Thursday, July 31, 2014

Abundant August

I love summer! It is my favorite time of year. So much fun and excitement with friends and family reminds me how wonderful life really is! I hope that your summer is going well and that you will take the energy gained from summer and use it in pro-life initiatives this Fall! So mark your calendar for great speakers, fundraisers, and educational and volunteer opportunities – helping with even one or two will make a big difference! Thanks for all that you do!



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Local Events


Iowa State Fair – August 7th-17th

“Nothing compares” to the Iowa State Fair. If you will be attending, please stop by the Iowans for LIFE and Iowa Right to Life booths in the Varied Industries Building to encourage the volunteers and to educate yourself on an unborn baby’s development and pro-life issues.

If you would like to volunteer for the Iowans for LIFE booth (and get a free ticket to the Fair that day!) please contact Lisa Bourne at iowansforlife@msn.com. Volunteer shifts are for just three hours. The shift times are 9 am-12 pm, 12-3 pm, 3-6 pm, and 6-9 pm. They would like to have three people during every shift. A few shifts still have openings, so contact them soon!




Gigi’s Playhouse 5K Fundraiser – August 23rd

On Saturday, August 23rd, there will be a 5K run, a 1 mile Buddy Walk, and a Kids Zone with inflatables and more to raise money to support Gigi’s Playhouse in Des Moines, which provides programs and support for children and adults with down syndrome. The event will be held at Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines. From 7:30-9:00 am there will be open registration and t-shirt pick up. The 5K starts at 9:00 am and the Buddy Walk starts at 10:15 am. The cost of registration is $15-$25 depending on your age and whether you choose to do the walk or run.

To learn more about the race, to register, or to sign up to volunteer, see their website HERE


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Next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – September 2nd

The next diocesan pro-life meeting will be on Tuesday, September 2nd at 6 pm at St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale. All are welcome to attend and find out more about Des Moines pro-life initiatives and how you can help!




Agape Pregnancy Center Fundraising Dinner - September 16th

The 3rd annual Agape Pregnancy Center Fundraising Banquet will be held on Tuesday, September 16th at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center on Fleur Drive in Des Moines. Agape is a local crisis pregnancy clinic. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the ministry of Agape. It is by invitation, so if you have not attended in the past and would like to be included in the guest list, please let them know by calling 
515-255-0243. Last year over 400 people attended the banquet! Please help make the banquet a success!




40 Days for Life – September 24th

Save the date for the next 40 Days for Life campaign which will begin on September 24th and go through November 2nd. Start planning your peaceful, prayerful witness. For more details, see their website HERE.


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Life Chain – October 5th

On Sunday, October 5th from 2:00-3:30 pm, the annual Life Chain will be held in Des Moines. Life Chain is an opportunity to peacefully and prayerfully witness to the public about how wonderful unborn babies are and the need to protect them. 

There are several locations, but the one that I know about is at St. Theresa’s Parish (1230 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines). St. Theresa parishioners and those from other churches line the sidewalk by Merle Hay Road and hold positive signs while praying for life. Please join us if you can!




Life is Precious Workshop – October 11th

Save the date for the third annual Life is Precious conference. It will be held at Christ the King Parish and is scheduled for October 11, 2014. The topic this year is end of life issues. More details to come…



Teresa Tomeo & Iowans for LIFE Banquet – October 16th

On October 16th at 6 pm, Teresa Tomeo will be coming as the keynote speaker for the Iowans for LIFE annual banquet. The banquet will take place at the Holiday Inn & Suites on Merle Hay Road, Des Moines. Teresa will speak about “Bringing America Back to Life.”


Teresa Tomeo is an “author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio, and newspaper. Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor and appears frequently on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. She co-hosts the EWTN television series, The Catholic View for Women, and is the field reporter for their annual March for Life coverage in D.C.”

So plan to attend the Iowans for LIFE annual banquet in October to meet Teresa Tomeo! For more information or to REGISTER, see the Iowans for LIFE webpage HERE.




Americans United for Life – Sign Petition to Stop the Freedom of Choice Act

“The pro-abortion “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA) is back, under a misleading new name. We have not faced a bill with such destructive potential in years.

With more pro-life laws passed in the last three years than in the entire previous decade, and after suffering a significant loss in the Hobby Lobby case, President Obama and his Big Abortion allies in the U.S. Senate are now brazenly trying to destroy the efforts that together we have worked for years to create.

The “Women’s Health Protection Act” is destructive to women and their unborn children and is FOCA under a different name. This bill would eliminate:

·  Abortion bans (such as 5 month limits or sex-selection bans)

·  Health and safety standards for abortion clinics

·  Ultrasound requirements

·  Laws limiting state funding for abortion facilities


Please take 1 minute to sign the petition HERE! Thank you!"




