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U.S. Bishops' Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty – Plus prayers for the Conclave, to begin March 12

In this Year of Faith, the Catholic Bishops of the United States have called for a nationwide effort to advance a movement for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance, and sacrifice. Catholics across the nation are being encouraged to pray, fast, and act for increased protections of religious liberty and to rebuild a culture favorable to life and marriage.

This effort is necessary because life, marriage, and religious liberty are under assault.
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Fifty-five million children have been lost to abortion. Two upcoming Supreme Court cases could have significant impacts on the definition of marriage. And even with the latest “accommodation,” a federal mandate still forces people of conscience to facilitate insurance coverage of sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients drugs, and forces the employees of Catholic agencies to accept coverage for themselves and their children that violates their Church’s teaching on respect for human life.

The bishops’ call to prayer and sacrifice encourages montly Eucharistic Holy Hours in cathedrals and parishes, daily rosary, special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses, fasting and abstinence on Fridays, and the second observance of a Fortnight for Freedom this summer.  Continue reading
Have you contacted your U.S. Senators and Representative to urge them to support your conscience rights? Click here for more information on this critical effort.



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Upcoming Pro-Life Events 

Sidewalk Counselor & Prayer Partner Training

Date: Saturday, March 23
How can you save an innocent life? Learn how at the next sidewalk counseling training. If you feel called to be a prayer partner, then this training is also for you! A continental breakfast and materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required and available online at prolifedallas.org/sidewalktraining. For more information, contact 469-767-5785 or .  
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Place: Holy Spirit, Duncanville (Community Center dining room)
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The “Not So Underground Railroad” Youth Event

Date: Saturday, March 23 High school students are invited to join us for an afternoon of dynamic speakers, pro-life service projects, and a monthly pro-life challenge. For more information and the location, contact Jacquelyn Smith at 972-416-9591 or .
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Good Friday Pro-Life Stations of the Cross

Date: Friday, March 29
Join us as we pray the Pro-Life Stations of the Cross, the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy led by Fr. Paul McCormick, O.Cist., and unite our sufferings and the sufferings of aborted babies with those of Christ. For more information, contact Joanne Underwood at 469-767-5785 or .
Time: 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Southwestern late-term abortion center, Dallas
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40 Days for Life-McKinney

Date: thru March 24
The McKinney prayer vigil is daily from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. outside the McKinney Planned Parenthood abortion referral center.  (Please stay on sidewalk and do not park in business strip where Planned Parenthood is located.)  For more information, visit 40daysforlife.com/mckinneySponsored by 40 Days for Life-McKinney.
Vigil Location: Planned Parenthood, McKinney (Stay on sidewalk)
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Note: The CPLC covers the 5 Dallas abortion centers in daily prayer and counseling throughout the year.  For more information, see prolifedallas.org/sidewalk.




The Bishop's Pro-Life Dinner – Reserve, Volunteer & Raffle!

Three ways you can be a part of this spectacular evening!
  • Enter the Bishop's Dinner Raffle for a chance to win $15,000 in MasterCard® gift cards!  Purchase raffle tickets here ($25 a piece, 3 for $50, 8 for $100). 
Grand Prize: $15,000 in MasterCard® Gift Cards
Choose Your Shopping Spree! 
(Subject to 28% tax withholding)

Second Prize: Caribbean Cruise for Two    

Third Prize Kindle Fire® HD Tablet

Click here for flyer with raffle rules
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www.prolifedallas.or/dinner



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Breaking News

Texas: New Preborn Pain Bill Would Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks
by Elizabeth Graham, LifeNews.com

"The Preborn Pain Bill will establish a state interest in protecting the lives of preborn children who can feel pain. State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) filed SB 25, and the companion bill, HB 2364 was filed by State Representative Jodie Laubenberg, (R-Parker). . . . Ample peer-reviewed scientific studies confirm that preborn children are capable of feeling pain in the womb by 20 weeks post-fertilization, if not sooner. Congruent with the state’s interest in the lives of these preborn Texans, the Texas Preborn Pain Bill will stop abortions at the 20-week mark, thus sparing preborn children from the torturous pain of late abortion." Continue reading


Find additional pro-life bills supported by the Texas Catholic Conference here, and help advocate for life on April 9 at Catholic Advocacy Day in Austin.  Learn more and sign up here.


Parents try to force surrogate mother to abort their disabled baby
by Cassy Fiano, LiveActionNews.org

Crystal Kelley wanted to give the gift of a baby to a family who couldn’t have children. She also needed the money that surrogacy brings. And so, she ended up becoming a surrogate mother to a couple in her state of Connecticut who had three children but wanted more. The first half of the pregnancy was friendly and happy, with Kelley and the parents communicating regularly.

Then there was an irregular ultrasound. After several more ultrasounds, the picture was clear: this was a baby who would be born with some disabilities. She had a cleft lip and palate, a cyst on her brain, and a heart defect. The baby’s parents immediately began to pressure Kelley to have an abortion, claiming it was the more “humane” option. Now, most decent people wouldn’t consider it humane to rob a child of her life simply because she might have a disability. This was the way that Kelley felt, and she refused to have an abortion. Continue reading

Editor's Note:  While the Church has great compassion for couples who experience infertility, the use of donors or surrogates to conceive a child cannot be supported as these options "clearly violate the integrity of the marital relationship."  - Life Giving Love in the Age of Technology, USCCB, Nov. 2009.



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For more information, call the CPLC at 972-267-LIFE (5433), or visit our web site: www.prolifedallas.org.


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