Respect Life Ministry
St. Gabriel's Respect Life Ministry
Dedicated to protecting life from conception to natural death, this ministry provides opportunities for advocacy and tangible support of the vulnerable. From support to the Pregnancy Resource Center to hosting speakers on Respect Life Issues, this ministry seeks to keep the parish informed and involved in issues of human dignity within our community and the country. CLICK HERE if you are interested in joining, and scroll down to the Respect Life Ministry.
Happy 1st Birthday, Little Ones!
Two years ago, we spiritually adopted children whose parents sought help from the Pregnancy Resource Center in Richmond. Last year, we threw them a baby shower. This year we will be collecting gifts for their first birthdays. We need gifts such as diapers in sizes 3, 4, and 5, pull-ups, clothing sizes 12 months to 24 months/2T, healthy fruit snacks, books, and age appropriate educational toys. The Respect Life Ministry will be collecting these gifts on the weekend of October 7/8 in the Commons. For questions contact Carol Loviza at 878-8629 or Sally Zatkulak at 852-0098.
Catholic Advance Medical Directives
When you or a loved one are facing difficult medical choices, you can feel very alone and very confused as to what is best to do and what is in keeping with the teachings of your faith. The Catholic Dioceses of Arlington and Richmond have a resource to help: “The Catholic Advance Medical Directives” CLICK HERE to access. (http://www.cdrcmfl.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Advance-Medical-Directive.pdf)
You also can contact the National Center for Bioethical Issues 24 hours a day/7 days a week for free consultation for specific, time-sensitive questions that cannot wait for regular business hours by calling (215)877-2660. You will speak with a credentialed bioethicist who can share with you the Catholic principles for addressing an ethical dilemma involving health care or the life sciences.