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!

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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: Dates for your diary

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ddNovember 3rd marks the end of the 40 Days for Life in which many of you participated through prayer and fasting. The Closing Rally will take place this Sunday, 3rd of November 2013, at Bank and Sparks Streets at 7:00 pm.  The opening prayer and address will be given by Archbishop Terence Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa. Afterwards there will be an update from Doris Gagnon, director of Sidewalk Counselling (under the umbrella of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants).  A young single mother, Amy Beaudoin, will tells us what prompted her to choose life for her baby and the webmaster for Forty Days for Life, John Pacheco will give us an overview as to how the campaign went. There will be hot chocolate and doughnuts afterwards!  It is suggested that those interested can go directly to Bank-Sparks Street. For those at Deschatelets and surrounding areas, it is proposed to meet at 6.30 pm at the front door. Suggestions whether to walk or drive are welcomed!  Feel free to spread the word to your friends, family and colleagues, all are welcome!

November 5th:  An invitation has been extended from the Medical Students for Life from the University of Ottawa:
“Come join us for a talk by Denise Mountenay. She is the founder/president of Canada’s “Silent No More” chapter. It is a non- profit society reaching out to women and men hurt after abortion. She will be sharing her personal experience of pregnancy loss and abortion. Hear why women choose abortion, and how it can affect their lives.
When: November 5th
Where: Roger Guindon Hall (located next to CHEO)
Room 2113 for the 12:30 talk
Room 2149 for the 4:30 talk
Pizza will be provided!

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Saint Paul Students for Life: Upcoming Events of Interest

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Tuesdays 8:30AM, Prayer for Life in St. Eugene Mazenod Oratory

February 6th, 3:00PM, Regular meeting with all members. Location TBA.

February 14th, 12:00-1:30PM, Valentines event, Flowers and Chocolate

March 1-3 Retreat Event at Sacré-Coeur Parish with Fr. Thomas Loya.  Details coming soon.

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Saint Paul Students for Life: Cupcakes for Life!

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This year we will have our annual Cupcakes for Life activity on Wednesday, November 14th  from 11:00AM – 2:00PM on the bottom floor at St. Paul’s.  Students will simply be offering free cupcakes in remembrance of those who never got to celebrate a birthday.  Come and enjoy a cupcake and remember with us the value of human life!

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Saint Paul Students for Life: Meet and Greet

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St. Paul Students for Life will have a “Meet and Greet” opportunity in the Atrium at St. Paul’s on Wednesday afternoon, the 17th of October from 1:00PM until 2:00PM.  All St. Paul students are invited to come and meet the members and see what we are about!

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Saint Paul Students for Life: Friday 30 March 2012: Final visit to Bank Street abortuary until September

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This coming Friday (30 March 2012) will be the final day for this semester (and until September) that we go to pray at the abortion mill on Bank Street.

Please join us this Friday: we meet at 1pm outside the main entrance of the Deschatelets Residence, beside Saint Paul University, to carpool.  We return at approx. 2.30pm.  All are welcome.

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