The St. Anthony Pro-Life Committee provides information and events to the entire parish in support of the Culture of Life. Ideas, plus parishioners of any age who want to serve on this planning committee, are always welcome! Contact: Paula and Greg Westwood - [email protected]
Pro-Life Essay By Sofie Rodriguez
St. Anthony Student – Winner, 2019 – Third Place
At three-years-old, my younger sister was diagnosed with something that would not only change her life, but, change many of the lives around her. Gabby was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder that affects almost every aspect of the body such as speech, sensory, mood, movement, breathing, cardiac function, digestion, and many more. Gabby cannot communicate nor control what she does. Gabby, my now eleven-year-old sister, has still not been cured and lives with the many challenges Rett Syndrome brings. She relies on my family to take care of every aspect of her daily living. Although she has a disability, she is chosen, cherished and sent. Gabby is a precious gift from God. She has taught our family life lessons that cannot be learned from a book or classroom. She has taught us empathy, compassion and respect for life no matter what challenges it may bring. My mom has spoken on several occasions to people, teaching them about Gabby's disability and what it has taught us as a family. We have been able to share what we have learned and help spread compassion to others.
Gabby is chosen, cherished and sent in many ways. Gabby goes to school, just like me. She is in fifth grade and her teachers really help her by teaching her and working to understand her even though she cannot speak or use sign language. Everyone in my family treats her the same way they would want to be treated. Gabby cannot do many things herself so she relies on us to feed, bath, and dress her along with many other things. Our family includes her in many activities. She gets to do a lot of things every other child would want to do at her age. She plays outside, swims, and loves to watch movies. Even though she cannot always do everything others do because of her disability, she is given attention and made to feel special. She is a child of God just like all of us.
I am grateful Gabby is cherished, chosen and sent. I hope and pray everyone, including unborn babies, are also cherished, chosen and sent just like Gabby. All people, including the unborn, should have a right to life. Weren't you given that right? You were chosen and respected. Everyone wants to feel loved, they want to feel like they are treasured. With that, we should all cherish each other and even if you dislike a person, treat others how you would want to be treated. Luke 6:31, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Human life should never be disregarded, it should be respected, always.
As the Catechism states, “The family should live in such a way that it's members learn to take care and take responsibility for the young, the old, the sick, the handicapped and the poor." If everyone would take the time to remember this, we would live in a happier place where every life is respected. Show compassion, spread kindness, and respect life.
Come back to God, who is LOVE and MERCY
Life is a gift from God, and so is His mercy. Tens of millions of Americans have been directly touched by abortion and have feelings of regret, guilt and grief. God’s healing love and mercy are always possible. Many Catholics want to help women and men who have experienced abortion, but some don’t know how to begin. The Diocese of Covington, in accordance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, offer the Project Rachel Ministry, a confidential, compassionate journey to healing. Project Rachel help line (859) 392- 1547 or [email protected].
Paula Westwood, executive director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati and coordinator of the St. Anthony Pro-Life Committee with her husband Greg, wrote a wonderful article in the January 19, 2018 issue of the Messenger entitled "Witness for life: Lamp of light in a shadowed world". Click here to read it!
MORE PRO-LIFE INFO
On Saturdays all year, there is an 8:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Name Church a few blocks down from PP, followed by a Rosary walk to and prayer in front of PP, then return to the church for closing (organized through Helpers of God’s Precious Infants or Mary’s Mantle for Life).
“WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT FOR THE U.S. SENATE TO END OUR TAX FUNDS FROM GOING TO ABORTIONISTS?”*
ORLANDO, July 27 – Never-before-released undercover video shows Dr. Suzie Prabhakaran, the Vice President of Medical Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, graphically discussing Planned Parenthood’s late-term "dismemberment" and partial-birth abortion protocols in the context of fetal body part harvesting.
The new video comes as the U.S. Senate is debating provisions to terminate taxpayer subsidies to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business. ...”
“Why is it so difficult for the U.S. Senate to end our tax funds from going to abortionists?” asked Paula Westwood,* Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati. “No entity that includes killing human beings as part of its mission should receive any government money for any reason.”
Pro Life New Baby Outreach
Welcome our newest and youngest members to St. Anthony!
This year the Pro Life Committee of St. Anthony began the New Baby Gift Bag Project to celebrate and welcome newly baptized infants to the St. Anthony Parish Family. To date we have delivered 4 Gift Bags to 4 babies and their families.
The gift bag includes: a fleece tied baby blanket made by members of the parish and blessed by a priest, a prayer book each for mother and father, a small cuddly lamb with a ribbon that reads "Jesus Loves Me" and a Mass card for a future Mass to be celebrated for the intention of the baby and parents.
If you or someone you know in the parish has recently welcomed a new baby into the family and would like to receive a gift bag, please contact Mary Carol Heidrich at 859-581-9063 or [email protected].
OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE NEEDS YOU
A girl facing a difficult decision regarding the life of her unborn baby needs YOU. A baby whose mom is thinking about abortion needs YOU. You can help her and her baby. Opportunities for Life is a ministry of the Kentucky Catholic Bishops serving abortion vulnerable women and men. Volunteers offer hope, compassion, options counseling and resources to callers who find the courage to seek help. Volunteers are needed to staff the 24-hour helpline from their homes. If you have a heart for life affirming ministry, please call (888)496-3638 to learn more about this ministry and a training workshop in your diocese.
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING (NFP)
Learn NFP at home and at your own pace with the Home Study Course from NFP International, www.nfpandmore.org. Includes Ecological Breastfeeding (it really can space babies), a double-check system of fertility awareness, and Catholic teaching that’s easy to understand. Work with a live instructor by email. Completion certificate. Only $70.00.
DIOCESE OF COVINGTON – PRO-LIFE OFFICE
Would you like to stay up-to-date of Pro-Life events and issues in our diocese and local community? Email Peggy Piccola at [email protected] to receive our monthly newsletter. You can also “like” The Many Faces of Pro-Life page on Facebook. Both the newsletter and the Facebook page are excellent ways to stay up-to-date with what’s going on in our community to promote LIFE!
PRAYER TO SPIRITUALLY ADOPT A BABY IN DANGER OF ABORTION
-by Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of [baby's name], the unborn baby I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion".
Say this prayer every day for nine months for a particular but unknown baby in danger of abortion
Pro-Life Rosary Prayer Intentions
Diocese of Covington Pro-Life Office - News and Events
Diocese of Covington Pro-Life Newsletter - Winter 2015
Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities: Subscriptions
"Heartbeat - Miracle of Life..." video: