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FOR YOUR DIARY: THE PROCESSION OF FAITH BEDFORD

“DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON

THE PROCESSION OF FAITH BEDFORD

Procession, through the streets of Bedford,
led by Bishop Peter Doyle

• WHEN : Sunday 27 July 2014

• WHERE: leaves St Joseph’s Church, Brereton Rd, Bedford MK40 1HU at 1.30pm; arriving at Bedford Park for the Open-Air Service at about 2.45pm followed by Benediction.

PRO FAITH ¤ PRO LIFE ¤ Refreshments ¤ Faith Group Stalls

• For more information contact: sue.sarsfield@ntlworld.com or 01234 409739

See websites: http://www.relicourladyofguadalupe.co.uk [external link]
http://www.northamptondiocese.org [external link].”

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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in For your diary

 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: ECUMENICAL PRAYER PROCESSION “500 CROSSES FOR LIFE”

“Every day more than 500 unborn children die by abortion in England, Scotland and Wales.”

PRAYER PROCESSION “500 CROSSES FOR LIFE”

• WHERE: London UK

• WHEN : Saturday, 16th November 2013

13:30pm – Start at WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL Peaceful Prayer Procession with a Mourning Ceremony at WESTMINSTER BRIDGE

ca. 16:00pm – End at WESTMINSTER ABBEY.

“‘500 Crosses for Life’ is an ecumenical initiative of ‘European Voice of the Unborn Children: Protect Our Life’ (EuroProLife, Westendstr. 78, D-80339 Muenchen) and partners.” Contact: europrolifeuk@gmail.com
http://www.europrolifeuk.org (external link)

÷ Join the united prayer forces of European and British Christians for our unborn brothers and sisters, their parents, doctors and all other children of God, who are involved in abortion. ÷

 
 

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REMINDER: 40 DAYS FOR LIFE

“Help Save Lives – from September 25 to November 3

40 DAYS FOR LIFE

Join the worldwide movement to protect mothers and babies

Recognising that ‘with God, all things are possible,’ our community is joining with hundreds of other cities for this autumn’s global 40 DAYS FOR LIFE – the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilisation in history.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE is a peaceful, prayerful – AND PROVEN EFFECTIVE – pro-life campaign that has already been embraced by more than half a million people worldwide, saved 7,536 lives from abortion, led to the conversion of 83 abortion workers, and seen 39 abortion centres close.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE features three components:

1. PRAYER AND FASTING: Join together with other believers for 40 days of fervent prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.

2. PEACEFUL VIGIL: Stand for life during a 40-day peaceful public witness outside the local BPAS centres,

• 32-6 Romford Road, Stratford, London, E15 4BZ and

• 15 Rosslyn Road, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW1 2AR.

3. COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Bring a positive pro-life message to every corner of our city through media efforts, advocacy and public visibility.

• Learn how you can ‘speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves’ right here in London, by contacting Robert (Stratford) on Robert@40daysforlife.com or Justyna (Twickenham) on GCNvigil@yahoo.co.uk or by visiting the following web pages: http://www.40daysforlife.com [external link] http://www.40daysforlife.com/London [external link] http://www.40daysforlife.com/twickenham [external link].”

 
 

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“I TOLD HIM THAT I WOULD NOT HAVE AN ABORTION AND TOLD HIM TO GET OUT OF MY LIFE”

“POPE FRANCIS REASSURED ME AND SAID A CHILD WAS A GIFT FROM GOD… HE TOLD ME I HAD BEEN VERY BRAVE AND STRONG FOR MY UNBORN CHILD.”

THE MOBILE PHONE RANG – A MYSTERY NUMBER WAS DISPLAYED ON THE SCREEN

“Pope Francis phoned a woman last week who had written an anguished letter to him to tell her he would baptise her unborn child after she refused to have an abortion. Shop worker Anna Romano, 35, was on holiday when her mobile started to ring with a mystery number on the screen and she was stunned to find herself speaking to the Pope.

