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Ending the Ultimate Injustice

Dear Friends of Life,

A recent experience makes me think that the end of abortion in Quebec is at hand.

At my parish I am one of several volunteers who do the weekly readings at mass. This means that over an eight to ten week period, my turn comes up two to three times.

To my shame, I have failed on too many occasions to fulfill this duty, and often without giving prior notice. So, as my next turn approached, I was filled with dread, dread of the recriminations from my peers and particularly from the person who arranges this schedule.

In light of my poor track record, is it any wonder that as I prepared to leave my house and head to church, I was conjuring up excuses not to go?

With increasing dread, I approached the church and entered, images of the prodigal son returning to his home coming to mind.

My first encounters with parishioners were nothing other than welcoming smiles and greetings.

Going further, I spotted the scheduler; my dread spiked. To my amazement and reminiscent of the father of the prodigal son, she approached me and warmly greeted me.

I was humbled. My fears and personal imaginings were unrealistic. During mass, tears came and went as I relived the acceptance shown to me by those within my faith community.

The reason why I believe that this experience speaks volumes about the fate of the unborn children threatened by abortion and the many wounded by this ultimate injustice is because of the readiness and universality of God’s mercy. Our churches are schools for teaching about this mercy and such on a worldwide basis to boot.


A friend recently told me that in addition to the over 25 000 surgical abortions performed yearly in our province, she believes that there is an equal number, if not more, of chemical abortions performed. Chemical abortions are those done on a fertilized ovum via the morning-after pill (aka Plan B), the contraceptive pill, by preventing the young embryo from nesting in the uterine wall, etc.

This number is gigantic and nothing less than humility particularly on behalf of all those working to end this grave injustice is needed.

God working within us in the measure with which we humble ourselves before our Father will produce the fruit of mercy. Miracles will occur. Lives will be saved on Earth and souls for Heaven.

My faith community showed me that a source of mercy is readily at hand and this because I was willing to travel the path of humility.

Our part is to act with humility.

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

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Brian Jenkins

Outreach Coordinator

p.s. Particular thanks to the growing number of persons registering in our monthly giving program. By enrolling in Operation Mustard Seed, we at the Quebec Life Coalition receive a steady and assured source of income, funding the various projects you have become familiar with – our web site, participation in the National March for Life, our Encente et Inquiète Crisis Pregnancy phone line, the 40 Days for Life prayer vigils for the end of abortion, and more. For details call (514) 344-2686.


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National March Draws Large Montreal Contingent

I’m back from having attended the 19th annual National March for Life in Ottawa this past Thursday, May 12, 2016, and what a blessing this experience was !

NM4L2016Sunrise2.JPGA favorable omen of what was to come occurred at the outset of the day. While heading over to the pickup site in Laval, I was greeted by a beautiful sunrise over the back river.

The blessings continued. For instance I learned that nearly 100 people boarded the two Montreal charters – 41 from Laval and close to capacity (56) aboard the downtown bus!

Yet another blessing was, despite the traffic snares and other imprévus, we arrived in Ottawa in time for the 10 AM mass at Saint Patrick Basilica.

Millie2.jpgPilgrims included Millie Coyne who is a regular attendee along with her husband Jack and friend Renée O’Dwyre. (Seen in the background is the television stage for the EWTN network which has broadcasted the March live in its entirety for the past 3 years from Parliament Hill.)

Below is a sample of the Montreal pilgrims posing after having attended the mass. Conspicuously dressed in his Knights of Columbus regale is Francesco Barbero who, flag in hand, would later that day lead the National March from the parliamentary grounds onto the streets of Ottawa.
Others pictured here include members of the Saint-Kevin Pro-Life prayer group and QLC General Manager Mario Richard and several of the regular office volunteers - Virginie, Ghisi, and Marc.

Our buses contained an diverse group of people coming from different municipalities - south shore Longueuil, east end Anjou and Rivière-des-Prairies, west island Kirkland, Pierrefonds, and Dorval, off-island Ile Perrot and Saint-Eustache. Husbands and wives, brothers, mothers and sons, a parish-based group, a community service group, and Knights of Columbus had all interrupted their busy schedules to travel to Ottawa and lend support to our cause.

