Respect Life Ministry
e-newsletter | April 1, 2022
Dear Pro-Life Friend,
Following last month's Sidewalk Advocacy trainings in Spanish and English, we have now 55 Sidewalk Advocates and 5 co-leaders in the Archdiocese of Miami!

Our Sidewalk Advocates South Florida initiative is equipping parishes and communities to save lives and souls and shut down their local abortion sites. Check out our website to learn more and join the movement.

Together we'll cover our sidewalks and communities with love, so that no one thinks abortion is their best option, and so they know that support and real help are available.

Furthermore, the law often acts as a teacher, and Florida will soon enact new legal protections for unborn children. People who have had abortions may begin trying "to understand what happened and face it honestly." 

We need to be ready to accompany our brother and sisters on their journey of reconciliation and healing. As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday, please continue to pray for our healing after abortion program, that all who are wounded by abortion may experience the love and mercy of Christ.

May the hope of new life in the Risen Lord grant you and your families peace and joy this Easter.
For Life,
Rebecca

Rebecca Brady
Director, Respect Life Ministry
Secretariat for Parish Life, Archdiocese of Miami
REFLECTION ON ASSURANCE:

Showing us the Son, the Church assures us that in him the forces of death have already been defeated: "Death with life contended: combat strangely ended! Life's own Champion, slain, yet lives to reign."

The Lamb who was slain is alive, bearing the marks of his Passion in the splendor of the Resurrection. He alone is master of all the events of history: he opens its "seals" (cf. Rev 5:1-10) and proclaims, in time and beyond, the power of life over death. In the "new Jerusalem", that new world towards which human history is traveling, "death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away" (Rev 21:4).

PS- Check out the resources and upcoming events below, and share them with your family, friends, parish, and school groups!
Pregnancy Help Centers
Below are the lists of material items needed at each of our four current pregnancy help center locations, along with the contact information and hours of operation so you can schedule a time to drop-off donated items. Thank you for helping us support moms in need!
Parish Resources
The USCCB's Respect Life action guides provide actionable, ready-to-go parish resources created to complement existing parish life. Structured around six main calendar occasions, these action guides are designed help you take advantage of natural opportunities to highlight and integrate Respect Life themes in your parish, school, or ministry. ​Each action guide includes sample timelines, bulletin announcements, intercessions, homily helps, activities, and more.
Upcoming Trainings
Post-Abortion Ministry
We're rolling out a new model of hope and healing after abortion and this training is required of anyone involved in post-abortion ministry in the Archdiocese of Miami. All parish representatives and anyone involved in Respect Life Ministry wanting to learn more are welcome to attend. Please register for the April 9th Day of Training in English or the April 30th Day of Training in Spanish below.
Prayer
Pray for Dobbs
Please continue to pray and fast for our US Supreme Court Justices as we await their decision in the Dobbs case this summer, and visit prayfordobbs.com for more information and resources.
In the News
The Church is here for you
To the women who in speaking out in opposition to the 15-week bill have shared their experiences of abortion: we are here for you. As Pope John Paul II said, “The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision.” 

Click HERE to read more from Rebecca Brady's post on the Archdiocese of Miami's Let's Talk blog.

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