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Lead, kindly Light

We’re on the cusp of summer. The signs are unmissable - warm temperatures, blooming lilacs, and life abounding abundantly. Has the harshness of winter been forgotten?

Though the harshness of winter may be forgotten, there is another harshness that cannot be – abortion.

On Saturday, May 27, 2017, several hundred people took part in the 3rd annual March for Humanity and Genocide Prevention, here in Montreal. Originally created in memory of the victims of the Armenian genocide of 1915, this march of solidarity also recalls the memory of other genocides and atrocities committed around the world.

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QLC supporter Marie-Louise Sheitoyan, a first generation Armenian Canadian, was present and spoke openly about the very “first genocide” – abortion.

Though a dictionary definition of genocide is “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political, or cultural group,” abortion is not dissimilar to genocide as it is both “deliberate and systematic”: 1. Our governments have instituted and have paid for it since the early 1970s and 2. Our governments have not legislated against it though given the freedom to do so by our Supreme Court in 1989.

There is another similarity. Though unborn children do not form a distinct “racial, political or cultural group” – even though girls as a sexual group are disproportionately aborted — unborn children do constitute a "group" as varying factors such as genetic defect, poor timing, etc. bring about their “destruction” resulting in upwards of 30 000 deaths per year in Québec.

Returning to Ms. Sheitoyan, she carried the pro-life message to several people on this day. First, a young woman spoke a “woman’s right to choose” and that “everybody in society accepts it.”

To this, Marie-Louise responded with a personal anecdote. The youngest of 16 kids, her brother may not have survived the fourth month of their mother’s pregnancy, as she was diagnosed with a fibroid and advised by her doctor to either abort or die. A woman of faith, she prayed and allowed nature to run its course and in time delivered a healthy boy with no harm to herself. Today, this boy is nearing retirement age and is the father of four children.

Marie-Louise also spoke with retired senator and General Roméo Dallaire. On sharing her view about the “first genocide,” the retired soldier and diplomat shrugged his shoulders, which she interpreted to mean “but what can we do.” Silence helps the aggressor, never the victim.

Finally, Marie-Louise’s attention was drawn to a well-dressed gentleman. She introduced herself and found out that he was the Armenian consul visiting from Ottawa for the event. She learned how ignorant he was of the Canadian landscape – unhindered abortion and this over the entire gestational period. She schooled him and encouraged him to promote the annual National March for Life.

Beginning with Prayer

Ending abortion begins with prayer. Prayer permits us to hear Our Lord speak to us in the silence of our hearts, on how to carry out His Divine plan, ending abortion in Québec.

For Ms. Sheitoyan, this meant sharing the pro-life message. For her mother, permitting the life budding inside of her to continue, trusting that God, the creator, will do what is best.

How do you and I discern God’s will for us in a province though rooted and steeped in religious faith yet mired in a culture of death, if not through prayer?

Lead, kindly Light

LEAD, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
   Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home, -
   Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene, - one step enough for me...

- John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Abandonning ourselves to God to become his instrument within His plan has moved us at the Quebec Life Coalition to implement different projects:

  • Supporting pregnant women in difficulty at our pregnancy centre and by other means;
  • Promoting of the annual National March for Life in Ottawa;
  • Instructing the grassroots in defending our values and our Faith.

These are the fruits of our prayer, years of prayer, and the prayers of those who have preceded us.

You are welcome to join us on this path of ending abortion in Québec. In fact, we need you to join us.

Yours in Christ Jesus,


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Brian Jenkins
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Quebec Life Coalition

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Photos - National March for Life

I’m writing to thank you for your participation in the 20th annual National March for Life this past Thursday, May 11, 2017 !

Yes, not all of you were aboard one of the two buses chartered to travel to Ottawa to participate in this day rich in prayer and political action.

Yet I believe that all of you participated in one way or another – by your physical presence, in prayer, and/or in your sacrifices, so that the most defenseless in our society, the unborn child, would have a chance for life.

