Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

February 8, 2017

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Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. The retreats run worldwide and happen 3-4 times each year in Scotland.

Sr Andrea and her team will be leading a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat this weekend. Please pray for the team as they prepare and for all the participants – that God’s grace and healing will be present to each one of them.

In the autumn of 2016, Sr Andrea trained a group of women in Scotland to speak in churches about how awful it can feel for a woman to have had an abortion and the secrecy that so often surrounds this experience for the rest of her life. Also to explain the Church’s merciful and compassionate teachings for those who have had an abortion and to make people aware that Rachel’s Vineyard retreats exist and are an amazing source of grace and healing to those brave enough to reach out for it. Here is an extract from the “Rachel’s Vineyard appeal”:

“Do not imagine that people opt for abortion because they think it’s a good idea. The vast majority present at our hospitals because of emotional, financial, material pressures that have them totally trapped in a corner so that the only viable option seems to them to be abortion. The challenge for us as a society is to help her deal with those emotional, financial, material difficulties so that she can have her child in peace. If we love the mother, then the child will be fine, because no one is more prolife than the mother.

Since very often it’s not something she actively wanted but did, in the end, agree to, the sense of regret and loss is immense. She is suffering a genuine bereavement but no one comes up to her and says, “I’m sorry for your loss.” No one consoles her in her grief. And she doesn’t look for consolation either because she doesn’t think she deserves it. And so she remains silent. She’s silent, too, because she’s terrified that the people she loves will reject her and that others will judge her. She’s silent because she thinks that to look for healing is to say she’s alright with what happened, she’s over it, she’s forgotten the life that was lost. But that is a mistake! There’s a bad way of remembering, that intensifies pain and destruction; and there’s a way of remembering that gives life. Pope Francis said, ‘Our infinite sadness can only be cured by an infinite love.’ It’s that love that gives us hope.”

For more information about Rachel’s Vineyard, please see the website:  www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk

If you or someone you know has been affected by abortion and you are interested in going on a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat, please get in touch with Sr Andrea on 07816942824


The Feast of the Annunciation and the Prolife Message

April 8, 2016

A detail from Fra Angelico's Madonna of Humility (1433–1435)

At Mass in our church today the Feast of the Annunciation was celebrated. Its official date is March 25 but because of the date of Easter this year it has been delayed. In the Liturgical Year the Church celebrates many significant feasts of Our Lady; if there is a hierarchy of these memorable occasions that of the Immaculate Conception will be first, because it is this unique privilege that points towards every other event of Our Lady’s life on earth and her approved apparitions during the Church’s subsequent history.

Nonetheless, the subject-matter of the Annunciation has inspired more artists because of the very human drama of the event described in the Gospels: the angel Gabriel’s momentous communication, followed by Our Lady’s life-changing “Fiat”. My own favourite painting is Fra Angelico’s, because it so beautifully conveys Our Lady’s humility. It reminds one that one of the most attractive features of Catholicism is the person of Our Lady herself and the role she has played in salvation history. Although our love for her is incomprehensible to those outside the Faith, she fulfils our human longing for a mother infinitely compassionate and loving – and especially for a mother who will unceasingly intercede for us with her Son.

This particular feast in honour of Our Lady is also significant because it is intrinsically bound up with the pro-life movement. If Jesus became a human being at the Annunciation of his conception, so does every baby in the womb. Thus to be a Catholic is to be pro-life. Other Churches may quibble about a time when a baby is “less” than human and a time when it becomes “more” human; the Feast of the Annunciation tells it like it is


Prayers Please

April 8, 2016

The other day we asked for prayers for a very ill unborn baby. Thank you to all who have been praying. Could we ask that you keep this baby and his mum, who has gone into very difficult labour, in your prayers. The doctors say that the wee one won’t survive and we indeed need a miracle.

Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative's photo.

SPUC Youth Conference 2016

March 15, 2016

A bus load of young adults travelled to England to SPUC’s Youth Conference and endured the 10 hours journey to hear some amazing speakers including Catherine Macmillan who was speaking for the first time since her daughter Sara died at the beginning of this year.  Everyone I have spoken to who heard her were moved by her testimony.

The fruits that can emerge from helping a young adult to attend prolife conferences are many including educating them in some of the most profound topics of our day!  It is not easy to stand up for life especially in a culture that puts pressure on young people to all be the same and be for abortion as a right.  We applaud all the young people who attended the conference but especially our own Scottish contingent!

 

Scottish contingent at the SPUC Youth Conference in Hoddesdon

SPUC Scotland's photo.

Not In Our Name

March 6, 2016

On 9 February 2016, the Royal College of Midwives announced their support for a campaign run by abortion provider BPAS calling for the legalisation of abortion up-to-birth for any reason.

This extreme position has been announced without any consultation with the membership of the Royal College of Midwives.

If you are a midwife, maternity support worker or student midwife, please take action now by putting your name to our public joint letter (below) to the Royal College of Midwives to voice your concern about this position, the lack of consultation on this radical position and demand that the Royal College of Midwives revoke their support for this extreme campaign.

Please note only your title, first name and last name will be included in the open letter. To contact us for any reason, please email uknotinourname@gmail.com.


From Bump to Buddy

March 6, 2016

40 Days for Life Update

February 21, 2016

The Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative will be organising Friday 11th March. Please get in touch if you want to help us fill that day at 40 Days for Life.