Respect Life Office Weekly NewsletterENCOUNTERING JESUS, WITNESSING WITH JOY

April 25, 2017 Respect Life Update

 

 

Greetings everyone! 

“Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness… God created mankind in his image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:26-27).  

This is such a profound mystery that we are created in His image & likeness, whether we speak of newly-conceived child who is only a few cells in size or the frail person who is terminally ill or the inmate on death row. His image & likeness does not reside in the human labels we often apply to human life, labels that speak more of our own limitations than the wideness of His love.  When He reviewed His creation on each of the preceding days, God noted that it was “good,” but with the creation of man, God “found it very good” (Gen. 1:31).  

 

I will be out of the office on Monday May 1 & Tuesday May 2 to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.  Emails & voicemails will be returned after May 2.  If anyone has an urgent Human Trafficking situation, please text or call me at 504-400-4824.  Thank you all!

 

Please see the urgent request for a sidewalk counselors’ coordinator below under Abortion.

 

Mentors are needed for children whose parents are incarcerated.  More details are under Capital Punishment/Mercy behind Bars below.

 

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April/May Respect Life Calendar & Focus

April Respect Life Focus is on Fertility/Infertility

April 4 - Respect Life Gathering - Fertility/Infertility

April 7, 8, 9 - Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

April 23-29 - National Infertility Awareness Week

 

May Respect Life Focus on Healing after Abortion

May 13 - 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparition at Fatima

May 13 - Mother’s Day Rosary Crusade for Life

May 14 - Mother’s Day

May 31 - Feast of the Visitation

 

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Archdiocese/Deanery/Parish General Info

2017 Respect Life Gatherings can be found here…

https://respectlife.arch-no.org/monthlyrespectlifegathering

 

Respect Life Coordinators on the Northshore

Would any of you be interested in hosting the following 2018 Respect Life Gatherings:

April - Fertility/Infertility Awareness

June - End of Life Issues

August - Capital Punishment

Respect Life Coordinators on the Southshore

January - The Unborn

July - Conscience Protection

October - Stem Cell/Human Cloning Awareness

If you are interested in hosting one of these, please email me for the details… respectlife@arch-no.org

 

May 3

Respect Life on the radio…Catch monthly Respect Life updates on Catholic Community Radio’s Wake Up show every first Wednesday at 7:35am Learn more about Catholic Community Radio here…

http://www.catholiccommunityradio.org

 

May 4

The next monthly Catholic Medical Association local guild meeting will be held on Thursday May 4…monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church - Conference Room, 901 Beverly Garden Dr, Metairie, LA 70002.  Mass will begin at 6pm followed by a meal, fellowship, & group study ending promptly at 8pm.

 

May 6

Holy Name of Mary parish is going to have a special 1st Saturday Mass and Rosary on May 6th at 8:00am in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima.  Fr. Mike will consecrate the parish and those present as per Our Lady's request.  Scapulars will also be given to those present.  Contact Lena if you have any questions:  lenacrombie@aol.com 

 

May 31

Would you like to have a social media/website for your Respect Life group?  Are you unsure about what to put on a website or social media?  The Office of Communications & Evangelization can help!  On Wednesday May 31 they will be hosting a workshop for writing bulletin blurbs, writing news releases, preparing website content, & managing social media content.  Details will follow in a future newsletter.

 

September 9

Save the date!… Jazzed for Life 2017 will be held at University of Holy Cross, New Orleans.  Details can be found here…

https://respectlife.arch-no.org/jazzed-for-life 

 

Parish/School Snapshot!

Thank you, Our Lady of Lourdes in Slidell for hosting the quarterly Archdiocesan Commission for Persons with Disabilities’ Mass this past Saturday.  See photos here…

https://www.facebook.com/NOLArespectlife/photos/pcb.1007151289418715/1007151189418725/?type=3&theater 

 

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Youth Updates

Footprints for Life — A Respect Life Foundation for children in grades K - 7.

