Planned Parenthood Protest

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Fifty people prayed and sang on the sidewalk in front of Detroit’s Cass Avenue Planned Parenthood Center on the cool, clear Saturday evening of April 13 as part of a Prayer Vigil (#protestPP) at 142 locations nationwide. 

Pedestrian and car traffic was brisk.  One heckler was persistent, but valiantly ignored as everyone focused on praying the Rosary and the intercessory prayers led by Deacon Richard Bloomfield from Our Lady of the Scapular in Wyandotte. 

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As the shadows lengthened with the evening sun and after singing a few hymns, candles were distributed and lit, but most were extinguished by the wind, much like the babies who entered this place in their mothers’ wombs. 

The Divine Mercy Chaplet was prayed, and people were asked to contact legislators and write letters to editors, or take other pro-life actions. The Deacon gave his blessing,  a group photo was taken, and the group dispersed to their homes.

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Participants came from Downriver and Detroit Parishes, Upper Downriver Right to Life, Central Wayne County Right to Life, Southern Downriver Right to Life, St. Joseph Oratory, Holy Redeemer Parish, Grosse Ile, and more.

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Photos by Richard Evich.

People of Life

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Our People of Life Benefit Reception is coming up on Thursday, May 2.  People of Life is RLM’s annual fundraising dinner in support of outreach to the Black community.  This is the last year that we’ll be able to have the dinner at the Edison Boat Club in Detroit as it will be closing – which is a shame because the food there is always so great.

 https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/edison-boat-club-on-detroits-east-side-will-be-closing-permanently

Since Upper Downriver RTL is near the Detroit area, you can be one of our powerful allies in outreach to the Black community and to the city of Detroit.  I’m hoping you’ll help us get the word out and invite people to join us.  Reservations are coming in slowly and we want to fill the room to hear Christina Bennett’s amazing story.  You can view all information and register here:

 https://www.rtl.org/events/peopleoflife/index.html?v=zfucVyZr9Mo&list=PL5V9jZN8KR4MOSb7-OCZ0pIRB4LIEvxPJ

 I hope you will help us promote the dinner and that you can join us!

 

Nationwide Prayer Vigil April 13!

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COME OUT AND PRAY FOR AN END TO ABORTION, SATURDAY, APRIL 13!

Join pro-lifers coast to coast in the solemn prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood facilities coast to coast on Saturday, April 13.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing 36% of all abortions in our nation – over 330,000 each year!

Join the effort at the Planned Parenthood center in our community, in solidarity with over 100 other vigils coast to coast on April 13.

WHEN:  Saturday, April 13.

WHERE:  Planned Parenthood, 4229 Cass Avenue in Detroit

ADDITIONAL INFO:  For those coming from Downriver, we will carpool from Our Lady of the Scapular, departing at 6:15 P.M.  Deacon Bloomfield will lead a prayer service that begins at 7:00 P.M.  We will light candles in memory of the victims of abortion.  We have also invited a speaker from “Silent No More”.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT, OR TO FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU, PLEASE CLICK ON http://protestpp.com/locations/

 

Tolton – From Slave to Priest

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The newest St. Luke Production live one man, multi-media drama about the first Black Catholic priest in the United States is coming to Detroit and Southgate, Michigan.  Please share the message!  

Tickets available at ToltonDetroit.eventbrite.com

St. Luke Production says, “Martha Tolton was a Missouri slave and a mother, who knew there was only one way to save her family – she had to escape to freedom in Illinois. In the dead of night, she slipped away. It was twenty miles to the Missouri – Illinois border. On the other side lay freedom, but she had to get there first, and that meant crossing the vast Mississippi River. Terrified, she prayed for a miracle, and sure enough, God provided. When reached the river, she found a dilapidated row boat and, with bullets from angry Confederate soldiers whizzing by her ears, she rowed to freedom. Now, more than 150 years later, we know God had a mission for this heroic mother. Through Martha Tolton’s courage, determination, and most of all through her devout Catholic faith, the first African American priest, Father Augustus Tolton, was given to the people of God. His story is amazing and inspiring, and we need to hear it. Tolton will have a powerful impact of healing in our country and all over the world, drawing ALL people to the truth of Jesus Christ. Like Mama Tolton crossing the Mississippi in a leaky boat in the middle of the night, let’s trust in God, and take a risk. Let’s cross that river, and bring freedom to souls through the Truth of Jesus Christ. It’s worth it.”

