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Pray, Pay, and Obey

God has blessed us in countless ways.

In this Easter season, He has blessed us with the gift of His Son, whose incarnation, passion and death, and resurrection has restored us to communion with His Father, opening the doors to eternal life.

In particular, God has blessed me, and all of Quebec in general, with a man of faith, my employer – Mr. Georges Buscemi.

Before explaining, a small digression.

Pray, Pay and Obey

I first heard the above maxim not many years ago, though I suspect it has been around for some time, if not centuries.

Pithily, it represents the marching orders of the faithful, in the Roman Catholic tradition or otherwise. Excuse my pedanticizing, the motto defines the degrees of freedom which the people of God are to exercise; to pray … alone or in community, to pay … one’s tithe, and to obey … one's superiors, deacons, clergy, ordinary, the hierarchy in the church.

It’s a simplification.

At least in the Roman Catholic tradition. The RC tradition is governed by a rule of conduct known as the Code of Canon Law.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Canon Law is “the body of laws and regulations made by or adopted by ecclesiastical authority, for the government of the Christian organization and its members.”

That is to say, it represents the degrees of freedom which priests and we the lay faithful have in the exercise of our faith.

Incidentally the faithful are given an entire division within the code, ‘The Christian Faithful,” and it is here that Mr. Buscemi, faithful to our tradition, has acted courageously and faithfully.

Canon 212 states “According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they (the faithful) have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.”

There are other canons that touch upon Mr. Buscemi’s actions which are relevant but I limit myself in this letter to cited canon.

Delict of Heresy

This past April 29, 2019, Mr. Buscemi along some twenty other signatories, including eminent theologian Fr. Adain Nichols OP, made public a letter addressed to the bishops of the Catholic Church accusing the Holy Father of the crime of heresy.

The matter did not go unnoticed as many shared reflections about this letter. All of these, the original letter in its 20-page argument as well as the replies, both favourable and not, are readily available on the internet and may be found with the serch words "delict of heresy".

Returning to Mr. Buscemi, it took faith and courage for him and the other signatories to call the Holy Father to order ... in his words, in what he has done and in what he has failed to do.

It is an act of filial duty that bodes well for his family, our organization, and Quebec, as virtue in matters of faith need to be manifested and not kept hidden and/or silent.

Congratulation, Georges, for identifying the root cause of our culture of death – i.e., the undermining of our tradition in matters of faith, family, and life.

Yours in Christ Jesus

Brian Jenkins

Outreach Coordinator

Quebec Life Coalition

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Walking with Our Lord

Wishing you and your loved ones perseverance in finishing the Lenten fast and joy in partaking of the Easter celebrations.

We have entered the high point of our liturgical year.

The Easter Triduum begins Friday, April 19, 2019.

We are in Holy Week; Easter Week is upon us.

We visited with our Lord in his moment of triumph – Palm Sunday; walk alongside him and his apostles in his preparation for the Easter Passover; agonize with him during his passion in Gethsemane, before the Sanhedrin, in the praetorium, on his journey to and crucifixion on Golgotha, sharing in his agony as Saint Paul so poignantly remarks in his letter to the Colossians:

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, (Col 1:24)

The Lord has Risen

Finally, we rejoice with Mary Magdala, Peter and John, the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the apostles, and countless others of ages long gone, today, and until the end of time.

Victory over death is accomplished. Reconciliation with our heavenly Father is achieved.

Triumphantly we sing the Te Deum:

Your are God: we praise you;

You are the Lord: we acclaim you;

You are the eternal Father:

All creation worships you.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,

Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.

The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:

Father of majesty unbounded,

Your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,

And the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You Christ, are the king of glory,

The eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free

You did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death,

And opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.

We believe that you will come, and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,

Bought with the price of your own blood,

And bring us with your saints

To glory everlasting.

 

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Easter Season,

Sincerely Yours,

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Joys and Sorrows

Here we are in February and I trust you are standing strong, persevering with your New Year’s resolutions.

Resolving to side with and promote a Culture of Life is a tough stance to take, with its joys and sorrows.

Consider our neighbours to the south.

Sorrows, there are more than a few. On January 22, 2019, the New York state legislature enacted a bill permitting unlimited access to abortion for the entire nine months of gestation. The bill also states that if an infant intended to be aborted was born alive, then he may be left to die. Further, as of press time, legislatures in Vermont, Rhode Island and Virginia are planning the same!

