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July 3, 2018
Dear Parish Pro-Life Coordinator,

I hope the summer is treating you and your family well. Before we get into the great summer pro-life lineup, please mark your calendars for our 2018 40 Days for Life  beginning Sept. 26 through Nov. 4. This year we will be back at the Dallas Planned Parenthood abortion facility, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Make plans to join us for this year's kickoff rally on Sept. 25, 7 p.m., at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship

Sign-ups to adopt day(s) during 40 Days for Life are going on NOW. Please contact Susan Platt at 214-392-7545 or  40days@prolifedallas.org  to reserve your parish or group's day. If possible, please give Susan a first and second choice option. Also  please remember, weekends are popular, but weekday adoptions are critically needed. More information will be coming soon at  prolifedallas.org/40days

IT'S ALMOST HERE: This Saturday is the big event of the summer. The  BATTLE LINES FOR LIFE CONFERENCE on July 7, at Immaculate Conception parish in Grand Prairie . We will mark the anniversary of   Humanae Vitae  with a bilingual conference covering
our journey from that prophetic message 50 years ago to the current call to evangelize the Gospel of Life against growing threats to human dignity. 

The conference will feature international expert  Dr. Pilar Calva on end-of-life challenges.

Additional topics will include abortion, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, same-sex unions and the death penalty.  Click here to register now for $10 / person.

SUMMER MASS AND ROSARY FOR LIFE!
Be sure to join us for our annual  Summer Mass and Rosary for Life on July 14 at  St. Patrick in Dallas. Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m., followed by a bilingual rosary procession by bus to  Southwestern abortion facilityAmidst our vacation plans, it is important  that we pause to pray and stand witness for LIFE!

DEADLINE: YOUTH FOR LIFE PRO-LIFE BOOT CAMP 
July 20 is the deadline to register for Youth for Life's Overnight Boot Camp July 27-31 at University of Dallas in Irving. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for teens for total pro-life immersion.  Chaperones are also needed. More details and registraiton here.

NEXT PARISH PRO-LIFE COORDINATORS MEETING
Please mark your calendars: The next Parish Pro-Life Coordinators Meeting is  August 11  from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes parish. If you cannot attend, please send a representative in your place. 

SAVE THE DATE: CPLC CLASSIC PRO-LIFE CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Are you a golfer or do you know one?  Please spread the word about our annual charity golf tournament on Sept. 10, this year at the Trophy Club. Register to play or sponsor the annual CPLC golf tournament here. Please be sure to invite your Knights council and/or Men's group to sponsor a team. Promotional flyer is available here.

Also this summer, we celebrate St. James the Apostle, the  brother of John the Evangelist, on July 25. The two were called by Jesus as they worked with their father in a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had already called another pair of brothers from a similar occupation: Peter and Andrew. "He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him." (Mark 1:19-20).

James was one of the favored three who had the privilege of witnessing the Transfiguration, the raising to life of the daughter of Jairus, and the agony in Gethsemani.

Two incidents in the Gospels describe the temperament of this man and his brother. Saint Matthew tells that their mother came (Mark says it was the brothers themselves) to ask that they have the seats of honor in the kingdom. "Jesus said in reply, 'You do not know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?' They said to him, 'We can.'" (Matthew 20:22)  Jesus then told them they would indeed drink the cup and share his baptism of pain and death, but that sitting at his right hand or left was not his to give; it "is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father." ( Matthew   20:23b). It remained to be seen how long it would take to realize the implications of their confident "We can!"

The other disciples became indignant at the ambition of James and John. Then Jesus taught them all the lesson of humble service: The purpose of authority is to serve. They are not to impose their will on others, or lord it over them. This is the position of Jesus himself. He was the servant of all; the service imposed on him was the supreme sacrifice of his own life.

The way the Gospels describe the apostles is a good reminder of what holiness is all about. There is very little about their virtues entitling them to heavenly reward. Rather, the great emphasis is on God giving them the power to proclaim the Good News. As far as their personal lives are concerned, there is much about Jesus' purifying them of narrowness, pettiness, fickleness.
 
May God's blessings be upon you, as you help to strengthen our commitment to the sanctity of life.  And may you and your family enjoy a happy and safe Fourth of July!

God bless,

David Carr
CPLC Parish Liaison
dcarr@prolifedallas.org
Catholic Pro-Life Committee | 972-267-LIFE (5433) | cplc@prolifedallas.org 
P.O. Box 803541, Dallas, TX 75380