January 22 marks the 44th anniversary of the tragic decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. As we pause to call to mind all the lives lost to abortion, we encourage you to join us on Saturday, January 21 when we will gather at 9:30 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica for Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, to pray for an end to abortion in our nation, and particularly, in our Archdiocese. The Mass will be followed by a Rosary Procession to Planned Parenthood with Benediction at the Cathedral upon our return.
If you cannot join us on January 21, a number of other pro-life events are scheduled throughout the month of January as listed in this newsletter and also on our website. Please also keep in your prayers the pilgrims traveling to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life on Friday, January 27.
The RLA Office
Board Bill 203: A Dangerous Proposal
A proposed city ordinance would effectively create an "abortion sanctuary" in the City of St. Louis. Board Bill 203, filed by Alderwoman Megan E. Green would amend the City's anti-discrimination ordinance to add pregnancy and “reproductive health decisions” as a protected class. "Reproductive health decisions" includes any decision related to the use of contraception, fertility control, or termination of a pregnancy. The bill is co-sponsored by alderpersons Christine Ingrassia, Cara Spencer, Shane Cohn, and Chris Carter.
If passed, this ordinance would mean employers, labor organizations, employment agencies, financial institutions, persons who sell or rent property and others would be prohibited from discriminating against persons (including individuals, partnerships, associations, corporations, etc.) who or which make a decision related to abortion, birth control or artificial reproduction.
There is no exemption for religious organizations or those with conscientious objection. Thus, a Catholic school or Catholic Charities agency could be fined by the City for not employing persons who publicly promote abortion. Catholic institutions also could be fined for not including coverage for abortion in their insurance plans.
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson released a statement on January 10, stating, in part: "[T]he Archdiocese of St. Louis cannot and will not comply with any ordinance like Board Bill 203 that attempts to force the Church and others to become unwilling participants in the abortion business. There is no room for compromise on such a matter. This is a matter of fundamental religious and moral beliefs."
To read more about this important issue, click here. If you live in the city of St. Louis, we strongly encourage you to contact your alderperson and ask him/her to oppose Board Bill 203.
Waste, Abuse, and Potential Fraud Found In Planned Parenthood Audit
Over $8.5 million in overpayments under Medicaid were made to Planned Parenthood affiliates based on 51 external audits of Planned Parenthood affiliates in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. The recently-released report, based on research by Charlotte Lozier Institute and Alliance Defending Freedom, found widespread waste by Planned Parenthood.
In New York alone, during one four-year period, it appeared that hundreds of thousands of abortion-related claims were unlawfully billed to Medicaid. If the percentage of overbilling found in these audits were applied to the Medicaid program as a whole, it would amount to $42.5 billion in overbilling by Planned Parenthood.
For more information, click here.
Pro-Life? Do This Easy Thing In 2017I'll never forget briefly getting to know a friend's son, who was in seminary. Something about his gaze struck me more than anything else: it lacked any trace of trying to obtain something from me. Instead of focusing on achieving personal objectives, he simply befriended me for my own sake. It wasn't a romantic situation, so as I tried to process why I felt so deeply moved, I suddenly realized: I had experienced the gaze of Christ.
By Anne McGuire
That's what being pro-life is about. As Cardinal O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap., former chair of the bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, once noted, "we discover our worth when we discover our true identity found in the unchangeable, permanent fact that we are created in God's image and likeness and called to an eternal destiny with him."
Being pro-life means taking a stand against what Pope Francis calls the "throwaway culture," which looks out for its own gains, casting people aside as though their lives are not worth living. It means seeing people as Christ sees and loving them as he loves.
Being pro-life is about cherishing and protecting each person and his or her life at every stage and in every circumstance. That's why the U. S. Catholic bishops are asking us to participate in 9 Days for Life — a digital pilgrimage from January 21-29.
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Sat., Jan. 14
OLI Trivia Night
Go back to the 80's with this trivia night fundraiser for Our Lady's Inn! The event will be held at Chaminade College Prep in the Atrium. Doors open at 6 pm; trivia begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $25/person or $200/table of 8. The evening will include prizes for best costume, best decorated 80's theme table, raffles, contests, and silent auctions. For more information, call Katrina at 314.736.1544.
Thu., Jan. 19
Young Adult Pro-Life Holy Hour
All young adults are invited to join in a pro-life Holy Hour at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica to pray for protection of the unborn in our country. Prior to the Holy Hour, a simple dinner and talk will be offered at 6 p.m. in Boland Hall. This event is co-sponsored by the RLA, the Office of Young Adult Ministry, and Anima Christi. For more information, visit the Facebook event or contact the RLA at email@example.com or 314.792.7555.
Sat., Jan. 21
Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass
All are invited to join Archbishop Carlson and the St. Louis community to pray for an end to abortion and an increased respect for all human life at this Annual Memorial Mass at 9:30 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica. Following Mass, we will have a Rosary Procession to Planned Parenthood. All are encouraged to join us in this peaceful witness. The Rosary Procession will return to the Cathedral where Benediction will be offered. For more information, contact the RLA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.792.7555.
Sun., Jan. 22
Rosary Flash Mob
Please join a Flash Mob Rosary in support of the unborn on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade at 2 p.m. outside the Planned Parenthood on Forest Park. The event is hosted by The Pros, a group of middle and high school students whose mission is to give service to and to pray for human life in all of its stages. For more information, please email email@example.com.
Sun., Jan. 22
The East Central Area of Missouri Right to Life will be hosting a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the lives lost as a result of Roe v. Wade. The vigil will be held from 5-6 p.m. at the corner of Jefferson and 5th Street in Washington, MO. Participants are asked to bring a flashlight or candle. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sun., Jan. 22
Rosary for Life
Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life will be hosting a Rosary for Life at Assumption Parish in Mattese at 2:30 p.m. to pray in particular for those participating in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Rosary will be prayed in the church with light refreshments afterwards in the lower level. Contact Anna Marie at 314.487.2066 for more information.
Tue., Jan. 24
Pro-Life Holy Hour
All are invited to a special Holy Hour to pray for all making the trip to DC for the March for Life at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen - South City. For more information, please call the parish office at 314.352.2111 ext. 4.
Thu., Jan. 26
Pro-Life Holy Hour
All are invited to join in a pro-life Holy Hour at St. Clare of Assisi in Ellisville beginning at 7 p.m. Contact the parish office for more information by calling 636.394.7307.
Sat., Feb. 4
Midwest March for Life
The 6th Annual Midwest March for Life will be held in Jefferson City and will feature guest speakers Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation, and Dr. Vansen Wong, a former abortion provider. Activities begin at 8 a.m. with the March starting from the Selinger Center at 10 a.m. For a complete listing of the day's activities, click here or call 573.340.8444.Project Rachel & Project Joseph
The services of Project Rachel and Project Joseph are available to anyone who has been wounded by an abortion experience and is seeking healing. Services include: free, confidential, professional counseling, monthly spiritual support group meetings, healing retreats, spiritual direction, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.Click here to learn more.
Project Rachel Spiritual Support Group
Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:00 pm
Contact Marisol at 314.792.7451 or by email for details.
Project Joseph Spiritual Support Group
Monday, Feb. 6, 7:00 pm
Contact Chuck at 314.974.6787 or by email for details.