November is National Adoption Awareness Month

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

Bishop Farrell: “All children are a blessing, but an adopted child is a special blessing”

November is National Adoption Month
By Bishop Kevin Farrell

All children are a blessing, but an adopted child is a special blessing, not only for the adopted parents, but for the child and the birth parents. Adoption is an unselfish choice by the birth parents who want to give their child a stable home, but for whatever reason, cannot provide one. It is also an unselfish act by the adoptive parents who covenant to love, protect and nurture the child. It is truly a profound example of adults working together for the good of a child. Continue reading


Click here to learn more about becoming an adoptive parent.


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

40 Days for Life-Dallas Victory Celebration this Sunday

Date: Sun., November 11 Join us in celebration of the lives saved (36!) and hearts converted during the 2012 40 Days for Life-Dallas campaign.  The afternoon will feature a powerful testimony from Forgotten Fathers founder Frank Gray, an inspirational update from 40 Days national team member Lauren Muzyka and a special blessing by Fr. Alan McDonald from St. Patrick Parish, plus your stories!
Time:  2:00 p.m.
Location: Gaston Oaks Church, Dallas

Want to share your 40 Days for Life-Dallas experience?  Please email your story to .

Post-Abortion Conference, tomorrow, November 10 for health professionals and lay persons 

Date: Sat., November 10  This much-anticipated regional conference will provide training for health professionals and lay persons 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.

Online registration for the conference is now closed.  If you would like to attend, you may register at the door ($25 per person, $75 with CEU – LSW, LPC, LMFT).  Please note: materials will only be available on a first-come first-served basis.  For more information, visit prolifedallas.org/conference.
Location: University of Dallas, Irving
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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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Events just for Youth and Parents

 Parent Night featuring Brenda Sharman, Tonight

Date: Fri., November 9
Parent Night will feature a presentation by Pure by Choice speaker Brenda Sharman – actress, model and founding National Director of Pure Fashion helping spread the "modesty movement".  Online registration is now closed, but walk-ins are welcome!  Tickets are $10.  For more information, visit prolifedallas.org/parentnight.  Sponsored by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee and Catholics Respect Life.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Ann Catholic Church, Coppell, St. Ann Center Cenacle

Plus special lunch tomorrow!  Come to lunch with keynote Brenda Sharman tomorrow, Saturday, November 10, at i Fratelli Ristorante in Irving at 11:30 a.m.  Anything on the menu will be half-price for our group, thanks to the generosity of i Fratelli co-owner Mike Cole.  To join her for a meal and conversation, be one of the first 25 to email Ellen at .

Youth For Life Leadership Council Meeting

Date: Tues., November 13
The YFL Leadership Council is a group of adults interested in planning and chaperoning youth pro-life events throughout the year.  We meet monthly to stay informed about pro-life current events and strategize on how to engage today’s youth in the fight to end abortion.  If you are interested, contact YFL Director Jacquelyn Smith, 972-416-9591 or .
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

YFL Trip to DC March for Life – Early Registration and Essay Contest Deadline November 19

Trip Dates: Jan. 24 - 27, 2013
Youth For Life is going to Washington, DC for the 40th Annual March for Life!  The trip is open to all high school youth.  Cost is approximately $600.  Any registration received by midnight on November 19 is eligible for the early deposit price of $225 ($25 savings).  Essay contest submissions (for trip scholarships) are also due November 19Safe environment-certified chaperones needed.  For more information and to register online, visit prolifedallas.org/dcmarch
Early Deposit Deadline: November 19
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Save the date for the Dallas Roe Memorial Events on January 19

Not So Underground Railroad Monthly Event

Date: Sat., December 8
High school students are invited to join us for an afternoon of dynamic speakers, pro-life service projects, and a monthly pro-life challenge. The theme of this meeting will be “Conception: What’s God Got to Do With It?”  Learn more at prolifedallas.org/railroad.
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Richardson
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For more information on any of the above events, contact Youth For Life Director Jacquelyn Smith at 972-416-9591 or .


Breaking News

Cardinal Dolan Congratulates President Obama On Re-Election

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, congratulated President Barack Obama, November 7, the day after his re-election as President of the United States.

Cardinal Dolan promised the prayers of the bishops saying that "The Catholic Bishops of the United States offer our prayers that God will give you strength and wisdom to meet the difficult challenges that face America."

He added that "In particular, we pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the poor, and the immigrant. We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage, and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom. We pray, too, that you will help restore a sense of civility to the public order, so our public conversations may be imbued with respect and charity toward everyone."  His letter follows

Hope in God
by Father Brian Mullady, O.P., National Catholic Register

"There are those who despair and have no hope when things do not go their way in the political order. This cannot be a Christian attitude. If it is true that our final fatherland is only in heaven, then each society here must be of concern to us — but the Christian cannot put his hope here. His hope is centered only in God. . . . All is not lost when political factions succeed in introducing legally sanctioned injustice into a state. The Christian has many options to demonstrate his final hope and interest in the solution to the problem of man. He may seek to promote virtue in the context for which he is most responsible: the family, the shop or the local community. In this he affirms the principle of subsidiarity: that small is beautiful, and it is not the function of the higher community to usurp the lower. He may redouble his efforts in his context to promote a culture of life."  Read entire entry here

Read Nov. 7 letter from CPLC Executive Director Karen Garnett here

The CPLC depends on friends like you to partner with us to save lives. Please consider making a donation to support our work. Thank you and God bless you!

All together, let us build a culture of life!

Please pass this on to your friends and family!

For more information, call the CPLC at 972-267-LIFE (5433), or visit our web site: www.prolifedallas.org.

This message is brought to you by the Catholic Pro-Life Committee, the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas. The CPLC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax-deductible donations to support the life-saving work of the CPLC may be mailed to: CPLC, P. O. Box 59852, Dallas, TX 75229, or make a secure donation online at www.prolifedallas.org/pages/donations.

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