Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Delightful December

Advent is here, and Christmas is coming! If you are looking for a way to prepare your heart for meeting Jesus at Christmas, I would challenge you to do some pro-life service this month or to remember local pro-life organizations in your year-end giving.

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, fast for the upcoming religious freedom Supreme Court cases, or attend a pro-life fundraiser. 

Whatever you do, thank you for loving life, and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!  

Local Events


Diocesan Respect Life Meeting

The next Diocesan Respect Life Meeting will be Tuesday, December 1st at 6 pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church (3663 66th St, Urbandale, IA 50322). Come to learn more about the pro-life initiatives in Des Moines and how you can be a part of them.

It’s a Wonderful Life Dinner & Musical – December 12th

Get ready for the holiday season by having a nice evening out for dinner and a beautiful show of Christmas and Broadway music on Saturday, December 12th. Many of Des Moines’ top musicians and singers will be sharing their talents. This annual event is a fundraiser that supports Iowans for LIFE, and it is organized by Holy Trinity Respect Life Committee.

Dinner will begin at 6 pm, and the show at 7 pm. It will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Social Room (2926 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines). Adults are $30, students $8, and children 10 and under are FREE. Reservations are necessary. Childcare is also provided, but reservations are required for childcare also. Click HERE to get your tickets.


Midwest March for Life – January 16th

The 4th Annual Midwest March for Life is on Saturday, January 16, 2016.

Schedule for the Day

9:30 am – Mass for Life at St. Ambrose Cathedral with the Catholic Bishops of Iowa

11:00 am – Meet for the march on the west steps of the State Capitol building.

12:30 pm – Lunch and pro-life presentations. Keynote speaker is Melissa Ohden, an Iowan native and abortion survivor.

Click HERE to see the trailer for the 2016 march.

Download and share the event flyers HERE with your friends and family.  


March for Life Pilgrimage to Washington DC – January 20th-24th

There are still a very limited number of seats available for the Washington D.C. March for Life!

Iowans for LIFE will be leading its annual pilgrimage to the March For Life in Washington, DC on January 22, 2016. Registration and payments received by November 1st will be secured. After November 1st they will take registrations until the buses are full.

The cost of the trip is $375 per participant. Participants under age 18 must travel with a chaperone. The $375 fee covers the bus transportation and a hotel stay (4 to a room) for two nights. For additional fees, private and semi-private rooms can possibly be reserved.

Trip Schedule:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - Departure from several Iowa locations in the mid/late afternoon. Travel will continue overnight on the bus.

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Arrival in Washington D.C. in the afternoon; free time and worship opportunities in Washington D.C.

Friday, January 22, 2016 - Youth Rally, worship opportunities and March for Life events in the morning. March for Life midday; free time in Washington D.C.

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - Free day to explore Washington D.C.; departure for Iowa in the evening; travel continues overnight on the bus. Worship opportunity available.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - Arrival in Iowa locations in the late afternoon/early evening.

If you would like more information, please email iowansforlife@msn.com.



Support DCHS Pro-Life Week

At the end of October, the Dowling Catholic High School Students for Life group hosted an educational, pro-life week for all of the students called Life is Beautiful week. Throughout the week they did things like have a day of silent solidarity for human life, did a pro-life rosary, hosted a showing of the Horton Hears a Who movie, had a Mass for Life, and did a thought-provoking Cemetery of the Innocents with crosses representing unborn babies whose lives were lost.

DCHS Students for Life would like to make this week an annual tradition at DCHS. Please consider writing the Dowling administration - Dr. Deegan, Mr. Meedering, and/or Mrs. Arnold a short, positive email showing your support for Life is Beautiful Week and thanking them for facilitating it.  Here is their contact info: 

Dr. Deegan, President of DCHS: jdeegan@dowlingcatholic.org 

Mr. Meendering, Principal of DCHS: mmeendering@dowlingcatholic.org 

Mrs. Arnold, Assistant Principal: earnold@dowlingcatholic.org 

If the administration knows this educational week has the support of local Catholic parents and DCHS alumni, they will be much more likely to allow it become an annual tradition.  Please feel free to ask friends and DCHS alumni to send a quick note of support/encouragement/approval to the DCHS administration as well.  

Ruth Harbor Looking for Backup House Parents

Ruth Harbor is looking for Back-up House Parents. Ruth Harbor is a special home for pregnant young women facing an unplanned pregnancy.

House Parent Backups play a key, part-time role on our team serving young women. The position is both challenging and rewarding, and reports directly to the House Parents, under the direction of the Executive Director. House Parent Backups oversee the daily operations of the house while the primary House Parents are off-duty. Successful House Parent Backups must be able to provide constant resident supervision and display a willingness to enforce all the rules and guidelines set forth in the Resident Handbook. Learn more about this opening in the full job description HERE.



Legislative Update

- According to a Live Action article, the Supreme Court has agreed to accept and merge all of the non-profit organization lawsuits against the HHS Mandate. This includes the Priests for Life lawsuit and the Little Sisters of the Poor lawsuit. This is a very big deal for religious freedom. Please fast and pray for the outcome of this case!!!

If you feel called to support Priests for Life financially with all of the costs of the court case, click HERE to donate.

- The U.S. House of Representatives elected pro-life Representative Paul Ryan as the new speaker.

- China has reportedly changed its policy to now allow Chinese citizens to have two children instead of only one. 



Thank you for loving life, even during this busy holiday season!  God bless your work!


Rachel  : )