Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortion Healing Retreat:
November 7 – 9, 2014
This confidential weekend retreat facilitates spiritual and emotional healing for men and women struggling with the pain of abortion. Exercises based on scripture are designed to help participants experience God’s mercy and compassion, and to reconcile with their church, their child, and with themselves. The retreat concludes with a Memorial Service and Mass of Entrustment. If your heart hears God’s gentle invitation, take courage, for you are being called home to heal. Financial assistance is available.
For registration information contact Denise Rowinski at (570) 822-7118, ext. 307, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parishes Offering Grief Support Ministry on Site
Carbondale, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Sr. Jane Connolly, IHM
For information call 570-282-5172
Clarks Summit, Our Lady of the Snows Parish
Small group support
First Wednesday of each month, 10:00 A.M.
Third Sunday of each month, 2 P.M.
301 S State Street/US 6 & 11
Location: parish center/rectory
For information call Nettie Goldate at 586-1741
Support for Parents
Contact Susan Brier, 570-586-2162
Pittston, Parish Community of St. John the Evangelist
Healing Hearts – 6 week program
Tuesday evenings, May & June, 7:00 P.M.
Tuesday evenings, September & October, 7:00 P.M.
Location: Parish Dining Room
For information, call 654-0053
Pocono Pines, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish
Second Wednesday of every month, 9:30 A.M.
Convenes in Our Lady of the Lake Hall, lower level of the Church
For information, call 646-6424 (weekdays) or 839-9346 (evenings). It is not necessary to be a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish or even to be Catholic in order to attend this ecumenical group. The format is open and ongoing (not limited to a fixed number of sessions) and the content of the meeting is selected to address the needs of those present. Anyone who has experienced a loss due to death, divorce or separation is encouraged to attend. Through the use of audio, visual and printed materials, the group offers information about the stages of grief and the emotional, physical, mental and spiritual effects that may be experienced by those who are grieving. A lending library contains materials that are helpful for children, adolescents and adults. The compassionate presence of people who have journeyed through the grieving process offers support for the newly bereaved and for those who may have delayed the process or who still need assistance.
Resources for Grieving: Creighton University’s resource page for grief and grieving ministry. http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Grief/ This website can be used to handle one’s own grief or support someone who is grieving. It includes:
- Prayers for Grieving
- A talk on grief : “Seeking God When We Seem
Lost in Grief” by Mary Ann Vail, coordinator of the Ministry of EMBRACE, the grief ministry for Mary Our Queen parish, Omaha, Nebraska. The death of her 18 year old daughter to leukemia nine years ago, prompted Mary Ann Vail to reach out in compassion to others and become involved in grief ministry. This presentation offers presence and support for those who have lost loved ones. The talk offers suggestions, support and resources for a faith-based approach to grief and loss. It covers:
- The Grief Process
- Sharing the sorrow
- Anger and confusion in faith in grief
- Reaching out to others
- Resources for support
Can be listened to now or downloaded for later.
- Resources for Those Who are Grieving or Supporting Others in Grief:
- Helping Yourself Through Grief
- Grieving During the Holidays
- Avoiding the Cliches of Grief
- Ways to Support Those Who Are Grieving
- Care for the Caretaker
- How to Help Those in Grief
- Other Resources Online:
- Prayer preparing for Christmas after a loss
- National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved
- Grief Counseling Resource Guide from the New York Office of Mental Health: Free, printable “Field Manual” for caregivers and those in grief.
- Rainbows: Resources to help children in grief
- Praying Our Goodbyes by Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM
- How to Grieve by Larkin Warren, AARP Magazine
- Suicide: Various Articles by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser
- Coping with Tragedy by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser
- Praying for the Dead by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser
- Office Memorials by Rachel Blythe Kodanaz
From Good Grief Resources
- Good Grief: Grieving Resource Links
- Healing Ritual: From Good Grief Resources
- Crisis, Grief & Healing Pages
Rachel’s Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are offered throughout the year in locations across the United States and Canada, with additional sites around the world. We also offer a 15-week support group model for Rachel’s Vineyard. Rachel’s Vineyard is a ministry of Priests for Life.
The program is an opportunity to examine a person’s abortion experience, identify the ways that the loss has impacted him/her in the past and present, and helps to acknowledge any unresolved feelings that many individuals struggle with after abortion. Because of the emotional numbness and secrecy that often surrounds an abortion experience, conflicting emotions both during and after the event may remain unresolved. These buried feelings can surface later and may be symptoms of post abortion trauma.
Married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings of aborted children, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel’s Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing. The weekend is a lot of work but yields a fruitful harvest for all who are willing to labor there.
National organization: Rachel’s Vineyard — 800-HOPE4ME (800-467-3463) or www.rachelsvineyard.org.
National Hotline for Abortion Recovery –1-866-482-LIFE (866-482-5433)
The support program, Project Rachel, is active within the diocese. Contact Deacon Ed Casey at Catholic Social Services at 570-207-2283.