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.

 

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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Pro-Life Regional Training Session

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On Thursday, June 20th we will be holding the Right to Life of Michigan Regional Training Session on our upcoming petition drive to BAN dismemberment abortion.

It is imperative we have all hands on deck for this initiative! If you plan to join us in getting signatures for the petition, it is very important you attend this session as there will be very valuable information including rules of the petition drive given to us during the session. Please clear your calendars for this if possible!

TRAINING SESSIONS HAVE LIMITED SEATING CAPACITY, SO RSVP’S ARE NECESSARY.

TRAINING LOCATIONS ARE IN:

  1. NOVI ON JUNE 17 FROM 6:30-8:00PM
  2. ALLEN PARK ON JUNE 20  FROM 6:30-8:00PM.

TO ATTEND, PLEASE RSVP BY JUNE 17TH WITH YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, CITY, EMAIL, PHONE NUMBER/MOBILE. ONCE YOU HAVE RSVP’d WE WILL INDICATE TO YOU FURTHER DETAILS FOR YOUR CHOICE OF TRAINING LOCATION.

If there are any questions regarding this event, please contact our RLM Field Representative for our area, Michelle Burke at 517-265-4802 or by email at mburke@rtl.org

 THANK YOU. 

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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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.

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.”

 

March for Life in Washington – 2019

Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators  marched in the nation’s capitol Friday to protest abortion in the United States.  Among the protesters are more than 500 Michigan people, mainly students, from West Michigan, and as the video shows three buses from the downriver area.

We took the bus organized by Joe Connors of Southern Downriver Right to Life.  Students from Gabriel Richard High School and St. Frances Cabrini High School along with some adults filled three buses.  We drove overnight Thursday and met others, including the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist at the Ohio Turnpike rest stop.  Some of us attended the 7:30 am Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  The students and teachers attended the Youth Rally and Mass at the Capital One Arena while others attended the Pro-Life Exhibition at the Renaissance Hotel.  Everyone then attended the March for Life Rally on the National Mall which was followed by the two hour March for Life up Constitution Avenue, around the Capitol building and finishing at the Supreme Court.  Estimates were that 400,000 peaceful, joyful, prayerful people of all ages participated to bring attention to the need to end the killing of children in the womb to protect the babies and the mothers.  Following the March, many women at a podium in front of the Supreme Court were Silent No More and woman after woman told the story of her personal tragedy and recovery after abortion declaring that she wants no more babies to die and mothers to suffer, so she is “Silent No More!”

Chris Gast, communications and education director for Right to Life Michigan, told 24 Hour News 8, “We have 18 buses from all around Michigan going to the March for Life in Washington D.C.”

According to Focus on the Family:

“One of the big reasons people are turning toward a more pro-life perspective can be summed up in a single word: Technology

Recent polls indicate people across generations want to see fewer abortions. Among those in the 18-29 age range, one such poll said the view that abortion should be “illegal in all circumstances” has gone up 9 percentage points — from 14 to 23 percent — since the early ’90s….

Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of Students for Life of America, says as ultrasound technology becomes more widely available, it’s making a difference in how young people view the issue of life. In fact, the younger generation has never been as pro-life as it is today.”