Monday, September 24, 2012

Respect Life Month Activities!

Good news! My new baby, John Paul, is here! He is so cute and now one month old! Other good news… it’s almost Respect Life month again with all of the great activities that go with it. See below for so many amazing events to participate in and tell your friends and family about.

On another note, I wanted to let you all know that I will be discontinuing this blog for now. It’s been a year and a half of information-packed monthly updates, and I hope it’s been valuable to you. I just feel like God is calling me to focus on my family right now. A shorter event listing will be available monthly at St. Theresa’s Pro-Life Committee website: Thank you again for all of your wonderful work for the sake of the unborn.  May God bless you abundantly for being a voice for the voiceless!

Fall IRTL Pro-Life Booksale!

The fall book sale will take place on September 26 – 29 (this coming week!). This biannual book sale is the best thing ever, and you will probably see me there when you go. It will take place at the Jordan Park Camp Building again (just west of the Historical Jordan House at the old Nazarene Camp), 2251 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265. It has a great variety of books, DVDs, and games. Most are between 25 cents and $5, so it's a great deal! Make sure you don't miss out!

Wednesday, Sept. 26 – 4:00 – 9:00 pm. Admission on opening night is $5.00 for adults and FREE for children 17 and under.

Thursday – Saturday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. Admission is FREE for everyone on these days.

Make sure your friends know about it – download and e-mail them the flyer now:

25th National Life Chain

Be a peaceful, prayerful witness for life with friends and family on Sunday, October 7th! People in dozens of Iowa cities will participate in this 25th National Life Chain. I know that the St. Theresa’s Pro-Life group and parishioners will stand at Merle Hay Road and University by St. Theresa’s to pray from 2:00-3:30 pm. Anyone is welcome to join us (or talk to your parish pro-life group for details about where you should meet).

1st Pregnancy & Infant Loss Memorial Mass

You are invited to the Des Moines Diocese's first Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Mass on Thursday, October 11th at 7 p.m. at St. Augustin Church, 545 42nd St., Des Moines. His Excellency Bishop Pates will preside at the Mass, which is offered for all families and individuals who have suffered from the loss of a child. A reception will follow the Mass, where resources offering healing and education will be provided. For more information contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life at 515.237.5056.

40 Days for Life Des Moines

This fall’s campaign will take place from September 26 – November 4Please participate – your prayers and witness are effective! Nearly 6,000 babies have been saved since 40 Days for Life started just a few years ago, and in Iowa alone FOUR Planned Parenthood facilities have permanently closed their doors in 2012 after 40 Days for Life prayer vigils were held at three of the sites.

In Des Moines, join the Metro-Wide Kick-Off Rally with Sue Thayer, former Planned Parenthood Clinic Manager, on Thursday, September 277:00pm-9:00pm. There will be a candlelight prayer vigil from 7:00pm-7:45pm at Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Surgical Abortion Center, 1000 East Army Post Road, Des Moines, followed at 8:00pm Sue Thayer's testimony at Glad Tidings Church, 3 blocks away, at 314 East Army Post Road, Des Moines.

For more information about the Iowa Planned Parenthood sites where you can pray and peacefully witness for life go to

Get pumped up!  Watch a 1-Minute 40 Days for Life Trailer:

Post Abortion Bible Study Facilitator Training

Saturday, October 13, 10am-2:30pm
Destiny Church, 313 6th Street, West Des Moines, Iowa

IRTL is pleased to offer this training session for a third time! This training is for women and men who are interested in learning how to lead a post abortion Bible study. The Bible study SaveOne is designed for all denominations.  This study is for both post abortive men and women.  SaveOne also provides additional on-going assistance throughout the year as the Bible study leader begins each new session. The cost to attend is $25. This includes lunch and all materials.

Contact Paula Brown at 877.595.9406 or for additional information.

 Save The Date for the Annual Prayer for Life Rally

The annual Prayer for Life Day will be held on Monday, February 182013. This is always a time to be inspired by powerful speakers and a critical time to witness to our state legislators about how important life issues are to us as citizens and voters. More details will be coming out in the next few months.

Remember the Election – Vote Pro-Life!

The pro-life choice is clear.  Remember to vote and bring others with you in November!

Here is an interesting, very short Youtube video contrasting Abby Johnson’s new point of view vs. President Obama’s view:

Iowa Catholic Conference - Faithful Citizenship Workshops

In the fall of election years Tom Chapman often visits parishes across the state to discuss Church teaching and get people involved in the political process. This is part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, joining in his mission to bring “good news to the poor, liberty to captives, new sight to the blind, and to set the downtrodden free” (Luke 4:18; Isaiah 61:1-2; 58:6). He discusses issues that should be important to Catholics, including the life issues.

The two closest places that Tom will be presenting a Faithful Citizenship workshop are:

Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.         Ankeny, Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish

Monday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.               Ames, St. Cecelia Church

New Pro-Life Parish Coordinator - Ken Bresnan

There is a new pro-life parish coordinator for the diocese.  His name is Ken Bresnan, and I have heard good things about him. To contact him, call 515-237-5089 or e-mail him at

InnerVisions Healthcare Information

59 babies have been saved at the clinic so far! Please find ways to support this pro-life clinic!

InnerVisions Healthcare Golf Classic

InnerVisions’ golf fundraiser will take place on October 8, 2012 at Glen Oaks Country Club. For more information or to sign up to golf or sponsor a golfer, go to their website ( – click on Events).

FREE Abstinence Workshops for Teens/Youth Groups

InnerVisions Healthcare is now scheduling youth group tours that include FREE abstinence only sexual integrity workshops. Let your pastor or youth group leader know.  Evenings or weekends are available for this.

Workshop Agenda:  Prayer, pizza and social time, and a tour of the clinic. Then guys and girls will separate for the educational workshop where medical staff will share truths about STDs and other risks and consequences, including unplanned pregnancy. Next, there will be an open discussion with clergy about sexual morality and the beauty of remaining abstinent until marriage.  Parents are always welcome – this is information that all teens and parents should know.

For more information about InnerVisions activities and needs, contact Jenny Condon, Clinic Director. Call her office at 515-440-2273 or e-mail her at

March for Life – January 2013

Please consider making a pilgrimage to Washington DC for the March for Life on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The trip dates are Thursday, Jan 24 - Sunday, Jan 27, 2013. Iowans for Life is planning the trip for any interested Iowans. For more details, visit their website here

What is the March for Life? Find out more here:

‘Choose Life’ License Plates – More Needed

IRTL is halfway to its goal of 500 applications!  Help us get Choose Life license plates on the roads of Iowa! Please don't wait for your registration to renew before you order your Choose Life license plates.  Hurry and send in your application to the Iowa Right to Life office! The faster we receive 500 applications, the faster Iowa will enjoy seeing Choose Life license plates!

Vitae Family Care Clinic Opening

More good news! A pro-life only practice is opening in Des Moines! Dr. Greg McKernan is trained in both Couple to Couple League and Creighton model/NaPro NFP and doesn't perform abortions or give out birth control of any kind. He will have delivery rights at Mercy Hospital. For more information call 515-225-3261The clinic address is Vitae Family Care Clinic, 1355 50th Street Suite 100 in West Des Moines.

Once again, please stay active in pro-life activities, especially everything during October. And remember the presidential election coming up. Vote Republican to save unborn children!

Thank you again for checking this - It has been my pleasure to put these monthly updates together! Blessings on you and your work, and I hope to see you all around town at these events! 

Rachel : )