Once in Ottawa, on Parliament Hill, we joined well over 22 000 others demanding rights for the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society. Politicians, religious leaders, youth (plenty of), and many young families swelled our numbers. Is it any wonder that this injustice will soon be corrected?

Sharing the Pro-Life Message – part 2

In the April newsletter I raised the question, “How do we share the pro-life message?”

As follow up question, consider: “How do we address irrational responses – understood as prejudice, passion, ignorance, misunderstanding, incomprehension or ideology?”

Apologist Peter Kreeft responds “We need not and should not employ any of these substitutes for reason in order to “make contact with” or “be relevant to” those who are doing so. We make contact and relevance not by changing rationality into irrationality but by changing irrationality into rationality. That is what education is.”

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator

P.S. Your on-going financial support helps to defray the expenses in organizing such events. Thank you.


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A Special Mass for the Family

MgrLepine.jpgMost Reverend Christian Lépine will celebrate a special Mass for families, on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

In the wake of the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family, Amoris Laetitia, and as Quebec Family Week is about to begin, our Archbishop, Most Reverend Christian Lépine, will celebrate a special Mass for families, on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m, at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral.

All families are welcome, as is anyone interested in the future of the family in our Church and in our society!

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Sharing The Message

Blessed Easter greetings to you and your loved ones.

Question: How do we go about sharing the pro-life message?
Answer: Trusting the Holy Spirit to lead us when and with whom.

Holidays are propitious times to share the message of life to family members and friends. Yet, as part of a family in which my siblings have had their own children and grandchildren are sprouting therefrom, our family gatherings have become memories and our household a stopover to visit the family matriarch.

Yet, the Holy Spirit continues to work unimpeded by circumstances to foster and promote life, as I recently experienced.

During one such stopover, my sister came into the kitchen as I was cleaning up after a late lunch. To my surprise she brought up the topic of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion and in almost the same breath, labelled this activity as militant and extremist as the brutal events of the previous week in which 34 were killed and many, wounded in Brussels.

Stunned, bewildered, I managed to say that our aim is to promote the respect of life from conception to a natural death. This statement did not elicit any reply. Rather, I was then the recipient of a series of statements which, I don't doubt, many of you are familiar with in which nary we have a chance to respond: “A woman has a right to choose,” “all the women I have spoken with are of the same opinion on this issue,” etc.

The Death of Dialogue

This interaction made me wonder whether civil discourse on this issue is possible. Of course, it is. Witness the recently concluded 40-day prayer vigil, in which I and many who came to pray were blessed to share our message of life in a civil manner with genuinely interested persons, men and women, of all ages.

Yes, we also met many who expressed themselves in the manner similar to my sister or worst – i.e., impetuously expressing their opinions without any desire to listen to another view, whether similar or not.

Why is this?

Author, philosopher Peter Kreeft offers insight in his dialogue “Between Heaven and Hell,” involving C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy and Aldous Huxley. Lewis at one point responds to a statement by Kennedy to the effect that people are more content living with lies because the truth would be too painful to admit and, so, we do not always want it.

Angelica_on_Truth.jpgAnother advocate of truth is Mother Angelica who died this past Easter Sunday. The foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network is known for not mincing her words. One quote appears in the photo and another states: “If you’re not a thorn in somebody’s side, you aren’t doing Christianity right.”

May our reward in this life be that we follow in Our Lord’s footsteps, and his alone.

I wish to thank you for your on-going support in promoting a culture of life. It is truly a privilege to share the pro-life message, by dialogue and other means that we at the Quebec Life Coalition are doing.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

P.S. Our court challenge to affirm our right to pray outside abortion facilities continues. As a result, expenses are incurred and so your support in paying our legal fees would be most helpful. Thank you.


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Impacting Montreal and Beyond

Blessed Easter greetings to you and your loved ones.

I have some exciting news. Your support of our work is impacting the Quebec legislative process! More about this below.

