Respect Life

Respect Life Month

During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life. Click here to read Bishop Burbidge’s statement for Respect Life Month.

Gabriel Project

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.

Good Shepherd is joining other Catholic parishes to offer support to pregnant women in need through Project Gabriel. If you would like to be on an email list for needed items or serve as a Gabriel Angel, please reach out to Stacy.

Confidential helpline: 703-841-3810

Loving Through Loss Couples Workshop by Red Bird Ministries

Saturday, October 28, 2023, 9am – 4:30pm at St. Thomas A Becket, Reston, VA

Loving Through Loss is a one-day Couple’s Workshop for families who have experienced the loss of a child from pregnancy through adulthood. The workshop helps couples understand how the trauma of child loss affects the family dynamic, while teaching them how to love each other through the complexity of child loss. The workshop includes personal testimonies from families of loss, time for reflection, spiritual direction, and group discussion based on the age of your loss. The Workshop will begin with 9 am mass (optional) followed by a light breakfast and registration. The cost is $80 per couple and includes lunch.

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

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, September 30, 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

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.

Natural Family Planning (NFP)

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for various methods of charting a woman’s natural signs of fertility in order that the married couple may achieve or postpone pregnancy.

NFP methods are inexpensive and can become a normal part of a couple’s daily routine and assist the woman in general health awareness. NFP works with a couple’s fertility, not against it.

The methods of NFP represent authentic family planning because they respect the nature of sexual intercourse as God made it – to be love-giving and life-giving. NFP methods promote respect between husband and wife, openness to human life and recognize the value of children. When practiced well, NFP methods can help to enrich the bond between husband and wife. As holistic family planning that works with nature, the methods of NFP are acceptable for people of various religious and philosophical beliefs.

NFP Methods

Marquette Method

The Marquette Model brings 21st-century technology to NFP by using urine fertility biomarkers collected at home that measure hormone levels. These biomarkers can be used in conjunction with cervical mucus or basal body temperature and an algorithm to confidently determine the woman’s fertile window.

All Marquette instructors are required to be healthcare professionals and study under the Institute for Natural Family Planning at Marquette University.

Creighton Method

The Creighton Model relies upon observation and charting of biological markers of a woman’s health and fertility to tell the couple when they are naturally fertile and infertile. This system allows the couple to achieve or to avoid pregnancy. 

Sympto-Thermal Method

Sympto-Thermal Method is based on changes in a woman’s cervical mucus, waking or resting temperature, and cervix. These observable signs change in response to the hormones of the menstrual cycle. Then the couple interprets the chart and makes a decision based on their family planning intentions. 

Billings Method

The Billings Method focuses on determining fertile and Infertile days by cervical mucus sensations.

Catholic Women & Couples NFP (CWCNFP) is a lay-Catholic organization which teaches, without charge, Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning to Adult Catholic Women and Catholic Couples. CWCNFP teaches the Billings Method.

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