Anna, from Arezzo near Florence, had written to Pope Francis earlier this summer to describe her turmoil at having discovered she was pregnant by a man who, unknown to her, was already married with a child and who demanded an abortion.

‘I HAVE NEVER BEEN LUCKY WITH MEN’

In her letter she described to the Pope her dilemma and said: ‘I have never been lucky with men, I married when I was young and then things didn’t work out and I got divorced. I then had a few brief relationships until I met a man who I thought was the man of my dreams.

‘INSTEAD OF BEING HAPPY HE TOLD ME HE WAS ALREADY MARRIED’

In June I discovered I was pregnant through him and when I told him instead of being happy he told me he was already married, already had a child and to have an abortion. ‘I told him that I would not have an abortion and told him to get out of my life,’ she said. Anna added how she was ‘in a desperate and anguished state’ and that she was writing to Pope Francis because she had ‘no one else to turn to, after being left humiliated and betrayed’.

‘HUMILIATED AND BETRAYED’

Speaking from her home she added: ‘I addressed the letter simply to Pope Francis, the Vatican, and put it in the post. I didn’t even sent it recorded delivery. I didn’t really expect a reply.’ When Francis phoned, she said, ‘as soon as he started speaking I recognised the voice as his’.

A CHILD IS A GIFT FROM GOD

‘He said he had read my letter and he wanted to speak to me personally about it and reassure me that someone was worried about me. We were only on the phone for a few minutes but my heart was filled with joy as we spoke and I was rubbing my tummy at the same time. ‘I would never have imagined that the Pope would pick up a telephone and call me and speak to me if I was a dear friend. He reassured me and said a child was a gift from God and that I would never be left alone. He said as Christians we should never be afraid.

‘AS CHRISTIANS WE SHOULD NEVER BE AFRAID’

‘He told me I had been very brave and strong for my unborn child. I told him that I wanted to baptise the baby when it was born, but I was afraid as I was divorced and a single mother, but he said he would be my spiritual father and he would baptise my baby. I’m not sure if he will, I feel as if I am dreaming, but if he did baptise my baby it would be something else, that telephone call has changed my life.

‘I hope my letter will be an example for other women who feel they may be distant from the Church simply because they have chosen the wrong man, they are divorced or they are with men who are not worthy of being fathers. I don’t know the sex of the baby but if the Pope does baptise it and it’s a boy I have no doubt of his name – Francis.’

A Vatican spokesman said he ‘knew nothing’ about the call. ‘The Pope doesn’t tell us when he makes these calls,’ he said. ‘He just does them and then we find out about them later.'”
– This article by Nick Pisa entitled “Mother says her heart is ‘filled with joy’ after Pope call” was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue September 13 2013. [Headings in capital letters added afterwards.] For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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SHE SAID SHE FELT REALLY “JUDGED” FOR NOT HAVING THE ABORTION DONE

LIFE IS SACRED.

“YOU SHALL NOT KILL.”

“Doctors told an Irish woman that she should travel to England for an abortion because her baby had a life-threatening congenital heart defect and a rare brain disorder. Jennifer Kehoe and her husband John, a GP, were told the baby would have little chance of surviving outside the womb. But their daughter Louise Kehoe, now three years old, defied all the odds.

DELIGHTFUL LITTLE GIRL

Jennifer and her husband, from Kildare, felt ‘judged’ for not choosing termination, they said. But if they had gone ahead with the abortion they would never have experienced how their ‘delightful little girl’ would ‘blow us away with love,’ Jennifer said. ‘

LOUISE HAS NONE OF THESE PROBLEMS…LOUISE IS COMPLETELY NORMAL.’

Louise was diagnosed in the womb with the life-threatening congenital brain malformation Dandy-Walker Syndrome and a heart defect. They were ‘advised to have an abortion by an Irish obstetrician on the grounds of foetal anomaly’.

‘The very first thing our obstetrician suggested was, ‘Go to England’. We decided against that and to give our daughter a shot at life, however long or short that might be,’ said Jennifer, a mother of six. As Jennifer was 42 at the time of her pregnancy, she had an amniotic fluid test to check for chromosomal abnormalities. ‘I had miscarriages since the last baby – we had five children and the youngest was six,’ said Jennifer.