Fortunately, joys are many. Witness the great outpouring of solidarity for unborn life seen this past Friday, January 18, 2019, in Washington, D.C., at the 46th annual National March for Life, as very large numbers of people of all ages gathered to protest this injustice.

Mario Richard and I were in the American capital for the march and related events. Among the latter was an exhibition at the Renaissance Hotel, a fitting place to gather for those working to stop the million abortions per year in their nation whose governments liberally fund the corporate giant Planned Parenthood which performs a third of these.

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The exhibition included between fifty, sixty kiosks showing visitors the concrete ways Americans are working to renew their nation and promote a culture of life. (See picture.)

And then there is prayer

As was to be expected, prayer was integral to the events in the American capital. On a first occasion, we joined several groups on the sidewalks outside a local abortion facility (see photo below), while in a second instance, on the day of the march, we met at the cathedral.

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At the march I was awestruck by the size of the crowd that had gathered on the National Mall – the 3 km expanse of land between the Lincoln Memorial and the National Capitol. An estimated 100 000 to 300,000 people of all ages were present, brimming over with enthusiasm, uniting their voice in chants and songs in defense of unborn life as well as the mothers who need assistance.

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Our turn to act

Our American neighbours have made a strong show of their defence of vulnerable life. Let us not go lacking.

God calls each and every one of us to work in his vineyard. Which part of the vineyard are you called to work in? Pray and listen to the voice of our creator; surely, He will answer.

Wishing you and your loved ones blessed strength in pursuing your new year’s resolutions.

Brian Jenkins

Outreach Coordinator

Quebec Life Coalition

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Prayerful witnesses

Blessed New Year greetings to all.

The new year at the Quebec Life Coalition began pretty much as it ended – with a prayerful public witnesses for life.

Since the end of the last 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion on November 4, 2018, three of us have been faithfully meeting on Monday mornings at the corner of St-Catherine East and Berri Streets for an hour of prayer for life.

Monday, December 22, 2018, was emblematic of our work.

First, on the way to the vigil, I stopped by the office to retrieve our vigil signs and cross. I’m in the office for a very short time. Yet, while there, the pregnancy resource phone line rang! The caller, a woman, wanted to know where she could get an abortion. I shared our pro-life message saying that we would gladly support her during the pregnancy – counselling, money, materials. Though she was not interested in what I had to say, God’s intervention could not be any clearer I thought.

Next, on arriving at the vigil site, I saw my colleagues speaking with an elderly woman. I later learned that the visitor was sharing her grief at the lost her grandchild, as her daughter had chosen to have an abortion.

The Rich Young Man

Finally, near end of our prayers, a young man and woman, both in their early twenties, stopped within meters of us to read our signs. After a moment, the young lady continued on her way, while the young man approached us and standing in very close proximity to us, began a rant about our presence.

He argued that as a man, I had no right to express publicly a view regarding abortion, as it was solely a woman’s issue and decision. The irony of his comment seemed to escape him, a male, freely opining about abortion in a public area!

We listened, not having a chance to say a word.

As he continued, we understood why he was so angry. He and his girlfriend had undergone an abortion within the past month. His angry outburst was veiled attempt to mourn his lost, his grief!

Three Stories

Supporting women in a crisis pregnancy, consoling persons grieving the loss due to abortion, and expressing publicly this grave injustice are the mainstay of what the Quebec Life Coalition does, in 2018 and in the year to come.

Your support allows us to continue.

Change is on the horizon. In this month’s newsletter, our featured article covers the impact our work is having on Quebec society and its media, targeting the innocent.

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Are the walls of the reigning abortion ideology crumbling? We think so as a letter to the editor shows the cracks - see the newsletter.

Your turn to act

As 2019 begins we invite you to become more active in righting this wrong. Becoming a monthly donor to the Operation Mustard Seed program will help us to reach more people.

Again, you may wish to solicit the support from your peers within your faith community to form a caring network for the living victims of abortion.

Finally, helping women undergoing a crisis in their pregnancy or those who find themselves alone for having decided to keep the child, against the wishes of the child’s father, her parents, or an employer are two important contributions within your reach.

God calls each of us to work in his vineyard. Which part of the vineyard? Listen and He will tell you.

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed New Year.

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Our Path to Holiness

Warmest season’s greetings to you and your loved ones.

