ADORABLE: Video of Big Brother Singing to Baby Brother with Down Syndrome Goes Viral

People with Down syndrome are living longer, healthier, more independent lives than ever before, and virtually all of them report being happy with themselves and their lives. 

Down Syndrome Baby with Big Brother

Below is an extraordinary story about a special family and the  love between a brother and his newborn sibling.  It was posted in Life Action News by Cassy Fiano-Chesser.   

The sweet bond of two brothers was on full display in a video that’s gone viral on Facebook. In it, a loving big brother cradled his newborn brother, who has Down syndrome, and sang Dan + Shay’s “10,000 Hours” to him. It’s yet another poignant reminder that love doesn’t count chromosomes.

The boys’ mother, Nicole Powell, posted the video in December. “This is how Rayce bonds with Tripp,” she wrote on Facebook. “He sings to him all the time. He swear this song is about him and his brother. He’s singing, ‘I’d spend 10,000 hours, and 10,000 more if that’s what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours. I might never get there but I’m going to try if it’s 10,000 hours or the rest of my life, I’m going to love you.’ Love doesn’t count chromosomes, or as Rayce says, ‘Aren’t we all different?’”

In an interview with local news affiliate THV11, the Powells explained the difficult process of getting to the happy place they are now, with doctors saying Tripp would have a very poor quality of life. “They recommended we terminate the pregnancy, and I said absolutely not,” JJ Grieves, Tripp’s father, said. And he hopes that Rayce’s example will help other people learn to become more accepting. “He’s the same as the rest of us,” Grieves said. “He just takes a little longer to learn, a little more caring, a little bit more loving, but isn’t that what the world needs?”

Rayce isn’t the only sibling who is showing love to their baby brother. “When we first learned about our son Tripp’s Down Syndrome diagnosis while I was pregnant we told our oldest boys Jayce and Rayce about it,” Powell wrote on Facebook. “Later that night I checked Jayces snap chat because I saw he uploaded a photo and I saw this. On his own he googled Down syndrome and made his own ‘ribbon’. I was only 6 months pregnant at the time so of course the tears flew.

Then we had Tripp and told us, ‘I made him something during free time in class. I have it in my desk, I’ve been waiting until he was born to bring it to him.’ Again it was the same ribbon. So we knew we had to get him some stickers made for his bmx bike. I couldn’t have picked better big brothers for our sweet boy! (I know his big sisters will be just as amazing to him to!)”

UPDATE, 01/10/2020: After the video of Rayce singing to Tripp, his baby brother with Down syndrome, went viral, country music stars Dan + Shay responded. The duo, who recorded the song, took to social media to thank the Powell family — and give them a surprise of their own, too!

Click here to read the rest of Nicole Powell’s story and the country music stars’ surprise

The Belief that Life has Infinite, Irreplaceable Value – as Plain as a Red Sweater on a Newborn Baby’s Back

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While reading the article below, I thought about my family and friends who have blessed my life.  Moms, dads, children, grandchildren, siblings, some who were unplanned, are knit together in love.  Even in tough times, a new precious baby was welcomed.  Each life is of inestimable worth to our Heavenly Father and each has a divine purpose.  How empty our lives would be if those unplanned, unwanted babies were prevented from becoming a part of our family and circle of friends.  

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Editor’s note, This appears on page four of the December digital edition of National Right to Life News. Please be sure to share the latest edition with your pro-life family and friends.

It has become a lovely tradition in hospitals around the nation: dressing newborn babies in distinctive garb, based upon a holiday or some other celebration.
Witness babies dressed like Mister Rogers, the acclaimed children’s television host…newborns dressed as characters from the film “Frozen”…and babies outfitted in Christmas stockings.

These beautiful photos go viral on social media, adorning Facebook feeds, Instagram stories, and Twitter pages. While some may dismiss this phenomenon as just a cute custom, it is actually much more than that. It is a recognition of the amazing beauty of the newly born…an honoring of their personhood…and a celebration of their oh-so-young lives.

Yet, it is alarming that babies not much younger than these are routinely and brutally denied the right to life.

Abortion represents the ending of what should be infinite possibilities. It is an action born of hopelessness, despair, and even greed by abortion center profiteers. It is the opposite of the neighborliness of a Mister Rogers…the indomitable spirit of a “Frozen” character…and the hope re-born each Christmas.

Future generations may indeed wonder at this deeply disturbing dichotomy—the festive observance of life on the one hand, the cold-hearted ending of that defenseless life on the other. While nurses and doctors provide round-the-clock care to premature infants in one health care facility, abortionists down the street can destroy preborn lives as part of one morning’s “work.”

