During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Bridgeport invites anyone who is suffering from a past abortion to experience God’s love and mercy by attending an Entering Canaan Day of Prayer and Healing.
The next Day of Prayer and Healing is set for Saturday, July 9 in Trumbull. Confidential pre-registration is required. “Many women suffer in silence after an abortion. The Day of Prayer and Healing is meant to be the first step on a journey of healing,” said Maureen Ciardiello, Director of the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
The day includes witnesses of mercy, group sharing, quiet time, personal prayer, the opportunity for Sacramental Confession and Mass. Women receive help and support while building relationships and connecting with others who relate. It is important for every woman to know that “God is waiting to heal her. She is not alone, she is welcomed, and people are praying for her and have been in her shoes,” said Ciardiello.
Symptoms that commonly afflict post-abortive women include anxiety, depression, guilt, shame, eating/sleeping disorders, and thoughts of suicide. The road to full recovery takes time and effort, but those in the ministry are prepared to walk with all women in their journeys to healing, offering ongoing support through groups and additional retreats.
Ciardiello said the Days of Prayer and Healing are a part of the Entering Canaan model “that ensures constant and consistent support for those seeking to begin their healing journey.”
Entering Canaan also offers monthly support groups designed to address specific post abortion issues and provide the tools needed to work through them. Entering Canaan falls under the umbrella of Project Rachel, the Catholic Church’s response to those who have been wounded by an abortion. For those unable to attend the July date, another Day of Prayer and Healing is set for Saturday, September 10.
A men’s Day of Prayer and Healing for men suffering from a past abortion will be held on Saturday, October 29. Men may register by calling 877.586.4621 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register or for more information on the July 9 session for women, please contact Project Rachel’s confidential phone line at 203.416.1619 or email at email@example.com.