The following comes from an Oct. 2 story by Valerie Schmalz in Catholic San Francisco.
Four years ago, the archdiocese of San Francisco started something different –The Gabriel Project, an independent program for local parishes to help pregnant women.
The Gabriel Project is unique because it gives members of the parish an opportunity to help a pregnant mom and baby as a community through prayer, emotionally and financially – building a culture of life by living it, said Fredi D’Alessio, program coordinator for the archdiocese….
“It’s a parish-based ministry for pregnant mothers in need, regardless of age or phase of development in the pregnancy, whether they are rich or poor, married or not,” with or without faith, said D’Alessio….
Each member parish posts a sign with The Gabriel Project telephone number and the call comes to D’Alessio who connects the woman to a parish volunteer who follows up the first call with a visit by two “angels” or Gabriel Project volunteers to see what the woman needs.
“Then, they hold their hands throughout the pregnancy and beyond, sometimes way beyond,” D’Alessio said.
“We’re doing quite a bit. We are helping a lot of people. Our angels are doing an outstanding job with the calls we are getting,” D’Alessio said.
While the ministry is parish based, volunteers whose parish does not belong to The Gabriel Project also help. They are called “auxiliary angels,” or “angels without borders,” D’Alessio said….
The parishes who have joined The Gabriel Project are: Our Lady of Loretto and St. Anthony of Padua, Novato; St. Raphael, San Rafael; St. Hilary, Tiburon; St. Ignatius, St. Agnes, Church of the Epiphany and Sts. Peter and Paul, San Francisco; St. Augustine, South San Francisco; St. Andrew, Daly City; St. Dunstan, Millbrae; St. Matthew, San Mateo; Our Lady of Angels, Burlingame; Church of the Nativity, Menlo Park; St. Francis of Assisi, East Palo Alto.
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