“Open your hearts to LIFE!” Pope Francis
“All too often, as we know from experience, people do not choose life, they do not accept the ‘Gospel of Life’ but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power and pleasure, and not by love, by concern for the good of others. …As a result, the living God is replaced by fleeting human idols which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom, but in the end bring new forms of slavery and death.” – Pope Francis’ homily at Mass for ‘Evangelium Vitae Day’ June 16, 2013
In the News:
Upcoming Pro-Life Events:
Key note speaker is Angela Minter. Angela and her husband, Parnell, lost two pre-born babies to abortion. Her story is an encouraging example of God’s grace in our lives. The emcee is Peter Heck.
Tickets are $25/person or $20/person if purchased before February 28. Consider hosting a table of 8 for $200. Dinner will be catered by Rozzi’s catering. St. Joan of Arc and St. Patrick are reserving tables for parishioners. Please contact Jan Marrah 765-865-6684, to purchase a ticket at a reserved table
We invite you to join us in the 9 month Spiritual Adoption of a baby who is in danger of being aborted this year. The Spiritual Adoption kick-off is December 29 (Feast of the Holy Family) and our official start date is January 22 (Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade). We have 4 weeks to adopt 4,000 babies. Why 4,000? Every day approximately 4,000 babies are aborted. Therefore, from January 22 (Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn) to October 5 (Respect Life Sunday) we will all be praying together for the babies we have adopted.
Please pick up one or more of the blue or pink teddy bear name cards at the display in the Narthex. Write the name of the babies you pledge to pray for during the next nine months and put the name cards in the basket. Turn in your card(s) and pick up a prayer card which has the prayer for the unborn on the back. Please pray this daily or at every mealtime. At the end of the nine months, when the baby is born, we will have a birthday celebration on Respect Life Sunday, October 5, 2014.
If you would like to be a part of the Pro-Life Ministry, contact Kelli at 454-7179.
|March 5 – April 13, 2014
Pray & Fast – commitment cards will be available in the narthex
Check back with this page for updates.
|Holy Hour for Life – October 2014
|Diaper Derby – October 2014As part of the celebration of life weekend, the Diaper Derby, a 5K Run/Walk to benefit Birthright of Kokomo, will be held in October at the campus of St. Joan of Arc Church. There is no entry fee! In lieu of a fee, participants are asked to bring either monetary or diaper donations for Birthright. T-shirt orders and registration forms will be available soon. It should be a great event for the whole family – please plan to join us!|
|Respect Life Sunday Activities – October 5, 2014
Birthday Party for Spiritually Adopted Babies: after 11:00 Mass
Balloon Rosary: 1:30pm
Divine Mercy Chaplet: 3:00pm
Help Support Birthright:
Birthright, located at 3712 Southlea Drive, Kokomo, provides caring, nonjudmental support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. Using it’s own resources and those in the community, they provide loving and positive alternatives. Birthright provides friendship and emotional support, free pregnancy testing and maternity and baby clothes. For more information on Birthright, and how you can help, please visit their website: http://www.birthright.org.
“Give us the grace – when the sacredness of life before birth is attacked, to stand up and proclaim that no one ever has the authority to destroy unborn life.” ~ Blessed John Paul II
KEEP CURRENT WITH PRO-LIFE NEWS: www.LifeNews.com
PRO-LIFE ACROSS AMERICA BILLBOARDS
A BIG thank you to our generous St. Patrick and St. Joan of Arc benefactors who have made it possible to have three Pro-Life Across America billboards placed in the following locations in Howard County:
South 31 S of Center Rd.
East 22 E of SR 19
SE corner of Dixon and Defenbaugh
us in Your own image, and
You desire that not even the
least among us should perish.
In Your love for us, You entrusted
Your only Son to the Holy Virgin Mary.
Now, in Your love,
protect against the wickedness
of the devil, those little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.
“Abortion kills not only unborn children; it destroys constitutional order and the common good, which is assured only when the life of every human being is legally protected. Aggressively pro-abortion policies, legislation and executive orders will permanently alienate tens of millions of Americans, and would be seen by many as an attack on the free exercise of their religion.” – Cardinal Francis George, Statement at the USCCB Fall Assembly, November 12, 2008
|7 weeks after conception
Eco-3D and SonoPortal
|11 weeks after conception
Eco-3D and SonoPortal
|4D Ultrasound image
5 weeks – Heart begins to beat.
6 weeks – Brain waves can be detected; arm buds are visible.
7 weeks – Umbilical cord appears; facial features begin to form.
8 weeks – Can feel pain; fingers and toes develop; eyelids begin to form.
9 weeks – Fingernails begin to form; can suck thumb.
10 weeks – Bones of skeleton begin to form; tooth buds forming.
11 weeks – Breathing amniotic fluid steadily and will do so until birth.
12 weeks – Can kick, turn over, make a fist, open mouth and press lips together.
13 weeks – Vocal cords and auditory sense are developing.
15 weeks – Skin begins to form.
16 weeks – Facial expressions are possible; may begin having hiccups.
17 weeks – Fat stores begin to develop.
20 weeks – Can be startled by a loud external noise.
22 weeks – Taste buds develop.
23 weeks – Can demonstrate rapid eye movements (REM); lungs prepare for birth.
24 weeks – Fingerprints and footprints are forming; sense of balance develops.
26 weeks – Eyes are fully developed.
27 weeks – If born this week, chance of survival is at least 85%.
28 weeks – Eyes are able to open and close; eye color has been established.
29 weeks – Bones are fully developed; begins storing iron, calcium & phosphorus.
30 weeks – Baby “practices” breathing by moving his/her diaphragm in rhythm.
31 weeks – Reproductive development near complete.
32 weeks – Nearly all babies born at this age survive the challenges of premature birth.
33 weeks – Pupils now constrict, dilate and detect light.
37 weeks – Baby is considered full-term.
40 weeks – Due date.
Youth made an impact at 2011 March for Life. Click here for news story.
St. Patrick Parish has an active pro-life ministry. Several parishioners regularly volunteer at Birthright, participate in silent protests at Planned Parenthood, travel every January to March for Life and give their time and talent to other activities. St. Patrick also participates in the annual Life Chain which takes place the first Sunday of October. Please call the parish office if you are intersted in becoming involved in our Pro-Life ministry.