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corpus christi procession 2The 2014 Corpus Christi Procession in Brisbane will be held on Sunday 22nd June at Nudgee Junior, Kate Street, Indooroopilly, at 2.00pm, with Procession, Sermon and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated Fundraising Lunch - Saturday 15 June 2013

Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated Fundraising Lunch – Saturday 15 June 2013

On Saturday (15 June 2013) I was pleased to be able to attend the fundraising lunch for Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated.  PCI is a Brisbane-based charity founded to provide practical support for women facing crisis pregnancies.  This support includes a residential safe-house.  Women assisted by PCI have often been abandoned by partners, or face the threat of violence if they proceed with a pregnancy.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane was the guest speaker at Saturday’s lunch and he gave a very stirring address, reminding us that work in the pro-life movement is a proclamation of Easter.  PCI is one of the ways that the Church witnesses to Easter.  He reminded us that death is not God’s language, and the last word of God is life.  Abortion is not the language of God, because abortion is a death that leads to more death.  The work of PCI is a proclamation that life is a blessing and not a curse.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge speaking at the Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated Fundraising Lunch - Saturday 15 June 2013

Archbishop Mark Coleridge speaking at the Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated Fundraising Lunch – Saturday 15 June 2013

He recalled that we have grown used to a culture of rights, which is largely good.  However, abortion is an attack on the very right on which all other rights are predicated: i.e. the right to life.  He urged us to see our work as a protest against the numbing of conscience in our society, and also a protest against making language slippery which contributes to the numbing of conscience: i.e. calling abortions “terminations.”

PCI relies entirely on good-will offerings of supporters.  You can download a donation form here: PCI Donation Form

As well as financial support, PCI also needs more volunteer support workers to assist clients.  To find out more, please email the charity at pcinc@bigpond.com or phone 1300 777 777.

http://www.pregnancycrisis.com.au/index.html

Standing up for the unborn

On Saturday afternoon we had the Rally for Life in Brisbane, a chance for pro-life people from many different sectors of the city and beyond to come together and give public witness to the sanctity of human life, and especially the pre-born child.

The pro-life cause works on many fronts.  We try to raise awareness of what abortion is, and help people see the truth.  We work to assist women (and their partners, families) who are facing unexpected and perhaps unwanted pregnancies, with counselling and practical assistance including crisis accomodation.  We work to help bring healing to women who have had an abortion through programmes like Rachel’s Vineyard.  We work to support pro-life politicians who will help to ensure that our laws give voice to the dignity of human life in all its stages.

Having seen the devastating and long lasting effects of abortion on women (and also men, which may not be as obvious) for myself is one of the reasons I take an active part in this work.  I want to do what I can to prevent babies being killed, but also to spare people the emotional trauma that abortion brings.  Abortion is not the only option, and there are people here to help and support those facing difficulty because of pregnancy.

A few photos from Saturday:

Various pro-life organisations had a tent:

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Brendan and Judy Wong spoke about the upcoming 40 Days for Life that will occur during Lent, in the lead up to Easter:

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At the end of the afternoon:

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More photos here.

Perhaps in future years we might have a march through the city streets as more people come on board to speak up for the unborn.

rally for lifeThe Brisbane RALLY FOR LIFE is tomorrow – Saturday 2 February, at Queen’s Park, Brisbane CBD.

Pre-rally entertainment starts at 1:15pm (Roby Curtis and Band) with the main event starting at 2:00pm. Estimated finish time is 4:00pm.

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/485984291443192/

http://www.rallyforlife.com.au/

See you there!

Some details of the Brisbane Rally for Life as previously posted …

We look forward to your support at the first event on the prolife calendar – the RALLY FOR LIFE is being held at 2pm on Saturday 2nd February 2013 at the usual venue of Queen’s Park, cnrs William, Elizabeth & George Sts, Brisbane city.  Please send these details to your Contacts and post them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

 The rousing Roby Curtis band will start off the event with some great numbers at 1pm.

 You will need to bring:

-chair/rug

-umbrella (it can be hot!)

-water

-DONATION (please – we need to keep this Rally as an annual event)

 

Rally speakers are:

Geoffrey Bullock – well-known champion of the prolife movement, Geoffrey works tirelessly for Family Voice Australia and will be speaking on the sanctity of life.

Anthony Banfield – a young man who lost his first two children to abortion and speaks of the impact this has had on his life.  (Men are often overlooked in the abortion scenario.)

