Dear Parish Pro-Life Coordinator,
Happy Easter! I hope you and your family are enjoying a most blessed Easter celebration of our Lord and Savior's resurrection!!
With April now upon us, we have two special events that we don't want you -- our parish leaders -- to miss.
TEACH 4 LIFE
Fr. Philip Bochanski
This Saturday, April 7,
will be our newly expanded
providing answers on tough topics challenging our youth, such as pregnancy, abortion, suicide and social media. The seminar will be offered in English and Spanish, and will feature a keynote presentation by
Fr. Philip Bochanski, Executive Director of Courage,
a Catholic ministry for those experiencing same-sex attraction. The seminar is eligible for continuing education for licensed counselors, and Dallas Diocese catechists and deacons
this opportunity with your parish / school educators, catechists and youth ministers. Reserve your spot here
($20/ person with lunch) by
noon on Thursday, April 5.
BISHOP'S PRO-LIFE DINNER We are looking forward to a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our Lord's beautiful gift of LIFE at the
25th Annual Bishop's Pro-Life Dinner
on April 21 with our Bishop Burns, Emcee John Rhadigan, and Keynote Speaker Kevin Sorbo.
Click here to listen to a recent radio interview
with Kevin on GRN's
The Good News
. We also have promo videos from Kevin and our Bishop. Please watch and share them here:
This year's Bishop's Pro-Life Dinner is shaping up into something spectacular. As we head into the final stretch to our Silver Celebration --
we would greatly appreciate your help with the following:
2. PROMOTE THE DINNER: Below are links to promotional materials to share this special event with your parish family:
3. ENTER TO WIN:
Raffle tickets for a chance to win a $15,000 MasterCard gift card are on sale here. Contact James Widman at 469-870-1970 or email@example.com to sell tickets at your parish to benefit the babies!
As part of this landmark anniversary, we will also honor the ones who started it all:
Bishop Emeritus Charles Grahmann
and the inaugural Bishop's Pro-Life
Fr. Edward Robinson, O.P. (posthumous);
J.R. "Danny" Dannemiller (posthumous);
John Everett (posthumous);
Karen Garnett; Sheila
Deacon Wayne Nacey;
Bill Orender; and
Don't miss this historic night for LIFE!!
Other Upcoming Events
Please also mark your calendar for our next
Parish Pro-Life Coordinator meeting
May 12, at
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
. If you cannot be present, please send a representative in your place.
Finally, as we rejoice in the Easter Season, let us also reflect on the power of Christ's sacrifice to convert even those who are not raised in the faith -- such as Saint Casilda whose feast day is on April 9.
Saint Casilda's father was a Muslim leader in Toledo, Spain, in the 10th century. Casilda was a devout Muslim but was kind to Christian prisoners. She became ill as a young woman but did not trust that any of the local Arab doctors could cure her. So she made a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Vicenzo in northern Spain. Like so many other people who made their way there-many of them suffering from hemorrhages -- Casilda sought the healing waters of the shrine. We're uncertain what brought her to the shrine, but we do know that she left it relieved of illness.
In response, she became a Christian and lived a life of solitude and penance not far from the miraculous spring. It's said that she lived to be 100 years old. Her death likely occurred around the year 1050.
Tensions between Muslims and Christians have often existed throughout history, sometimes resulting in bloody conflict. Through her quiet, simple life Casilda served her Creator-first in one faith, then in another.
May God's blessings be upon you, as you live your faith as a Parish Pro-Life Coordinator committed to saving God's precious babies, helping their mothers, and building a culture that respects all life, from conception to natural death.