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News for May 2012
2nd Annual Our Lady's Tea - An Event You Won’t Want to Miss!
Our attendees will be joined by Honorary Chair Sandy Murphy, stay-at-home mom and an officer on the Board of Regents at John Paul the Great Catholic University. We welcome guest speaker Leslie Brunolli, San Diego Regional Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and Rachel’s Hope leader.
In addition, COLFS has a special announcement reserved for this event.
Please join us by registering online at www.colfs.org; or watch your mailbox for a formal invitation. Reserve tickets for yourself and friends or secure an entire table for your parish or group. We look forward to seeing you at Our Lady’s Tea on Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Ashley Burns at email@example.com.
Director's Report for April-May 2012
In the last year, I have been blessed to see the fruits of our dedicated staff and volunteers--and those resulting from your generous donations. Saving babies and their mothers for the glory of God is a labor of love.
I also have immensely enjoyed becoming acquainted with many of you and being able to spend time together in our battle against the evil forces that fight to overtake the world through the shedding of innocent blood. Through prayer, hard work, and the grace of God, we have witnessed the many victories won by the pro-life movement with the passing of legislation favoring life and the closing of abortion facilities across the country.
Our fight for life is far from over, but with your support and prayers—and the blessings that come forth from them—we continue to persevere for the God-endowed human rights of all people. I appreciate your prayers as we defend women, both born and unborn, from the assault of societal norms. I am looking forward to serving many more years as a humble servant in this battle for life.
Since this newsletter combines April and May editions, I should mention that the month of May traditionally is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, so it’s fitting that we celebrate Mother’s Day on May 13th. May all pregnant women be given the grace to appreciate the dignity, significance, and femininity of motherhood as modeled by Our Blessed Mother. Please support our ministry with a special gift to help pregnant moms in unplanned pregnancies. Thank you and God bless.
The Hardest Decision
We arrived at the clinic and just before I walked in to get an abortion, a young lady was standing outside protesting about the high rates of abortions in California. She said that there’s a little baby in you growing and would love a chance to live. That’s when it hit me and I realized that this baby inside of me has a heartbeat and is mine.
The lady told me more about the program she works for and I went to the place. It was so amazing to see the people there who cared about young adults trying to make the right decision. This program took me in with no problem. I got a chance to see my baby through an ultrasound, which was one of the scariest things at first, but at the end, the doctor made me feel so comfortable.
To end this story, there are so many young women trying to make it with their kids. I say to you all that you’re doing a wonderful job. God sees everything you’re trying to accomplish in life. If there is anyone like me with an unexpected child coming into this world, COLFS is amazing. It offers so many great things to those who are in need or just need someone to talk to about making the right decision for you and your unborn child.
May God bless you all and your bundles of joy that you bring into this world. You can do it with the faith in your heart and by God’s grace.
On March 23, 2012, R.T. gave birth to a healthy baby girl weighing 7 lbs. 4 oz. Praise God for this blessing!
L.I.F.E. Week at USD
Handmaid Volunteer Ministry to Begin at COLFS
The idea for the name of Handmaid originates from the faith-filled response of Mary to God’s invitation to become the Mother of Jesus. And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) As Handmaids of the Lord, we hope to emulate the charity and hospitality of Mary who welcomed Jesus into her womb and thus carried a “crisis pregnancy.”
By employing their individual talents, collaborating with COLFS, and utilizing community resources, Handmaids stand ready to provide a mother with the kinds of assistance that she needs in caring for her child, such as ongoing friendship and emotional support, mentoring, and various material and physical needs.
Similar to the national Gabriel Project, we have adapted much of this successful, parish-based ministry to meet our needs as a pregnancy resource center. We ask that you partner with us in supporting this important ministry, through prayer, training to become a Handmaid, or spreading the word to interested individuals.
In order to become a Handmaid, please email or call Ashley Burns. You will be asked to complete a volunteer application. An interview and on-going training sessions will follow. Thank you for prayerfully supporting and considering this new volunteer ministry of COLFS.
For Handmaid or other volunteer information email Ashley Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619-886-7881.
We are guided by the Holy Spirit each time we pray the prayer before reading the Bible. The Holy Spirit has taught us how to live according to His Word. Coming to know Him personally through reading and pondering His Word has brought us much peace in this broken world. I could not handle a serious lung disease if I did not have the confidence of faith and believing in someone who I cannot see and yet know he delivers on all of His promises. This keeps me going with hope and promise. True freedom comes when you come to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ. When we are guided and cleansed by Jesus Christ, we find our true selves. So many don’t know themselves and are being tossed and turned by everyone but Jesus Christ. When we make contact with Jesus, we are free. Living according to God’s Word makes us one of His disciples.
We know the truth and the truth has set us free. We know the truth about contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization. The truth is that these destructive drugs destroy and kill the mind, body, and soul. The only remedy is Jesus Christ. He came to set us free; and that freedom came at a high price. He paid the ransom for our sins with His blood and life. He came to bring life not death.