To register or for more information please email Natasia at ntkissinger@gmail.com.

 

For the April 2017 Footprints for Life activities information, please visit…

https://respectlife.arch-no.org/ckeditor_assets/attachments/121/rlaprilyouth.pdf 

 

PULSE is a weekend camp designed to train high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors to be pro-life leaders through education and leadership skills.  Upcoming PULSE Immersion weekend…

April 28-30, 2017

Covington, Camp Abbey

To register online, visit the website at https://www.prolifelouisiana.net/index.php?option=com_civicrm&task=civicrm/event/register&id=54&reset=1.  More questions? Contact Alex Seghers, Youth Programs Co-Director for Louisiana Right to Life, at 1.866.463.5433 or alex@prolifelouisiana.org 

 

June 5-9

Louisiana Right to Life’s PULSE Leadership Institute will be held June 5-9 this year.  Contact Alex Seghers at alex@prolifelouisiana.org or Krista Corbello at krista@prolifelouisiana.org or call 1-866-463-5433 for more information. Or visit…

http://www.prolifelouisiana.org/Youth/pulse-leadership-institute.html 

 

For information on Youth information, please visit the website…  https://respectlife.arch-no.org/pages/youth

 

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USCCB RESPECT LIFE TOPICS…

Abortion/Adoption

URGENT… Help Wanted:  The archdiocese is in need of a dedicated individual who can coordinate the sidewalk counselors who will be reaching out to the women at the Gen. Pershing abortion facility.  This person would be responsible for coordinating the presence of sidewalk counselors on peak days & at peak times in order that there are enough counselors to be present to the many women that are going into the facility those days.  The coordinator does NOT need to be present at the facility everyday.  This position is volunteer & requires good organizational skills, use of email/phone, attendance at one of our Sidewalk Counselor Trainings, & a deep desire to see the end of abortion in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  Please contact the Respect Life Office for more details… respectlife@arch-no.org 

 

April 26

The Compassionate Burial for Indigent Babies (CBIB) funeral for Baby Boy Jer’el & Baby Boy Michael will be on Wednesday April 26 at 1:00pm at St.Patrick's #1 Cemetery, 5000 Canal ST, New Orleans.  Please join them in the back by the Mausoleum for a graveside service.  Please keep the families and CBIB in prayer, thank you.  If you have questions please contact Lise Naccari at 504-202-3111 or lisejnaccari@yahoo.com

 

April 29

The Good Shepherd Parish Pro-life group will be at the Women's Health Care Center at 2701 General Pershing, New Orleans, to pray and witness from 11:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. Msgr. Nalty, their Pastor, joins them whenever possible.


Wilson Breaux’s Pro Life Apostolate will be at Planned Parenthood, 4600 block of S. Claiborne AVE from 8:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m. (weather permitting)

**URGENT!… Wilson needs a ride to PP this week & the following Saturdays:  May 6, 13, 20, & 27.  If you can help with any of these, please contact him asap — 504-888-7881.

 

Weekdays at Gen. Pershing

Mondays

closed

 

Tuesdays & Thursdays

opens at 8am - Counseling days

 

Wednesdays & Fridays

opens at 8am - Abortion days

 

It is important to have a presence Gen. Pershing each day they are open, whether for counseling or abortion.  The women need to know that they have the option to choose life & there is help available for them.  Please come out & pray!  Your presence & prayers are the most important thing you can do.

 

Wilson Breaux’s Pro life Lay Apostolate will be going to Women's Health Center at 2701 General Pershing, on Tuesdays,& Thursdays from ~8am - 11am & Wednesdays from ~8am - 10:30amWilson also notes that a few additional prayer warriors who could come early both on Tuesdays and Thursdays are needed.