As we begin the Easter season, the Quebec Life Coalition has been preparing for this special time of year as we have been doing since 2009, bringing the message of life to the streets of Montreal.


Our 40-day prayer vigils for the end of abortion have defined us not only to Montrealers but also to all Quebecers, and its impact is felt throughout the province in several tangible ways.

First, the vigil draws people from not only the Montreal area but also province-wide. NDG, Laval, south shore Longueil, RDP, ville d’Anjou, and LaSalle, and further afoot, participants from as distant places as Ile Perrot, Granby, Ottawa, Quebec City, and even as far as Franquelin; you may need to Google this, have also come.

Second, the spiritual impact of our prayers also extends beyond the borders of Montreal. The weekend of March 5 & 6, our pregnant help service received an unprecedented 6 inquiries, one of which coming from our provincial capital.

A third way our prayers have had an impact is seen in the opposition we are getting. On February 23, 2016, Parti Quebecois MNA Carole Poirier, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, deposited a private member’s bill aimed at establishing a buffer zone around the 47 abortion facilities in the province. She states that doing so will eliminate the problem of accessibility and security which now plague such centres.

What problem of accessibility and security?

Over the past 25 years, there has been NOT one incident of violence at a Quebec abortion facility.

Yet, Mme Poirier is of the opinion that our precious legislative process should be used to curb a non-existent problem.

Bill 595, or the anti-Brian bill as a friend of mine has called it, aims to restrict the work that we at the Quebec Life Coalition have been doing to help women and men.

We have gone to abortion facilities in the Montreal to peacefully offer alternatives and comfort to women and men thinking of aborting their children. We have also gone to abortion facilities to also offer post-abortion comfort to these as they deal with the aftermath of their ill-fated decision.

Bill 595 will only exacerbate the harm done to women and men on a daily basis by eliminating an important source of truth – the services we at the Quebec Life Coalition are offering.

Action Item

So, please contact Minister Lise Thériault, the minister responsible for the Status of Women, to ask her to oppose bill 595. Her contact information is as follows:

  • Postal address: 205-7077, Beaubien Street East, Anjou H1M 2Y2
  • Office numbers: (514) 493-9630; FAX (514) 493-9633
  • Email address:

So, let us not remain silent in denouncing this grave injustice to members of our society and the misuse of public time and funds.

Yours in Christ Jesus,
Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator

P.S. The National March for Life is set for Thursday, May 12, and as in years past we will be chartering buses for many to attend. Please consider joining us or else supporting this project with a generous gift so as to have your voice and others heard by our elected officials in Ottawa.


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New Year - New Ambitions

Dear Friends of Life,

I would first like to wish you a good and holy New Year ! May God give you, throughout this year, the strength to bear witness by your actions, your thoughts and your words that Life always wins over death.

And as it is customary at the beginning of each New Year to make resolutions, I am sharing those of Quebec Life Coalition for 2016.

First, it is our intention to launch a broad-based popular instruction movement on fundamental topics, such as: 1) the rules of thinking, argumentation, logic; 2) the existence of God, of the immortal soul and free will and consequences that flow therefrom; 3) the arguments in favor of life and of marriage and against abortion, euthanasia and other attacks on the sacredness of life. That's why, from the beginning of this year, we will focus on the development of simple and short presentations we can do with various groups on these topics. Next, we plan to produce videos of these presentations which will be accessible to a wider audience.

Second, it seems to us extremely important to seize the opportunity provided by this Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis to address the issue of post-abortion pain and healing and forgiveness offered by Jesus Christ. In a letter published on the occasion of this Year of Mercy which began Dec. 8, Pope Francis writes:

I think in particular of all the women who have resorted to abortion. I am well aware of the pressure that has led them to this decision. I know that it is an existential and moral ordeal. I have met so many women who bear in their heart the scar of this agonizing and painful decision. What has happened is profoundly unjust; yet only understanding the truth of it can enable one not to lose hope. The forgiveness of God cannot be denied to one who has repented, especially when that person approaches the Sacrament of Confession with a sincere heart in order to obtain reconciliation with the Father. Therefore, we propose to all the representatives of Christian communities who are willing to develop with us a pastoral plan for women and men wounded by abortion to contact us.

