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March 3, 2017

Greetings!  I hope your Lenten Season is off to a blessed start. 

As you no doubt know, we are quickly approaching our 24th Annual Bishop's Pro-Life Dinner on April 1 at the beautiful Omni Hotel Dallas.  If you haven't already, please reserve your tables as soon as possible to make sure you are a part of Bishop Burns's first-ever pro-life celebration in our diocese. The night will be truly special with witty and inspiring keynote Eric Metaxas.
In addition to organizing your parish table(s), we greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about this special event. By now, you should have received a  promotional packet for the Bishop's Dinner via email , as well as posters and yard signs at the Parish Pro-Life Coordinators meeting (remaining posters and signs have been delivered to your parishes).  Below are links to electronic copies of these materials as well:
Also in April, is a special event for your clergy -- a pastoral training on post-abortion healing .  All of the priests in your parish have been invited to attend this training for free  on April 28 at St. Monica .  The line-up of speakers including clergy, counselors and former retreatants. Please consider asking your pastor or priest if they plan to attend, and share the flyer found here with them.

Also in April, I hope you can join us on Good Friday to prayerfully experience Holy Week together. On April 14, over the noon hour, we will unite our sufferings and the sufferings of those injured by abortion to Christ at the  Pro-Life Stations of the Cross.  An   English prayer service will take place at  Southwestern abortion facility. A   Spanish prayer service will take place at the  Planned Parenthood South abortion facility.
Please also mark your calendars for the following upcoming events in March:
Finally, if you were not with us for the recent training for Catholic Advocacy Day on April 4, you can access online training here. This is a wonderful opportunity to join our Texas Bishops and Catholics across the state to lobby for our Catholic values to our state legislators in Austin. Sign up here to ensure a spot on the bus, and let your voice be heard!

This month, March 19, we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary St. Joseph, the model of humility, and one of the world's greatest saints, is often mentioned as being silent. This silence speaks volumes. In it, the Church realizes his faithfulness, his love and his acceptance of the Holy Will of God. St. Joseph was not a man of many words: he was a man of action. We have only one direct statement about his personality: in Matthew's Gospel, he is described as "a righteous man" (Matthew 1:19). His actions alone reveal everything else we know about him. He brings Mary and the Child she bears into his home when, in the sight of the world, he would be justified in divorcing her. He leads the expectant Mary into Bethlehem, and flees with her and her Child into Egypt. When it is safe, he returns with the two into Galilee. He does all of this, because God asks it of him. He never hesitates. Each time we read that the angel spoke to Joseph, the following sentence begins with the action St. Joseph took. "Joseph awoke," "Joseph rose," "He went." Each time he received a summons, his reaction was to follow the call immediately. Never once did he hesitate. 
Let us follow Joseph's example by immediately answering God's call and protect these children and their mothers just as he protected Jesus and Mary.

God bless,

David Carr
CPLC Director of Parish Coordination
Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas | 972-267-LIFE (5433) | 
P.O. Box 803541, Dallas, TX 75380