 

***If you can help Wilson with rides to/from Gen. Pershing on Thursdays, please contact him at 504-888-7881.

 

April 29

Fr. Mariano Veliz’s apostolate at St. Anthony of Padua Church “Preach My Psalter.” Saturday morning Holy Hour with Adoration, the Rosary, & Benediction from 5am - 6am with the Sacrifice of Holy Mass following at 6:10am.  During the Holy Hour, Fr. Mariano will be available for the Sacrament of Penance. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Preach-My-Psalter/834349966596342 

 

May 13

The Archdiocesan Sidewalk Counseling & Prayer Ministry will hold its 19th annual Mother’s Day Rosary Crusade for Life, honoring Our Lady of Fatima the 100th anniversary of the 1st apparition & all mothers, will be held on Saturday May 13 from 9-11am at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Shrine, 2701 State ST, New Orleans.  Mass will begin at 9am with Archbishop Aymond as the celebrant.  After Mass there will be Adoration, & 5 decades of the Rosary & the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed.  Closing Benediction will be at 10:45am.  Please contact Pam & John Richard for more details at 504-460-9360.

 

May 20

On Saturday May 20 Pam Richard from the Archdiocesan Sidewalk Counseling & Prayer Ministry will present a Sidewalk Counselors’ Workshop from 9:00 AM - 12Noon. It will be held in the Conference Center of St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, 901 Beverly Garden DR in Metairie.  Please RSVP by Monday, May 15 to Pam Richard at 504-460-9360.  A $15.00 donation requested.  Students are free.

For the flyer, please visit…

https://respectlife.arch-no.org/ckeditor_assets/attachments/131/pro-life_educational-human_trafficking_sidewalk_counseling_workshop_5-20-17.pdf 

 

July 8

On Saturday July 8 Yvette Fouchi, veteran sidewalk counselor, will present a Sidewalk Counselors’ Workshop from 9am - 12Noon.  It will be held in the Conference Center of St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, 901 Beverly Garden DR in Metairie.  This workshop is free to all.  Please RSVP by Friday June 30 to the Respect Life Office at respectlife@arch-no.org 

 

ACCESS Pregnancy Mobile Unit’s ongoing schedule

9 AM – 3:30 PM

Tuesdays – Blessed Trinity, 4230 S. Broad Street, New Orleans

Wednesdays – Catholic Charities Hispanic Apostolate, 2505 Maine Ave., Metairie
Thursdays – Hope Haven, 1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero 

All services are free and confidential and include: 

Pregnancy testing, Ultrasounds, Case Management Services, Professional Counseling, & Diaper Bank Services (Material Support)

Please call 504-427-1278 for more information or visit www.AccessPregnancy.com 

 

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Capital Punishment/Mercy behind Bars

Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops’ official statement on the Death Penalty

http://nolacatholic.org/news/lccb-statement-on-the-death-penalty  

 

Please continue to pray for the state of Arkansas as they move forward with their plans to execute 8 men on death row in the span of 10 days beginning Easter Monday.  Please keep these men in your prayers too — for their conversions, for their families, for the victims, & for the victims’ families. A full update can be found here…

https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/Background_on_Arkansas_April_2017_Executions 

 

Thus far Arkansas has executed 3 inmates this month, the first was Ledell Lee last week.  “Lee's execution went ahead after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected last-minute appeals from his lawyers. But at least one high court justice expressed serious reservations about what critics have called Arkansas' rush to the death chamber…Arkansas dropped plans to execute a second inmate, Stacey Johnson, on Thursday after the state Supreme Court said it wouldn't reconsider his stay, which was issued so Johnson could seek more DNA tests in hopes of proving his innocence.”

Read more here…

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ARKANSAS_EXECUTIONS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-04-21-01-07-00 

 

On Monday 2 more on death row were executed, Jack Jones & Marcel Williams

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/lethal-injection/arkansas-executions-state-track-execute-two-death-row-inmates-tonight-n750291 

 

Upcoming executions scheduled in the US can be found here

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/upcoming-executions 

Please pray for the victims, the victims’ families, those on death row, & the families of those on death row.