I have to believe that the schizophrenic nature of our society when it comes to young human life can and will be corrected. A U.S. Supreme Court decision overruling the dreadful travesty of Roe v. Wade…laws protecting innocent preborn life at the state level…and vast numbers of pregnancy resource centers pitching in to help can have the combined effect of reversing our cultural descent into nihilism.

Oxford expertly defines “nihilism” as the belief that life is meaningless. The better angels of our natures know differently. It’s as plain as a red sweater on a newborn baby’s back, the belief that life has infinite, irreplaceable value. And that no amount of pontificating by the pro-abortion movement will change that incontrovertible fact.

Website: National Right to Life

13th Annual Family Life Educational Foundation Golf Marathon

Family Life Educational Foundation and Generation Life are teeing off (pun intended) for a life-saving cause during the 13th annual Family Life Educational Foundation Golf Marathon.

The event will be held on Monday, July 1st at the very popular White Manor Country Club in Malvern, PA. This course is one of the premier golf courses in the tri-state area and is the perfect venue for this great event.

Schedule of the Day
7:00 am – Sign-In & Registration
7:15 am – Mass & Continental Breakfast
8:15 am – All Day Golfers Start
12:00—1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – Afternoon Golfers Start
5:30 pm – Picnic Celebration & Skill Awards

Families welcome after 5pm for Dinner

The goal is to help raise $200,000. Your options are:

Marathon Golf
Raise $2,500 and golf the WHOLE DAY!
Recruit friends, family and co-workers
to pledge support for you and join the
challenge!

OR
Single Round Foursome
Pledge $500 and play 18 holes, or
$2,000 for a foursome with 1:00 pm
tee off

Sponsor

Platinum Event Sponsor—$10,000
– Signs at registration table and meals
– Foursome to play at 1 pm tee off
Gold Event Sponsor—$5,000
– Signs at registration table and meals
– 2 golfers to play at 1 pm tee off
Award Sponsor
$ 2,500
Hole Sponsor Cart Sponsor
$ 1,000 $ 200
Food Sponsor Friend of Life
$500 $ 100

Give

Support a golfer
Your donation will help a golfer reach
his/her goal of $2,500
Support our mission

Our efforts help save women and children from abortion every year in the Philadelphia area.

Make your reservation, donation, or sponsor a golfer here: Golf Outing

 

2019 ACROSS AMERICA RELAY

The largest spanning Pro-Life event in the world with 1,528 legs covering 5,359 miles (12 million steps)!  Register to run or walk 5K legs anywhere and anytime from July 4th kickoff to August 11th finish.
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Invite family, friends, and organizations to participate and sponsor the event (see below).  Wear “REMEMBER The Unborn” jersey as a public witness, impacting hearts and minds for saving lives! 

COURSE:  Live Progress Map (opens July 4th).  All four arms of the Relay will kick off on July 4th:  East Arm kickoff from the NYC Brooklyn Bridge, West Arm kickoff from San Fran Golden Gate Bridge, South Arm kickoff from San Antonio TX, and North Arm kickoff from Grand Forks ND (sponsors below).  Relay photos/videos below.  The route goes by abortion facilities for prayer.  All four arms will unite for a Finish Line celebration on August 11th in Overland Park, KS (schedule below).
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STEP 1 – JOIN TEAM:  Order “REMEMBER The Unborn – Jer 1:5” jersey and wear it as a public witness.  You will receive Team Updates and Devotions.
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STEP 2 – REGISTER FOR RELAY LEGS:  Multiple individuals can register for the same leg.  When possible, start each leg at designated place/time – don’t wait for the previous leg.  Relay batons are available but not required.  If you can’t make it to the course, register to do 5K legs remotely in your neighborhood.  If you can’t make the scheduled time, do 5K legs anytime between the start and finish of the Relay.  Turn a local training run or walk into a remote Relay leg.  $25 registration (tax-deductible) for an individual or family to register for as many Relay legs as you choose.  Free registration for students, clergy, seniors, international.
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STEP 3 – PRAY:  before training and racing, pray LIFE Runners Creed to end abortion.  Add and offer up prayers on the LIFE Runners Prayer Wall.
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STEP 4 – FUNDRAISE or DONATE for RELAY GEAR:  Tax-deductible donations support our Team ministry needs.  Medal ($25 donation), Shirt ($100 donation).