O Canada! We Stand on Guard for … life.

CLClogo.pngSince our country's founding 150 years ago, Canada has defended for most of those years the life of the child growing in his/her mother's womb. Our very first prime minister, John A. MacDonald, referred to abortion as sapping the life blood of Canada.

Only in 1968, 100 years after the founding of our country, did abortion practices become legal and in 1988 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that our abortion laws were unconstitutional thereby permitting abortions to be done at any moment during the entire gestational period.

Rallies in defense of the unborn child on Parliament Hill began immediately and ten years later The National March for Life was born. From a few thousand people it has grown to well over 20 000 these past four years. The Quebec Life Coalition (QLC) has been actively chartering Quebecers to Ottawa for the day since 2011.

Tridentine Mass, followed by Procession

This year we witnessed several firsts. For instance, there was a larger number of persons boarding at the Pointe-Claire location than in previous years.

Also, for the first time in the 20 year history of the march, a religious service was celebrated in Latin. Organized by QLC President Mr. Georges Buscemi, the community at St. Clement Church opened its doors and welcomed celebrant Fr. Demets, FSSP, who came from Quebec City for the occasion to preside the Tridentine service. About a quarter of the travelers from Montreal got off at St. Clement and joined twice as many parishioners of this lower town faith community. The remaining travelers were dropped off at either Notre-Dame Cathedral or at Ottawa's First Baptist Church.

Finally, after the mass, between twenty-five and thirty of the faithful gathered outside of St. Clement in order prayerfully process down old Saint Patrick road to Parliament Hill. We recited prayers and chanted hymns as we made our way through lower town and the By-Ward market. It took us about thirty minutes to reach the hill.

Thank you, one and all, for your support in making this day possible.

Looking forward to working with you in defense of life and bringing an end to abortion.

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Brian Jenkins
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Quebec Life Coalition


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O Canada, we stand on Guard for ... Life!

The National March for Life is less than three weeks away!


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Canada's Shame

Canada does not have any law regulating abortions. This means that abortions are possible at any time throughout the full nine months of gestation. We along with China and North Korea are the only countries in the world with this "distinction."

The rally in Ottawa on this the 150th anniversary of the founding of our country plays upon the lyrics from our national anthem.

Our respect for life is also mirrored in the beliefs of our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, who opposed abortion and stated that "abortion saps the very life-blood from the nation."

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Travel with QLC


Have you made your travel arrangements yet?



There are buses leaving Montreal, Quebec City (and Drummondville), and Sherbrooke.

Montreal - There will be two chartered buses from Montreal on Thursday, May 11, 2017, for this day-trip to attend the National March in Ottawa.

  • One leaves downtown Montreal (895 la Gauchetière street west, outside of Tim Horton’s) and
  • the second from Laval (Holy Name of Jesus church, 899 Chomedey Blvd.)

Both buses will stop at the Fairview Shopping Centre (Sears) in Pointe-Claire to pick up and unload passengers.

Our Program for the day is as follows:

07h00     Departure
10h00     Arrival and Mass in Ottawa
Noon       Lunch/rally on Parliament Hill
13h30     March through Ottawa
14h45     Testimonials
16h00     Return to Montreal

Register yourself by calling either 514-344-2686 or 438-930-8643. The cost is $40. 



Quebec City
- As in years past, the inter-city coach will leave the diocesan centre - 1073 rue René-Levesque West, at 7 am and arrive in Ottawa at about noon in order to partake of the events on the Hill and the walk. Departure is set for about 4 pm. This bus will pick up passagers in Drummondville - at the Tim Horton's on chemin Yamaska, at about 8:30 am. Register by calling 1-855-996-2686 or 438-930-8643. The cost is $50.



Sherbrooke - For information regarding the Sherbrooke departure, visit the organizer's Facebook page at Marche pour la vie 2017, Diocèse de Sherbrooke for registration information or call deacon Guy Fortin at 1-819-570-6889.


