Here is the update for January and February with many exciting pro-life events going on in the Des Moines area. Make sure you notice that the annual Midwest March for Life has been canceled, but will be replaced with a new event in March (see details below). I hope that you and your families can attend some of these events and share the information with others!
Also, remember for any last-minute Christmas shopping you need to do that you can be making a pro-life difference with no extra cost to you. If you buy on Amazon, use Amazon Smile for your purchases and designate Iowans for LIFE Educational Fund, Iowa Right to Life, InnerVisions HealthCare, or another local pro-life charity as your giving option. Your item’s price doesn’t change, but 0.5% of your purchase goes to the charity of your choice. Every little bit helps!
God bless you and your efforts to love life from conception to natural death! Thank you for all you do, and Merry Christmas!
Dying & Death: A Catholic Perspective – January 8th
Holy Trinity Catholic Church will be hosting a free presentation on “Dying & Death: A Catholic Perspective.” It will take place on Sunday, January 8th from 1:30-3:30 pm in the Social Room at Holy Trinity (2926 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310).
Special guest speakers will be Dr. Matt Halbach, Director of the St. Joseph Educational Center, Tom Chapman, Director of the Iowa Catholic Conference, and Marsha Szyczuk, a retired hospice nurse. There will be a panel discussion and Q&A session on the dignity of life and what you can do to learn about and promote the beautiful Catholic teachings on it.
Midwest March for Life Important Change – Was January 14th
IMPORTANT! The annual Midwest March for Life has been canceled. The organizer, Iowa Right to Life, will be focusing on goals of preparing to promote pro-life legislation. See March 30th for the new event that will take its place this year. And the annual Mass for Life that is usually celebrated with the March for Life has been rescheduled.
Mass for Life – January 15th
The annual Mass for Life will take place on Sunday, January 15th at 5 pm at Saints John and Paul Church (1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, IA 50009). The four Bishops of Iowa plan to be there. Come and celebrate Mass for pro-life intentions. All are welcome, no RSVP necessary!
Iowa Institute for Social Action – January 15th
The annual Iowa Institute for Social Action will take place on Sunday, January 15th and Monday, January 16th at Saints John and Paul Catholic Church (1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, 50009). This is an opportunity to learn more about Catholic teaching on various social issues. The emphasis is mostly on poverty issues (which are pro-life issues, especially when approached in the right way), but they also include protecting the elderly and vulnerable in the conference. The institute goes from 1:00 - 6:00 pm on Sunday, and on Monday from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.
The keynote speaker will be Brian Corbin from Catholic Charities USA. There will be breakout sessions on many topics, including "Opposing Doctor-Prescribed Suicide - Death with True Dignity: A Catholic Approach to End of Life Care" presented by Maggie DeWitte, Executive Director of Iowans for Life. The annual Mass for Life will be part of the weekend as well for institute participants and for anyone else who can come.
For more information or to register go to Event Brite HERE.
Choosing An Adoption Agency Presentation – January 22nd
On Sunday, January 22nd from 6:00-8:00 pm, there will be a free presentation on “Choosing Your Adoption Agency.” The talk will be at Walnut Creek Church (900 64th Street, Windsor Heights, IA 50324). New Horizons Adoption Agency will be presenting on what to consider when looking at adoption agencies, what questions to ask, and what resources are available to help you learn about your agency options. There will also be other helpful adoption tips. If you have any questions, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Washington D.C. March for Life – January 25th
There has been a change, and the annual March for Life pilgrimage to Washington D.C. will happen one week later than usual because of the Presidential Inauguration on January 20th. The Iowans for LIFE bus trip will take place from January 25th – 29th. For more information or to register to attend, go to the Iowans for LIFE website HERE.
40 Days for Life – March 1st
Save the dates for 40 Days for Life’s Spring Campaign! 40 Days for Life is a time of prayer, fasting, and peaceful pro-life witness which will take place from March 1st to April 9th. Gather your friends, family, and church members and take time to quietly pray outside of local abortion facilities. For more information, click HERE.
Adoption Group Annual Banquet – March 25th
Beauty Amidst the Ashes, a local group which promotes adoption, will have their annual banquet and dessert auction on Saturday, March 25th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Bethel Baptist Church (313 W. Hwy 7, Newell, 50568). The dinner will be a pasta bar, and afterwards tables can bid on their favorite desserts. There will also be a silent auction. During the dinner there will be a short talk about Beauty Amidst the Ashes and their work advocating for and educating about adoption.
