Virginia Defending Life Day
Wednesday, February 1 in Richmond, VA
Meet with your lawmakers in the morning and March for Life in the afternoon. On this day, Virginians will come together in Richmond while the General Assembly is in session to meet with their legislators to urge them to defend life. Your presence is vital! The Knights of Columbus is providing a bus for transportation to and from Richmond. Click here to reserve your spot.
Give a Gift for Life
Supporting the Gabriel Project and Project Rachel of our Diocese.
Gabriel Project offers emotional, spiritual, material, and financial support to expecting mothers. Total prenatal costs are typically about $3,000. One mother wrote, “I was very distressed and scared not knowing who would help me with my pregnancy…I could not go to anyone…and I was without the support of my baby’s father. He wanted me to abort but I decided to have my son. I must thank Gabriel Project for all the moral, spiritual, and medical support…for this reason, I named my son Gabriel!”
Project Rachel provides counseling and healing retreats to those who suffer the effects of abortion. One after-abortion care retreatant wrote: “I would have NEVER had the courage to show my face at this [abortion healing] retreat…God works in mysterious ways and by His grace, I found the courage to step forward in my faith. I am so grateful that this ministry exists and was there for me…without judgement when I was ready to tackle the deep-rooted pain in my heart. I am forever grateful!”
Click here to read an important document from the Virginia Catholic Conference on the status of abortion laws in Virginia.
Click here to read Bishop Burbidge’s statement on the Supreme Court ruling on abortion.
“I pray that we as Catholics may receive Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on abortion humbly and soberly as we continue to make every effort to promote a greater respect for the dignity and value of all human life.” -Father Tom
Click here to read Father Tom’s homily on the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision – June 26, 2022
“We seek to remind these mothers-and fathers: You are not alone! We are here and ready to accompany you every step of the way.” -Bishop Burbidge
There are many resources for pregnant women or families who need support and those who wish to help them! Click here for a full list of resources in the diocese and learn more about the resources close to Good Shepherd below.
Gabriel Project offers emotional, spiritual, material, and financial support through a pregnancy helpline and parish-based volunteer “Angel” support. If you are in need of assistance, call the confidential helpline, use the online contact form, or visit their website to learn more about all their resources. For anyone wishing to donate, click on the button below.
Confidential helpline: 703-841-3810
The MaRiH Center
The MaRiH Center (pronounced “Ma-rye-ah”) provides free and confidential assistance to women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. Hours are Monday – Thursday from 10am – 3pm and Saturday from 10am – 1pm.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington
If you are pregnant and need help or are facing an unplanned or pregnancy, you do not have to figure this out on your own. You can call or text 703-973-0129 24/7 to talk to a certified pregnancy counselor about all your options.
A Best Choice Women’s Health & Ultrasound Center
Founded in 2013, ABC Women’s Health & Ultrasound Center provides a variety of free services and programs to meet client needs.
Our Services include:
- Free Ultrasounds
- 24 Hour Ultrasound Law
- Free pregnancy tests with immediate results
- HIV Testing
- Accurate Information on Pregnancy Options
- Prenatal and Infant Care Education
- Referrals to Community Resources and Agencies
All services are free and confidential.
Mother of Light Center
The Mother of Light Center (MOLC) provides food, household items, and clothes to the community. They also have a support group for single moms, sewing classes, and an after school program.
St. Margaret of Cortona Transitional and Maternity Housing
St. Margaret of Cortona Transitional and Maternity Housing assists mothers with children who may be transitioning from homeless and domestic violence shelters to independent living. We also assist women pregnant with their first child or pregnant moms who already have other children and find themselves at significant risk in their current living situations.
Project Rachel is a diocesan post-abortion ministry that offers an integrated approach to healing for anyone affected by abortion with the compassionate support of trained staff, priests, and licensed mental health professionals who understand this experience of unresolved sorrow, trauma, and grief with the utmost care, compassion, and sensitivity.
Confidential Helpline: 703-841-2504
Day of Prayer and Healing: After Abortion Retreat for Women
Saturday, March 25, 2023
These group healing events are held in a private and peaceful setting, in English and Spanish, based on the Entering Canaan model. There will be an opportunity to hear from a past participant and others who have found healing. You are not alone. Take the first step. For confidential inquiries and registration, please contact Project Rachel Ministry: (703) 841-2504 or email@example.com.
Our Fruitful Love
Our Fruitful Love is the Diocese of Arlington’s accompaniment for spouses experiencing infertility or pregnancy or infant loss. Society too often minimizes or ignores the loss and grief that families experience through infertility or miscarriage and stillbirth. We are here to support you with prayer and resources as you seek to follow God’s plan for your marriage. We hope to provide you with information that will help you with various aspects of your struggles. We pray that you will find this as a source of help, hope and healing.