"It's gotta be the most important work the Church is doing," said Father Robert Amey
, the pastor of St. Catherine Laboure´
, addressing about 50 people who attended the Oct. 14 reception after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. By "encouraging people to be open to life," he
said, one "can't get closer to God's work." Father Amey
called the Reinkes' volunteer work "not only continuous and dedicated but divinely inspired."
homily at the Mass, associate pastor Father Thomas Morrow recounted the story of one suffering woman in her
late 20s who received help through the parish's Gabriel Project.After she
husband that she
was pregnant with their third child and refused to have an abortion, he
, according to Father Morrow.
The Gabriel Project gave her
a bassinet for her
baby, as well as food, prenatal medicine and prescriptions.An "angel helper" from the parish's program spent time with her
pregnancy and accompanied her
gave birth to her
child, Father Morrow said.