Life-Saving Partnerships

Outside of Planned Parenthood during the 40 Days for Life 365 campaign, Rachel Guy met Joyce and Stephen as they were leaving their appointment. Joyce and Stephen were 6 weeks pregnant and were seeking more information about abortion. “You will never regret choosing life,” Rachel shared with them.

In the days to follow, Rachel followed up with the couple and encouraged them to educate themselves further by making an appointment at The HOPE Center. “We knew the importance of them seeing the ultrasound,” Rachel said. A few weeks later, the couple came into The HOPE Center for their first ultrasound. “The baby, MY BABY is really moving around,” Joyce said.

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How to Contact Your Elected Representatives

How to Contact Your Elected Representatives

One of the best things you can do to support our efforts is to contact your elected officials. And the easiest and best way to do that is through their web sites or email. See how in the instructions below:

Contact Governor Brian Kemp: Click the link to be taken to a web site where you can send your comments to the Governor.

Contact your State Senator or Representative:  This link opens a website that helps you find your state representatives based on your address.

Life is Precious – and Worth Fighting For

Copyright LaurenW

I got the following story from Facebook from old friends I used to work with in Ohio. When I saw this beautiful picture of Lauren and her baby Carson, I was inspired to share her story on our website and newsletter. 

Background: The first sign of trouble in Lauren’s pregnancy was her water breaking at 22 weeks. She was admitted into Akron City Hospital immediately, and spent 81 days in the hospital before going into labor. Carson was born on April 28, 6 1/2 weeks early. Since Carson was still at serious risk, Lauren was moved to an operating room next to NICU for the delivery.… Read More “Life is Precious – and Worth Fighting For”

DAY 10: Shortage of abortion doctors

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Abortion is the shame of the medical community.

That is evident with the increasing shortage of doctors willing to do an abortion, a mounting problem for the abortion industry.

The shortage of abortionists is often revealed during a 40 Days for Life campaign. Our prayer presence causes Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry to change their schedules and even cancel abortion days.

40 Days for Life volunteers are increasingly reporting that when they show up to pray on abortion day NO abortions are being done!

“We could speculate all day,” wrote Heather and Laurie. “[But] no matter the reason, there were no abortions in Fort Pierce, Florida this morning–and there are always abortions on Saturday mornings.

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Georgia Senators Targeting the Elderly with Profoundly Immoral New Bill – The Resurgent

After suffering a crushing defeat when they tried to oppose the Heartbeat Bill last year; Senator Steve Henson, Senator Nan Orrock, and their pro-death supporters took the year to lick their wounds and have returned this legislative session with a new targeted attack on the innocent and most vulnerable among us – Senate Bill 291, the “Georgia Death with Dignity Act“.

There are attempts to introduce a version of this same initiative every few years, each with a different, catchy, and seemingly altruistic name – meant to ignite a sense of compassion and support from those who don’t realize that their only goal is to continue to attack and erode the value of human life, and our morals along with it.

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Catholic Social Teaching Event at Transfiguration

by Karl Pieleck

Last night (January 30), we had Ms. Amy Edwards lead our discussion of “Pro-Life for Life”. It was a comprehensive look at the principles of Pro-Life, founded in Catholic Social Teaching, that are the underpinning of our sacred beliefs regarding the baby in the womb. She also demonstrated that those beliefs transcends only the baby and can be applied to many social issues that confronts us between birth and natural death. Please review her below. Note some of the slides have additional embedded videos. (To enlarge the presentation, click the icon at the bottom right corner of the box.

Very Personal note from grateful parents

by Karl Pieleck

The day we found out we were pregnant was not a happy one. We weren’t excited, or thrilled. We did not see it as a blessing, or an amazing fortune. Instead, we saw it as a disaster. An unexpected misfortune that we were absolutely not prepared for. With our son only one years old, behind on our bills, and stressed out about our future, we just knew there was no way for us to provide for another child so soon. Diapers, wipes, clothes, a place to sleep, food, childcare, the list went on and on in our heads every single day.

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Bad news

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Planned Parenthood’s annual report is out, and it’s filled with bad news:

  • 345,672 abortions performed last year–an all-time high. 
  • A new record for taxpayer funding at more than $600 millionlast year
  • The roll-out of a sex-education curriculum…for pre-schoolers!

Fortunately, it wasn’t all bad news. Planned Parenthood continues to lose clients, and donations dropped by nearly $40 million in 2019. 

On this week’s episode of The 40 Days for Life Podcast, we discuss 8 stunning revelations from Planned Parenthood’s annual report.

Click here to tune in:

https://www.40daysforlife.com/8-stunning-revelations-from-planned-parenthoods-annual-reportpodcast-season-5-episode-2

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Rose Procession News and Pictures

I want to thank everyone involved with the planning and execution of this year’s Pro-Life Rose Procession. Every year we have the privilege of hearing the many stories from people who are impacted by the Rose Procession in a very personal way.  This year was no exception.  The procession makes people stop and think about the 61 million and counting children never allowed to be born.
 
Bringing the Rose Procession to reality does take a village – we had people:
 
  • working the sign-up tables for the two weekends before the procession weekend,
  • advertising the processions through the newsletter distribution list,
  • making reminder calls/e-mails,
  • staffing the sign in tables on procession weekend,
  • recruiting “same-day volunteers” to fill open spots,
  • executing the procession itself, and
  • staffing the after mass table with pro-life magnets, pins, bumper stickers and other pro-life material.
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Pro-Life Rose Procession – Volunteers Needed!!!!

Fellow Pro-Lifers,

Our Respect for Life Ministry will again be putting on the Pro-Life Rose Procession in recognition of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision anniversary during each mass on the weekend of January 25/26, 2018. 

