Hello brothers and sisters,
For those of you looking for a way to get involved with the Prolife movement, join the Couples for Christ Gift of Life team as we pray for an end to abortion. Please see note below:
To the brothers and sisters who stand for life,
If you are free this Saturday between 8 am and 2 pm, come stand and pray for life in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic at 1045 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, 91104. Stay one hour or longer, as short or as long as you like. Make signs, but don't be hateful or accusatory (Please don't make signs saying Murderers, Baby Killers, etc). We want to engage everyone, even abortion workers, in a loving caring manner. Bring snacks if you want. There are several fast food places nearby for lunch. Parking is on the streets around the clinic and is usually relatively easy.
We want to show anyone coming into this place, whether or not they're there for abortion, that abortion is not a simple procedure like having a tooth pulled. It is the death of a child. We want to show them we care, and that they should care as well. And above all, we will pray for the children, the parents, and for the abortion workers. Because God loves them all equally.
If possible, please let me know what time you can stay.
Please forward this to anyone you know who stands for life.
Joel & Angie Bautista
Joy Peace Love
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of [baby’s name] the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.”
- Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
They say you should pray this daily for nine months and name the child you pray for. I've been praying this daily since I was a kid, only learning to name the baby a few years ago. I've only named one child. They say you may or may not meet this child in real life - or that something heavenly will happen and you know it's from the baby you prayed for. We may or may not save a baby from abortion, but our prayers will always save souls.
On October 1, 2013, I know I met my baby. On this day, my childhood best friend texted me that she gave birth in the middle of the night. She sent me a picture of this cute little boy, who is to be my godson. "Hello, Ninang [Godmother in the Filipino language]. My name is Lucas." My best friend and her husband made it such a big deal to keep the name a secret all throughout her pregnancy, so this revelation early in the morning came with much excitement. As it sunk in, something more exciting came to mind. Not only was I going to be a godmother of my best friend's son, but his name is Lucas....the name of my spiritual baby that I named as I said the prayer of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. My heart is always filled with such joy when I think about this. Some might say it's coincidence, but I say it's Divine intervention. God reminded me that life is so precious and every effort made to pray for the unborn children and their mothers don't go wasted.
Please pray with me...for the children :)
CFC AND FAMILY MINISTRIES USA
At the heart of the evangelization mission of the church is the Gospel of Life. We proclaim that all life is sacred, as disciples of Jesus Christ; it is our duty to respect, protect, love and serve every human life, from conception to natural death.
Aligned with and in support of CFC’s Core values of Pro‐God, Pro‐Family, Pro‐Life and Pro‐Poor and the Pastoral Plans for Pro‐Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, outlined are the Gift of Life Initiatives for Couples for Christ and the Family Ministries USA for 2010‐2013:
Recognizing that prayer is the foundation of the work, without interfering in the standard community prayer format, we will continue to promote devotion to Mother Mary and the Rosary. We will continue to encourage the praying of the rosary before/after a household, assembly, and other community gatherings.
We will continue to promote the Family Rosary Campaign (see attached) and the 3‐6‐9 Prayer Campaign (Divine Mercy Chaplet, Angelus and Rosary).
We will continue to include prayer for the unborn and respect for life in household/assembly prayer petitions.
Where applicable, each area will participate in the Spring and Fall 40 Days for Life Campaigns. It is highly recommended that each area host one whole day vigil during the Spring and Fall campaign, preferably the last Saturday of the each of the campaigns.
Encourage each CFC and family ministry member to spiritually adopt an unborn child in danger of abortion. Refer to www.spiritualadoption.org for more details and information.
Where applicable, actively participate in parish/diocese Respect Life masses, prayer vigils and other similar activities.
Information and Education
We will continue to provide teaching materials and opportunities on the Gospel of Life, Theology of the Body, Natural Family Planning and other programs that provide Catholic teachings on the various life issues.
Where applicable, each area will establish Natural Family Planning (NFP) teaching and support teams and referral services. These teams will also to promote awareness on the Church’s teaching on contraception and responsible parenthood.
When applicable, continue to integrate an applicable pro‐life segment at all the national conferences. The topic and resources will be determined by the respective ministry.
Where applicable, each area will continue to adopt/support local pregnancy center/s.
Where applicable, provide Rachel’s Vineyard referral services to those needing healing from the pains of abortion.
Promote participation in events held on the Anniversary of Roe vs., Wade and other local Respect Life events.
Continue to promote awareness and involvement in various and family related legislature and issues. The recommended reference and resources will be United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Priests for Life, Human Life International and respective dioceses as our main reference and resource point Continue networking with various national and local pro‐life groups.