Support Hyde Amendment: "The Hyde Amendment and similar laws have protected taxpayers from funding elective abortion for 45 years," according to the USCCB. "Now, powerful members of Congress want to take away these laws that both Democrats and Republicans have supported for nearly half a century. Billions of taxpayer dollars could be used to pay for abortion. It is critically important for Catholics to send a strong message before Congress moves forward to impose taxpayer-funded abortion. The following tools can be used within your networks, to raise their awareness and urge Catholics to sign the petition on NoTaxpayerAbortion.com."
No on Equality Act: Please contact your US Senator and urge them to vote ‘NO’ on the Equality Act,” requests the Colorado Catholic Conference, which also has a “A Letter to the Faithful from the Bishops of Colorado on Equality Act H.R.5.”
40 Days for Life 365: We have officially submitted Denver as a new location for 40 Days for Life 365, and will be sending more information as soon as it is available to us. The aim is to have a prayer presence outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, at 7155 E. 38th Ave., in Denver whenever their doors are open.
Prolife example in North Carolina: “The Human Life Non-Discrimination Act (HB453) prohibits abortions based on race and/or the prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome,” according to the NC Values Coalition. The legislation has made it to the governor’s desk. These creative ideas could set a precedent for new forms of legislation that appeal to the dignity of life.
Archbishop Cordileone’s Pastoral Letter Available: Beautiful hard copies of “Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life” by the Most Reverend Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, are available for pick-up from the Respect Life Denver office. Quantities are limited, so contact us soon at email@example.com. You can also access a PDF of the 17-page letter, and related materials, at InTheWomb.org.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteers are, without question, the glue of Catholic Charities and, without them, we simply couldn’t do our work. In emerging from the pandemic and gearing up for the opening of Samaritan House 48th in Denver, Catholic Charities is actively recruiting volunteers. If you know of an individual or group who is interested in volunteering, please visit serve.ccdenver.org or connect with Mark Hahn at MHahn@ccdenver.org.
Marisol Health Offers Real Solutions: “We provide real solutions to women and families who find themselves in vulnerable situations,” said Marisol Health. That quote, part of a longer statement, was published by The Colorado Sun in a story about abortion in Colorado, and referenced by Live Action recently. Marisol Services, including Marisol Health, is part of Catholic Charities of Denver. Learn more at these links to Marisol Services and Marisol Health.
Our Lady of Fatima Statue: Our beautiful traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima is heading up to the mountains for the summer months. If your parish has not yet hosted the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, book your parish/school for a fall visit now by clicking on this link. Slots will fill up fast!
Respect Life 5K on July 24 in Littleton: “Proceeds from the race will be used to assist in the purchase of an ultrasound machine for a pregnancy crisis center in Colorado as part of the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative Program,” according to the organizers. The 8 a.m. race starts at Light of the World parish, with team categories, awards, breakfast and kids run to follow. For more details, go to respectlife5k.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer Service for Religious Freedom: In celebration of Religious Freedom Week from June 26 to July 4, St. Vincent dePaul Church in Denver is hosting a Prayer Service / Holy Hour on Sunday, June 27. Patriotic music will be from 1:45 to 2:00 p.m., with a prayer service from 2 to 3 p.m. Please see attached flyer for details.
Today may I remind you about perfect timing as we struggle to wait on God for answers. Right timing is critical for success in just about every endeavor of our lives, including our spiritual walk. We are impatient creatures: easily frustrated, irritated, discouraged – but God is always on time, never late. When we choose to wait for His timing, we position ourselves for God’s maximum blessing. Let us continue to steadfastly pray in dynamic expectation for God’s best in our lives. Press on, soldiers!
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Catholic Charities Respect Life mailing address:
4704 N. Harlan Street, Suite 550
Denver, CO 80212