AUGUST 2021 TO DO LIST

We are over a third into the dog days of summer. By now, we have seen advertisements for back-to-school, last-minute summer getaways, and even some early Christmas deals. Before you know it, the summer is over and it is back to reality for many people. Here are some things you can do this month to advance the culture of life:

  1. Take part in prayer vigils
  2. Sign up for 40 Days for Life
  3. Read a pro-life book or two with our list here.
  4. Volunteer at a local pregnancy resource center
  5. Sponsor a Holy Hour for Life at your parish
  6. Collect diapers and material items for moms in need
  7. Take part in National Pro-Life Chaslk Day on August 7th. Find out more here.
  8. Take part in the First Saturday and First Friday devotions
  9. Make plans to attend your state’s March for Life. For Pennsylvania, visit here. For California, visit here. For Virginia, visit here.
  10. Heading back to school? Form a pro-life group (if there isn’t one), Recruit new members during activities fair on your campus.
  11. Start planning your trip to the 49th annual March for Life in DC on Friday, January 21st 2022. Learn more from our previous blogpost here.

NATIONAL MARCH FOR LIFE TO BE HELD ON EVE OF ROE V WADE ANNIVERSARY

Some things to keep in mind when planning your trip:

  1. Keep checking the March for Life Foundation’s website for event before, during, and after the March for Life
  2. Plan ahead to book your hotel before all rooms are filled whether traveling alone or with a small or large group
  3. Local pro-lifers invite to pray outside of DC Planned Parenthood the morning of the march and the next day from 9AM to noon
  4. There are two conferences if traveling with your college or high school group. One is hosted by Students for Life of America and another to be hosted by Georgetown Right to Life. More information will be available at a later time when released.

Don’t forget to start planning to attend the annual event. More details will be passed on as it becomes available.

In the meantime, read about my experience from January 2021.

INAUGURAL PENNSYLVANIA MARCH FOR LIFE TO BE HELD IN HARRISBURG

The following is from an email blast sent by Jeanne Mancini of the March for Life Foundation.

It’s time to mark your calendars for the Pennsylvania March for Life! 

We are excited to announce that we will march in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for the first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life on Monday, September 27th! On the Pennsylvania House of Representative’s first day back in session, marchers will rally at the steps of the state capitol to call on legislators to protect unborn children.

We are honored to partner with a leading pro-life organization in the state, Pennsylvania Family Institute, to help inaugurate the first-ever Pennsylvania March for Life. The march gives pro-life Pennsylvanians an opportunity to shape local policies by encouraging state legislators to respect the rights of the unborn. Every human life should be welcomed and deserves legal protection.

Michael Geer, President of the Pennsylvania Family Institute said, “We’re excited to unite with families and individuals from communities throughout Pennsylvania for an outstanding display of pro-life support at our State Capitol. This is a timely opportunity to unite, educate, and mobilize pro-life Pennsylvanians to influence the public discussion and to send a strong message of support for protecting all innocent human life from conception to natural death.”

The Pennsylvania March for Life will start with a rally at the State Capitol at 11:00 am ET, followed by a march at 12:00 pm ET. More details, including a list of speakers, will be announced soon.

Let us know if you are coming! If you are unsure as to whether or not you will be able to make it, by filling out the RSVP form we will make sure you stay informed and updated about the march events as it gets closer. For more details, you can also visit: PAmarchforlife.org.

West Chester Holds Inuaugral March for Life; Mourns 30 Years of Bloodshed

Despite a taste of summer in the air on Saturday, June 5th, 500 pro-lifers gathered for a call to action while mourning the thousands of lives lost to abortion in West Chester, PA a 45-minute drive from Philadelphia.

The day began with Mass at St. Agnes Church near the heart of town. Bishop John McIntyre was celebrant homilist for the Mass for Life. In his homily, he reflected on his visit to the 9/11 memorial in New York and how the 3,000 lives lost there was no different that the daily murder of the unborn in our society today. He reminded everyone that life from womb to tomb is precious and made perfect in the eye of God.

After the celebration of Mass, the pro-lifers peacefully march around town. The first stop was the Planned Parenthood facility.

Following the brief rally and prayer at Planned Parenthood, everyone processed to the courthouse in the middle of town.

The speakers were deep, personal, and cover topics that are affecting the culture of life.

Overall, the day was filled with beauty and love.

Please see our gallery containing photos from the event here.

Please Join Chester County Pro-Life Coalition for a March for Life on Saturday, June 5th

The following is from Jo Christof of Chester County, Pennsylvania.  We encourage everyone in Southeast Pennsylvania to join with Chester County to send a peaceful, prayerful message to the community that abortion is morally and ethically wrong. Details on this March for Life are in the inserts below.  

Chester County MFL

This summer we mark 25 years since Planned Parenthood in West Chester began doing abortions.  Over 23,000 children have lost their lives there since August 1996.  
   
The Chester County Pro-Life Coalition is sponsoring a March for Life on Saturday, June 5, 2021.  It will begin with Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. John J. McIntyre at 9:00 am at St. Agnes Church in West Chester.  Following the Mass we will march to Planned Parenthood for prayer and then on to the Chester County Courthouse for a program of amazing speakers. 
 
25 YEARS OF ABORTION IN WEST CHESTER
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Speakers

We Have Hope, We Have Healing, We Have Love

We encourage you to view the 12 minute video below of Alison Centofante, Director of External Affairs for Live Action.  Video was provided by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia from the 2021 Philadelphia March for Life on January 23rd.  