Pray to End the Continued Threats Against Religious Freedom

While the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of religious liberty in the Hobby Lobby case, the Senate attempted to overthrow the decision immediately after. The attempt was unsuccessful, but it is a reminder that we are never totally finished. Please keep praying for the protection of religious freedom for for-profit and non-profit organizations. The Priests the Life case continues to move on the legal track also, and that will be one of the biggest cases for religious non-profit groups. Thank you for your prayers!



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Another Iowa Planned Parenthood Location Stops Webcam Abortions

From Iowa Right to Life: “Late this afternoon, we learned that another Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has stopped offering webcam abortions! Cedar Rapids has now become an “abortion referral” location. This marks the third clinic in the last few weeks to stop dangerous, in-house webcam abortions. Twelve clinic have shut their doors for good in the past two years. Fourteen Planned Parenthoods remain, with nine still performing abortions.”





Project Rachel Update

Project Rachel is a post-abortion ministry that Bishop Pates would like to become active in our diocese. Currently there is one volunteer leader, but more are needed to start the ministry. If you would like additional information on Project Rachel and what the volunteer positions entail, please contact Ken Bresnan at kbresnan@catholiccharitiesdm.org. You can also see Project Rachel’s website HERE.


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Pro-Life Pope Francis

From Priests for Life: “On the morning of April 11, 2014, the Holy Father received 470 members of the Italian Movement for Life. Here is an excerpt of his address:

“Human life is sacred and inviolable…. Every civil right is based on the recognition of the first, fundamental right, the right to life, which is not subject to any condition, of a qualitative, economic, and certainly not of an ideological nature... Therefore, it is necessary to reaffirm our solid opposition to any direct offence against life, especially when innocent and defenseless, and the unborn child in its mother’s womb is the quintessence of innocence. Let us remember the words of the Vatican Council II: ‘Therefore from the moment of its conception life must be guarded with the greatest care while abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes’. …”



Have a great rest of the summer everyone! Thanks for all that you do, and may God bless you and your work!

Always,
Rachel  :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Joyful July

As I write this, I’m listening to the sound of another torrential downpour going on outside my home, hoping that there will be no need for the tornado sirens to go off. These big summer storms force us to stay inside for awhile, providing us with brief quiet times punctuating the summer. 

Pro-life activities also seem to slow down a little bit during July and August before starting right back up again with zest in September. So here are some of the final local pro-life events this summer and some coming this fall that you should mark on your calendar. Please pass this information on to your friends and family and plan to attend a few of them. Thank you! And have a great 4th of July!

Local Events



Birdies for Charity Fundraiser to Benefit Iowa Right to Life – July 7-13

From Iowa Right to Life:  The John Deere Classic and Birdies for Charity are raising money for local charities. You can help support the Iowa Right to Life Education Fund by making a pledge for the number of birdies that will be made at this year’s John Deere Classic PGA golf tournament on July 7-13th. Iowa Right to Life hopes to use the funds to support their information booth at Iowa State Fair to share the pro-life message with thousands.

Simply pledge one cent or more for every birdie you think will be made during the tournament. Last year, there were 2,142 birdies, so a one-cent donation would have amounted to $21.42 for the Iowa Right to Life Education Fund. In addition to pledging, you have the opportunity to guess the number of birdies made. If you guess the correct number you could win a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.

To pledge, send your Birdies for Charity pledge form (get it HERE) to: Iowa Right to Life Education Fund, 1500 Illinois Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50314. Iowa Right to Life’s Bird number is 1761. See their website for more details HERE



 


Natural Family Planning Class – July 27th

The next three-part series of classes on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning is scheduled to begin Sunday, July 27th, from 6-8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, West Des Moines. The sympto-thermal method of natural family planning uses a cross-checking system based on three signs of fertility and is 99 percent effective in postponing pregnancy when used properly. It is also highly effective in helping couples of low fertility achieve pregnancy. Cost is a one-time fee of $140 for all course materials, classes, one year of consultation with certified instructors, plus a one-year subscription to Family Foundations magazine. Online registration is required at www.ccli.org

CCL also offers two supplementary classes designed to help couples with natural family planning during postpartum and pre-menopause. For more information, e-mail Kerry or Renee at rjlmcguire@gmail.com.



Next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – September 2nd

The next diocesan pro-life meeting will be on Tuesday, September 2nd at 6 PM at St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale. All are welcome to attend and find out more about Des Moines pro-life initiatives and how you can help!


 


Agape Pregnancy Center Fundraising Dinner - September 16th

The 3rd annual Agape Pregnancy Center Fundraising Banquet will be held on Tuesday, September 16th at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center on Fleur Drive in Des Moines. Agape is a local crisis pregnancy clinic. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the ministry of Agape. It is by invitation, so if you have not attended in the past and would like to be included in the guest list, please let them know by calling 515-255-0243. Last year over 400 people attended the banquet! Please help make the banquet a success!