Recently our Bishops, pastors, and laity stood up for religious freedom. We at COLFS are in a battle for life or death (Deuteronomy 30:19). Jesus won the battle and we, too, will proclaim life, not death, and stand up for religious freedom. Freedom is following Jesus Christ, that is why, if the Son frees you, you will really be free (John 8:36). We are an Easter people, set free by the blood of the Lamb. We can truly say we have risen with Christ. Alleluia, He is alive.
Your brother and sister in Christ,
Deacon Ken & Marie
Bishop Flores Visit
Health Matters for March 2012
In section 34, the statement affirms that “ . . . it needs to be stated that there is a duty to refuse to use such ‘biological material.’” However, there may be situations when it’s appropriate to consider the vaccines. The document specifies: “Thus, for example, danger to the health of children could permit parents to use a vaccine which was developed using cell lines of illicit origin, while keeping in mind that everyone has the duty to make known their disagreement and to ask that their health care system make other types of vaccines available."
Therefore, it is ethically acceptable to use such vaccines if:
- There is no alternative vaccine,
- There is a threat to health that is diminished by the vaccines and
- Those accepting the vaccines make their reservations known to the medical providers and to vaccine manufacturers and request that they use or develop replacement vaccines with cell lines or media that are not morally tainted
There is another, new concern about vaccines grown on human cell cultures: contamination of vaccines with human DNA. That issue will be addressed in a future newsletter.
Email us at HealthMatters@colfs.org for a topic you would like to see in a future newsletter.
Director's Report for March 2012
Of course, Catholic and other Christian organizations that do not want to be held responsible for participating in the culture of death have the option of closing their doors in response to governmental oppression. Shuttering the services of Catholic-run hospitals, schools, charitable organizations, and other non-profits would force the government to perform these services instead, which would become a further drain on the ever-expanding national debt. Unfortunately, there will be no governmental office to take the place of pro-life organizations that save lives and close abortion facilities throughout the country.
Where does that leave COLFS and its supporters? The most important item of action is prayer and sacrifice. Jesus promised us in the Gospel of Matthew that the gates of hell would never prevail against His Church (16:18). After 2,000 years, we have seen the Lord’s protecting hand, even in times of severe adversity in the Church—so we have every reason to believe that Christ’s words will hold true now and forever. Our prayers for strength and wisdom are important to the success of defeating the mandate.
If you are called to do more, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops site (www.usccb.org) contains conscience protection action items. Initially, Catholics were lulled by promises from the current administration that we would not have to act against our consciences in regard to the national health care regulations. We see now that more must be done—not only as Catholics, but as U.S. citizens interested in protecting the freedoms afforded to us by the Bill of Rights.
May God bless us all in our fight for truth and justice to prevail!
St. Rose of Lima Health Fair
Debbie spread awareness of our support to women in crisis pregnancy situations and of our 100% pro-life family medical care. Hearing about our pro-life physicians on staff makes it more likely that word spreads to build our patient base. Thank you, Msgr. John Dolan and St. Rose of Lima parishioners, for making this a successful event!
If you would like COLFS to bring awareness of our pro-life ministry and medical clinic to your parish or group, please call Ashley @ 619-692-4401 or email email@example.com
Dr. Delgado Visits Tepeyac Family Center
Dr. Delgado introduced our new abortion pill reversal website, www.AbortionPillReversal.com, to his hosts. This site and its associated telephone hotline serve as a new means to rapidly and efficiently connect women who have taken the abortion pill, mifepristone (RU 486), and regret their decision, with medical providers who can attempt reversal of the drug with progesterone. The “morning after pill” Ella, which like mifepristone is a progesterone blocker, also can potentially be reversed by progesterone.
Save the Date for the COLFS 2nd Annual Our Lady's Tea
Candy’s Little Angel
I told her I was going to go to the doctor and see if I was pregnant. She asked for my number, and we kept in touch. When I knew I was pregnant, I told my parents, and they supported me with everything. I told Debbie, and she said she can give me clothes, diapers, etc. She gave me everything I needed for my baby.
I am so thankful to God for the phone number I saw on TV because, thanks to Debbie, I have my baby boy with me! She opened my eyes and helped me, and she is always there for me. She saved my baby’s life. I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for her--maybe I would have killed my little angel.
Candy (center) pregnant with her baby boy
I want to tell all the single moms like me that if I’m able to keep my baby so can you, and if you don’t want to keep it, there are other people out there willing to adopt a baby. Don’t kill the baby, but give the baby and a family out there a chance to be happy. If you think you’re alone, you’re not because Culture of Life Family Services can help you.
It’s not easy being a single mom, but it’s a great gift to be happy and be with my baby. When I look at him, I thank God for Debbie because she changed my mind. Now I love being a mom! God sent me an angel and for him I’m going to follow my dreams again. I’m going to go back to school so he can be proud of me, and I’m going to work hard so I can buy him everything he needs. If I can do it myself, so can someone else.