Veronica Hayes – a vibrant well-spoken young woman speaking to inspire youth to get active in the pro-life issues.

 Can you:

-help on the day by inflating and tying balloons?

-be a marshall at the event?

-drop equipment etc back to the Cherish Life office immediately after the Rally?

-be an official donation collector at the event?

If yes, please contact Teresa in the Cherish Life office either via email or phone – teresa@cherishlife.org.au or Ph 3871 2445, as soon as possible.

 Hoping to see you all at the Rally For Life 2013,

 Teresa Martin

Some details of the Brisbane Rally for Life for this year …

We look forward to your support at the first event on the prolife calendar – the RALLY FOR LIFE is being held at 2pm on Saturday 2nd February 2013 at the usual venue of Queen’s Park, cnrs William, Elizabeth & George Sts, Brisbane city.  Please send these details to your Contacts and post them on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

 The rousing Roby Curtis band will start off the event with some great numbers at 1pm.

 You will need to bring:

-chair/rug

-umbrella (it can be hot!)

-water

-DONATION (please – we need to keep this Rally as an annual event)

 

Rally speakers are:

Geoffrey Bullock – well-known champion of the prolife movement, Geoffrey works tirelessly for Family Voice Australia and will be speaking on the sanctity of life.

Anthony Banfield – a young man who lost his first two children to abortion and speaks of the impact this has had on his life.  (Men are often overlooked in the abortion scenario.)

Veronica Hayes – a vibrant well-spoken young woman speaking to inspire youth to get active in the pro-life issues.

 Can you:

-help on the day by inflating and tying balloons?

-be a marshall at the event?

-drop equipment etc back to the Cherish Life office immediately after the Rally?

-be an official donation collector at the event?

If yes, please contact Teresa in the Cherish Life office either via email or phone – teresa@cherishlife.org.au or Ph 3871 2445, as soon as possible.

 Hoping to see you all at the Rally For Life 2013,

 Teresa Martin

Brisbane Rally for Life 2013

love lifeDate claimer:

The date for the Rally for Life in Brisbane for 2013 has been set:

Saturday 2 February 2013 – 2pm

40 days for life brisbane 2013

The 40 Days for Life in Brisbane starts on Ash Wednesday!  Pray about becoming involved as part of your Lenten observance.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/40DaysForLifeBrisbane/

Blog: http://40daysbrisbane.blogspot.ca/

http://www.40daysforlife.com/brisbane/

Last exams

We begin today the last of our exams for our programme.

We’re doing four courses at the moment, so we have the finals for those this morning, and then next Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

And, it’s sixteen sleeps until the comprehensive exam.

Soon, this:

Brisbane, Australia

And, here’s a blast from the past!  Love ya Brisbane!

I thought the following is worth sharing from a message I received today about Brisbane man Graham Preston, of Right to Life Australia, who is currently serving time in prison for the non-payment of fines.

The fines were incurred when he disobeyed a police direction to “move on” when blocking doorways at abortion mills in Brisbane.  Whether you agree with Graham’s method of doing what he feels called to do to prevent abortion, he has the courage of his convictions and that is admirable.  His protests are always peaceful and respectful of the dignity of the women who misguidedly think abortion will solve their problem. …

Graham may well be in lockup but he lives on ‘on the outside’ at Google maps!  Thanks to the Protect Life newsletter sent out by Liz Preston for alerting us to this.  If you go to this website https://maps.google.com/  and in the site’s Search box, type in Ballow Chambers, Spring Hill, Brisbane, then pull the little man image down onto the street, you can clearly see Graham standing outside the building with two placards – one of an unborn baby and the other one with the words “You were once an unborn baby”.  So praise God for modern technology.  Graham’s posters are now reaching a far wider audience than just the street on that day!  As far as I am aware, Google updates its images only every two years.

Please pray for Graham and his family.

In the midst of Catholic Education Week (July 22 – 28), and as one of his first major appointments since his installation as Archbishop of Brisbane, Archbishop Coleridge has appointed Ms Pam Betts as the new Executive Director of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.  Ms Betts succeeds Mr David Hutton who has held the post for fourteen years.

The Archbishop has said that Catholic education is one of his priorities, which adds a certain significance to this appointment.

The Archbishop’s announcement can be viewed here: Archbishop’s announcement Exec Dir Cath Ed Brisbane