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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 Themes Abortion Contraception Life Issues Prolife Family

About Growth, Differences, and Responsibility

When we think of Easter, we think about spring that brings new life, new beginnings, and new growth. For Christians this does not only mean that the days are getting longer, the trees are leafing and all of nature transforms itself into an uplifting colourful panorama. The Easter season also lifts up our hearts and spirits to the wonders of God, who through His death and resurrection, saved us from eternal punishment. Through this act of love for His people, Jesus invites us “to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” [2 Peter 3:18]. What better time than Lent and Easter to renew our commitment to the Lord by using it as a time of spiritual awakening, nurturing and growing.

Reflection:

  1. What am I currently doing to nurture my spirituality and my faith?
  2. What are we doing as a family to nurture our spirituality and our faith?
  3. How can we grow more in our faith?
  4. How do we recognize God’s love in the awakening of nature?
  5. How do we recognize God’s love in other people?
  6. How can we help somebody else to grow closer to God?

Fill in the missing words to complete the sentences:
(the answers may be different for each family member)

  1. Acknowledging differences means

  2. Taking responsibility means

  3. The word growth or growing means

  4. Growing in faith means

  5. My love for God’s creation means

  6. Lent is a time of

  7. Easter is

  8. I recognize growth mostly in

  9. I nurture growth by

Family Activity:

Easter! Spring! A time to look toward the season for planting: Have each family member select a plant seed, each different from that of the other family members. Each seed will be planted in its own pot, and whoever planted that particular seed is responsible for its growth. Encourage each family member to become knowledgeable about their planted seed. When the family gets together once a week they will report on what they have learned. The younger children might need some help with their task. At each gathering begin with a prayer thanking God for the gift of life and growth.

As the plants get bigger you will notice that they are all different, yet they are all plants. This is the time to talk about differences. Every plant looks different, yet they are all plants. People look different, yet they are all humans. Like the plants, humans were created by God. God entrusted plants, animals and the entire world into our care. That includes our children, the elderly, the homeless, and all who need that little extra help to live their life in dignity. How do we recognize their needs and what can we do to help?

Related Offices Carillon Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC)
Related Themes Prayer Life Family

Separation and Divorce Ministry

Support for adults and children who are experiencing separation/divorce in their family and a program helping separated/divorced parents improve their co-parenting relationship.

Transitions

A 15-week non-denominational, peer support program for those who are separated / divorced. Participants meet once a week to reflect on and discuss topics outlined in a handbook. Individuals have the opportunity, if they wish, to share their story with others. Issues presented by participants during the meetings are held in confidence.

Topics of discussion include: “The Process of Divorce”; “Self Image/Self Esteem”; “Dealing with Stress, Anger, Guilt, Blame & Loneliness”; “Forgiveness”; “Fractured Families Can Be Whole”; “Growth after Divorce”; “Single Again—But Still a Parent”; “Children in Blended Families”; “The Declaration of Nullity” (annulment process). Transitions is offered twice a year, beginning in September and in February. The group size is limited to 20 participants and 4 facilitators.

Our next program will begin in the Fall of 2017 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 - 17th Avenue SW.

Registration is required. Please phone 403-218-5505 or 403-218-5504 or email lifeandfamily@calgarydiocese.ca.

Effective Co-Parenting: Putting Kids First

A non-denominational, educational program for separated and divorced parents to help raise their children through this difficult time and increase the understanding of needs of children for developing self-esteem and security. It will offer skills about managing diverse shared parenting situations and provide strategies for improving communication, resolving conflict, and managing day to day children’s issues between parenting partners.

Parents are encouraged to attend separately.

The next 5-week program will be offered 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm on Wednesdays, May 3-31, 2017 at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120 - 17th Avenue SW, Calgary.

For more information or registration contact the Life & Family Resource Centre at 403-218-5505 or email lifeandfamily@calgarydiocese.ca.

Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Separation and Divorce
Related Themes Parenting Divorce and Separation Family

Embracing Change

The loss of something or someone often involves a time of grieving. It is difficult to let go of things that we are familiar with and cherish. It is even more difficult to let go of people who are important to us. However, no matter how much we try to hang on to the here and now, change is unavoidable. Change is something we tend to fear and become anxious about because we do not feel in control. The good news is that God has a plan for our life. If we trust in God and allow the change to help us grow to become more like Jesus Christ in how we respond and act, then we are promised that everything will fall into place. In the book of Deuteronomy [31:6] it says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread (of them), for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” As we are presently in the process of a change of leadership in the Diocese of Calgary by welcoming Bishop William McGrattan, we are looking back thanking Bishop Henry for being a courageous example of a leader who was never afraid to “tell it as it is.” At the same time, we are looking forward in joyful expectation to Bishop McGrattan’s contribution to our diocese and welcome him with open hearts, arms and minds.


Reflection:

  • The bishop of a diocese has many responsibilities. List at least five.
  • What are my expectations of the new bishop?
  • What can I do to support the bishop?
  • How can I get involved in a diocesan ministry:
    1. directly?
    2. through my parish?
    3. in other ways?

Fill in the missing words to complete the following sentences:

  • The Diocese of Calgary was established in the year __________________
  • Bishop William T. McGrattan is the ______ Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary
  • He grew up in the Diocese of _____________________
  • He was ordained a priest in the year _________
  • He was named a bishop in the year _________
  • Before coming to Calgary, Bishop William T. McGrattan was the bishop of the Diocese of _____________________________

  • Family Activities:

    • List all of the parishes of the Calgary Diocese by name (e.g. St. Anthony’s Parish, Calgary).
    • Obtain a travel map and trace the boundaries of the Calgary Diocese.
    • Name three churches that are closest to yours.
    • Draw a picture of your own church.
    • Pray that our diocese may continue to prosper.


    May the Lord continue to bless our diocese and its many ministries and projects


    Related Offices Carillon Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC)
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    Billings Ovulation Method (WOOMB)

    The billings Ovulation Method is based on awareness of the woman's natural cycles of fertility and infertility, unmodified by any chemical, mechanical, or other artifical means. It takes advantage of the biological fact that women are infertile more often than fertile throughout their procreative years. The fertile phase, that time when conception may occur, is recognized by physical signs accompanying ovulation. This knowledge, together with planned abstinence, can be used either to achieve or to postpone pregnancy.

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    Related Offices Life & Family Resource Centre (LFRC) Related Programs Natural Family Planning
    Related Themes Parenting Moral and Ethics Life Issues Married Life Natural Family Planning Prolife Family
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