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Priests for Life Welcomes Year of Faith; Urges Renewed Proclamation of Gospel of Life

Thursday, October 11th, 2012





As the Church begins her observance of the Year of Faith today, Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced initiatives to take place this year that will highlight the integral connections between the faith and the commitment to the pro-life cause.

In a statement released today (see below), Fr. Pavone stated, “In his encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life, 1995), Blessed John Paul II reminded us, ‘The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel’ (EV, 2). Therefore, as the Church calls her children to embrace and proclaim with new vigor and joy the Gospel of Christ, this is at the same time a call to witness to, and to build, a Culture of Life.”

The pastoral team of Priests for Life, which leads a worldwide family of interrelated ministries including Rachel’s Vineyard and the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, as well as the African-American outreach led by Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., will carry out a number of catechetical and other efforts to highlight the theme of the connection between faith and pro-life.

As part of the observance, Priests for Life will lead a pilgrimage to Rome from June 10-17, 2013 in order to take part in a celebration on June 16 with the Holy Father in Saint Peter’s Square focused on the sanctity of life. The event is among the official items on the calendar for the Year of Faith released by the Vatican.

In the Year of Faith, Believe and Proclaim the Gospel of Life

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today as the Church begins her celebration of the Year of Faith:

The worldwide family of Priests for Life (an international Association of the Faithful) welcomes the Year of Faith, which begins today, Thursday, October 11, 2012, the twentieth anniversary of the publication of The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

Priests for Life, like the whole Church, is irrevocably committed to proclaiming Jesus Christ as the hope, the Savior, and the life of the world.

In his encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life, 1995), Blessed John Paul II reminded us, “The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel” (EV, 2).

Therefore, as the Church calls her children to embrace and proclaim with new vigor and joy the Gospel of Christ, this is at the same time a call to witness to, and to build, a Culture of Life.

This is why one of the official events that the Vatican has announced in the calendar for the Year of Faith will be a celebration with the Holy Father focused on the theme of the sanctity of life, to take place in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday, June 16, 2013.

Given that fact, Priests for Life announces today that during the Year of Faith, we will implement a number of efforts to help the faithful — both clergy and laity — to understand and teach the integral connections between saying “Yes” to Christ and saying “Yes” to life.

In particular,

a) We will make available in new formats to the clergy and laity our reflections on the readings of the liturgy for each Sunday and how those readings connect with the theme of life. Such reflections are available in written form at www.priestsforlife.org/liturgy and in video form at www.YouTube.com/priestsforlife.

b) We will initiate a series of catechetical resources that show the integral connection between various aspects of our faith and the call to defend the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. This series will start with a new resource for the Advent-Christmas season called Christmas for the Unborn.

c) We will present special seminars and study days, through the travels of our pastoral team to parishes, seminaries, conferences and local communities, focusing on how the pro-life message and movement are integral to the new evangelization.

d) We will lead a national pilgrimage to Rome from June 10-17, 2013 in order to take part, with the Holy Father, in the special celebration for the Gospel of Life on Sunday, June 16. (See www.priestsforlife.org/pilgrimage for more details.)

e) We will conduct a multi-faceted media campaign, via radio, television, and internet, to highlight the ways in which embracing the faith means embracing life, with special focus on how the witness of the Gospel leads us to serve those who are pregnant and in need, and to bring healing to those wounded by abortion.

f) We will expand our educational efforts in the arena of political responsibility, especially in these first few weeks of the Year of Faith, showing how the witness of faith demands that we vote in a way that affirms rather than denies the Gospel.

g) We will renew our call to the faithful to see the pro-life movement as not simply a cause but as a spirituality, an aspect of discipleship, and therefore we will invite them to undertake our program of training in pro-life spirituality and to become Missionaries of the Gospel of Life. (See www.MissionariesoftheGospelofLife.org.)

The implementation of these initiatives would not be possible except for the dedication of our pastoral team, who lead our interrelated family of ministries: Fr. Denis Wilde, O.S.A, Associate Director; Fr. Victor Salomon, Director of Hispanic Outreach; fulltime associates Fr. Scott Daniels, O.P. and Fr. Walter Quinn, O.S.A.; Janet Morana, Executive Director and co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign; Dr. Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach; Dr. Theresa Burke, founder of Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries; Kevin Burke; Bryan Kemper, Director of Youth Outreach; and Marie Smith, fulltime associate of our Gospel of Life Ministries and director of the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues.






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Do You Know What Your Children Are Getting At Their Schools?

