31st Oratory Contest
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.”
The 11th annual Archdiocesan Pro-life Youth Conference “Justice for All-Be Their Voice” will be held April 29th at Bishop Foley High School, 32000 Campbell Rd., Madison Heights, MI 48071, beginning at 12noon.
The conference will feature Emmy award- winning Keynote speaker Ryan Bomberger from the Radiance Foundation who will speak on The Beauty of Possibility and the Social Injustice of Abortion, as well as his break-out session Adopted and Loved.
Additional break-out sessions affirming student’s personal worth and their unique purpose include:
Vendor Resource Tables Representatives will be on hand to share valuable resources with students. Auxiliary Bishop Donald Hanchon will cap off the conference with the celebration of Sunday Vigil Mass following Praise and Worship at 4:45. Opportunity for Confession, Adoration, Praise & Worship as well! Following Mass students are welcome to stay for dinner, and a closing DJ dance, ending at 9:30 pm.
Register today …don’t miss out!! www.prolifeyouth.com
Cost: $18 for groups advance/ $20 at the door – includes original conference T-shirt, take away resources, dinner and DJ dancing! $10 Dance Only.
All 8th Grade through college students are welcome to attend! Bring a friend, make some friends, have a great time, and hope to see you there!
Dear Defenders of Life:
You should know about this great conference. Especially encourage college-aged young people to attend. This is a great way to be educated about the right-to-life movement and and get INVOLVED!
See Details Below–
STUDENTS FOR LIFE | ACTIVISM & TRAINING CONFERENCE
Join us to IGNITE your passion for life and EQUIP yourself with the knowledge to maximize your impact as a pro-life advocate!
Students for Life of Michigan’s Ignite & Equip Conference is the only statewide conference in Michigan for pro-life students. For eleven years, this event has attracted hundreds of students from across the state and featured exceptional leaders in the pro-life movement.
Plan ahead and bring your whole group!
Every minute of the day is tailored to your needs and interests. With fully interactive trainings, free resources, and opportunities to learn from some of the nation’s greatest pro-life leaders, this is an event you wont want to miss.
Topics and speakers change each year so that no two conference experiences are the same.
IGNITE & EQUIP
October 15th | 9am-4pm
2692 N. Dettman Rd
Jackson, MI 49201
Christmas cards were sold featuring the winning entries from the third annual Christmas card design art contest sponsored by Upper Downriver Right to Life. The first place winner in the high school age group was Katelyn Lesko, a ninth grader at Roosevelt High School and a member of Our Lady of the Scapular parish. She received a $100 check and 10 Christmas cards of her design. The second place winner was Anastasia Evich, a home-schooled ninth grader who received 10 cards made with her design. The winner in the 5-8 category was Maya Mehall (see picture below), a seventh grader from John Paul II Catholic School in Lincoln Park. She received a $50 check.
Second place was awarded to Heliena Layton, a 5th grader from St. Pius Parish in Southgate. Each first and second place winner received 10 Christmas cards made from their art work. All of the winning art designs incorporated the nativity story of the birth of Jesus in a unique manner.
Katelyn Lesko explained that she had learned in the art class that a smiling Madonna could express the joyous and serene moments with her newborn son. She was ready to compose her entry on a day with no school. After gathering her art paper, pencils and pastels, she noticed a picture on the dresser of her grandmother holding her newborn granddaughter only months before she died. It was a wonderful image of the precious beginning and end of life. The composition of that photograph became the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus with his tiny fingers wrapped around the finger of His mother.
Thursday, January 21,2016 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 9000 Laurence Avenue, Allen Park, MI.
All are invited and encouraged to attend. We join together to pray for the unborn and for return of the respect and commitment to the Sanctity of Life in our society.
The Holy Hour will include:
Recitation of a Scriptural Rosary for the Sanctity of Life
Scripture Reading & Homily by Rev. Mr. Luis Flores
Social to follow.
“It’s a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish…every human being comes from the hand of God, and we all know something of God’s love for us.” “Each one of them is Jesus in disguise. Each one of us is what he is in the eyes of God.” – Blessed Mother Theresa
DR. DONNA HARRISON – THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2016
A Presentation by Dr. Donna Harrison, Nationally recognized Obstetrician & Gynecologist. Adjunct Professor at Trinity International University.
Presentation will be held at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in room 301, Mazurek Medical Education Commons, 320 E. Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201 (park at Scott Hall or take the Medical Campus Shuttle from Main Campus to the Scott Hall stop.)
Donna Harrison, M.D.is a bord certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She has lectured extensively as a Continuing Medical Education speaker in the United States and internationally on topics of medical abortion with mifepristone and misoprostol, emergency contraception with ulipristal, and maternal mortality and the association with abortion. She has authored peerith medical abortion and mifepristone and misoprostol, and mechanisms of action of ulipristal.
Contact MSFL President Sajel Nuwamanya at email@example.com
MSFL would like to thank the WSUSOM Alumni Association for their continued support of student organizations.
There is still space on the Right to Life of Michigan charter for the annual March for Life in Washington DC. Call Joseph Connors for your reservation (800) 295-4227. Red eye bus departs from Trenton on Tuesday evening, January 21. The March for Life is Wednesday and the bus returns that evening arriving home early on Thursday, January 23. Cost is $100 for adults; young adults (under 21) are $50 and must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone. No meals included.
Call your local Right to Life group to find out where a bus is leaving from in your area.