Pastoral Care

The Gabriel Project

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The mission of the Gabriel Project …

The Gabriel Project Ministry aims to bear witness to the value and dignity of every human life by providing emotional, material, educational, and spiritual support for pregnant women & families-in-need. This is done in a spirit of mentorship, advocacy, and Christian friendship. We seek to plant the seed of God's love within the hearts of those facing an unplanned or difficult pregnancy who may feel overwhelmed, lost, alone, or afraid - whether rich or poor, single or married, young or older. 

The goals of the Gabriel Project:

  • To offer hope and support to mothers and fathers during and after pregnancy–regardless of the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy.

  • To provide assistance in a confidential and non-judgmental manner.

  • To strengthen families so that children can grow in a nurturing environment.

  • To provide life-affirming support for those facing difficult or unexpected pregnancies.

  • To witness to the community a respect and reverence for all human life.

  • To advance the teaching of the Church regarding the gift of life.

    For more information on how to start a Gabriel Project Ministry within your parish, please contact the TGP Coordinator at (916)733-0156. 

Rachel Ministry

Rachel’s Ministry is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential, and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful abortion emotions and begin the process of restoration, renewal, and healing.

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2022-2023 Retreat Dates:

Spanish: August 25-27, 2023

English: November 10-12, 2023

English: February 16-18, 2024

Spanish:  June 14-16, 2024

Upcoming Retreat:
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Nationwide Toll-free Helpline: (888) 456-HOPE (4673)

If interested in attending a retreat, call Diocesan Hotline (916) 733-0161 or email:

If you would like to speak with a priest or counselor, please contact us!

All inquiries are confidential.  


End of Life Care


Whole Person Care Initiative

The Whole Person Care Initiative seeks to ensure that parishioners and patients are accompanied, loved, and supported in their serious illnesses and end-of-life journeys. To that end, the Initiative will provide each Health Ministry, Diocese, and Parish with tools, resources, guidance, training, and other support to implement Whole Person Care.

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Embracing Our Dying

If those who are dying are embraced by their family and their community they will not seek death but will live their last days well, and then accept death when it comes. The Embracing Our Dying webpages provide information about Catholic teachings on the end of life and also related statements and documents, including the Catholic Advance Health Care Directive Form.

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