The Gabriel Project: “Protecting the unborn…supporting the expectant mother…”

The Gabriel Project sends out the Angel Gabriel’s message to expectant mothers: “Rejoice! Fear not!” 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 try to 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.

For more information on St. Theresa’s part of the Gabriel Project contact Theresa Dowd or Judy Cordaro at

Pregnant? Need help? Call 515-284-LOVE (5683)


40 Days for Life:

40 Days for Life is a 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside a Planned Parenthood center or other abortion facility in your community. Those who are called to stand witness maintain a peaceful and educational presence, while praying and fasting to end abortion. This 24-hour-a-day presence send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. It also serves as a call to repentance for those who work at the abortion center and those who patronize the facility.

For more information about our local 40 Days for Life Spring and Fall campaigns, call Mary Kay Kluesner at (515)-287-6179.


Prolife Essay Contest:

Each Spring St. Theresa’s Prolife Committee sponsors at prolife contest at St. Theresa’s School. After educational presentations about life issues, children are asked to draw a poster or write an essay, especially in support of the life of unborn children. Entries are judged and the winners get to go out to lunch with the school principal and parish priest on a school day. All contest entries are displayed in the church on the following Sunday.

For more information, contact Jeane Bishop


Dowling Catholic Students for Life:

The local Catholic high school has a strong and involved prolife group, which is committed to emphasizing the sanctity of life from “womb to tomb.” A representative attends our meetings and we work closely with them on certain projects. They promote awareness of issues among high school students and the community. They have fundraisers, including the annual Skate for Life and selling reusable bags with prolife messages, with proceeds going to crisis pregnancy centers and prolife advertising. They have a large group participate in the annual March for Life in Washington D.C.

For more information on their activities, including the March for Life, contact the group moderator, Janet Regier


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