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 Merciful Companions

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Journey With Women and Men Affected by Abortion

Each day, approximately 225 abortions take place in Southern California. Half are to women who have aborted previously. These women are members of our families, fellow parishioners, co-workers, friends. Many experience severe depression and trauma following abortion. They, and the men and other family members touched by abortion, are in great need of healing mercy.
 
Do you feel called to help change these statistics one person at a time? 


Prayer

Our Lady of Guadalupe's Intercession
Download our beautiful business cards with Our Lady of Guadalupe on them. You can share these at your parish with your pastor, deacons, DRE, youth minister, confirmation coordinator, principal, teachers, and parish secretary. You can also leave some in the confessionals, the back of the church, and the parish office. Then, take them to prayer and ask Our Lady of Guadalupe to bless this ministry.

Education
By Your Side LA
By Your Side LA is the Archdiocese's official ministry journeying with women and men affected by abortion. By Your Side is a comprehensive, bilingual ministry that includes a beautiful website, professional call center, trained lay Merciful Companions, and referrals to healing resources including sacraments, retreats, support groups, bible studies, mental health professionals, and more. We want to be by the side of each person journeying from pain following abortion to a new place of forgiveness and peace. ​Share the Archdiocese of Los Angeles beautiful websites for healing: 

Download our beautiful brochure cards and business cards and give them to all who work in ministry at your parish. 

Service

Become a Merciful Companion
Consider being trained as a Merciful Companion -- lay women and men who journey with those healing from the effects of abortion. Merciful Companions are carefully trained and supported by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Most of the accompaniment of those in need takes place through life-changing phone conversations. 
Training dates are available throughout the year. There is a special need for men and for bilingual speakers to participate in this ministry as well.

The time commitment is not great, but the healing that can be provided to those in need is immense. If you feel called to share Christ's mercy and help those suffering from a past abortion find hope and healing, please contact Sharon at Sharon@mercifulcompanions.org​.

Download our Merciful Companion Advertising flyer for your parish: EnglishSpanish 
Download our Bulletin Announcement for Merciful Companions
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