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Saint Paul Students for Life: Day of Vigil for the Unborn-25th of March 2014

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piThe Helpers of God’s Precious Infants is organizing a Day of Vigil for the Unborn on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 (Feast of the Annunciation). This is an opportunity to perform a work of mercy during Lent. The day of vigil will be very similar to the 40 Days for Life campaign. Vigilers are asked to stand across the street from 65 Bank St. (just in front of the 240 Sparks St. Mall). There will be a few signs available. Sidewalk counsellors will be present for most of the day. Some of the students from St. Paul Students for Life will commit to taking an hour so as soon as we have the timeslot, we will update you and invite you to join with us!

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Saint Paul Students for Life: Icon of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa in defence of life and family

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gFrom the 18th-19th of March 2014, the icon of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, an icon set aside to travel the world in defence of life and the family, will be present in Ottawa. Many activities are being planned during those two days. Of particular interest to our group are the following:

19th of March 2014, Feast of St. Joseph, Patron Saint of Canada,

6:15 am to 7:00 am – Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill.
Conclusion of the annual St. Joseph Novena, which starts March 10th and takes place every morning at 6:15 am.

7:15 am to 8:30 am – Prayer Vigil across the street from Ottawa’s abortion facility at 65 Bank St.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm – Notre Dame Cathedral, 385 Sussex Dr.
12:15 pm – Mass in Honour of St. Joseph.

The complete schedule is available here: http://www.blackmadonnaottawa.ca/

Saint Paul Students for Life hopes to be present for some of these events. More details soon!

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Saint Paul Students for Life: Weekly Rosary for the Protection of Life

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rosaryOn Wednesday 12th of March 2014, we will return to the practice of praying the Rosary weekly for the Protection of Life. This will take place at 8.20 a.m in the small chapel which is located as you enter the main chapel, to your rights. For those of you who participated last year, it is not the former Guigues chapel! Why not make this special commitment for Lent and join with us! All are welcome.

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Saint Paul Students for Life: Child euthanasia in Belgium

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In response to Belgian lawmakers yesterday passing a law extending euthanasia to children, a petition has been drawn up to persuade King Philippe not to sign the bill into law.  The petition can be found here on the website Citizen Go. Organisers hope to obtain at least 50,000 signatures; by midday Feb. 14 it had already received nearly half that number.

In theory, the King can refuse his signature, but this is very uncommon and could stir up heated debates, says Gudrun Kugler, the petition’s chief organiser. But she argues that this puts King Philippe “in a position to make the strongest possible case for the dignity of every human person.”

“His uncle, King Baudouin, had heroically not consented to a liberalisation of abortion in 1990,” she recalls.

Belgium’s new law allows doctors to kill children “under the age of 18” who are terminally ill and suffer from severe pain without any prospect of relief. The decision to kill a child must be approved by the parents and the physicians in care. It is further necessary that the young patient is aware of the situation and understands what euthanasia means.

Belgian paediatricians said that the law is not medically necessary as “palliative care teams for children are perfectly capable of achieving pain relief, both in hospital and at home”.

Last month, members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe signed a declaration saying that this law “betrays some of the most vulnerable children in Belgium” and “promotes the unacceptable belief that a life can be unworthy of life which challenges the very basis of civilised society”.

(taken from zenit.org)

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Saint Paul Students for Life: Celebrating Saint Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day can be an awkward feastday for many. Single people often feel isolated. People in relationships feel obliged to show their affection for their significant others in a way that may seem totally manufactured. Valentine’s Day is considered one of the most polarizing holidays in the year. You are either a complete believer in what Valentine’s Day has come to mean, a celebration of love, or else you are sick and tired of the marketing frenzy that surrounds the event. However, love makes life beautiful, at any age. Whether it’s for the first time or the 100th, expressing your love is the best way to light up someone’s day, especially when they don’t expect it! And that’s exactly what we did last week on campus at Saint Paul University!

