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Melbourne's 'timely' new pregnancy assistance centre

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 Contents - Feb 2009AD2000 February 2009 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Liturgy: 'Reform of the reform' on track - Michael Gilchrist
The Statement of Conclusions: any signs of progress after ten years? - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Culture of death: US bishops confront Barack Obama's sweeping abortion agenda - Paul Kengor
Vibrant retreat: Young adult ministry builds on WYD: iWitness Conference in Sydney - Br Barry Coldrey
Christian-Muslim dialogue: glimmerings of hope - Babette Francis
Melbourne's 'timely' new pregnancy assistance centre
Foundations of Faith: Protestant Reformation: origins and beliefs - Frank Mobbs
Flying into the Wind for the new evangelisation - Fr John Fowles CCS & Fr Joel Wallace CCS
Fundamental flaws in Bishop Robinson's book - Andrew Kania
Letters: Clarification on new Missal translation - final text has been approved - Archbishop Denis Hart
Letters: South Brisbane parish - Frank Bellet
Letters: Christ's divinity - Tom O'Keefe
Letters: Inclusive language - Eamonn Keane
Letters: Jewish conversions - Andrew Sholl
Letters: Teilhard - Grahame Fallon
Letters: Thanks from India - Fr S. John Joseph
Books: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: Pope Benedict XVI - Siobhan Reeves (reviewer)
Poetry: Renée - Will Elsin
Books: Books available now from AD2000 Books
Reflection: Pope St Gregory the Great's advice to bishops and priests - Pope St Gregory the Great

A new pregnancy assistance centre was officially opened late last year by Archbishop Denis Hart in the outer Melbourne suburb of Frankston. It was the result of a Catholic community initiative which quickly became a reality following a meeting addressed by Brian Peachey from Pregnancy Assistance Perth Inc.

In April 2008, Mr Peachey, who had been visiting Melbourne, was invited by Denise den Bakker to come to Frankston in order to talk about the centre in Perth with which he had been involved for the past twelve years.

Father Denis Stanley, parish priest of St Francis Xavier's, Frankston, and a number of local people were very impressed by what they learned about Pregnancy Assistance Perth Inc and subsequently acquired and opened a shop front in the heart of Frankston which has served as a pregnancy centre.

Pregnancy Assistance Frankston Inc is modelled on its counterpart in Perth and has the patronage of Archbishop Hart with Father Stanley as his representative on the centre's committee. The centre is run by trained volunteers and offers ongoing training sessions to the volunteers (and others interested) in communication skills and ProLife issues.

The centre has been placed in the hands of the Virgin Mary and been the beneficiary of considerable help from generous supporters, enabling it to grow from nothing to a reality in a few short months.

During the period since the Frankson centre's opening, numbers of women have called into the centre and numerous phone inquiries have been received. Meanwhile the centre has been rostered into Pregnancy Counselling Australia's help- line.

At the official opening of the centre, Archbishop Hart said this was a very 'timely event', as the centre would 'fill a critical gap on the Mornington Peninsula and beyond, especially for young and needy people who've been seeking information and resources about the various challenges of pregnancy'.

The centre can be contacted on (03) 9770-6226. Its free and confidential services are available to any woman seeking support in her pregnancy and include free pregnancy testing, experienced and caring support, alternatives to abortion and referrals to appropriate community resources.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 22 No 1 (February 2009), p. 9

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