Dear Parish Pro-Life Coordinator:
By now you hopefully have received the U.S. Bishops' Respect Life packet and met or made appointments with your pastor to review all of the great resources and ideas available to your parish. (If you haven't, don't worry -- this is the perfect month to meet!) Materials are also available to review and print here and in the left sidebar.
Plus the month is overflowing with special prayer and public witness events for your parish family to join:
RESPECT LIFE MASS THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 5
This special Mass in co-sponsored by our pro-life partners:
Bella House, Birth Choice, Hike for Life, In My Shoes, Mater Filius, Natural Family Planning Center and White Rose Women's Center
40 DAYS FOR LIFE - SIGN UP TODAY!
Thank you to all who have adopted a day of prayer. If your church has not yet adopted a time, we are in
critical need of your help, especially on
Thursday, Oct. 3, Monday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct 9. For a complete schedule, click here. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-392-7545 to adopt your day / time of prayer today.
Your parish's prayerful presence can help save lives. We can't do this without you!
ROSARY and CONSECRATION of DALLAS
On the 102nd anniversary of the Fatima Miracle of the Sun, Sunday, Oct. 13, the U.S. will join our international brothers and sisters to pray for our respective nations.
This year, as part of the Dallas observance of Rosary Coast to Coast, Bishop Burns will consecrate the Diocese of Dallas to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The rosary begins at 2
p.m. at Flag Pole Hill Park. More info here.
Below are additional events during Respect Life Month:
PLEASE ALSO MARK YOUR CALENDAR for these key events in November:
November 2 Parish Pro-Life Coordinators Meeting at Good Shepherd in Garland. If you can't attend, please send a representative to receive important information, including yard signs and promotional materials for the 2020 Roe Memorial Events.
Do No Harm Conference: Bioethics: Balancing Quality Health Care, Good Conscience and Cultural Pressures. The conference includes an exceptional lineup of speakers presenting on reproductive technologies, conscientious objection, the transgender question, stem cell therapy and more. For more information and registration, click here.
November 23: Christ Child Market & Luncheon
Reserve your tickets or table now for one of our most popular events, benefiting the CPLC, Bella House and Mater Filius. As always, you may shop the market for free from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., without attending the luncheon. Reservations
for our luncheon, featuring a special keynote reflection by Fr. Joshua Whitfield , are
SAINT PAUL OF THE CROSS
In October, we also memorialize the passing of St. Paul of the Cross. Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when many regarded Jesus as a great moral teacher but no more. After a brief time as a soldier, he turned to solitary prayer, developing a devotion to Christ's passion, which in turn nurtured his compassion and inspired his preaching ministry. He was known as one of the most popular preachers of his day, both for his words and for his generous acts of mercy.
In 1720, Paul founded the Congregation of the Passion, whose members combined devotion to Christ's passion with preaching to the poor, and rigorous penances. Known as the Passionists, they add a fourth vow to the traditional three of poverty, chastity, and obedience, to spread the memory of Christ's passion among the faithful. Paul was elected superior general of the Congregation in 1747, spending the remainder of his life in Rome.
Paul of the Cross died in 1775, and was canonized in 1867. Over 2,000 of his letters and several of his short writings have survived.
Thank you for your passion for sharing Christ's abundant love and mercy for all people, especially the most vulnerable.
I hope to see you at the Respect Life events this month, as we share this passion with others!