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 April 9 – Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Austin
Holy Father: Reject "every assault on innocent human life."
USCCB – Cardinal DiNardo's Statement for Respect Life Month
"The theme of this year's Respect Life Program is one often expressed by Pope Benedict XVI: 'Faith opens our eyes to human life in all its grandeur and beauty.' He reiterated this insight during his recent visit to Lebanon:
The effectiveness of our commitment to peace depends on our understanding of human life. If we want peace, let us defend life! This approach leads us to reject not only war and terrorism, but every assault on innocent human life, on men and women as creatures willed by God. . . .
How can people coexist, much less flourish, in a society lacking the shared belief that we are called to care for those unable to care for themselves, not to neglect, abuse or kill them? Such basic moral principles have served civilization well for millennia.
Yet in recent decades, many people who influence public policy have promoted various exceptions to these principles . . . The nationwide death toll from abortions since 1973 is staggering . . . And yet the number of deaths alone cannot begin to convey the full impact of the loss to families and to our nation of each unique, unrepeatable human being, who was created with the capacity to love, to learn, to share and contribute to their families and to our country." Read entire statement.
Respect Life Month Events
40 Days for Life-Dallas Youth Day & Midway Picnic
Dates: Sat., October 13
Experience the power of youth standing for life! Youth and their parents / chaperones are invited to participate in a prayerful balloon demonstration at 11:30 a.m. at the 40 Days for Life-Dallas vigil site, followed by a picnic in the park at 1 pm with great music and the powerful testimony of abortion survivorAngela Balderaz. To sign up your youth group, please contact Paul Borchard at 214-531-7285 or
Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Doug Deshotel, including a Special Blessing of Volunteers and Staff Members of all Respect Life Ministries, followed by Eucharistic Adoration and a Rosary Procession by bus led by Father Josef Vollmer-König to the Southwestern late-term abortion center, then returning to the church for closing Benediction. For more information, contact Joanne Underwood at or 469-767-5785.
Don't forget First Friday All-Night Adoration this weekend! More info here
Free October Baby Movie Showing this Sunday
Date: Sun., October 7
Experience the moving and powerful story of Hannah in October Baby. There is no cost to attend, but donations of gift cards and baby items to assist mothers in need are most welcome. For more information, please contact Patty Sherrod at 972-235-5554 or . Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Respect Life Group.
Hike for Life is an annual pro-life walk in various Texas locations to raise money for local pregnancy care centers and awareness of the dignity of all human life. Hikes on October 6 will be atAudubon Park, Garland; Erwin Park, McKinney; Kiest Park, Oak Cliff (Spanish-speaking) and Sacred Heart, Rowlett. Click here for October 13 locations. For more information and to pre-register, visit hikeforlifetexas.org or contact Tom Clark, 214-282-6297 or . Sponsored by Hike for Life Texas.
Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful, public witness of the Christian community standing in honor and memory of the 55 million babies whose lives have been lost to abortion. Participants hold professionally-printed signs that are provided at each site and pray for human life to be held sacred in our nation. Visit LifeChain.net for more info. Sponsored by Life Chain.
**There is still room for players and sponsors of the CPLC Classic / Bishop's Cup Pro-Life Charity Golf Tournament on October 22.Click here to sign up!**
Upcoming Pro-Life Seminar / Conference / Rally
The Truth about Contraception and Women's Health Care
Dates: Tues., October 30
Join us for a presentation by Dr. Joseph Behan, OB/GYN on The Truth about Contraception and Women's Health Care, answering questions concerning reproductive health, the dangers of hormonal contraception and Church teaching on the gift of fertility. Co-sponsored by St. Rita Dallas Physicians Guild and the Catholic Pro-Life Committee.
Post-Abortion Pastoral and Professional Conference – Registration Open
Dates: November 9 for clergy November 10 for health professionals and lay persons
This regional conference will provide training for clergy and health professionals in post-abortion healing. Internationally renowned expert Vincent Rue, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Pregnancy Loss, will keynote the conference both days. Additional presenters include Fr. Paul McNellis, S.J., of Boston College, Bishop Mark Seitz, Diana Morin, LPC-S, LMT, RebeccaCalvo, LPC, Dr. Ed O'Brien, Fr. Greg Kelly and Fr. Wilmer de Jesus Daza. Attendance is free for clergy, $75 for professionals with CEUs available, and $25 for all other persons, and includes lunch. For more information and to register, visit prolifedallas.org/conference, or contact Eileen Kuhlmann at 972-679-4760 or .
Are you concerned about the way your teens are bombarded with sex in the media and their surroundings? The Pure by Choice Youth Rally (formerly Pure Reality) for youth in grades 8-12 addresses chastity and abstinence as the true paths to freedom. Youth must attend as a group with safe environment-cleared adults. For more information and required pre-registration, visit prolifedallas.org/purebychoice. Sponsored by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee and Catholics Respect Life.
New York City’s oldest and largest abortion clinic stops abortions due to pro-life "protests" by Jill Stanek, LifeSiteNews
With the autumn 40 Days for Life campaign just underway, this great news provides more evidence that sustained pro-life presence in front of abortion clinics hurts business, whether we think so at the time or not.
From New York Daily News, October 1, comes this article, the title and subtitle of which provides pretty much all the information you need to know: “Sunset Park clinic will no longer offer abortions, instead only outpatient surgical care: Protesters drove away doctors and patients, says clinic owner:” Continue reading.*
*The sidewalk counseling method used by Msgr. Reilly outside this now-closed abortion center is the same method employed in Dallas. Visit prolifedallas.org/sidewalk for more information.
Some have heard in the past, and many more need to know today, about the cause of the death of Holly Patterson who sadly died from legal drug use. Holly was pregnant, and shortly after turning eighteen, went to Planned Parenthood (PP) clinic for an abortion. She was given deadly pills that led to her death a few days later. . . . With all these excruciating problems at Planned Parenthood, politicians should be tripping over themselves in outcry. The FDA should be banning the use of the pill for abortion. Neither is happening. Why? There is an ungodly war being waged on the unborn human life at Planned Parenthood. Read entire article.
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