Monday, November 3, 2014

Rachel mourns her children; she refuses to be consoled because her children are no more.
Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the
tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward.
There is hope for your future.

       Jeremiah 31:15-17


               1) Carrying Shame with hope biblically
Thomas Ryan SM
A workshop for those in Christian post abortion ministry

Rachel’s Vineyard, Sydney invites those involved in post abortion healing ministry to a half day workshop with Tom Ryan, a Marist priest and theologian, who has worked with Rachel’s Vineyard in Brisbane and recently published a book, Shame Hope and the Church, A Journey with Mary.

This workshop will inform and affirm those in post abortion ministry by exploring the way Jesus and Mary carry shame that is transformative. Can the story of shame be a space where healing and hope can take place? How can confronting and naming shame become a catalyst for ascribing new meaning to the story? How do Jesus and Mary face moments of shame and humiliation to produce redemptive opportunities.

This workshop will assist post abortive pastoral carers to appreciate how the retreat and ancillary practices promote healing and hope in women and men who have experienced shame, guilt, grief and loss after an abortion.

This workshop is for all who care for people suffering post abortion stress – priests, pastoral carers, parish teams, mental health practitioners, general practitioners, professional health practitioners and those suffering post abortion stress in their own life.

Tom Ryan’s book will be for sale on the day

Date:  Saturday February 13, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Where: Good Samaritan Centre, 2 Avenue Rd. Glebe
Cost: Free, Morning tea provided
Limited numbers, RSVP essential for catering: or 0400 092 555 

 2) Sydney Retreats 2021

April 30 - May 2.     November 5 - 7  (Covid allowing)
Call 0400 092 555
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3) Called to Life OR Hope Transforming Fear and Shame 
      Finding healing and hope after abortion
        FREE online sessions at a time to suit you
Do you feel overwhelmed or feel grief and shame after an abortionIs healing and hope possible?
Join in these confidential free online individually guided reflections at a time to suit you. These sessions are is a reflection on the gospel of Jesus healing Peter’s mother in law and the women going to the tomb. Can we find healing and hope in the gospel to address the painful effects of post-abortion stress?
These sessions are one to one time best experienced through zoom, or another online platform of your choice on computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. It can also be conducted by phone if you don’t have access to the above technology.
Register for a free online confidential session with complete confidence according to our privacy policy. Our privacy policy means we will never use your details to contact you at any other time without your permission (you can register with only your first name if you wish) There is no obligation and no cost.
Register at or call our confidential phoneline: 0400 092 555. Please give your name (first name is sufficient), email or phone contact details and we will contact you to arrange an agreed time for your online session. Just mention you are registering for an online session.  

           4) Online HEALING Retreat. Enquire NOW for next retreat      
          This retreat will be held at times to suit participants depending on requests. There are two sessions run over about 4 hours with breaks. Please enquire about the retreat and bookings at: or call our confidential phoneline: 0400 092 555. Please give your name (first name is sufficient), email or phone contact details and we will contact you to discuss the retreat and booking. Just mention you are registering for the online retreat.   

An introduction to Rachel's Vineyard Retreat
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat is a journey of spiritual healing to help women and men overcome the painful effects of an abortion experience. The retreat offers a sanctuary in which to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion in a safe, supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment. Retreats are held in both Catholic and Interdenominational settings. The leaders include a highly trained team of facilitators, including a qualified counsellor, a spiritual guide and a priest.
This video was made for Open Doors Melbourne where the retreat is conducted regularly. It explores the retreat through the eyes of participants and facilitators.
 This video has been produced for Open Doors by the highly regarded documentary film-maker, DON PARHAM of PARHAM MEDIA.  Parham has also made a television documentary, THE CHOICE, about the complexities and consequences of abortion (produced for SBS-TV).  THE CHOICE is ideal for educational use by schools, churches and community groups and is available on DVD. It can be purchased online from Parham Media here or go to –

Contact details
For more information about Rachel's Vineyard Retreats; an understanding priest or spiritual direction call or SMS the Rachel confidential line: 0400 092 555 or email:  Facebook
Mailing address: Unit 30 63-69 Bonar St Arncliffe NSW 2205 Australia

OR Call Catholiccare FREE Confidential Pregnancy Counselling and Support Number: 1800 063 510 to make a time to talk to a professional counsellor.

Contacts for Rachel's Vineyard  centres around Australia and New Zealand click here