Third, we will continue to work tirelessly to advance the promising project of a center for pregnant women in difficulty in Montreal. Located in the rectory of a parish in the Mile End district (near the site of our prayer vigils for the end of abortion), this project is making great strides. This month (January 2016), we expect to set up an interim board. A team of volunteers is in place and the renovation of the premises is already underway. Especially at this time we ask your prayers for this project. We will keep you informed of its progress throughout 2016.

Click here to give today to the Quebec Life Coalition.

Fourth, here's a 2016 project close to my heart, but particularly difficult to achieve: the creation of a political option that is fully pro-life and pro-family for the 2018 elections (provincial) and 2019 (next federal election). We wish to develop, of course with the help of many others, an electoral option which, although it cannot reasonably hope to win an electoral victory (or even, in the short or medium term, elect one MP), would still represent a decent choice for people of good will, the other political parties being too deeply compromised. The first third of 2016 will be a period of reflection and consultation to find out which track to take to present to the voters of Canada and Quebec an electoral option which is pro-God, pro-family and pro-life in the next elections.

There are many other events and projects in sights for 2016: the court trial to recover the right to be present outside of some abortion mills of Montreal will continue; the National March for Life 2016 will be held in Ottawa in May and we will promote it, like last year, organizing charter buses; our website which in 2015 was visited by over 2 million people will continue to be updated with articles translated by a team of over 25 translators. And much more!

However, all our achievements of last year and those anticipated for this year are only possible through your generosity. We hope that you will continue to support our efforts both materially (with your gifts, your volunteer time and your advice) and spiritually (prayers, masses, etc.).

May 2016 be a year full of Life for you!


Georges Buscemi, President, Quebec Life Coalition

P.S. We have been receiving a lot of mail these days. Be assured that we read each letter even though we do not always have time to answer them quickly. Thank you for your support!



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Christmas 2015 Fundraiser

Our Christmas fundraising campaign begins today. Our goal is 5000$. I know we can do it.

I ask a few moments of your time to explain why you should consider giving a special gift to Quebec Life Coalition this Christmas.

Quebec Life Coalition works day-in day-out, to make abortion and other attacks on human dignity unthinkable. We do it because God calls us to do it, full stop. We have accomplished much with your help, and plan to do more next year. But more on that in a moment. For now, let me tell you what we did together this year:

This year we ... 

  • Helped more than 80 pregnant women in need find housing, food, baby items, babysitting services, etc. through our toll-free hotline (1-855-996-2686);
  • have begun work on converting part of a parish rectory into a pregnancy care centre (a very promising project, the fruit of our prayers and our patient work of the past years - we certainly will keep you posted on this in the future!);
  • led two 40 Days for Life prayer vigils where, with the help of volunteers, we held vigil for 12 hours a day, for a period of 40 days, in front of abortion mills in the city of Montreal;
  • fought court injunctions brought against us, in order to maintain for all Quebecers their right to pray outside abortion facilities - the legal process is still pending;
  • maintained a French-language pro-life news website ( which so far in 2015 has been visited by more than 2 million people (that's a lot when you consider the relative size of the francophone market in comparison to the anglophone);
  • participated in the Synod on the Family of October in Rome along with an international team of seasoned pro-lifers, to try to have a positive influence on the deliberations of the Synod fathers;
  • promoted in Quebec the National March for Life in Ottawa, including arranging transportation by charter bus from Quebec and Montreal;
  • promoted pro-life candidates during the federal election;
  • organized various events, such as LifeChain and abortion Defunding events;
  • worked on the establishment of a post-abortion healing ministry in Montreal;
  • intervened in the major media about abortion, euthanasia, sex education in school, etc.;
  • participated in planning, strategy and networking meetings with pro-lifers from English Canada and other parts of the world.

