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Record Proceeds Raised at Bishop’s Pro-Life Dinner – Thank You!

The Bishop's 19th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner, “That They Might Have Life,” was a spectacular evening with nearly 2,000 in attendance.  (View photos here)

Thanks to all who helped make this an uplifting and inspirational benefit, which brought in record proceeds to put us back on track for this year’s funding of our diocesan life-saving ministry!  

CPLC (Pro-Life Dallas) Ministry Video 2012
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Whether you attended, made a donation, bought a raffle ticket, volunteered, or prayed – or all of the above – the board and staff of the CPLC are grateful to you, and the entire pro-life community of Dallas.  You – and your "yes" to God's call to be a vital partner in the defense of life – are the reason for our success.

Congratulations to The 2012 Father Edward Robinson, O.P., Pro-Life Person of the Year Angela Heiter and to the raffle and special drawing winners:

$15,000 Gift Card: Tom & Marge Polston
Cruise: Sarah Enright
Playbook: Mary Ann Niles
The Gabriel Cross: Marj Carrington
“The Crucifixion” painting: Laura Klein

Click here to see photos and more about this spectular evening and all the wonderful people who helped make it happen!


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Quarterly Mass and Rosary Procession for an End to Abortion in Dallas this Saturday

Date: Saturday, April 21
Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with special prayers for the unborn and an end to abortion, followed by Eucharistic Adoration and a Rosary Procession by bus led by Father Cruz Calderón to Robinson’s abortion center.  We will return to Our Lady of Perpetual Help for closing Benediction.

For more information, contact Joanne Underwood, 214-261-8499, 469-767-5785, or .

Location: Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Dallas; Rosary Procession to Robinson’s abortion center, Dallas
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Project Life – Call to Act: Minister, Educate, Advocate

Date: Tuesday, April 24
The pilot of Project Life -- the new 8-week pro-life series -- will conclude on April 24.  The topic of the final class will be Call to Act: Minister, Educate, Advocate.  Light refreshments served.  For more information, visit prolifedallas.org/projectlife, and contact Patty Sherrod, or 972-235-5554, to learn how to bring this informative series to your parish.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Joseph, Richardson (St. Joseph Rm)
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Charity Pro-Life Disc Golf Picnic

Date: Sunday, May 6
Join the 6th Annual Charity Pro-Life Disc Golf Picnic benefiting Project Gabriel/The Gabriel Project, which give support to women in unexpected pregnancies.  In addition to all the fun we have, especially encouraging youth and families to try the sport, each participant receives a disc golf disc with custom pro-life artwork.  For more information and to register, visit protectlifedgc.webs.com.

Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council #13470 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arlington.

Location: Turner Park, Grand Prairie
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Sisters of Life Vocations Night: “I Believe in Love” An evening talk for high school girls

Date: Wednesday, April 25
Join the Sisters of Life as they talk about how young women can realize their true identity as beloved daughters of the Heavenly King.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet and hear from three young religious sisters from the Sisters of Life of New York who have dedicated their lives to protecting and enhancing the sacredness of human life.

To RSVP and for more information, contact: Rosanne Greer at 817-338-4441, ext. 33 or Coordinator of Youth Ministry Eileen Nelson  at 817-926-5399.

Sponsored by St. Patrick, Fort Worth

Time: 4:30 p.m.
St. Patrick Cathedral Annex Building, Fort Worth
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Faithful Citizens: Participate in the Process this Saturday

The Church teaches that all Catholics should participate as "faithful citizens" in the public square, especially through our voice in the voting booth, and that we have the responsibility to treat the decision for whom we will vote for with profound moral seriousness. - Bishop Farrell

This Saturday begins the election season in Texas with Senate District Conventions electing delegates to the state party conventions.  You can be an important part of the process by attending a convention this weekend and submitting pro-life resolutions.  Click here for sample resolutions and convention locations.

In preparation for the coming election, the CPLC is providing bilingual Faithful Citizenship presentations to parishes upon request.  If you are interested in bringing one of our speakers to your parish, contact 972-267-LIFE (5433) or

Also next Thursday, Apr. 26, Bishop Seitz will give the presentation: "HHS Preventive Service Mandate:  What It Means To Us As Catholics" at 7 p.m. at St. Jude in Allen (Parish Hall).  For more information, contact Brenda Farmer at 972-727-1177, ext. 2228 or .

Mark your calendar for the following additional dates in the election season:

April 29: Last Day to Register to Vote in Primary Election
May 29: Texas Primary Election
September 8: Render Unto Caesar Faithful Citizenship Conference, St. Mark, Plano
October 9: Last Day to Register to Vote in General Election
November 6: General Election

For more information about the election, visit votetexas.gov.  For Bishops Farrell and Vann's Joint Statement on forming consciences for voting, visit prolifedallas.org/voting.


Breaking Pro-Life News

Planned Parenthood Sues Texas Over Cutting Taxpayer Funding
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

Planned Parenthood has filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas for its decision to revoke taxpayer funding for the abortion business in its state family planning program. Defund_PP_banner_1.png

The pro-abortion group contends that the new law prohibiting it from participating in the Women’s Health Program* is unconstitutional discrimination. Continue reading

*While the CPLC supports the redirection of taxpayer funds away from abortion giant Planned Parenthood, CPLC continues to have grave concerns about the Women's Health Program in its current form, in particular the distribution of contraception under the guise of health care.*

Some thoughts on ‘Our First, Most Cherished Liberty’
by Archbishop Charles Chaput, CatholicPhilly.com

On Thursday, April 12, America’s bishops issued one of their most important statements in years. “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty” is not just a compelling defense of religious freedom. It’s also a call to action no committed Catholic can afford to ignore.  . . .
Our first governor is God, our Creator, the Governor of the universe. We’re created for a higher purpose. We have a religious destiny. Our right to pursue this destiny precedes the state. Any attempt to suppress our right to worship, preach, teach, practice, organize and peacefully engage society because of our belief in God is an attack not only on the cornerstone of human dignity, but also on the nature of the American experiment.. Continue reading

Read "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty" here.

Bishops Appeal Federal Decision That U.S. Constitution Forbids Religious Accommodation, Requires Abortion, Contraception Funding In Anti-Trafficking Service Contract

Court decision poorly reasoned, dangerous
Ignores Supreme Court precedents favoring religious liberty
Threatens religious charities of all faiths nationwide

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) filed a notice of appeal April 17, asking a federal appeals court to vacate a decision by a Massachusetts federal judge declaring that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) violated the First Amendment in its contract with USCCB to provide case management services to victims of human trafficking, because the contract did not require USCCB to facilitate abortion and contraception.  Continue reading

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

This message is brought to you by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas. The CPLC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax-deductible donations to support the life-saving work of the CPLC may be mailed to: CPLC, P. O. Box 59852, Dallas, TX 75229, or make a secure donation online at www.prolifedallas.org/pages/donations.

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