Looking forward to seeing you on the Hill !

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Serving God or Mammon

Blessed Easter - The Lord is Risen!

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Easter is upon us. It is the anniversary of the definitive victory of Good over Evil. This victory is the source of our hope: Never again will man live his life anxiously in the shadow of death, creating dumb idols for consolation. Never again will man have to make of himself an idol, and think that he can take on his shoulders his life and his destiny, without the help and consolation of grace.

Our life is now lived under the sun of the living God; we grow by the warmth of His grace. In spite of the inevitable sadness that marks our very short journey on this Earth, in spite of disappointments and betrayals - especially those of which we are guilty - we have a living and true Savior, someone to get us out of the sewer of our pride.

Our pride! This is the bottomless abyss that only the grace of God can fill. Our modern world - that is to say proud - claims to live on its own, without the need for grace, without the need for revelation, as it wishes, by killing unborn children, by eliminating the difference between the sexes, denying the Truth. It is because the proud man pretends to be a god, like the toad of the fable, which bursts when he wants to make itself as big as the ox.

Modern man - the proud man - is unhappy, for his refusal of God's help has deprived him of strength and light in his struggle to live well. Above all, his refusal has deprived him of the instrument that opens the door of happiness to every man: the Cross.

Man no longer has to find out how to find happiness: God has laid the way for him.

Whoever wishes to resurrect must be crucified, whoever wishes to save his life must sacrifice it, it is the Law that Jesus promulgated over 2000 years ago. May this Easter celebration be for us who work for Life and the family a new beginning of a life well lived under the sign of the Cross!

Petition Against Justin Trudeau's millions for abortion

Trudeau.PNGSpeaking of modern man, it's hard not to think of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The entire tragedy of modern man believing himself to be god and glorifying himself is incarnated by this man. Woe to him who still thinks himself a Catholic, yet refuses to believe in the humanity of his brother, the unborn child! In early March he announced more than half a billion dollars in spending to promote abortion in the Third World. Now Canada is about to export the sadness of abortion and the aging of the population to poor but often family-rich countries. Let us raise our voices against this terrible program. Here you will find a petition that you can circulate. Also, pray for Justin Trudeau!

 


Lemieux.jpgConservative Party Leadership Race: Tips on How to Vote

If you have purchased your Conservative Party membership card in order to vote for pro-life candidates participating in the leadership race (the deadline to do so was March 28), you will soon receive your ballot. Some have asked us how to vote and so here is our proposal: You will have 10 choices to make, according to an order of preference. We recommend that you put either Pierre Lemieux or Brad Trost as first and second choice, and Andrew Scheer in third. These are the 3 most prominent candidates. If there was a candidate to avoid at all costs, it would be Kevin O'Leary, who declared himself 100% pro-abortion.



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Canada was founded 150 years ago in 1867. Then Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, imported into Canada the British pro-life laws, declaring that “abortion saps the very life-blood of the nation." These laws remained in force for 100 years, until the arrival of a certain Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Since 1969, abortion has taken the lives of more than four million children in Canada. In 2017, who can deny that the words of John A. Macdonald were prophetic?

In 1880, the words of O Canada were composed for the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society by Adolphe-Basile Routhier. This hymn would never be written today, for it recognizes in God the source of all our blessings. One of the verses of this poem reads: "And in thy arm ready to wield the sword, … to carry the cross!” For the March on May 11, we have adapted this verse to say "And in thy arm ready to wield ... Life".

If one speaks here of Life, capital “L”, it is because it is a matter of defending the unborn child and to honor its Creator!

So, as 2017, your continued support in prayer and financially, we can continue to target the “impossible” – ending abortion in Quebec!

Yours in Christ Jesus,

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Georges Buscemi
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Quebec Life Coalition


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Our Lord, A Fortress in Deep Waters

This past week a reader suggested I read Psalm 69. Here’s an excerpt:

Save me, O God,
   for the waters have come up to my neck.
2 I sink in the miry depths,
   where there is no foothold.
I have come into the deep waters;
   the floods engulf me.
3 I am worn out calling for help;
   my throat is parched.

