January 2022
In the news...
Parish-based outreach walks with moms in need

George P. Matysek Jr., Catholic Review
November 23, 2021
Faced with homelessness and mental health challenges, a young Maryland woman didn’t know where to turn when she found herself pregnant and alone over the summer.

Not knowing what else to do, the woman’s grandmother reached out to a parishioner of St. Stephen. Through the intervention of one of the Bradshaw parish’s lay leaders, a staff member at the parish ultimately connected the grandmother with the Gabriel Network at St. Mark in Catonsville – part of a regional organization that helps pregnant mothers with material and other resources.

“They got her the help she desperately needed,” said Rachel Muneses, team leader of the Walking with Moms in Need outreach at St. Stephen and Holy Spirit in Joppa, a new parish-based pro-life initiative of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “Within a couple weeks, she found housing and got the medication she needed for her mental health issues. It showed that there are resources out there. People just need to be made aware of them.” . . .
Being islands
of mercy to walk
with moms in need

Bishop Bernard E. “Ned” Shlesinger III,
The Georgia Bulletin
December 21, 2021
... Every adult in our parishes should know how to refer a pregnant woman in need to the resources available to her. God referred Mary to the upright man named Joseph. All mothers need more than a teaching lesson from the church, they need our support and the resources of the church...

Each parish is best able to identify the local pregnancy resources that are available and to identify the potential gaps where resources are lacking.

Let us not allow any mother to feel that she is unsupported. May our parishes become “islands of mercy in a sea of indifference.”
Pregnancy Care Center volunteers are Walking with Moms in Need

Linda Behrens, The Messenger
January 4, 2022
... One such organization within the diocese that is serving pregnant and parenting mothers is the Pregnancy Care Center (PCC) in Belleville.

The Pregnancy Care Center is committed to the respect and dignity for life and enhancing the quality of human life by providing crisis intervention, support, guidance and education to persons in need...

PCC serves any pregnant mother or family with children up to age 5 in need. ...The center provides pregnancy testing, prenatal vitamins, and guidance to agencies that may further help them with needs, such as doctors; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); public aid; housing; and more.
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May we understand more deeply the difficulties of mothers in need and respond with increased care and support.

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