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).

 

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

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.

 

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.