My eyes fail,
   looking for my God.
4 Those who hate me without reason
   outnumber the hairs of my head;
many are my enemies without cause,
   those who seek to destroy me.
I am forced to restore
   what I did not steal.

Her suggestion was timely.

In January, I wrote about the “waters” that are engulfing us and particularly the unborn child here in Quebec – judicial, legislative, and cultural tides swamping our efforts to bring about a culture of life to the province.


The culture of death is taking a staggering toll. We estimate 30 000 abortions per year, and this does not account for the undocumented deaths due to contraceptives.

Yet, as Psalm 69 suggests, there is no need for despair as Our Lord is readily at hand:

But I pray to you, LORD, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.

14 Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink;deliver me from those who hate me, from the deep waters.

15 Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me.

16 Answer me, LORD, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.

17 Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble.
18 Come near and rescue me; deliver me because of my foes.

Lent begins March 1st, and as is our custom, on this day we will begin our biannual vigil for the end of abortion with prayers and fasting.

The theme this year will be the Divine Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and continuing through to Palm Sunday, April 9th, we will honour the 14 stations in His journey to Golgotha and His crucifixion. For example, on the first day of the vigil, prayer devotions will remember in a particular way the first station - The Judgment before Pontius Pilate; the next day, gives way to his receiving His Cross, and on the third day, His first Fall in his journey, and so forth.

We invite you to join us at our vigil locations, daily from 8 am to 5 pm.

  • Weekdays we will be at the epicentre of the abortion industry in the province – the corner of Sainte-Catherine Street east and Berri Street, where 5 abortion facilities are within a short walking distance.
  • Weekends we will outreach to the public at Lahaie Park, across the street from the site that for close to twenty years performed an estimated 60,000 abortions, 30 St-Joseph Blvd. East, near the corner of St-Laurent Blvd.

Returning to Psalm 69

The Lord is my light and my salvation
-Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life
–Of whom shall I be afraid?

So, in this dark period of Quebec’s history, where the unborn are savagely disrespected and women given inaccurate information about nascent life and the consequences of their ill-fated decisions, we at the Quebec Life Coalition wish to be a light in the darkness for the upright, by

  • supporting women experiencing difficulties during their pregnancy,
  • aiding women and men who have been ill-advised to abort their child, and
  • in 2016, founding a residential pregnancy centre for pregnant women in need.

So, in 2017, with your continued support in prayer and financially, we can continue to target the “impossible” – ending abortion in Quebec!

Yours in Christ Jesus,

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Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

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Achieving the Impossible

Blessed New Year greetings to you and your loved ones.

As 2017 begins I invite you to join us at achieving the “impossible” – ending abortion in Quebec!

“Humanly impossible,” but not divinely!

Ending abortion is humanly impossible. Impossible because the four parties represented in the National Assembly all favour the destruction of the unborn, innocent child. And the media, the entertainment industry, and the elite are overwhelmingly pro-abortion.

Also, abortion is deeply entrenched in the popular psyche as the numbers reveal. There are about 30 000 surgical abortions yearly in Quebec and as contraceptives (IUDs, the abortion pill, ...) are readily available, countless are the undocumented chemical abortions.

Yet Christ tells us that “… to God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26).

God has intervened in human affairs in numerous and varied ways. Consider the founding of Montreal.

In 1635, outside Paris, France, a man of faith received a vision that God was calling him to found a missionary project in the heart of North America where the name of Jesus Christ could be shared to the indigenous peoples. He pursued this vision, experienced trials, and finally achieved its realization. This is a fine example for us, today.

JÉROME LE ROYER DE LA DAUVERSAIRE

Jérome Le Royer was born in 1597 in La Flèche, France. He received a religious education, married and raised five children. He had a particular devotion to Saint Joseph, patron of families, and performed works of mercy for the poor, the sick, and the unfortunate.

