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God Bless them! Once again, the good Lutherans of the LCMS Life Ministry & the Lutherans for Life will be joining us at the Walk for Life West Coast. Pastor Charles “Chip” Fox will lead his flock from the New Life & Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Churches, LCMS, in San Francisco. Here they are:
This year they will be joined by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s national Life Ministry representative Rev. Marcus T. Zill, who also serves as the Director of Campus Ministry & LCMS U, which has over 200 chapters at universities and colleges around the U.S. Reverend Zill has been involved in campus ministry since 1998, when he became campus pastor at the University of Wyoming. He also helped found Higher Things, an LCMS RSO that works with youth. Pastor Zill enjoys cultivating a Pro-Life culture on college campuses. He and his family live in Albuquerque, NM. Rev. Zill has an excellent column at https://blogs.lcms.org/2016/cultivating-a-pro-life-culture-on-intolerant-college-campuses.
We welcome Rev. Zill, Pastor Chip, the Lutherans for Life, and all the good people from New Life Shepherd of the Hills!
Pro-Life Billboard wins students trip to the Walk!
More great pro-life pilgrims! We’ve got 23 people coming to the Walk for Life West Coast all the way from the Diocese of Colorado Springs! We had a chance to speak with Mary Theresa Thomas from the diocese.
Hi, Mary Theresa! We are delighted to welcome you to San Francisco and the Walk for Life West Coast. Tell us a little about your group.
We have a group comprised of high school age students and adult chaperones – including Fr. Greg Bierbaum, the ProLife Apostolate Director for the Diocese of Colorado Springs and Fr. Joe Dygert the religious education teacher at St. Mary High School, and Sr. Bernadette Mota from Total Catholic Education.
What’s the breakdown of attendees?
We have 23 people total from the diocese. Among the 13 high school aged participants we have three students who are on the trip because they submitted the winning billboard design for the 2016 Respect Life Dinner Youth Project Contest.
How great is that? Are the Walkers, from schools or parishes or both?
Participants come from all parts of the diocese.
Anything else you’d like to share?
The Diocese of Colorado Springs helps subsidize the trip through fundraising at the Annual Bishop’s Respect Life Dinner hosted by the Most Reverend Michael J. Sheridan, Bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs– this annual dinner brings in speakers from all aspects of the Respect Life movement, notably Archbishop Naumann, Janet Morana and this year Dr. Alveda King, to encourage and educate attendees.
Mary Theresa, we thank you so much and look forward to seeing you! Are YOU coming? Tell us your story!
Excellent editorial in the National Catholic Register listing the challenges facing pro-lifers in California and other ‘blue’ states, which concludes with great quote from Walk for Life West Coast co-chair Eva Muntean:
California Dreamin’: Pro-Life Efforts Offer Hope, Despite Legislative Setbacks
Pro-life work requires the support of every Catholic, whether we live in blue or red states.
It has been a particularly rocky year for pro-lifers in California since the election of President Donald Trump. The state government, firmly in the hands of Democrats, who work closely with Planned Parenthood, is reviewing a proposed bill that requires health centers at state-run universities to provide chemical abortions.
In November, California also boosted the reimbursement rate for abortions covered in the state’s subsidized health plan, Medi-Cal.
And previously, the state ratcheted up the pressure on religious employers, when it ruledthat health insurance plans offered in California must cover abortions.
Soon, the privileged status of abortion rights in the Golden State will be on display at the U.S. Supreme Court, when the justices take up National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra, a legal challenge to another California law that requires pro-life pregnancy-resource centers to post information about free and subsidized abortions….
The editorial concludes with a great quote from Walk co-chair Eva Muntean:
At the same time, the exemplary work of pro-life activists reminds us that there is much to be done, whether we live in blue or red states.
“The challenges facing us in California, and particularly in San Francisco, while formidable, are not new,” said Eva Muntean, co-founder of the Walk for Life West Coast, which is expected to draw 50,000 people on Jan. 27 to the streets of San Francisco (see story on page three). Still, Muntean and the tens of thousands of pro-lifers who gathered for the March for Life Jan. 19, and for the OneLife LA event on Jan. 20, are not deterred.
And as they stand up for unborn children, Muntean said, they also “offer hope and healing to women who have had abortions.”
“In our opinion, the biggest deficit in our state is a deficit of hope, of faith, and hence a deficit of love,” she concluded. “We try to be good news.”
Colleen Samson, a dedicated pro-lifer, 40 Days for Lifer, and a Board member of the St. Gianna Maternity home from the. Diocese of Fargo, ND, and a friend, will be joining us at the Walk! The diocese of Fargo is shepherded by good Bishop John T. Folda.
Colleen told us: This is my first time in San Francisco, although I have been to the March for Life in Washington DC a number of times. I am coming with a young lady—it’s a duet! The timeframe did not work for us to get to Washington DC, but the Lord has opened a door, so we are coming to San Francisco!
“It is vitally important that the world sees us stand up for the truth, and that we let the world know how sacred life is from the moment of conception until natural death.
It is so important that all of us take time out of our lives to join with other believers in standing up for life always, but especially in January the month of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
How pleased Our Lord must be to see believers of all different denominations, and even no denominations stand up boldly and courageously for his little ones!”
