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Evangelization, Parish, and Spiritual Life

 

Lily’s gift, is a network of concerned parents and professionals who have experienced or worked closely with issues surrounding prenatal diagnosis. A collaboration of the office for persons with disabilities, catholic social services and the office of life and family, this service can provide a peer support team to assist couples during this critical time.

The Office for Persons with Disabilities – Lily’s Gift
Giving Hope to Families

“My husband and I were overjoyed to find out we were expecting our second baby. But, things started to go wrong and we went in for further, extensive testing and received terrible news – our daughter, Lilliana, was extremely sick and the doctors could not tell us if she would be able to survive the pregnancy. We felt pressure from the medical community to terminate our pregnancy, but we knew that we could never do that because of our Catholic faith. We wanted to honor our daughter’s life. We were connected to Sr. Kathleen at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who was starting a new ministry to help families with pre-natal diagnosis. I immediately reached out to Sister and we started our journey. She connected us to the right people, listened to us, prayed with us and was a compassionate ear. Lilliana passed away at 26 weeks, and Sister was right there with us. Knowing that someone was walking with us through this journey was a God send. After Lily passed, Sister came to me and said they needed a name for this new ministry. We were blessed to be the first family this new ministry served and knew that Lily had a purpose, her life was a gift – and from there, Lily’s Gift was established.

Through the Catholic Charities Appeal we can continue to remember and honor these children. Support would help us to expand our services and help additional families. When families feel like they have no place to turn to, we want to be the light in the dark for them.”

– Kate Chetta

Lily’s gift, is a network of concerned parents and professionals who have experienced or worked closely with issues surrounding prenatal diagnosis. A collaboration of the office for persons with disabilities, catholic social services and the office of life and family, this service can provide a peer support team to assist couples during this critical time.

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