 

Would you consider becoming a mentor to a child whose parent is incarcerated? Please email the Respect Life Office for details about the Mentors of Mercy program at respectlife@arch-no.org  

Find out more about the Cornerstone Kids Mentoring Program here…

http://www.ccano.org/cornerstone/ 

 

May 20

Journeys of Mercy… A bus will be traveling on Saturday May 20 to the Raymond Laborde Correctional Facility in Cottonport.  Please consider joining us as we journey with the families who will visit their loved ones & to be there as prayerful support. Please email the Respect Life Office ASAP if you are interested in riding with the families in support & prayer.  For more information email respectlife@arch-no.org

 

Please visit the website for more information on Capital Punishment… https://respectlife.arch-no.org/pages/capital-punishment 

 

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Chastity 

A helpful USCCB resource regarding current confusion in society about gender

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/promotion-and-defense-of-marriage/upload/Gender-Ideology-Select-Teaching-Resources.pdf 

 

September 20, 21, 22

The next Theology of the Body for Teens Training will be held on September 20, 21, 22… details will be in a future Update.

 

Natural Family Planning methods, class information, & contact information to register for a class can be found herehttps://respectlife.arch-no.org/natural-family-planning

 

For general information on Chastity, please visit the websitehttps://respectlife.arch-no.org/chastity 

 

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Conscience Protection 

Please see important Legislative Update below on the Conscience Protection Act of 2017.

 

May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

This is a crucial time for our nation!  Can you spare 15 minutes to pray for America?  The Holy Rosary will be prayed at 7pm EVERY MONDAY EVENING at St. Matthew the Apostle on Jefferson HWY in River Ridge.  The Rosary will be prayed either in the church or at the statue of Mary just in front of the church. Bring your family & friends!  Spread the word!  For more information call Stephanie at 504-737-9776. 

 

For information on Conscience Protection, please visit the websitehttps://respectlife.arch-no.org/conscience-protection 

 

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Disabilities

God’s Special Children is now recognized

as an official Ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans!  Thank you, Jay, for all your hard work.

 

Mrs. Joy Zainey on God’s Special Children’s Mass…
“God’s Special Children’s Mass was conceived as a result of rejection, disappointment, acceptance, laughter and tears, but the good news is we now have a blessed service truly like no other. Every disturbance is considered a joyful noise, every smile a vision of Christ. Here you will experience pure love and innocence shared by God’s Special Children (and adults) and the extraordinary spirituality they offer and display.  We encourage everyone, those with and without disabilities, to attend this special service.”
Read the rest of her beautiful testimony here…

http://clarionherald.info/clarion/index.php/guest-column/6113-blessed-mother-prepared-us-for-true-gift-of-a-special-son 

 

May 7

God’s Special Children will have their monthly Mass on Sunday May 7 at 2pm at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 444 Metairie Rd, Metairie.  For more information about God’s Special Children, please visit…

http://www.godsspecialchildren.org

 

May 20

The Archdiocesan Office of Pastoral Planning & Ministries will host a workshop with staff from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at St. Dominic Parish, 775 Harrison Avenue, New Orleans, in the Rectory Building - Siena Meeting Room. The first part of the workshop, from 9:00 AM – 12 Noon, is for all parish disability advocates and other interested persons, and will focus on training on the advocate role and ways in which we can make our parishes even more welcoming to those with disabilities. An afternoon session from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM will be just for members of the Archdiocesan Commission on Persons with Disabilities. To RSVP or for questions, please contact Debbie Curole at 504-861-6294 or planningandministries@arch-no.org. Any parish that has not appointed a Parish Disability Advocate is still welcome to do so. 

 

Do you know someone who is homebound?  Who has difficulty attending events/meetings?  Consider asking them to join our Respect Life Prayer Team!  Please email the Respect Life Office for more details… respectlife@arch-no.org

To be added to the Respect Life Prayer Team, email Roger with your email contact… rogerlinde@hotmail.com 

For those who do not have email, please call the Respect Life Office to be added for a call when prayers are needed… 504-286-1119

 

For information on the archdiocesan efforts related to Disabilities, please contact John Smestad in the Office of Pastoral Planning & Ministries at 504-861-6295.

