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Dear Readers,

In March of 2014 I posted a summary of my posts regarding The Gabriel Project. I feel compelled to ask those of you were not reading my blog at that time to read that particular post and all of the references it contains. I also extend a plea to those who have read it and/or will now read it (including the referenced web pages), to take action within their respective Catholic dioceses with the goal of implementing The Gabriel Project or helping one that may exist to grow and flourish.

With the vast amount of attention that I have given to the issue of abortion over the past decade plus, I have never come across a ministry having anywhere near the potential of building a culture of life as does The Gabriel Project.

Fredi and precious April

Fredi & Baby April (Saved on Sidewalk 2005)

The very reason I became interested in The Gabriel Project was the fact that there was not (in my area) sufficient help for pregnant mothers. This observation goes back to Feb of 2003, when I began to reach out to pregnant mothers outside abortion facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. I had done research as to where I could refer them to obtain the assistance they needed. Certainly, I did find some organizations (few and far between pregnancy resource centers) that would guide them to choose birth for their child rather than abortion, and over these many years, I had attempted to refer thousands of abortion minded mothers to those organizations.

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Fredi and others speak on The Gabriel Project (click on image above)

But I knew with certainty that many mothers needed more help than what was available and that a Gabriel Project, which was modeled after those founded in Texas in 1990/91, could provide that necessary extended help. So I did something about it. You can too and I would be happy to assist you.

Below is a link to a document I prepared more recently as a reference for bishops and pastors. It would be a good start for those of you who would like to take my plea seriously.

The Extraordinary Gabriel Project

Summary of my posts regarding The Gabriel Project

Thank you and God bless, Fredi D’Alessio

Gabriel Project Information Center

 

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Auxiliary Bishop Christian Bishop Riesbeck’s comments during Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in conjunction with the National March for Life in Ottawa.

The B.C. Catholic
By Deborah Gyapong

When Ottawa’s new auxiliary bishop, Christian Riesbeck, became the pastor of a parish in Houston, Tex., he soon faced a difficult pastoral challenge: the pregnancy of a young lady.

The mother and aunt of the girl, who was barely 13 years old, approached him and “asked if an exception could be made in her case because of her age. They wanted to abort the child,” he said in a homily at the Prolife Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral May 8, in conjunction with the National March for Life.

“I wanted to cry,” Bishop Riesbeck said. “I tried to be as compassionate as I could, helping her acknowledge the child in her womb and encouraging her to love that child and allow the child to see the light of day. I promised her the help she needed in her situation.”

Since Bishop Riesbeck was new to the Houston diocese, the Companions of the Cross priest “had to scramble to find out what was available so I could direct her to the right place for help.”

Bishop Riesbeck said this experience made him realize the parish needed to do more to help young women. He and his parishioners decided to start a Project Gabriel [The Gabriel Project] outreach for women and families facing crisis pregnancies. They installed two big signs on the property in English and in Spanish with a contact number.

“Thanks be to God we received a lot of ‘business,'” said the bishop, “and the whole parish got on board. We had many drives for baby food, diapers, cribs. There was always a generous response from the parishioners, and we were doing our part to help pregnant women in need.”

Bishop Riesbeck challenged the view put forward by abortion supporters that respect for women meant giving them a “choice” to “kill their babies and subject themselves to harmful physical and psychological effects.”

“This does not respect women,” he said. “If we really respect them, we will come to their assistance if they are in a difficult situation, and see to it that they have what they need to give life to their child.”

“If a woman is in a crisis pregnancy, let’s help her by eliminating the crisis, not by eliminating the pregnancy,” he said. “Most women who procure abortions do not do so because of ‘freedom of choice,’ but rather because they feel they have no freedom and no choice.”

“They feel trapped, abandoned, desperate, afraid, and pressured, and sadly, they feel that there is no one they can turn to except the abortionist,” the bishop said.

He expressed gratitude to the various individuals and groups in the prolife movement who provide services, who lobby and run educational organizations.

“We also need to affirm the women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who stand with their ‘I regret my abortion’ signs, and the Feminists for Life and those who make the compelling argument that women deserve better than abortion,” Bishop Riesbeck said. “These are the people that the pro-choice or pro-abortion advocates fear most in their own attempts to present the image of abortion as positive and pro-woman.”

“As the Church, we need to be compassionate with those who are contemplating an abortion and reach out to those who have had abortions,” he said. “To them we say, ‘The doors of the Church are open.'”

“We will never reject or condemn or cast them out,” he said. “We welcome them back to the peace, the mercy, the forgiveness of Christ. To be pro-life means to be pro-woman.”

“It doesn’t mean that we love the babies and we forget about the mothers,” he said. “We love them both. We protect them both. We welcome and care for them both.”

