Saint Agnes Pro-Life Committee

Our Goal

“You must change the hearts of people before you can change their minds.”

The goal of the Saint Agnes Pro-Life Committee is to develop a greater respect for all human life from the moment of conception until natural death.  We are a newly formed group that, through education and prayer, is working to encourage people who already consider themselves pro-life to become more active in the pro-life community.  We also want to provide information to people who are neutral to pro-life issues to awaken them to the importance of these matters so that we may foster a community that truly respects all human life.

The Pro-Life Committee meets on the second Monday of each month at the St. Agnes Parish Center.  Dates and times of the meetings will be announced in the Sunday bulletin.


The Saint Agnes ProLife Group meets the second Monday of each month.  Our next meeting will be Monday, March 12th at 7pm in the Parish Center.  Please join us! 

Thank you to all who participated in the Mass and Adoration Parish for Life prayer initiative on the First Friday in March at Saint Agnes.  A special thanks to Father Flatley and Father Graham who so graciously encourage and support 40 Days for Life.  Please continue to pray and fast for the end of abortion, the success of 40 Days for Life and a greater respect for all human life from conception until natural death.  Thank you so much!
 

40 Days for Life has reported 166 babies saved during this Lenten 40 Days for Life so far!  14,000 babies have been spared from abortion since the campaign started in 2007.  Stories of babies saved can be viewed through the 40 Days for Life website (podcast 110).   

Saint Agnes parish will be praying on Saturdays from 7-8am and Sundays from 12-1pm in front of Planned Parenthood in Boston during Lent.  We pray the Rosary with pro-life meditations on the mysteries.  All are welcome to join in this peaceful prayer effort.  Please e-mail Eileen at
saparishforlife@gmail.com with any questions.

Candlelight vigils are held each Friday night at 7pm (March 16th and 23rd) during the 40 Days for Life campaign at Planned Parenthood in Boston.   

Family Vigils are held each Sunday afternoon at 2pm (March 11th and 18th) during the 40 Days for Life campaign at Planned Parenthood in Boston.    

America Needs Fatima Public Square Rosary Rally

There will be a Public Square Rosary Rally sponsored by America Needs Fatima will be held in front of Planned Parenthood on Saturday, March 17th at 12 noon.

Upcoming MCFL Convention

The Massachusetts Citizens for Life Convention (MCFL) will be held on Saturday, March 24th at Cardinal Spelman High School in Brockton.  More information is on the MCFL website: http://www.masscitizensforlife.org/2018convention


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New - Parish Witness for Life!
40 Days for Life in Boston has a new initiative this Lent.  Churches are holding Masses and Adoration to pray for the end of abortion and the success of 40 Days for Life.  We need people to help in this important prayer effort to help protect God’s precious gift of human life.  Please save these dates and join us in this important community prayer effort for life. 

· Wednesday, February 21, 7-8pm Adoration - Saint Camillus

· Monday, February 26, 7pm Mass - Saint Camillus

· Thursday, March 1, 9am Mass followed by all-day Adoration until 4:30pm – Saint Eulalia in Winchester

· Friday, March 2nd, 7am Mass followed by all-day Adoration until
5:30 pm – Saint Agnes Lower Church.
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Father Leon Pereira from Medjugorie
Since 1981 thousands of people have been travelling to Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina where the Blessed Mother first appeared to six children on a hill that is now known as Apparition Hill. Father Leon Pereira is a Dominican priest and friar who is the English speaking chaplain at Saint James Parish in Medjugorje. Father Leon is coming to the United States to spread Our Lady’s message. He will be giving a talk at Sacred Heart Parish, 1317 Centre Street in Newton on March 4 at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. There is no fee for admission. 

40 Days for Life Lenten Campaign – Peaceful Prayer & Fasting for Life
Grab your rosary beads and join us!  The Forty Days for Life has begun right here in Boston!  Don’t be left behind from the prayer movement that is changing the world! 

Saint Agnes parish will be praying on Saturdays from 7-8am and Sundays from 12-1pm in front of Planned Parenthood in Boston during Lent.  We pray the Rosary with pro-life meditations on the mysteries.  All are welcome to join in this peaceful prayer effort.  Please e-mail Eileen at saparishforlife@gmail.com with any questions.

Candlelight vigils are held each Friday night at 7pm (February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16 and 23) during the 40 Days for Life campaign at Planned Parenthood in Boston.   

Family Vigils are held each Sunday afternoon at 2pm (February 18, 25, March 4, 11, and 18) during the 40 Days for Life campaign at Planned Parenthood in Boston.    

Do you want to learn more about 40 Days for Life?  Read the book… 40 Days for Life – Discover What God Has Done… Imagine What He Can Do.  It tells the story of this groundbreaking movement of prayer and fasting that began in College Station, Texas in 2007.  It has true stories from the movement that is changing hearts and saving lives one prayer at a time.  This book tells an amazing story that is very recent in our nation’s history.  It is about trust in God and the true power of prayer.       