A devout man, he received inspirations from God. One (in 1630) was to found a community of women religious to care for the sick. Yet on sharing this with his spiritual director was told to forget this project, this “pious chimera.”

250x0-5_La_Dauversiere.jpgObedient, Le Royer persevered in faith when a second vision occurred, the founding a centre for evangelization on the island of Montreal. Perplexed, he prayed, sought advice, and again was frustrated, being told that this was an extravagant project, “humanly impossible.”

Obedient he dropped the project and continued in prayer when in February, 1635, during a business trip in Paris, Le Royer visited Notre-Dame church, where at the foot of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he sees himself before the Holy Family and hears Jesus say to him; “Labour at my works, my grace is sufficient…” On learning this, his spiritual director relented and authorized him to proceed with his inspirations.

First came, in May, 1636, the founding of a community of Filles de Saint-Joseph, the forerunner to what became known as the Religieuses Hospitalières de Saint-Joseph, a group dedicated to run hospitals.

Next, with collaborators he began work on founding a community on the island of Montreal. First he bought the island (1640), second he formed a pious organization, Société des Messieurs et Dames de Notre-Dame de Montréal, to fund the project, and third, he recruited the first settlers - commander Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, colonists, artisans, and Jeanne Mance who was charged to found a hospital.

The first colonists arrived on May 17, 1642, founding the community of Ville Marie.

For us in the 21st century, these efforts do not go unnoticed. Faith and obedience to God produce fruit, even of the “humanly impossible” type.

At the Quebec Life Coalition, faith and obedience are no less important and reflected in our efforts to end abortion. As such, fruit has been produced.

  • We are blessed to be able to support women experiencing difficulties during their pregnancy.
  • We are blessed to be able to support women and men who have been ill-advised to abort their child.
  • And in 2016, we have been blessed to have founded a residential pregnancy centre for pregnant women in need.

Faith and obedience proves the maxim that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

What moved the visionary that founded Montreal inspires and moves us at the Quebec Life Coalition.

So, as 2017 begins I invite you to join us at acheiving the “impossible” – ending abortion in Quebec!

Yours in Christ Jesus,

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Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition 

p.s. As always your financial support helps to defray the our costs. Thanks.

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Joy and Hope

Merry Christmas !

We at the Quebec Life Coalition pray that God may grace you with the joy of newborn life and the hope that this entails throughout the year as well as in this season not only by the presence of Our Lord and Saviour but also among your immediate family and friends.

Over time we have learned not to overlook such graces as we have found that our present day society is hazardous to life.

And over the past year, we have been particularly blessed to foster life in varying ways:

  • The founding of a new center for pregnant women in difficulty: Center Saint-Enfant-Jésus; This center's mission is to spread the love of Christ in the lives of pregnant women in difficulty, by providing them with material and spiritual help, counselling and lodging;
  • Continuing to provide telephone and Internet support to close to 100 pregnant women in difficulty and post-abortive women and men in the province;
  • Uploading regularly informative accounts our new pro-life website which in 2016 received more than 350,000 visits and resulted in numerous exchanges;
  • Coordinating two 12 hours per day 40-day prayer vigils for the end of abortion - 40 Days for Life, in which many Montrealers have seen and interacted with those present;
  • Received many favourable comments regarding our circular "La pire injustice," a 16-page summary of arguments in favor of life and against abortion;
  • Brought out many among you to participate in the yearly National March for Life in Ottawa, and the October Life Chain.

All of these and more despite the fierce anti-life society we live in.

And what kind of anti-life society do we live in? Consider the events of the last week of November, 2016.

