Greetings and blessings to you. With the close of Respect Life Month, we are approaching the end of 40 Days for Life-Dallas. Thanks to all of your efforts, we had another incredibly successful campaign with 32 abortion-minded women choosing life for their children at the vigil site – so far – two of whom are carrying twins! We give praise to God for these 34 precious babies whose hearts are still beating in their mothers' wombs thanks to everyone's prayers and the CPLC sidewalk counseling efforts.
We will close the campaign this Sunday, November 4, with a final hour of prayer at the vigil site from 11 p.m. to midnight, led by Father Wilmer de Jesus Daza of Nuestra Señor del Pilar Parish. Then next Sunday, November 11, all are invited to the Victory Celebration from 2-4 p.m. at Gaston Oaks Baptist Church (across from the vigil site), featuring Forgotten Fathers founder Frank Gray, national campaign team member Lauren Muzyka and Father Alan McDonald of St. Patrick. Please join us in prayer and celebration!
I hope you were able to attend the Respect Life Mass celebrated by Bishop Deshotel last month, featuring our first-ever special blessing for all Respect Life Ministers, such as yourself! And special congratulations is due to the devoted warriors of life – the Knights of Columbus, who raised much-needed funds for pregnancy resource centers and the CPLC sidewalk counseling ministry at their multiple Hikes for Life in September and October.
The CPLC is likewise raising money for local pregnancy resource centers White Rose and Birth Choice, as well as our own life-saving ministries, at the 7th Annual Christ Child Christmas Gift Market and LuncheononNovember 17 at the Doubletree Hotel in Richardson. The luncheon will feature guest speaker Father Jason Cargo. I hope you can join us for this festive event! Reserve your luncheon ticket at prolifedallas.org/luncheon. You don’t need to purchase luncheon tickets to shop the market.
**Please note that in hopes that you will attend the November 10 conference, we moved our regularly scheduled second Saturday quarterly meeting to this Saturday, November 3, at 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Parish Center, 600 St. Paul Dr in Richardson. (Note: This meeting will include information about the annual Roe Memorial Events, including distribution of parish yard signs.)** Please make plans to attend or send a representative, if you can’t make it.
In addition to these events, please mark your calendars for the following youth events and deadlines this month (Check out the newYFL School Year for Life here):
Also, if you have become a Parish Pro-Life Coordinator in the last year, please mark your calendars for Saturday, December 1. In order to get to know all of you, I plan to hold a meeting especially for any new Parish Pro-Life Coordinators. You will have the chance to learn, in an “up close and personal” way, about all the ministries and events of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee and how you can be most effective in bringing the message of life to your own parish. The training for new Parish Pro-Life Coordinators will be held at Holy Trinity Church’s Seton Assembly Room at 9:00 a.m. If you are a long-term Parish Pro-Life Coordinator, please consider attending to offer your ideas and experiences to the new coordinators.
Finally, on December 8-9, Catholic parishes across the country will commemorate the 23rd Annual National Night of Prayer for Life with Eucharistic Adoration between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., to span 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 United States will be praying together in the “hour of unity.” Please let me know if your parish plans to participate so we can be sure to include your activities in the list we are maintaining. More information is available at nationalnightofprayerforlife.org.
Thanks for all you do for Life and God bless,
David Carr Director of Parish Coordination 469-230-9664
P.S. Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday! As Catholic Americans, it is incumbent on us to participate in political life, and represent the voice of the voiceless unborn, particularly in the voting booth! Check out prolifedallas.org/election for voting resources. And please join us in prayer before the election! (St. Monica is hosting Eucharistic Adoration for Elections beginning November 4.)