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The Post Abortive Healing Ministry, sponsored by The Church of Epiphany, has been in existence in our Richmond Diocese for over 20 years. Over 700 babies, have been memorialized and entrusted to God’s care. Approximately 1,000 men and women in need of God’s healing have journeyed with us and found support. We are thankful to the Diocese, our Parishes and community support groups who supported us and have referred many of these wounded people to us.

We need your continued support for this beautiful ministry. We need your help in building the awareness within the Richmond Diocese. Saint Jude's Catholic Church and the Shrine of the Infant of Prague is featuring the retreat announcement in our bulletin and on our website and on our FaceBook page  for the next four weeks (until Mar 3/4).

Nearly one in four women in the United States (23.7%) will have an abortion by age 45, according to the American Journal of Public Health. For every mother there is a father also wounded by abortion, and grandparents and siblings. These men and women, who regret this decision, are sitting in your churches suffering in silence. They feel unworthy of God’s love, ashamed and condemned. We need your help to truly bring them back to God. As Saint Teresa of Calcutta said, “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”
These men and women who receive God’s healing often become our greatest advocates for life.

To help you understand the healing that is possible, we are sharing (with permission) a letter to his daughter written by a participant from the last retreat. This heart felt letter demonstrates the healing that is possible when dignity is restored. This man received God’s Grace in such abundance that he is now committed to dedicating his life to God.


“Daughter,
It's me, daddy, I just wanted to write and say hello. It's been a long time sweetheart, and I just wanted to let you know that I love you. You're so beautiful and sweet, you're so kind and joyful and I'm proud of you. You know Maria, a long time ago daddy made a decision, he made a choice, a choice for himself, and he let you go. Daddy didn't think about you for a long time, but today Maria, I fell in love with you, and I want to tell you that I'm sorry. I know that you are so innocent and pure and that you know no hate or bitterness. Jesus has been taking care of you. I want to ask you to let me be your daddy now and to let me love you as much as I can. I'm having a hard time writing this letter little one, but I ask for your forgiveness Maria, and I promise to keep you in my heart and to hold you very close. Know, my little Maria, that I will see you someday. Words cannot express how deeply I love you.
I love you so much.
Love, Dad”


That’s the power of forgiveness and mercy of God. Please help us reach those who are still suffering by bringing awareness to this beautiful retreat.

The Post-Abortion Healing Ministry from Church of the Epiphany will facilitate a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat near Richmond, VA. for healing from abortion the weekend of March 9-11, 2018. 

Rachel's Vineyard™

Week-end Retreat

for Healing after Abortion

March 9-11, 2018


"Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. Hebrews 4:16. ·


Come to a retreat for healing….if you have had one or more abortions….if you are responsible for the abortions of others….or if you’ve suffered from an abortion choice of another person. If you’ve felt regret, grief, guilt, angry unforgivable, afraid, shame, defensive, unworthy, numb, or isolated…there is hope for healing, to accept God’s mercy, and to find peace.

Inquiries, registration, and participation are strictly confidential

Contact for information & registration:

Marty Montgomery-Jennings @ 804-704-0429

Or Maggie Carlson @ 804-432-2589

Email: RV4hope@gmail.com

Church of The Epiphany

Post Abortion Healing Ministry

11000 Smoke tree Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23236


Website about retreats: www.rachelsvineyard.org

Women and men who participate in Rachel’s Vineyard are gently led through critical steps of healing after abortion --- spiritual exercises of God’s compassion and mercy, the process of grief, memorializing their children, accepting God’s forgiveness, forgiving oneself and others involved. The retreat setting is comfortable and safe to explore their experiences of abortion by talking through unresolved feelings and conflicts. During this healing process, people uncover deep wounds buried in secrecy and shame and allow Jesus, the Divine Physician, to restore spiritual health that is life giving!

 

Endorsement of Rachel's Vineyard ™

'I came that you might have life and have it to the full.’

(John 10:10}

·Jesus himself said that He came to call sinners and not the self-righteous. I pray that Rachel's Vineyard may bring God's tender love and compassion to those who need His Peace so much. I pray that all those who come to Rachel's Vineyard, seeking His peace, may open their hearts and allow God to restore them to wholeness and happiness. God Bless You."

- Blessed Saint Teresa of Calcutta

 

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January 2018:  A short video of the Installation Mass of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, has been uploaded to the diocese’s YouTube page. The roughly four-minute video provides a “highlight” of the special liturgy that you can share with your parishioners who may like to view the video. This was truly a happy and faith-filled celebration and if were not able to attend, this short video gives you a brief overview of the January 12th event, which took place at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond.



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DIOCESE OF ARLINGTON DIOCESE OF RICHMOND

Representing the Virginia Catholic Bishops and their Dioceses in Public Policy Matters


    

VA bishops invite all to join them at liturgy for legislators, needs of Virginia

Catholics are called to pray for our civic leaders as we engage in the public square. Join Arlington Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Richmond Bishop-designate Barry C. Knestout, along with the Virginia Catholic Conference, their public policy agency, at a special liturgy for Virginia’s elected officials and the needs of the state. The third annual Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth will be held at the beautiful, historic Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. The hour-long service draws on an ancient Christian liturgy and includes Scripture and sacred music provided by local Catholic school choirs. A wine and appetizers reception follows. Register at www.vacatholic.org.

2017 Voter's Guide:

Virginia Catholic Conference Click to download Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

On Tuesday, November 7, Virginians will elect their governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. To help voters prepare for these elections the Virginia Catholic Conference has released its 2017 voter education materials. The Conference has compiled three separate side-by- side comparisons of the positions of candidates for state offices. Conference staff compiled Know the Positions of the Candidates for Governor, Know
the Positions of the Candidates for Lieutenant Governor, and Know the Positions of the Candidates for Attorney General from policies, public statements, official campaign websites, party platforms and other sources. The Conference, which represents Virginia’s bishops on public policy matters, neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office. As they consider these races and also local House of Delegates races, voters are
encouraged to turn to the wisdom of the Catholic Church as they form their consciences by consulting the Four Principles of Catholic Social Teaching. These materials can be found at www.vacatholic.org. Spanish
translations are available.

Know the Positions of the Candidates for GOVERNOR

Know the Positions of the Candidates for LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Know the Positions of the Candidates for ATTORNEY GENERAL

(above information in Spanish and English)

 

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In accordance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People all diocesan employees, clergy, religious, teachers, staff, and all volunteers who regularly or routinely work with children or youth participate in a Protecting God’s Children for Adults training session.

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