Every Human Life is Valuable

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Each human person is unique.  Everyone has their own special qualities.  Since the beginning of time, no two people are exactly the same.  Not even identical twins!  Each of us is created in the image and likeness of God (see Genesis 1:27)

There is a lot of interest in genealogy, because people want to know where they come from.  Each of us has a mother and a father.  It is biology.  There is a need to know our biological parents, even if we are not fortunate enough to be raised by both of them.  Children have a right to know and to be raised by their mother and their father.  A forever marriage is the natural means for loving family formation.  It is unfortunate for the child when that is not the case.

As a national people, we celebrate Mother’s Day.  We recognize the value and importance of our own mother on that day.  Everyone has a mother.  Mothers are critically important to the continuation of humanity!  So we celebrate mothers.

Just as important are fathers!  So we celebrate Father’s Day.  But in recent decades, many men have abdicated their role and the duties of fatherhood.  And society is hurting because of it.  Seventy percent of the children born in Detroit are born into families with no father, even though, obviously, someone “fathered” each child.  How can we encourage these child-less fathers to accept their responsibility?

And what about the mothers who abort their children because they have been abandoned by the child’s father?  There is a lot of hidden pain for the mothers and fathers of more than 60 million babies aborted in the United States in the last 46 years.

Seeking to reduce some of the pain, I am part of a group of people circulating a petition to ban dismemberment abortion.  This is a type of late term abortion that literally tears a child limb from limb while in its mother’s womb.  These children cry and no one hears.  We seek to respond to their cries.

With 400,000 signatures, this citizen initiated legislation will go directly to the legislature in Michigan, where it was already passed last May.  But the governor promised to veto it.  So we are going directly to the people.  With enough signatures, the governor cannot veto it. 

But we need help.  We have only until December to gather these signatures.  Many churches have held drives already.  Many registered voters signed  the petition when we were at Street Fairs and Festivals during the summer.  But we need more help.  If you can help, please go to the website: MichiganValuesLife.org and request a petition.  Sign it.  Ask your family and friends to sign and mail it in.  If you want to do even more, visit the Right to Life of Michigan Resource Center, 2010 Eureka in Wyandotte.  The babies need our help.  Mothers and fathers need our help.

If we don’t appreciate human life or respect and defend innocent life, what value is our own life?  Every human life is valuable.  Prove it!  Do something!  See MichiganValuesLife.org.

Sincerely,  Deborah Bloomfield

(Also submitted to the News Herald)

Picketing the CEO of Planned Parenthood – Canton, MI

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Lori Carpentier – Head of Michigan’s Planned Parenthood

(Reprint of letter from Lynn Mills)

Dear Pro-life prayer warriors and activist!

We have a Planned Parenthood event that you don’t want to miss! We plan on picketing the head of Michigan’s Planned Parenthood, Lori Carpentier next week when she appears as the invited speaker in Canton, Michigan for the Canton Democratic Club.

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The event will be on Oct 16, Wednesday from 6 PM to 7:15 PM rain or shine at 1150 S. Canton-Center Rd., Canton, MI 48188 at the Canton Municipal Building. Public Parking is available there. We have enough signs, but feel free to make and bring your favorite ones.

This Friday a Planned Parenthood satellite clinic in Saginaw, MI will be closing its doors for good. Any Planned Parenthood facility closing is a Blessing!

Planned Parenthood has taken SIX of their other satellite clinics over the last five years and turned them into abortion pill mills because abortion is where the money is! ABORTION IS THE Planned Parenthood MONEY MAKER!

We need to show up in high volume numbers to let the CEO of Planned Parenthood know this is unacceptable to the citizens in the state of Michigan and we will peacefully and prayerfully resist them at every turn!

Please spread the word with your prayer groups, social media and mailing list. The only way to stop the evil of child killing and Planned Parenthood is by doing something about it.

On Life Chain Sunday I noticed so many more people came out because it was a special event. Please consider this THAT special event! Give Lori Carpentier the pro-life welcome she deserves. VOLUMES of pro-lifers saying NO to ABORTION!

Put it on your calendar and rearrange your schedule if need be. Bring your church!

Amazon recently sent Pro-Life Michigan an email asking us to become part of their Smile.Amazon.com. When customers purchase items through this program a small percentage of the purchase is donated to the 501(c)(3) organization you list. Many of our supporters purchase items through Amazon and we encourage you to purchase your items through @ Smile.Amazon.com making sure you put in Pro-Life Michigan as the non-profit you want to donate to! As you know, I am a small organization and operate on a shoestring budget. I do not take a salary for all the time I devote to administrative and research efforts. I need every donation I can get to purchase signs, literature and obtain legal documents which need to be paid for.

In Christ,

Lynn Mills

www.ProLifeMichigan.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.

Call to Holiness

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Cardinal Raymond Burke Speaking at Call to Holiness Event

Cardinal Raymond Burke accepted the invitation to speak at a conference of the non-profit Call to Holiness, Inc. in Detroit.  His topic is “Keeping Faith in a Time of Confusion.”  There is even more confusion now than when the topic was chosen!

Cardinal Burke has been an episcopal advisor of Call to Holiness since 2003 when he spoke at the annual Detroit conference while he was Bishop of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.  It was only months before his appointment as Archbishop of St. Louis.

The conference dinner with Cardinal Burke as the keynote speaker will be held at Athena Hall in Roseville, just outside Detroit’s northeast side on Saturday, October 26.  Following the dinner will be a Holy Hour at Assumption Grotto.  On Sunday, the Cardinal will be the celebrant of a Pontifical Extraordinary Form (Tridentine) Mass at 11 a.m., also at Assumption Grotto, Detroit.  Those who register for the Saturday dinner will receive priority seating in the church.  Provisions are being made for overflow attendees to see the simulcast in the parish gymnasium.

Further information about the dinner conference can be found at www.calltoholiness.com or call 313-451-4659.

Raymond Leo Burke was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, in 1948.  He attended high school at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, Wisconsin, before attending the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  He was ordained to the priesthood by Pope Saint Paul VI on June 29, 1975.  He is a canon lawyer and scholar.

Consecrated a bishop in 1995 by Pope Saint John Paul II, he served for almost nine years as Bishop of La Crosse, where he founded the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  On December 2, 2003, Bishop Burke was named Archbishop of Saint Louis.  From 2008-2014, he served as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome.  He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.  In November 2014, he was named Patron of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta.

Cardinal Burke has also served on the Congregation for Causes of Saints, the Congregation for Bishops, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, and the Council of Cardinals and Bishops of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.  He is prefect emeritus and a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura in Rome.

At the request of the late Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., co-founder of Call to Holiness and founder of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, Cardinal Burke is the International Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate.  He is also an episcopal advisor for Catholic Action for Faith and Family, leading the Global Rosary Crusade “Operation Storm Heaven.”

For more information, reservation form, payment method, please click on:

http://www.calltoholiness.com/

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.

 

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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