Saint Paul Students for Life group decided to mark Valentine’s Day and celebrate the gift of life and love on campus on Thursday last. Bopping along to classic love songs and handing out delicious home-made cookies, chocolate hearts and themed candy, it was a chance to meet some wonderful people who are students and professors on the university campus and spread the word about our group and its scope. It was also a light hearted way to get across some important messages. A short message welcomed people at our stand: “You are created from, by, for love. God is love!” People also had the opportunity to pick up a precious love letter from God completely composed from Scripture. You can download it it here.

Roses, which were available for a small donation, went down a treat and disappeared very quickly! It was probably strange for some people to see a religious sister and priests, along with the other members of our group, inviting people to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Even stranger that we were handing out stuff for free! I was reminded of Pope Francis’ words on the 2nd of February, day for consecrated life. He said “consecrated persons are signs of God in diverse environments of life, they are leaven for the growth of a more just and fraternal society, prophecy of sharing with the little and the poor. As such understanding and experience, the consecrated life appears to us just as it really is: a gift of God!

So were we just buying into the whole commercialism of Valentine’s Day (Saint Valentine’s Day, to be precise!)? On the 14th, the same Pope Francis met with 20,000 engaged couples in St. Peter’s Square. In his address, he encouraged couples to have the courage to make lasting choices, which can be challenging in today’s ‘through-away culture.’ We wanted to remind people that they are infinitely and unconditionally loved by God, not just on Valentine’s Day but always. It is also an invitation to engage in relationships which are healthy, holy and happy, seen in the optic of God’s divine project for each one of us. Relationships which are wholesome, life-giving and life-receiving. To be leaven in this same ‘through-away culture’ is not easy as we discover. Love is often distorted and manipulative because it is appears to be about one’s self and not the other. Jesus must be at the centre of every relationship, whether you are single, married, priest or a religious. Love must be open to life.

While the days of those little cardboard Disney-princess Valentine’s Day cards may be over for many of us (any one remember Martin’s “I choo-choo-choose you” for Lisa on The Simpsons?), it is no harm to have a little fun to celebrate the event as we continue to promote the work that the Students for Life groups does. The protection of the weak and the vulnerable, those who the world deems ‘unlovable’ is what we stand up for, in the name of love. Love, not hatred, will conquer the battle. Thanks to the students and professors who supported the event, stopped by and chatted, handed out the goodies, prayed for us and continue to fight that life may be respected at all stages.  Photo gallery

(taken from Sr. M. Louise’s blog over at Pilgrims Progress)

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Saint Paul Students for Life: Celebrating Valentine’s Day!

This post was written for Saint Paul Students for Life by srmarylouisepd. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

valOn Thursday 13th of February 2014, from 12-2pm, Saint Paul Students for Life will gather to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the atrium on the ground floor of St. Paul’s University. You are welcome to join with us to mark this event and spread the message that God’s love is unconditional for each one of us! Our presence seeks to be a reminder of the gift of life and love on this Valentine’s Day!   We will be handing out chocolates and cookies. Roses will also be available to distribute for a small donation.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Saint Paul Students for Life: Date for your diary

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ddDate for your diary: Stephanie Gray, pro-life advocate and co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. This event will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, January 8th, and will be held in St. Patrick’s Basilica in downtown Ottawa. The theme of the evening is titled ‘All Are Called’, and will focus on empowering people to seize the everyday opportunities to defend life. Not everyone can become a full time pro-life volunteer, but everyone can gain the knowledge and the tools to defend life courageously in our own lives. Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something, and so we invite you to join us for this unique opportunity to learn from an experienced pro-life advocate.

Hope to see you there.

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Saint Paul Students for Life: Good news from 40 Days for Life

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life“Although the campaign has ended … we’re still receiving information from our hard-working local coordinators. Through 40 days of prayer and fasting, we have so far received reports of 476 babies saved from abortion (that we know of)!

Add that to the number of babies who were saved during all previous 40 Days for Life campaigns … and the total is now 8,012 babies whose lives were spared!!! The Lord has truly heard and answered your prayers!

I’m going to take a bit of a break from the email, but I do want to pass along a few more campaign updates … as well as a bonus devotional … as we give thanks to God for another 40 days of miracles! Read more at http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=5187

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