 

Good, reprintable resources for Respect Life groups related to Disabilities can be found here…

http://www.ncpd.org/ministries-programs/specific/tipsheets 

 

More Disabilities information can be found on the website

https://respectlife.arch-no.org/disabilities 

 

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End of Life Issues/Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia 

“Tragically, we are seeing an exponential increase in cases where patients are intentionally starved to death because someone has determined that their lives no longer have value,” Snyder stated. “Anastasia was targeted for death simply because she is disabled. But she can speak, feel pain, and fully understands what is happening to her. She is being tortured to death by healthcare professionals who have it in their capacity to provide care and treatment.”
Read more here…

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-way-this-woman-is-being-treated-by-her-nursing-home-shows-how-much-our?utm_content=buffer8badd&utm_medium=social&utm_source=+lifesitenews%2Bfacebook&utm_campaign=buffer 

 

May 13

On the 2nd Saturday of every month St. Edward's Prayer and Presence Ministry visits St. Anthony's Nursing Home 6001 Airline Dr, Metairie. They pray for and visit with approximately 20 residents who have been identified as those who do not get many visitors.  Please consider joining them in this beautiful work!  If you have any questions, please contact Yvette at 504-874-9225.

 

Angels’ Place is in need of a volunteer to teach knitting &/or crocheting classes to their children &/or their parents.  The classes would be small & would be on weekend for an hour or so, depending on the teacher.  Our parents & children spend long hours in the hospital, & it would be wonderful if they could accomplish something positive while they are there.  It would also help to pass the time of their stays in the hospital.  For more information please call Mary or Charlotte at 504-455-2620.

 

For more information on End of Life Issues, Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia, please visit the websitehttps://respectlife.arch-no.org/pages/end-of-life-issues 

 

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Fertility/Infertility/Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART/IVF) 

The April Respect Life focus is on Fertility/Infertility/Assisted Reproductive Technologies 

 

Our spiritual work of mercy

Please join in our prayers during the month of April…

 

Prayer for those struggling with Infertility:

Mother of Christ, you were graced by God with the privilege of bearing our Divine Savior. You experienced the joys and challenges of being a parent. Your life was blessed with seeing Jesus grow from infancy and childhood, into his adult years of teaching a ministry. With St. Joseph, you created a home for your family to love and share together.  Please intercede before the God of all life, that those struggling with infertility may conceive a baby and raise healthy children, with whom they can share the Lord’s good gifts. May their children honor them and You by lives of virtue and caring for others. May their home be holy and their family be blessed with health, happiness and abiding love. And for those for whom conceiving a child is not possible may their love for each other be fruitful. Help them not to become bitter when they encounter others who devalue life. May those who cannot give birth to a child see other ways in which they can give life to others. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (source: http://www.fertilityfriends.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=261283.0)

 

Do you know someone currently struggling with Infertility?  Reach out & assure her (or him) of your prayers.

 

Our corporal work of mercy…

 

Dr. Susan Caldwell & the staff of Hope Woman’s Clinic treat women struggling with Infertility.  They are currently in need of a wonderful resource that would like to provide to their clients:  The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples.  Please consider purchasing & donating this book to Hope Woman's Clinic.  It is available for order here…

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1594712891/ref=as_li_ss_til?tag=ththve-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=1594712891&adid=0PNPF03Z2YNR04NTR164& 

For questions, please contact Hope Woman’s Clinic at 504-496-0214.

 

For the month of April please ask your pastor about including a bulletin blurb or insert about Fertility & Infertility Awareness…

https://respectlife.arch-no.org/ckeditor_assets/attachments/120/aprilrlfocusbulletininsertweb.pdf 

 

Fertility Awareness is one of the best gifts a woman can give to herself & to her marriage!

“…charting our fertility is one of the best self-care habits women can form… By tracking signs of fertility, I was able to see areas and causes of stress and how it was affecting my body.  

