Mar 25

Living Rosary set for May 31 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish

our-lady-of-the-rosaryJoin us for the annual Living Rosary at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31st, at the Grotto for Life at St. Francis Parish. Please bring your image of Our Blessed
Mother to carry with you as we pray and to place at the altar for the annual blessing.

Mar 25

Mass to kick off spiritual adoption program

All life is preciousA bilingual Mass to bless expecting mothers will be offered at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 601 E. California Ave. The
event, which coincides with the Feast of Annunciation (moved from March 25, which is Good Friday), will kick off a nine-month program (visit that includes naming the spiritually adopted child and offering a daily prayer, ending with a celebration on Dec. 26 with a baby shower at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s parish hall.

Mar 25

Bakersfield Pregnancy Center offers spring training

BPC logo 70-C80-M0-Y65-K5Do you have a heart for those in our community who are struggling with the difficult decisions surrounding an unplanned pregnancy? If you could
commit just a few hours each week to minister to families facing these challenges, please consider becoming a Bakersfield Pregnancy Center volunteer. Training will be held at the center April 7-28, on Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., with dinner provided at 5:45 p.m. Cost is $40 for materials. Call Jeanette or Mitzi at the center today for questions or more information at 661-326-1915.

Mar 24

Bakersfield Pregnancy Center to train volunteers

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Witness to Life supporters have an opportunity to provide compassionate help to women and men who are facing unplanned pregnancies. The Bakersfield Pregnancy Center will train those who can commit to a few hours a week to volunteer to care for families in crisis, beginning April 21. Registration deadline is April 17; cost is $40. The BPC especially needs male volunteers, as well as nurses and others to be a part of the center’s mobile ultrasound project.

For more information, please call 326-1915 or visit

Feb 09

Spiritual Adoption Program returns for second year


For the second year, Witness to Life is participating in the Spiritual Adoption Program. Last year, individuals and families joined us in this campaign, praying for more than 100 spiritually adopted babies. After choosing a name for their adopted baby, they got a prayer card after Masses, added the name of their baby to their parish “Adopted Babies” board, and started praying daily for their newly conceived baby, at risk of abortion, and the baby’s parents. Praying went on for the next nine months.

After joining the program, you will receive monthly updates about the growth of your baby; We will celebrate with a special baby shower at the end of the nine months on Dec. 26 at Our Lady of Guadalupe’s parish hall. You can join this prayer campaign at any time: please contact us at for prayer cards, and let us know of your baby’s name and your parish.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish also will bless pregnant mothers at a special bilingual Mass at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, which is the Feast of the Annunciation and marks the start of the Spiritual Adoption Program.

Feb 09

40 Days for Life marks 15th local campaign

40-reflectWitness to Life encourages its members and supporters to participate in the local 40 Days for Life spring campaign that involves 40 Days of praying and fasting for an end to abortion. Vigil participants are needed to fill 24 one-hour shifts for each day of the campaign. Dozens of babies were saved from abortion while participants kept vigil during the 14 previous campaigns.

Pray where? in front of the Family Planning Associates clinic at H and 25th streets.

Pray when? Feb. 18th – March 29th, 2015

Contact us for more information on our local campaign or to sign up for hourly shifts: or visit

More information on the national campaign and its origins and goals:

If you are unable to pray or feel uncomfortable praying in front of the abortion clinic, would you please consider participating in this peaceful prayer and fasting campaign by spending time with Jesus in Holy Adoration, interceding for pro-life issues in our community and our nation? On Fridays St. Philip the Apostle has exposition in the morning (all day on first Friday), while St. Francis and St. Joseph have exposition all day. You can also make a Holy Hour anytime and at any Catholic Church. For a list of prayer intentions visit our Adoration page under Get Involved. Join us in prayer!


Dec 28

Thank you for your baby-shower donations

photo 3The Spiritual Adoption Program ended with a beautiful Baby Shower on December 26th, hosted by Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Nine mothers who chose life over abortion, received many wonderful donations for their babies.

Thank you for your prayers during these past nine months and for all your love and gifts!

Nov 19

Pro-life Gettysburg Address

LincolnToday marks the 151st anniversary of the famous Gettysburg Address, which mentions that “all men are created equal.” This speech was used by Fr. Michael G. Peters to deliver an equally powerful message on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on the steps of the Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2007. He began by saying, “One score and fourteen years ago, seven Supreme Court Justices brought forth upon this nation an unjust law; conceived without liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are not created equal.” Read the rest of the brief address here.

Nov 14

Ruling on HHS mandate: “As contrary to religious freedom as you can get”

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today ruled against Priests for Life, saying that the regulations of ObamaCare’s HHS mandate “do not impose a substantial burden on Plaintiffs’ religious exercise.” Responding to what he calls an “unjust ruling” is Fr. Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life, who in an email alert said, “That’s absurd!  Of course they [impose a substantial burden]. The Court is wrong. And as I’ve told you from the very beginning of this process … Priests for Life will not obey the mandate! Not today.  Not tomorrow.  Not ever! And part of this defiance will be to appeal the Court’s ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.” Read more about the decision here.

Nov 14

Protestant author has it wrong on birth control

pillsMark S. Latkovic, S.T.D. a Professor of Moral Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit, MI), where he has taught for over 23 years, counters erroneous claims about Catholic teachings on birth control with a commentary in which he points out that sex is for both procreation and union, and that Catholics generally no longer use the outdated and unreliable “rhythm method,” but natural family planning (NFP). In sum, he says, “the Catholic Church condemns contraception as always wrong, while she accepts NFP when practiced uprightly by spouses, that is, for serious reasons and good ends.” Read more here.

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