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THE HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION FOR THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD WILL BE CELEBRATED ON SUNDAY, MAY 29 AT ALL WEEKEND MASSES.

In observance of Memorial Day, the parish office will be closed Monday, May 30th.

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PRO- LIFE APOSTOLATE NEWS

 

Spiritually Adopted Babies Update

Our spiritually adopted babies are 5 months old ! How fast the time has gone and what miraculous developments have taken place! This month marks the halfway point to birth and the babies are very active. Sleep habits develop and when the babies move and stretch, their Moms can feel it! The babies are strong enough to kick hard against the uterine wall and this movement can be seen on the mother’s stomach. Babies born at this age have survived.

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MAGNET FUNDRAISER

Our magnet fundraiser held after the Masses on Mother's Day weekend was a big success! Thanks to all who stopped by our table and purchased a magnet, or two , or three!  The net proceeds from our sale were donated to Birthright of Loudoun County. If you missed out on buying a magnet, or would like to buy a few more, No Worries! There are magnets for sale, $5 dollars each, on the Evangelization Table which is located in the hallway off the Narthex.

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THE TRUTH WILL OUT - William Shakespeare

Pro-Choice Argument:  If the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, handed down in 1973 is overturned by the court next month, abortion will be illegal in the United States.

THE TRUTH:  The abortion issue will be returned to the states. Currently under Virginia law, an abortion may be performed in the first and second trimester. In the third trimester, an abortion may be performed if the life or health of the mother is at serious risk, as attested to by three doctors. Abortion will remain legal in Virginia.

We continue to pray for a conversion of hearts and minds to end the evil that is abortion. In addition, the election of pro-life candidates to state office will enable pro-life legislation to move forward.

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The Pro-Choice movement has a whole host of arguments to support their position. But we have the TRUTH!  Every month we will provide the truth to one of their arguments.

Pro-Choice supporters claim that the unborn baby is not a human life.

THE SCIENTIFIC ANSWER TO WHEN LIFE BEGINS:

Science teaches without reservation that life begins at fertilization (conception). It is a scientific fact that an organism exists after fertilization that did not exist before. This new organism has its own DNA distinct from the mother and father, meaning that it is a unique person. As the embryo grows, it develops a heartbeat (22 days after fertilization), its own circulatory system, and its own organs. From fertilization, it is a new organism that is alive and will continue to grow and develop as long as nutrition is provided and its life is not ended through violence or illness.​

It is indisputably human, as it has human DNA. (www.liveaction.org)

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DID YOU KNOW....

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution , which was sponsored by Senator Jacob Howard and passed in 1868,  states, in part: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Preborn children are constitutionally entitled to due process and the equal protection of the law. At the time this amendment was written the definition of a person was a human being. No dictionary of the era referenced birth or the status of being born in its definition of person, man , or human being.  (Josh Craddock, LiveAction.org). To learn more about this and other pro-life replies to the pro-abortion arguments, visit https://prolifereplies.liveaction.org/

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NEWS FROM THE DIOCESAN OFFICE OF MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND RESPECT LIFE

This is a pivotal moment for our nation and the pro-life movement, of which the Church is a vital part. As you may know, December 1, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. The case addresses the constitutionality of a 15-week abortion ban passed into law in Mississippi, and it has the potential to limit or overturn Roe v. Wade A decision is expected next June.

The Sisters of Life were inspired to begin a prayer campaign to pray monthly for a pro-life outcome in Dobbs. You can learn more about it here: https://archny.org/ministries-and-offices/respect-life/events-2/pray-for-dobbs/

Moreover, other Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant national faith leaders are calling people of faith nationwide to join Pray for Dobbs, a united campaign of prayer and fasting.

Resources are available in English at prayfordobbs.com/resources and in Spanish at prayfordobbs.com/recursos.

There will be a special prayer vigil on November 30 and December 1 in front of the Falls Church abortion facility.  For more information go to PrayForLife.org.

 

The power of your prayers is immeasurable!  