Read more here…

https://www.oldfashionedgirlblog.com/blog/fertility-self-care 

 

“While a popular option, assisted reproductive technologies (ART) have major disadvantages including their invasiveness and risks, including higher rates of prematurity and multiple gestation. Natural Procreative Technology (NPT) is ‘an integrated and systematic approach to infertilitythat treats the underlying abnormality & aims to restore the body to a healthy state that is capable of achieving and maintaining pregnancy…
Read more here…

http://www.factsaboutfertility.org/fabms-help-infertility-couples-conceive/ 

 

May 10

Catholic Women's Infertility Support Group

You're Not Alone - Are you and your spouse currently experiencing the pain of infertility or the inability to maintain a pregnancy? There is support available! Come join us for a Catholic Women's Infertility Support Group, now being offered on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, 7pm - 8pm at St. George Catholic Church, 7808 St. George Drive, Baton Rouge. For more information, contact Julie at stellajuliedot@gmail.com

 

For basic Church teaching on Assisted Reproductive Technologies please visit https://respectlife.arch-no.org/artificial-reproductive-technologies

 

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Healing after Abortion 

The May Respect Life focus is on Healing after Abortion 

 

Our spiritual work of mercy

Please join in our prayers during the month of May…

Lord of all Life,

You have entrusted us to the care of one another,

And called us to be one Body in Christ.

You call us to rejoice with those who rejoice,

And to weep with those who weep.

Hear our prayer today

For our brothers and sisters who have lost children to abortion.

Help us to understand

The pain that is in their hearts,

And to be a living sign to them

Of your welcome, your mercy, and your healing.

Help them to undergo with courage

The process of grief and the journey of healing.

Never allow them to feel alone;

Always refresh them with the presence of Your Spirit

And of their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Console them with the sure hope

That you love and care for their children.

Give them new strength, 

That even while they grieve what they have lost,

They may look forward to all the good

That you still have in store for them.

Lord of healing and hope,

Give us all the forgiveness of our sins,

And the joy of your salvation.

We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Source:  http://www.priestsforlife.org/prayers/post-abortion.htm 

 

Our corporal work of mercy…

The suggested corporal work of mercy for those in parishes focuses on supporting our local Rachel’s Vineyard ministry.  The next Rachel’s Vineyard retreat in the archdiocese will be held November 10, 11, 12, but the Rachel’s Vineyard team is already working behind the scenes preparing to minister & serve those who will come for Jesus’ healing.  To assist them, the Respect Life Office is collecting gift bag to give to those on retreat.  Suggested items include tissues, a votive candle, a journal/tablet, a pen, & a pretty bookmark — all in a nice gift bag.  Also include any prayer offering you will make for them that we can include in our Spiritual Bouquet.  An additional suggestion is to sponsor one who will make the November Rachel’s Vineyard retreat.  This could be done as a group or a parish, & it may be a full ($170) or partial sponsorship.  To arrange pick up of your donated gift bags or to learn more about how to sponsor a Rachel’s Vineyard retreatant, please email the Respect Life Office at respectlife@arch-no.org 

 

May 16

The monthly Respect Life Gathering with a focus on Healing after Abortion will be held on Tuesday May 16 at 6:30pm at St. Rosalie, 600 Second AVE in Harvey. Pam Richard from the Rachel’s Vineyard team will present “Hope & Mercy after Abortion.”  Come join us…pray together ~ learn more about the issue ~ network! 

Flyer…

https://respectlife.arch-no.org/ckeditor_assets/attachments/114/rlgatheringflyermay2017.pdf 

 

November 10, 11, 12

Our next Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat in the archdiocese will be in November.  Details will be in a future update.

