March 4, 2021
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Dear Parish Pro-Life Coordinator:

This week the Senate could possibly vote on The Equality Act and the COVID-19 Relief Bill. Both bills have dangerous implications for the protection of unborn children and religious liberty. Click on this link to learn more and to take urgent action to oppose these bills and urge others to as well!

Spread the word about what the TCCB is doing, and join the Texas Catholic Network

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There's less than three weeks until the Bishop's Pro-Life Dinner on March 20. In-person, social distanced seating is still available as well as a virtual option including delivery of a charcuterie meal and the ability to bid on silent and live auction items. Please make your reservations soon to hold a spot at this year's fantastic event featuring Grammy Award-winning performer Francesca Battistelli, and special guest Jason Jones, producer, activist, and author.

You should have received posters in the mail to be displayed at your parish. Please help us promote this special event with the following materials, or click here for additional graphics.
The health and safety of our guests, employees, and the staff of the Renaissance is our priority. We are working tirelessly to ensure all state and local guidelines are followed and additional precautions are made to ensure everyone's health and enjoyable experience throughout the evening. Review all COVID protocols here.

THIS IS BIG! On April 9-10, CPLC Speakers Bureau and Theology of the Body Evangelization Team will host a virtual presentation of its biennial Teach 4 Life Conference. This year's theme is: 
Made for Freedom: Forming Our Youth to Avoid the Culture Trap
Catholic Answers Apologist Trent Horn leads a phenomenal speaker lineup with topics that will address the tough issues our youth are facing today including:
  • Transgenderism and Homosexuality
  • the Failed Promises of Abortion and 
  • Pro-life Apologetics
  • Dating & Relationships
  • the Power of Human Dignity in Our Schools 
Who wouldn't benefit from hearing on these topics? So please help us spread the word to everyone. Cost is $15 per person or 5 people for $60. Also, just added, a special rate for parish in-person watching events. For more information on this rate, contact Crystal Koll. A dual conference will be presented in Spanish. For more information and registration, please click here.

This letter from Bishop Kelly will be mailed to all parish pastors. 

I am writing concerning a new initiative of the USCCB: Walking with Moms in Need-a Year of Service. Information was previously sent last fall. This program was to have been launched last year in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II's Encyclical Evangelium Vitae. It was halted due to the pandemic and then relaunched last fall. The program looks to initiate in parishes programs that will assist single and parenting moms in difficult circumstances and to provide tools and resources that will enable parishioners and parish staff to assist moms struggling with unexpected pregnancies or single moms enduring hardships. The hope is that these moms will find in the parish community a warm welcome and people who will stand with them and provide the concrete assistance and accompaniment they need. (Read Bishop Kelly's entire letter here.)   And please continue praying for our moms.

  • CPLC Sidewalk Counselor: provides one-on-one counseling intervention and prayer support on the front lines outside an abortion facility. More details here 

The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a "just" man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts.

When the Bible speaks of God "justifying" someone, it means that God, the all-holy or "righteous" one, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in God's own holiness, and hence it is really "right" for God to love him or her. In other words, God is not playing games, acting as if we were lovable when we are not.

By saying Joseph was "just," the Bible means that he was one who was completely open to all that God wanted to do for him. He became holy by opening himself totally to God.

The rest we can easily surmise. Think of the kind of love with which he wooed and won Mary, and the depth of the love they shared during their marriage.

It is no contradiction of Joseph's manly holiness that he decided to divorce Mary when she was found to be with child. The important words of the Bible are that he planned to do this "quietly" because he was "a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame" (Matthew 1:19).
The just man was simply, joyfully, wholeheartedly obedient to God-in marrying Mary, in naming Jesus, in shepherding the precious pair to Egypt, in bringing them to Nazareth, in the undetermined number of years of quiet faith and courage.

The Bible tells us nothing of Joseph in the years after the return to Nazareth except the incident of finding Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-51). Perhaps this can be taken to mean that God wants us to realize that the holiest family was like every other family, that the circumstances of life for the holiest family were like those of every family, so that when Jesus' mysterious nature began to appear, people couldn't believe that he came from such humble beginnings: "Is he not the carpenter's son? Is not his mother named Mary...?" (Matthew 13:55a). It was almost as indignant as "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" (John 1:46b).

In this the year of St. Joseph, we ask for his intercession in our mission to protect the vulnerable and live out the Gospel of Life!

Hector Carrasco

Parish Liaison
Catholic Pro-Life Community | 972-267-LIFE (5433) | [email protected] 
P.O. Box 803541, Dallas, TX 75380