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
Praying for America
A Prayer for America
In the  days until the election, we know there will be a lot of noise. But as Catholics, we need to keep our eyes on what is truly important. Christ.
Archbishop Chaput reminds us: “Politics is important. How we vote in November will help choose the course for our nation, for good or ill. But as Christians, our story began long before this campaign season. It will continue long after.” [Click here for more from the U.S. Bishops in anticipation of the election]
The best way we can walk through these next three weeks is to simply follow Christ in every thought, word and deed. Please share the video with your family and friends and encourage them to join us in prayer for our country and the values for which it stands.
Please join us this Saturday as we offer up our prayers for the return of respect and legal protection for all life at the Respect Life Mass celebrated by Bishop Doug Deshotel at 8 a.m. at St. Patrick in Dallas with a special blessing for all staff and volunteers in Respect Life ministries (additional details below).
Respect Life Month Events
Respect Life Mass, Adoration & Rosary Procession
Dates: Tomorrow, October 20
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, site of the 40 Days for Life-Dallas 24/7 Vigil, then returning to the church for closing Benediction. For more information, contact Joanne Underwood at or 469-767-5785.
For High School Youth: The Not So Underground Railroad
Dates: Tomorrow, October 20
High school students are invited to join us for monthly meetings that include dynamic speakers, pro-life service projects, and a monthly pro-life challenge. The theme of this meeting will be Fearfully, Wonderfully Made: The Miracle of Fetal Development, and will include a live sonogram demonstration by Birth Choice Counseling Center. For more information click here or contact Youth For Life Director Jacquelyn Smith 972-416-9591, or .
CPLC Classic / Bishop’s Cup (registration closes at 5 p.m. today)
Date: Mon., October 22
Please join us for the 12th Annual CPLC Classic / Bishop's Cup Pro-Life Charity Golf Tournament at The Tribute Golf Club in The Colony, a U.S. top-rated course inspired by the famous links of Scotland. For more info and to register or sponsor, visit prolifedallas.org/golf or contact or 972-270-3019. **Families & friends of golfers are invited for just $20 to enjoy the buffet dinner after the tournament, including a great pro-life program with Bishop Mark Seitz presenting to the winning team.Click here to purchase your dinner!**
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.
Tonight, October 19: 7:00 p.m., St. Michael, Garland, Curran Hall
Experience the moving and powerful story of Hannah in October Baby. There is no cost to attend, but St. Michael will accept donations of gift cards and baby items to assist mothers in need (contact Reg Platt, 214-392-4098, for more info) and Our Lady of Angels will accept offerings to assist with the 2nd floor construction of the education building (contact Shelley McPheeters, or 972-519-0989, for more info).
American Catholics concerned with the growing belligerence toward the rights of the Church, and the impending negative implications of the HHS mandate, are planning to gather around the country for Processions of the Blessed Sacrament in honor of Christ the King. Mater Dei Catholic Church is participating with a public Eucharistic Procession after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. For more information, contact 972-438-7600 or . Sponsored by Save America Sunday.
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.
Miles to go ... to help Youth For Life? In preparation for Brenda Sharman’s exciting talks for parents and youth, we’re seeking frequent flyer miles to help bring her here from Atlanta! If you have any extra miles availableto donate to the CPLC to help offset this cost, please contact Ellen Rossini, Director of Development, at 972-571-8705 or .
Post-Abortion Pastoral and Professional Conference – for clergy (Nov. 9) and health professionals and lay persons (Nov. 10)
Dates: Fri., November 9 for clergy Sat., November 10 for health professionals and lay persons
This much-anticipated 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., from Boston College, Bishop Mark Seitz, Fr. Greg Kelly, Fr. Wilmer de Jesus Daza, Diana Morin, LPC-S, LMFT, Rebecca Calvo, LPC, and Ed O'Brien, Ph.D. Attendance is free for clergy (pre-registration requested for planning purposes), $75 for health professionals with CEUs available, and $25 for all other persons (includes lunch). For more information and to register, visit prolifedallas.org/conference, or contact Eileen Kuhlmann at 972-679-4760 or .
White Rose Women's Center 5th Annual Benefit Dinner
Date: Friday, November 2
Support the White Rose at a wonderful evening program featuring Fr. Shenan Boquet, President of Human Life International. For 27 years the White Rose Women's Center has been on the front lines of the pro-life movement, saving the unborn from abortion and annually serving 3,000 women in crisis pregnancies at two centers in Dallas staffed by over 50 volunteers. For tickets and event information visit saintjosephshelpers.org or call 214-824-5942.
USCCB Responds to Inaccurate Statement of Fact on HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate
In last Thursday night's vice-presidential debate, Vice President Joe Biden spoke inaccurately about the HHS mandate and its impact on Catholic institutions. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the following statement the next day in response.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows:
Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to force virtually all employers to include sterilization and contraception, including drugs that may cause abortion, in the health insurance coverage they provide their employees:
"With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution—Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital—none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact."
Catholic women tell how they found freedom in Church teaching By Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency
A new book written by Catholic women describes personal journeys of discovering that although Church teaching on important issues can be difficult and countercultural, it offers truth, peace and ultimate freedom. Continue reading
Planned Parenthood to Close Abortion Clinic in Abilene, Texas by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com
Thanks to a cut in taxpayer funding, the Planned Parenthood abortion business has announced it will close one of its abortion clinics, that operates in Abilene, Texas. Continue reading
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