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Project Rachel Ministry Consecration

The Project Rachel Ministry at the Diocese of Burlington now has an official patron: St. Therese of Lisieux.
The Project Rachel Ministry Consecration to St. Therese Mass will take place June 23 at 9:30 a.m. at the chapel in the diocesan office building at 55 Joy Drive in South Burlington.
Thanks to the efforts of Lori Daudelin, a relic of St. Therese has been entrusted to the care of the Project Rachel Ministry, which is dedicated to providing outreach, pastoral care, counseling and opportunities for healing for those who have been involved in abortion. The relic is encased in a reliquary prepared by Kathleen Messier, assistant archivist for the Diocese of Burlington. It will be present at all retreats and events of the Project Rachel Ministry, which operates a confidential hotline, a counseling network and healing retreats.
When not in official use, the St. Therese Relic is at Daudelin’s desk; she answers Project Rachel hotline calls.
“With her ‘Little Way,’ Saint Therese offers the world the very much needed message that because of our sinfulness we should not run away from Jesus, but we should run toward Jesus – we should run directly into His arms,” Daudelin explained. “It is only in the Sacred and Merciful Heart of Jesus that we can find true hope and healing. Who better than this saint who understood her sinfulness, but also knew the depth of God’s love for her, to be the patron of and intercede on behalf of this very important ministry of the Church?”
The Consecration Mass will take place on June 23, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Msgr. Richard Lavalley, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Winooski, will be the celebrant. A light reception will follow.
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