Have you noticed how our Faith is supporting our journey towards holiness with the many memorials in its December calendar?

For example, at the outset of the month there are four days dedicated to our Blessed Mother, two of which I’m particularly fond of.

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On December 8th we venerate her under the title of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the pristine vessel that bore Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Like him and unlike any other creature in all of time – past, present, or future, the Virgin Mary is conceived without the stain of original sin. Hence, she is the chosen instrument to receive her Redeemer Son into this world.

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Another important memorial to her occurs on December 12. The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe recalls her appearance in 1531 to a humble Aztec farmer, Juan Diego, who we also memorialize in December. This apparition led to the conversion to the Christian faith of some 9 million men and woman over a nine year period since her apparition!

This celebration is significant for us who defend life. The tilma or cloak which Juan Diego wore bears the very image of the Virgin Mother who appeared to him - a very beautiful Mary, full of gentleness. She appears three months pregnant, a not insignificant detail affirming the importance of unborn children as well as the defense of human life.

Next is the most significant memorial in December: Christmas.

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Though being in the form of God,

(Jesus) did not count equality with God something to be grasped.

But he emptied himself,

taking the form of a slave, become as human beings are;

and being in every way like a human being,

(Phil. 2: 6-11, The New Jerusalem Bible)

On December 25th we celebrate the timeless celebration of Our Lord’s coming into embodiment, beginning his redeeming mission for mankind.

The Holy Innocents

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A last memorial to note occurs on December 28th, the feast of the Holy Innocents, another not insignificant feast for those defending life.

The temporal ruler at the time of Jesus’ birth, King Herod, was of the jealous ilk, having done away with his rivals, his wife, and his own children to secure his power. Hence, word of the birth of the Messiah of the Jewish people had a predictable similar result, as he saw him as a usurper of his throne, not understanding that Christ’s kingdom was of another realm - the spiritual realm.

Herod’s misplaced passions drove him to order the killing of all male infants up to the age of two in Bethlehem and its surrounding region, which the evangelist Matthew links with the prophecy of Jeremiah: “A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great mourning: Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be confronted, because they are not.”

The Ethiopians in their liturgy, as well as the Greeks in their calendar, count fourteen thousand children massacred on this occasion.

These innocent victims epitomize all innocent lives violently lost, particularly those in the mother’s womb.

Thank you for your on-going assistance to help us continue this work to protect the most innocent members of our society, thereby helping to further our Lord’s mission of redemption here on Earth.

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed trip journey to holiness and a most merry Christmas.

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The Media and the Vigil

This past Sunday, November 4th, 2018, we completed our twentieth 40-day prayer vigil for the end of abortion.

Begun in Montreal in 2009 by QLC President Mr. Georges Buscemi, this twice-yearly prayer vigil has taken place every year since, moving from its original site on Saint Joseph Blvd. East to the intersection of Berri and St-Catherine streets when the Morgentaler abortion centre relocated near there in 2014.

This past fall the Montreal site was one of over 400 vigils occurring simultaneously worldwide, which since the inception in 2003 of the 40 Days for Life vigils over 15 000 babies have been spared from abortion through prayer and fasting, and timely information about resources to pregnant women. And that’s 15 000 that we’re aware of!

To quote the movement’s founder, Shawn Carney, “Abortion was imposed upon the world by the highest levels of government. But abortion is ending from the ground up through the faith and fortitude of pro-life Christians like you.”

We are already preparing the next vigil, set to begin on Ash Wednesday – March 6, 2019. Consider joining us to end the culture of abortion in Quebec.

Two signs from this past vigil spur our efforts on.

An unborn child is a human person

whose life has value and deserves to be protected by our society.

First, we witnessed the tragedy of the violation this basic pro-life message, seeing women leave abortion facilities in obvious discomfort, signs of lost life.

As Mr. Carney aptly cites Scriptures, our presence on the streets fulfills our creator’s wishes for us, “For I know the plans I have for you… plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

As people of the Good News, we need to counter the mainstream message about the “right” to abortion, reinforced by the media, government officials, entertainment personalities, and pressure groups.

A second result from this past vigil was the interview of Mr. Buscemi on a local radio station which operates directly across the street from the vigil site. Daily the staff walked by us on their way in and out of the station, seeing us and our signs.

