Local Pro-Life Events
InnerVisions Junior High Purity Retreat – June 21st
Please pray for the group of junior high girls who will be attending a Christ-centered purity retreat presented by InnerVisions Healthcare. The theme is “be a lily among thorns.”
To learn more about the purity retreat, go to http://www.
Diocesan Independence Celebration – July 7th
Please join us as we pray for life, marriage, and religious liberty on Sunday, July 7 at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines.
There will Mass at 10:30 am, then a religious liberty update and call to action at 11:30 am, followed by a Holy Hour for Marriage, Life, and Religious Liberty at 11:45. After the Holy Hour, at 12:45 pm, everyone is invited to a reception at the Catholic Pastoral Center (right across the street from St. Ambrose). Hope to see you there!
Fortnight for Freedom - June 21st - July 4th
The 2nd annual Fortnight for Freedom takes place this year from June 21 - July 4, Independence Day. Please pray and fast for the cause of religious liberty.
Here is a helpful way to get religious freedom updates from the USCCB:
NFP Awareness Week – July 21st – 27th
What a gift to belong to a Church that recognizes and affirms the gift of natural family planning! Jesus taught us that He came so that we might have joy and life and this is powerfully confirmed in the Church’s teaching on sexuality. July 21st-27th is NFP Awareness Week. I would encourage you all to learn more about the truth and beauty of NFP and to share the good news with others!
Learn more about the gift of NFP at Kristin's blog, Living the Sacrament. To learn more about NFP awareness week, and NFP resources within the Des Moines diocese, visit our website HERE.
Iowans for Life Banquet – July 27th
Join us for the Iowans for Life Banquet on Saturday, July 27, at 6:00 pm at Holiday Inn Airport, 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines. The dinner will be $25/person.
The guest speaker will be Bobby Schindler (brother of Terri Schiavo). Bobby Schindler is the Co-Executive Director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network which works to protect the lives of the medically vulnerable and disabled from the threat of euthanasia.
Following the tragic death of his sister, Terri, via imposed dehydration and starvation, Bobby gave us his teaching job at Tampa Catholic High School and became a full-time pro-life and disability rights advocate. Today Bobby assists families in need of legal action to prevent their loved ones from health care rationing and food and water removal. Bobby and the Schindler family continue to advocate for persons with disabilities and he works tirelessly to put an end to the growing pro-death mentality that is plaguing our nation.
Please RSVP by July 22 to 515-255-4113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iowans for Life Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed for many of Iowans for Life's outreach and education activities. Coming up soon is the Iowa State Fair, where volunteers help at the booth. For more information, please contact them at email@example.com.
Action Needed TODAY!
House Expected to Vote on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act as Early as June 18th
It is anticipated that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) will be considered on the House floor as early as June 18. Please urge your Representative to support H.R. 1797 and to oppose all weakening amendments. This bill would prohibit abortion after a child reaches 20 weeks gestation.
Click here to send the prepared e-mail: nchla.org/actiondisplay.asp?
I urge you to contact your Congressman now to protect women and unborn children from late term abortion! No waiting!
US Bishops’ Officials Author Booklet for Blessing of Unborn Children
The new booklet, “The Gift of Joy,” has a beautiful blessing for unborn children, and it can be used in parishes. Let your parish priest know about it!
Information about the blessing is available online HERE.
Houston News Paper Publishes Front Page Coverage of Karpen "House of Horrors"
Choose Life License Plates Ready!
Choose Life license plates are now ready! For those still wanting to order Choose Life plates, they are now available at all country offices across Iowa! You may also order them online HERE.
Inspirational – Korean Pastor Fighting Epidemic of Abandoned Babies With Anonymous ‘Baby Box’
Lee Jong-rak is a Korean pastor in South Korea and the creator of the Baby Box. His special baby box is there to collect abandoned babies who are physically or mentally handicapped or are just unwanted by their mothers. Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the side of the street in South Korea every year.
The story of this man and his baby box is reaching the entire world in a 72-minute documentary called “The Drop Box” by a young 22-year-old, Brian Ivie. The documentary just won the “Best of Festival” Jubilee Award & “The Best Sanctity of Life” film award at the 8th annual San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival this past February.
See a trailer for the movie HERE.
(This is a short summary of a Lifesitenews article, and the picture is from http://www.patheos.com. If you would like to read the full article, click HERE).
I love this article because it's such a practical pro-life thing to do! I also love it because I saw one in Rome! According to Wikipedia, Pope Innocent III asked for these 'baby hatches' to be installed as places where women could leave babies anonymously so the babies would be given the gift of life instead of being killed. We pro-lifers need to remember to offer lots of practical assistance in our efforts to protect and cherish life from womb to tomb.
I hope you are having a great summer! God bless you, your families, and your work. Thank you for being a voice for the voiceless!
Rachel : )