Sunday, November 06, 2005

Year End Charitable Contributions

I know many people are considering where to make last minute charitable contributions for the 2005 tax year. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution in any amount to Western Washington's post-abortion ministry Project Rachel. With so many abortions in this state we know the need for healing is great. Please mail your gift to Project Rachel, PO Box 398, Kent, WA 98035. Thank you!

Project Rachel Western Washington -- a program of Catholic Community Services

Project Rachel is the name of the Catholic Church's healing ministry to those who have been involved in abortion. Its name comes from Scripture:

In Ramah is heard the sound of moaning,
of bitter weeping!
Rachel mourns her children,
she refuses to be consoled
because her children are no more. Thus says the LORD:
Cease your cries of mourning,
wipe the tears from your eyes.
The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward...
There is hope for your future. Jeremiah 31:15-1
Project Rachel operates as a network of professional counselors and priests, all trained to provide one-on-one spiritual and psychological care for those who are suffering because of an abortion. Although most dioceses use the name Project Rachel, some programs are named differently. In addition to individualized counseling, some programs include support groups and retreats. Founded in 1984 by Victoria Thorn in Milwaukee WI, today Project Rachel programs can be found in 140 Catholic dioceses throughout the United States, as well as dioceses in other countries. Project Rachel was established in the Archdiocese of Seattle (Western Washington) in 1993. A single phone call to a Project Rachel program puts you in touch with those who can help. Access its website at In addition, Rachel's Vineyard is a retreat program which helps those suffering after abortion in a weekend group setting. Developed by Theresa Karminski-Burke in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Rachel's Vineyard Retreats are now available world-wide. Project Rachel of Western Washington offers the Rachel’s Vineyard Healing Retreat Weekend. For information or retreat schedules contact

Project Rachel serves individuals of any faith. You need not be Catholic to participate. For information, referral or retreats access the websites listed above or call Valerie at 1-800-822-Hope. In Eastern Washington contact Jean at the Spokane Diocese: (509) 358-4267

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