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The document below details the true account of a woman's journey for forgiveness and mercy after multiple abortions.

atrueaccountofabortionandtheaftermath.docx

 
 
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​"Some people argue that changing laws will not eliminate abortions. It is certainly true that a change of heart is more important than a change of law. What is forgotten, however, is that the law is the great teacher. Children grow up believing that if a practice is legal, it must be moral." Cardinal John O’Connor

What is the Hyde Amendment and why is it important?

Originally passed in 1976, three years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade, the Hyde Amendment is named after one of its biggest advocates, the late congressman Henry Hyde. The amendment prohibits federal funding of abortions, and as a rider to the HHS appropriations bill, must be passed each year. There have been various iterations of the amendment’s language over the past 40 years, but the current version includes exceptions that allow Medicaid funds to be used for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or the health of the mother – but all other federal taxpayer funding of abortion is banned. Although the Hyde Amendment was first passed in 1976, it did not take effect until 1980 when the Supreme Court ruled it to be constitutional.  During the years between Roe and the implementation of the Hyde Amendment, federal tax dollars funded roughly 300,000 abortions annually – which amounts to roughly 25% of all abortions during that same period.  Before the Hyde Amendment went into effect, America’s taxpayers were paying for nearly a quarter of all abortions in the U.S. (ACLJ.org)

President Biden has proposed a budget which does not include the Hyde Amendment for the first time since this amendment was implemented in 1980.  It is imperative that we make our voices heard in the halls of Congress now! Please email, write or call your elected representatives and let them know your tax dollars are not to be used to pay for abortions. Save the Hyde Amendment! 

10th Congressional District is represented by Representative Jennifer Wexton (D):

To Email:  https://wexton.house.gov/contact/

To mail a letter or call: 

1217 Longworth HOBWashington, DC 20515Phone: (202) 225-5136Fax: 202-225-0437
U. S. Senators representing the state of Virginia and their contact information:
Sen. Mark Warner (D)To Email: https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactpage
To write or call:
231 Hart Senate Office BuildingWashington, DC 20510202-224-2323

Sen. Tim Kaine (D)To Email: https://www.kaine.senate.gov/contact
To write or call: 

231 Russell Senate Office Buidling

Washington, DC 20510

202-224-4024

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There are several local pregnancy help centers here in NOVA.  We highlight one of them below. If you wish to donate, we include information on how to do that as well as a list of some currently needed items. If you are a mother in need, please contact Mosaic Virginia. Their services are free and confidential.*****

MOSAIC VIRGINIA:  19415 Deerfield Ave. Ste 109, Lansdowne, VA 20176

mosaic-virginia.org                (703) 729-1123

Some of the services Mosaic Virginia offer include no cost pregnancy testing, childbirth preparation classes, Ultrasound services, options counseling, men's program , a client boutique where clients may shop for themselves and their babies. The boutique is stocked entirely with donations from the community.  Some items the boutique can use include:

Gift cards (Walmart, Target, Costco), pacifiers, diapers for premies, newborns and size 5, diaper rash ointment, diaper bags and baby girl and baby boy clothing sizes 0-12 months. If you wish to make a donation, this organization requests you call them at (703) 729-1124 to set up a drop off time.


Mosaic Virginia also has a wish list on Amazon. Items may be ordered and delivered directly to their Lansdowne facility. Just use this link:  https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/mosaic-virginia-january-2023-lansdowne/2UVG3WQNTGAMT

 
 
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Legislative News

H.R.3755 - Womens Health Protection Act 2021 has passed the U.S.House of Representatives. The 10th Congressional District Representative, Jennifer Wexton (D), voted in support of this bill. This bill does not protect womens rights. Rather, according to Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, "Calling it the 'Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act" would be more in line with what this legislation actually is.  It is a gift to the pro-abortion groups and their allies, a wish list of proposals not supported by the public".  This bill would expand abortion on demand and remove or nullify protective pro-life laws at both the federal and state level (https://www.nrlc.org). The bill is now headed to the U.S. Senate for a vote. 

