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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



Fortnight for Freedom Begins Today! 

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 a free dinner 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 p.m. 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 parish events and Fortnight resources, visit dallascatholicadvocacy.org.

*Tune in on Monday at noon to KATH 910 AM for the latest, local news on the Fortnight!*


Reflections for the Fortnight for Freedom – Day 1 – Thursday, June 21
- Prepared by the USCCB

In the opening chapter of Declaration on Religious Liberty, the Council Fathers at Vatican II forthrightly declared that “the human person has a right to religious freedom.” This right is founded upon the intrinsic dignity of the human person. From God’s revelation we know that the dignity of human beings resides in their being created in the image and likeness of God (Gn 1:27). Like God we are intelligent beings with free will. Because of this we can know the truth and perform God-like actions, such as being loving, kind, forgiving, etc.  Continue reading

* to receive these daily reflections during the Fortnight*

*Plus check out the new texting option to support religious freedom efforts* (español)


General Assembly of Bishops Unanimously Adopts ‘United For Religious Freedom’ Statement
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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reaffirmed by a unanimous voice vote on June 13 a recent statement of the USCCB Administrative Committee regarding the HHS mandate.

At the end of their hour-long discussion of religious freedom in the United States, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of USCCB, asked the body of bishops if it would be willing to declare its approval of “United for Religious Freedom,” the unanimous statement of the Administrative Committee issued on March 14. Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, California seconded Cardinal Dolan's motion, which was put to the body by a voice vote and unanimously affirmed. Continue reading

Also of interest:
Bishop Farrell's blogging series on attacks against religious liberty
"Cardinal Dolan contrasts true freedom, 'culture of death' in new eBook"


*For Greater Glory in theaters 1 more weekend!  Click here to watch a preview and find a theater to see this epic film about the willingness to sacrifice for religious freedom.*




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Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Boot Camp Registration Deadlines

Registration Deadlines
Session 1: June 22 (wait list)
Session 2: July 20

YFL is offering 2 Boot Camps this year for high school students, ages 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 this Saturday

Date: Saturday, June 23
How can you save an innocent life?  If you feel called to be a prayer partner or a sidewalk counselor, then this training is 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 here

*The Convert-to-Life /Sidewalk Counseling Ministry is also offering a paid summer internship for students 18 or older.If you are interested in the internship or have questions about the June 23 training, contact Joanne Underwood at 469-767-5785, .

Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: Immaculate Conception, Grand Prairie
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Faithful Citizenship Presentation this Sunday

Date: Sunday, June 24
As part of its Fortnight for Freedom program, St. Mark is hosting a dinner presentation: What It Means To Be a Catholic American, including how our Catholic beliefs and civic responsibilities intersect and what it means to be a Catholic voice in the public square.

For more information about this presentation or how to schedule one at your parish, please contact 972-267-LIFE (5433) or .

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Mark Parish Center, Plano (McGivney Hall)

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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



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Breaking Pro-Life News and Media Alert

Planned Parenthood gains entry to schools
by Rebecca Hagelin, Washington Times

Parenting is tougher than it used to be. And if California is any indication, parents soon may have to fight for the right to exercise any influence — not to mention authority — over their children’s sexual behaviors.

Last week, news spread of a unique partnership between Planned Parenthood and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Planned Parenthood now runs a “health clinic” on the grounds of Roosevelt High School, serving mostly teens from low-income, Latino families. Continue reading


**Media Alert**

  • CPLC Executive Director Karen Garnett on the McCuistion Program on KERA, Ch. 13, this Sunday at 12:30 p.m.  Don't miss Karen offering a counter-voice to Planned Parenthood CEO Ken Lambrecht regarding taxpayer funding of abortion providers and contraception under the guise of women's health care.
  • And tune in Monday, June 25, to the Good News on KATH 910 AM at 12 noon for a full pro-life hour, featuring Karen Garnett discussing Fortnight for Freedom events in the Diocese of Dallas and CPLC's Abortion AfterCare-Healing staff Eileen Kulhmann and Lacy de la Garza discussing The Rachel Ministries.

Contracepting America: the real war on women
by Father Michael Giesler, LifeSiteNews.com

Last month dozens of Catholic institutions in the United States filed a lawsuit against the [U.S.] administration, challenging the constitutionality of its contraception mandate. There can be little doubt that requiring employers to provide a drug that violates their conscience is against the First Amendment. It violates one of the main reasons for the founding of our country: religious freedom.

But the underlying problem is far deeper than a constitutional or historical issue. The fact is that the federal government has absolutely no right to mandate a drug that is really not a health benefit for anyone, but a health danger—for the woman, and certainly for the little human life inside of her. Continue reading

Learn more about the Church's teaching on contraception at prolifedallas.org/contraception.



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