Post Abortion Distress, Healing and Spiritual Reconciliation
Project Rachel is the confidential and compassionate outreach to those who have had an abortion or been involved in an abortion decision. Its purpose is to foster reconciliation and healing between the parent and Christ, His Church, the child and all other significant relationships. Also refer to the Project Rachel website Hope After Abortion
Project Rachel includes
♦ Information and advice
♦ Return to the sacraments, particularly Reconciliation and Eucharist
♦ Healing Masses, retreats, and spiritual guidance
♦ Individual counseling by telephone or in person
♦ Assessment and referral for medical or other professional intervention
♦ Support groups
For more information and confidential counseling please call (713) 741-8728.
The Ripple Effect:
Women experiencing abortion aftermath are likely to report: grief, depression, sense of loss, guilt, low self-esteem, suicidal ideation, alcohol or chemical abuse, sexual dysfunction or promiscuity, phobias, nightmares, “baby” dreams, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts concerning the abortion, compulsion to become pregnant again, involvement in abusive relationships, anger, eating disorders, increased anxiety in subsequent pregnancies, episodes of uncontrollable weeping, inability to form intimate relationships, inability to adequately bond with subsequent children; some experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Men experiencing abortion loss exhibit rage, a sense of impotence, grief, and will often describe risk taking behavior, alcohol or drug abuse and sometimes become very involved in father’s rights issues.
Siblings will often develop the symptoms of survivors syndrome, particularly guilt or feelings of abandonment by their parents.
Grandparents sometimes suffer confusion and grief over the occurrence of an abortion. In some cases, they feel responsible for the abortion decision. Other times, they were unaware of the pregnancy and the subsequent abortion, and this may lead to a sense of inadequacy and anger at being overlooked in the decision process. Grandparents often express deep concern for their children who have procured an abortion. Some experience a sense of outrage at having been denied the opportunity to support their child and denied the much desired experience of grandparenting.
Abortion Statistics: What You Don't Know
In 1998, the
Same Sex Attraction
Courage Program - Courage & EnCourage are respectively two spiritual support groups helping Catholic men and women – and their families – to live in accordance with the Catholic Church’s pastoral teaching on homosexuality. “The human person, made in the image and likeness of God, can hardly be adequately described by a reductionist reference to his or her sexual orientation. Everyone living on the face of the earth has personal problems and difficulties – and challenges to growth, strengths, talents and gifts as well. Today, the Church provides a badly needed context for the care of the human person when she refuses to consider the person a “heterosexual” or a “homosexual” and insists that every person has a fundamental identity: a creature of God, and by grace, His child and heir to eternal life.” Letter from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith – October 1986
Gabriel Project - The Gabriel Project® helps women in crisis pregnancies by offering Christian love and practical solutions at the parish. Parishes participate by placing a Sign of Life outside the church to advertise their commitment to help all others in distress, to turn all hearts to Jesus Christ and to make Him known to everyone.
Mother and Baby Assistance
Local Pregnancy Assistance Services in the Conroe and Woodlands Area: Birthright of Conroe and Pregnancy Assistance Center-The Woodlands
Birthright of Conroe
The Dignity of Life Ministry Outreach is dedicated to providing outreach assistance and support that benefits centers and agencies that support those in a crisi preganancy situation. Our fundraising events are the Mother's Day Rose Sale and First Sunday in January Second Collection. These directly benefit Birthright.
Birthright was founded in 1968 by Louise Summerhill, who passed away on August 11th, 1991. A faithful Catholic woman, she saw a dire need to minister to women in a crisis situation related to pregnancy. Birthright is focused on caring for the mother in a loving, non-judgmental way. Today Birthright has hundreds of locations across North American that provide encouragement, counseling and other resources to support mothers to carry through with their pregnancy.
Pregnancy Assistance Center North (PACN)
PACN is a non-profit, non-denominational, non-political organization that is committed to providing information, support, and confidentiality to anyone facing the challenge of an unintended pregnancy. PACN’s mission is to empower and educate regarding pregnancy and sexual health issues. Our Commitment to You:
Call The Woodlands, 281.367.1518 or Conroe, 936.441.6442 for your appointment. We’re here to serve you.