November is National Adoption 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

U.S. Bishops: Your Faith is Being Rewritten


Politicians Should Protect Our Faith, Not Rewrite It.

As Catholics, we’re called to live out our faith every day – not just Sunday. We serve the poor and needy, protect life at all stages, welcome immigrants and fight for social justice. Our service flows directly from our faith; the two cannot be separated. These are matters of conscience and principle, not subjects for political negotiation or compromise.

As Americans, we’ve always enjoyed our First Amendment right to religious freedom – not just the freedom to worship in the sanctuary, but to act on our faith in the world. And for nearly forty years, both political parties have backed federal laws that protect conscience. But now, all across America, our faith is being rewritten by the government. Continue reading

Check out the U.S. Bishops' new website: firstamericanfreedom.com


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

Christ Child Christmas Gift Market this Saturday

Date: Sat., November 17
The unique gift market is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with a new silent auction), and offers a large selection of beautiful religious and Christmas items for home décor and gift-giving, a Cook's Nook Shoppe of homemade foods, gifts for children and friends, and a book sale of vintage/gently used religious and children's books – all at great prices!  Event benefits the Catholic Pro-Life Committee and local Catholic pregnancy resource centers Birth Choice of Dallas and White Rose Women's Centers.  (While luncheon reservations are now closed, all are welcome to shop the market!)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: DoubleTree Hotel in Richardson

"You, Too, Go Into My Vineyard" – Bilingual Women's Conference this Saturday

Date: this Sat., November 17
Join Johnnette Benkovic with special guests, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, for a dynamic day for women, sure to enrich your walk with Christ in this Year of Faith. The day will feature opening Mass with Bishop Kevin Vann, and the cost includeds a boxed lunch from Jason's Deli. Featured on the Spanish track is CPLC Spanish Ministry Director Aurora Tinajero. Attendees are encouraged to bring their high school aged or young adult daughters along, free of charge. For more information or to register click here, or contact Irma Jimenez at 817-560-2452, Ext.360 or . Sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Diocese of Fort Worth.

Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Opening Mass with Bishop Vann: 9:00 a.m. 
Conference Talks: 10:15 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 

Location: St. Joseph, Arlington
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Sidewalk Counseling and Prayer Partner Training

Date: Sat., December 1 How can you save an innocent life?  If you feel called to be a prayer partner or a sidewalk counselor, then this free training is for you!  God has used our sidewalk counselors and prayers partners as His instruments to help more than 6,000 abortion-bound mothers choose life outside the Dallas abortion centers.  Pre-registration for the training is required and available online at prolifedallas.org/sidewalktraining.  For more information, contact Joanne Underwood, or 469-767-5785.
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. Pius X, Dallas, Parish Hall
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A Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty 

Date: Tues., December 4  The conversation will addresss the challenges of moving Texas towards a culture that does not rely on the death penalty.  Panelists include Deacon Charlie Stump of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, along with clergy from the Luthern, Baptist and Methodist faith traditions.  Reserve free tickets, submit questions for the panel, and learn more at tcadp.org/faithful-conversationSponsored by the Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Paul Quinn College, Dallas
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National Night of Prayer for Life

Date: Sat., December 8-9
The vigil encourages Eucharistic Adoration spanning the Feasts of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe’s first apparition to St. Juan Diego.  During the 11:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. hour, parishes in all times zones in the U.S. will be praying together in the "hour of unity".  If your parish plans to participate, please contact David Carr at 469-230-9664 or , so we may include your parish in our promotions.  More information available at nationalnightofprayerforlife.org.  Sponsored by National Night of Prayer for Life.
Time: 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Locations: St. Philip, Dallas; Mater Dei, Irving


Youth For Life Events

Pro-Life Club Leadership Lunch this Saturday

Date: Sat., November 17
Youth leaders and moderators of pro-life clubs, or those seeking to start a club, are invited to a new leadership luncheon series, focusing this month on preparing for the 40th Memorial of Roe v. Wade.  Each participant is responsible for the cost of their meal.  Adults in attendance must provide proof of Safe Environment clearance, and youth must bring the general release form found hereRSVP to
Time: 12:00 noon
Location: The Original Pancake House, Addison

YFL Trip to DC March for Life – Early Registration and Essay Contest Deadline November 26

Trip Dates: Jan. 24 - 27, 2013
Youth For Life is going to 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 26 is eligible for the early deposit price of $225 ($25 savings).  Essay contest submissions (for trip scholarships) are also due November 26Safe environment-cleared chaperones needed.  For more info and to register online, visit prolifedallas.org/dcmarch
Early Registration: November 26
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** Save the date for the Dallas Roe Memorial Events with Bishop Farrell 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 - 4:00 p.m.
Place: St. Paul, Richardson

For more information on any of the above events, contact Youth For Life Director Jacquelyn Smith at 972-416-9591 or .


Breaking News

New Show "Surrender the Secret" to Feature Post-Abortive Mothers
by Jill Stanek, LifeNews.com

I’ve previewed the first episode, and this show is a going to be ground-breaking. A description:

Surrender the Secret is a new reality television series that will premiere on Knock TV beginning January 22, 2013, on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. A description:

Surrender the Secret tells the real-life abortion stories of 5 women, and follows them as they go through post-abortion recovery. Together, these brave women embark upon a healing journey using an 8-session Bible study specifically written for women who have had an abortion. See how they work through different healing exercises which help them get free from the bondages of pain, guilt and shame. Continue reading

*For healing grounded in the Catholic faith, visit racheldallas.org.  View television ad promoting The Rachel Ministries here (will be running in DFW on Channels 4 and 23 the week of November 19).*

Bishops’ Defense Of Marriage Chair Calls For Prayer, Renewed Culture Of Marriage
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

In response to the November 6 statewide referenda results in Washington State, Minnesota, Maryland, and Maine regarding marriage, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, called for renewed efforts to strengthen and protect marriage and family life and expressed gratitude to marriage protection supporters.

"Yesterday, November 6, was a disappointing day for marriage, as the effort to preserve the unique meaning of marriage in the law lost by only a narrow margin in four states, even though vastly outspent by those who promote the redefinition of marriage," Archbishop Cordileone said.

"The meaning of marriage, though, cannot be redefined because it lies within our very nature. No matter what policy, law or judicial decision is put into place, marriage is the only institution that unites a man and a woman to each other and to any children born of their union. It is either this, or it is nothing at all.  Continue reading



National Adoption Month: You Can Be a Child’s Hope
by Ryan Bomberger, LifeNews.com

Adoption unleashes purpose. My life and millions of others like me reveal this undeniable truth. One woman’s selfless choice made my life possible. One couple’s sacrifice made my possibilities come to life.

At The Radiance Foundation we have this radical notion that, many times in life, the best things are unplanned. Big Abortion desperately tries to ignore and even vilify the beauty of adoption. But as an adoptee and adoptive father, I am the proof they are wrong.  Continue reading

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