FRIENDS, PARTNERS, SPONSORS (2019):
*** Names listed at liferunners.org/fundraising.
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Bronze Friends ($125 or $10/mo):  medal, shirt
Silver Friends ($325 or $25/mo):  2 medals, 2 shirts
Gold Friends ($625 or $50/mo):  2 medals, 2 shirts, baton
Bronze Partners ($1,250 or $100/mo):  5 medals, 5 shirts, 2 batons
Silver Partners ($2,500 or $200/mo):  2 jackets, 5 medals, 5 shirts, 2 batons
Gold Partners ($5,000 or $400/mo):  4 jackets, 5 medals, 5 shirts, 4 batons
Relay Shirt Sponsor ($10,000):  sleeve logo, jackets, medals, shirts, batons
Relay Arm Sponsor ($25,000):  name, jackets, medals, shirts, batons

STEP 5 – PHOTOS & VIDEOS:  Post your Relay photos on social media with #AcrossAmericaRelay19.  Share photos & videos at Photo & Video Submission Form..
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BE A SECTION LEADER:  Adopt a section of legs and invite friends, family, teammates to register for those legs.
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FINISH LINE EVENTS:  Overland Park, KS – 2018 photos.
Sat, Aug 10th, 2019
* 5:00 PM – Mass at Divine Mercy Church, 555 W Main St, Gardner, KS.
* 6:30 PM – Dinner at Golden Corral, 13440 S Blackbob Rd, Olathe, KS.
* 8:30 PM – Where There Is Darkness film, location TBD.  
Sun, Aug 11th, 2019
* 7:30 AM – Mass at Church of the Holy Cross, 8311 93rd St, Overland Park, KS.
* 8:15 AM – Breakfast at Church of the Holy Cross, 8311 93rd St, Overland Park, KS
* 9:30 AM – Prayer rally at Planned Parenthood, 4401 W 109th St # 200, Leawood, KS. liferunners.org/creed.
* 10:30 AM – Run/walk finishing legs.  Register.
* 12:30 PM – Celebration rally at Roe Park, 10400 Roe Ave, Overland Park, KS.
* 12:45 PM – March final leg (only quarter mile) into the finish with all four arms. Register.
* 1:00 PM – Free lunch in Roe Park, 10400 Roe Ave, Overland Park, KS.  RSVP at contact@liferunners.org.

 

Breaking Through the Abortion Distortion Barriers: Pro-Life Defense 101 with Teresa Tomeo

Whether it’s NPR insisting a baby can’t be called a baby until after it’s born or Hollywood celebs demanding abortion on demand without apology while at the same time insisting McDonald’s end it’s “cruelty” to chickens, the abortion distortion is now out of control.
Despite the huge disconnect and the shocking rhetoric, the language of lies provides huge opportunities for people of life to speak the truth.  Never before, since the 1973 Supreme Court decisions that gave us abortion through nine months of pregnancy, has this issue been discussed. We need to use this as a Romans 8:28 situation and turn obstacles into opportunities to change hearts and minds on the most pressing issue of our day.
Join Teresa Tomeo and her guests, including Fr. Frank Pavone, as they provide simple and effective tools that can be used to defend life. To sign up for the event, Register Here

Pro-Life Essay Contest for local students

Are you a student, or know of students, who would like some spending money this summer? If you have an interest in the right to life, then write for cash!

The Respect Life Committee of Saint Maria Goretti Parish is sponsoring an essay contest for Greater Philadelphia region middle school and high school students!

This year’s essay question is: “What are your thoughts on abortion after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected?”

Judging will be based on Judeo-Christian Ethics relevant to this subject.

Current federal law prohibits destroying the egg of a bald eagle with the punishment of several thousand dollars or a year in jail. Florida law prohibits taking or destroying the eggs of sea turtles. If there are protections for animals, should there also be the same (or more) protections for human beings? Express your personal opinion according to your USA Constitutional rights of free speech.

There are two divisions:

  • Junior Division—Any student in grades 6 through 8
  • Senior Division—Any student in grades 9 through 12

Each division will be awarded the following cash prizes by June 15th:  

  • 1st Prize—$300
  • 2nd Prize—$200
  • 3rd Prize—$100

Word Count:

  • Junior Division—Essays should be 500 words or less.
  • Senior Division—Essays should be 1,000 words or less.

How to Submit Your Essay:

Mail or send your entry to St. Maria Goretti’s parish office address:

Saint Maria Goretti
Attention: Respect Life Committee
1601 Derstine Rd.
Hatfield, PA 19440

Note: Please include your name, grade and contact information.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Bob McCormick by email at bobmcc52@verizon.net.

 

EWTN Pro-Life Weekly to Feature Cristina Barba of The Culture Project

Tune in TOMORROW to catch our very own Cristina Barba featured on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly to discuss actress Alyssa Milano’s recent call for a “sex strike” following Alabama’s passage of pro-life legislation.

The show will air Thursday (5/16) at 10 pm ET on EWTN Pro-Life Weekly. It will re-air on Sunday (5/19) at 1pm ET.

Quotes on Mother’s Day

On behalf of the bloggers of Voices for Life, we want to wish all of the mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.

I have compiled a list of quotes about motherhood from many staunch pro-lifers. Enjoy.

Mother Mary

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to Your word.

