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The last 40 Days for Life Telecast can still be viewed at http://40daysforlife.com/briefing. Beside the worldwide updates, an explanation of the new local web page is given by David Bereit. This new webpage has been created to better serve you, to get more people involved, ultimately save more lives and have an impact on more immortal souls. 

As of this past Spring Campaign, 8,973 babies have been saved; 34 of those babies you helped save right here in West Chester. 101 workers have left the abortion industry. Thank you for all that you did and are doing to keep 40 Days and all pro-life efforts viable.  Have a blessed summer. 

Paulette Matthews
(H) 610-286-5450
(C) 484-832-2746

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Thursday July 10th, 7:30 PM SS.
Simon and Jude Church.

The world-traveled Chester County Voices Abroad will give their return concert Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 PM at SS. Simon and Jude Church. The group is returning from their tour of France having sung at the healing Mass at Lourdes, the Normandy Cemetery, 70th Year Celebration, Lisieux, and the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Paris. Join us for this inspirational and extremely talented group of young men and women directed by Marge Campbell.

Their performance will be for the benefit of the Chester County Pro-Life Coalition. Admission is free. A free will offering will be taken.

 

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The majority of citizens in the majority of states still believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Most states still define marriage as being between only a man and a woman, and in most cases by means of a popularly-adopted constitutional amendment. Until very recently, the truth of man-woman marriage was nearly universally accepted across all cultural divides and in every era. It is just common sense.

 

Our young people in particular need to see how much support there is for marriage at the grassroots.By standing tens-of-thousands strong together in our nation’s capital, we will send a clear message to pro-marriage Americans everywhere, and especially young people: “You are not alone! Do not be afraid to stand up and speak out for the values that have been passed onto you.”

 

Marriage is not a divisive belief: on the contrary, as the March will demonstrate, it brings people together from every race and background, from every faith, and from every age group.Marriage is a universal good.

 

Please join us as we March for Marriage on June 19, 2014. For more information, please visit http://phillycatholiclife.org/marchformarriage/

The bus for the March for Marriage will leave from SS. Simon and Jude parking lot at 7:00 AM Thursday, June 19 after Mass at 6:40 AM.  Cost of the trip is $15 per person to be paid in advance to SS. Simon and Jude send c/o Marty Harris 8 Cavanaugh Court, West Chester, PA 19382..  Reservations may be made with bus captain, Kathy Bond mkwbond@aol.com  or mharris@simonandjude.org.  The program begins at 10:00 AM on The Mall,

 

We are hoping busses will be able to park at Union Station.  There is hope participants will lobby their representatives.after the program.  Busses will leave at 4:00 PM.  I will send any updated information.

 

This is very important not only for Marriage but also our Religious Freedom.

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When long-time CCPLC member Uta Trogele heard from her husband almost two years ago that they might  move to Hong Kong she was in shock!  As the Development Director for Generation Life she was just in the process of organizing the first annual banquet for Generation Life! “I always said to The Lord, ‘We need to bring the messages of chastity and the sanctity of life’ to the end of the world’, He took me at my word”!, Uta commented with a big smile.

Last January, the move to Asia was made and Uta reached out to the priest and the  parish youth minister and told them about the wonderful young college graduates from the US who talk to their peers about sexuality and “true love”, chastity and the meaning of being a real man and  woman in these days. Their response was just overwhelming! They encouraged Uta to bring a Generation Life team to Hong Kong ” because our young people need to hear this message”.

The message that these young people present – “The True Love”, is based on Theology of the Body written by Saint John Paul II.  It is geared toward teens and young adults.

The doors just opened, one after another. Schools signed up, parishes requested talks for the youth and their parents and the office of education for all 317 catholic schools asked for a workshop for teachers and social workers! Also, the priest who is in charge of the Philippine migrant workers in Hong Kong requested a whole day of presentation! These women have children on their own in the Philippines, but they also take care of youngsters as maids in Hong Kong.

Cristina Barba, the Executive Director of Generation Life, was very open to that idea and agreed to bring a team of 5 missionaries to Hong Kong in October 2013.

God really provided! The money was raised for the flights and fees.  There was a core group of eight local people who helped with the details necessary to bringing this project to life.  Two generous Hong Kong families opened their apartments to Gen Life (this is very unusual for Hong Kong people).

