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News for October 2011
COLFS Adds New Advisory Council Members
Philip Rivers and Family Supports COLFS!
Last year, Tiffany and I were privileged to serve as Honorary Chairpersons for the COLFS first Pro-Life is Good Gala. After witnessing the blessings and fruits of the event, we could not help but participate again this year.
Philip and Tiffany Rivers
Director of Programs and Public Relations
Fighting the Good Fight to Save Lives
The number she called miraculously turned out to be COLFS’ number, and my name happened to be the same as the first practitioner. D thought she was talking to the practitioner who injured her instead of me!
I asked her to come in right away, and she became confused when I gave her our address, as it wasn’t the one where she had visited two days before. Thanks be to God, she came anyway! I met her outside on 4th Avenue because she was looking for the name of the other office. When I greeted her with a hug, she said, “Oh my goodness, you are not the lady who started my abortion. I think something is happening that is going to be different than what I was planning. You don’t do abortions here, do you?”
I said, “No, we offer hope and support to choose life. Why don’t you come upstairs and have a sonogram?” D was thrilled to find that Dr. Saroki was the exact opposite of the other medical provider. Smiles flowed when D saw her baby on the screen. She was immediately overwhelmed with awe and moved to call the baby hers. It was such a joy for her to pick out a baby basket. In fact, she offered to come in with friends on their day off to help us make more baskets. This is a story of hope and love, which is what COLFS is all about.
Laurie came to COLFS after another medical provider recommended an abortion because her baby had abnormalities. She brought her sonogram pictures with her, and Dr. Delgado confirmed that the baby’s condition was not compatible with life. He patiently and compassionately explained Catholic teaching and professionally answered every question that Laurie had.
After speaking with Dr. Delgado, Laurie was at peace with carrying her baby to term. The baby died in utero in July, three months early. Due to Dr. Delgado’s medical and ethical advice, baby Marie had a dignified birth, and Laurie and her husband were blessed with the kind of delivery that brought forth deep love for God and for each other.
COLFS is Enshrined by Saint's Daughter
During the beautiful ceremony, Dr. Saroki read and signed the Catholic Hippocratic oath, and Gianna Emmanuela spoke briefly about her "St. Mama." In addition, an image of St. Gianna and a second-class relic, blessed by board member Fr. Rich Perozich, were permanently enshrined in the COLFS' waiting room. Prayer cards are now available for patients who would like to rpay to St. Gianna for their health.
Executive Director Scott Maxwell explains, "To have our medical practice dedicated to and protected by St. Gianna is a tremendous blessing and honor to COLFS and its patients. The story of St. Gianna and her sacrifice to give life to her child, Gianna Emmanuela, is something we promote every day to our crisis pregnancy patients, who are receiving pressure to terminate the pregnancy and a life."
COLFS is dedicated to preserving life and giving women the resources and counseling necessary to make the right choice for their baby and themselves. Culture of Life Family Services operates a 100% pro-life medical practice in Hillcrest and Escondido. Please visit our Hillcrest office to see the plaque and receive a pamphlet of St. Gianna.
First Annual Our Lady’s Tea Event
Dr. Karen Saroki told the crowd how she was led to become a pro-life family practice physician directly after completing her medical training. She credits her “Mama Mary” and her own mother, Faiza, for the choice of her vocation.
Scott Maxwell and Debbie Bradel spoke of how they will work together to encourage women in a crisis pregnancy to call COLFS by advertising the organization’s benefits on a wider scale.
We look forward to our next annual tea and hope to include many who were not able to attend due to the overwhelming response that quickly filled the venue.
Scott Maxwell promises, “Next year, we will anticipate a larger crowd and make accommodations to comfortably gather more women in support of what we do at COLFS and in the surrounding communities. We underestimated the enthusiasm of those in San Diego County and beyond who are serious about ending abortion and helping those in crisis pregnancies.”
Watch for more information about the Second Annual Our Lady’s Tea Event in 2012.
Take a Look At What’s New
Our new logo, along with subdued tones of green and orange, has been incorporated in a variety of marketing materials. A banner has been developed for events, such as this year’s Catholic Family Conference, and other places where our pro-life booth stands. Display items, like brochures and rack cards, also help to spread the word about COLFS.
In addition, marketing materials have been developed to give to women at risk of crisis pregnancy or who find themselves experiencing one. Business cards are handed out regularly by Crisis Pregnancy Coordinator Debbie Bradel to inform women that an option besides death exists for all who find themselves in need.
With more funding from generous donors, it is our hope to target colleges, where abortion services are heavily marketed and offered directly on campus. Our wish list also includes bus advertisements and billboards.
Health Matters On Catholic Radio
Introducing Scott Maxwell and Debbie Bradel
“I’m thrilled to be a part of COLFS, and I look forward to meeting every patient and supporter of this vital ministry! My goals are to increase awareness of our pregnancy resources and to ask for your support and prayers.” Scott possesses recognition in the local and far-reaching Catholic communities. This will be an asset to COLFS and, consequently, a benefit to the ministry of the women who walk through the organization’s door looking for the choice of life for their unborn children.
Saving lives through outreach and calls to our crisis pregnancy hotline, Debbie Bradel, RN graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
Prior to taking on the Crisis Pregnancy Coordinator position at COLFS, Debbie spent six years praying in front of abortion clinics and performing sidewalk counseling on Saturday mornings.
In addition, her medical background is an asset to our organization and the women in need. Debbie’s experience as a nurse encompasses assignments in the emergency room, cardiac care, hospice, research, home health and public health nursing. While she has enjoyed all aspects of her vocation, Debbie explains, “My favorite way to help people is to save their babies from abortion.”
COLFS is the perfect ministry for Debbie to perform her favorite type of nursing. When a call comes in, she prays that the Holy Spirit will give her the right words to help the scared mom develop the courage to come in for a sonogram. In addition, Debbie’s experience in public health has given her knowledge of the community resources that pregnant women need to support them in their pregnancies.
Another aspect of Debbie’s job is to coordinate Baby Bottle Drives with parishes and schools. “The baby bottles serve as a reminder of how precious and innocent these babies are.” Debbie continues, “This campaign is both an awareness and a fundraiser to help save lives and allows the parishioner to play a huge role in our ministry by filling the bottles with change, bills or checks—money they saved by sacrificing and not buying a meal or coffee that day.”
Please welcome both Scott and Debbie to our COLFS family!
Fighting the Good Fight to Save Lives
She is on a waiting list for a program that subsidizes apartments for single moms and their babies. It also provides mentoring and parenting classes until the baby is 2 years old. By then, this young mom, whose life was in trouble until being helped by COLFS and those who support us, hopes to be employed as a chef so she can parent her son responsibly. Praise God for orchestrating a lovely symphony of hearts and hands that came together and saved an unborn baby and his precious mom.
Six months pregnant, Hope came as a refugee from Ethiopia. She was referred to COLFS by her friend, Martha, who was a crisis pregnancy patient of Dr. Delgado’s last year. Martha remembered how loving the COLFS staff was to her in time of great need, so she asked us if she could bring Hope over to the Hillcrest office for a baby basket.
When they arrived, Hope’s eyes lit up and her smile expressed her appreciation as she opened her arms to receive a basket full of baby items: onesies, socks, a blanket, shampoo, a baby book, diapers, wipes—just about everything she would need for the nursery.
I explained that Christian people donate items to COLFS so that we can help people in need; and it was our pleasure to be of service. I also provided both ladies with phone numbers for low-income housing assistance and job possibilities.