Simple Lenten Meals

Fri., March 11, 2016 6:30pm ·

We serve Simple Lenten Meals (en español) in the North Conference Room on the Friday evenings of Lent following the 6pm Stations of the Cross. 

Each Friday we collect donations to benefit a different community-based organization in Washington, DC. On Friday, March 11, the beneficiary will be Project Rachel

Consider spending your early Friday evening with St. Matthew's family and friends - come for the 5:30pm Mass, 6pm Stations of the Cross, and end with a shared meal organized by St. Matthew's Hispanic Community and a great opportunity of almsgiving.

Please visit the Project Rachel (and websites from which the following is excerpted and summarized. 

Project Rachel - A Network of Healing in the Heart of the Church  

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:  Project Rachel,the Catholic Church’s ministry to those who have been involved in abortion, is a diocesan-based network of specially trained priests, religious, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion.  In addition to referring for Sacramental Reconciliation, the ministry provides an integrated network of services, including pastoral counseling, support groups, retreats and referrals to licensed mental health professionals. 

Project Rachel - Archdiocese of Washington 

“Rachel mourns for 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 

Project Rachel is a post-abortion healing ministry sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington that offers compassionate help to men and women who have experienced emotional and or spiritual pain after abortion.  Our trained staff refers callers to licensed counselors or priests specially trained in post-abortion concerns.  We help our participants reconcile with God, child, family, and themselves. 

Project Rachel is open to anyone in need regardless of his or her faith background.  If you are suffering from guilt, depression, anxiety, grief, anger, psychological numbing, isolation, re-experiencing the abortion or have a preoccupation with becoming pregnant again, please give us a call.  We want to talk to you. 

Project Rachel offers:  

Confidential referral line for you to talk with a trained staff person about your experience. 

Support group with others dealing with the pain of abortion. 

Counseling with people specially trained to help you sort through unresolved feelings and conflicts. 

Spiritual guidance from a priest, sensitive to your particular needs, who can prepare you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  If you wish, you can be put in touch with a priest outside your community. 

Healing services, Masses and other events held throughout the year to help you grieve the loss of your unborn child or children and know God’s forgiveness. 

Some services are free.  Where a fee is charged, there is a sliding scale.  All inquiries are held in complete confidence.  Also, one-on-one meetings and group healing events take place throughout the Archdiocese of Washington and these locations also are confidential. 

Project Rachel Ministry Helpline:  (301) 853-4565; E-mail: 

The following United States Conference of Catholic Bishops publication (leaflet) is another resource:  Project Rachel:  In the Heart of the Church 

“Project Rachel does not use the language of the ‘post-abortion syndrome’ that many use.  [F]or many women, the aftermath of abortion is … about grief and guilt.  These feelings need spiritual and psychological healing.  Both aspects need to be addressed in the healing process.”