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Making Your Voice Heard

Are you looking for ways to get involved with the pro-life movement? Searching for how to speak out for policy change and legislators that work to support a Culture of Life? Wanting to build a network of dedicated and educated parishioners?

American Catholics face many challenges in the world today. Explore these resources to arm yourself with the knowledge, skills, and network you need to be a powerful and loving witness to life in your parish, city, and world today! 

Click the image below to learn more about the Catholic Action Network, which works for legislative change in accord with our Catholic Faith!

“[W]e are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life.’ We find ourselves not only ‘faced with’ but necessarily ‘in the midst of’ this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.”

Pope Saint John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 28
Speakers and Media

Sisters of Life

For speakers related to post-abortion healing, please contact the Hope & Healing Mission

Website
866-575-0075 hopeandhealing@sistersoflife.org

For speakers on serving vulnerable pregnant women, the dignity of the human person, vocations and evangelization, please fill out online inquiry form.

Theresa Bonapartis – Entering Canaan/Lumina

For speakers related to post-abortion healing, please contact Theresa Bonapartis.
877.586.4621

Theresa’s Biography

Chris Bell – Good Counsel Homes

For speakers related to crisis pregnancy ministry and maternity homes, visit Good Counsel Homes website.
Parish Speaking & Events: Tara Ingebritsen 609-387-2928

Students for Life of America

Great resource for speakers to students and youth groups on life issues.

List of Speakers

Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Offers training for sidewalk counseling outside of abortion clinics.
Sidewalk Advocates of Life website

Dr. Anne Nolte, MD – The Gianna Center

For speakers related to Catholic women’s healthcare, infertility/IVF, natural family planning/contraception, visit this page.

Dr. Nolte’s Biography

Dr. Elvira Parravicini, MD

Director of Neonatal Comfort Care Program at Columbia U. Medical Center

Dr. Parravicini’s Biography

Anna Halpine – World Youth Alliance/FEMM

For speakers related to Catholic women’s healthcare, infertility/IVF,
natural family planning, visit the WYM site.
Headquarters: 212-585-0757

For more information on a pro-life education curriculum:

Human Dignity Curriculum

A program designed for grades K-12, HDC forms youth in the knowledge and understanding of their dignity as human persons, and how to integrate this understanding of our dignity into decision-making and life’s many relationships.

Fertility Education & Medical Management (FEMM)

Visit the FEMM page for speakers.
Contact: femm@femmhealth.org

Nicole Moore – The Sisterhood of Catholic Women and Adolescents

For speakers related to women’s health and fertility for adolescents, visit the Sisterhood of Catholic Women and Adolescents website.
(914) 613-5503
nicole@staugustinefoundation.com

Hawthorne Dominicans

For speakers related to end of life care, visit this website.
914-769-0114

Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York

For speakers related to end of life care and Catholic ethics, visit this page.

Lynda Crone – Board Certified Chaplain

Provides education and guidance on Catholic teachings for end of life care. Faced with complex medical decisions, with pressure from society to relieve suffering through forms of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, Lynda addresses how Catholics can navigate end of life issues while upholding the dignity of the human person, remaining faithful to Catholic moral theology.
603-921-7010

Little Sisters of the Poor

For speakers related to end of life care.
Queen of Peace Residence, Queens Village, NY
718-464-1800

Jeanne Jugan Residence, Bronx, NY

For speakers related to end of life care, visit this page.
347-329-1800

Carmelites of the Aged and Infirm

Visit the Carmelites of the Aged and Infirm webpage.
Germantown, NY

Avila Institute of Gerontology

Offers a one-day parish training for its Mother Angeline Ministries of Care program, a service of love and reverence to homebound and sick elderly in the parish community. Volunteers will be formed in the spirit and mission of the Carmelites of the Aged and Infirm, so that they can respect human life in its vulnerable stages. Visit the webpage.
518-537-5000
info@avilainstitute.org

Patients Rights Action Fund

For speakers related to legislation and the political climate surrounding
physician assisted suicide, visit this page.
Protects the rights of patients and people with disabilities by opposing assisted suicide legislation
609-759-0322

Ed Mechmann – Public Policy Director, Archdiocese of New York

For speakers related to life issues in the public discourse of politics, law, and culture, visit this page.
646) 794-2807
Email Ed

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

For speakers related to life issues, service to the poor, Catechesis, Catholic social teaching, vocations and more, visit the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal site. Great for mens groups.
Email Us

Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal

For speakers related to life issues, service to the poor, Catechesis, Catholic social teaching, vocations and more, visit this site. Great for women’s groups.
718-863-8040

The Goretti Group

For a suggestion of speakers on a variety of life issues, visit this site.

For the Staten Island Chapter, visit here.

