Dear Parish Pro-Life Coordinators,
First I'd like to extend a big thank you to all the parishes who participated in the
40 Days for Life campaign
that ends this Sunday. If you haven't had a chance to pray yet, we still have prayer times to fill through Sunday.
Sign up here.
I hope you can join us for the moving conclusion during our final hour of prayer on November 5 at 11 p.m. and the Victory Celebration on Tuesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Children's Theater, celebrating 14 babies saved in the past 40 days!
Also this weekend is
As we begin November, we also celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month. The CPLC encourages the option of adoption through our Project Gabriel Ministry, blessed with the expert help of our Parenting Options Advisor, Carolina Salazar, who has 25+ years of adoption counseling experience. For more information on adoption, visit
We will celebrate our Project Gabriel moms who have completed our GEMS program at one of our most popular events this month -- the annual
Christ Child Christmas Market & Luncheon
is on Nov. 18 at the Doubletree Hotel in North Dallas near the Galleria. If you haven't yet reserved your luncheon tickets or table, be sure to visit
to do so now. Our guest speaker will be Father Josef Vollmer-Konig
, with emcee Michael Murray with The Catholic Foundation. All are welcome to shop the Christmas Gift Market which is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please spread the word about this festive event. Proceeds benefit the CPLC as well as maternity homes Bella House and Mater Filius.
Be sure to mark your calendars for our next
Parish Pro-Life Coordinators Meeting
on Saturday, Nov. 11 at
Prince of Peace
. The Knights of Columbus will have a wonderful breakfast for us beginning at 8:30 a.m.
We will also provide important information (including promotional materials) for the 2018 Roe Memorial Events.
If you cannot be at this meeting, please send a representative from your parish.
Please save the date for the Roe Memorial Events on January 20, 2018. We are returning to a one-day schedule of events as follows:
- Youth For Life Rally - beginning at 8:30 a.m. at St. Jude Chapel in downtown Dallas
- Roe Memorial Rosaries - 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. outside Dallas abortion facilities
- Procession of Roses - 10:00 a.m. at Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe
- Roe Memorial Mass - 10:30 a.m. at Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, celebrated by Bishop Burns, and
- North Texas March for Life - 12:30 p.m. from Cathedral to rally at federal courthouse.
More information is coming soon at www.prolifedallas.org/roe and new flyers are accessible in English and Spanish to the left.
This month, we also celebrate The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary's presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church.
Literature tells us that Anna and Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was 3 years old. This was to carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless.
Though it cannot be proven historically, Mary's presentation has an important theological purpose. It continues the impact of the feasts of the Immaculate Conception and the birth of Mary. It emphasizes that the holiness conferred on Mary from the beginning of her life on earth continued through her early childhood and beyond.
This celebration stresses an important truth about Mary. From the beginning of her life, she was dedicated to God. She herself became a greater temple than any made by hands. God came to dwell in her in a marvelous manner and sanctified her for her unique role in God's saving work.
In a much less significant way, we must consider the unique role that God has for all those children that we save through our prayers at 40 Days for Life, through the fundraising at the Hikes for Life and all those events that we participate in and offer to God in thanksgiving for His gift of life.
Looking forward to seeing you on Nov. 11. God Bless!
CPLC Parish Liasion