Pro-Life News & Events


Save the Date for these 2013 Events for Life with Bishop Kevin Farrell:  
January 19 – 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade – Mass and Dallas March for Life 
April 6 – The Bishop's 20th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner

Religious Liberty News and Events

The HHS Mandate and 'Dignitatis Humanae'
Omar Gutierrez, National Catholic Register

Thanks to the Health and Human Services mandate, the question of religious liberty is now of major importance for Catholics in the United States.

Previous generations of Catholics were certainly persecuted, and, yes, anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice in the public square.

Still, our habit has been to associate religious liberty, an aspect of the Church’s social teaching, with the persecutions of Christians in other parts of the world. We may not yet be used to having to fret about this freedom, but we ought to start. Continue reading

Bishop Farrell Also of interest:

The Diocese of Dallas is joining dioceses nationwide in scheduling events during the "Fortnight for Freedom," a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4.

All are invited to participate in the following diocesan-wide events:

Fortnight for Freedom Diocesan Event in English: June 30, St. Rita, 12521 Inwood Rd, Dallas

The evening will begin with the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass celebrated by Monsignor Robert Coerver, V.F., followed by an educational program in Sweeney Hall, presented by Frank Valenzuela of the St. Thomas More Society, the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of the Diocese of Dallas, and closing with the Litany for Liberty (USCCB). pdf.gif Flyer

Evento Diocesano por la Quincena por la Libertad en español: June 24, Immaculate Conception, 610 N.E. 17th St, Grand Prairie

The afternoon will begin with the 2:30 Mass celebrated by Reverend Douglas Zavala, followed by an educational program presented by Aurora Tinajero, Diocesan Coordinator of the Congreso Hispano de las Americas para Respeto a la Vida y Evangelización, and closing with the Litany for Liberty (USCCB). pdf.gif Flyer

For more information on events and resources, visit dallascatholicadvocacy.org.

**Action Alert Reminder**

The June 19 deadline for sending a message regarding the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate is fast-approaching.

If you have not already done so, please click here to send messages to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Congress, urging them to stand up for religious liberty and conscience rights.


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Boot Camp Early Registration

Deadline: Monday, June 11
YFL is offering 2 Boot Camps this year for high school students age 14-17: Session 1, June 29-July 1 and Session 2, July 27-31.  The theme for both camps is Should We Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before? with keynote speaker Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.  More info and registration available at prolifedallas.org/bootcamp.
Register Here
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Sidewalk Counseling & Prayer Partner Training 

Date: Saturday, June 23
How can you save an innocent life?  If you feel called to be a prayer partner for a sidewalk counselor, then this training is also for you!  The training is free, and a continental breakfast, light lunch and all materials will be provided. Pre-registration is required and available online at prolifedallas.org/sidewalktraining.  For more information, contact Joanne Underwood, 469-767-5785 or .
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Immaculate Conception, Grand Prairie
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Father Tad Talks: "Making Sense out of Bioethics"

Date: Saturday, June 30 & Saturday, July 28
This year's keynote speaker for Pro-Life Boot Camp is Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. (Fr. Tad), Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center.  Fr. Tad will be presenting two talks during each session which are open to the public for only $10/session!  Seating is limited; click here to reserve your spot today. 
Time: 3:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Location: University of Dallas, Irving

Stand Up for Life Comedy & Music Show

Date: Saturday, June 16
All are invited to a comedy show featuring Sherry Belle of Four Funny Females and Johnny Elbow of NBC's Last Comic Standing, benefiting the White Rose Women's Center and Birth Choice.  The musical group Behan will also perform.  Seating is limited and reservations are required at kc799.org/calendar/standup-for-life or call 469-324-9827.  Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 799.
Time: 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 7)
Location: KC 799 Hall, Dallas
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Sidewalk Counseling Summer Internship

Summer_Interns.JPG Every year, the Convert-to-Life /Sidewalk Counseling Ministry of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee offers several paid summer internships for older high school and college students interested in sidewalk counseling.  

Dozens of men and women have gone through our summer internship program and gone on to teach others how to sidewalk counsel.  

One of our former summer interns went on to train more than 600 students at the college he was attending. 

Another summer intern helped create a sidewalk counseling training manual for 40 Days for Life and is now a campaign strategist with the national 40 Days for Life team!

If you are interested in the summer internship program and are 18 or older, in high school or college, we'd love to hear from you!  Contact Joanne Underwood at 469-767-5785 or .


Breaking Pro-Life News

Neonatology Professor: Unborn Babies Feel Pain at 20 Weeks
by Gene Tarne, LifeNews.com

The Subcommittee on the Constitution of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on legislation that would ban abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks fetal gestation, based on the ability of the fetus to experience pain at that point and beyond.

The legislation, “The District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” H.R. 3803, is based on medical and scientific findings that the unborn child at 20 weeks and beyond is capable of feeling pain, and may even be more sensitive to pain at that point than newborns are.  Continue reading

Also of Interest: Doctor Who Once Did Late Abortions Now Says Ban Them  (Please note:  Contains graphic explanation of 2nd trimester abortion procedure.)

Today's 'Greater Glory': We Need to Ask for the Strength to Be Cristeros
by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, National Catholic Register

MiguelPro(web)-255x255.jpg The anti-Catholic persecutions in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s are long forgotten, it seems.

The reality is hard to believe. Just a generation ago, not far from our borders, thousands of men, women and even children were imprisoned, exiled, tortured and murdered — all for the “crime” of believing in Jesus Christ and wanting to live by their faith in him.

So I welcome the new film For Greater Glory. It tells the dramatic story of this unknown war against religion and our Church’s heroic resistance. It’s a strong film with a timely message. It reminds us that our religious liberties are won by blood, and we can never take them for granted.  Continue reading

Find a theater near you: ForGreaterGlory.com

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