Life & Family
“The new evangelization calls for followers of Christ who are unconditionally pro-life: who will proclaim, celebrate and serve the Gospel of life in every situation.”
- John Paul II, St. Louis, 1999
The Office of Life & Family Ministry is the union of Respect Life Ministry and Family Life Ministry.
All these ministries are one - thus, the Office of Life & Family Ministry is comprised of a number of efforts that protect and defend innocent human life at every stage, offer post-abortion outreach and healing programs, have a variety of educational programs for all ages, provide programs for crisis pregnancies, offer support groups for separated & divorced, those who are widowed, and other counseling and support opportunities.
RESPECT FOR LIFE JANUARY 2014 EVENTS
Tues., 01.07.14 through Sat., 01.25.14 – Come Visit with Our Lady of Guadalupe! – The Office of Life and Family Ministry is hosting the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at many parishes in the Diocese of Providence January. Complete listing of dates, locations and times, here.
Sat., 01.18.14 thru Sun., 01.26.14: Pray with the all the Bishops, including our own Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, to end abortion, from January 18th through January 26th, as our nation marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Participate in the “9 Days for Life” prayers from the US Conference of Catholoc Bishops, here.
Sat., 01.18.14 - Annual Mass for Life, “An Invitation to Pray for All Human Life,” on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at St. Paul Church, Cranston, with Bishop Tobin. More.
Wed., 01.22.14 – Annual Bus Trip to the March for Life in Washington, DC, “2014 MARCH FOR LIFE,” on the 41st Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion on Wednesday, January 22. More.
Wed., 01.22.14: On the 41st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Wednesday, January 22, for those who cannot join the bus pilgrimages to Washington, DC, the Diocese of Providence Office of Life & Family invite you to attend a day with Our Lady of Guadalupe. Details here.
For more information, please contact Carol Owens, Life & Family Coordinator, at 401.421.7833, x 218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are invited to click here to learn more about the Diocesan-produced television program ’This is the Life’.
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For the latest events – including Human Life Guild , Educational offerings, The Gabriel Project, Post-Abortion, Respect Life Masses, Bereavement Support & more - please visit the the Diocesan home page or the Rhode Island Catholic website.
Write for Life
Speak for the unborn and make sure their plea is heard in the media and before elected officials. Are you willing to give a voice to the unborn?
Human Life Guild
The Respect Life Office falls under the umbrella of the Human Life Guild, an organization that Bishop Thomas J. Tobin founded in the Diocese of Providence in fall of 2005. The purpose of the organization is to encourage membership of those who are willing to accept the invitation to be “People of Life,” to have an unconditional commitment to human life and to be willing to promote and defend human life at every stage, in every condition, through thought, word, deed and prayer. There are four major areas of the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, under which the Human Life Guild is implemented, as instituted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Education, Pastoral Care, Public Policy, and Prayer.
While The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence no longer provides adoption services, please click on the link above for more information about adoption in Rhode Island.
Programs ranging from God’s Gift of Life to End of Life.
Outreach and healing programs for women and men affected by abortion: Project Rachel, Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats, Healing the Wounded Heart Support Group, Lumina and individual counseling.
Be Not Afraid
A new support program established to assist those parents whose children are diagnosed with a medical challenge or diagnosed with an ailment while in the mother’s womb.
The Gabriel Project
A parish-based program that recruits and trains volunteers at a parish level, to work with women and families facing problem pregnancies, delivering a message of hope and support. The Project Gabriel message is a profound commitment, not only to the unborn, but also to their mothers.
The Elizabeth Ministry
The Elizabeth Ministry is a parish-based outreach to women in special times of motherhood. It is scripturally grounded in the relationship between the Blessed Virgin Mary and her cousin Elizabeth (the Visitation passage). The purpose of the ministry is to affirm, support, encourage and assist women in response to their needs during the childbearing years.
End of Life Issues/The Catholic Perspective
This presentation focuses on the end of life issues. It’s the door to eternity, though most people prefer not to think about their own mortality and inevitable passage to the unknown. Nonetheless, there are dimensions that ought to be faced because one’s last days, weeks, or even months could depend on choices and medical directives made while a person is healthy – or not made, leaving one’s fate in the hands of strangers.
Social Work Support
Provides a wide spectrum of support to individuals and families, includes support program, marriage evaluations, clinical consultation/support.
Crisis Pregnancy Counseling: Offers a pregnant or parenting woman and her family the opportunity to review options and receive parenting support prior to or after the birth of the child.
Separated & Divorced Support Groups: An opportunity to share with others who have similar life experiences. Groups provided throughout Rhode Island, and facilitators receive training prior to initiating a group.
Bereavement Support Group: An opportunity to share their grief with others with spiritual support and comfort.
Marriage Strengthening: A discussion group to address topics that strengthen the sacramental journey of marriage.
Counseling: Referrals to therapists and physicians whose therapeutic basis offers a Catholic/Christian perspective.
A number of educational programs are offered through this office for all ages, including, but not limited to, the topics of chastity, God’s Gift of Life I & II, Talkin’ About Drugs and Alcohol, Choose Life, Chastity-The Way to True Love, Mixed Up By Media, Poverty Hits Home, Circles of Peace, He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands, Who’s Under Your Carbon Footprint?, and more, disability awareness, living the Gospel of Life, end of life issues, and all life-related issues.
Rhode Island individuals and congregations are invited to engage in various initiatives focused on caring for creation and the poor.
Carol Owens, Director
Education and Outreach
Peter A. Magnotta, Licensed Social Worker (MSW)
Silvio Cuellar, Hispanic Outreach
The Gabriel Project Assistant
One Cathedral Square
Providence, RI 02903