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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
April 9 – Catholic Faith in Action Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Austin

To Impose or to Give Witness

To Impose or to Give Witness
By Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, West Texas Catholic

The last question posed to the two candidates at the vice-presidential debate, both Catholics, to comment on the influence of their faith in regard to the abortion issue, is my concern in writing this article. This was not an unexpected question, but certainly a significant one. The vice-president’s response was not a new one either, nor was it unexpected. It was, however, a very disappointing one for me. . . . He said he is personally against abortion, but would not “impose” his belief on anyone else. . . .

The truth is that each and every human life has dignity from conception to natural death.  This dignity comes from God himself, in whose image and likeness human life is created.  To be silent about this is to be silent about truth.  To fail to give persuasive argumentation in regard to this truth is to say something about the one who is Truth.  Christ is the only one who can say that He possesses Truth.  It was Christ himself who said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”  (Jn 14:6)  The truth is abortion destroys a human life!

It is time to lay aside the dictum: “I am personally opposed to abortion, but I will not impose my beliefs on another!”  It is old and meaningless!  It totally lacks conviction and zeal for the Faith.  It comes from a society that has lived through many ideologies and consumerism.  Many see the emptiness and insufficiencies of life based on these foundations.  Read entire article hereMore from our Bishops here.

Also of interest: What Constitutes a Woman’s Issue?

Please join us in prayer as Election Day approaches (find Election Novena here).  St. Monica Parish in Dallas is also hosting an All-Night Adoration for the Elections beginning November 4 (more info here).

For voting times and locations in Texas, visit votexas.org or in Dallas County, visit dallascountyvotes.org.  And for more voter education resources, including statements by our Bishops, visit prolifedallas.org/election.


Upcoming Pro-Life Events – November is Adoption Awareness Month!

40 Days for Life-Dallas Final Hour of Prayer this Sunday
& Victory Celebration next Sunday

Final Vigil Hour: Sunday, November 4, 11:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight
Southwestern late-term abortion center

Join us for the final hour of bilingual prayer at the vigil led by Rev. Wilmer de Jesus Daza of Nuestra Señora del Pilar Parish on Sunday night, November 4, from 11 p.m. to midnight.  It's sure to be a blessed time!

And next Sunday afternoon, November 11, join us for the 40 Days for Life-Dallas Victory Celebration, featuring Forgotten Fathers founder Frank Gray, 40 Days national team member Lauren Muzyka and Fr. Alan McDonald from St. Patrick Parish. 

For more information, visit prolifedallas.org/40days or contact Joanne Underwood at 469-767-5785 or.

Victory Celebration: Sunday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.
Gaston Oaks Church, Dallas

Want to share your 40 Days for Life-Dallas experience?  Please email your story to or write your story in the notebook available in the vigil box at the prayer site.

Pure by Choice Youth Rally

Date: Sat., November 10
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/purebychoiceSponsored by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee and Catholics Respect Life.
Time: 3:30 - 9:45 p.m.
Location: Metro Center, Arlington
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**Rally speaker Brenda Sharman, model, actress and founder of Pure Fashion, will also be presenting at a Parents' Night on Friday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ann Center Cenacle in Coppell.  Pre-registration required and available here.**

Post-Abortion Pastoral and Professional Conference for clergy (Nov. 9) and health professionals and lay persons (Nov. 10)

Fri., Nov. 9 for clergy
Sat., Nov. 10 for health professionals and lay persons
This much-anticipated regional conference will provide training for clergy and health professionals in post-abortion healing.  Speakers include internationally renowned Vincent Rue, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Pregnancy Loss, and Fr. Paul McNellis, S.J., from Boston College.

Click here to register today!
  Attendance is free for clergy, $75 for health professionals with CEUs available (LPC, LSW, LMFT), and $25 for all other persons (includes lunch and materials).  
Location: University of Dallas, Irving

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For more information, visit prolifedallas.org/conference or contact Eileen Kuhlmann at 972-679-4760 or .

Christ Child Christmas Gift Market & Luncheon

Date: Sat., November 17
Enjoy this festive event benefiting the Catholic Pro-Life Committee and local Catholic pregnancy resource centers Birth Choice of Dallas and White Rose Women's Centers.  The unique gift market is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with a new silent auction), and the luncheon, featuring Father Jason Cargo, begins at 11:30.  For more info and to make your luncheon reservations, visit prolifedallas.org/luncheonYou don’t have to attend the luncheon to shop the market.
Time: Market 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Luncheon 11:30 a.m.
Location: Doubletree Hotel in Richardson
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First Friday All-Night Adoration, tonight

Date: November 2-3

Join in prayer for the protection of the sanctity of life.  The Cloistered Carmelites will also be praying all night, and you may leave personal prayer requests with them.  There will be food and drink available in the evening. 

For more information, contact or Mary Jane, 214-704-4541.  Sponsored by the Discalced Carmelite Monastery.

Time: 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.
Place: Discalced Carmelite Monastery
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Parish Movie Night: For Greater Glory this Sunday

Date: Sunday, November 4 In the exhilarating action epic For Greater Glory, an impassioned group of men and women each make the decision to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country.  There is no cost to attend, but St. Joseph will accept donations of gift cards and baby items to assist mothers in need.  Contact Patty Sherrod, 972-235-5554, for more info.
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Place: St. Joseph, Richardson, Upper Room


Breaking Pro-Life News

Texas Will Keep Tax-Funding Planned Parenthood, For Now
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com
The state of Texas announced this afternoon that it will continue funding the Planned Parenthood abortion business through its women’s health program until it can verify it has enough alternatives to meet the non-abortion health needs of women in the state.

Health and Human Service Commissioner Kyle Janek said Wednesday the state needs more time to sign up doctors and health centers for its new program that will provide family planing services without also doing abortions. . . .

Gov. Rick Perry has said he doesn’t want taxpayer funds going to Planned Parenthood and said he is confident that state funding of Planned Parenthood will end soon. Continue reading

Also of interest:  Planned Parenthood Gets Texas Clinic Funding Ban Halted

Note:  While the CPLC supports the redirection of funds away from abortion giant Planned Parenthood, we continue to have grave concerns about the Texas Women's Health Program, specifically the distribution of contraception under the guise of health care.

Dignity or Deception? Oppose Question 2 in Massachusetts
by Allison LeDoux, LifeNews.com

On the 6th of November, citizens of Massachusetts will face a critical vote. The choice people make on Question 2 is a choice that literally involves a life or death decision. The so-called “Death with Dignity Act” brings with it a dark deception.

The citizens of Massachusetts are being asked to vote for or against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide in our state. If passed, a person with a prognosis of six months or less to live would be permitted by law to request from their physician, a prescription for lethal drugs for the purpose of helping them to end their life “in a humane and dignified manner.” . . . Do we really want our doctors to have a license to kill us?  Continue reading

For more information and resources concerning end of life issues, click here.

Life Issues Forum:  A Foolish Inconsistency on Contraception
By Susan E. Wills, Esq., USCCB.org

Here’s a riddle for readers. There are drugs so safe, so effective and so essential to women’s well-being that they are recommended for continual use by all healthy women 15-45 (or thereabouts) for 30 years or more, and that almost every employee health plan will soon have to provide them “for free” under the Preventive Services mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

But these same drugs have twice been determined, by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force), to be too dangerous for doctors to prescribe long-term to healthy women above age 45 or so. In middle-aged and older women, they are to be used only for the shortest possible time, at the lowest possible dose.

What could these Jekyll-and-Hyde drugs be? Continue reading

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