The 2013 Roe Memorial Events on January 19 were once again a remarkable day for life, offering prayers for the 53 million lives lost to the tragedy of abortion and marching and rallying for an "exodus" of abortion from our community. The theme of this year's events was "Exodus 20:13 – Thou Shalt Not Kill." As Bishop Farrell explained, it "is a fitting reminder from Almighty God in the year 2013, the 40th year of the legalized killing of the unborn, that life is sacred and must be protected and that the killing must end."
The morning began with the Roe Memorial Rosary/Jericho walk around the Routh Street abortion center, with Bishop Mark Seitz, Vicar for Clergy Father Greg Kelly, and Father Kyle Walterscheid of the University of North Texas Campus Ministry joining in prayer.
Following the rosary, the Roe Memorial Mass, attended by over 3,000 (overflowing into the Grand Salon and the Cathedral Plaza), was concelebrated by Bishops Kevin Farrell, Doug Deshotel and Mark Seitz, and diocesan clergy. Fr. Zach Webb delivered the homily, reminding us that changing the law is not enough; we must devote ourselves to converting hearts through God's love to embrace life.
And at the close of Mass, and a parallel worship service at First Baptist, thousands of people took to the streets to March for Life to the rally outside the Earle Cabell federal court house were Roe was first filed in 1970. During the Rally, Bishop Farrell challenged attendees to be activists for life, not just on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but throughout the year. Bishop Farrell's call to action was followed by the inspirational presentations of Richard Ellis, radio host and pastor of Reunion Church; New Wave Feminists founder Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa; Chris Wheel of the Fatherhood Ministry at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship; and Reverend James Flynn of the Fort Worth Diocese; plus the powerful testimony of abortion survivor Angela Martinez Balderaz.
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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.
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. Please keep all retreatants and team members in prayer this weekend.
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.
Media Alert: Tune in tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 25) to Radio Maria at 1 p.m. CST to hear CPLC's Karen Garnett with our Youth For Life group being interviewed live on 30-minute radio show from the DC March for Life! Listen live here. **Please keep our Dallas pilgrims and all 400,000+ marchers in prayer in the frigid DC temperatures tomorrow!**
One mother’s journey to forgiveness in Christ after abortion. A Rachel’s Vineyard story. by Brice Griffin, LifeSiteNews.com
Many years had passed, and I had confessed many sins, before I finally heard a homily by Father Larry Richards that discussed the true blessing of the sacrament of Confession. At the end of the CD, he went through an examination of conscience. I nearly froze in my steps when he said, “If you’ve had an abortion, confess it – your baby in Heaven is praying for you.” My eyes immediately filled with tears as I went straight home to make a list of things I needed to discuss with my priest.
Chest heaving with sobs in the confessional; I told Father Roux that I had had an abortion 12 years earlier. He smiled kindly, held out a box of tissues, and assured me that the sin would be absolved. However it was clear that I needed more than absolution – I needed healing. Father Roux told me about Rachel’s Vineyard, a ministry devoted to helping counsel women who suffer from Post Abortion Syndrome. Did you even know there was a name for what we feel? Because I had no idea, and learning about Rachel’s Vineyard, coupled with the fact that clearly there were enough women suffering silently with me, seemed to lift an enormous burden. Continue reading
The pro-life movement must be holy, not just political by Judie Brown, LifeSiteNews.com
It is extremely difficult to think about what one might say after 40 years of decriminalized barbarism. Yes, that is exactly what abortion is—and yet most people are blind to the effect it has had on the family and on our nation. . . .Most Americans relate the act of abortion to a political issue and suggest that even though they are personally opposed to abortion, they believe that every woman has the “right” to decide for herself. . . . While we know that such thinking is preposterous to its very core, we are not getting the accurate message out to the masses. This is our biggest challenge. It is time to turn the corner and change our tactics.Continue reading
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