PARISH WEBINAR: RESPECT LIFE MONTH

A webinar will take place to equip all parishes for Respect Life month that happens in October.

The webinar will happen on Wednesday, August 17th at 2 PM. All attendees will receive a recording within two business days.

Register here.

NEW SUPREME KNIGHT CALLS BROTHERS TO DEFEND LIFE; HIGHLIGHTS KNIGHTS’ DEFENSE OF LIFE

After a three-year hiatus, the Knights of Columbus annual convention, held in Nashville, was back in person. For the first time in person, they were addressed by the 14th elected Supreme Knight, Patrick Kelly. He opened his address reflecting on being a part of a family legacy that is now embedded in him as he leads the order. He credited both his grandfather and father on what it means to be a knight.

Reflecting on their examples, Supreme Knight Kelly summed up what it means to be a knight in the Catholic brotherhood.

“A knight is a leader who stands in the breach.” Kelly emphasized. “We defend the faith. We protect the family. And when a need arises, we meet it with charity, unity, and fraternity.

Correlating his message to the recent overturn of the Roe v Wade decision, he stresses the need to “win the fight for life.”

“Abortion was never in the constitution and by its overturning, the Supreme Court has right the worst injustice in American history.”

Roe is overturned, but “we have much work to do.” While it is a crucial milestone, it is not the end. He saw it as a sign of hope and knights must continue to double down on the defense of human life.

Since 1974, the Knights of Columbus were instrumental in the growth of the annual March for Life in Washington, DC.  In addition to Washington, D.C., they have sponsored marches in Canada, Philippines, Poland, and all 50 states in the United States.

He continued to highlight the ultrasound machine initiative, which first began in 2009 and has made it possible to have 1566 machines in pregnancy centers in all 50 states and other parts of the world. The ultrasound has been a proven vessel in the fight to show the humanity of the unborn child.

They also have been the pioneers in a program that assists mothers who look to help at pregnancy resource centers by offering an initiative to donate to these essential places to help a scared mother choose life while matching the amount from any council.

These men called knights are what we need to fight against abortion. Indeed, men can have a say in the abortion debate when they are willing to help a society nurture and protect life from womb to tomb.

August To Do List

August is upon us. We are also entering the second full month since the Dobbs decision.

We are seeing many back to school commercials, summer deals, and for the whole nation the political ads as we are less than a 100 days away from the general election.

Here is a list for the month of August

  1. Collect items for children in need of school supplies
  2. Take part in prayer vigils in your community
  3. Make a Holy Hour for Life
  4. Volunteer to make blessing bags with your group
  5. Recruit new members on campus, your parish, or even at school
  6. Make plans to attend your state March for Life
  7. Host a pro-life movie screening and raise funds for pro-life PRC or for a mom in need
  8. Make meals for the homeless
  9. Give a talk to youth and or young adults about the pro-life message

Happy August

MICHIGAN FOOTBALL COACH SETS STANDARDS; WAKE-UP CALL FOR MANHOOD

Every time we turn on the football game we see the head coach giving the play from the quarterback to his players. In turn, the offense has to execute in any given situation.

Jim Harbaugh, Head Coach of the University of Michigan’s football team and Former NFL coach, knew he had to make the right call when it came to the pro-life convictions his parents instilled in him and his siblings at a young age.

A recent article points out that he lives up to the values he learned at a young age.

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS?

It’s simple. Man Up! Real men defend life. Real men protect women and children. Real men don’t stand idle during hard times.

Men, stand up, fight for life, you are needed!

Post-Roe Turns One Month

It’s hard to believe that it has been one month since Dobbs v Jackson case was decided. Since the decision, nearly half the country have or will restrict abortion thanks to pro-life laws passed by state legislature.

Unfortunately, for many states controlled by pro-abortion leaders, the hard work and perseverance must be doubled. At the same time, those of us who live in states that have banned abortion should continue to be on the alert to ensure its state defends life at its earliest stage. No doubt this will be at stake in many senate, congressional, and gubernational races.

Take the first step today in doubling your efforts to defend life and end abortion. The issue is not settled in the state capitals, city halls, or even the legislative or executive branches. Instead, this can be settled in our homes, communities, and even on the public square when we change the hearts and minds of those who are directly or indirectly involved with the Culture of Death.

Never give up, persevere. The abortion lobby’s house of cards will soon fall.

We just witnessed the fall of Goliath thanks to Dobbs v Jackson. Now, we must chase after the Philistines and have them surrender.

ARCHBISHOP PEREZ TO CELEBRATE PRO-LIFE MASS

The faithful of Philadelphia are welcome to attend a Mass in Thanksgiving for the reversal of Roe v Wade on Sunday, July 31st.

This will take place during the 11 AM Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral.

All pro-life groups are encouraged to attend. There is free parking on the grounds of the Basilica.

TWO PRO-LIFERS FEATURED IN PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

In the days following the Dobb v Jackson case, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer reached out to activists on both sides of the debate.

In the article (see here) they shared their conversations with friends, family, and at time co-workers on how they engaged on the issues before and after the decision.

Local activists Pete and Mickey were featured in the article for the pro-life side. Kudos to both taking time to do this, particularly Mickey, one of the many young adults involved in the Greater Philadelphia area.

BIKING FOR BABIES MISSIONARY FEATURED ON EWTN PRO-LIFE WEEKLY

On a recent episode of EWTN’ Pro-Life Weekly episode, Prudence Robertson interviewed Biking for Babies missionaries who are touring the country while visiting pro-life pregnancy centers across the nation.

Chris Massaro, a local missionary, was one of the interviewees featured in the episode. You can view it here.

EWTN’s Pro-Life Weekly airs every Thursday evening at 10PM.

SUICIDE HOTLINE LAUNCHES THREE NUMBER SYSTEM

In 1968, Alabama became the first state in the United States to use 911, which is used for an emergency.

Today, The National Suicide Hotline launched a three-number system for text and calls nationwide.

Instead of the 10-digit number related to the hotline, it was reduced to 9-8-8. This is a much-needed change for all who have suicidal thoughts or want to help someone who is thinking about suicide.

Remember this number if you or someone close to you who is going through a difficult time.. 9-8-8

You are loved. You are worthy. You are stronger than you will ever think. The world needs you. Be strong.

Support PA Constitutional Amendment to Protect Life

The following is from Maria Gallagher in response to the passage of PA’s life amendment. She reminds us of the next steps to ensure PA is a pro-life state.

Dear Pro-Life Leaders,

The Pennsylvania Senate and House of Representatives have now passed the Constitutional Amendment which would bar taxpayer funding of abortion and would keep abortion out of the PA Constitution. The legislation ensures that the people, through their duly-elected representatives, would decide on abortion policy rather than the courts.

The Amendment was included in Senate Bill 106. To find out how your state Senator voted, click here (https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/RC/Public/rc_view_action2.cfm?sess_yr=2021&sess_ind=0&rc_body=S&rc_nbr=709 ).

To find out how your state Representative voted, click here (https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/RC/Public/rc_view_action2.cfm?sess_yr=2021&sess_ind=0&rc_body=H&rc_nbr=1156 ).

If your state lawmakers voted for SB 106, please thank them.

The Amendment must pass the House and Senate again next session before the issue can be placed on the ballot for voters to decide. The next session begins in January. The legislation does not need to be signed by the Governor since it is a Constitutional Amendment.

To find out more about the Amendment—and to sign our petition—please click here (https://www.paprolife.org/pa-life-amendment ).

Thank you so much for all you have done to support this important Constitutional Amendment!