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Save the Date for these 2013 Events for Life with Bishop Kevin Farrell:  
April 6 – The Bishop's 20th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner
April 9Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Austin

"Our Sunday Visitor" spotlights pro-life ministry in Dallas

“Passion for pro-life cause reaches across the generations”
By Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, Our Sunday Visitor

Karen_Garnett.jpg "It was in Dallas County, Texas, where the lawsuit generated that led to the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Twenty years later, Bishop Charles Grahmann commissioned the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas . . . . Executive director Karen Garnett . . . remembers when Roe v. Wade made abortions legal. 'I remember the pastor was totally red in the face and he was pounding his fist on the pulpit,' she said. 

'He was outraged that killing unborn babies was now legal. It was shocking and devastating. How could it even be possible to kill an unborn baby? . . . Even as a 10-year-old, I remember feeling that if you live in a civilized society, how can this be?' That Supreme Court decision prompted pro-life protests and, she added, many people couldn’t imagine that the law would stand. But it did.”  

Join us this Saturday, January 19, to call for an "exodus" from 40 years of abortion in Dallas!
Roe Memorial Schedule of Events:
7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Roe Memorial Rosary outside the Routh Street abortion center (shuttle buses available from Cathedral beginning at 7:30 a.m.) with Auxiliary Bishop Mark Seitz and Fr. Joshua Whitfield.

10:00 a.m.

Bilingual Roe Memorial Mass at Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, celebrated by Bishop Kevin J. Farrell and diocesan clergy, with homilist Fr. Zach Webb and music led by Dave Moore. (Overflow areas with live video feed of the Mass will be in the Cathedral Grand Salon and on the Cathedral Plaza)
12:00 p.m. Dallas March for Life with Bishop Farrell from Cathedral Plaza to ecumenical Rally for Life outside the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse, where Roe v. Wade was first filed in 1970.
  Learn more at www.prolifedallas.org/roe 


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage
from the USCCB

Date: January 19-27
On January 22nd* and January 25th our nation will remember the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  As part of the bishops' recent call to prayer, "Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage" will focus on the theme of pilgrimage and include blessings of pro-life pilgrims, a novena, youth and young adult activities & closing Eucharistic Holy Hour.  See usccb.org/9days for more information.
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*Help America Remember!  On January 22 (actual 40th memorial anniversary of Roe), please join the national prayer presence outside abortion centers (click here for Dallas locations).  Bring flowers, balloons, stuffed animals to memorialize the loss of 53 million innocent lives and pray for an end to the killing.  (Do not tresspass; use public property such as sidewalks.)

Gabriel Angel Training

Date: Sats., January 26 & February 2
Become a Gabriel Angel and learn how to mentor a mother facing a crisis pregnancy.  All meals and materials are provided.  For more information and to register online (required), please visit prolifedallas.org/angeltraining. If you have additional questions, contact Patty Sherrod at or 972-235-5554. Attendance at the February 2nd follow-up session and Angel Commissioning is required.   
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place: St. Mark, Plano
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Rachel’s Vineyard™ Retreat (English)

Date: January 25-27 Rachel’s Vineyard™ is an extraordinary opportunity for any person who struggles with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion.  For more information and to register, contact or the Abortion AfterCare-Healing helpline, 214-544-CARE (2273) in English or or 972-679-4760 in Spanish or visit racheldallas.org.  All inquiries are kept strictly confidential. 
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Texas Catholic Pro-Life Day

Date: Saturday, January 26
The day will begin at 7 a.m. with a Prayer Vigil that will meet at San José Parish in Austin. The rosary for life will begin at 9:45 a.m. at San José Parish followed by the diocesan Pro-Life Mass at 10:30 a.m. The Texas Rally for Life will be at 1 p.m.; participants will meet at 15th and Colorado and march to the Rally on the South Steps of the Capitol. A Party for Life will conclude the day from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the University Catholic Center. For more information, call (512) 949-2486.
Place: Austin, TX
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CPLC Job Opening: Civic Action Director

A part-time Director position leading the Civic Action Ministry of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee is currently available for 5-10 hours per week (including occasional weekends).  The position is open for a volunteer or with a modest stipend available.

The Civic Action Director manages the Civic Action Ministry to address legislative advocacy activities.  The primary objectives of this ministry are to advocate for pro-life legislation, train grassroots citizens in effective advocacy, and provide voter education.  The Civic Action Ministry develops and implements strategies for accomplishing these objectives primarily through public education and interaction (primarily electronic) with elected officials.  Click here to review complete job description.  

Please send resumes/cover letters to or call 972-235-5554. 


Breaking News

**CPLC's Karen Garnett and Aurora Tinajero featured on "A pro-life perspective at 40 years of Roe v Wade".  Click here to listen.**

Judge confirms: Texas can defund Planned Parenthood
by Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews.com
The state of Texas won a second victory in its battle against Planned Parenthood last week, when a state judge turned down a temporary injunction against a state law defunding the abortion giant. State District Judge Stephen Yelenosky ruled that state lawmakers were within their rights when they passed the Affiliate Ban Rule, barring any abortion provider from participating in the Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP).*

The judge, a Democrat based in Travis County, added that he believed Planned Parenthood would be defeated in the final ruling. Continue reading

*While the CPLC supports the redirection of taxpayer funds away from abortion-giant Planned Parenthood, we remain gravely concerned about the Texas Women's Health Program, specifically, the support of providers who distribute contraception in the guise of healthcare.

Prolonged contraceptive use could increase chances of miscarriage: study
by Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews.com

Women who take the birth control pill for a period of five to ten years could be more likely to miscarry than those who do not, according to a recent expert study. Continue reading

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