Alison Centofante

Do you want to know the beautiful thing about being Pro-Life?

We are fighting for the team that has “science, medicine, embryology, logic, and truth,” on our side.

Alison Centofante, Director of External Affairs for Live Action, empowered all of us at the Philadelphia March For Life by reminding us of the strength of the Pro-Life Movement.

We are blessed as Pro-Lifers to have organizations like Live Action working every day to give us the information we need to be educated warriors for life.

Alison’s unique path to the Pro-Life movement, rooted in Philadelphia, and so much more beautiful encouragement can be found by listening to Alison’s Speech at the Philadelphia March For Life.

2022 National Pro-Life Summit To Be Held on Roe v Wade Anniversary in DC

The following is from Tina Whittington, the Vice President of Students for Life of America.

I need you to SAVE THE DATE for our 2022 National Pro-Life Summit in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 22, 2022.

This one-day training event for grassroots pro-life activists of all ages saw a record-breaking crowd, selling out at over 3,400 attendees in January 2020.

As you know, we had to replace the 2021 National Pro-Life Summit with our National #Stand4Life Weekend that we hosted in 18 cities across the country and online with more than 63,000 pro-lifers joining us!

But today, I am thrilled to announce that the National Pro-Life Summit is BACK for 2022 and will be better than ever!

While we’ll be revealing the theme of the 2022 National Summit at a later date, what I can tell you right now is all the benefits of attending, like…

Explore and strengthen your personal calling for Life

Become energized to protect the preborn and their mothers

Learn how to engage in the culture more effectively

Strategize with other pro-life youth and adults from communities across the nation

Meet and hear from dozens of experts in the pro-life movement

More details are to come, but you can sign up here to stay in the loop about all Summit-related announcements and updates.

We will sell out again this year…so, trust me, you’ll want to be among the first to know when registration goes live.

I hope you’ll consider joining me, the rest of the Students for Life team, and 3,000+ of your closest pro-life friends in January!

Save the Date! March on the Arch Prayer Walk 2021 in St. Louis, MO Scheduled for March 6th

Everyone is invited to be part of the 1.5 mile prayer walk in St. Louis, MO on March 6th.  Details and program are listed below.  

March on the Arch

Human Life Action is proud to join with the Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO, and the Diocese of Belleville, IL, and many other great pro-lifers to announce the March on the Arch, scheduled for Saturday, March 6, in St. Louis, MO.
 
We are committed to standing up for the most vulnerable in our community while building a community that respects and defends life at all stages. That means March on the Arch 2021 will look different than in the past. This year, marchers will depart at intervals on a 1.5 mile prayer walk in the heart of our region, starting outside the last abortion facility in Missouri.
 
Arrive before your chosen start time to kick off your MORNING prayer walk with one of our inspiring speakers (listed below) brought to you by Master of Ceremonies Zip Rzeppa. AFTERNOON marchers can enjoy an individual or guided prayer walk and a chance to meet the incredible Pro-Life organizations who are sponsoring March on the Arch 2021.

Program

Time Speaker
10:00 Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski, Archdiocese of St. Louis
10:15 Steve Rupp, Missouri Right to Life
10:30 Kathy Sparks Lesnoff, Mosaic Pregnancy & Health Centers (former abortion medical assistant)
10:45 Hope Miller, Crusaders for Life
11:00 Brian Westbrook & Rachell Highley, Coalition for Life St. Louis
11:15 Reagan Barklage, Students for Life of America
11:30 Bishop Michael McGovern, Diocese of Belleville
11:45 President Matthew Harrison, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Prayer Walk Location and START Times

Start Time

The 9:30 AM start time is reserved for those at a high risk for COVID-19. Other departures will occur at scheduled intervals between 10 AM and 2 PM. The 1.5 mile route will begin outside the last abortion facility in Missouri.

Select your start time here.

 

Leadership Change for Knights of Columbus

On Friday, the Knights of Columbus board of directors have elected, Patrick Kelly to succeed Carl Anderson as the new Supreme Knight of the largest Catholic fraternity of the world.

The Knights of Columbus, founded in 1882, started out as an organization to foster Catholic manhood while helping fatherless families who have no breadwinner present. Today, the order has nearly 2 million members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, Poland, Lithuania, France, and Ukraine.

Those who have attended the March for Life in DC or on a local level would notice the order’s signature Defend Life from the order that is proudly carried throughout the rally and even March by individuals.

Kelly was instrumental in the order’s ultrasound initiative that started in 2009 with a goal to have one ultrasound in every 50 states in the United States by 2019. It was successful that he accomplished that goal within a ten year span.

In addition to the ultrasound initiative, Kelly launched the “Leave No Neighbor Behind” program that countered the global pandemic last March.

Kelly will begin his Supreme Knight tenure on Monday, March 1st. Anderson, a twenty year leader of the organization is stepping down as he will adhere to the by-laws of the organization to step down when reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.

Join the Knights of Columbus

For Catholic men 18 and over in good standing you are called to be a member of the organization and be a part of an organization that will foster manhood and a stronger faith. To join, visit here and use promo code MCGIVNEY2020 for one year of free membership.

These Liberties We Hold Sacred

The outgoing Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus has recently came out with a new book that is hot off the press. It features a collection of his essays, speeches, and even articles that defends Freedom of Religion. Place your order here.