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Pro-Life Quarterly Newsletter 

 Intercessions and Bulletin Briefs 2020

David Bereit  
Former CEO of 40 Days For Life  

We invite you to view his video

which is a follow-up to his visit to our beloved
"Queen City of the Great Lakes".

 

PRAY FOR LIFE -  

Thank you for your prayers for the protection of human life! Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service begins March 25, 2020 on the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s landmark pro-life encyclical, The Gospel of Life. As part of this nationwide effort, the monthly Pray for Life prayer intentions and reflections focus on the needs of pregnant and parenting moms of young children in our parishes and our neighborhoods.

 

Intercession

May our merciful Lord calm the tears of all expectant mothers, fill them with His peace, and provide for every need.

 

PRAYERS
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

REFLECTION

On April 19, we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. We also celebrate the Sunday of Divine Mercy, remembering the message Jesus so ardently instructed St. Faustina to spread of His endless mercy and forgiveness to those who seek it. Rooted in Christ’s message of Divine Mercy is trust: trust that Jesus loves us, desires to heal our souls, and is with us.
 
This is an especially important message as we navigate the fears and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Expectant mothers are especially vulnerable because they are bringing life into a world gripped by anxiety while often isolated from sources of support. All of us should prayerfully consider how we are called to help those who may be struggling in a particular way due to this crisis. And in our own lives, each of us is invited to come to Jesus just as we are and lay our cares, fears, and anxieties upon Him. The words Christ revealed to St. Faustina, He speaks to us and all who feel afraid: “Lay your head on my shoulder, rest and regain your strength. I am always with you” (Diary, no. 848). As we seek to live out the message of Divine Mercy, we pray for the courage for all to proclaim, “Jesus, I trust in you!”
 

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

◾Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00 pm, the Hour of Mercy, for expectant mothers. (You can follow along with the chapel of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The chaplet airs daily on EWTN. . .  at 3:00 pm Eastern Time.)

◾Jesus spoke to St. Faustina, “Reveal all the wounds of your heart. I will heal them” (Diary, no. 1487). Expose the cuts and wounds of your heart to Christ and allow His healing mercy to reach every hurt and hidden pain. Over the next week, make a nightly examination of conscience (examples) and Act of Contrition. (Please note that these practices don’t replace the Sacrament of Reconciliation.)

◾Offer some other sacrifice or prayer that you feel called to do for this month’s intention.

ONE STEP FURTHER

Learn about St. Faustina, the Apostle of Mercy, and the message of Christ’s mercy that she conveyed to mankind: www.usccb.org/divine-mercy
 
DID YOU KNOW?

Beginning on April 28, feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, the USCCB will share a novena seeking her intercession for pregnant women and all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. St. Gianna was a 20th century physician, wife, and mother. You can sign up to receive this novena at www.walkingwithmoms.com/saint-gianna-novena. . . .

 

 
 

Maggie was diagnosed with brain cancer and strongly opposed assisted suicide until her peaceful passing in September 2015. Watch her powerful story of hope and courage. View video https://youtu.be/XJwWKDGBS5o 

 
 

Acts of Reparation: 

  • Pray for the protection of religious freedom in our country and around the world. (Prayer card available to order.) 
  • Readthis short flyer on Saints Thomas More and John Fisher. How do their witnesses apply to our lives today? 
  • Reflect upon what Pope Francis has said regarding religious freedom and "polite persecution."

One Step Further 

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