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 email@example.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.
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 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!
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.
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!