‘Abortion was never ever what we were thinking of, not even for the single flicker of a second.’ Jennifer said that once the diagnosis was outlined to her, she began to grieve for her unborn child.

I said to John, ‘I hope that the baby dies soon’ so that I could start the grief process.

‘But about a day later I started to hope that the baby would get to 24 weeks, so she could get a birth certificate. ‘

During this time we were handed a card for a bereavement counsellor and quite quickly after that I said, ‘I want this baby to live, no matter what’.

‘If we had made an appointment for England there and then, we wouldn’t have had the chance to come to the third point in the thought process – that we would do anything to save our baby.’

According to the test, there was no chromosome abnormality.

‘It was only then that we got to see a cardiologist,’ Jennifer said. Three-year-old Louise has come through three heart operations, but her cognitive development is normal and she is expected to live a long and normal life.

‘Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, it is about the pressure that doctors put on you to mke a decision,’ she said. ‘The choice isn’t being given.

‘Doctors are pressuring people to go to England if there is a foetal abnormality and then punishing them if they don’t make that decision.

‘I think it was a eugenic attitude, that people who are disabled are a drain on resources.’

Dandy-Walker Syndrome affects one in 2,500 babies. It can severely impact brain development, speech and movement. Symptoms include slow motor development and progressive enlargement of the skull.

However, Louise has none of these problems.

‘If some of the babies have a strange chromosome deletion, there is no way of knowing how the baby will turn out.

‘Louise is completely normal, she has this heart condition and she will be monitored all her life. We would never have known that Louise was about to defy all predictions, that she was about to defy her genes and that she would grow into a delightful little girl who has reached all her milestones with time to share,’ she added.

Jennifer says thhat she is firmly pro-life and doesn’t agree with abortion ‘in any circumstance’.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Universe” issue Sunday 19th March 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com (external link). The article cites the original source: http://www.irishcentral.com (external link)

 
 

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“WE NEED YOUR HELP” – PLEASE SUPPORT THE PRO-LIFE CAUSE BY YOUR PRAYERS AND FASTING

THE MARKETING STRATEGY OF ABORTION

“International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is the world’s largest abortion provider. In the same way that the marketing strategy of a drug dealer requires the creation of a pool of drug addicts, IPPF needs sex addicts to survive. These are created through a very effective business model. IPPF first promotes the introduction of Sex Instruction in schools etc., which stimulates teenage sexual activity. Then contraception is introduced to “protect” against the consequences of sexual activity, namely, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). When contraception fails, then IPPF are in the forefront to provide abortion and testing services for STDs. Then they claim that to reduce abortion and STDs there should be more comprehensive sex instruction and the cycle continues.

EVERY PREGNANCY IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CASH IN

It is not unreasonable to suggest that IPPF’s objective is to increase the number of abortions since most of their funding, to the tune of £1 billion, is for providing abortion services. IPPF gets no funding, recompense or benefit by DISSUADING women from having abortions or from those who do not think that they have an STD. IPPF has its headquarters in London, England, but curiously it has no abortion facilities in the UK, however, it is from London that IPPF plots and develops strategies on how to persuade or force the governments of countries where abortion is illegal to change their moral code and laws to permit the killing of the unborn. Remember their business plan: the more abortions done, the more cash in hand. Thus, IPPF behaves like a bounty hunter: every pregnancy is an opportunity to cash in.

VIGILS IN LONDON, UK – WHAT IS A VIGIL?

A vigil is part of the monastic Liturgy of the Hours, which is prayed during the night and early hours of the morning. Bishop Thomas Daily and Monsignor Philip Reilly, Diocese of Brooklyn/New York used this term in 1989 because believers enter into the spiritual night by praying and singing peacefully in the darkest place in the city, namely, the abortion practice or establishment.

WHAT HAPPENS AT A VIGIL?

The Vigil begins with the celebration of the Holy Mass for Life after which, a small group remains praying before the Blessed Sacrament while the Rosary procession leaves the Church for the abortion establishment without any discussion and, above all, without any anger or even resentment towards the parents and those who work for the abortion industry. In the procession, only the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as Patroness of the Apostolate of Help, will be carried.

