Greetings and blessings! The first days of summer are quickly approaching as are some great opportunities to celebrate life and stand up for liberty!
As you have heard, the U.S. Bishops have designated June 21-June 24 as a “Fortnight for Freedom” – an historic opportunity for prayer, education, and action in support of religious liberty – “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty” – in the words of our Bishops. The Diocese of Dallas is sponsoring the following special diocesan-wide events during the Fortnight:
Fortnight for Freedom Diocesan-wide Event in English, June 30, St. Rita Catholic Church, 12521 Inwood Rd, Dallas. The evening will begin with the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass with celebrant and homilist Monsignor Robert Coerver, V.F., followed by a free dinner program in Sweeney Hall, presented by Frank Valenzuela of the St. Thomas More Society, the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of the Diocese of Dallas, and closing with the Litany for Liberty (USCCB).
Fortnight for Freedom Diocesan-wide Event in Spanish, June 24, Immaculate Conception, 610 N.E. 17th St, Grand Prairie. The afternoon will begin with the 2:30 p.m. Mass with celebrant and homilist Reverend Douglas Zavala, followed by an educational program presented by Aurora Tinajero, Diocesan Coordinator, Congreso Hispano de las Americas para Respeto a la Vida y Evangelización, and closing with the Litany for Liberty (USCCB).
More information about Fortnight events in the diocese and prayer / educational resources for those who are planning events may be found at www.dallascatholicadvocacy.org. **Please let us know what Fortnight events are being planned at your parish to be included in the website parish event listing.**
Before the Fortnight begins, we hope to see you all at theCPLC Annual Staff & Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on June 16. Hopefully you all have received your e-vite to this fun event, but if not, you may find it here. The picnic is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the home of CPLC Board Member Bill and Carol Orender, and will include swimming, BBQ and more! All CPLC staff, volunteers and families are invited – please RSVP to email@example.com by June 14!
At the picnic, you will also have the chance to meet the CPLC's new part-time Associate Director of Parish Coordination, David Carr, a District Deputy with the Knights of Columbus and member of Prince of Peace Parish in Plano. David is fully fluent in both English and Spanish, which will be a tremendous asset in helping develop and advance the growth of both English and Spanish parish pro-life groups. As David transitions into the role of CPLC Director of Parish Coordination on July 1, I will serve the CPLC as Special Projects Director, continuing to manage the annual Baby Bank Campaign and golf tournament.
Also in June, Youth For Life will kick off its 10th annual Boot Camp offering total pro-life immersion for high school students ages 14-17. This year, we are once again offering two summer sessions: Session 1, June 29-July 1 or Session 2, July 27-31. Early registration for both sessions (with discount price!) ends on June 11. More information may be found at prolifedallas.org/bootcamp. Please spread the word about this great opportunity for our youth, and our need for safe environment-cleared chaperones.
Please also mark your calendars for the following additional events in June:
Finally, I’d like to extend a special thanks to Father Joseph Trinh, pastor, and Al and Gloria Ramirez for hosting the last Parish Pro-Life Coordinators Meeting at St. Michael the Archangel, Grand Prairie, during which CPLC Executive Director Karen Garnett gave an exciting report about the record-setting successes of the 2012 Bishop’s Dinner and a host of other items. Be sure to save the date for The Bishop's 20th Annual Dinner onApril 6, 2013!
Thanks for all you do for Life!
Jim Walker Director of Parish Coordination 972-270-3019
P.S. In movie news, the Catholic epic For Greater Glory, which has garnered great praise from Catholic leaders, is in movie theaters now. (Buy tickets here.) And the popular pro-life film October Babywill be released on DVD on September 11, and even earlier on July 9 for churches and organizations that would like to host a licensed movie night (more info here). Please note: We are looking at Respect Life Sunday, October 7 ("Hannah" in October Baby's birthday), as a great day to encourage October Baby showings in as many parishes as possible – especially to youth groups. Pencil in the date and stay tuned!