Register for March for Life Pilgrimage – November 1st
The annual March for Life 2015 pilgrimage will take place on Tuesday, January 20th – Saturday, January 24th, 2015. Register for the trip by November 1st to secure your spot on a bus. After November 1st, places will be available until buses are full. For more details about the march, hotel and food details, cost, and how to register, see the Iowans for LIFE website HERE.
Iowa Elections – November 4th
Make sure to vote on Tuesday, November 4th! Iowa Right to Life has a list of preferred candidates based on their pro-life positions and voting record. To see their preferred candidate list go HERE. Please also remember to pray for the results of the election!
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, click HERE. For confidential retreat information or to register e-mail email@example.com
NFP Postpartum Class - November 17th
Part of being pro-life means not using artificial contraception for many health and moral reasons. Natural Family Planning, such as the sympto-thermal method, involves using knowledge of a woman’s cycle to either postpone or achieve a pregnancy.
Couple to Couple League offers local classes on the sympto-thermal method of NFP. One of the classes is on the changes that happen after a baby is born and the signs of returning fertility. This class is recommended 1-2 months before or after your due date.
The Dawsons are offering a Postpartum Transitions Class at Little Padded Seats (Valley West Mall - Lower Level by Younkers) on Monday, November 17th from 6-8 p.m. For more information or to register for the class, see the CCL website HERE (to register for the class, click on the red "Search/Register for Classes" tab).
HOPE Adoption Conference – November 22nd
On Saturday, November 22, 2014, there will be an Adoption Conference at Walnut Creek Church (900 64th Street, Windsor Heights). There will be educational workshops on the adoption process, special guests, testimonies from adoptive families and individuals, and informational booths from adoption and pro-life organizations. I believe the event is free, also.
To register for the adoption conference and to see the workshops available, go HERE. To learn more about the conference and see a short video on it, go HERE.
InnerVisions Fall Dinner Dance – November 22nd
The Central Iowa Knights of Columbus are hosting a Fall dinner dance that will support InnerVisions HealthCare on Saturday, November 22nd, at 6:30 pm in the Saints John & Paul Parish Hall (1401 1st Avenue South, Altoona). This will be a wonderful evening out with a fabulous dinner of either roasted pork loin or vegetarian pasta, sides, dessert, and beer or wine. There will also be dancing and live and silent auctions where you can start your Christmas shopping.
Your donation of $50 for the event and the proceeds from the auctions will all go to benefit InnerVisions HealthCare in their mission to offer free help to women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy. Through their work over 200 babies (and their mothers) have been saved from the negative effects of abortion.
RSVP by November 17th. To register, go HERE.
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. Attend the meeting to learn about what local pro-life initiatives are available and how you can get involved.
‘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 in the Social Room (2926 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines). The evening will include dinner by Fr. Michael Amadeo at 6 pm and a Broadway musical review show at 7:15 pm.
Funds raised go to both Iowans for Life and Iowa Right to Life. Adult tickets are $25, students are $5, and children 10 & under are FREE. To register or learn more, go HERE.
Midwest March for Life – January 17th
Save the date for the 3rd annual Midwest March for Life on Saturday, January 17, 2015, in Des Moines! Walk by the capitol building in Des Moines with friends and family to witness for life. Watch and share the event trailer HERE.
Annual Mass for Life - January 19th
The annual Mass for Life will be held on Monday, January 19th at 6 pm at St. Theresa Parish (1230 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines). Bishop Pates will offer Mass in remembrance of those lost to abortion and will bless those going on the March for Life to Washington D.C. All are welcome! Please attend and invite friends and family. There will be a reception with dessert in the parish hall after Mass.
Continue to Pray to End Webcam Abortions in Iowa
Please continue to pray for an end to webcam abortions in Iowa!
From Iowa Catholic Conference: Webcam Abortion Continues for Now
“A Polk County District Court judge ruled in favor of the Iowa Board of Medicine in August and upheld its right to discontinue webcam abortions in Iowa. However, Planned Parenthood has appealed the decision to the Iowa Supreme Court. Webcam abortions are being allowed to continue while the Supreme Court decides whether to grant a review.”
Educational and Inspirational: Down Syndrome Video
This short video by an Italian down syndrome awareness organization is a reply to a mother who has just found out that her unborn baby will have Down Syndrome. She is scared and wonders what kind of life her baby will have. Several children and adults with Down Syndrome respond to her worries and tell her that her child will have a happy life in this inspirational video. See the video HERE.
Thank you for all that you do to love life! Keep up the great work!
Rachel : )