Spiritually Adopted Babies Update
Our babies are in their sixth month of development thanks to your daily prayers! What are they up to? So glad you asked! Our babies can now respond to sound, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony , Ode to Joy anyone? Their lungs are fully formed and their muscles continue to grow. The babies are about 12 inches long and may weigh as much as 2 pounds.
Please continue to pray the special prayer written by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen:
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby I have spiritually adopted , who is in danger of abortion. Amen
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." Jeremiah 1:5
“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