I also hope that you will include a pro-life resolution among your New Year’s resolutions to keep making pro-life service, education, or advocacy part of your family’s year. Thanks for all you do!
Midwest March for Life – January 16th
The 4th Annual Midwest March for Life is on Saturday, January 16, 2016. This is a good, local alternative for those of us who won’t make the pilgrimage to the Washington D.C. March for Life this year. Come for all of the events or just for the march (since it’s January the march is pretty short – just a quick walk around the Capitol Building).
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.
Download and share the event flyers HERE with your friends and family.
March for Life Pilgrimage to Washington DC – January 20th-24th
Iowans for LIFE will be leading its annual pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, DC from Wednesday, January 20th – Sunday, January 24th. The actual march will be on Friday, January 22nd. Please pray for the trip and the march to inspire the pilgrims and many others to recognize the value of life from conception to natural death (including national lawmakers).
Volunteer Open House and Opportunities – January 30th
On Saturday, January 30th at 10 am at Ruth Harbor (534 42nd Street, Des Moines) there will be a Volunteer Open House. Hear about numerous volunteer opportunities including babysitting, introducing a hobby, or teaching life-skills like budgeting, job skill development, resume building, etc. Men are welcomed too as maintenance, repair projects, and plumbing are frequently needed. Come tour the house and learn how you can share your skills and interests with Ruth Harbor residents.
For a list of current volunteer job descriptions or to download a volunteer application, click HERE. You can also request to join our Volunteer Update List at Volunteer@RuthHarbor.org.
40 Days for Life – February 10th
The Spring 40 Days for Life campaign will be from February 10th – March 20th. Start thinking about organizing family, friends, and fellow parishioners to quietly pray, witness, and be available to offer help in front of local Planned Parenthood abortion facilities. This will be during Lent, so it’s a great time to pray and fast for pro-life causes.
Couple to Couple League NFP Class – February 21st
[This is included because Natural Family Planning is an important part of being pro-life that many people are just finding about].
The next Couple to Couple League class on the symptom-thermal method of natural family planning will begin Sunday, February 21st from 6-8:30 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Online registration is required at register.ccli.org. For more information, e-mail the McGuires at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also NEW options for the class including live online and self-paced online classes. For more details click HERE.
The sympto-thermal method of natural family planning uses a cross-checking system based on three signs of female fertility. It is 99 percent effective in postponing pregnancy when used properly and can be highly effective in helping couples of low fertility achieve pregnancy. For more information on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning, visit the Couple to Couple League website at www.ccli.org.
Gigi’s Playhouse Gala – February 27th
Gigi’s Playhouse is a Down Syndrome Achievement Center located in Des Moines. Gigi’s Playhouse offers educational and therapeutic programs free of charge to children and adults with Down Syndrome and their families.
They are having a fundraising gala entitled “I Have a Voice” on Saturday, February 27th, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. For more information and to order tickets, click HERE.
Diocesan Respect Life Meeting – March 1st
The next Diocesan Respect Life Meeting will be Tuesday, March 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.
Recap of Life is Precious Workshop at Christ the King
If you missed the annual Life is Precious Workshop at Christ the King Church this Fall which focused on End of Life issues, you can see YouTube videos of the event. Click HERE to get to the first video. There are six, all with the same type of title “Life is Precious Pt1” but with the number changing each time. Enjoy!
Down Syndrome Awareness
This may be a good option to do at your church:
St. Pius recently showed the beautiful pictorial display created by Gigi’s Playhouse (their gala is mentioned above), which shows pictures of children and adults with Down Syndrome and how positive and beautiful their lives are. To find out more about how you could also bring this to your church, contact Gigi’s Playhouse. Click HERE to see their website.
St. Pius showed this display for two weeks in October, because October is Respect Life month and Down Syndrome Awareness month. The display was well received. Good idea St. Pius Pro-Life Committee!
- From Family Research Council:
In the late Fall both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed a bill that including defunding Planned Parenthood as part of it, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.
Now the House can vote to send this pro-life bill to President Obama’s desk, where he will have to sign the bill or veto it. A vote is expected around January 6th (tomorrow!). Please e-mail today to urge your House members to vote for this bill HERE. Click on the blue action button “Take Action.”
- From the Susan B. Anthony List:
Please send a quick, prepared e-mail to our U.S. Senators from Iowa thanking them for voting for the recent bill defunding Planned Parenthood. This is a big deal since usually pro-life bills can pass the U.S. House of Representatives, but not the U.S. Senate. Please thank them HERE.
- From Priests for Life:
The Supreme Court will be reviewing the Priests for Life case against the HHS mandate, combined with six other cases (including two dioceses and the Little Sisters of the Poor), in the coming months. A decision is expected by the end of June. Please pray for the lawsuit's victory and for the HHS mandate to be reversed.
- From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB):
In 2009, an operating room nurse named Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo “was forced to participate in a 22-week abortion against her clearly stated advance objections.” Her nursing licensing and job had been threatened. “Cathy sued the hospital, which had said that she and other nurses could be forced into the situation again. But while her employer’s coercion was illegal, she had no recourse in court and her case was dismissed.” Cathy tells her story in the USCCB YouTube video: “Stand with Cathy for Conscience Rights!” Click HERE to see this 1-minute video.
These things can happen because current federal laws have loopholes that make conscience rights unsure and there isn’t a law that gives individuals like Cathy a “private right of action’ to defend their rights in court.
Help protect the conscience rights of healthcare providers by telling Congress to support ANDA, the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act when the next opportunity arises. This bill would “close the current loopholes and provide that essential right of action.”
Pro-Life Pope Francis
According a Lifenews article, during Pope Francis’s recent visit to Kenya, he said, “We are also called to resist practices which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women, and threaten the life of the innocent unborn.”
Pope Francis also said, “Our faith in God’s word calls us to support families in their mission in society, to accept children as a blessing for our world, and to defend the dignity of each man and woman, for all of us are brothers and sisters in the one human family.”
Thanks for all you do to love life! Hope you have a great New Year!
Rachel : )