Rachel’s Vineyard retreat changing format while helping those in need

Catholic Family Services staffers and other professionals and volunteers are working to prepare for the next Rachel’s Vineyard retreat being offered in May.

The retreat is taking on a new format this time offering a one day retreat on May 5.

The retreat is an opportunity for any person who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion.

In the past, Rachel’s Vineyard retreats have spanned a weekend. Catholic Family Services staff wanted to explore offering the Rachel’s Vineyard retreats as a single day offering to see if that would assist people who wanted to attend in the past but could not.

Because of the subject matter and the people the retreat seeks to help, there is absolute confidentiality connected to the retreat.

Participants are notified for the location once they sign up to attend.

The program has proven to be helpful to a range of men and women including grandparents, moms and dads.

The Rachel’s Vineyard retreats were started in 1984 in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since then, they have expanded to 350 sites in almost all 50 states and 70 other countries around the globe.

In the Diocese of Sioux Falls, Catholic Family Services hosts Rachel’s Vineyard retreats twice a year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

For registration materials and more information, call 605-988-3775 or 1-800-700-7867 or e-mail cfs@sfcatholic.org.