Nov 11

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

adoptsEach year, since 1990, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoption-related issues are important, the particular focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care. But did you know that before becoming a foster care child, there is a period of time, usually just a few weeks, that a child is in ‘limbo’, until Social Services decides on the foster care route?
This is the case when a woman with a drug addiction gives birth to a child for example, and the birth center is obligated to report this to the Department of Human Services. As the appropriate personnel investigate the condition of the new mother and her capability to take care of her newborn, her baby is taken away from her for a few weeks and placed in the home of an “emergency foster care parent”. The objective is always to help the mom get back on her feet and start a process of recovery from drugs, so that she can be reunited with her child. If this proves difficult, a relative is identified so that the baby can be united with his/her own blood relatives. In the meantime, this precious human being has to probably go through a process of withdrawal, even though he/she had nothing to do with the circumstances of his/her birth. This usually requires that a more quiet and darker room must be provided by the emergency foster care parent.
Sometimes the baby might have nowhere to go, as the mother or closer relatives prove incapable of caring for him/her, so regular foster care, or adoption, becomes the next step. A temporary foster care home is also needed for babies that are abandoned at birth, or taken away from their parents because of other dangerous circumstances. The need for emergency foster care parenting is a reality in our community. Three to five weeks of unconditional love to a newborn, could make a big difference in the development of that new life. Perhaps this is an act of charity that God is calling you to do?

Nov 06

Brittany Maynard’s storybook death shouldn’t add support for assisted suicide

brittanymaynard5Debra Saunders’ excellent commentary about the decision of a young woman with cancer who moved to Oregon to kill herself with the help of a doctor was published in the Nov. 5 edition of The Bakersfield Californian. Among the points she made: “If Maynard died with dignity, then does that mean that others who do not choose to choreograph their death lack dignity? There’s no getting around the language advocates have chosen — ‘Death with Dignity’ suggests that there is something undignified about holding onto life. You’re Superman and ready to die with a smile — that’s dignity. Or you are a pathetic hanger-on.” Read the rest here.

In stark contrast is the story of another young woman with terminal brain cancer, whose inspiring story of her determination to play college basketball and live life to its fullest can be read here.

Nov 06

Thank you for voting pro-life!

A message from the California ProLife Council:570

Final results for the 2014 California General Election will not be fully tallied and confirmed until after November 5th. Yet almost 50 pro-life candidates secured their seats in this election! Please see here for a listing of all the races we won this year. While there were some pro-life losses on election day — most of them from VERY long-shot races — there were many MORE victories for pro-life candidates in California competitive races.
California Prolife Council would like to thank you for voting pro-life in yesterday’s election. We would not be celebrating this victory without you.

This election has given us an opportunity to change the pro-abortion stranglehold in Sacramento, and impact the larger debate on defending innocent lives,” said Anissa Gallegos, California ProLife spokeswoman.
Read more  here.

 

Oct 31

Help defend religious freedom in California

PavoneA message from Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life:

October 24, 2014

Dear Friends,

The state of California is requiring every insurance policy to cover abortion. And this has national implications.

Even religious employers who are exempt from paying for contraceptives are now required to pay for abortions, for any reason, until 24 weeks, long after the child in the womb can feel pain.

We need every pro-life person not only in California but across the nation to join us in taking action RIGHT NOW and to stop this in its tracks. If one state gets away with this, so will others.

Read more and take action here

Oct 28

Witness to Life participates in Life Chain 2014

Fr. Larry Toschi of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish participates in the Life Chain event.

Fr. Larry Toschi of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish participates in the Life Chain event.

Witness to Life friends and supporters, including Fr. Larry Toschi of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, were among hundreds of participants representing various parishes in the community who lined several blocks each of 23rd and 24th streets in downtown Bakersfield on a beautiful Sunday afternoon on Oct. 26.

KERO-TV, Channel 23 reported on the event, which can be viewed along with a video here. More information about the event can be read here. For more photos of the event, click here.

