"Protecting the unborn... supporting the expectant mother..."

The Gabriel Project exists to save lives.

The Gabriel project not only seeks to save babies, but also to save women from years (and sometimes eternal) spiritual darkness and death. It is a parish-based, "hands-on" help program that helps assure pregnant women that they will be helped.

The Gabriel Project began in 1991. It has been very well-received and is a successful grass roots program that is spreading around the country. It is a program in which parishioners assist women in need with friendship and coordinate their needs such as transportation for medical care, housing, food, material needs and baby needs. Local resources can sometimes meet these needs, but the Church acts as a safety net and assures the expectant mother that she will be cared for.

The Church also provides pastoral care if asked. It also arranges for posting of "The Gabriel Project" sign on Church property. The sign is the outreach to pregnant women and assures them that the Church community is ready to help. It includes a hot-line telephone number that can coordinate with local pregnancy help centers. The sign also helps educate the community regarding the sanctity of human life.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GABRIEL PROJECT

1) Could you give us a brief synopsis of what is the Gabriel Project? 

    The Gabriel Project is an effort by a church community to help women in what might seem to be a crisis pregnancy.

2) How does the project work? 

    A sign is put in front of the church or community stating;"We believe in the sanctity of human life and will help any woman in need." Then when a woman calls she is assigned a church volunteer called a Gabriel Angel.

3) What does the Gabriel Angel do? 

    The Gabriel Angel all throughout history is the messenger. His message is always, "Rejoice! Fear Not!" The angel delivers this message to the woman in friendship. She/he becomes the advocate for the woman, and the angel becomes her friend. Then, the Gabriel Angel delivers the message to the church/community any physical needs the woman may have and discerns with the parish clergy in her spiritual needs. 

4) What is the role of the Church? 

    The key to the Gabriel Project is the "whole" Church response. For example if the woman is in need of a crib, the Gabriel Angel puts this need of a crib into the church bulletin, allowing the whole church to respond to that need. And, so many resources are so readily available through already established help centers such as Birthright, Mothers Home, Choices, Catholic Social Services and not even mentioning the other 50 help centers. The church is the safety net to make sure the woman gets the help she needs. Most women don't know that this help exists. The Gabriel Project can help with this message. The Gabriel Angel helps the woman find the help she needs.

5) What is the role of the Clergy? 

    We ask the clergy to discern who should be a Gabriel Angel and Hot Line Volunteer. Once a month we update our clergy at our usual Pro-Life meetings. The role of the clergy is to give spiritual guidance to the Gabriel Angels. Also, the mother is invited into prayer and may seek the spiritual guidance of the clergy.

6) How would a Parish get started? 

    Start by asking permission from your pastor to put a brief description in your bulletin. Ask for volunteers and call a meeting for those that volunteer. We would be happy to come to your parish to help set up and brief the volunteers of the resources readily available in our area.

7) Can you give a History on this project; is it anywhere else? 

    It began in Corpus Christi, and has been in the Houston Texas area for approximately 5 years. Over this past year 140 babies have been saved. Texas has 56 signed parishes. The Gabriel Project is also in the Maryland and Washington area. Presentation B.V.M. (Cheltenham) and Visitation (Trooper) parishes are now signed in Penna.

8) Why would anyone want to start "The Gabriel Project"? 

    The Gabriel Project is a perfect response to Jesus' call to the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. In Matt: 25- Jesus commands whatever you do to the least of your brother you do for me. But honestly, how many times do we really run into someone truly in need? As Christians we all like to help people, especially on a personal level.

9) Are there any initial costs? 

    The only initial cost is for the sign - $120.00 + Postage/Handling

10) Whose phone number is on the sign

    Not the Rectory! We have the permission of the Pro-Life alliance Hot Line for crisis pregnancy to use and man this hot line.

11) How does the Hot Line Work? 

    From your home - A hot line volunteer dials an access number and then dials a code. A call will then ring into your home (not being charged to your home but to the hot line #) and it does not interfere with your own phone at all. We now have at most 9 calls a week - remember that this number also serves other agencies, homes, centers, etc...If anyone wishes we'll periodically have training seminars and anyone is welcome to come.

12) What type of volunteers are needed?

    Angels, Hot Liners, Financial, etc...

13) How many volunteers are needed per parish? 

    In speaking with the Houston area - who has signed 56 signed parishes - there are approximately 2-to-6 per parish. We have 12 Angels now signed on - 12 Hot Lines - 4 Financial and a multitude of other resources.

    Fear Not! Rejoice! This is truly the message being delivered. We are looking forward to the day that this message is seen, heard and lived all throughout the world. Will you please be a part of this effort? If you have any further questions or concerns, please call and I'll be happy to assist you. Rejoice!

        In Loving Service of our Lord,

        Rev. John R. McFadden, Coordinator

        Annie Byrne, Co-Coordinator/Director


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