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Our pregnancy support sign (the one indicating our toll-free crisis-pregnancy telephone line number) caught the eye of one radio host and incited her to clandestinely call posing as a needy 24 year-old pregnant woman.

The ensuing phone conversation troubled her, hearing about the hard realities of abortion – dismemberments, burnings, etc. Mr. Buscemi aptly addressed her concerns.

“Both faith and reason agree that 'Abortion is murder',” was the clear message he intoned to his hosts and to the radio audience during the 14-minute interview.

He also covered the question whether abortion is justified if the woman conceives when raped – “Should a child be condemned for the crime of his father?”, as well as noted that respect for the unborn does not undermine in anyway whatsoever respect due the mother.

Your presence at the next prayer vigil, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019, will further the work of Mr. Buscemi to foster faith and reason and so rebuild our culture into a culture of life.

Your help is needed. Consider:

  • becoming a prayer volunteer, spending an hour every week, whether as part of your Lenten observance or for the sake of upholding the respect for unborn life;
  • leading a group from your parish or faith community to “adopt-a-day” – i.e. committing to fill in the time slots from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • supporting us financially so that other eye-catching signs be made, draw the attention of Montrealers to the tragedy of abortion.

In any and all of these ways, we cover ourselves with the love of Christ so that the lives of our unborn brothers and sisters will not be trampled upon.

Thank you for your support to make this initiative possible.

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Vigil Log

As you read this newsletter, we are about to begin the second half of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion.

This vigil’s goal is to tap into the God’ munificence via prayer and sacrifice so that the gift of life be ever more seen and esteemed by ourselves and all members of our society.

Since, Wednesday, September 26, 2018, the vigil has been going on daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, at the corner of Berri and St-Catherine streets in downtown Montreal, where five abortion centres ply their deadly commerce.

Below are excerpts from the vigil log; offered for your reading enjoyment and prayerful support:

 

Day 2, Thursday, September 27, 2018 – Divine Assistance

A sunny day brought more people onto the streets than the previous rainy day. So, more persons walked by the vigil location, many of whom expressing themselves either in favour or not about our presence. I figured the nay sayers outnumbered the yeahs, two to one.

One naysayer surprised me. In mid-afternoon, while praying, I was startled out my revelry by a slight pressure on my back. No sooner, a young appeared before me drawing a large X with a black felt marker on the sign hanging in front of me. He then scurried off.

Removing the signs, I noticed that both had a double X mark swathed on them. Wasting little time, I tried to remove the marks but had limited success.

Then Claude, one of the prayer volunteers, arrived. Quite naturally he offered me his alcohol-based hand cleaner along with a sac of Kleenex. He applied the liquid adroitly along the marks and I worked with the wipes. To my amazement the marks came off easily with no lasting impressions!

Claude was a God send, coming at just the right moment with the right tools. Need I add that alcohol cleaner and wipes are a daily tool I carry with me!

Day 5 – The Life Chain

As the Life Chain is scheduled for this afternoon, a half day will be spent at the vigil location, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. before moving to join

Day 8 – Multiple Encounters

On this overcast day we had multiple interactions with the public, some civilised and others more emotive.

By emotive, I think of three persons – two women and one man, all of whom shouted at us before continuing their way. One lady shouted as she walked by “abat aux obscurantists.” She was followed by a young man who shouted “anti-choix; allez-vous en!” as he cycled by. Finally, near the end of the day, another female pedestrian stopped and shouted for us to go to hell, us and our religion. (How she knew our religion remains to be seen!)

A positive exchange occurred for both Charlotte and I separately. A woman berated Charlotte at first but an exchange followed, particularly so when a man stopped to engage the woman. With me, a young woman stopped to learn my views about rape, my faith, and abstaining until after marriage.

Day 10 – A Day of Visitors (Vigil ¼ mark)

This day many persons dropped by the vigil location to chat and encourage those of us on hand to persevere.

Of this latter group, at the outset of the day were an older gentleman and young Hispanic woman. In the latter part of the morning, Gordon (28) a street evangelizer stopped to chat and blessed me before leaving; we both remember meeting each other at a previous vigil. Charlotte was the recipient of some lauds, with one woman offering her a twoonie. (Interestingly, unlike previous vigils persons have been offering us, particularly Charlotte some monetary gifts - $1, $2, $5)

In the afternoon three visitors came, two of whom chatted for some time – Serge and Joseph. I had 40-minute chats with both. Serge and I saw eye-to-eye on many issues whereas Joseph made me feel uncomfortable on numerous occasions. The latter, a professed Christian, had the tendency during our talk to point his finger at passers-by and stating a judgment about them – “she’s pro abortion”, “him, a good person.. The conversation and exchange flowed better with Serge whereas with Joseph I found myself more listening and questioning the numerous claims he was making. I found he was lacking in mercy.