  • Tuesday, November 29. Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announced an amendment to his proposed health care legislation (bill 92) to include a 50-meter perimeter around abortion facilities preventing protestors, that is QLC, from entering. This legislation would affect not only the three abortion mills which currently have a Quebec Superior Court injunction against our presence but also all other such centres in the province will, as many as 71. The legislaltion would not only cover private abortion facilities but also hospitals and CLSCs.
  • Wednesday, November 30: in conjunction with Minister Barrette’s amendment, two French dailies featered prominantly photos of QLC activities. In the Le Devoir story “Québec souhaite éloigner les manifestants anti-avortement,” we find pictured prayer warriors Charlotte L. and Mary B., along with a QLC banner, at a “Defund Abortion” rally and in the LaPresse online edition, a photo of this author during a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion in Lahaie park is seen next to a story entitled “Québec établit un périmètre de ‘sécurité’ .”

(I find it comical that the editor of LaPresse chose to use quotations marks around the word security. Was he acknowledging the irony of legislation aimed at controlling those few who gather to recite a rosary, chant hymns, or engage in thoughtful exchanges with whoever wishes to stop and chat?)

  • A day later, two occurrances, one on televison and the other on radio, continued the anti-life apologetics. QLC President, Mr. Georges Buscemie debated a pro-abortion advocate on the Denis Lévesque Show, LCN network, and then on late-night radio, host Paul Arcand, FM 98,5, hosted the Morgentaler Facility director regarding Bill 92.

Regarding this latter exchange, the subject of our presence praying outside Ste-Justine Hospital came up. Regretably listeners were not told the reason why three of us, on two separate occasions, had showed up on the sidewalk outside this hospital whose sole purpose is supposedly the care of children: to protest the performance of late-term abortions at that facility as well as unclear fate that awaited infants born alive during some of these procedures.

This media bias all within a five day period show how the battle for life is fierce and how our Lord is using us at the Quebec Life Coalition to shake Quebec society of the effronts to life and the family that going on.

We thank you for your ongoing support of this vital work.

Working together, we will find joy and hope not only during this time of year but also for future generations.

Merry Christmas.

Yours for life,

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Brian Jenkins
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Quebec Life Coalition

 
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Saving A Little One

I have some very good news for you this month.

Thanks to your spiritual and financial support, we have recently been able to help a 22-year-old woman, who was seriously thinking of aborting at the 20th week of her pregnancy, to keep her child.

It all started when Sandra (all the names are fictional, except that of Brian Jenkins), the mother of the young woman (and therefore the grandmother of the unborn child), found our website Enceinte et Inquiète (www.enceinteinquiete.org). She immediately called Brian Jenkins, my colleague and organizer of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil and director of the new center for pregnant women in difficulty that we set up (the center officially opened on October 22, 2016).

As a result of this call, Brian sent the following email to our closest collaborators:


September 14, 2016 - 15h47
Hello to all,
Sandra telephoned me last Monday morning desperate about her 22-year-old daughter Erika’s desire to have an abortion. The latter is a university student and more than 20 weeks pregnant. It seems that an appointment was made at the CLSC yesterday for this purpose.
The reason she wishes to abort seems to be that she thinks the pregnancy will hurt her dream of finishing her studies - she is in the 2nd year of a 4 year program.
Along with Paul and Myriam, we have started an exchange with this student. Myriam spoke to her for the first time last night and a second time was scheduled for noon today.
Myriam asked me about available resources - either financial or material. To this end, I appeal for your help if any of you many know, to whom Sandra and her daughter could get support.
Sandra told me that she is ready to play an important role in her grandchild's life.
That's it for now.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph, - Brian

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After a few days of research with our acquaintances in the area where the young woman lives, Brian called Sandra, who gave him very bad news.