The Archbishop of Mexico City has given us permission to invoke her as ‘Mother of Life for Europe’. Monsignor Reilly, the founder of the ‘Helpers of God’s Precious Infants’, had been fighting for more than two decades for the legal protection of life and with little success. Completely discouraged, he said, ‘We have tried everything yet the killing continues.’ When he had reached the lowest point, he heard God’s voice in the depth of his heart, ‘Prayer should come first’ – and all other actions will flow from it. Responding to God’s call, the ‘Helfer Deutschland’ (Germany’s Helpers) was founded in 1999 by Wolfgang Hering, with his mission being blessed by Bishop Daily and Monsignor Reilly.

‘PRAYER SHOULD COME FIRST’

The consequences of the curse of abortion are dead babies and mothers surviving in silent anguish. Many organisations, misguidedly, promote and perform abortions, arguing not only that it is a right but also that it benefits babies, women, families and our society. The leading business in this field is the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), with its headquarters in London. IPPF’s employees errantly believe that they are doing good and necessary work. Have we prayed for them today as Jesus did for His executioners, ‘Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do!’? We should never forget that they also are God’s precious infants and that Our Lord died and rose again to save us all from the consequences of our sins.

THE MISSION

The purpose of iHope’s Procession & Vigil, headed by Wolfgang Hering of Munich, Germany is to bear witness to IPPF employees to the intrinsic value of human life. We pray they will accept Our Lord’s gift of salvation and they in turn will persuade mothers to keep their babies. This initiative was started significantly at 12:00 noon on the 12th December 2012, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Mother of Life for Europe, with the intention of continuing every month on or around the 12th day of the month. When the 12th falls on a weekend, iHope’s Procession & Vigil will be held on the following Monday.

On the 12th of each month, iHope’s Procession & Vigil will follow a set format and schedule. As this is essentially a spiritual work, spiritual preparation for one’s own protection and for success of the mission, is required therefore we ask you first and foremost to pray.

2013 PROCESSION VIGIL DATES

• Friday, 12th April

• Monday, 13th May

• Thursday, 13th June

• Friday, 12th July

• Monday, 12th August

• Thursday, 12th September

• Monday, 14th October

• Tuesday, 12th November

• Thursday, 12th December

SCHEDULE

11:45 Meet on Westminster Bridge, London SE1 7UT

12:00 Begin: Middle of Westminster Bridge

12:30 Holy Mass at St Georges Cathedral SE1 7HY (Southwark) finishes at
13:00

13:00 Rosary Prayer Procession to Newhams Row SE1 3UZ (IPPF HQ)

13:30 Arrive at Newhams Row SE1 3UZ where we pray until 14:30

14:30 Return to Southwark Catholic Cathedral

15:15 End of procession

‘The biggest destroyer of peace is abortion.’ Mother Teresa
UN keynote address for the Nobel Peace Prize, December 1979″

– From the iHope leaflet. Details on http://www.ihopelondon.org (external link)

 

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FOR YOUR DIARY: 40 DAYS FOR LIFE, LONDON, UK

Volunteers are urgently needed to join other Christians in prayer as part of the 40 Days for Life London campaign.

The peaceful prayerful pro-life vigil will be held outside the BPAS clinic, 26-27 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HP from 8am till 8pm every day for 40 days from Wednesday, February 13th till Sunday, March 24th 2013. The nearest tube stations are Tottenham Court Road & Goodge Street. We pray for the mothers considering abortion and their unborn children, for those that accompany them and for the staff at the clinic.

Prayer books are provided. We need two prayer volunteers for each hour long slot. More volunteers will enable our trained counsellors to focus on reaching out to women in crisis pregnancies and those whose lives have already been affected by abortion. Please sign up for as many slots as possible using the online vigil calendar http:// vigilcalendar.com/london/login/login_page (external link). Please see the website http://www.40daysforlife.com/london (external link). Thank you. ♥

 
 

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