Thursday, January 1, 2015

Jolly January

It’s a new year! Even though the weather outside is chilly, I hope that your inner warmth has been renewed by a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s Day! My family and I had an excellent Christmas celebration, and I love that the New Year always provides an opportunity for a fresh start and to look more closely at what we are doing and why.

So if you are the type of person who makes resolutions (I know I am!), consider making a pro-life resolution as one of them! Some ideas:  join a local pro-life group or e-mail list to learn about volunteer opportunities, drop off diapers at a crisis pregnancy clinic, organize family and friends to pray for a few hours during the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign, attend the Midwest March for Life, or watch and share positive pro-life videos or messages through e-mail or Facebook . Even one, relatively easy action will make a difference.

Thanks for all you do, and I hope that you have a blessed coming year!

Local Events

Midwest March for Life & Mass 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 with friends and family to witness for life. Watch and share the 3-minute event trailer HERE

Here is the schedule:

9:00 am –  Annual Mass for Life – Bishop Pates and Archbishop Jackels will lead the annual Mass for Life at St. Ambrose Cathedral (607 High Street, Des Moines). After Mass they will participate in the march as well.

10:45 am – Meet Up for March - March participants will meet on the west steps of the Iowa State Capitol Building (1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines). Remember to dress warm!  Iowa Right to Life will provide some signs. You can bring your own also, but condemning or hurtful signs will not be tolerated.

11:00 am – Midwest March for Life Begins – After opening prayer and remarks, participants will march from the Capitol Building to the Iowa Supreme Court (a pretty short distance).

12:30 pm – Luncheon and Workshops – A luncheon and workshops will be held at the Iowa Events Center. During the luncheon listen to keynote speaker, Josh Brahm, a pro-life apologist. Reservations are requested for attendance at the luncheon program by Friday, January 9th, to ensure enough food.

After the luncheon until 2:30 pm there will be break-out sessions with various pro-life speakers that you can attend as desired. To learn more about the speakers, go HERE

Please RSVP if you plan to attend the luncheon, workshops, or youth rally HERE.  

March for Life Pilgrimage – January 20th

The Iowans for LIFE annual March for Life 2015 pilgrimage will take place on Tuesday, January 20th – Saturday, January 24th, 2015. Please pray for their trip!

40 Days for Life – February 18th

Mark your calendar for the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign which will take place from February 18th to March 29th. Bring together family, friends, and church members to be a peaceful and prayerful witness in front of abortion facilities to be there in case anyone needs help or hope.

Next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – March 3rd

You are welcome to attend the next diocesan pro-life meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd, at 6 pm at St. Pius X Church in Urbandale. Come to be encouraged and to learn more about positive and creative pro-life initiatives.


InnerVisions Staff Position Available

InnerVisions has an opening for an Executive Assistant/Event Planner (approximately 20 hours/week and the schedule is flexible). The position would involve “assisting the Executive Director with special projects and coordination of fundraising event planning.”

For questions, including requirements of the position, please e-mail Jenny Condon, Executive Director email

If you know of any excellent pro-life candidates for this new opportunity at InnerVisions HealthCare, please share this with them.

Gabriel Project Update

Gabriel Project Des Moines is in search of a new volunteer director. Gabriel Project is a pro-life organization that matches women in crisis pregnancy situations with “angel” volunteers who will help meet their practical needs with the organization’s resources.

Marilyn Sharp, an amazing woman, will continue to be the volunteer director until September 1, 2015, and then will transition to be an “angel” helper. The Board of Gabriel Project would like to identify someone to be the director soon so that person could be trained and ready before September. The Gabriel Project asks you to prayerfully consider this rewarding service to women in difficult situations and their babies. If you are interested or would like more information, e-mail Marilyn Sharp at

Support Priests for Law in the Religious Freedom Lawsuit

Encourage Priests for Life in 1-minute with a prepared message of support for them as they continue the legal battle against the HHS Mandate. Send a prepared e-mail HERE. Click on the first alert "Stand with your Priests and Pastors to Defend Religious Liberty - 12/22/2014." The prepared message will pop up and you can send it off to encourage them. Thank you!


Short FREE Pro-Life Film – Mitosis

An 18-year-old director, Hannah Victoria, has made a 14-minute, beautiful film about the ripple effects of one choice, including the loss created by a choice for abortion.  Mitosis is about “a young doctor who, after making a promise to a childhood friend, sets out to find a cure for cancer.” The film is done beautifully and in a thought-provoking way. Just to make us think about how the choices we make affect everyone around us and the wider world. 

The film was funded through the fundraiser website, Kickstarter. When Victoria reached her goal, she announced that the film would be released for free. She has posted it on YouTube, so please watch it and share it. I’m really impressed with its thoughtful (not harsh or painful) and beautiful approach, which could start dialogue with many people who aren’t sure what they think about the issue. I'm sure older kids could get a lot out of this movie with discussion.

Watch the short movie on YouTube HERE

Thanks for all you do! God bless you and your work! And Happy New Year!

Rachel  : )