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Changes at the John Paul II Centre for Life

The last six months have seen significant changes for the John Paul II Centre for Life. Our former premises at Idris Road, our ‘home’ for 15 years, has been demolished and we are in the process of establishing a new office base.

Meanwhile, our staff and expert volunteers have continued to run vital education programmes and outreach ministries: “Joy-Filled Marriage” preparation courses; Theology of the Body teaching for young adults; Billings Ovulation Method of Natural Fertility tuition; the parish-based Rosebud ministry to families; Mass of Remembrance for families who have lost a child; accompanying families who are struggling with pornography or who are grappling with an adverse diagnosis for their unborn child. We
also have exciting plans to branch out and do much more in the service of life, marriage, and family within the diocese.

We continue to financially support the new Pregnancy Choice Centre (tel: 351 3227 or cell: 022 458 1840) which is being run by Nurture Trust. This is based on the corner of Battersea and Colombo Streets in Sydenham, fronted by an Op Shop which is called Flourish. The Op Shop has created a place for people to come and browse while introducing them to the services of Pregnancy Choice, which provides information, support, and practical help for women with an unplanned pregnancy or women who are facing social, financial, emotional, and other challenges.

Sincere thanks to all of you who have continued to support us through the challenges of the past year. We are most grateful for your help and for your prayer.

Maria Schmetzer, Director