If you have seen the procession in the past, you know how powerful and wonderful this event can be in reaching people’s hearts.   

We need YOUR help to make this event happen.  We need at least two people to coordinate each mass for sign ups, etc. Specifically, the coordinators will need to:

1.          Staff sign up tables on Jan 11/12 and Jan 18/19 (table in Foyer – no table in Bishop Hall)

VERY IMPORTANT to arrive 20-30 minutes before mass – most sign-ups are from people on their way into mass

2.         … Read More “Pro-Life Rose Procession – Volunteers Needed!!!!”

2020 Goals and Objectives

by Karl Pieleck

Respect Life Ministry

2020 Goals and Objectives

Preserving the Dignity of Life

11/11/2019

Objective: To increase awareness and knowledge of issues and active participation for the Transfiguration Parish community involving respect and value for ALL human life.

How We Intend To Achieve Our Objective:

1. Education/Communication:

    • Distribute written materials that provide insight into Life issues. (Pro-Life months in January and October, etc.) (ALL)
    • Host guest speaker(s). Use 1-2 minute video interview as publicity. (ALL)
    • Update website monthly (KARL PIELECK)
    • Publish monthly newsletter. Need backup person to help. (KARL PIELECK)
    • Develop Annual Life Calendar with monthly Life events (KARL PIELECK)

2.… Read More “2020 Goals and Objectives”

RFL Meeting Minutes-11/11/2019

by Karl Pieleck

RESPECT LIFE MINUTES

11/11/2019

    OLD BUSINESS:

  • TEEN DASH Was a big success. Filled room for 3 of 4 sessions and 4 teens signed up to get involved in our ministry. Thanks to Peggy, Colleen and Rachel for their active roles in making this a success. Will need 75 “Goodie Bags” next time as we ran out (they were a big hit). Rachel’s testamony was powerfull. Only 2 teens had seen Unplanned.
  • MASS FOR UNBORN Betsy met with Rod for liturgy planning and with Ginger re other logistics. Betsy has aggressive publicity plans including church media, Georgia Bulletin, local parish contact, etc.
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RESPECT LIFE Meeting Minutes 10/14/2019

by Karl Pieleck

         OLD BUSINESS:

  • TEEN DASH Set for 10/27; Betsy to meet with Peggy to stuff handout bags; Mike to get baby feet, HOPE Center materials and Life Savers to Peggy; Rachel Guy with 40 days to help at event; contact Peggy if you can help that night. Karl has prepared trifold and will get 50 copies for bags. The prayer magnets Tim prepared will also be included.
  • MASS FOR UNBORN Betsy met with Rod for liturgy planning and with Ginger re other logistics. Betsy has aggressive publicity plans including church media, Georgia Bulletin, local parish contact, etc. Plan is to say rosary before mass and invite Marion Hour members to join us (Peggy).
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Pope Francis Formally Changes Catholic Church Stance on Death Penalty, Calling It ​“Inadmissible” (8/2/2018)

Pope Francis Formally Changes Catholic Church Stance on Death Penalty, Calling It ​“Inadmissible” (8/2/2018)

Pope Francis (pictured) has formally changed the official Catholic Church teaching on the death penalty, calling capital punishment “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and deeming it “inadmissible” in all cases. The Vatican’s August 2, 2018 announcement that it had revised its Catechism—the Church’s official compilation of teachings on a wide range of issues—to unambiguously oppose capital punishment also committed the Church to work “with determination” to abolish the death penalty worldwide. Prior to the revision, the Catechism used softer language on the death penalty, allowing it “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor,” while noting that “the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity ‘are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.’”… Read More “Pope Francis Formally Changes Catholic Church Stance on Death Penalty, Calling It ​“Inadmissible” (8/2/2018)”

Chad Wischmeyer Recognition

Chad Wischmeyer Recognition

by Karl Pieleck

Chad’s leadership in the Respect Life ministry was recognized at the October 2019 Respect Life Meeting, and all expressed their appreciation for all he has done for LIFE. We are so blessed to have him in our ministry!

Mike Northway Presenting Chad with a Plaque of Appreciation!

Meeting Minutes 9/23/2019

by Karl Pieleck

 

RESPECT LIFE MINUTES

9/23/2019 COMMITTEE MEETING

 

·        HOLY HOUR STATUS:

 -Priests have previous commitments; trying to secure other dates (9/16? or

  January 2020)

 -Bulletin should have English and Spanish

 -Have 5 life intentions for each rosary decade

 -Mike to contact Bruce/Judy Goddard re our Holy Hour desires

 -Peggy to lead and coordinate with Marion Group

·        TEEN DASH:

 -Peggy assembling “Goodie Bag” (Trifold; baby feet pin; magnet; prayer; Life

  Saver candy; etc)

 -Mike to get printer permission, see if heavier stock paper available

 -Mike follow with Rachel to be at Dash event

 -Need to have updated Respect Life Goals/Objective sheet (Mike to redo for

  10/14 meeting

·        Tri Fold:

 -Karl finalizing really good product.

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September RFL Meeting Minutes (9/9/2019)

by Karl Pieleck

RESPECT LIFE MINUTES

OLD BUSINESS:
  • Feedback on Newsletter continues to be very positive…keep sending Karl your articles for inclusion. Karl is well into revamping our website in conjunction with similar parish effort. More to come.
  • While the Mass for Unborn originally was scheduled for October 23, we are looking for another date as Rod is not available on that date. Will advise when new date is agreed upon.
  • Suzanne and Rachel presented our keychain prayer to 40 Days for Life folks who deferred as they have a full plate at this time with 40 Days kickoff close at hand. Tim suggested we consider refrigerator magnet.
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