New Gabriel Project in Canton
Canton - St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton is the newest site of a Gabriel Project. The parish-based apostolate joins eleven other locations in our diocese, offering hope and assistance to women in a crisis pregnancy. According to parish coordinator, Linda Trill, Gabriel angels (women trained for the ministry) will act as advocates and spiritual mentors for women in need both before and after pregnancy. “We will promote the message of the angel Gabriel, ‘Rejoice, Fear not!’”
Mrs. Trill is the mother of five adult children and has four grandchildren. She was a young mother, having her first child at the age of sixteen. “I know what it’s like to be in a pregnancy and not know what’s going to happen next”, said Trill who first learned about Gabriel Project while riding with a friend to a Formation for Ministry class. Shortly after, the parish was approached by a mom in need. Trill said “I thought, this is something I’d like to do. It’s something our parish needs. Father Doug Lucia (pastor of St. Mary’s) has been super! He’s with me 100 percent!”
After sitting in on a couple of Potsdam Gabriel Project meetings and touring the Brasher Falls Gabriel Project, Trill along with twelve interested volunteers from St. Mary’s attended a training session on March 1st. Mid March, the group held a parish-wide baby shower to collect baby items which will be kept in a couple of the rooms in the rectory which have been designated for the Gabriel Project. Trill said “A donation of shelving units was received but there is a need for more shelving or bookcases for the storeroom. The Knights of Columbus (Sarto Council #1059) will soon purchase a sign for the parish lawn. It’s amazing how it’s coming together. Everyone has been very helpful especially the other Gabriel Projects - Massena, Potsdam, Gouverneur, Brasher Falls.”
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NYSCC Top 10 Reasons to Oppose NYS's Abortion Expansion "Women's Equality Act"
10. It moves New York State in the opposite direction of “safe, legal and rare.”
9. It would undermine maternity and prenatal care programs, which could be ruled “discriminatory” for favoring childbirth over abortion.
8. It could be used to mandate abortion coverage in all insurance plans.
7. It could compel Catholic Charities and Catholic schools to counsel and refer for abortion.
6. It could compel all hospitals, even Catholic hospitals, to allow abortions on premises.
5. It lifts the current age restriction on the purchase of the so-called “morning-after pill” at neighborhood drug stores, allowing girls as young as 11 and 12 to get the drugs without a doctor’s prescription or a parent’s knowledge.
4. It makes abortion immune to common-sense prudent regulations: parental notification for minors’ abortions, restrictions on taxpayer funding, informed consent or a waiting period for pregnant women.
3. By inserting a broad “health” exception into our law, it opens up third-trimester abortions for any reason at all, and invites late-term abortionists into New York State to set up shop to abort viable, fully formed babies.
2. By repealing the requirement in current law that only a licensed physician may perform an abortion, it endangers women’s lives.
1. New York is already the abortion capital of the nation, with 33% of pregnancies (40% in NYC) ending in abortion, as opposed to 19% nationally.