Dear Parish Pro-Life Coordinator:
Wow! What an amazing gathering of 9,600-plus pro-woman, pro-family, pro-life advocates at last month's Roe Memorial Events! Thank you for mobilizing your parish family to pray, march and witness for the sanctity of life. Check out the video below for a look at the day's activities, courtesy of Clare and Mary Vining from Vining Sisters Productions. For more about the inspiring day,
What a great start to a new year full of pro-life events and activities. Get ready for quite a ride!
As we look ahead, I hope I will see all of you this weekend at the
BELLA VIDA LECTURE SERIES en
BISHOP'S PRO-LIFE DINNER
We are very excited to feature an incredible and inspiring story
of OLYMPIANS SEPARATED BY BIRTH, REUNITED AFTER HEROIC ADOPTION shared in a live interview of featured guest JENN BRICKER.
Jen will share her amazing journey from a life destined for hardship to a life of triumph through the power of faith and the beauty of adoption. Check out a preview in the video below.
WE NEED YOUR HELP to spread the word and organize parish groups to attend this inspiring event that r
aises critical fund for the next year of pro-life ministry in our diocese.
Promotional materials are linked below, and
posters and yard signs will be distributed at the Parish Pro-Life Coordinators meeting this Saturday.
Please also mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:
Bella House Case Manager:
Full-time position responsible for providing direct case management services to clients of Bella Houses.
More details here
Bella House Live-In Resident Assistant: Part-time position responsible for ensuring that house rules are followed after hours and on weekends. More details here
ST. GABRIEL OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS
This month, we celebrate the Feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows. Born in Italy into a large family and baptized Francis, Saint Gabriel lost his mother when he was only four years old. He was educated by the Jesuits and, having been cured twice of serious illnesses, came to believe that God was calling him to the religious life. Following the death of a sister to cholera, he resolved to enter religious life, and he was accepted by the Passionists where he was given the name Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows.
His spirit of prayer, love for the poor, consideration of the feelings of others, exact observance of the Passionist Rule as well as his bodily penances -- always subject to the will of his wise superiors -- made a deep impression on everyone. A
fter only four years of religious life symptoms of tuberculosis appeared. Ever obedient, he patiently bore the painful effects of the disease and the restrictions it required, seeking no special notice. He died peacefully on February 27, 1862, at age 24, having been an example to both young and old.
Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows was canonized in 1920 and is the patron saint of clergy, students, and young people.
Like St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Gabriel's example urges us to tend to the small details of daily life be considerate of others' feelings every day. Our path to sanctity, like theirs, probably lies not in heroic doings but in performing small acts of kindness every day.
Thank you for your small and not so small acts of kindness in helping create a Culture of Life.