Respect for Life
Family Life Sunday, Sept. 14 at St. Isidore Parish in Danville, was a celebration and fundraiser for the culture of life. Several pro-life groups gathered, including The Gabriel Project, 40 Days for Life-Hayward, Bethany Christian Adoption Services, the Knights of Columbus, Save the Stork Foundation (mobile ultrasound/counseling centers). Rev. Walter Hoye of the Issues 4 Life Foundation, above, was one of the guest speakers. There were raffle prizes and games for the children.
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Pro-life events happening around the diocese
Among the pro-life activities taking place around the Diocese of Oakland during Respect Life month:
40 Days for Life
The national campaign, which began 10 years ago in College Station, Texas, has blossomed to include almost 300 sites in 13 countries this year. Vigils began Sept. 24 at two sites in the Diocese of Oakland. The 40 days end on Nov. 2, All Souls Day:
On the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood, 1032 A St., Hayward, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Local contact: Anne Van Tatenhove, 510-582-4959, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood, 2185 Pacheco St., Concord., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Local contact: Jose Figueroa, Mg92308@yahoo.com.
For additional information visit 40daysforlife.com
Change for Life
Baby bottles will be distributed in some parishes, for parishioners to take home and fill with donations for pro-life work in the diocese. Among the parishes participating are St. John Vianney in Walnut Creek and St. Bede in Hayward. St. Bede's collection will benefit Birthright. Since 2011, the parishes participating in the baby bottle campaign have raised more than $40,000 to support pro-life organizations in their communities. Contact John Watkins, diocesan coordinator for life and justice, at email@example.com.
Prayer in Concord
A group from Queen of All Saints, St. Agnes and St. Francis parishes in Concord pray at the Concord Planned Parenthood, 2185 Pacheco St., every Friday morning after the 8:30 Mass at Queen of All Saints. They pray the 20 decades of the rosary, with a pro-life meditation before each, plus some other prayers, and are there until about 10:30 a.m. Some return at 3 p.m. for an Hour of Mercy to pray, including the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Students from Mt. Diablo High leave school at that time, and often are receptive to prayer cards as they walk by.
Prayer at Lafayette cemetery
Knights of Columbus from the local councils, and anyone who can join, pray one set of mysteries for the unborn at the Rachel Monument at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Lafayette at 10 a.m. every Saturday.
Rev. Walter Hoye, founder of Issues4Life and noted pro-life speaker, will speak in the parish hall at St. Joseph Parish, 837 Tennent Ave., Pinole at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
Rev. Hoye is willing to bring the pro-life message to parishes with no speaking fee, just a free will offering. If you are interested, please contact Joni Durling, 925-550-3122 to make arrangements. He is willing to speak to core groups or entire parishes.
St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland, is hosting a Pro-life Forum at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Parishioners who are involved with various pro-life endeavors will talk about their pro-life outreaches.
St. Francis Parish in Concord is celebrating life in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis on Oct. 4-5. There will be a short video after the Masses to encourage parishioners to come to the Journey of Life display in our parish Hospitality Room where parishioners will walk through an exhibit of the stages and ages of life coordinated with the appropriate Sacraments. Parishioners are being invited to sign a banner supporting life, and to receive a mini-baby shower invitation to buy a baby gift for area babies and mothers, which can be returned to church during October.
At tables on the plaza at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Brentwood, after all Masses on Oct. 4-5, parishioners are invited to take some literature, pick up an "I Love Life" wristband, and make a donation.
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