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Planning a Parish Baby Shower

Helping Mothers Choose Life…
Archdiocese of Boston Parish Baby Shower Program To support the clients of Pregnancy Help

Pregnancy Help is an outreach ministry of the Pro Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston.  Founded in 1973, Pregnancy Help provides compassionate services to women and families to help make possible a choice for life. To offer our clients practical assistance in their time of need, Pregnancy Help relies on the ongoing support of the people of the Archdiocese of Boston and their generous donations made possible through the Archdiocesan Parish Baby Shower Program.

PLANNING A PARISH BABY SHOWER

  • With your pastor’s permission, select a date and location for baby items to be collected. Communication with your pastor is necessary throughout the whole process. Find out how long the collection area can be up. Most parishes keep it up for one weekend, but some do allow more time for donations. If possible, call the Pro Life Office at (508) 651-1900 to find out what items are most needed.
  • Begin promoting the Baby Shower four to six weeks in advance through the parish bulletin, pulpit announcements, flyers, CCD coordinators, etc. Encourage people to donate new basic baby layette items including diapers (size newborn and 1). Larger size diapers are also needed to assist our parenting clients. More expensive items, such as diaper bags, port-a-cribs, car seats, etc., could be purchased by a group or parish organization. Please note that because of safety and liability issues, Pregnancy Help can only accept NEW items and furniture.
  • Some parishes encourage specific gift ideas through gift tags requesting needed items.
  • When the parish has finished hosting the Baby Shower, please call the Pro Life Office at 508-651-1900 to arrange for delivery. An appointment is necessary for a delivery to be arranged. Items can be delivered only to our Natick office or to our collection site in Newton. Please call us for directions and times when staff/volunteers are available to accept donations. The Brighton Pregnancy Help office cannot accept items for delivery.
  • The Pro Life Office will write a thank-you note to the pastor and parishioners. Please tell us if you would like specific individuals or organizations thanked. You may include the note (perhaps with one of your own), in a future bulletin thanking all who participated in this important outreach to mothers and their unborn children.
  • Please feel free to use the following sample as a bulletin announcement when organizing your Parish Baby Shower:

(Parish Name) will be sponsoring a Baby Shower on (date) to benefit Pregnancy Help, the crisis pregnancy center of the Pro Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston. Your support enables mothers to make life-affirming decisions for their unborn children. Please bring new basic baby layette items to (location). Monetary donations to Pregnancy Help or the Fund for     the Unborn are also gratefully accepted.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE!

pregnancyhelp_logo0707_2Items from the Parish Baby Shower will support the clients of Pregnancy Help, the crisis pregnancy center of the Archdiocese of Boston