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Pope Francis Endorses Personhood, Encourages Pro-Lifers


Pope Francis endorsed personhood this past Sunday during his Regina Caeli address, encouraging Catholics to support the "One of Us" campaign in Europe, which seeks to grant legal personhood to humans from the moment of conception.

The Pope also brought attention to an upcoming commemoration of Pope John Paul II's famous encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, which articulates the Gospel of Life in unequivocal terms.

I greet the participants in the "March for Life" which took place in Rome this morning and invite you to keep the attention of everyone on the important issue of respect for human life from the moment of conception. In this regard, I am pleased to recall the signature-collection drive currently underway in many Italian parishes, in order to support the European “One of Us” initiative to ensure legal protection to the embryo, protecting every human being from the first moment of existence.

Obama Administration mocks motherhood on Mother's Day


This past weekend, the Obama administration made a mockery of motherhood, and outright celebrated its destruction. 

First, the White House Twitter account tweeted a message touting free birth control and other "preventative care," ending with a "Happy Mother's Day" message. This isn't celebrating motherhood, it is celebrating the prevention of motherhood. "Preventative care," if you haven't figured it out, is a happy-sounding euphemism for preventing children at all costs, even if it means killing them. 

And if this tweet weren't bad enough, President Obama decided to invite America's number one baby-killing business to the White House for his Mother's Day event. That's right, he invited Planned Parenthood to celebrate motherhood, when it is a well known fact that approximately 92% of pregnant women who enter a Planned Parenthood leave with an abortion

This is an outright mockery of motherhood. Mother's were designed to nurture and care for their children, not kill them in the womb. And yet our President celebrates Mother's Day by promoting the ideology that children are a burden to be prevented. He celebrates Mother's Day by encouraging mothers to turn on their children with violence and kill them if it suits their lifestyle.

While none of this is surprising (we have long known our President celebrates abortion), it is a tragic testament to just how badly motherhood has been degraded in our country. In response, let's truly celebrate mother's who choose the gift of life, Mother's Day and every day!

Gender matters, and so do Mothers!



This past Sunday, America celebrated Mother's Day. But as we bought flowers and gave cards to our mother's, it is worth asking how much Americans really value motherhood. The answer, sadly, is not very much. Just about every other choice a woman makes is celebrated. Becoming a doctor, an engineer, a designer, a CEO---but being a mother, especially a full-time mother, is looked at as a waste of time and potential. 

This weekend, National Catholic Register published a thoughtful piece examining this trend. 

"Frequently, both women and men are valued for their career accomplishments rather than their relationships as spouses and parents. The outsourcing of conception, pregnancy and child rearing also make it more difficult to understand the irreplaceable contributions of a mother or father. When more than 40% of all births are to single mothers, fathers seem to be anything but essential. Divorce, all too commonplace, makes both mothers and fathers seem interchangeable and certainly not unique. All of this has paved the way for same-sex families in which two mothers or two fathers substitute for the natural complementarity of one mother and one father."

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Affiliate Activities


Dan Miller will be conducting a Sidewalk Counseling 101 training at St. Jerome's Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30pm. All are welcome, but pre-registration is required at parish@stjerome.org

Join pro-life young adults to pray the rosary for the end of abortion the 3rd Saturday of each month. Rosary begins at 9:30 a.m. at the abortion clinic at 1428 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee. For more information, contact Sam Guzman at 262-719-8026. 

Madison Area: Indoor weekly Rosary Rallies For Life, Family, and Religious Freedom, lead by Fr. Rick Heilman, will continue at St. Marys Pine Bluff May 7, 14, 21. These rallies include confessions, a 5:30 p.m. Mass, adoration, devotions and 15 decades of the Rosary. On Thursday, May 30th, outdoor Rosary Rallies will resume on Thursdays at 7 p.m. on the State Street steps of the State Capitol. These rallies will include 15 decades of the Rosary for Life, Family, and Religious Freedom and will continue throughout the summer. More details to follow. 

Life League of La Crosse will host its 4th Annual “Ladies for Life Tea” on Sunday, June 9, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 130 Losey Blvd. La Crosse.  Mary Ann Kuharski, director of PROLIFE Across AMERICA (“the billboard people”), will be this year’s speaker.  For information or ticket reservations call Mari Erickson at 608-783-6407.  If you are interested in our “Set a Table”competition contact Jennifer Fisk at 608-783-0246 or pfisk@centurytel.net
 
PLW Outagamie County holds a prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood in Appleton (508 W. Wisconsin Ave.) every Saturday at 1 p.m. The vigil lasts about an hour. To get involved, contact Larry Putzstuck at 920-707-6464.
 
PLW Racine has a prayer vigil every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m until noon at the Racine Planned Parenthood (832 Main St.) All are welcome to join with your presence or your prayers.
 
PLW Juneau County meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Hatch Public Library Community Room in Mauston at 7 p.m.
 
PLW Walworth County will have their Monday prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood in Delavan. Contact Phil Cullen at 262-742-3299 for more information.
 