Please RSVP to attend. You can host a table of 8 for no cost. There was no specific cost indicated for the evening, but I’m sure there will be an opportunity to give during the evening as well as for auction choices. For more information or to register, e-mail email@example.com (with “Banquet Dinner” in the subject line).
Midwest March for Life Rescheduled – March 30th
As of today, Iowa Right to Life has decided to cancel the Midwest March for Life to focus on preparing for the new legislative session which begins in January, but “it will be replaced with a vigil in the Capitol Rotunda on March 30, 2017. The goal is to have 4,000 participants represent the lives lost to abortion in Iowa in 2015.”
Because the Senate can no longer block pro-life legislative measures as easily, there is a good chance that some could be passed. It will help to show the legislators that pro-life issues are important to many voters. So save the date for this opportunity. More information will be coming soon!
Des Moines “Birth Mother Connect” Support Group
From Beauty Amidst the Ashes: “For many women, the choice to place their unborn child for adoption is an excruciatingly painful one. Committed to giving their child the gift of life and struggling with the loss can be overwhelming. Dealing with this inner battle often times leads to feelings of guilt, shame, and regret.
To provide birth mothers a place to find support, Beauty Amidst the Ashes is beginning a Birth Mother Support Group. The circle of support group offers opportunities for birth mothers to build connections and provide a path for healing. This will be accomplished by meeting other birth mothers and empowering women to share their stories.” For more information, contact Brigett De Vos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petition to Irish Government to Stop Legalization of Abortion
Ireland is considering repealing their 8th Amendment, which would legalize abortion. Please take one minute or less to sign this petition that will be sent to the Irish Citizen’s Assembly. To sign the petition, click HERE. Thank you!
Fr. James Linton Petition
According to CitizenGo.org: “Recently Father James Linton was arrested outside the San Bernardino Planned Parenthood for standing on public property and offering prayer and counseling to mothers and fathers considering abortion. Father Linton was arrested for ‘obstructing access to a business,’ held by police for six hours, and ordered to appear in court. If convicted, Father Linton may be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and a $400 fine.”
Please sign the petition to drop the charges against Fr. Linton HERE.
With big wins at the federal and state levels of government, we need to continue to fast and pray for true pro-life improvements! According to Iowa Right to Life: “From the White House to the Iowa Statehouse, life was protected in [November’s] historic elections!” 65 out of 87 of the pro-life candidates were elected who had made Iowa Right to Life’s preferred candidate list. We also look forward to a pro-life judge being chosen for the Supreme Court.
Free "Dangers of Assisted Suicide" Webinar Replay Available
Life Legal Defense Foundation recently put on a webinar where Bishop Robert Barron, Hugh Hewitt, and Pastor Rick Warren talked about the dangers of assisted suicide. Learn why assisted suicide is a threat to human dignity and the sanctity of human life. You can watch the recording of the webinar HERE.
Rapper Nick Cannon Says Planned Parenthood Commits “Genocide” Against Africans Americans
If you are interested, click HERE to read an article from Lifenews.com about how African American rapper, Nick Cannon, shares publicly that Planned Parenthood is hurting the African American community and that his family’s Christian faith inspires him to share the truth.
Iowans for LIFE Administrative Volunteer Needed
From Iowans for LIFE: “Iowans for LIFE is looking for a volunteer one to two days a week to work on data entry and other administrative tasks. The ideal candidate would be able to work at least one day per week at our office in the East Village; moms with kids (we have a great little play area), retirees, or anyone with computer skills and a little time on their hands is the right person for the job. For more information, please contact Executive Director, Maggie Dewitte at email@example.com.”
Ruth Harbor Back-up Houseparents Needed
Ruth Harbor is an organization which cares for pregnant young women in need of support in a home in Des Moines. They are currently searching for back-up house parents, who could sometimes stay at the house to “supervise and support our residents for a few hours or a couple days when the lead house parents are off duty or out of town.” To learn more about the job description and how to apply click HERE.
InnerVisions HealthCare Update
InnerVisions HealthCare, a local crisis pregnancy clinic, is doing some exciting news things! According to the diocesan pro-life meeting minutes, they have expanded their hours to assist more women. Also, they are now providing “First Trimester Care” to provide extra support for women who have chosen life for their unborn baby. This includes “not only education, ultrasounds, and overall support, but also valuable nutritional and material support.”
If your church or pro-life group is interested in doing a baby bottle fundraiser for InnerVisions, you can contact Bryan Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pro-life Pope Francis
Thanks for all you do to love life! Merry Christmas!
Rachel : )