Downriver Life Walk

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Life Walkers Defend All Lives

The Life Walk participants represented many more who were unable to join in the two mile walk.  The Christian responsibility to defend life from the moment of conception to natural death was highlighted with the opening prayer by Deacon Richard Bloomfield of Our Lady of the Scapular Catholic Parish in Wyandotte.  The walk began at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Park

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walking along Fort Street to the Crisis Pregnancy Center on Fort Street at Southfield.  The Crisis Pregnancy Center offers life affirming counseling, education and material goods (clothing, diapers, formula, cribs, car seats and more) to help mothers, fathers and their children.

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The annual peaceful fund raiser walk increases the awareness of the tragedy of abortion and took place Saturday morning, June 6.

After almost three months of lock down due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the outdoor walk offered an opportunity to see like-minded friends for the first time in many months.  While other groups carry signs that Black Lives Matter, the Life Walk group signs declared that ALL human lives matter.  It is significant that although Blacks compose 13% of the population, 50% of all abortions in Michigan kill unborn Black babies. (https://rtl.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/HopeForTomorrow_brochure.pdf)  Abortion is an injustice for all innocent children in the womb and more so for Black babies.

Life Walk participants included the two dozen walkers, young and old, plus twice as many who supported the effort with their pledges.   The walkers came from throughout the Downriver area.  They carried signs declaring, “America for Life for All,” “Abortion Kills Children,” “Life: the First Inalienable Right,” and “Adoption: the Loving Option.”   While walking the two mile route, Ed Kroll, president of Upper Downriver Right to Life noted that the friendly toots of the horns of passing cars and thumbs up responses were significantly more than in previous years.

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Following the Life Walk was a potluck picnic.  During the picnic, four passers by took the time to stop and talk and offered donations, increasing the successful fundraiser.

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The event was sponsored by Upper Downriver Right to Life, serving Wyandotte, Southgate, Lincoln Park, Ecorse, River Rouge and Southwest Detroit.  Participants included President Joe Connors and other members from Southern Downriver Right to Life.  Both organizations are affiliates of Right to Life of Michigan (www.rtl.org).

 

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.

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!

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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Decree Barring State Legislators Who Voted for Radical Pro-abortion Bills From Receiving Holy Communion.

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Have you heard?

Today Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois issued a Decree barring state legislators who voted for radical pro-abortion bills from receiving Holy Communion.

I had the honor of sharing a podium with Bishop Paprocki during a huge pro-life rally in the Illinois Capitol back in March. His courage and clarity were inspiring that day.

But his action today is even more inspiring.

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Bishop Paprocki clearly spelled out the grave evil and injustice of abortion. He explained that Christian legislators have a duty to defend the lives of unborn children. He backed up his words with Canon Law.

He even singled out by name the two legislators who pushed these bills through the Illinois General Assembly: House Leader Mike Madigan, and Senate Leader John Cullerton.

I was so inspired by Bishop Paprocki’s Decree that I want to send him a special letter of thanks. Would you like to join me?

Click here to add your name to my letter thanking Bishop Paprocki for being such a courageous leader of the Church!

And please forward this message to all your pro-life contacts. I want to offer Bishop Paprocki a tremendous outpouring of support.

Our leaders so often disappoint us. But here we have a case of a true leader, one who stands up for the truth without compromise.

I hope you and all your pro-life friends will join me in thanking Bishop Paprocki for being such a bold and courageous shepherd of the Church!

​​​​​​​Yours for Life,

​​​​​​​Eric Scheidler

Eric J.​​​​​ Scheidler
Executive Director
Pro-Life Action League

Focus on Life Annual Benefit Dinner

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The Downriver Affiliates of Right to Life of Michigan ask that you Save the Date for the

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Featured Guest Speaker:

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Rev. Paul M Clark
Pastor: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fowler, MI

Topic of Discussion:   “Euthanasia: Slippery Slope or Free-Fall?”

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Venue: Arnaldo’s Banquet Center

18275 Quarry Rd.,  Riverview, MI 48193

Click Here for More Information or to Register https://focusonlifedinner.weebly.com

 

 

Lincoln Park’s Annual Memorial Day Parade

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Please join Upper Downriver Right to Life on Sunday, May 19, 2019, as we “Stand Up For Life” in Lincoln Park’s Annual Memorial Day Parade.  The parade begins at 1:00 P.M.

We still have not received our unit number or line up position, but we’ll probably line up again on White Street a couple blocks off of Fort Street.  We will be getting  that information, so watch our Facebook page this week, or another good alternative would be to ask anyone with a clipboard where the Upper Downriver parade unit is located.

There will be patriotic music coming from our unit.  We plan to use our new portable sound system in all parades from here on out!  Also, Rosalie’s brand new red vehicle will be used in our unit.  AS A REMINDER, the parade runs from Southfield Road down Fort Street to the Band Shelter.  Park either behind the auto part store located at the corner of Fort Street and Southfield or back behind that area a few streets away in the residential section.  If needed, we will drive you back to your vehicle after the parade.  The parade will be finished by 2:00 P.M.  WE NEED YOU TO HELP PASS OUT CARDS AND CANDY.

PLAN TO HONOR GOD’S GIFT OF LIFE TO YOU AS WELL AS THE UNBORN.  PUT IT ON OUR CALENDAR NOW!

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