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Catholic Pro-Life News & Events

March 2020
 
As Covid19 spreads throughout the world, let us unite prayer. We pray especially for those who are ill and for those who have died. We pray for those most vulnerable: the poor, the elderly, the homeless, those in prison or detention facilities, immigrants and refugees, those with severe underlying health conditions, and possibly pregnant women. We pray for health care workers and for the rapid development of effective vaccines and treatments. Let us also offer prayers for those affected by disruptions, such as quarantines and closures of workplaces, schools, and churches.

In this email you will find information about a new pro-life initiative Walking with Moms in Need, the powerful pro-life film Just Mercy, resources for special prayers during this pandemic, and updates concerning necessary cancellations and postponements.

If you need more information or have any questions, please call 501-664-0340 ext. 326 or email the Respect Life Office.

Sincerely in Christ,
Catherine Phillips
On March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation and the 25th anniversary of Evangelium vitae, the USCCB will launch “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.” This initiative invites each parish to assess the pastoral and practical assistance that it currently provides to pregnant moms and families in need and how effective it is in communicating such help. More importantly, parishes are challenged to fill any gaps that may exist in bringing hope and help to pregnant moms in need. The goal of this Year of Service is to increase our outreach, so that every pregnant and parenting mother in need may know she can turn to her local Catholic community for help and authentic friendship. Through the combined efforts of parishes nationwide, we hope to move closer to the day when every pregnant mother in need knows where to turn for help and abortion is unthinkable.

The Year of Service will be implemented in phases throughout the year. Phase 1 takes place in March and April and invites each parish to announce the initiative and form a team to coordinate this effort. The Respect Life Office is committed to helping parishes to participate in Walking with Moms in Need. Please call 501-664-0340 ext. 326 or email cphillips@dolr.org if you have questions or need help in any way.

 
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PRAYER FOR PREGNANT MOTHERS

O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.

Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.

Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.
Your prayers are needed more than ever!
Please pray in solidarity with the 40 Days for Life Campaign
in Little Rock, Feb. 26 - Apr. 5
Due to coronavirus spread our Bishop and our government have ask us not to gather in groups of more than 10 people. So please, don't bring a group out to pray- but please do pray. As the virus continues to spread, we may be asked to shelter in place. If this happens, please stay home. Yes, our presence in front of the abortion facility is important. We know that lives are saved when people are there! But let us place our hope in Christ and trust lives will be saved through our prayers no matter where we pray.
Bishop Taylor has CANCELLED the Stations of the Cross
in front of the abortion facility on March 27.
See more 40 Days informationinformation on Facebook or at this website.
End of Life Conferences in LR and NWA POSTPONED
 
These may be rescheduled at a later date.
Information will be shared when it becomes available.
Project Rachel Day of Prayer & Healing Retreats
in Texarkana and Fayetteville are postponed
These may be rescheduled at a later date.
Information will be shared when it becomes available.
Staying home to help slow the spread of coronavirus? Enjoy a MOVIE NIGHT and educate yourself about an important PRO-LIFE issue at the same time. Just Mercy will be available for streaming on March 19.
Based on the bestselling book by Bryan Stevenson, the film Just Mercy presents the stunning and true story of Walter McMillian, a Black man convicted and sentenced to death in Alabama in 1988 for a crime he did not commit. The film illustrates the structural racism endemic to our capital punishment system, and lays bare how this system devalues and cheapens all human life.
Online "Just Mercy" Study Guide
Printable "Just Mercy" Study Guide
Click on the graphic below to watch the trailer.
Resources for Prayer and Engagement during Coronavirus






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