For more info about Rachel’s Vineyard, please contact either of the following retreat facilitators:

Pam Richard at 504-460-9360 cell or 985-809-0773 home or         

richj504@bellsouth.net 

Melanie Baglow at 504-889-2431 home or mkbaglow@cox.net   

Flyer…

https://respectlife.arch-no.org/ckeditor_assets/attachments/99/rvretreatflyerapr2017.pdf

 

For help for post abortive women & men, see the Respect Life website for more information — https://respectlife.arch-no.org/post-abortion-healing 

 

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Human Cloning/Stem Cell Research

“Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have now succeeded in turning human stem cells derived from skin samples into tiny, three-dimensional, brain-like cultures that behave very similarly to cells in the human midbrain.”

Read more here…

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170413130654.htm 

 

To view the public comments sent to the NIH regarding human-animal hybrids, please go here...

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/rfi/responses_57.cfm 

 

For more information on Human Cloning & Stem Cell Research please visit the websitehttps://respectlife.arch-no.org/human-cloning-stem-cell 

 

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Human Trafficking

Good news locally

“The money-making plans of an accused Memphis pimp known as 'Grape Terry' were stomped by a New Orleans sex trafficking task force, according to court documents detailing the man's arrest.”
Read the story here…

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2017/04/accused_memphis_pimp_grape_ter.html 

 

Thank you to all who responded to the Free Indeed Home (safe house for minor girls who have been sex-trafficked) request for nurse volunteers!

 

We continue to assist a local safe house, the Free Indeed Home, where girls ages 12-17 who have been sex trafficked can come for healing & restoration.  If you or your group would like to participate in the collection of much-needed items, please contact the Respect Life Office to facilitation this (no drop-offs can be accepted) at respectlife@arch-no.org  

The following items are needed

 

Cash or gift cards for grocery/big box stores

 

Canned vegetables, flour, sugar, corn meal, seasoning, cooking oil, pasta, rice, cereals, canned meats, boxed cake mix, pudding

Paper towel, toilet paper, paper napkins

 

Comet Cleanser, Clorox Clean-up, dish detergent, disinfectant spray, multi-surface cleaner, baking soda, floor wax for hardwood floors, laundry detergent 

 

Feminine products

 

Board games, puzzles, craft items

 

Copy paper  (Cheapest kind), pens /pencils/crayons/color pencils/markers/ dry eraser markers, loose leaf paper, notebooks, binders, printer ink : HP 950 and 951, batteries (all sizes, primarily AA and AAA)

 

Please be aware of the signs of trafficking

http://polarisproject.org/recognize-signs

And…if you see something, SAY SOMETHING!  It is better to report a suspicious incident & be wrong than to be right & say nothing.

National Human Trafficking Hotline… 888-3737-888 — keep this number in your phone!

 

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Violence

Counter violence with a culture of encounter

“…Wherever we are, let us risk the time and effort to genuinely see people, strengthening a culture of encounter. In so doing, we will promote respect for life…” (Kimberly Baker, USCCB)

 

May 9

New Orleans Interfaith Peace Coalition is hosting their 

Monthly Prayer Service for Peace in our City & World on Tuesday May 9 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm at  St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 919 Cambronne ST in New Orleans.  For more information contact Barbara at fleische@loyno.edu  

 

May 30, June 27

Monthly Isaiah 43 Prayer Peace Walks

In collaboration with the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Office of Racial Harmony, Isaiah 43 hosts monthly peace prayer walks.  The walks are held in neighborhoods throughout New Orleans in response to community members looking for opportunities to be active in promoting peace, forgiveness, and love in all neighborhoods.