September 19, 2016 – 9h22
Hi,

I just talked with the mother of the pregnant woman.
She says that her daughter is determined to abort. The procedure is scheduled for tomorrow at 11h45 in Quebec City, to conclude the following day [late abortions are over a day, given the size of the baby]. So they will leave their home at around 8am to get there on time.
I explained to her the support I’m prepared to give her daughter - financial support during pregnancy and later so she can spend time quality time with her little one. Seems like it's not enough.
The mother suggested I call her at noon.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph, - Brian

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We could not accept such a tragic opuitcome for child and family! So I sent an emailed friends for prayers. I also prayed with all my family that the child be saved and for his family to welcome him. So you can understand our joy when, a few hours later, we received the following email from Brian:


September 19, 2016 - 14h21
Hi,
A little update.
Several calls were made over the last few hours - with the mother of the baby, her mother, father, and father a second time.
During this second call with the father, he informed me that after talking with Mom, they decided not to abort their little one.
Let us give thanks to God.
However, let us all bear our prayers. The mom has an appointment with a counselor at the end of the day and I'm supposed to talk to her afterwards.
Let’s pray Our Lord Jesus Christ that love may reign in our hearts so that we may all live according to His Divine Providence.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph, - Brian


I knew in my heart that the child was not yet safe. I wonderd: "Who is this counselor" ? The child is still in danger. We must continue to pray. And so we did, until we got the following email:

September 20, 2016 - 12h08
Hi,
Everything seems to be settled for the better.

Mom decided to continue her pregnancy, after a 24 hours wavering, passionate.
We spoke twice this morning, the last day allowed by the hospital to do the abortion.
Mom is happy. Grandma is exstatic.
Maman appreciates our intervention and asks, in thanks for our efforts, if it can make better known our organism and the good that we do.
Let us praise Our Lord Jesus Christ for his blessings and for Life.
Thank you all for your participation and your prayers.I’ll keep you updated about this little one and his mother.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph, - Brian


This is what we can do together with God for the mothers and children of Quebec. Let us pray that together we can do more in the future. Thank you for your generosity.

Yours for life,
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Georges Buscemi
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Quebec Life Coalition

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Putting Faith First

What’s involved in starting a Women’s Pregnancy Centre?

Short answer: Faith

If this project develops, it must be blessed by Our Lord and we trust in His munificence. Fortunately, He seems to be blessing this work as seen in the actions of many.

Kitchenware5.JPGConsider the generosity of one Montérégie couple. At our August corn roast, they came with a gallon of paint. A few weeks later they delivered an unused still-in-the-box kitchen cupboard that their son no longer wanted. A week later the husband arrives with kitchenware, products the misses procured at a local thrift shop - a set of dishes and assorted pots and skillets. The photo shown here are these most recent gifts. Finally, they provide a financial gift to help defray the cost of curtaining our windows.

These are not isolated actions:

  • Salvatore, a practicing engineer, drops by to discuss about renovating the bathroom. As he leaves he asks whether we would have use for an upright freezer.
  • A Laval couple offers to fashion the curtains for the location.
  • Stella works tirelessly to complete the painting of the remainder of the three-bedroom residence.

Providing a safe place to women who are experiencing pressures to abort their child is one way we at the Quebec Life Coalition are working to end abortion, an activity we first begun some 26 years ago.

Another approach, begun three years ago, is our outreach over the internet. The Enceinte et Inquiète website provides information including referral service, via a toll-free help phone line (1-855-871-4442) to women experiencing distress over their own or somebody else’s pregnancy. For instance this second week of September, I received a call from a woman distraught on account of her daughter’s wish to end the life of her 20+ week old unborn child.

The caller explained that her daughter is enrolled in a demanding university program, leaving the house early each morning and returning late at night. Also, weekends are busy working full-time to pay her various expenses. As this academic program and its fulfilment represent her daughter's dream, the pregnancy is considered a hindrance.

There are also financial worries for both now and after birth.

The woman I spoke with is in turmoil as she cares deeply for the life of the child, particularly so after having seen a photo taken during the ultrasound. She told me that she had even offered her daughter to care for the child for the entire duration of her studies. The daughter is beginning the second year of her four year university program.

The term “coalition” in Quebec Life Coalition is an apt term as we need everybody’s participation to promote a culture of life. After this phone call, I contacted one of our many volunteers to ask whether she would call this mother in an effort to save the life of her grandchild. To my joy she would and a phone call later I learned that she procurred the young woman’s phone number. A further phone call permitted my peer to speak to the pregnant mother, thereby sharing about her own difficult abortion experience, something which she regrets to this day, something she wishes this young woman not know. As a result this young student is rethinking her wish for an abortion.

