2019 Annual Conference – Right to Life of Michigan

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

8:15 a.m. Registration & continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. Program
3:30 p.m. Closing

Reservations

Students $25
Individuals $55
Group (4+) $45
After Sept. 13 $65

Register

September 13 is the last day available for Conference registration refunds.

Cleary University, The Johnson Center, 3725 Cleary Drive, Howell, Michigan 48843
Register

General Session I:

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Jeanne Mancini
Preserving the Fire Within: Staying Energized and Joyful in the Battle for Life

Jeanne is President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, the non-profit organization committed to restoring a culture of life in the United States, most notably through the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Jeanne holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in the theology of marriage and family from the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Jeanne resides in northern Virginia with her husband, David.

General Session II:

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Brandon Buell
Jaxon Strong: Celebrating a Precious Life from a Father’s Perspective

Brandon Buell didn’t truly recognize the purpose behind his prolife convictions until the birth of his son, Jaxon, born in 2014 with an extreme and incurable brain malformation. Before his birth, hope for Jaxon’s life was nearly impossible. Abortion was suggested frequently by medical professionals who stated Jaxon may live only a few weeks—if he were to even survive delivery—and he would be significantly limited in his abilities. Through faith, Jaxon’s parents chose life for their son. Against all odds, Jaxon is now five years old.

Workshops:

Fundraising with Bill: Effective Major Gift Fundraising for Today

Bill Kean
Development Coordinator, Right to Life of Michigan

We Got More Prolife Resources Than Davy Crockett

Chris Gast
Director of Communication/Education, Right to Life of Michigan

Design 101: How to Catch the Prolife Eye

Brittany Lutz
Art & Marketing Director, Right to Life of Michigan

Proactively Prolife: A Study on Church Engagement

Reverend Christopher Thoma
Senior Pastor, Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church & School

For more information, please go to:  https://rtl.org/event/conference/

Catholic Parish Festivals – Volunteers Needed

Dear Defenders of Innocent Life,

We have opportunities at two Catholic parish festivals. Please let me know when and where you can help.  Please try to recruit a pro-life representative from the parish to come to UD-RTL meetings!

St. PIUS X Festival (14101 Superior, Southgate)
Friday, August 30

5-8 pm
1. Emmanuel Lughermo

2. __________________

Saturday, August 31

1 – 3:30 pm

1. Gail & Bob Bailey

2. __________________

3:30 – 6 pm

1. Gail & Bob Bailey
2. __________________

6-8:30 pm

1. Ed Graney

2. ___________________

Sunday, September 1

1 – 3:30 pm

1. Emmanuel Lughermo

2. ____________________

3:30 – 6 pm

1. Emmanuel Lughermo
2. ____________________

6-8:30 pm

1. Emmanuel Lughermo

2. _____________________

 
ST. ANDRE BESSETTE Festival (4250 W Jefferson Ave, Ecorse, MI 48229)

Friday, September 6, 2019

6-8:30 pm
1. __________________

2. __________________

Saturday, September 7

3 – 6 pm

1. _________________
2. __________________

6 – 9 pm

1. ___________________

2. ___________________

Sunday, September 8

12 noon – 3 pm

1. ____________________

2. ____________________

3 – 6 pm

1. ______________________
2. ____________________

6 – 9 pm

1. ______________________

2. _____________________

Contact Debbie Bloomfield at 734-934-2599 to sign up to volunteer.

Call to Holiness

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Cardinal Raymond Burke Speaking at Call to Holiness Event

Cardinal Raymond Burke accepted the invitation to speak at a conference of the non-profit Call to Holiness, Inc. in Detroit.  His topic is “Keeping Faith in a Time of Confusion.”  There is even more confusion now than when the topic was chosen!

Cardinal Burke has been an episcopal advisor of Call to Holiness since 2003 when he spoke at the annual Detroit conference while he was Bishop of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  It was only months before his appointment as Archbishop of St. Louis.

The conference dinner with Cardinal Burke as the keynote speaker will be held at Athena Hall in Roseville, just outside Detroit’s northeast side on Saturday, October 26.  Following the dinner will be a Holy Hour at Assumption Grotto.  On Sunday, the Cardinal will be the celebrant of a Pontifical Extraordinary Form (Tridentine) Mass at 11 a.m., also at Assumption Grotto, Detroit.  Those who register for the Saturday dinner will receive priority seating in the church.  Provisions are being made for overflow attendees to see the simulcast in the parish gymnasium.

