The Current 40 Days for Life Campaign: September 26 – November 4
Join our priests for a Friday caravan. Every Friday during the 40 Day campaign, a group of parishioners and a parish priest or deacon travel to Indianapolis to pray at the abortion site at 86th and Georgetown Road. The group departs from St. Joan of Arc after morning Mass and returns around the lunch hour. Call the parish office at 452-6021 for more information or to let us know you will be coming on a Friday.
Commit to fast & pray for 40 Days Even if you can’t attend a caravan, you can still pledge to fast and pray during the 40 Days for Life campaign. Visit www.40daysforlife to sign up to receive the 40 Days for Life daily devotional through e-mail.
Commit to tell others about 40 Days for Life & spread the pro-life message As the living body of Christ, we are the hands and feet that reach out to the community. Be the message and invite others to join you. Be sure to visit www.40daysforlife.com
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” – Jeremiah 1:5
Respect Life Sunday, October 7, 2012:
Spiritual Adoption Birthday Celebration
Our First Balloon Rosary!
Spiritual Adoption Birthday Celebration
St. Patrick hosted a birthday party for our spiritually adopted unborn babies. For 9 months, we have been praying for the protection of the unborn, for their mothers and for a safe delivery. The annual birthday celebration is a visible means of imitating the Magi by bringing gifts of baby items for Birthright, as well as celebrating with cake and ice cream! Be thinking of many how many new babies you want to spiritually adopt and their names. Your prayers united with thousands of others are going to be powerful!
Our First Balloon Rosary!
Approximately 80 people gathered around a rosary made out of helium balloons in St. Patrick’s parking lot. We united our prayer for the protection of life, from conception to natural death, and then released the balloon rosary into the heavens. Afterward, prayer warriors took their place on Washington Street to stand in prayerful silence during the Annual Life Chain.
Every year the Annual Life Chain is held on the first Sunday in October, Respect Life Sunday. Thousands of people across the nation take part. In 2011, over 1500 cities and towns held life chains – www.nationallifechain.org. St. Patrick parishioners line up and down Washington Street outside St. Patrick to publicly pray for an end to abortion and to education the public that abortion is a grave evil that defames the name and holiness of God (Leviticus 18:21). Anyone who would like to participate simply arrives at the church parking lot by 2:00pm, picks up a sign, and stands in solidarity with their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! At the conclusion of the Life Chain, participants pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the church.
Help us 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.
Our local Birthright: 453-4673
The Birthright Hotline: 1-800-550-4900
PRO-LIFE NEWS ITEMS:
Bishops Decry HHS Rule, Urge Catholics to Stand Up for Religious Liberty & Conscience Rights
March for Life Speakers Urge National Leadership
Cardinal DiNardo: Young People are Hope of Pro-Life Movement
International News: Record Turnout for Paris March for Life
54,559,615 Abortions Since Roe v.Wade
Visit www.LifeNews.com for more information and current news stories
Check out This Time Lapse Video from March for Life 2011
This was taken during the 2011 March for Life in Washington, D.C.
Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the march.
According to the video’s owner, it took 1 hour and 31 minutes for everyone at the march to pass by the camera.
This timelapse helps give you a feel of the magnitude of this experience!
FALL 2012 40 Days for Life:
September 26 - November 4, 2012
We know that at least 6 of those babies were saved during our prayer time in Indianapolis!
Is God calling you to help save more?
|What is 40 Days for Life?
It is the largest pro-life witness in the world and encompasses an intensive effort to raise awareness, save lives, bring healing and lead our nation to repentance. It began in 2007 and since then, campaigns have been held throughout the world.What Does St. Patrick Do?
We have organized caravans with our parish priests or deacon every Friday to travel to the Indy prayer vigil to pray. Visit the display in the Narthex or call the parish office for more information, 452-6021.
40 Days for Life is THE MOST EFFECTIVE pro-life campaign against the evil of abortion:
For more information about the
Will you make a commitment to pray
Will you encourage others to join you?
How Can I Get Involved?
Commit to tell others about 40 Days for Life & spread the pro-life message
Be the message and invite others to join you.
St. Patrick parishioners line up and down Washington Street outside St. Patrick to publicly pray for an end to abortion and to educate the public that abortion is a grave evil that defames the name and holiness of God (Leviticus 18:21). Anyone who would like to participate simply arrives at the church parking lot by 2:00 pm, picks up a sign and stands in solidarity with their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ!
At the conclusion of the Life Chain, participants pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the church.
“In 2011, over 1500 cities and towns hold Life Chains (in over 1700 locations), and each chain is posted at LifeChain.net. We are now focusing on National Life Chain Sunday 2012– to be held October 7…. in each time zone across the U.S. and Canada.” – www.nationallifechain.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
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.