Greetings and blessings to you. I hope you are experiencing a blessed and meaningful Lent. With spring nearly upon us, we are busily preparing for the The Bishop's 20th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Dinner on April 6. As you have likely heard by now, Pattie Mallette – our anticipated keynote – will not be able to attend the dinner due to a change in her professional schedule. While we were disappointed by this news, we couldn’t be more thrilled by our new keynote: Dr. Alveda King, known to many of you as pro-life champion and the niece of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please help us spread the word about this wonderful news!
We hope all your parishes will be a part of the upcoming Bishop’s Pro-Life Dinner, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee –20 years of spreading the Gospel of Life with your critical help! It promises to be a spectacular evening. By now you all should have received a packet of promotional materials for the dinner. Please be sure to use thefollowing updated items with the new keynote information:
Yard signs and updated posters are also being delivered to all the parishes. If your parish does not have these items yet, we could use your help in delivering them. Please contact 972-267-LIFE (5433) or .
As we prepare for this big event, we cannot lose sight of the importance of the Lenten Season. One wonderful opportunity to prayerfully experience Lent and unite our suffering and those injured by abortion to Christ is the Good Friday Pro-Life Stations of the Cross on March 29 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. outside the Southwestern late-term abortion center, led by Fr. Paul McCormick, O.Cist. I strongly encourage you to be a part of this meaningful Lenten experience!
In closing, I'd like to leave you with a few thoughts about this season of sacrifice. During Lent we often focus on what we should “give up,” such as sweets, chocolate, drinks, cigarettes, etc. Those are worthy sacrifices and we are encouraged to practice self-denial by the Church. But may I encourage you to do something else? We should also be using Lent as a period when we give more of ourselves to others. Let us be aware of the needs around us. Let us start right where we live – in our families. Then extend that help into our parishes, our workplaces, our communities, our world. We sometimes think we do not have much to contribute, but remember that whatever you contribute, only you can contribute it. Your pro-life efforts may seem small at times, but you are contributing in ways you might not imagine. Your example encourages others, and gives them the opportunity to get involved, too. Remember, no one of us can do everything, but each of us can so something! Every beach began as one tiny grain of sand.
May God’s blessings be upon you, as you live your Parish Pro-Life Coordinator commitment to saving God’s precious babies, helping their mothers, and building a culture that respects all life, from conception to natural death!
Thanks for all you do for Life and God bless,
David Carr Director of Parish Coordination 469-230-9664