Friday, September 28th, 2012





Earlier this week a story broke about a Staten Island high school dispensing the morning-after pill to students without notifying the parents.

In an article by Jillian Jorgensen on silive.com, she reports that “Port Richmond High School is one of 13 public high schools across the city making emergency contraception — better known as the morning-after pill — available to girls without parental consent.”

One of my co-workers at Priests for Life, Marie Elliott-Saile, who was interviewed for the article is very upset by this because her 15-year-old daughter attends Port Richmond. Although the school system says that they sent letters home for parents to opt out of the program, Marie said that she never receive a letter telling her about the program.

The article also states that Janet Morana, executive director of Priests for Life, who was also interviewed for the article, says that “the program is just an extension of the law that allows girls to get an abortion without parental consent” and “that contraceptive pills like Plan B — which prevents pregnancy by using hormones the way normal birth control pills do, but in a higher dose — can increase the risk of cancer, and if a girl is adversely affected, her parents and their insurance would be left to deal with her care.

“I think it’s just horrific that this is all allowed to be done,” she said. “It shouldn’t have to be opt-out. You should have to opt in. The parent should have to consent to this because it’s affecting your child, your minor child.”

They are very tricky in the way that these programs are implemented. Unlike most other types of health related items like aspirin, the school cannot give it to students without permission given without parental consent. Why don’t schools just send letters to parents telling them that they will be able to give them any medication unless the parents opt their children out? Parents would not stand for it.

Yet when it comes to something as harmful as birth control nobody bats an eye. Most parents don’t stand up for their children. I applaud Marie and Janet for their willingness to stand up for the students.

I was interviewed by Sean Hannity on Tuesday regarding this story. The interview can be heard at my African American Outreach HERE.

To read the entire article by Jillian Jorgensen, click HERE.






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Mother of Justin Bieber Chose Life Over Abortion Advice

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012





In an article published yesterday Pattie Mallette, Justin Bieber’s mother recounts her story of choosing life instead of bowing to advice and pressure to abort her child. Thanks to her courage and strength, the world knows Justin, and many enjoy his music. Let us pray that the fulfillment of God’s plans for Justin also come to pass, even as the testimony of his birth blesses us.

Cotney O’Brien writes:

Imagine life without everyone’s favorite tween sensation, Justin Bieber, causing pandemonium every time he steps on stage. Well, if his mom Pattie Mallette had listened to advice to abort her son when she was 17, there would be no such thing as ‘Bieber Fever.’

In an interview with Kathie Lee Gifford on the Today Show, Mallette revealed how she was sexually abused as a child and, by age 14, was already using drugs and alcohol. When her hardships became too much to bare, Mallette attempted suicide by throwing herself in front of an oncoming truck. Then, however, while staying in a psychiatric hospital during one of the darkest points of her life, she discovered God through a friend and became a Christian. This conversion, she said, gave her peace of mind.

But, after just six months, she relapsed back into bad behavior and, at age 17, discovered she was pregnant. Because of her young age and difficult situation, many people encouraged her to end her pregnancy.

Mallette, however, insisted abortion was never an option.

I just knew I couldn’t. I just knew I couldn’t. I just know I had to keep him. And, do the best. I — you know, I didn’t know how I was going to do it. But I just knew that I couldn’t — I couldn’t abort. I had to do my best. I had to see what I could do. And I was determined to do whatever it took.

The young mother knew she made the right decision upon seeing her baby boy for the first time. “I know this sounds crazy, but he sounded like he was singing. He did.”

Thanks to Mallette, today Justin can sing to millions of fans and inspire them as a living example of the sanctity of human life.

Here are just a couple of other examples of notable people who were born under difficult circumstances, yet whose mothers gave them the chance to live:

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Great New Pro-Life Documentary Coming Soon!!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012





I was interviewed last week for a new documentary, The Voice of John, which is going to be released on November 4, 2012. This documentary is a great new addition to the arsenal of films that help educate the public about the truth of abortion and the value of all human life.

The producer, Donald Galade, worked diligently to complete the trailer and is working just as hard to promote the film. Unlike most major film productions which have the financial resources to advertise their films, independent film makers rely on limited advertising and word of mouth.

Kudos to Director Christopher Peiser. His camera work and editing really captures the viewers’ interest and draws them in.

Please help us promote this film by sharing it with your friends.

One small voice will speak for millions.

