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U.S. Bishops Release New Advent Resources

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

‘Who We’re Waiting For’

‘Who We’re Waiting For’
by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Catholic New York

Advent, of course, is our spiritual “getting ready” for Christmas. We try to squash into four weeks all the hoping, longing, preparing...all the waiting of the People of Israel, our older family members in the household of the faith.

As we bishops were doing in front of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, we now, in Advent, wait for Jesus:
...We wait for His grace and mercy, sure to come;
...We wait for Him to answer our prayers, sure He will, but unsure when, where, or how;
...We wait for reasons to explain suffering, struggle, and worries;
...We wait for Him to call us to be with Him for all eternity.

And, lest we forget, the Lord waits for us!
...Jesus waits for us to open up to His grace and mercy;
...Jesus waits for us to admit that, as a matter of fact, we do need a Savior!
...Jesus waits for us to admit that He is the answer to the questions our lives of searching pose.
...Jesus waits for our ultimate return to Him, for He “has gone to prepare a place for us.” . . .

And deep down inside, cradled in the soul, where no one but the One who counts can detect, is again an empty manger where the Son of God wants to be re-born. Christmas can do that.  Read entire article

Follow Bishop Farrell’s Advent messages here.


Upcoming Pro-Life Events

National Night of Prayer for Life

Date: Sat., December 8-9*
The vigil encourages Eucharistic Adoration from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., 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.  Sponsored by National Night of Prayer for Life.

*Contact parishes to confirm vigil time.

Locations: Mary Immaculate, Farmers Branch; Mater Dei, Irving; St. Anthony, Wylie; St. Joseph, Richardson; St. Monica, Dallas; St. Philip, Dallas

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

Congratulations to the Youth For Life Essay Contest Winners – Elizabeth Anne Grant, Madyson Chance & Lillian Hoover  who won scholarships for the DC March for Life trip!  Read their winning essays here.

“What is the Catholic Teaching on Politics?”

Date: Thurs., December 6 Fisher More College invites you to a celebration of Catholic culture at its next Year of Faith event featuring Professor of Theology Karl Strauch. Please join our Catholic community in DFW for a talk on the prophesied future universal reign of Christ the King and how it relates to the current geopolitical climate. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information visit FisherMore.edu or call Marilyn: 817-923-8459 ext. 0.
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Victory Arts Center, Fort Worth, in Our Lady of Victory Hall

Commemoration of the Holy Innocents

Date: Wednesday, December 28
St. Francis Anglican Church is hosting its Annual Commemoration of the Holy Innocents beginning with Evening Prayer and the Holy Rosary, followed by Low Mass (Anglican).  The Blessing of the Gifts & Christmas Celebration follow at 7:15 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

Donations of diapers, wipes, toiletries, and new layette items will be accepted to benefit the White Rose Women’s Center, Birth Choice, and Project Gabriel mothers.  For more information, call St. Francis Anglican Church, 214-351-1401, visit stfrancisdallas.org, or contact Kevin McNevins, 214-206-8859 or Sponsored by St. Francis Anglican Church, St. Michael’s Conference Youth and Anglicans for Life.

Place: St. Francis Anglican Church
Time: 6:00 p.m.


Breaking News

Tune in this Saturday:  CPLC Executive Director Karen Garnett will be interviewed on The Curtis Initiative on Dec. 8.  Listen in on 970am KHVN from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (click here to listen online).*

Teens need parental involvement, not ‘emergency contraception’
by Sarah Torre, LifeSiteNews.com

A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some parents and physicians concerned – and rightly so.

The statement recommends that pediatricians counsel adolescent patients on some of the most commonly used forms of “emergency contraception” in the U.S., specifically recommending that all teenagers receive counseling and advance prescriptions for use of drugs such as Plan B and Plan B One-Step.

Also referred to as the “morning-after” pill, Plan B is advertised to prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected sex by preventing ovulation, but in some instances, the drug can potentially prevent implantation of an already-conceived embryo – effectively causing a very early abortion.  Continue reading

Pope: Catholic Groups Can’t Support Pro-Abortion Efforts
by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

Responding to concerns pro-life advocates have had about Catholic charitable groups that have been using donor funds to support pro-abortion organizations and efforts, Pope Benedict XVI released a new statement condemning the practice.

Pope Benedict XVI released an Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio “On the Service of Charity.” . . . It says Catholic charitable organizations “should not limit themselves merely to collecting and distributing funds,” but act as “a valuable educational function within the Christian community.”

“The Church’s charitable activity at all levels must avoid the risk of becoming just another form of organized social assistance,” Pope Benedict wrote in the document. “To the extent that such activities are promoted by the hierarchy…there is a need to ensure that they are managed in conformity with the demands of the Church’s teaching and the intentions of the faithful.”  Continue reading

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