PRO-LIFE APOSTOLATE NEWS
SPIRITUAL ADOPTION WEEKEND IS COMING!
To help stop the anti-life push around the world, the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen encouraged the spiritual adoption of an unborn child. This is done by praying that the one particular but unknown child’s life be spared abortion and be allowed to continue to live.
To help accomplish this, it was recommended an individual say the following daily prayer for a period of nine months.
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of [baby’s name] the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.”
- Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Your prayers CAN make a difference between whether a baby will be born...or aborted. Our prayers can also be a form of spiritual support for both of the parents. Please share the love of life given to you by the Lord of all life and join in spiritually adopting a baby.
Watch for news of the dates this very special event will take place in our Church in next week's bulletin. We will have sign-up sheets and spiritual adoption holy cards with this special prayer printed for you.
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.
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!
"We have a sacred duty to bring our faith into the public square"
Bishop Burbidge, March 6, 2020
The organization, CatholicVote.org, has as its mission to inspire every Catholic in America to live out the truths of our faith in public life. According to their research, 50% of Virginia's active Catholics do NOT vote in non-presidential elections. Catholic Vote aims to change that statistic and is forming parish teams to mobilize the pro-life vote in our diocese in advance of the November 2nd election. If you are interested in this crucial effort , go to https://catholicvote.org/virginia for more information and to sign up as a volunteer.
The document below details the true account of a woman's journey for forgiveness and mercy after multiple abortions.
"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
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
Early voting has begun in Virginia. This year, Virginians will vote for a new Governor and also a new Delegate. It is imperative that Catholics make their voices heard at the ballot box. Please read the comparison of the candidates for Governor as they stand on abortion.
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.
“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
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.
A 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