Rachel’s Vineyard Offers Weekend Retreat for Healing the Pain of Abortion in Doylestown, PA, October 15-17, 2021

The uncertainty in the world today continues to emotionally trigger those who have been wounded by abortion as well as other traumas in their lives.  The Divine Healer has asked them to come and they have answered His call. 

The following message is from Evelyn Walsh, Director of Rachel’s Vineyard in Doylestown.

My dear friends in the vineyard,

Praise God for you all and your generous spirit.  God is so good that we are blessed to host another Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat the weekend of October 15 – 17, 2021 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa.  As of today, we may have a couple registration spots open, but since we were present at the Polish-American Festival this past weekend I’m expecting we will fill up very soon.  So, thank you in advance for your prayers.

The uncertainty in the world today continues to emotionally trigger those who have been wounded by abortion as well as other traumas in their lives.  The Divine Healer has asked them to come and they have answered His call.  They will finally “meet” their children and change that sadness to joy. 

Jesus waits for us all to visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament.  The power of your prayers for the intentions of the participants as well as our team members are an integral part of the retreat weekend.  You are team members who have a very important job to do before, during and after the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat.  As we have done many times before, we will have Eucharistic Adoration from the beginning of our retreat on Friday, October 15th all the way through until it ends on Sunday, October 17th.  The team and participants are eternally grateful to you for taking the time to pray while everyone endures the spiritual battle as the hard work of reconciling with God and accepting His mercy and forgiveness occurs during this weekend. 
 
If it is possible for you to come to the Ave Maria Retreat House to spend a Holy Hour with Our Lord during our retreat, please contact Michelle Garges at (267) 374-0235 or mjgarges@verizon.net.  She is looking forward to hearing from you to schedule your time.  As we get closer to the retreat Michelle will advise you as to what the door code number is to the retreat house.  Please keep in mind that this is not a place for small children to join you.  If the sound of a small child or baby is heard by our group, it could possibly trigger a negative emotional response for the participant.  All conversations outside our meeting room in the foyer can be heard by us inside the room.  Please speak in hushed tones if the retreat is actively in progress. 

We go to great lengths to create a very safe environment for the retreatants to grieve their children and I would like to make sure that even though Our Lord loves the little ones to come to Him, this is one time we must keep the best interest of the retreatant in mind.  If you are new to the Ave Maria Retreat House, the Adoration Chapel is on the second floor straight up the stairs or you can take the elevator down the left hallway to go to the second floor.  The chapel is directly above our meeting room and I can assure you that your prayers are felt as a healing balm falling down upon us.  The enemy is not pleased with the beautiful healing achieved during this retreat.  Your prayers are an integral part of each participant feeling renewed, refreshed and healed by His love. 

You have my utmost gratitude for your prayers.  Please consider praying for the intentions of this Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat even though you may not be available to schedule time at the retreat house chapel to pray there.  Start praying even today to encourage anyone who is anxious about attending that weekend to find the courage to follow through with their decision to join us.  Praying the rosary is a great weapon and very effective as St. Pio of Pietrelcina reminds us.  The self-talk in our minds can sometimes stop us from doing a good work for ourselves.  We can all use a bit of encouragement at times.

As always, we love to receive your special treats such as cookies, cakes, brownies, pies, (sweets of any kind really ;).  Offering healthier appetizers (hummus, pita chips, veggies or fruits) round out our snack table during our breaks throughout the weekend.  If you would like to drop off food, please contact me in advance as to what it is you plan to bring so that I can keep a list (so that we don’t end up with 4 dozen chocolate chip cookies :). 

And, if it’s on your heart and you have the means to donate financially to offer scholarships to those in need it would be most helpful.  May God bless you for your generosity.

If you feel called to help in any of the recommended ways I’ve mentioned, please email or call me at (215) 317-5752.

May God’s peace be with you always,
Evelyn Walsh
Director, Rachel’s Vineyard – Doylestown

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