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placeholder September 5, 2016   •   VOL. 54, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
Respect for Life

Respect Life gathering offers resources

"Moved by Mercy" is the theme for the Diocese of Oakland's annual Respect Life gathering, scheduled for Sept. 17 in the parish hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland.

Moved by Mercy
What: Annual Respect Life gathering
Where: Sept. 17,
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Cathedral of Christ
the Light Parish Hall,
2121 Harrison St., Oakland
For all those involved
in pro-life ministry
Contacts: Cristina Hernández, chernandez@oakdiocese.org or Mimi Streett, mstreett@oakdiocese.org
"It's such a beautiful ministry that deals with life and death issues on an ongoing basis," Cristina Hernández, Life and Justice coordinator for the diocese, said. "The critical space for us is to connect with God's mercy at a deep, personal level in a way we can bring that back to our ministry; nurture ourselves, to keep highlighting the value of life from conception to natural death."

The event, a collaboration of the diocesan Life and Justice Office and the Marriage and Family office, will feature speakers on topics along the continuum of life issues. Topics include natural family planning, post-abortion ministry, adoption and assisted suicide discussions.

"Birthright will share with us what the last 40 years under a pro-abortion society has done, especially to our young girls," Hernández said.

Afterward the Choice board members will tell of their experiences with Rachel's Vineyard, the retreat for women and men who are seeking healing after abortion.

Among the resources available to parishes, Hernández, said are copies of the 2016-17 Respect Life Resource Guide, published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Hernández said she is hoping that in addition to those already involved in parish Respect Life ministry, "those who are interested in starting a Respect Life ministry in their parish" will attend the event.

Participants will get some ideas for promoting Respect Life month, which is October, in their parishes, Hernández said, and information on the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco and the Issues4Life events in Oakland in January 2017.

Contact Cristina Hernández, chernandez@oakdiocese.org, or Mimi Streett, mstreett@oakdiocese.org to register. There is no charge for the event, which will include a light breakfast and snacks. It begins at 9:30 a.m. and is expected to end at 1 p.m.

40 Days for Life vigils begin Sept. 28

In cities worldwide, 40 Days for Life vigils will begin Sept. 28.

By standing vigil on the public right-of-way outside abortion clinics, praying and fasting, and conducting community outreach campaigns, the organization says 11,796 lives have been saved since 2007.

For information on joining vigils within the Diocese of Oakland, see http://40daysforlife.com. Vigils are being planned in Hayward and Walnut Creek.

A rally from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 16 at St. Mary Church Parish Hall, 2039 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek, will kick off the Walnut Creek campaign.

Rally speakers include Rev. Walter Hoye, of the Issues4Life Foundation; Frank Burger of the Valley Pregnancy Center; Dr. John Burger; Mair Moran; and Veronica Fealy of Shield for the Unborn.

The 40 Days for Life vigils end Nov. 6.

Remembering aborted children vigils

Two memorial services are planned within the Diocese of Oakland on Sept. 10 as part of the fourth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

Vigils at gravesites of aborted babies and other memorial sites across the country commemorate the more than 55 million children who have lost their lives to legal abortion since 1973.

At 10 a.m. Sept. 10, the public is invited to join the local Knights of Columbus as they recite the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary at the Rachel Weeping Memorial Statue at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1965 Reliez Valley Road, Lafayette.

At 1 p.m., the Knights of Columbus and the Legion of Mary invite the public to gather at Corpus Christi Church, 37968 Second St., Fremont. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Walter Hoye of the Issues4Life Foundation.

For further information on the Fremont event, call 408-765-8955 or email kofc@kofccorpuschristi.com. For the Lafayette event, call 925-344-5351. A list of locations nationwide is at http://abortionmemorials.com.

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