“But we also need to proclaim the truth in love. Abortion kills a child. It harms women and it wounds families,” he said. “This is why we are not afraid to boldly defend the dignity and life of every human person at every stage of development, especially the unborn.”

“We should never get discouraged. Every child saved is a victory worthy of gratitude,” he said. “We don’t always see the fruits of our efforts, but if we are following God’s will and the promptings of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, we are making a difference and allowing God to use us as His instruments.”

Personal Message from the host of this site:

How could anyone be more important than a child, even while still within his or her mother’s womb? How can we not assist a child-bearing mother in need?

The Gabriel Project is a national parish-based pregnancy assistance resource. Our concerns go beyond being assured that a child’s life has been spared or that a mom has been provided with initial baby items. A Gabriel Project parish’s concerns go beyond serving its own parishioners and its parish’s boundaries. We seek to serve all pregnant mothers in need regardless of their personal situation, the size of their family, their age or their baby’s gestational stage.

I have attempted to express my sentiments in these regards with the following writings:

I could never tire of expounding on the magnificence of service this ministry offers to pregnant mothers in need – in the Name of Christ Jesus, through Whom all life is created.

I have been so blessed to be able to participate in this special ministry, thanks be to God.

Fredi D’Alessio (initial coordinator for The Gabriel Project of the Archdiocese of San Francisco)

In the video below, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone presents The Gabriel Project in his Annual Appeal. The Gabriel Project segment begins at 1:24 and ends at 4:56 minutes.

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If you’ve followed this blog over the past few years, you might have discerned that The Gabriel Project is my favorite ministry. I just added a post category for The Gabriel Project and as of this date there are nineteen posts included.

How could anyone be more important than a child, even while still within his or her mother’s womb? How can we not assist a child-bearing mother in need?

The latest offering I have about this awesome ministry is a video clip from the Archbishop of San Francisco’s 2014 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. The Gabriel Project segment begins at 1:24 and ends at 4:56 minutes (three and a half minutes of your time). If you want to skip the brief intro, click here, otherwise click on the video image below.

The Gabriel Project is a national parish-based pregnancy assistance resource. It is unique among other resources within the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s boundaries and is the only Catholic ministry among them. Our concerns go beyond being assured that a child’s life has been spared or that a mom has been provided with initial baby items. A Gabriel Project parish’s concerns go beyond serving its own parishioners and its parish’s boundaries. We seek to serve all pregnant mothers in need regardless of their personal situation, the size of their family, their age or their baby’s gestational stage.

I have attempted to express my sentiments in these regards with the following writings:

I could never tire of expounding on the magnificence of service this ministry offers to pregnant mothers in need – in the Name of Christ Jesus, through Whom all life is created.

I have been so blessed to be able to participate in this special ministry, thanks be to God.

Gabriel Project Information Center

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213. Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defence of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defence of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual” (John Paul II).

214. Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life. On the other hand, it is also true that we have done little to adequately accompany women in very difficult situations, where abortion appears as a quick solution to their profound anguish, especially when the life developing within them is the result of rape or a situation of extreme poverty. Who can remain unmoved before such painful situations?

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
EVANGELII GAUDIUM
OF THE HOLY FATHER

FRANCIS

If you feel called to help pregnant mothers in need, please visit the Gabriel Project Information Center.

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  • Msgr. Philip J. Reilly – Founder, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants

The Helpers of God’s Precious Infants is an international ministry, founded in 1989 by Msgr. Philip Reilly, which is committed to maintaining a loving and prayerful presence outside of abortion facilities where God’s children are put to death.

  •  Steven W. Mosher – President, Population Research Institute

Population Research Institute is an international non-profit which works to end coercive population control, and fight the myth of overpopulation which fuels it.

  • Patsy Gonzalez – Mentor to pregnant mothers

“Mentoring pregnant mothers is a very special calling and a deeply spiritual ministry.  When a mother knows she is genuinely loved by her “angel” (the name The Gabriel Project calls their volunteers), she begins to blossom like a little flower and her new-found hope moves her to find solutions to some of her problems because she knows someone is walking by her side.”

  • Nora Dougherty – Sidewalk Counselor

When, in 1998, Nora Dougherty who had been engaged in sidewalk counseling and also counseling at a crisis pregnancy center in Nevada, moved to San Francisco, she wasted no time in establishing a sidewalk outreach ministry. On April 4, 2009 Nora was awarded the 2009 Human Life Award by United for Life, San Francisco, CA.

Nora continues to faithfully persevere in sidewalk outreach to this day.

On behalf of all born, not yet born, and never-born children, I express sincere gratitude for her love, compassion, and fortitude in her endeavors to be an instrument of Christ’s love, mercy and peace.

 

“The Work of His Hands” Copyright 2004 Gary B. Clark
Image used with permission. 

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Faces of the American Holocaust – Barack Obama

Who’s behind the public policies that have led to millions dead from abortion?

