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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

The beauty of life

The beauty of life - human development

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/

The following are the details for the close of the 40 Days for Life here in Ottawa:

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CLOSING RALLY

Sunday Nov 4th, 2012
Bank and Sparks 7PM
 
Opening Prayer
Hymns with Patrick Willbond
Inspirational Reflections
Closing Prayer and Hymns
Social gathering 2nd floor McDonald’s (free beverage with purchase of muffin)
                  Info: Campaign Life Coalition: 613-729-0379
 
 
Website: http://www.40daysforlife.com/ottawa/

NEED to fill empty slots on the Vigil Calendar the last two days of the Campaign … mainly Saturday Afternoon and Sunday morning. Please consider registering for one on these empty slots by clicking HERE.

Those in Ottawa are reminded that the session with Kathleen Gray is on tomorrow, Saturday 3 November 2o12, as per the message below.  There is no need to register.  All those interested are welcome.
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Kathleen Gray, Centre for Reproductive Loss (www.crl-rho.org), will be at Saint Paul University, Main Street, Ottawa on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 in Guigues Hall Room 102 (through the main doors, up the stairs, and straight down the hall in front of you, Room 102 being on the left) for a training session from 9:30-10:30am and Q&A from 10:30-11:30am, regarding the Healing Process Model © for use by counselors, clergy, etc. in acknowledging and compassionately addressing the emotional, spiritual, and psychological distress of individuals and families affected by such loss as miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, adoption, SIDS, infertillity, and sterility.
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UPDATE: 5 NOVEMBER 2012

A comment following the session can be found over at uOttawa Students for Life, here.

Day 23 of the 40 Days for Life

Many know the pain of abortion — including men.

After my talk, a man with passion in his face and tears in his eyes shook my hand and shared how his past sin of abortion is still deep in his heart.

Men can play a large role in an abortion. They can abandon women when they hear they’re pregnant. They can encourage, and many times pay for, the abortion.
Their mistakes are real, but so is their pain.

Other fathers are told they have no rights, no voice … and they can do nothing to stop an abortion. And that, too, can hurt deeply.

— Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

Today’s prayer intention: We pray for the strength to love those who do not love us.

http://40daysforlife.com/index.cfm