Rachel's Vineyard weekend retreats present an ideal opportunity for any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion. During the weekend, we gather as the suffering Body of Christ and minister to each other in His name. We share spiritual exercises focusing on God's forgiveness, compassion and mercy. There are psychological exercises which help work through repressed grief and anger, and many rituals to help you grieve the loss of an unborn child and accept God's forgiveness. The sacrament of reconciliation is also available. The retreat concludes with a Memorial Service and Mass of Resurrection.
''For 18 years I have been haunted with heavy guilt that no one could have taken away, tormented by thoughts of what the child would have been like. Through participating in Rachel's Vineyard, I was finally able to forgive myself. I know that God has given me a peaceful mind, cleansed my heart and has washed away my guilt.''
''It was the best weekend of my life. For the first time in 20 years I was able to share my grief my guilt, my anger. I was able to mourn the loss of my baby. But most important I was able to believe that she now lives with Jesus. For a short time I could almost touch her and hold her and see her. For this, I will always be grateful I felt Jesus calling, pulling me back. A feeling I can't forget or deny.''
''Before this retreat I was spiritually dead. I was empty inside. I felt separated from the church and from God. After this retreat, I now feel alive and happy to be alive. I feel the love of God inside me.''
2017 Retreats in English 2017 Retiro en Español
June 23-25 2-4 de Junio
November 3-5 6-8 de Diciembre