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Priests for Life Newsletter

Volume 15, Number 1
January-February 2005

Table of Contents

Priests for Life Launches Special Campaign of Daily Prayer to End Abortion

Priests for Life Advisory Board of Bishops

Commission Your Respect Life Group

Priests for Life Mass Cards Available

Plan to attend the National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Mothers and Fathers!

Prayer in Spanish for the Year of the Eucharist: "My Body"

Defending Life Series 2004

Priests for Life note pad or cube pads

Prayer Intentions

Priests for Life Launches Special Campaign of Daily Prayer to End Abortion

As you know, Priests for Life led an intense campaign of prayer prior to Election Day. Now, this prayer movement continues with a "Daily Prayer to End Abortion", reprinted below. We are asking all Christians to make a commitment to say this prayer each day, and to indicate that they have joined this effort by going to www.PrayerCampaign.org to sign up. If you do not have internet access, please use the form below to indicate your participation in this effort.

You may obtain prayer cards from us, in quantity, with this prayer on them. Contact orders@priestsforlife.org or call 888-PFL-3448, ext. 237 to request them.

Here are some other suggestions for using the prayer:

Have students recite it in classrooms; use it as a prayer to begin or end meetings of pro-life groups; have your parish insert it in the front of the hymnal or misalette, and encourage parishioners to pray it before or after mass; obtain the prayer cards from us and distribute them to friends; make a link from your website to www.PrayerCampaign.org; alert your email list to this site with an encouragement to join the campaign.

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Priests for Life Advisory Board of Bishops

His Eminence Alfonso Cardinal Lopez-Trujillo

President, Pontifical Council for the Family

His Eminence Renato Cardinal Martino

President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Most Rev. John F. Donoghue

Archbishop of Atlanta

Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap.

Archbishop of Denver

Most Rev. Edwin F. O'Brien

Archbishop of Military Services

Most Rev. John J. Myers

Archbishop of Newark

Most Rev. John W. Yanta

Bishop of Amarillo

Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted

Bishop of Phoenix

Most Rev. Ronald M. Gilmore

Bishop of Dodge City

Most Rev. Sam G. Jacobs

Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux

Most Rev. Emilio S. Allue

Auxiliary Bishop of Boston

Most Rev. Rene H. Gracida

Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi

Most Rev. Paul V. Donovan

Bishop Emeritus of Kalamazoo

Most Rev. James D. Niedergeses

Bishop Emeritus of Nashville

Most Rev. James C. Timlin

Bishop Emeritus of Scranton

Most Rev. James S. Sullivan

Bishop Emeritus of Fargo

Most Rev. Francis A. Quinn

Bishop Emeritus of Sacramento

Most Rev. Albert H. Ottenweller

Bishop Emeritus of Steubenville

Most Reverend Juan Fremiot Torres

Bishop of Ponce

Most Reverend John Quinn Weitzel

Bishop of Samoa Pago Pago

 

Commission Your Respect Life Group

Each year, many parishes and schools hold commissioning services for various ministerial groups: servers, catechists, choirs, and so forth.

How about commissioning the respect life group? Promoting the sacredness of life is certainly a ministry. It is a work that especially requires fortitude and prudence.

A suggested format would be to call the members forward after the homily, ask them some questions, say a prayer of blessing, and present them with a symbol of their mission.

Questions could be:

Are you resolved to promote the church's teachings on the dignity of human life, as outlined in The Gospel of Life?

Are you ready to work together with your pastor, under the guidance of the Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro Life Activities, to pray, educate, shape public policy, and provide concrete assistance to women in crisis pregnancies?

The prayer of blessing can be:

Father of all life, we thank you that you have called us into being and made us the people of life. Bless our brothers and sisters who dedicate themselves to be a voice for the voiceless, a defense for the defenseless. By their example enable all of us to proclaim, celebrate, and serve the Gospel of Life. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

The symbol given to members of the committee can be the Precious Feet, the pro-life rose, or a copy of The Gospel of Life. Such a ceremony could be done at any time of the year. If your parish decides to do this commissioning, please let us know at Priests for Life!

