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.  Heart of Mary and to fervently pray for the conversion of the United States.

 40 Days for Life—Pray to End Abortion

Join St. Gabriel’s Respect Life ministry in praying outside Planned Parenthood on Sat., Oct. 19 and Oct. 26. 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 804-245-1734 or [email protected] with any questions. Looking forward to our best ever peaceful presence promoting God’s love for the most vulnerable, the unborn!

 Celebrate the First Birthday of Our Spiritual Babies!

Please support the celebration of our spiritual babies' first year of life by bringing in birthday gifts to Mass the weekend of Oct. 26-27. Walmart gift cards are also accepted and can be purchased at the Scrip table. Your kind gifts support the Pregnancy Resource Center of Richmond. Needs include: baby gowns; baby oil/powder/wash; bibs; bottles (4 & 8 oz.); boys clothing 0–6 months; diapers–size 3; receiving blankets–light-weight; onesies–0–3/3–6 mos.; sippy cups; teething rings; wipes (individual packages); No need to wrap and thank you for your generosity!

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.