July 3, 2019
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Dear Parish Pro-Life Coordinator,

Please welcome your new Parish Liaison and meet him at the August 10 Parish Pro-Life Coordinator Meeting!

Before I get into what's ahead this month, it is with great pleasure that I announce our new Parish Liaison, Hector Carrasco. Hector replaces our beloved David Carr who stepped down this spring.
Hector is not new to the Catholic Pro-Life Community, first joining us as a  sidewalk counselor. Please make sure to meet and welcome Hector at our next Parish Pro-Life Coordinators meeting on Aug. 10 at Blessed Sacrament in Dallas.
Before the summer gets into full swing, (baseball pun intended!), please mark your calendars for this year's Fall 40 Days for Life - Dallas prayer campaign from Sept. 25 through Nov. 3.   This year we return  to the tragically busy  Southwestern abortion facility at Greenville and Royal where we will pray  and witness  24/7 for all 40 days, so we need an army of prayer warriors!

Please consider now which day(s) you would like to adopt and start encouraging your parish family to join you in prayer, so that we can save as many babies during this vigil as possible.  This year's national landscape makes it even more important that we're visible in prayer. Come learn more about the latest pro-life news and how we can be effective champions for life at our Kickoff Rally on September 24 at 7 p.m. at Gaston Oaks Christian Center. More details at prolifedallas.org/40days .

The good news is that you don't have to wait until the fall to pray together for life!
Summer Mass_ Adoration and Rosary for Life_
Amidst our summer plans, it is important that we pause to pray and stand witness for LIFE! So be sure to join us on  July 13 for the 8 a.m. Mass for Life at  St. Elizabeth of Hungary, followed by a bilingual rosary procession by bus to the nearby  Planned Parenthood abortion facility

Registration for Overnight Camp Ends July 22

We still have room for more teens to experience total pro-life immersion at Boot Camp 2019 from July 26-30, at  University of Dallas . This year's theme "Made in God's Image: Unique from Day One," focuses on the science and sanctity of life. Please share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with your parish familiesOvernight boot camp typically sells out, so don't delay: Register your teen here before July 22!  Chaperones and Junior Staff are also needed. More information is available here.


For those who are suffering, this is a summer of mercy! In August, we will host a  Rachel's Vineyard™ Retreat on Aug 2-4 in English, and a Project Joseph Day of Healing for men on August 11,  also in English. 

Don't miss a beautiful opportunity to renew your marriage vows at a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Greg Kelly on Aug. 16 at 5 p.m., at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The Mass with marriage blessing will be followed by a catered dinner reception and champagne toast available for $250 / couple. All proceeds benefit the Catholic Pro-Life Community.  Reserve your place today by clicking here.  Seating is limited, so don't delay!

Additional Summer Events:

Finally, please be sure to SAVE THE DATE  to Golf "fore" LIFE! at the annual CPLC Classic on Monday, September 9  at the beautiful  Hackberry Creek Country Club . Please help us spread the word and be sure to  invite your Knights council and/or Men's group to sponsor a team. More details and registration here.

Also in July, we will mark the Memorial of St. Benedict. Benedict was born into a distinguished family in central Italy, studied at Rome, and early in life was drawn to monasticism. At first he became a hermit, leaving a depressing world with pagan armies on the march, the Church torn by schism, people suffering from war, and morality at a low ebb.

Monks began to follow Benedict as their leader (some not finding his strictness to their taste), which gave rise to St. Benedict's vision for life in community.  The Rule that gradually developed prescribed a life of liturgical prayer, study, manual labor, and living together under a common abbot. Benedictine asceticism is known for its moderation, and Benedictine charity has always shown concern for the people in the surrounding countryside. In the course of the Middle Ages, all monasticism in the West was gradually brought under the Rule of St. Benedict.

Today the Benedictine family is represented by two branches: the Benedictine Federation encompassing the men and women of the Order of St. Benedict, and the Cistercians, men and women of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance.

Today, St. Benedict's focus on the Lord, self-sacrifice and commitment to community is an example worth noting in a culture that tends to lack the same. Thank you for your focus, unity and sacrifice in advancing a pro-life culture.

God Bless,

Susan Platt
Community Outreach Director
Catholic Pro-Life Community | 972-267-LIFE (5433) | cplc@prolifedallas.org 
P.O. Box 803541, Dallas, TX 75380