From Mary, we learn to surrender to God’s will in all things. From Mary, we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary, we learn to love Christ her son and the son of God. – JPII

The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God is the love of a Mother. -St. Therese of Lisieux

In the evening when you go to sleep, hold your beads, doze off reciting them, do like those babies who go to sleep mumbling, “Mamma! Mamma!” – St. Bernadette

Motherhood is more than a stage— it’s a lifelong calling from God. With it, He gives us hearts that love deeply, hands that serve tirelessly, and vision to see His blossoming image in the precious ones entrusted to our care. Unknown

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

“There is no love like a mother’s – she who carries the child that God knits in the womb, she who nourishes and guides, she who teaches and inspires, she who gives of her heart and soul and self for the good and the happiness of her children and her family.” Ronald Reagan

“When liberals say ‘family’, they mean ‘Big Brother in Washington.’ When we say ‘family,’ we mean ‘honor thy father and mother.'” Ronald Reagan

“By abortion, the mother does not learn to love but kills her own child to solve her problems” St. Teresa of Calcutta

“Anything that destroys God’s gift of motherhood destroys His most precious gift to women—the ability to love as a woman.” St. Teresa of Calcutta

There are countless quotes on motherhood, but I know these are the core of what it means to choose life.

Parents of teen girls harassed by Brian Sims raise over $100G for Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia

The following is a Fox New article by Caleb Parke. The article shares about the parents of the teens harassed by State Rep. Brian Sims fundraising response to the recent hatred spilled by him. It is republished with his permission.

The parents of teen girls harassed on camera by Pennsylvania state representatives Brian Sims raised over $100,000 for a pro-life non-profit in Philadelphia, where the Democratic official has targeted peaceful pro-lifers praying outside Planned Parenthood.

Joe and Ashley Garecht started a GoFundMe page after they realized the man who offered $100 to dox their teen daughters – 13 and 15 – on Periscope was actually an elected official, an action they called “shameful and unacceptable.”

INCREASING CALLS FOR BRIAN SIMS TO ‘IMMEDIATELY RESIGN’ FOR HARASSING PRO-LIFERS

The Garechts told Fox News they are so grateful after they launched the fundraising effort as a way to turn an ugly situation into something positive.

“It means the world to us that people have rallied around our family during this difficult time,” Mr. Garecht said. “The prayers and words of encouragement have been amazing and have sustained our entire family.”

They met their goal to help the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia Thursday, ahead of Friday’s pro-life rally by Abby Johnson and 40 Days for Life, among other pro-life leaders who plan to meet in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic where Sims attacked pro-lifers.

We are beyond blessed to see people motivated to help the pro-life movement in the Greater Philadelphia region,” Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia’s president and CEO, Tom Stevens, told Fox News. “In 2018, there were 15,821 abortions performed at abortion centers in the Greater Philadelphia area alone. While our hearts are broken for the unborn and for their moms and dads, we are also filled with hope by this great outpouring of support for life.”

On the GoFundMe, Garecht challenged Sims: “Brian, if you have a problem with my wife and daughters praying outside of an abortion clinic, I’m the one you can talk to… instead of harassing teenage girls.”

Sims said “I can do better” Tuesday night in a video posted online, but he stopped short of apologizing for his actions. Planned Parenthood said it did “not condone…Sims’ approach” but called him a “champion” on pro-choice issues.

Purchase A Timely Book with Focus On Catholic Teachings

Within the pages of Ordinary Brother’s new book, Get Married and Save the World, readers will find a doctrinal and practical guide to the main elements of the Christian marriage union. It is also a call to Christians to live fully in the Holy Spirit and reject the flesh, in our families and our homes.

Get Married and Save the World will appeal to readers who know the Church has turned away from God’s Word and is soaking in carnal goals. Its readers should take away a broad and deep understanding of marriage and be confident in their own marriages to bless the world.

Marriage is a broad subject, and there are many topics within the book that can interest your readers. These include the relationship between husband and wife, the role of the homemaker, the lifelong nature of the covenant, the home liturgy, Christian education, and the importance of blessing the world with children, and raising young souls up in the faith.

While the author is not a Catholic, the book contains some teachings strongly aligned with Catholic pro-life work, including that contraception, is wicked, and that it is strongly linked to abortion. I make mention of the early Church teaching, of Humane Vitae, and list several Catholic ministries he follows in the appendices. It is not uniquely on the subject of pro-life ministry but certainly is pro-life in that it supports the family, which protects countless children from harm, and teaches clearly and at length against contraception and abortion.

Ordinary Brother earned a BA in Writing from St. Edward’s University. He lived overseas for twelve years and came to faith at age 31 in Krakow, Poland. He’s since been sharing the Gospel and held many jobs, including teacher, travel writer, and street performer.

Purchase the book here: Get Married and Save The World