I was a lifeguard at the local country club my senior year of high school. It was the one job I absolutely enjoyed and looked forward to every day. I would never have admitted it then but I loved being the one on watch to protect people, especially the children.
In my entire lifeguard career, I only rescued one little girl. It was the shallow end, her mom was literally an arm's length away from her but was busy talking to a friend. I saw red curls floating around a little face quietly gurgling through the surface of the water. She was so gently drowning that my first thought was that it couldn’t be real, she was only playing, but I quickly got down from the stand to make sure. When I was closer I saw she indeed was drowning. I didn’t even blow my whistle, not wanting to embarrass her mother who was so close. Continue reading
You Can Help Save Lives During the 40 Days for Life-Dallas Campaign This Fall!
The fall 2013 40 Days for Life-Dallas campaign will be outside of abortionist Curtis Boyd's Southwestern late-term abortion center at the NE corner of Greenville Avenue and Royal Lane in Dallas from September 25 - November 3. In order for this year's campaign to be a success, we need your help! Please prayerfully consider the following ways to support the campaign:
> Sign up to pray! You can adopt a day for your church, small group or prayer community by emailing . The most current list of adopted and available days may be found here. Also, you can commit to an hour of prayer outside the abortion center. We challenge you to adopt at least an hour a week throughout the vigil. You can make that commitment here.
> Be part of the planning group– We meet every Tuesday through October 29 from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. at Birth Choice, 8604 Greenville Ave, Dallas. Anyone interested in helping plan for the campaign is welcome.
> Outreach Team trainings – Take the message of Life to local churches, asking them to participate in the campaign. Trainings are at Corner Bakery, 7615 Campbell Rd, Dallas and include complimentary breakfast. Choose either Saturday, August 17, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. OR Friday, August 23, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
> Cast the Vision Meeting – This is a great meeting for anyone who is new to 40 Days for Life-Dallas or wants to learn more about the campaign in general! This is also for those leaders whose groups/churches have adopted a day in the vigil and would love more tips for filling their day with prayer volunteers. The meeting is Tuesday, August 27, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m., Gaston Oaks Baptist Church (8515 Greenville Ave in Dallas)
Voices 4Life: Assumption Mass, Dinner and Ramona Treviño
Date: Thursday, August 15
Join us for 6:00 p.m. Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation). Meet in the foyer of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church at 5:45 p.m. Following Mass, we will meet at Cindi's NY Deli on Central for dinner and our speaker: former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Treviño. For more information, please contact Lauren Muzyka at 972-365-4305 or . Flyer
Hispanic Congress of the Americas for Respect Life and Evangelization
Date: August 16-18
The Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth are organizing the Third Hispanic Congress of the Americas for Respect Life and Evangelization with the theme: “The Year of Faith: What Must We Do to Do the Work of God?” The Congress is designed to build important bridges between defenders of life in the United States and Spanish-speaking countries of our region. Congress speakers include Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, and Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, as well as experts on issues of life, family and bioethics. Opening and Closing Masses will be celebrated by Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for youth, and religious and children under 12 are free. For more information and registration, visit prolifedallas.org/congress or contact 972-262-5137 x 23.
Become a Gabriel Angel and learn how to mentor a mother facing a crisis pregnancy. In addition to learning about Project Gabriel, several representatives from the Catholic Pro-Life Committee will spotlight other ministries and explain how you might get involved at your own parish. All meals and materials are provided. Please arrive at 8:30 for check-in, fellowship and continental breakfast. For more information and to register online (required), please visit prolifedallas.org/angeltraining. If you have additional questions, contact Patty Sherrod, or 972-235-5554. Attendance at the September 7th follow-up session and Angel Commissioning is required.
"The harvest is great, but the laborers are few." This is a great opportunity to learn about the CPLC Speakers Bureau and how you can make a big difference in spreading the pro-life message! Please RSVP to Jan Storey, 972-986-5463 or .
A lawyer, a Franciscan health care executive, and a diocesan leader and social worker received the 2013 People of Life Award for lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement during an August 4 ceremony at the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference held this year in Boston. The honorees were Frances X. Hogan, Franciscan Sister Jane Marie Klein and Barbara Thorp.
Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., of Boston, chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), presented the awards. Over 150 diocesan, state and national Catholic pro-life leaders and guests from across the country attended the private awards dinner at the conference, sponsored by the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.
The People of Life Award recognizes those who have answered the call outlined by Pope John Paul II in The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae, 1995) by dedicating themselves to pro-life activities and promoting respect for the dignity of the human person. It is bestowed to a practicing Catholic in honor of his or her significant contributions in service to the culture of life. Continue reading
Congress to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortion Business by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com
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