Make your voice heard- state your belief in the right to life for the unborn to your elected representatives. These elected officials work for us. Let them know abortion is immoral. Let them know abortion is murder. Let them know abortion must end.

Contact information for our elected officials in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate may be found on the parish website under the Pro-Life link.

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“Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody  is wrong. Right is right even if nobody is right”.  - Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

To stay informed on legislation affecting the right to life please sign up for updates with the Virginia Catholic Conference at https://www.vacatholic.org/

  • A bold initiative in the form of a bill titled,  S.99 Life at Conception Act 2021 has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Rand Paul, Republican senator from Kentucky. Senator Paul has said “The Life at Conception Act legislatively declares what most Americans believe and what science has long known - that human life begins at the moment of conception, and therefore, is entitled to legal protection from that point forward. Only when America chooses, remembers, and restores her respect for life will we rediscover our moral bearings and truly find our way." https://www.paul.senate.gov/news/sen-rand-paul-introduces-life-conception-act

Please contact your Senators and urge them to support this bill. Their contact information is listed on the Parish website. Click on "Quick Links" and then "Pro-Life News and Events".  The U.S. Senators for the state of Virginia are:

Tim Kaine (D)

Mark Warner (D)

 

  • H.R.5-The Equality Act (117th Congress 2021-2022)

The Equality Act purports to protect people experiencing same-sex attraction or gender discordance from unjust discrimination. Although this is a worthy purpose, the Equality Act does not serve it. And instead of respecting differences in beliefs about marriage and sexuality, the Equality Act discriminates against people of faith precisely because of those beliefs.  In the process, the Equality Act codifies the new ideology of “gender” in federal law, dismissing sexual difference and falsely presenting “gender” as only a social construct. (USCCB.org)

The Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life.  Tell your elected officials to oppose it!  (USCCB.org)

Most parishioners reside in the 10th Congressional District. Currently Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton is the elected representative. The U.S. Senators for Virginia are Sen. Tim Kaine and Sen. Mark Warner. Although as of this writing, this bill has been passed by the House of Representatives, please voice your opinion to Rep. Wexton. Please contact both Senators as well. 

All these elected officials can be contacted via email directly from their websites. Those websites are listed below for your convenience.

Rep. Jennifer Wexton:    https://wexton.house.gov/contact/

Sen. Tim Kaine:    https://www.kaine.senate.gov/contact/

Sen. Mark Warner:    https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactPage

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ROE V. WADE FACTS

In the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in this country, never in the Justices' decision was abortion declared a "constitutional right". Rather, the Justices' based their decision on a previously undefined "right to privacy" which is not written in the Constitution but is a "right" in the penumbrae of the Constitution. The penumbrae are used to describe implied powers of the federal government derived from a specific rule. In this case, the "right to privacy" is implied from the First Amendment to the Constitution.

Life at Conception Act declares unborn children to be "persons" as defined by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and therefore entitled to legal protection.  If this bill passes Congress and is signed into law by the President , then the evil that is abortion would end. Contact your U.S. Senators and your Congressional Representative and let them know your support for this bill, H.R.616 Life At Conception Act introduced in the House of Representatives on January 16, 2019. 

U.S. Senators for state of Virginia:

Senator Mark Warner (D) www.warner.senate.gov

Senator Tim Kaine (D) www.kaine.senate.gov

 

U.S. Representative for 10th Congressional District:

Representative Jennifer Wexton (D) www.wexton.house.gov

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 Support Gabriel Project

 
Please consider a gift to this worthy cause. The Gabriel Project began when a priest placed a sign in front of a Catholic Church offering parish assistance to any pregnant women in need.
 
Give a Gift for Life. Please give a Gift for Life this season to help Gabriel Project fund a mother’s maternity care. An expectant mother wrote: “I give thanks for the prayers and intervention of the people who were outside the abortion clinic and I decided to call Gabriel Project. Now thanks to them I have my first medical appointment to see how my baby is doing and it really is a blessing for everything I have received.” For more information and/or to donate: www.arlingtondiocese.org/giftforlife