In two weeks these five young missionaries spoke to 30 different groups – over 2700 people (in Hong Kong, only 4 % of the population is Catholic and of course a much smaller percent is English-speaking Catholic)

They were spiritually fortified by daily Mass, and a holy hour every day, most preferable in front of the Blessed Sacrament. It was not always easy to organize, but they managed

The effect of their presentations was lasting.  People still talk about these young men and women – so devout, so authentic, so passionate, and well-spoken – presenting their message with love and joy!

“People were on fire!” Requests for more education about ‘The True Love” came from so many people that Uta decided to bring a facilitator from Singapore to hold a “Theology of the Body” workshop in January for a whole weekend.

There were requests for: Parent classes (how can we support our teenagers to understand the beauty of their sexuality and live a chaste lifestyle?), classes for young adults, schools started “Theology of the Body” for teenagers and another workshop was scheduled for April – all resulting from the two week visit of the Generation Life missionaries.

“We started a Theology of the Body movement on all age levels. Even priests and nuns attended classes and now are bringing the message to China!” Uta reported. “We were able to introduce them to all the wonderful material from Ascension Press for all the different groups! What a blessing! Our plan is to bring Gen Life again next year. First we have to set up the plan for all the new teams.”

This was the first time for a Generation Life team to go abroad! Three years before, they followed the call of Cardinal Dolan to bring a permanent team to New York and in 2012 Generation Life had, for the first time, a national traveling team.  Generation Life plans to have 26 missionaries for the next school year, but the demand is so huge, we can’t satisfy all the requests.

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by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. | New York, NY | LifeNews.com | 5/9/142:42 PM

The Holy Father met today with the heads of U.N. agencies and the Secretary General as the U.N. system is gearing up for the next big thing: the post-2015 development agenda—a set of goals and targets that will be development priorities for governments and international institutions for decades to come.

Billions of dollars in development aid will be spent on the priorities that find their way into the post-2015 development agenda, and everyone wants a piece of the pie.

Governments, NGOs, pharmaceutical companies, private foundations and international organizations that make up the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) establishment have their sights set on getting some of that money, and they want to use it for abortions.

Pope Francis, like his predecessors had no qualms about saying where his priorities are.

…an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others.

When John Paul II told Nafis Sadik to keep abortion out of U.N. development plans in 1994 because it was a “heinous crime” he got a lot more attention than Francis. The present media blackout on abortion issues is disquieting. The same happened in the middle of the week in Geneva when the Vatican told U.N. Experts that abortion is a form of torture. It is disquieting when the only voice in the world speaking out for millions of unborn human beings is silenced by the media.

The mainstream press focused instead on his comment about “legitimate redistribution of wealth by the state” misunderstanding the emphasis of the Holy Father entirely. The Holy Father was certainly exhorting those present that a generous disposition is essential for authentic human development to take place, but he did not say that every re-distribution is legitimate as the AP seems to suggest, or that he demanded that it take place.

That misunderstanding is possibly due to the literal translation of his statement. What the Holy Father actually said is that where redistribution takes place, it should be done in a legitimate way, and that when carried out so, it is indeed legitimate for redistribution to take place. The context of his words is as much Venezuelan style redistribution as the Tea Party uprising in the United States.

The Holy Father also attacked the “throwaway culture” of our times equating it with what his predecessors terms the “culture of death,” and spoke of the need to include the family in development plans. Francis has stated before that abortion is part of a throwaway culture.

Note: Stefano Gennarini, J.D., writes for the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. This article originally appeared in the pro-life group’s TurtleBay and Beyond publication and is used with permission.

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                               EVENTS IN JUNE

   7     Helpers of God’s Precious Infants (see “Monthly”)

   21     Generation Life Banquet **

 

                          EVENTS IN JULY

     5     Helpers of God’s Precious Infants (see “Monthly”)

   10   ChesterCounty Voices Abroad Concert **

 

                          EVENTS IN AUGUST

     2     Helpers of God’s Precious Infants (see “Monthly”)

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The Pro-life movement in ChesterCounty lost one of our pioneers recently with the death of Carolyn Thomas. She, along with her husband Paul, was the principal driving force in the creation of this organization. She served as our president for several years. She and Paul were also a part of the group that founded Birthright of West Chester. She was a great leader, a holy woman, and a dear friend. She will be missed.