The third person, Charles, came just as I was closing out the day and when I emerged from 5 p.m. mass he was there with Joseph along with a police officer in conversation.

Day 14 – The Interview

Today’s highlight was the interview by a dozen or so UQAM journalism students.

At around mid-afternoon, I had no sooner taken a break that a first group of four students and then a second and a third approached me almost simultaneously. Young men and women questioned me about what I was doing, why, the support to pregnant women we offer. I gave concrete details about the latter. Finally satisfied, photos were taken and they were off.

I mustn’t forget the post-abortive woman (mid-twenties) who collapsed next to the metro aedicula. This occurred around 11:20 a.m. She was assisted by a male and female of about the same age. I offered the phone no. of a colleague who does post-abortion counselling.

Among the prayer volunteers and well-wishers who came and went on this day are Carlos, Suzanne, Alejandra, Charlotte, Denis, Mary and her son Denison.

Comments heard: young woman: “you should be ashamed of what you are doing,” and an older woman: « Vous faites pitié, Monsieur. »

Day 17 – Parting of the Veil

Because of laws and the construction occurring in the vicinity of the vigil location ( I counted five work sites all in visible range of our prayer location), we have an obstructed line of sight to the two abortion centres close at hand. Yet, this day a veil was parted briefly permitting Charlotte and I to witness the tragedy going on.

In sum three couples travelled through our prayer site, proceeding into the clinics and one of the women noticeably feeling the impact of the abortion on returning needing aid from the man accompanying her.

The latter incident particularly affected Charlotte.. The woman needed visible assistance and comfort from her partner to make her way to the metro. Never had we a greater need for our presence to point out the butchering going on.

Our presence on the streets of Montreal brings the love of Christ front and centre, not only to the men and women seeking to end of the lives of their unborn children, but also to the many others who are struggling and who have forgotten God.

Thank you for your support to make this initiative possible.

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So Close, Yet so Far

Here's a wonderful editorial by Journal de Montréal columnist Richard Martineau. He takes on the school of Political Correctness, this time showing itself at the University of Rhode Island, and defends the importance of truth. Yet, how can this man be so adamant about truth and remain blind to the harms of both abortion and transgenderism! Prayers requested for him.

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106 Votes

106 votes! That slim margin was enough to defeat a vote protecting the unborn child!

Let me explain.

I recently attended the Conservative Party of Canada biannual convention held in Halifax, NS.

From August 23 – 25, 2018, about 3500 delegates from across Canada met, including three of us from the Quebec Life Coalition.

Background

CPC members gather once every two years to propose, debate, and vote upon propositions to be added to the party policy handbook.

In the run up to the 2006 federal election, the national Conservatives adopted a motion – Article 65, to NOT reopen the abortion debate.

Article 65 of the Conservative Party of Canada policy platform states that “a Conservative Government will not support any legislation to regulate abortion.”

At this recent national convention, though as many as eight pro-life, pro-family, and pro-faith resolutions were adopted, unfortunately the proposal to delete Article 65 was defeated by a slim margin; 53% of the delegates (945) voted against removing the article versus 839 who voted in favour.

Only 107 were missing to scratch the article, permitting the Conservative Party to become a voice for the unborn!

Many of us were saddened and disheartened by this result, having travelled so far, petitioned the delegates, and falling short.

Yet our resolve to defend and speak up for the unborn is steadfast. We continue the battle. We return to our churches, our social groups, petitioning our peers for the protection of unborn life.

You’re invited to join us in our efforts.