We also found out a little about the St. Gianna Maternity Home, where Colleen serves as President of the Board of Directors. The Mission Statement:
We believe that every unborn child has a right to life and that every pregnant woman has the right to give birth with dignity.
We are dedicated to providing safe shelter, food, clothing, education, and counseling; and to addressing the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of women in crisis pregnancies as an alternative to abortion.
We are committed to providing families with a stable living situation based on spiritual values – one mother, one baby, one family at a time.
Colleen told us “…our St. Gianna Maternity Home Director is Mary Pat Jahner. She is a saint! She was awarded the 2012 Caritas Award in the Diocese of Fargo and was runner up for the 2012 Lumen Christi Award. How we love her and appreciate all that she does for everyone including those that are in great need.”
Hey! St. Gianna Molla is one of our patronesses here at the Walk, and our annual award for pro-life heroism is of course named for her! The maternity home is helping to raise funds for the restoration of St. Gianna’s home back in Italy. They are having a fundraising dinner (Invitation written by Cardinal Burke, no less!) on April 18. If you’d like to help out you can find out more here.
La portavoz Glenda Aragón, de La Caminata de la Costa Oeste, será entrevistada por Marcos e Isabel Gutiérrez en “Hecho en California” el día lunes 15 de enero a las 12:30 p.m., Hora del Pacífico.
Diríjase aquí para obtener más información o para escucharla: http://www.hechoencalifornia1010.com/
The great pro-life, pro-family news site has a nice article on the upcoming Walk! Excerpt:
Renowned pro-life activists and a former abortionist turned pro-life obstetrician will speak to an expected 50,000 people at the 14th annual Walk for Life West Coast on Saturday, January 27.
The Walk for Life aims to send “a vocal and visual message that people of the West Coast stand for life” as they peacefully protest abortion. It is a rapidly-growing West Coast event around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion on demand in 1973.
Veteran pro-life activist Joseph Scheidler will receive the Walk’s St. Gianna Molla Award for pro-life heroism. Scheidler has been involved in pro-life activism since the dawn of the pro-life movement. Scheidler is the founder of the Pro-Life Action League.
They’re coming from near and far to the Walk for Life West Coast! One group joining us is from St. Henry’s Church in Buckeye, Arizona, led by their good pastor Fr. William Kosco. That’s Father celebrating Mass, below.
Fr. Kosco took a little time from his busy schedule to share a little about the trip to the Walk:
Our little group will be comprised of myself, Anna Jimenez, (our youth leader), and 4 high school seniors, all 18 year of age. We will fly to SFO from Phoenix early on the 26th, and return the evening of the 27th. It’ll be a quick turn-around, but I have Masses on the 28th, so gotta get back.
Our parish teen group is called: OneStepBeyond (or OSB for short). Our patron saint is St. Benedict (OSB again).
OSB is probably not unlike your average youth program, except that it is sort of a secret. We do not advertise or announce the group at all. It started 11 years ago with a few teens and has been a word-of-mouth program ever since. The idea is that not all high school teens are ready for a more serious involvement with their faith/parish and that those Catholic teens who do desire something more in their lives will openly express that desire and discover our little group. And for a parish our size (small-medium), we get a good number of teens attending. Our aim is to provide Catholic teens with as many experiences of the faith as possible. We do all kinds of things together in an effort to show young people that faith is family; that faith is a language, not a subject to be taught (though we do a fair amount of teaching, mostly Bible-based). Over the years we have attended Catholic workcamps in five different states. We spent two weeks at a college in New England one summer studying the Catechism and enjoying the outdoors. We’ve visited a monastery in Oregon for a week. We go to concerts, movies, plays, comedy nights, you-name-it, so long as it is clean fun and spiritually-based. We attended the SF Walk For Life back in 2013 and this time we want to rough it a bit more which is why we asked if we could obtain simple lodgings, unlike the previous time when we stayed with families and in a hotel.
As always with our adventures, there are laughs to be had and stories that will be told and memories that may indeed keep a young person connected to the Catholic faith for the rest of his/her life or which may help later in life if the person finds himself drifting or in a spiritual crisis – memories have a way of calling us back.
God bless you, Father, and we look forward to meeting you at the Walk! Are YOU coming? Tell us your story!
Mr. Joe Scheidler, the grandfather of the Pro-Life movement, who will be speaking at the January 27 Walk for Life West Coast, will be on Teresa Tomeo’s Catholic Connection show on Ave Maria Radio tomorrow, January 9 at 9:15 AM EST (6:15AM PST). He will discussing the Walk.
To tune in, go here and click the “Listen Live” button at top right
Bless their hearts! Our brothers and sisters are making the trip over the Sierra’s once again to come to San Francisco, and stand with women and with the littlest among us! It looks like pro-lifers from St. Albert’s, St Rose, St, Robert, and Immaculate Conception Church, plus from the Cathedral, will be with us! Also our pro-life brothers and sisters from Spirit Filled Church! Amen! (There may be other Churches too, so forgive us if we did not name you).
The coordinator for the Diocese of Reno is Mr. Steve Brown. You can email him here.
The photo is of St. Mary’s in the Mountains, in Virginia City, about 20 miles south of Reno. So cool we just had to use it.
Are YOU coming? Tell us your story: firstname.lastname@example.org
…for the littlest among us!!
Visit our ‘Need a Ride?‘ page to find pro-lifers near you who are coming to the Walkfor Life West Coast!