Working together, in many and varied ways, we can achieve our goal of ending abortion.

Thank you and let us thank God His continual help.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

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Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition
http://www.cqv.qc.ca


P.S. Your financial support is important to maintaining the mission of the Quebec Life CoalitionDefending the human person from conception to a natural death. Consider enrolling in our Mustard Seed program – a monthly donation program. For as little as $5 per month, you will be making a big statement. For details, contact Mr. Mario Richard, (514) 344-2686, during regular business hours.

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Saving One At a Time

How close are we to end abortion in Quebec, in Canada?

This is a sobering question, as are the following ones:

  • Have there been laws enacted criminalizing abortions with stiff penalties against those who perform these hideous crimes?
  • Are there more elected officials and members of our clergy denouncing the perils of abortion?
  • At the grassroots, how well attended are our various functions?
  • Has there been more turn-arounds when we are praying on the streets of Montreal?
  • Have we come to the aid of women experiencing distress in their pregnancy?
  • Where is God when his children are being barbarously killed and maimed?

THREE SIGNS OF THE CULTURE OF LIFE

Though the answers to these questions are cause for worry, there are hopeful signs around us.

Recently while walking through Lahaie Park, the site where the Quebec Life Coalition will begin shortly its 14th of its 16 prayer vigils for the end of abortion, across the street from the former site of the Morgentaler abortion mill, I saw how Our Lord is answering our prayers. Two young women were nursing their infants. If ever there was a bona fide sign of the culture of life, this is it.

Yes, we would like more affirmative actions to our prayers, to the above questions. Yet, until these happen, as these have occurred in other jurisdictions, we must not neglect the more subtle signs of a budding culture of life in our midst.

Here’s another sign. In the fall of 2014, after 20 years at the same location the Morgentaler facility moved. I’m no student of business administration, but it seems to me that relocating one’s commerce is a decision not taken lightly.

Is this move the result of our twice yearly, 40-day prayer vigils 12-hours per day, for 6 consecutive years, of the sidewalk counselling services we’ve offered on their doorsteps? Is our perseverance in defense of the unborn why they petitioned the Superior Court to order us away from their new site?

God alone knows the answers.

Yes, it would have been more gratifying had either the facility closed entirely or one of its abortionists quit the practice and publicly denounced the vile practice.

Yet, God’s ways are not our ways.

Ours are prayer in perseverance, having our petitions answered in subtle ways. Our Lord spoke of the effectiveness of prayer and fasting against the vilest spirits.

Yet a third sign came one morning when I received a call from a young woman needing to leave an abusive relationship. She dialed our toll free crisis pregnancy line (1-855-871-4442), and we were able to direct her to an agency that could provide for her safety.

Helping women living a crisis pregnancy is yet another way to end abortion. To this end, many of us are banding together to create a centre to welcome such women. Volunteers, clergy, and tradesmen are all lending a hand to spruce up a three-bedroom lodging which will offer a respite from the pressures they experience to abort their child.

In July, beds, dressers, a refrigerator and a stove, couches, etc., made their way into the centre. In the same month, three bedrooms were freshly painted – violet, green, and copper. Finally this second week of August, the floors were sanded and lacquered.

Nursing mothers, uprooting an abortion facility, supporting women in a crisis pregnancy are some of the signs Our Lord’s is among working at ending abortion.

Thank you for your on-going prayers and material support.

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Brian A. Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
www.en.cqv.qc.ca

p.s. Though we are always grateful to receive your donations, these days I could use the support of an extra pair of strong hands. We've been offered a freezer for the pregnancy centre and so some strong arms are needed to move it in. I could also use the help of someone able to repair a leaky shower and do other other bathroom repairs. Thanks.

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