Consider being with us in one of our upcoming events:

  • Pilgrimage for Life. On Saturday, September 15, 2018, a day-long event, travelling to three abortion facilities and five holy places, offering our prayers and sacrifices to Our Lord that He intercede on behalf on unborn children threatened by abortion. You can join us aboard our chartered bus, by reserving a seat at 514 344-2686.
  • Life Chain. On Sunday, September 30, 2018, a sixty minute silent, prayerful vigil at a busy thoroughfare, signs in hand, drawing the public’s attention that abortion is widespread in our land. There will be two thousand locations across Canada to welcome pro-lifers from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. For details call us at 514 344-2686.
  • 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion. This twice annual event is set to run from September 26, 2018, to Sunday, November 04, 2018. Again, we will be at the heart of the abortion industry in the province of Quebec – the corner of St-Catherine and Berri Streets, Montreal, daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We need your help to bolster our diminishing number of prayer volunteers. Again, call 514 344-2686 for details.

Else, make a pledge. Your financial support funds such worthy projects such as of stalwart services:

  • A toll-free phone line / “Enceinte et Inquiète” Web site, 24/7, for women experiencing a crisis pregnancy.
  • Apologetics courses, instructing people of good will in the hope that is ours.

Finally your prayers ARE an invaluable way to change hearts and our culture.

Evil is in our midst. Moral iniquity is rampant. May we be instruments of good, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and inspired by our saints and the Blessed Mother to be ever faithful to Our Lord in promoting a culture of life.

Thank you for your support!

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Counting our Blessings

The blessings of summer are here – warmth and sunshine, fresh produce, time for travel and for spending with dear ones.

We've noticed and are benefiting yet without neglecting our duty to defend faith, family and life, from conception to a natural death.

I recently reveled in a four-day pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., where along with fifty others visited shrines, museums and famous spots.

Also, I got to travel to Phoenix, AZ, with my colleague Mario Richard to attend a pro-life symposium. Well over 150 people leaders within the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion movement met to share pro-life experiences.

For instance, Carmela spoke about starting a 40-day vigil in her native Columbia. Overwhelmed by the number of abortion facilities in her town she invited friends to an evening of prayer and to brainstorm on how to end the slaughter of the innocent. The answer came from the lips of a friend: “Have you heard of 40 Days for Life?” She hadn’t and, upon learning more, decided to register to become a campaign leader. God responded.

They built it, …

… and people came!

Carmela was awed by the outpouring of support that the vigil attracted. And it did not end there. Her initiative inspired many others in Columbia to do likewise in their own municipalities in subsequent vigils, proving that across the Columbia and in the rest of the world people want to see the end of abortion.

A second testimony came from Sue Thayer. Sue shared her experience of journeying FROM being a Planned Parenthood (PP) manager in Iowa TO becoming a 40 Days for Life vigil leader at the very clinic she managed!

Again God responded gracing this 17-year former PP manager to comprehend the horrible and destructive force that abortion is. (Sue’s testimony may be found in this month’s newsletter.)

Uniting around the Word of God as found in Sacred Scripture which she made available at the vigil location, the people from the different churches united to pray, resulting in the subsequent closing of the abortion facility!

With your support, here in Quebec, Columbia, Iowa, and across the world, we will achieve the end of abortion. Consider joining us this fall, beginning on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, as Montreal hosts its twentieth 40-day prayer vigil for the end of abortion.

Much more is planned to build up the culture of life and you are invited!

  • Corn on the Cob/Open house, set for Sunday, August 19, 2018. The president of the Catholic Parents’ Association of Quebec, Mr. Jean-Léon Laffitte, will be our guest speaker. The day begins at noon on the grounds of Saint-Émile church, 3333 Sherbrooke Street East, Montreal.
  • August 22-24, 2018, ten to twelve of us will travel to Halifax, NS, to attend the national Conservative Party of Canada Congress. We wish to strengthen the party’s pro-life platform especially as a federal election set for fall 2019.
  • Pilgrimage for Life is set for Saturday, September 15, 2018, a day-long event, travelling to 3 abortion facilities and 3 holy places, offering prayers and sacrifices to Our Lord that He intercede on behalf on the unborn children threatened by abortion. You can join us on our chartered bus.
  • Life Chain is set for Sunday, September 30, 2018. For details call us at (514) 344-2686.

Finally, we remain steadfast in the defense of life of the unborn child and the women living a crisis pregnancy. We are ever manning our toll-free phone line along with the “Enceinte et Inquiète” Web site, as witnessed these past few weeks, helping four mothers and one gentleman with their struggles regarding a pregnancy and raising their children.

In conclusion, Our Lord has blessed with copious fruits particularly during these summer months. Mindful of these, let us not be remised in defending faith, family and life as our opposition is ever at work undermining the culture of life. Thank you for your support!

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