All this would have been impossible without your regular and generous financial aid. Could you take a moment to give today? >>

As for next year, we plan on building on this year's achievements by :

  • Further developping the pregnancy care centre that is currently in the planning stages;
  • Developping a center for post-abortion mourning and therapy;
  • Introducing provincial legislation that will make it mandatory that women be told of the health risks of abortion before the procedure, which will hopefully reduce the number of abortions in this province;
  • Work towards establishing a real pro-life provincial party, so that pro-lifers have a place to put their provincial vote come 2018 -- also working with the CHP or others to make more pro-life candidates available in Quebec during federal elections;
  • continuing to promote the national March for Life in Quebec, by organising more buses to the March.

We thank you for your support - and we hope, especially with the holiday season, that you'll be able to show us strong support with a special year-end gift.

Give now to Quebec Life Coalition >>

georges-buscemi-rome-cercle.JPGChristmas is nothing without Jesus, born in a manger to save us. Similarly, Christmas is not the same without children. But every year in Quebec, 30,000 children are deprived of their chance to celebrate Christmas, their lives having been brutally cut short by abortion.

Thank you for continuing to give us the means to defend these children and so to bring the joy and hope of Christmas in the homes of this province.

Donate today to Quebec Life Coalition >>

God bless you !


Georges Buscemi, president, Quebec Life Coalition / Campagne Québec-Vie

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Prayer: Our Ultimate and Unconquerable Weapon

Dear Friends of Life,

This past Wednesday, August 20, Superior Court Judge Chantal Lamarche (pictured below) rendered her decision in the case involving our prayerful presence outside three abortion mills and as many expected she ruled in favour of the three plaintiffs against us.

Chantal_Lamarche.jpgI write “expected” because during the hearing of Tuesday, June 16, 2015, Madame Judge showed her bias against our side in varying ways.

One moment in particular I will remember for some time to come. Addressing the charge that our presence on the sidewalks of Montreal is tantamount to accosting clients of the buildings in which the mills are located, our lawyer Me. Robert Reynolds, compared our presence with the all too familiar scene Montrealers face daily entering and leaving the city’s Metro stations.

Many of you undoubtedly know what I mean. There, commuters are “greeted” by peddlers handing out copies of free newspapers.

No sooner had Me. Reynolds made his point that Montrealers are inured to this type of behaviour that Judge Lamarche interrupted him, quipping sarcastically of the absurdity of comparing the actions of these peddlers to what we were doing outside the mills.

The judge’s intervention stunned me. The reaction would be more consistent with an outburst from the attorneys of our opponent rather than from Madame Justice, whose role, I thought, would be to sit impassively listening to both sides, taking notes in preparation of her decision. Yet perhaps her decision had already been made.

So, the order stands; we are not to approach within a city block any of these three mills. (Read her fourteen-page judgment here.)


The first order of business is prayer. We need to remember Madame Justice Lamarche and the other persons involved in this misguided butchery; to pray for their conversion to the culture of life.

Second, do remember us in your prayers. We need to decide on the next course of action in this matter, whether judicial or otherwise. As always your financial support will be greatly appreciated.

MillsBerri2.jpgChildren continue to die at an alarming rate within these mills. According to the Montreal French daily La Presse of this past August 20, 2015, days, these three mills account for close to a third of the yearly abortions performed in all of Quebec. The daily cited that over 25000 abortions are performed annually in Quebec, though no records were produced to substantiate this value. (We believe that the figure is closer to 30 if not 35 000.)

Prayer also includes participating in our next 40-days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion. This is set to begin Wednesday, September 23, 2015 and run through to Sunday, November 1. To date, over 300 locations worldwide have registered – a wonderful testimony to the importance of praying, fasting, and advocating for the cause of the unborn and their mothers.

As we are forbidden to be outside these abortion mills, we will return to our familiar site on Saint Joseph Blvd. East. Though the Morgentaler clinic moved from this location November past, it had been performing its ghastly deed in its seventh floor offices since 1995. Thirty years of abortions year in, year out. As the court documents indicate that they do 3000 per year, these premises have been the site of 90 000 abortions!

Consider joining us on Saint Joseph Blvd. East to render just homage to these senseless deaths much as other memorials worldwide – Auschwitz, Dachau, give fitting tributes to barbarous acts of inhumanity.