 


40 Days for Life – September 24th

Save the date for the next 40 Days for Life campaign which will begin on September 24th and go through November 2nd. Start planning your peaceful, prayerful witness. For more details, see their website HERE.


 



Life is Precious Workshop – October 11th

Save the date for the third annual Life is Precious conference. It will be held at Christ the King Parish and is scheduled for October 11, 2014. The topic this year is end of life issues. More details to come…


 


Teresa Tomeo & Iowans for LIFE Banquet – October 16th

On October 16th, Teresa Tomeo will be coming as the keynote speaker for the Iowans for LIFE annual banquet. The banquet will take place at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Des Moines. Teresa Tomeo is an “author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio, and newspaper. Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor and appears frequently on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. She co-hosts the EWTN television series, The Catholic View for Women, and is the field reporter for their annual March for Life coverage in D.C.” So plan to attend the Iowans for LIFE annual banquet in October to meet Teresa Tomeo! For more information, see the Iowans for LIFE webpage HERE.





Breaking News! Supreme Court Gives Hobby Lobby Victory!

From Operation Rescue: The U.S. Supreme issued a 5-4 ruling today in support of Hobby Lobby's objections to being forced to pay for abortion and contraception through Obamacare. The Court ruled that closely held corporations such as Hobby Lobby, are exempt from the Obamacare mandates that violate their religious freedoms. This is a huge win for religious freedom and people of conscience!


 


Iowa Webcam Abortion Situation

Here is an article by Operation Rescue on how “Polk County Judge Jeffery Farrell is currently considering a suit brought by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland against the Iowa Board of Medicine for new rules that ban the webcam abortion system of dispensing abortion pills that was developed in Iowa. A ruling is expected soon.” See the article HERE. Keep praying!


Continued Decrease in Webcam Abortions

From Iowa Right to Life:  Iowa Right to Life learned today that another Des Moines metro location has stopped selling webcam abortions!  The Susan Knapp Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (located by Drake University) no longer offers them at their clinic.  They are now an "abortion referral" location.  This marks the second metro Planned Parenthood in recent weeks to stop offering webcam abortions.  A dozen clinics throughout Iowa have closed in the past two years, including those in Red Oak and Creston, scheduled to close next week.


 


Project Rachel Update

Project Rachel is a post-abortion ministry that Bishop Pates would like to become active in our diocese. Currently there is one volunteer leader, but more are needed to start the ministry. If you would like additional information on Project Rachel and what the volunteer positions entail, please contact Ken Bresnan at kbresnan@catholiccharitiesdm.org. You can also see Project Rachel’s website HERE.


 

Gabriel Project Update

Gabriel Project, which provides practical help for women who choose life for their babies, just celebrated its 10th anniversary in Des Moines. The Gabriel Project averages about one call for help per week... about 52 women helped each year. They do wonderful work, and they are busy. 

More "angel" volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with the moms to drop off cribs, car seats, diapers, etc. (this is scheduled according to the volunteer's personal time available) and volunteers are also needed to answer the phone (this is done in the volunteer's own home). If you would like more information about volunteering please contact Marilyn Sharp at dsharpie@mchsi.com.


 


News – Priests for Life Training for Clergy

Priests for Life has a new project, which sounds great! They are starting the John Cardinal O’ Connor Institute for the Pro-Life Training of the Clergy. The idea is to “train priests and deacons on how to be dynamic preachers of the Gospel of Life… and help end the injustice of legalized abortion-on-demand in America.”

To accomplish this Priests for Life plans to send out priests and pastoral associates to dioceses across the country where they will stay for an extended time to help train priests and deacons and help carry out pro-life work in the diocese. They also plan to bring priests and deacons to their headquarters in Staten Island and train them how to preach on pro-life topics, energize Catholics, and get involved in pro-life work. The project begins this month in the Colorado Springs diocese where Priests for Life has been invited by Bishop, Most Reverend Michael Sheridan. If you would like to support this work, go HERE.





InnerVisions – Volunteers Needed

InnerVisions HealthCare is in need of volunteer nurses and receptionists. Even four hours a week can make a huge difference! Also, volunteers are needed to help with special events and projects! Almost 200 babies have been saved through the work of InnerVisions – your time and effort can truly make a difference! For more information on volunteering, please contact Laura at laura@innervisionshealthcare.org.




Ruth Harbor Wish List

Ruth Harbor is a “6-8 resident home located in Des Moines. It provides young women who are alone and facing unplanned pregnancies a truly viable option, a safe harbor, by providing housing, education, counseling, health care, parenting training or adoption assistance, spiritual support and more for the duration of their pregnancies.” To see a wish list of the needs at Ruth Harbor, click HERE


 


I hope you have a great summer and that you’re getting excited for lots of fun, pro-life events this Fall! May God bless you and your work!


Always,
Rachel  :)