Further information about the dinner conference can be found at www.calltoholiness.com or call 313-451-4659.

Raymond Leo Burke was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, in 1948.  He attended high school at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, Wisconsin, before attending the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  He was ordained to the priesthood by Pope Saint Paul VI on June 29, 1975.  He is a canon lawyer and scholar.

Consecrated a bishop in 1995 by Pope Saint John Paul II, he served for almost nine years as Bishop of La Crosse, where he founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  On December 2, 2003, Bishop Burke was named Archbishop of Saint Louis.  From 2008-2014, he served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome.  He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.  In November 2014, he was named Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

Cardinal Burke has also served on the Congregation for Causes of Saints, the Congregation for Bishops, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and the Council of Cardinals and Bishops of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.  He is prefect emeritus and a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome.

At the request of the late Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., co-founder of Call to Holiness and founder of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, Cardinal Burke is the International Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate.  He is also an episcopal advisor for Catholic Action for Faith and Family, leading the Global Rosary Crusade “Operation Storm Heaven.”

For more information, reservation form, payment method, please click on:

http://www.calltoholiness.com/

Fall Yard and Bake Sale

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If you are able to help by donating items to sell, baked goods, or to sit at our table and help collect signatures for our petition to end dismemberment abortion, please let me know!

Time slots available to help collect signatures during the sale:

Friday 9/13

9  a.m.-12:30 p.m.   _____________________________

12:30-4 p.m.             _____________________________

Saturday 9/14

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  ____________________________

12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.      ____________________________

Sunday 9/15

9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.     _____________________________

Please reply by email (WyandotteRLM@gmail.com) call the office (734) 288-8798) if you are able to help. Also, please free to come to shop or share this information with your friends, and your church even if you are unable to help.

Thanks so much, your help is always greatly appreciated!

Melvindale Street Fair Volunteers Needed

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Recently we’ve had a few new people showing interest in becoming more involved with Right to Life.  This is a perfect way to join in, meet some of the people who currently are involved in our local groups, and help us get the word out when it comes to pro-life.  Please help us find volunteers!

Cooperation between Upper Downriver Right to Life (UD-RTL) and Central Wayne County Right to Life (CWC-RTL) is allowing us to enter as an exhibitor at the Melvindale Street Fair on July 27 and July 28! The Street Fair is on Allen Road between Outer Drive and Oakwood Blvd. I will contact volunteers with our exact location on Saturday morning.  We need help with volunteers to fill the time slots.  Can you please share this with your volunteers and members.  Please RSVP to wyandotteRLM@gmail.com.

Emmanuel has offered to help with set up and some of the time there both days.  We can set up at 9 am on Saturday.

We need at least two people to volunteer each shift as follows:  Please provide name, phone and e-mail and reply to:  wyandotteRLM@gmail.com 

 
Thank you!
Debbie Bloomfield (734-934-2599)
and Rose Femminineo

SATURDAY – July 27
  • 9 – 11 am set up  
  • 11 am – 1 pm
  • 1-3:30 pm
  • 3:30 – 6 pm
  • 6 pm – 8:30 pm
SUNDAY – July 28
  • 11 am – 1 pm
  • 1-3:30 pm
  • 3:30 – 6 pm
  • 6 – 8:30 pm (tear down)

For more information visit their Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/melstreetfair

Training for Petition Drive to Prohibit Dismemberment Abortion

Michigan Residents say NO to Dismemberment Abortion

An opportunity is before Michigan citizens. By working together, we can ban the inhumane abortion procedure known as the D&E or dilation and evacuation method. This method of abortion uses surgical instruments to forcibly remove arms and legs from a living human being in the womb.

Michigan’s Constitution allows the people to initiate legislation through a petition. The petition seeks legislation that would amend our partial-birth abortion ban by adding the equally horrific dismemberment abortion procedure to that ban. The advantage of this approach is that the bill’s language cannot be changed by the legislature, but more importantly, it cannot be vetoed by Governor Whitmer! We need to collect 400,000 signatures, and we have 180 days to do it, starting on June 26, 2019.

To learn more, read the Petition, order materials, please go to: michiganvalueslife.org/

2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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YOUR ANNUAL…….RLM STATE CONFERENCE 2019!  THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26

THE JOHNSON CENTER

CLEARY UNIVERSITY, HOWELL MI

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JEANNE MANCINI, PRESIDENT OF MARCH FOR LIFE

PUT INTO YOUR CALENDAR AS A “MUST ATTEND” EVENT!

