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.
40 Days for Life Take a Stand for Life—
From Feb. 14 to Mar. 25, the Richmond community will take part in 40 Days for Life...a groundbreaking, coordinated international mobilization. This is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion. It draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program: prayer and fasting, constant vigil and community outreach. Please join St. Gabriel’s Respect Life Ministry to pray the rosary at the abortion clinic on Feb. 17 and Mar. 3. We will meet at the church at 9:00a.m. For more information, contact Kevin Koch at 804-245-1734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be a Part of the Spiritual Adoption of the Unborn...
The Respect for Life Ministry is handing out pink and blue Spiritual Adoption cards this weekend March 3 and 4. This is a nine-month program of prayers for unborn children. Please put a name on the card and place it somewhere in your home where you will see it often and pray for the child over the next nine months.
Look for slides on the monitor in the Commons or on the webpage that will show the beautiful development of God’s unborn children.
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.