PLW Marathon County prays the Rosary monthly on a Saturday at 10:45 a.m. Please call Ron Putzer at 715-842-5368 to confirm the date.
 
PLW Fond du Lac County prays in front of Planned Parenthood (333 N Peters Ave, Fond du Lac) on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For information call Ann at 920-921-6062 or Julie at 920-923-0437. A pro-life Rosary is also said Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. before the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Church ( Marquette St. at E. Merrill Ave,Fond du Lac.)
 
Vigil for Life - PLW Dane County has a perpetual presence on the sidewalks in front of Madison's Planned Parenthood. Each day that Planned Parenthood is open for business, at least two people will be scheduled to be present on the sidewalk. Mon. (9 a.m.-11 a.m.), Thurs. (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.), and Fri. (1 p.m.-3 p.m.). Tuesdays and Wednesdays are abortion days at the clinic, and a presence will be maintained during all business hours---9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on  Wednesdays. Individuals or groups are needed to sign up for one hour or more. Click here to view the online scheduling calendar or contact Elizabeth Weisshaar at info@vigilforlife.org.
 
PLW Milwaukee County gathers Saturday mornings at the Affiliated abortion center (1428 N. Farwell, Milw.) from 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sidewalk counselors are needed! If you can come pray or counsel women, contact Peggy Hamill at 262-796-1111 ext. 11 or email info@prolifewisconsin.org.

PLW Sheboygan County prays in front of Planned Parenthood (2108 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan) every Thursday from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. For more information call Sarah at 920-452-2759 or Shannon at 920-457-8422.
 
PLW Outagamie County invites you to love your preborn neighbor as yourself, by going out to the places where abortions are sold and committed. Please plan to come and sidewalk counsel (beside the driveway), pray and witness with signs at Planned Parenthood Appleton North (3800 N. Gillett St.).
 
PLW Kenosha has consecrated our fight against Planned Parenthood to Jesus through Mary. You are invited to pray Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Planned Parenthood (Roosevelt & 36th Ave.) Please come pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other prayers with us. For more information, contact Karie Kinzler at kakinzler7@yahoo.com or call her at 262-646-0301.

Courtesy Announcements


Healing after Abortion - Rachel's Vineyard Retreats offer Hope and Healing for anyone who is struggling with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion.  The next retreat is June 21 - 23, near Appleton.  For information call Lisa Sommers at 715-204-9561 or email rvstevenspoint@gmail.com. Confidentiality is assured.  

St. Gregory VII Chapter of CUF presents Michael Hichborn in a talk entitled "Robbing Peter to Pay Saul," Sunday, May 19, at the Clarion Hotel in Milwaukee. Director of "Defend the Faith," a project of American Life League, Michael Hichborn has researched and produced an annual report on organizations receiving grant money from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Payment and registration are required. To register, visit www.cufmilwaukee.org.

There will be a Candlelight Memorial for the unborn, Sunday, May 19 at Victory Christian Center ( Hwy 13) in Phillips, Wisconsin, starting at 7 p.m.

Christ King Parish invites you to attend the third in a series of Life Lectures titled Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit: Preparing for the End of Earthly Life, which will be held at Christ King Parish, 2604 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa, on Wednesday, May 22nd in the North Hall from 6:30pm-8pm. This lecture is FREE, and all are welcome.
 
The third Monday of every month in Berlin at All Saints Catholic Church there is a Rosary for life at the church's monument for the unborn after the 5:15 p.m. Mass. Everyone is welcome.

Thursdays in Kenosha at St. Mary's Catholic Church (7307 40th Ave.) there is an 8:00 a.m. Mass, followed by a Rosary procession to nearby Planned Parenthood. For more information call Monica at 262-515-3132 or Laura at 262-358-0705.

Thursdays from 6-6:30 p.m. in West Bend The pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parish meets at Planned Parenthood (532 Shepherd's Drive on the west end of town about 1 1/2 miles west of Hwy. 45 and W. Washington St.-a.k.a. Hwy. 33. It's in a mall on the north side of the street.
 
Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Vigils: 
  • Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in Wisconsin Rapids on 8th Street by the Shopko mall to pray for the closing of Planned Parenthood. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at vitapretiosa@gmail.com.

  • Tuesdays 3-4 p.m. in Winona, MN in front of Semcac, and abortifacient delegate of Planned Parenthood. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at vitapretiosa@gmail.com.
     
  • Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. in La Crosse in front of Options(corner of Caledonia and St. Paul Streets. Questions? Contact Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or vitapretiosa@gmail.com.
     
  • Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Stevens Point in front of the strip mall next to Family Video to pray for the closing of Family Planning Health Services. Questions? Contact Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or via email vitapretiosa@gmail.com.
     
  • Fridays in Madison -12:10 p.m. mass at St. Patrick followed by prayer and counseling at Planned Parenthood on Orin Road (around 12:50 p.m.) Around 4 p.m., driving to Holy Redeemer for holy hour and optional dinner. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at vitapretiosa@gmail.com

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