Jean Marie Prince – Inspirational Speaker
Visit the Jean Marie Prince website.

Henry Artis – Catholic Artist

Painter, sculptor, installation artist, former director and curator of the Visual Arts Museum
Member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation

Presents a 90-min presentation exploring the “history of art clarified by the lens of faith.” As a cultural fingerprint, art tells a story; a story of where we have been and where we are going. But what’s the key to decipering the plot? Through guided reflection, participants look at works of art from Prehistoric Art to Contemporary Art to determine if Faith provides the key to answering these questions in a holistic way.

Contact Henry

Stacey Sumereau

Speaker, Singer, Television Personailty and Broadway Performer
From a Broadway touring career to discerning religious life on the Lifetime TV show The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns, to life as a blessed and imperfect wife and mother, Stacey speaks on family life, discernment, motherhood, and more.

Suggested Prayers

Mass for Families

In the United States, the Roman Missal, Third Edition gives the option to celebrate a Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life. It is intended for occasions of celebrating and giving thanks for the gift of human life.

January 22 is known in the U.S. as the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. There are two options for Masses on this day: the Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life, or the Mass for the Preservation of Peace and Justice. (Moved to Jan 23, if Jan 22 falls on a Sunday)

Options for Mass readings can be found here.

Eucharistic Adoration

Monthly or weekly Holy Hours for Life, suggested prayers.
Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty, suggested prayers.
Holy Hour for Reparation and Healing, suggested prayers.
Holy Hour for Life: Based upon Reflections of St. Pope John Paul II, click here.
Holy Hour for Divine Mercy Sunday, suggested prayers.

Parish Missions

Host a parish mission during Lent, Advent, or Respect Life Month (October).
Coordinate with other parish groups on a parish mission series.

Suggested topics:
Forgiveness/Mercy (one night have a post-abortion testimony), Prayer, The beatitudes (Called to Serve), the Gospel of Life, Discipleship, Evangelization, Beauty.
For potential speakers, visit the Speakers tab above.

Rosary for Life

Rosary for Life prayed before Mass or as part of a Holy Hour for Life.
Rosary Meditations can be found here or use our Remembrance Rosary booklet.

Mass Intercessions

In Thanksgiving for the Gift of Life

For our parish community: may each of us be given a renewed sense of wonder at the gift of our own lives, and find words to praise God the Father for this gift.

For all Christians: may our hearts be set aflame with love for the Lord of life, and embrace more fully the gift of life that we have been given.

For all Christians: may we hear today God’s call to each of us to be His beloved disciples, chosen and sent to bring His message of love and mercy to an aching world.

For Those Tempted to Abortion

For all pregnant women tempted to abortion: may they receive the support and encouragement they need to embrace the precious gift of their motherhood.

For all women who are unexpectedly pregnant: may they be surrounded by loving community as they seek to welcome and support the new life of their child.

For all pregnant mothers who are alone and afraid: may they know that Jesus is with them and for them, through the accompaniment of friends and family.

For all pregnant mothers who are alone and afraid: may they feel the accompaniment of the Blessed Mother and be strengthened in their motherhood by her tender care.

For new and expecting mothers and fathers: may they rejoice in the gift of their child and welcome them into their family with open hearts.

For all couples faced with an unexpected pregnancy: may they see the hand of God in their life, guiding and providing all that they need to welcome their child as a special gift from Him.

For our parish community: that we will offer our hearts, minds, and hands to God to be his instruments in welcoming and supporting all expectant parents who find themselves alone or afraid.

Hope and Healing after Abortion

For all those who have suffered an abortion: may they receive abundant healing and peace, and come to a new awareness of their own goodness in our merciful Father’s eyes.

For those who have lost a child or children through abortion: may they hear Jesus’ invitation to “Be not afraid” and approach Him with hope and trust in His mercy.

For men and women who are suffering the effects of a past abortion: may they find hope and peace in the abundant mercy of our Risen Savior.

For abortion healing ministries: that through their love, our merciful Lord will heal aching hearts with forgiveness and peace.

Marriage and Family Life

For married couples: may they experience deeper unity in their marriage, and a mutual desire to receive all God’s blessings of life and holiness for them.

For married couples struggling with infertility: may Jesus draw close to them in this time, and give them the grace to trust in His loving plan for their marriage.

For Fathers: that they will be strengthened in their vocation to protect, guide, and love their wives and children.

For mothers: may they know the beauty of their maternal love, and be refreshed this day in faith, hope, and love.

Special Needs

For parents who have received an adverse prenatal diagnosis: may they be sustained by the personal love of Jesus, who lifts every burden from our hearts.

For all those with special health needs: may Jesus be their constant companion and friend as they bring Him glory through their lives.

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