LAURINBURG – Last month, the pro-life team at St. Mary’s Catholic Church hosted a baby shower for a crisis pregnancy center nearby, collecting items to support struggling mothers. Organizing a baby shower in May for pregnancy assistance centers is standard practice for Catholics, who honor Mary’s motherhood, especially in May.
St. Mary’s has chosen to collect baby shower items for Agape Pregnancy Support in Fayetteville. Agape is located in a former abortion clinic, and its ultrasound room is the same room where most abortions have been performed there. Agape Pregancy Support helps women who find themselves in a crisis pregnancy, usually considering abortion, and supports them throughout pregnancy and childbirth for up to 5 years. Volunteers provide ultrasounds, attend hospital deliveries with mothers who have no one to accompany them, and distribute diapers, formula, food, clothing, breast pumps, car seats and many other necessary items.
The St. Mary’s pro-life team, with the help of some of the Knights of Columbus, delivered ward baby shower supplies to Agape Pregnancy Support on Thursday, June 10. In total, St. Mary’s delivered 2,334 diapers, 3,554 wipes, a cash donation from the Knights of Columbus and the Ladies of St. Mary’s Guild, 3 car seats, 1 walker, 1 breast pump, 6 baby blankets, formula, bottles, a basket and more.
The pro-life team visited the Pregnancy Support Center and heard stories of how volunteers experienced miracles as they worked in prayer to help mothers in need. Often these mothers have extremely limited financial resources and many are pressured by family, friends and the child’s father to have an abortion at one of Fayetteville’s two abortion clinics.
“We are interested in forming a multi-faith pregnancy support organization in the County of Scotland to emulate some of the activities of the Agape Center in Fayetteville,” said John Clinton, one of the Knights of Columbus who helped with the articles. baby shower, and is part of the St. Mary’s Pro-Life Team.
“We are working to create a center in Scotland County that in some ways resembles Agape in Fayetteville,” said Mary Carmichael, St. Mary’s Pro-Life Coordinator. “As many have noted, being pro-life means more than just being against abortion. It is quite easy to protest against abortion, or to pray outside of an abortion clinic, and it is easy enough to protest against abortion. are important things to do. But it’s much more difficult to meet a woman who is considering abortion, or who is otherwise in crisis, and to say to her, “What do you need? Let me help you.” Together we will get through this difficult journey. ‘ This is what we need everywhere, and it is what we need in the County of Scotland.
The St. Mary’s Pro-Life Team is looking for volunteers to help with pro-life activities in the County of Scotland, particularly volunteers keen to undergo training on how to counsel local mothers in the event of a pregnancy in crisis. And if you or someone you know is having a pregnancy crisis and needs resources, contact St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 910-276-4468 or Agape Pregnancy Support at 910-485-0055.