Baby Shower for the Unborn – Thank you!
Thank you for all the donations to the Baby Shower for the Unborn.  It was a great success!  Donations will be delivered to Heartbeat Pregnancy Help in Burlington.  Heartbeat is a non-profit pregnancy help, volunteer run organization that helps families directly in our community.  The volunteers at Heartbeat are so appreciative of the support from the Saint Agnes community.  Thank you.
       

Words from the Heart
We were blessed to have Mary O’Donnell speak to us about her experience in the prolife movement.  Mary is a parishioner of Saint Agnes who gives witness to life outside of Planned Parenthood through her work with Helpers of God’s Precious Infants and Operation Rescue.  Mary spoke of her experience meeting Monsignor Philip J. Reilly on a retreat to help prolife sidewalk counselors. 

Pro-Life Champion: The Untold Story of Monsignor Philip J. Reilly and His Helpers of God's Precious Infants



Monsignor Reilly began Helpers of God’s Precious Infants in New York City.  His story of how his pray based, peaceful and merciful way has saved thousands of lives throughout the world is fascinating.  His story is documented in a new book called, Pro-Life Champion - Monsignor Philip J. Reilly and His Helpers of God’s Precious Infants by Frederick Marks, PH.D.  This book is a great read.  If you would like to borrow a copy, please e-mail Eileen at
saparishforlife@gmail.com.  


 

40 Days for Life Prayer Launch & Upcoming Campaign
The 40 Days for Life Lenten campaign begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th.  Saint Agnes parish will be praying on Saturdays from 7-8am and Sundays from 2-3pm.  Please e-mail Eileen at saparishforlife@gmail.com if you would like to join in the peaceful prayer and fasting effort. 

Save the Date – On Friday, March 2nd, this Lent, our parish will be participating in the Parish Witness for Life to pray for an end to abortion and the success of the 40 Days for Life campaign.  The 7am Mass on Friday, March 2nd will dedicated to the end to abortion and the success of the 40 Days for Life campaign.  The all-day Adoration on Friday, March 2nd will also be dedicated to an end to abortion and the success of 40 Days for Life campaign. 

Heartbeat is a non-profit pregnancy help, volunteer run organization that helps families directly in our community.   Monetary donations are also welcome.  If you wish to make a monetary donation, please make the check payable to “Heartbeat Pregnancy Help Center.”  Thank you!

Heartbeat Wish List

  1. -Critical need for baby boy & girl long sleeved/winter outfits, size 6 months or “3-6” months

  2. -Baby boy & girl sleepers size 3 months or “0-3” months, size 6 months or “3-6” months

  3. -Baby boy & girl long sleeved/winter outfits, size 3 months or “0-3” months

  4. -Target or Walmart gift cards for purchases of diapers, wipes, bottles, sleepers

  5. -Market Basket gift cards

  6. -Carter’s boy & girl onesies, size 3 and 6 months

  7. -Pink or blue receiving blankets

  8. -Single pack hooded baby towels

Heartbeat accepts gently used baby clothes, children’s clothing, baby equipment and maternity clothes.  If you have any of these items to donate, please e-mail Eileen at saparishforlife@gmail.com or text/call 617-335-8455 to coordinate delivery.  Please do not leave large items in the church.  Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity! 
 

A Tragic Commemoration

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court, in the Roe vs. Wade decision, made its worst mistake in history. By declaring that children in the womb are not “persons,” it opened the door to tens of millions of abortions. The website of the Alan Guttmacher Institute (formerly the research arm of Planned Parenthood, which is the single largest source of abortions in America), states, “From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions occurred.” It also points out that “Twenty-one percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion,” and that abortions at 21 weeks of pregnancy or later number somewhere around 12,720 per year in America. In 2011, there were 1.06 million abortions in our country. Indeed, as we mark another Roe vs. Wade commemoration, it is time for all of us to get involved in the efforts to end abortion. Visit www.TenStepsToEndAbortion.com to learn what you can do. 


Project Rachel

For those suffering from past abortion decisions, “Project Rachel helped me so much in dealing with the shame that I have felt for over 40 years.  The retreat gave me hope. I now know that I can once again be active in my faith.”  Many women suffer from the pain of a past abortion. The Project Rachel ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston provides confidential support for post-abortion hope and healing through its one-day retreats and referrals to specially trained priests for sacramental Reconciliation (confession). For more information, contact Project Rachel at 508.651.3100 or help@projectrachelboston.com. Trust in the tender mercy of God!
 




“Dear Lord, you know what holds me back.  It’s easy to tell myself that I am too insignificant to make a difference, especially when you call me out of my comfort zone.  I confess, Lord, that all too often I have trouble seeing past the rain on my windshield and forget – or even worse, don’t even believe – that you have a grand, eternal plan and that you call me to play my part in it.  Today I pray for your strength in the simple obedience to step out no matter what the world thinks of me.  And I ask you to give me the boldness to play my part in your work of saving lives.”  (Prayer taken from 40 Days for Life book by David Bereit and Shawn Carney. 