California Catholic Daily October 30, 2012


When the killing of human beings becomes a pre-meditated methodical policy — put forward as a public good — massive slaughter results, and can be called a “holocaust.”

History puts a face on leaders who considered mass murder a political “good” — leaders like Adolph Hitler of Germany, Mehmet Talaat of Turkey, Pol Pot of Cambodia, Mao of China and Joseph Stalin of Russia.

But what about American leaders responsible for our own ongoing holocaust: abortion? History has yet to put a face to them, but those who value the sanctity of human life are obligated to ferret them out and hold them responsible.

This is the latest in an occasional California Catholic Daily series, “Faces of the American Holocaust,” in which we put faces to those behind the mass murder of innocents in the U.S.

Barack Obama

By C. Topeth

There is no one in the history of the United States who has exercised as much power as a champion of the slaughter of unborn human beings, than President Barack Obama.

Barack Obama’s record of pro-abortion actions, appointments, pledges, statements, and votes is presented in a chronological report here – 241 items listed with dates.

While other politicians such as California Congressman Henry Waxman have a history of laying the legislative foundation for the killing of unborn babies, no one in the United States has wielded more power than Obama in advancing the abortion agenda of Planned Parenthood.

While Obama was an Illinois state senator from 2000 to 2004, he opposed “born alive” state legislation to protect the lives of babies who were born alive during abortions.

Obama has become the public face for Planned Parenthood, the organization which has become the largest promoter and performer of abortions in the United States. During the 2012 Presidential election debates, Obama mentioned Planned Parenthood so often that it seemed he was doing infomercials.

Obama appointed Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic, to be his secretary of Health and Human Services. Sebelius was a supporter of abortion as governor of Kansas where she allied herself with the late-term abortionist, George Tiller.

Obama and Sebelius launched the HHS Mandate which would require Catholic institutions and Catholic employers to provide coverage for contraceptives including abortion-inducing drugs to their employees.

Obama publicly stated his willingness to have his own grandchildren killed by abortion:  ”I’ve got two daughters, nine years old and six years old.  I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals.  But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”  (Town Hall Meeting in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, March 29, 2008).

While the presidential campaign for Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, is emphasizing the need to improve the economy, President Obama is campaigning on Planned Parenthood’s claim that there is a  “war on women.”

The real stakes in the 2102 election center on presidential appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court.

During his present term in office, President Obama has appointed and the U.S. Senate confirmed two pro-abortion women justices, Sonia Sotomayor (2009) and Elena Kagan (2010), to lifetime appointments on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Planned Parenthood, representing the abortion industry, is panicked that one of the pro-abortion justices such as the ailing 79-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Rights Union, might retire or die and allow for the appointment of a pro-life justice who might tip the majority in favor of overturning Roe v Wade.

On June 27, 2012, the New York Times ran a story that revealed the liberal/pro-abortion anxiety regarding the outcome of the presidential election. “This election could shape the court for decades to come,” said Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, a liberal advocacy group.”

P.S. As Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life has stated: “America will not reject abortion until America sees abortion.” See the Priests for Life abortion photos.

More Faces of the American Holocaust

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Read also: What Abortion Really Is (testimony)

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ALISON”S TESTIMONY

You have asked me to kill, but I will not.

When you have loved, you can’t turn away.

I am your daughter but you have forgotten.

You want me gone, and away – I will stay.

In seven months I will receive a joy –

a wonderful, beautiful baby boy.

To create happiness you have known,

yet, you refuse to have a part in this.

When you sadly ignore that I have grown,

it is your love I will truly miss.

A year ago, I wrote that poem to my father. He wanted nothing to do with me once he heard I was pregnant. Abortion was the only word he could say. Yet, a year later, here we are. My son, James, was born in September and is already six months old. My father is actively involved in both of our lives and loves his grandson immensely. My other relatives, that begged and pleaded for me to give up my son, adore him. James is blessed with a big family and tons of love.

I continue to go to high school and I am on the honor roll. My baby’s father and I are no longer together but he is still involved. By no means is my life perfect, but I know keeping my son was, without a doubt, the right decision. Everyone who said I couldn’t be a good mother took back their words. I hear constantly from my family what a wonderful mother I am—but I don’t need their reassurance. I see it every day in my son’s face.

Being pregnant is scary and there is so much to think about. Every day, your body goes through changes. Your tiny child grows. Once you receive a plus on that stick, your life won’t be the same. From that moment on, you are a mother. Whichever decision you make will remain with you until your last breath. Take it from me, you will have to live with your decision—no one else can.

So make your decision in the interest of yourself and your child. His heart is beating. But stay strong through those times. I am living proof. It does get better. Life with my son is a joy each and every day—he is the love of my life. I have no idea what I would do without him. Being a parent is the hardest job in the world, but the joy a child brings you is worth the struggle.  

Read more about Alison here.

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