 

Priests for Life Mass Cards Available

We have begun our 2005 series of Mass cards, which you can request from us in any quantity free of charge. Then, when you want to enroll a deceased friend or loved one, you can use the card, and the person will share in the benefit of all the prayers and Masses of the Priests for Life Association worldwide.

Contact our orders department to place your order today: 888-PFL-3448, ext. 237, orders@priestsforlife.org, Fax 718-980-3900, or write to Priests for Life Mass Cards, PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314

 

Plan to attend the National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Mothers and Fathers!

Pray for an end to abortion, for our national leaders and the victims of abortion on Monday, January 24, 2005 starting at 8:45 AM in the United States Senate, Washington, DC. (Doors will open at 8 AM)

Join Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, Dr. Paul Chaim Schenck, Executive Director of Gospel of Life Ministries, Rev. Kirk van der Swaagh, Vice President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council and many other Pro-Life Clergy and Laity for the only pro-life prayer service in the US Capitol itself.

Priests for Life, Gospel of Life Ministries, The National Clergy Council and The National Pro-Life Religious Council will host the eleventh annual Memorial for the Pre-Born at the Capitol in Washington. It is ecumenical in scope, with more than fifty clergy from numerous churches and Christian traditions leading a beautiful liturgy for the victims of abortion. Come be a part of this magnificent and historic witness to life in the United States Senate. " This year’s service will be held in the Russell Senate Building Room 325 (Senate Caucus Chamber). No reservations are needed."

Invite your pastors, youth ministers, Respect Life and pro-life groups, social justice committees and everyone to come with you! Young people are especially needed and welcome.

Prayer in Spanish for the Year of the Eucharist: "My Body"

"Mi Cuerpo"

"Este es mi cuerpo, entregado por ustedes." Señor Jesús, escuchamos tus palabras cada día en la misa. Pronunciaste estas palabras, para enseñarnos el significado de Tu amor por nosotros, un amor que te llevó a la cruz a dar Tú vida, para que nosotros tuviésemos vida. También utilizas estas palabras para que comprendamos el significado de nuestro amor hacia el prójimo, un amor que nos lleva a entregarnos completamente para que otros puedan vivir.

"Este es mi cuerpo." Señor, también escuchamos estas palabras de los labios de esos que piensan que pueden tomar la vida de otro, solo porque esa vida esta creciendo dentro de sus cuerpos. Escuchamos estas palabras con significado diferente por los que apoyan el aborto.

Te suplicamos, le concedas a toda Tu gente, el poder comprender, que la plenitud del ser humano nunca se puede conseguir eliminando a otros, sino que se puede conseguir únicamente cuando nosotros mismos nos gastamos por los demás. Que toda Tu gente Señor, pueda vivir sus vidas, de acuerdo a Tus Sagradas palabras, "Este es mi cuerpo, entregado por ustedes!."

 

Our Latest Products

Defending Life Series 2004

Enjoy thirteen half-hour episodes (on three video tapes) of Fr. Pavone's TV series with guests discussing diverse aspects of the pro-life movement.

Learn what YOU can do to end abortion!

Learn how to help others who have had an abortion or are considering it!

Learn startling facts about the abortion industry!

Includes one episode never before seen on TV!

Great for viewing in your local church, school and political groups!

Makes a fantastic gift for your pro-life friends or your parish priest! So order today! Use the form below, or call 888-PFL-3448, x237, or email orders@priestsforlife.org

 

Priests for Life note pad or cube pads -- Great for home or office, these note pads will be daily reminder that you are part of the Priests for Life family!  5.5 x 8.5 note pad at $1.50 each or 4x4 cubed @ $3.00 each. Call 888-PFL-3448, x237, or email orders@priestsforlife.org

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Can you make a gift to enable us to send this newsletter to every priest in your diocese? Call Jerry at (718) 980-4400

 

Prayer Intentions

You are encouraged to remember the following intentions as you pray the Liturgy of the Hours:

January intention: That all bishops will be strong and fearless defenders of innocent children in danger of abortion.

February intention: For pregnancy resource centers, especially those that need more volunteers. 

 

 

 

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