Oct 27

Prayer to Our Lady During U.S. Elections

OLG-LogoPNGOur Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, we pray for your intercession in the defense of Life and Family in the United States. We pray for the election of political leaders who will respect the dignity of each person from conception until natural death. And we pray for the conversion of all Members of Congress, and all those working in the U.S. government who are promoting the culture of death hera and around the world. Through your intercession, may our elected officials in the U.S. reverse the policies that use taxpayer money to destroy Life, Marriage and the Family worldwide.

Blessed Mother, Patroness of the Unborn we humbly ask for your protection of all those working to build a Culture of Life. May all those persecuted for preaching the Gospel of Life be comforted by the love and mercy of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and may they have victory over the evils of this world.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

Amen

Oct 24

Vote pro-life with help of voters guides

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Two voters’ guides that show where candidates for local and state offices stand on life issues are available for those seeking this information before casting their votes in the mid-term elections on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014:

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Additionally, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have made the “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” guides available in both English and Spanish on their website, which can be accessed at USCCB_Faithful_Citizenship

“We encourage all citizens, particularly Catholics, to embrace their citizenship not merely as a duty and privilege, but as an opportunity to meaningfully participate in building the culture of life. Every voice matters in the public forum. Every vote counts. Every act of responsible citizenship is an exercise of significant individual power. We get the public officials we deserve. Their virtue – of lack thereof – is a judgement not only on them, but on us.” (#33)

Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics 1998 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Sep 19

Synod of Bishops on the Family: Your Prayers are Important

Synod-Bishops-FamilyOn Sunday, September 28, 2014, let’s join in praying for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family.

For more information visit the USCCB website.

Sep 14

A Letter from Deacon Dan – Fall 14

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

deacondan_CTKThe WTL Fall newsletter and upcoming conference celebrating the first anniversary of Witness to Life are focused on the basic unit of society – the family; the foundation of which is marriage. A proper understanding of marriage not only recognizes the sexual complementarity of male and female, but it also protects a child’s right to be nurtured by his or her mother and father. This understanding has been revealed to us by God and is reflected in the natural law.

As Christians, we understand the most effective way to evangelize and share the truth of life, marriage and family is to live our faith each day. Unfortunately, our modern culture has made this extremely challenging as it grows more and more hostile toward our faith. If we do not actively pursue our call to be saints, to practice heroic virtue, then we risk becoming complicit in the current culture of death and moral confusion that has permeated modern society.

The quote by Saint John Paul II on page two is timely due to the upcoming election in November. Let us join with JPII in recognizing the inherent connection between family and society as we consider how to vote on issues and candidates.

Christians must not succumb to the current trend in America toward political polarization. Rather than identifying ourselves by political party, we must strive to identify as faithful Catholics who lean toward a liberal or conservative method of policy implementation. To vote for an issue or candidate merely because of a political party’s backing is not only irresponsible, but can also be sinful depending upon our knowledge and options.

May God help us help our country find its moral compass!

Deacon Daniel Rindge, Christ the King Catholic Church

Sep 03

National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children – Sep 13

MemorialforAbortedChildrenThe second annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, will take place Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 with solemn vigils at gravesites across the United States at which these children have been buried, as well as other sites dedicated to the memory of aborted children. 

There are a few locations were memorial services will take place in California. For more information visit National Day of Remembrance.

CALIFORNIA

Memorial for Aborted Babies
Queen of Heaven Cemetery
2161 S Fullerton Road
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Saturday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m.
Grave of Unborn Babies
Odd Fellows Cemetery
3640 Whittier Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90023
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Sunday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. (English) and11:30 a.m. (Spanish)
Special Guests: Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life
Green Acres Mortuary
11715 Cedar Avenue
Bloomington, CA 92316
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Details coming soon.
Gravesite of 54 Aborted Children
Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Memorial Park
11500 Arlington Avenue
Riverside, CA 92505
Map and Directions
Day of Remembrance: Details coming soon.
Sponsored by: Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust

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