Peace walks are held on the last Tuesday of every month at 6pm. Upcoming dates are…

Tuesday, May 30 at Resurrection of Our Lord (9701 Hammond ST)

Tuesday, June 27 at St. Andrew the Apostle (3101 Eton ST)

 

For the full list of dates, please visit…

http://www.ccano.org/isaiah-43/#peace-prayer-walks 

For more information please email kgibson@ccano.org 

http://www.ccano.org/isaiah43/

 

For more information on Violencevisit the websitehttps://respectlife.arch-no.org/violence

 

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Legislative Updates

Thank you to all who live in Rep. Cedric Richmond’s congressional district who have written to him regarding Conscience Protection (HR 644).  In his recent response to me indicates to me that he is considering the point of view in favor of Conscience Protection in spite of the fact that he typically votes in favor of abortion.  If you have not already done so, please take a brief moment to urge him to vote for HR 644. It is simple & easy to do…Use this quick email linkhttps://www.humanlifeaction.org/action-alert/urge-congress-enact-conscience-protection-act-2017 

Phone… (202) 225-6636, (504) 288-3777, (504) 365-0390

 

May 11

Louisiana Right to Life has announced that May 11 will be the Pro-Life Day at the Capitol in Baton Rouge. Details are not available yet, but we urge you to mark your calendar and plan to spend time with us as well as your legislators talking about pro-life issues in Louisiana.

 

Updates in Congress

HR 7 - No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/7/actions

 

HR 644 & S 301 - Conscience Protection Act of 2017

https://www.humanlifeaction.org/action-alert/urge-congress-enact-conscience-protection-act-2017

 

Fight Human Trafficking

Urge Congress to support legislation that will help keep supply chains transparent and free of products that are supported by human trafficking.

https://secure.crs.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=933&AddInterest=1881&_ga=1.169470561.1943644280.1437568911 

 

Bills of interest related to Respect Life issues introduced into the Louisiana Legislature (Regular session April 10 - June 8)

 

HB 172Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act regulates sale of internet-capable devices sold to block obscene material…

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=17RS&b=HB172&sbi=y 

 

SB 42 — Creates the Louisiana Human Trafficking Prevention Commission and Advisory Board…

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=17RS&b=SB42&sbi=y 

 

SB 54 — Provides for the unlawful exploitation of children (Human Trafficking)…

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=17RS&b=SB54&sbi=y 

 

SB 111 — Requires proof of identification from parents for an unemancipated minor child to obtain an Abortion (provisions related to suspected Human Trafficking)…

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=17RS&b=SB111&sbi=y 

 

SB 142 — Eliminates the Death Penalty

http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?s=17RS&b=SB142&sbi=y 

 

See the Resect Life Office’s Public Policy page for all Local Government, State Legislature & Congressional updates…

http://respectlife.arch-no.org/public-policy

 

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Liturgy & Prayer

April 2017 USCCB Word of Life (intercessions, bulletin updates)…

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/word-of-life/upload/Word-of-Life-2017-04.pdf 

 

May 2017 USCCB Word of Life (intercessions, bulletin updates)…

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/word-of-life/upload/Word-of-Life-2017-05.pdf 

 

April 30

For the Church:

May the living and enduring Word of God

unite the faithful in heartfelt care for all human life. We pray to the Lord:

 

May 7

For the times we have failed

to treat others with love and respect

May Christ renew our souls

in the Sacrament of Reconciliation; We pray to the Lord:

 

May 14

For bishops and priests:

That through their ministry,

those who are afraid to choose life

may be strengthened with the peace of God; We pray to the Lord:

 

May 21

For all people:

That Christ move our hearts

with reverence for human life

and help us defend the most vulnerable with gentleness; We pray to the Lord:

 

May 28

For those feeling lonely or abandoned

That they find comfort in the care of others and consolation in God’s Spirit of glory; We pray to the Lord:

 

Let us join Pope Francis in his April/May prayer intentions:

April 

Young People 

That young people may respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

 

May

Christians in Africa

That Christians in Africa, in imitation of the Merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.

 

And speaking of prayer…

Please keep Brandi, Russell, John Smestad & his family, Drew, Fr. Tony DeCandia, Fr. Joseph Cazenavette, Anna Jobes, Jeanna, Trudy and Lance, Traniel (& her baby), Courtney, Kevin, Erik, Christina, Laura, Shyriq, Pat and their entire family, Erik Kjorling & his family, Evan Wodehouse & his family, Nash & his mother, Tommy, Christopher, & Elise Angelette in your prayers.