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.
Perspectives on Depression and Anxiety
A Respect Life Talk Happening Sat. Sept. 22, 10 a.m. – Noon
Depression and Anxiety are epidemic in the United States, affecting both adults and children. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates 15 million people aged 15 to 44 are living with depression, and maybe more living with anxiety. Many elderly people also struggle with these challenges in their senior years. Sister Kathleen Persson offers her perspectives as a counselor over the past 30 years. As a Benedictine Sister of Virginia, she brings her Catholic faith and beliefs to bear in her assistance to those in her care. Don’t miss this free event sponsored by the St. Gabriel Respect Life Ministry! Please RSVP below or at the Adult Formation table in the Commons.
Baby Shower for the Unborn
October is Right to Life Month! Support the sanctity of all human life by bringing a new baby item to Mass during the weekend of Oct. 27/28. You can stop by the table in the Commons on the weekends of Oct. 13 and 14 and Oct. 20 and 21 to find out what is needed. All items go to support the Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) of Richmond. Only brand new items can be accepted. $25 Walmart gift cards are also welcome & can be purchased at the Scrip table. PRC especially needs: boy baby gowns; bibs; 4oz and 8oz neutral bottles; diapers (newborn and 1); diapers (all sizes); onesies 0-3 mos and 3-6 mos; receiving blankets; toiletries (baby bath, oil, powder, wash, Vaseline/diaper cream); towels and washcloths; and wipes (please individual packs). Also, laundry baskets from the Dollar tree make a lovely layette presentation. Want to get something for moms? The PRC needs winter maternity clothing (x-large and plus sizes) especially pants or leggings; maxipads, deodorant and body wash. Thank you for your generosity!
40 Days for Life - Pray to End Abortion
Join St. Gabriel's Respect Life Ministry in praying outside Planned Parenthood on Sat. Oct. 20, 27 and Nov. 3. We'll meet at 9:30 a.m. to carpool from St. Gabriel's to 201 N. Hamilton St. in Richmond. We'll stand and pray peacefully during the 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way. Contact Kevin Koch at email@example.com or 804-245-1734.
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.