The cost is: Students $25
Individuals $55
Group (4+) $45
After Sept. 13 $65

If you want to come, Upper Downriver RTL will help subsidize the cost. Please come to our September 10 meeting for details.  Please make plans to join us!

https://rtl.org/event/conference

Please visit above link for further information.

We hope to see YOU, and other members from each of our affiliates in attendance!

SEND IN YOUR REGISTRATIONS SOON – DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS SEPTEMBER 13.

 

Right to Life Volunteers Needed

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Upper Downriver Right to Life usually takes the summer off and has no meetings in July and August.  This summer is an exception.

On June 20, many of us attended the training held by Right to Life of Michigan.  We learned about the legislation that was passed that would ban dismemberment abortions.  Governor Whitmer has promised to veto it.  The state constitution provides a means to by-pass the veto.

We will join with Right to Life of Michigan and collect signatures on petitions to ban dismemberment abortion.  You can read the press release from RLM here.

For your convenience, UD-RTL will hold two special meetings of one hour to explain the situation, enlist the help of volunteers from churches and distribute petitions.  Please make plans to attend one of these meetings.
  • Tuesday, July 9 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm at the Right to Life Resource Center, 2010 Eureka, Wyandotte (734-282-6100)
  • Wednesday, July 10 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the same location.
Please help us recruit representatives from as many churches as possible and RSVP to wyandotteRLM@gmail.com as to which session you plan to attend.  We will have information and petitions available at the meetings.  We need your help to secure our share of the 400,000 signatures needed.  Please invite others who may be interested!

If you need a letter to a pastor, please let me know and I will get it to you.

Also, please watch our “Events” page on our Facebook account and volunteer for any of the upcoming events, or for various committees that put together an event.  Often times we need people to make phone calls, or help stuff envelopes, hand out flyers, and join us in our parades, Life Walk, Oratory Contests, Life Chain, our Yard and Bake Sale, and so many other opportunities to reach out to help.

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Wyandotte Street Art Fair

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Dates:  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 10-13, 2019

Hours: 10 AM to 9 PM daily.

In the city described as “The Heart of Downriver”, our annual Art Fair draws artists, entertainers, and thousands of patrons to create an event that people of all ages can enjoy.  The fair traces its history back to 1961, in the city along the shore of the Detroit River, among it’s historic and charming downtown area. The 58th Street Art Fair will bring you days of fun, food, entertainment, and art and crafts created from across the state, region and nation, including pottery, wood, fiber, metal, drawings, furniture, basketry, jewelry, cartoons, sculptures, toys, clothing, painting, and so many other types of crafts to look at, or to buy. 

As one of the largest fine art fairs in the State of Michigan, the event also offers a variety of music, food, and activities for all ages, and has brought us over 200,000 visitors, 200 artists, 25 restaurants, and a multitude of local merchants, carnival type games for the children, and live entertainment for all to enjoy.  All ages can have fun in a festive environment enjoying the cultural enrichment of Wyandotte.  To see a list of “Entertainment” each day, please scroll down.

Needless to say the Upper Downriver Right to Life will have its table set up close to Elm and 2nd Street, with various pamphlets to read, and a few articles to sell.  We are looking for volunteers for at least two or four hour shifts, but at the very least just stop by and say “hi” to us.

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To participate in the Beautiful Baby Contest which will be held this year, please click “Here” for more information in how to participate.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Wednesday, July 10th
2-3:30 pm – Gary Niemenski
4-6 pm – Meltdowners
6:30-8:30 pm – Crazy Babies – Ozzy Rebourne
9-11 pm – Larry Lee and Back in the Day

Thursday, July 11th
3:30-5:30 pm – Wisteria
6:15 – 8:15 pm – Category 5
9-11 pm – Class of 98

Friday, July 12th
3-4:30 pm – Fake News
5-6 pm – Fairgrieve
6:15-8:15 pm – Category 5
9-11 pm – Boogie Dynomite

Saturday, July 13th
1-2 pm – Olivia Schotthoefer and Friends
2:30-4 pm – SQ3
4:30-6 pm – Rummler
6:30 – 8 pm – Eva Under Fire
9 – 11 pm – Mega 80’s

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