The UNITED 40 Days for Life Bus Flyer
Prayer Launch Sept 2016
Fall 2016 Flyer
Dear Youth Groups and Confirmation Classes

40 Days for Life Boston – Lenten Campaign

“Discover what God has done… Imagine what he can do!”
The 40 Days for Life Boston campaign is underway!  The Saint Agnes time slots of prayer in front of Planned Parenthood in Boston are Saturdays, 7-8 a.m. and Sundays, 2-3 p.m.  Meet us in the public parking lot adjacent to Saint Agnes Church on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. and/or Sundays at 1:30 p.m. for carpooling.  Please considering joining this powerful, international prayer campaign.  Once you go and pray with others, you gain more confidence and it gets easier.  Please e-mail Eileen at saparishforlife@gmail.com with questions. 

Saint Agnes Parishioners for Life Meeting

The next Parishioners for Life Meeting will be Monday, March 14th at 7pm in the Saint Agnes Parish Center.  All in the community are welcome to join.  If you are interested in helping with our work, but can’t make the meeting, please e-mail saparishforlife@gmail.com so we can keep you informed of local prolife activity. 

Saturday Morning Prayer Hour

The number of babies and mothers saved from abortion from the Lenten 40 Days for Life Campaign is up to 502!  God is so good!  A very special thank you to each and every one of you who prayed, fasted, sacrificed, and participated in the 40 Days for Life campaign in any way. 

Saint Agnes Parish is continuing its hour of prayer in front of Planned Parenthood on Saturday mornings from 7-8 a.m.  We meet at 6:30 a.m. in the Saint Agnes School parking lot (Alton Street side) for carpooling.  We return to Arlington by 8:30 a.m.  If you have questions, please e-mail Eileen at saparishforlife@gmail.com.  We have been told by the devoted sidewalk counselors how much they appreciate having us there praying when they arrive.  They need help and support.  Please join this effort.  Once you go and pray with others, you gain more confidence and it gets easier.  There was a baby saved on Holy Saturday!  Thank you God! 

Life Runners

Calling all runners and walkers… have you heard of the national organization LIFE Runners?  It is the world’s largest Pro-Life Running/Walking Team with chapters in all 50 states and 17 countries!  LIFE Runners pray and run (or walk) to defend Life from conception to natural death… All in Christ for Pro-Life!  There are two chapters in Massachusetts (Springfield and Still River), but no Boston area chapter yet.  Would you be interested in starting a Boston area chapter of LIFE Runners?  E-mail saparishforlife@gmail.com.  This would be a great way for all ages in our community to work and pray together to support God’s gift of life. 


Relevant Website Links

Archdiocese of Boston Pro-Life Office: 

http://www.rcab.org/ProLife/HomePage.html

“The Pro-Life Office for the Archdiocese of Boston has a singular mission that expresses itself in multifaceted dimensions. The single focus is to reflect the love of Jesus Christ for all persons across the life span from the first moments of new life in the womb until natural death.

Archdiocese of Boston – Project Rachel:

www.projectrachelboston.com

“Entrusted in a special way with the mission to share the compassionate love of Jesus Christ for all people, Project Rachel is a ministry of healing and reconciliation for post-abortion women and men.”

Archdiocese of Boston Office of Religious Education Respect for Life and Human Sexuality Program for Teens:

http://www.rcab.org/Education/RFL/HomePage.html

The Office of Religious Education is very pleased to once again offer our Respect for Life Speaker Program to address our students, along with their parents and teachers, on our Catholic beliefs and teachings regarding Respect for Life and Respect for Human Sexuality: Chastity. 

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities

www.usccb.org/prolife

“We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.”

Massachusetts Citizens for Life

www.masscitizensforlife.org

“The mission of Massachusetts Citizens For Life, Inc. is to promote the respect for human life and to defend the right to life of all human beings, born and unborn. We will influence public policy at the local, state and national levels through comprehensive educational, legislative, political and charitable activities.” 

National Right to Life

www.nrlc.org

“The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee is to restore legal protection to innocent human life. The primary interest of the National Right to Life Committee and its members has been the abortion controversy; however, it is also concerned with related matters of medical ethics which relate to the right to life issues of euthanasia and infanticide.”

Priests For Life

”We are an officially approved association of Catholic Clergy who give special emphasis to the pro-life teachings of the Church. We offer ongoing assistance to the clergy in addressing the topics of abortion and euthanasia, and training and resources to the entire pro-life movement.”

American Life League

www.all.org

“Every man and woman is uniquely created in the image and likeness of God and deserves respect from the time life begins at fertilization.”

Massachusetts Choose Life

http://www.machoose-life.org/

The purpose of Massachusetts Choose Life is to create a specialty license plate with the slogan "Choose Life." Proceeds from this plate will benefit maternity homes and pregnancy crisis centers who offer adoption as an alternative to abortion

Euthanasia.com

Euthanasia.com Website

www.euthanasia.com

This website provides information for research on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, living wills and mercy killing.  “We are committed to the fundamental belief that the intentional killing of another person is wrong. We have deep sympathy for those people who are suffering.”

 

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