Greetings and blessings! Summer is officially upon us, and it is time to celebrate all you have given in the service of life! As I mentioned in my letter last month, the CPLC’s annual Volunteer & Staff Appreciation Day is coming up on Saturday, June 15. It is a great day for family poolside fun at the lovely estate of one of our board members. Additional details may be found here. Please let me know if you and your family plan on attending by June 13.
Be sure to also mark your calendars for the following additional events in June:
The U.S. Bishops have also introduced the 2nd Annual Fortnight for Freedom to begin on June 21 – the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More – through Independence Day on July 4. This period of prayer, study, and peaceful public action during the Fortnight is intended to remind ourselves and others about the importance of preserving the fundamental right of religious freedom. More information may be found at www.dallascatholicadvocacy.org, including ideas for parish participation available here. Please let us know if your parish is planning any Fortnight activities so we can be sure to promote them!
And please save the dates for the following not-to-be-missed events later in the summer:
I would of course be remiss if I didn’t mention the celebration of fathers on June 16! Who do you think of on this special day? Do you think of your own father, of St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, or of God the Father and Creator of all of us? Perhaps some of us have been blessed to be fathers ourselves and experienced the gift of life through our children. (Stay tuned for a special way to remember the fathers in your life and support the gift of life coming soon!)
God created each of us as His children. He not only gave us life, but eternal life through the sacrificial death and resurrection of his only Son. And because we have been blessed with this gift, we also have the responsibility to defend it and protect it from conception to natural death. This month, I'd like to spotlight one particular pro-life committee that has gone the extra mile in sharing this message with their fellow parishioners at St. Michael in Garland through a monthly pro-life newsletter (check out the inaugural edition here). Please let me know what is happening in your parish in the service of Life so we can share your efforts and successes with others!
May God’s blessings be upon you and your family, and thank you for your commitment to help grow and strengthen the pro-life cause in our diocese.
David Carr Director of Parish Coordination 469-230-9664