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Pregnancy Assistance

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 Contents - Apr 2005AD2000 April 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Pope's suffering a potent Easter witness - Michael Gilchrist
Australia prepares for World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
'Flying bishops' consecrated for orthodox Anglicans - Fr Nigel Zimmerman
Exploding myths about the 'pre-Vatican II' Church - John Young
Vocations: Why some new religious orders are attracting recruits - Fr John Hogan
Events: Carnivale Christi returning to Sydney with an Easter theme - Liz Arblaster and Anthony McCarthy
Cardinal Ratzinger: Liturgy should be God-centred - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
Letters: Dissent - Fr John Speekman
Scripture: So, what else did Jesus say? - Gavan O'Farrell
Adore 05: Sydney's successful Eucharistic Youth Congress - Nicole Osmak
Letters: ACU - Sabina Sannen
Letters: Chavagnes International College - Raymond De Souza
Letters: Teaching the faith - Rosanna Sherman
Letters: Stations of the Cross - D.T.S. Moorhouse
Letters: Religious habit - Fr G.H. Duggan SM
Letters: Practice of faith - Br Con Moloney CFC
Letters: Confession - J.G. Wilson
Letters: Talking in Church - Judith McRae
Letters: Christ the Creator - Gerard J. Keane
Letters: Good news - Geoff Storey
Letters: Pregnancy Assistance - Brian A. Peachey
Books: The Path to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church - Michael Casanova (reviewer)
Books: Love Alone Is Credible, by Hans urs von Balthasar - Kerrie Allen (reviewer)
Books: Mass Without a Congregation: A Sign of Unity or Division? - Michael Gilchrist (reviewer)
Poetry: A Centurion Reflects - Bruce Dawe
Books: Religious resources for 2005
Reflection: Pope John Paul II: 'In the risen Christ all creation rises to new life' - Pope John Paul II
Marian Valley Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians, Canungra

Your report "Sydney Archdiocese program offers alternative to abortion" (February AD2000) states that the program is "new to Australia and only the third in the world to provide support to pregnant women who are contemplating abortion."

While I cannot comment on the number of similar agencies in other parts of the world, it is not correct to report that the program is new to Australia.

Pregnancy Assistance Inc was established in Perth in 1996 at the behest of Archbishop Barry Hickey. It has an office and counselling rooms in Lord Street, Perth, provided by the Archdiocese of Perth. Archbishop Hickey is the patron. The chaplain and representative of the Archbishop on the Board is Father Paul Carey SSC.

For the past nine years, trained counsellors have provided support to women contemplating abortion, saving the lives of many unborn children. Financial assistance has been given where needed and tons of baby clothing and furniture have been gathered and dispensed to families and single mothers in need.

During the first year volunteers provided the furnishings for a chapel on the premises where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved and Mass is celebrated three times a week.

Pregnancy Assistance raises all its funds and in 1998 purchased a house in Dianella, Miriam's House, to provide accommodation for homeless pregnant women.

Since 1996 it has published a quality quarterly magazine, Abundant Life, which is distributed to financial subscribers and at parishes in the Archdiocese.

The web site address is www.pregnancyassistance.org.au

It is also important to point out that the Diocese of Bunbury established a similar agency using the same name. The premises in Spencer Street were blessed by Bishop Peter Quinn on 10 November 1999 and continue to provide support to pregnant women.

BRIAN A. PEACHEY
Chairman, Pregnancy Assistance
East Perth, WA

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 3 (April 2005), p. 16

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