March Newsletter - 40 Days for Life, ERI Training, and Born Alive Survivors
My Dear Friends,
As we enter the Lenten season, we are invited to consider how we might be purified - made more like God our Father. We are called to fast, so that the unnecessary things in our lives may be swept away.
But fasting need not only be with food and drink (though such practices of self-denial and mortification are emphasized by the great spiritual masters with good reason). Fasting and mortification may also take the form of sacrificing time and energy to serve a purpose higher than ourselves. In doing so, we look beyond our individual lives to the enrichment of others and ourselves. Such acts may be great or small. Below, you shall find opportunities for both. I encourage you to consider how your own Lenten journey may take you along paths of greater connection and care for God and for His most vulnerable children in the coming weeks.
40 Days for Life (Mar. 6 - Apr. 14)
Every year, thousands of Christians across the world gather together to take a stand for the vulnerable by peacefully praying for the protection of preborn children, help for their mothers and families, and for the conversion and forgiveness of abortionists. Like Jesus’ 40 Days in the desert, 40 Days for Life is a vigil of renewal and healing and a powerful witness to the sanctity of life. Already, thousands of lives have been saved and dozens of abortion clinics shut down thanks to this ministry. 40 Days for Life Spokane takes place outside of the Planned Parenthood location on Indiana and Ruby. This is an opportunity us to come together with a loving and respectful attitude to pray from 6 am to 6 pm daily for the children, parents, workers, and the heart of our city. We invite you to join us in this Lenten offering. To sign up for the prayer vigil, please visit the
. For more information or questions, please contact Joanna Hyatt at 310.339.7173 or
If your parish is not already coordinating a particular time or times to cover at Planned Parenthood, you are encouraged to work with your pastor and community to do so. Currently, known parish times include St. Augustine's St. Gianna's Guild at 1 PM every Monday in Lent, as well as the St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus at noon on Wednesdays and the Cathedral's 3:30 PM Rosary on Fridays. You are encouraged to work with your pastors to ensure that 40 Days for Life is publicized in your parish communities. The Respect Life Office and Office of Evangelization have a general post-mass announcement and bulletin insert available for any pastors who wish to use them.
Equal Rights Institute - Understanding and Responding to "My Body, My Choice" - Mar. 5th and 6th from 7-9 PM
Many of the pro-choice arguments we hear claim that the child in the womb is not a person. However, the ones which are most difficult to combat make the argument not about the child, but about the rights of the mother to control her own body. To properly express why "My Body, My Choice" is ultimately wrong for both child and mother, Timothy Brahm of the Equal Rights Institute will explain how a comprehensive discussion about abortion needs to address more than just the humanity and personhood of the fetus. It must address a woman’s right to her own bodily autonomy as it relates to pregnancy. This training is available two nights, first on
Mar. 5th from 7-9 PM in Gonzaga University's Globe Room in Cataldo Hall
, and second on
Mar. 6th at Whitworth University's Weyerhauser Room 111
from 7-9 PM. You are encouraged to share these events on social media.
Hosted by the
Equal Rights Institute
Gonzaga University Students for Life
Whitworth Students for Life
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
Monday night, the Senate failed to advance the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act—legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. The Senate rejected a motion to advance the bill on a vote of 53 to 44 with 3 not voting. In the Senate, 60 votes are needed to overcome a filibuster and pass a bill.
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement in response:
“There should be no bill easier for the Senate to pass than one that makes clear that killing newborn babies is wrong and should not be tolerated. That even one senator, let alone 44 senators voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, is an injustice that should horrify and anger the American people and commit us to decisive political action. A vote against this bill is a vote to extend Roe v. Wade’s license for killing unborn children to killing newborn babies. The American people, the vast majority of whom support this bill, must demand justice for innocent children.”
It is important that we communicate our gratitude to those senators who voted in support of the bill and our disappointment and disapproval to senators who voted against the bill. Fortunately, doing so is as easy as a few clicks. Follow
to reach your representatives and tell them that the American people will not stand for this miscarriage of justice, and share this message with your own contact lists, social media, and pro-life networks.
It doesn't take a lot of time to make a difference in the lives of others. A simple act here and there, a lesson learned in a couple hours, a public witness of prayer in the cold, or a minute to send a message can make a difference. Let our efforts for Life be our Lenten offering. May God bless you all.
Respect Life Office Coordinator
on Friday, March 1 at 5:10PM