 

Quadalupe Workers Need Your Help!

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The Guadalupe Workers are busy with several tasks–and we really need help!
Firstly, a mother whom we met a few years ago at the Ann Arbor Planned Parenthood was recently deported; her four children, however, were left behind.  Two of those children are older and will remain with their Aunt here in the U.S.  The mother, however, has asked the Guadalupe Workers to bring to her the youngest children, including the child rescued three years ago at the Planned Parenthood.  The paperwork is done and the plane reservations are made.  The trip, though, is leaving a large hole in our bank account, to the amount of about $4,000.  
Secondly, the Workers have begun putting together the first Michigan Sidewalk Counseling Symposium, scheduled for September 29.  This symposium is a cooperative effort with Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, Sidewalk Advocates, and others.  Confirmed speakers include Walter Hoye, Anne Scheidler, David Bereit.  These speakers are requesting only travel expenses in order to be with us on that day; yet, as you know, those expenses can be formidable (Walter and his wife are coming from California).
Thirdly, the Workers are still homeless.  In our last newsletter, we expressed the desire to own our own home in Detroit.  Just keeping up with the mother requests over the summer, though, has kept our account at subsistence  level.  So, we are still homeless, still looking.  Fine tuning the request a bit, specifically what we seek is a larger home (2,000 sq ft) preferably on the southwest side.
Finally, our commitment to being on the sidewalk remains essential to our work.  This summer, we’ve been going out on weekdays, thereby avoiding the escorts.  By God’s grace, we’ve witnessed several turn-a-ways and have gladly accepted some costs in helping these mothers.  
Please help us in any way you can; especially, remember us in prayer when we leave August 13 to return little Ernesto and his sister to their mother.  We are flying into Mexico City but will need to drive north about three hours in order to meet their mother–and I’ve heard horror stories about driving in Mexico! (Though it can’t be worse than Chicago.)

 

Thank you,
Edmund Miller,
President of Guadalupe Workers

A Grant to Help with the Mobile Ultrasound Unit

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On Wednesday July 25th, at the Troy Christian Chapel, the Right To Life of MI awarded a grant to help with the mobile ultrasound unit that helps many mothers choose life for their unborn babies in Detroit. Our Upper Downriver Right to Life member, Emmanuel (man on the right in blue shirt), drives this mobile ultrasound unit and the funds will be used towards marketing our services to women searching for free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and abortions. We have been looking at new ways to let vulnerable women know who we are and where we are.

The grant is awarded to Pregnancy Resource organizations that work to save the lives of the pre-born and their mothers from the horrors of abortion in the city of Detroit. Last year three centers received the grant and this year ICU Birth Choice along with Detroit Pregnancy Test And Help Center (2 Doors down from Summit on McNichols) will receive the grant.

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Guadalupe Workers Volunteers

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We are always in need for Volunteers to help out with the Guadalupe Workers monthly meeting for families!

  • The address is 4300 Central St, Detroit, MI 48210.
  • Volunteers 1:00-4:30 (Families 2:00-4:00)


The moms are in one room with their activity while the children are in 3 rooms by age; infants, little kids, and the big kids.

Volunteer jobs include:

  1. Drivers to pick up families and bring them to the event
  2. Childcare helper…….all you need is willingness to help where needed, follow the facilitator’s cues,
  3. Other…..food prep/serve, runner, sort and clean, table mover, hauling stuff as needed
  4. Childcare room leader- experience teaching, leading, coaching is helpful

We can never have too many volunteers! The best volunteers will take initiative to engage the children one-on-one toward building relationships. Volunteers have something to give, something to gain. We miss out when we stand on the sidelines. So if and when we find ourselves standing in a crowded room of kids, wondering what in the world to do….. let’s introduce ourselves by name and start getting to know someone of these wonderful children. Spend time. We are family! Give voice to other’s gifts, encourage them in their strengths. That’s our main job. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VOLUNTEERING. You make a difference!

Ninth Annual Dinner for Life

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Please join the seminarians at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in support of the pro-life movement.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Mass: 6:00 PM

Celebrant: Bishop Gerard Battersby  

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Dinner to follow:
Fish or Pasta

Keynote: Christina Marchetti
Director of Client Services at Mother and Unborn Baby Care

Location:
Sacred Heart Major Seminary
2701 Chicago, Detroit, Michigan
Cost: $25 per person


All proceeds will benefit Marys Mantle