Yours in Christ Jesus,


Brian Jenkins

Outreach Coordinator

Quebec Life Coalition


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No Ringing the Bell About Abortion


It has taken years, but the once taboo topic of mental illness has generally found acceptance in society. From a topic spoken about in hush tones and whispers often with malaise decades ago, today it is treated openly enough in the popular media and civil society.

What has not followed suit are discussions about mental illness arising from having procured an abortion. Aside from an increasing documented evidence in scientific peer-reviewed literature correlating abortion with depression, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, and suicide, popular media and civil society continue to shun such talk.

Deborah Rankin develops this point in a blog available on Ville Marie Online.

No Ringing the Bell About Abortion offers a Canadian perspective of this issue, noting how a corporation is willing to champion mental health but draws a line when it comes to examining the role that abortion plays in this illness.

The author continues her Canadiana tour with an examination of the political landscape. Justin Trudeau appears to be a favorite target, and rightly so. He epitomizes much of the Canadian denial and schizophrenic syndrome around the issue of abortion by on the one hand advocating for a woman's choice and forbidding his party peers to vote otherwise, and on the other denying his mother's much publicized abortion and the grizzly death of his sibling.

Other articles by the same author on the topic of abortion include:


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Choose Life at the Ballot

The Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, this past Sunday, August 2, 2015, called Canadians to the polls for this October. For additional coverage on Election 2015, click here.

In mid-June I traveled to Niagara Falls in order to attend a conference dealing with the impact of abortion on men. Not only was this good opportunity for professional development but also to meet old friends. I had met Lynn and Scott two summers ago, separately, on the other side of the country while attending workshops dealing with the impact that abortion has on families.

Miller2.pngLynn lives in the Hamilton area and is doing graduate studies in psychology. She brings a passionate perspective to the topic of abortion in that as an adopted child, she vehemently encourages me to do my utmost to help mothers keep the child they are bearing.

Scott, seen here with me, is a Pentecostal pastor and addictions counselor in Winnipeg. His own experience of abortion lead him to start a ministry whose focus is to bring men to fuller restoration in the various areas that abortion has affected them.

An important area of his work came about unexpectedly. He began prison visits, sharing with the detainees his faith as well as his life experiences, including his part in the abortion of his child. To his surprise, his testimony resonated with many. He subsequently learned that many men have a personal experience of abortion, having coerced a woman to abort or standing passively quiet as the woman aborted their child. Many men remain wounded from the experience.

A month later, I was able to renew other ties, this time travelling to Chicago to attend the fifth annual National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium. Two years ago I participated for the first time when it was held in the Minneapolis/Saint-Paul area, meeting Fr. Frank Pavone, founder of the Priests for Life ministry and Mr. David Bereit co-founder of the 40 Days for Life prayer movement for the end of abortion, persons committed to ending abortion.

At that time I had traveled with Enza Rattenni, the director of the Toronto Aid to Women pro-life organization operating in Toronto. It was a blessing to see her again this year in Chicago and to share about our respective battles to defend life.


As to the next gathering I didn't have to travel as far. Our yearly and quite popular corn roast was on Sunday, August 16 at 12 pm at our offices (3330 Rivier St. Montreal, H1W 3Z9), on the grounds of St-Émile church. This yearly event consists of partaking on some fine fare, sharing stories, and listening to a conference. On this latter point, the Rev. André Blais will shared his reflections on the topic of the upcoming Synod of the Family set for later this year in October. His thirty minute presentation was appreciated and after a dessert break we reconvened for a question and Answer period.


I wish to thank you for your on-going support. Doing so helps us to network with other groups and persons across the country and in other countries to build a culture of life.

Yours in Christ Jesus,


Brian Jenkins
Outreach Coordinator
Quebec Life Coalition

We have yet to hear from Judge Chantal Lamarche. On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, her honour presided the judicial hearing to determine whether an injunction will be set concerning our sidewalk counseling ministry. As Judge Lamarche did not render a decision on that day, she has up to six months to do so. Please invoke Saint Michael on her behalf as undoubtedly she is under a lot of spiritual and worldly pressure to decide according to the ways of the world.


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