yourself and others, to connect with your lost child, to bond and to say good-bye for now, to move on with your life restored to the person God wants you to be. In this interactive group setting, you heal emotions that have been wounded. You remove anger and replace it with love; resentment, with kindness; despair, with joy; and fear, with peace.

Bishop Robert Barron once said, “God is much more interested in your future than in your past. We have a God who ‘makes all things new’ and in that we find hope.”

In John’s Gospel, he tells the story of the woman caught in adultery. The scribes and the Pharisees are preparing to stone the woman. Bishop Barron stated, “In one of the great one-liners of the entire Bible … Jesus disarms them by saying, ‘Let the one among you, who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her’ [John 8:7]. … At this prompting, they drifted away, one by one, until Jesus was left alone with the woman.”

Bishop Barron continued, “Then Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.’ [John 8:11]. How rich is that little word ‘go’? Again, what is being emphasized is the future, not the past, on what lies ahead, instead of what lies behind.”

A Project Rachel retreat is an incredible healing journey where you will experience the healing grace and inner peace of God. So… go! Call (403) 218-5506, for more information and visit www.projectrachelsa.ca.

Related Offices Carillon Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Project Rachel
Related Themes Abortion

Life is Precious

It’s very difficult to think of a more charged conversation than one about terminating a pregnancy. I’ve recently found myself in this situation, where understanding where I stood and being able to defend my opinion, became a harmful confusion.

Elective abortion unjustly takes the life of a defenseless human being. Who are we to decide whether somebody lives or dies? Personally, I disagree with pro-choice advocates who claim that it is a “woman’s body, and she has the right to do what she wants with it.” And though not all, but many abortion supporters, blame religion for all those who oppose pro-life, allow me to give you a few reasons as to why abortion is morally wrong without speaking of God.

First, abortion goes against Natural Law. This is the law of preservation that we have as individuals, to instinctively nurture and maintain our existence under any circumstance. Intentional extermination of a baby who is still in the womb is murder, and therefore contrary to nature.

Scientifically, we know that the unborn are substantial, unique, and living beings. A child who is still in the womb has its own DNA, its own heartbeat at 18 days, and its own blood type. Although many claim that unborn children are not “human beings” or are not yet “people,” there is proof that the moment of conception marks the beginning of a new life. Human life starts as an embryo, a zygote, and is a human being in development. We all began life this way.

When abortion is legal, an unborn child is deprived of her most basic civil right – the right to life! Any person who is a victim of violation has the right to speak up and defend themselves. However, due to location and development status, an unborn baby cannot defend himself. So who will speak up for the baby?

There are different situations and circumstances and uncontrolled factors that must be considered. Many talk about the right to abort if the woman is raped, or perhaps if the baby has been diagnosed with a major illness. To all this, I argue that a tragedy is not erased by another tragedy. You cannot relieve and forget the memories of a rape with abortion. And you cannot cure a child by killing him or her. Women who have been raped must be loved, and compassionately cared for; and if they are pregnant, compassionate care does not include execution of their children.

There is no criminal law against abortion in Canada and since 1988, the number of reported abortions has exceeded 2.5 million. Because abortions are funded by taxpayers – we are paying for the killing of unborn children.

Many women suffer from Post Abortion Stress (PAS) syndrome, which is a form of post-traumatic stress, and can potentially affect everyone around them. Experiencing an abortion, and living with the pain, grief and regret, is traumatic. So before a woman ultimately makes a decision to have an abortion, it’s crucial that she understands everything that’s at stake, and the lifelong consequences.

I am not trying to convince, or offend anyone, I’m simply speaking from my perspective in hopes of helping women who feel pressured to choose abortion. I am aware that abortion is never an easy decision for a pregnant woman to make, but knowing that there is help available for choosing to give life to the unborn, is also encouraging.

It’s not often that we find ourselves absorbed deeply in a conversation about abortion and therefore, we may not be very educated on the subject. After exploring more on this topic, I have become more convinced of the preciousness of life, and the urgent need to preserve it. Maria Ruiz is currently a grade 12 student attending St. Mary’s High School. Maria speaks three languages and plans to attend university and become a teacher. Born and raised in a Catholic family, she has a twin sister and is the second oldest of five children. Maria is actively involved as co-editor in her school’s newsletter as well as the anchor of her school’s TV channel.

Maria Ruiz is currently a grade 12 student attending St. Mary’s High School. Maria speaks three languages and plans to attend university and become a teacher. Born and raised in a Catholic family, she has a twin sister and is the second oldest of five children. Maria is actively involved as co-editor in her school’s newsletter as well as the anchor of her school’s TV channel.

Related Offices Carillon Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Project Rachel
Related Themes Abortion Life Issues

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 www.projectrachelsa.ca.

Related Offices Youth & Young Adult Related Programs Project Rachel
Related Themes Abortion Life Issues Family

Life Education Committee

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

Mission

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

Members

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.

Objectives

  • 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

Meetings

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.

Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Project Rachel
Related Themes Contraception Abortion Life Issues Prolife Family
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