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 week.
I hope you can join us for the moving conclusion during our final Victory Hour of prayer and inspirational witness
this Sunday, November 4, at 5 p.m. at the
South Dallas Planned Parenthood abortion facility
, celebrating the 12 lives saved (and those are just the ones we know about!).
On the heals of a pro-life-packed October, we are headed into a "no-rest for the weary" November! Here are just a few exciting opportunities for your parish:
1. PROCESSION FOR LIFE!
Everyone is Invited to the 4th annual Pasos por la Vida, our yearly Eucharistic procession for LIFE. This year, the procession will begin at Mount Carmel Center to the rally at Santa Clara Parish, featuring presentations (en español) on LIFE, our Catholic faith in these times, and our calling to #BeGolden.
2. PROMOTE ADOPTION!
November marks National Adoption Awareness Month. CPLC encourages the option of adoption through our Project Gabriel Ministry.
At our next Parish Coordinator meeting on November 10 at St. Mark Pastoral Center in Plano, we will welcome Carolina Salazar with 25 years of experience in adoption at CPLC and Catholic Charities. She will be joined by personal testimonies who will share what the modern adoption experience is really like. For more information on adoption, visit
and check out our social media this month at
3. SHOP AND LUNCH FOR LIFE!
, we will
celebrate our Project Gabriel scholarship recipients at the annual
Christ Child Christmas Gift Market & Luncheon
benefiting the CPLC, as well as Bella House and Mater Filius maternity homes. This year will be bigger and better at a new location -- Renaissance Addison -- with more vendors, plus live music! As always, the market is open to the public for FREE
from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Reservations for our luncheon, featuring a special presentation by
from St. Joseph on
How to make Advent Special for Your Family
open here and going fast!
Please spread the word and
book your parish or group table today.
An acclaimed experience of a LIFEtime for high school teens is coming up! From January 17-20, Youth For Life will travel to Washington D.C. for the national March for Life. Save money by
before Nov. 6
(and enter an
for a full trip scholarship!). The final deadline to register is Nov. 13. Safe-environment chaperones are also needed.
More details here
5. SHARE THE MERCY!
Other upcoming events include:
2019 Roe Memorial Mass and March
Please save the date for the Roe Memorial Events on January 19, 2018. The schedule of events for the day is:
On November 23, we also celebrate Blessed Miguel Augustin Pro. "¡Viva Cristo Rey!"--
Long live Christ the King! -- were the last words Pro uttered before he was executed for being a Catholic priest and serving his flock.
Born into a prosperous, devout family in Guadalupe de Zacatecas, Mexico, Miguel entered the Jesuits in 1911, but three years later fled to Granada, Spain, because of religious persecution in Mexico. He was ordained in Belgium in 1925.
Father Pro immediately returned to Mexico, where he served a Church forced to go "underground." He celebrated the Eucharist clandestinely and ministered the other sacraments to small groups of Catholics.
He and his brother Roberto were arrested on trumped-up charges of attempting to assassinate Mexico's president. Roberto was spared, but Miguel was sentenced to face a firing squad on November 23, 1927. His funeral became a public demonstration of faith. Miguel Pro was beatified in 1988.
When Fr. Miguel Pro was executed in 1927, no one could have predicted that 52 years later the bishop of Rome would visit Mexico, be welcomed by its president, and celebrate open-air Masses before thousands of people. Pope John Paul II made additional trips to Mexico in 1990, 1993, 1999, and 2002. Those who outlawed the Catholic Church in Mexico did not count on the deeply rooted faith of its people, and the willingness of many of them, like Miguel Pro, to die as martyrs.
Let us all have Miguel Pro's conviction as we continue to promote life.
Looking forward to seeing you on Nov. 10. God Bless!
CPLC Parish Liasion