40 Days for Life – September 24th–November 2nd
The 40 Days for Life campaign continues through November 2nd. Please join in the peaceful, prayerful witness for life at one of the local abortion facilities. For more details about the sites in Iowa, see the 40 Days for Life website HERE.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Retreat – October 4th
On Saturday, October 4th, from 9 am – 4 pm, there will be a healing retreat for any couple who has experienced any type of pregnancy or infant loss at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Urbandale (3663 66th Street, Urbandale). The retreat is FREE, and lunch and snacks will be provided.
The retreat is being sponsored by the Des Moines Marriage and Family Life Office. To register for the retreat, go HERE or e-mail immaculatehoperetreats@gmail.
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 a few other local parishes line the sidewalk by Merle Hay Road and hold positive signs while praying for life. Please join us if you can!
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 Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic radio talkshow host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio, and newspaper," according to her website. Teresa will speak about “Bringing America Back to Life.”
So plan to attend the Iowans for LIFE annual banquet in October to meet Teresa Tomeo! It is going to be wonderful! For more information or to register, see the Iowans for LIFE webpage HERE.
Register for March for Life Pilgrimage – Before November 1st
The annual March for Life 2015 pilgrimage will take place on Tuesday, January 20th – Saturday, January 24th, 2015. Register for the trip before November 1st to secure your spot on a bus. For more details about the march, hotel and food details, cost, and how to register, see the Iowans for LIFE website HERE.
Ruth Harbor Banquet – November 6th
The Ruth Harbor fundraising banquet will take place on Thursday, November 6th, from 7 – 9 pm, at the Embassy Suites (101 E Locust Street, Des Moines). The evening will include testimonies from young women whose lives have been touched by Ruth Harbor and there will be laughing and learning with comedian Mike Williams.
According to the Ruth Harbor website, “Mike G. Williams is a nationally known speaker and writer who has a passion for life. He is heard daily on the SiriusXM Satellite radio's Laugh USA. He has recorded 14 CD's, 4 DVD's and written 6 books. His own personal adoption story and the rescue and subsequent adoption of his son will move you to tears of joy. Each of Mike's presentations are given in a very positive humorous direction that will leave every listener feeling encouraged and empowered to make a difference. Mike will have you rolling on the floor with laughter, while simultaneously building your reverence for the work of Ruth Harbor.”
To register, see their website HERE.
Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortive Healing Retreat – November 7th
It isn’t in Des Moines, but nearby in Kansas City there will be a Rachel’s Vineyard Post-Abortive Healing Retreat from November 7th-9th. To see a one-minute YouTube video to find out if this free retreat is for you or for someone you know, see HERE. For more confidential retreat information or to register e-mail email@example.com
Diocesan Quarterly Meeting – December 2nd
Save the date for the next quarterly Diocesan Pro-Life meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6 pm at St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale.
‘Three Divas & A Guy’ Pro-Life Gala – December 13th
Save the date for the 2nd annual "Three Divas and a Guy" dinner and a show on December 13th at Holy Trinity Parish. It will be presented as a Broadway musical review with dinner by Fr. Michael Amadeo at 5:30 pm and the show at 7 pm. Funds raised go to both Iowans for Life and Iowa Right to Life. More details coming soon…
Send a 1-minute Prepared Message to your US Senators –
Unbiased Government Source Says that the Affordable Care Act Pays for Abortions
According to NCHLA, “on September 15th the U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report identifying over a thousand health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that cover elective abortions, many of which do not inform enrollees about the inclusion or cost of abortion coverage. These problems flow directly from defects in the ACA.”
Please urge your two U.S. Senators to co-sponsor and support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Acts. The Senate will be in session starting November 12th. To send your prepared messages to your Senators today in one minute or less, click HERE.
Give to InnerVisions through your United Way workplace giving?
Many corporations in central Iowa strongly encourage all employees to participate in their annual fundraising campaign through the United Way. Did you know you can participate in your workplace campaign and determine where your donations will go? Simply write in InnerVisions Healthcare as your charity of choice and your contribution will be used to support InnerVisions HealthCare. Thank you for supporting InnerVisions throughout the year!
Information you will need: Employer Identification Number (EIN): #45-3790483
InnerVisions HealthCare, 1355 50th Street, Suite 400, West Des Moines, IA 50266, 515-440-2273
Opening for Development Director at InnerVisions
At InnerVisions HealthCare the Development Director works to advance the clinic's mission by securing the financial resources necessary to sustain and expand the organizations ongoing mission to empower and educate.
This candidate must have a bachelor's degree, be experienced and successful in the areas of public relations, communications, or marketing (with experience in fundraising a plus), and be well connected to the Greater Des Moines Christian community. He or she must have a passion for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.
The Development Director position is primarily a 4-day work week with an occasional evening when asked to represent the clinic in a public speaking capacity or occasional weekend when facilitating a clinic sponsored event.
If you are interested and would like to discuss this opportunity - please email Jenny Condon, Executive Director, at jenny@innervisionshealthcare.
Pro-Life Pope Francis
“Abortion compounds the grief of many women who now carry with them deep physical and spiritual wounds after succumbing to the pressures of a secular culture which devalues God’s gift of sexuality and the right to life of the unborn...We also observe with great concern, and can only deplore, an increase in violence against women and children. All these realities threaten the sanctity of marriage, the stability of life in the home and consequently the life of society as a whole.”
(On April 25th, 2014, to a group of bishops from South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland)
Thanks for all you do for the love of life! Keep up the good work!
Rachel : )