One tradition that my family has is doing birthday presents for Jesus throughout Advent. We do a variety of service and after each one we write what we did on a notecard and put it in a gift box at the bottom of our little Christmas tree. Then before we open any presents on Christmas, we open the box and remember the gifts we gave Jesus since it is His birthday : )
If you are looking for a new way to prepare your heart for meeting Jesus at Christmas, I would challenge you to do some pro-life service this month (among other types of service too). You could do things like meeting the needs of crisis pregnancy clinics (many have wish lists you can look up online) or encouraging a single mom or adoptive family with a card and a giftcard so they can do something special. You could also volunteer for a few hours at a pro-life organization, pray for an end to abortion and pray for those effected by abortion, or attend a pro-life fundraiser.
Whatever you do, thank you for loving life and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
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. This event is family friendly! There will be special events for kids and a visit from St. Nicholas!
Adult tickets are $25, students are $5, and children 10 & under are FREE. Funds raised go to both Iowans for Life and Iowa Right to Life. To register or learn more, go HERE or call 515-255-3162.
Midwest March for Life – January 17th
Don’t miss 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.
March participants will meet on the west steps of the Iowa State Capitol Building (1007 E Grand Avenue, Des Moines). Remember to dress warm! After the march there will be a luncheon (please RSVP) and workshops at a nearby location. This year’s keynote speaker is Josh Brahm, a pro-life apologist. There are many other excellent speakers who will be there to lead workshops.
To RSVP for the luncheon or workshops or for more details about the schedule and speakers, go HERE.
CHANGE for Annual Mass for Life – now January 17th
There has been a change and I have been told that the annual Mass for Life will now be one of the activities that will be part of the Midwest March for Life on Saturday, January 17th. It will not be at St. Theresa Parish. More details to come…
March for Life Pilgrimage – January 20th
The annual March for Life 2015 pilgrimage will take place on Tuesday, January 20th – Saturday, January 24th, 2015. They will accept people until the buses are full, so if you are still interested in going, contact Iowans for LIFE to see if there are any spots left. For more details about the march, hotel and food details, cost, and how to register, see the Iowans for LIFE website HERE.
NCHLA – Urgent! Urge Passage of ANDA
From NCHLA & USCCB:
"NCHLA has just issued an Action Alert urging passage of the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA). Messages to your US Representatives and Senators are needed to support this pro-life legislation!
Recently, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) ordered all health plans under its jurisdiction to provide coverage for all abortions. Other states are considering similar proposals.
California’s action violates federal law. The Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA) will make sure this is clear. In a November 17 letter to Congress, the U.S. Bishops urge Congress to incorporate ANDA into must-pass funding legislation at the earliest possible opportunity.
Congress is now preparing funding legislation that must be passed by Dec. 11. This funding debate may extend into the new year. Please encourage people to contact their U.S. Representatives and Senators today!"
Take one minute to send a prepared e-mail to your legislators telling them to support this important legislation HERE.
InnerVisions Job Openings
InnerVisions HealthCare Clinic has job openings for a staff nurse (this could be one full-time person or a part-time job share between two nurses), a Director of Advancement (25-30 hrs/week), and an Executive Assistant (20 hrs/week). For more information about the positions, e-mail Jenny Condon at Jenny@innervisionshealthcare.
Iowa Right to Life – Election Results
Iowa Right to Life:
"We are thrilled to announce that of the 73 candidates we selected for our Preferred Candidate List, 58 won! On Election Day 2014, you were again the voice for the voiceless - Iowa's unborn, elderly and disabled."
Please pray for pro-life advances at the State Capitol as they start on January 12, 2015.
Court Rules Against Priests for Life Lawsuit
Summarized from Priests for Life:
On Friday, November 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against Priests for Life's challenge to the HHS mandate in the case Priests for Life et al. vs. US Dept. of HHS et al.
Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life, commented, "As we have said from the beginning, Priests for Life will not obey the HHS mandate. To ask a group of priests to cooperate in the government's plan to expand access to birth control and abortion-inducing drugs is about as contrary to religious freedom as you can get."
Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, which represents Priests for Life in this case, stated, "This decision by the D.C. Circuit, a court that was recently packed by Obama through Harry Reid's nuclear option, totally disregards the meaning of material cooperation as our Church teaches it… This battle is not over. We will continue our fight for religious freedom by challenging this decision in the U.S. Supreme Court."
For more information on this case, on Priests for Life's response, and what you can do, see IStandWithPFL.com.
This two minute silent video promoting adoption was eye-opening. The orphan boy is the same age as my son. I highly recommend you watch this short video HERE and pass it on.
Thanks for all you do to love life! Keep up the good work! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Rachel : )