For more information visit voiceofjohn.org






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Fr. Frank Pavone and Georgette Forney invite you to the Pastoral Praxis for Life Conference

Monday, August 27th, 2012





The National Pro-Life Religious Council, in cooperation with Beeson Divinity School, would like to invite you to join them Tuesday, September 11, 2012 for a unique pro-life pastoral-theological conference at Hodges Chapel. The conference will follow through on the claims of The Manhattan Declaration and focus on ways in which the church can become a more faithful witness for life. Speakers will be featured from the various organizations which make up the National Pro-Life Council. NPRC is honored to have Dr. Timothy George, the Dean of Beeson Divinity School, and Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries, as the featured speakers for this event. Registration is $25. For more information you may contact Lorrie Beth Milton (205.726.2731).

Also speaking at the conference will be Georgette Forney, Presiden, Anglicans for Life

For more information click HERE.

Three ways to register:
1) Register Online (with Visa or MC)
2) Call 205.726.2731
3) Mail in registration form (with check)






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“I thank my God every time I remember you.” – Philippians 1:3

Monday, August 13th, 2012





Dear Friends, God blesses me to travel to so many wonderful places in this pro-life vocation to which I am called. The greatest blessing is always to be allowed to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ along with the pro-life updates that I bring to the people. Many of the highlights of these trips can be found on Frontlines on the Priests for Life website. If you haven’t visited the site recently, please do. The entire PFL website is truly a blessing.

I’m sharing the email below and posting it along with a prophetic poem on Frontlines because it is just one beautiful example of the work that God is doing to bring the message of life to the people of the earth. Pastor John Peyton is a humble yet powerful voice for God, and is a good friend. I am blessed and honored to have been able to spend a few hours with him and his congregation and faith community, sharing the love of God, the message of life, and visiting the women in prison.

By the way, Tonya’s baskets are incredible. I’m leaving her email address in the blog, in case you want to contact her.

Blessings,
Alveda

On Sun, Aug 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM, Tonya Griffin wrote:

Hi Dr. King,

I want to thank you once again for allowing God to use you in such a powerful way to minister to His people at our East Coast Christian Women’s Conference and the women behind the walls of Manassas Adult Detention Center. May God continue to keep and bless you, your family and your ministry in Jesus’ name. I pray that you will continue to be blessed and in honor of you I am naming a standard poetry gift basket after you called–A King/Queen.

Per your request, here attached is your poem “Chosen By A King.” I will be sending the gift basket as well. God bless.

Dear Tonya, you are truly God’s woman, a queen for such a time as this. Your artistic gifts of prophetic poetry and godly gift baskets are a welcome blessing to the Body of Christ. Also, when Deborah told us that God told her that He sacrificed a moment in time away from His Precious Son Jesus, so that God could have Deborah live with Him for eternity, I was blown away. God loves each of us so very much! John 3:16 in action! Glory! What an honor is was to minister with you and the Reconciliation Community Church ministry team led by Pastor John Peyton, an anointed man of God! The men and women who attended the conference to receive the pro-life update and the ministry of God’s Word, and the women prisoners we visited honored us with their presence and their attentiveness to the Word of the Lord we were blessed to share. What a time of worship and impartation! I am overjoyed with the memory of the experience. Please greet Pastor John, Deborah, Carol and indeed your entire ministry family and community for me in the Name of Jesus! God bless each and everyone! Alveda






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100 Days until Election Day: A To-Do List

Friday, July 27th, 2012





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 27, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY — For people who believe in the sanctity of all human life, Nov. 6, Election Day, will be the most important day of the year.

“With just 100 days to go, we all need to make sure we’re doing everything we can to encourage friends, family members, co-workers – everyone we know — to make plans to get out and vote,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

Here’s a checklist of things everyone can do to ensure a high voter turnout.

*Organize a voter registration drive at your church on Sept. 9,. Voter Registration Sunday (www.priestsforlife.org/vote).

*Encourage youth who will turn 18 by Election Day to register.

*Begin making plans for transporting senior citizens and those without transportation to the polls.

*Remind those who will be away on Election Day to obtain absentee ballots.

*Look into early voting rules in your state (www.priestsforlife.org/states).

*Print out the Priests for Life Voter Guides and distribute them (www.priestsforlife.org/candidates).

*Become familiar with candidates running at every different level of government, and find out specifically where they stand on abortion, euthanasia and embryonic stem-cell research.

For concrete help and resources for these and many other election-related activities, visit www.politicalresponsibility.com.

“One of the most important things we do as Americans is to elect public servants who know the difference between serving the public and killing the public,” Fr. Pavone said.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.






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