Southern Erie Vicariate Life Chain. Have you ever been curious about a “Life Chain?” A Life Chain is intended to promote a respect for life, especially the unborn. Peaceful volunteers hold signs with a respect life message along the road for a period of 1 hour. Our Mother of Good Counsel will host a “Life Chain” on Sunday, October 4 from 12-1 pm at South Park Ave. & Lake Ave., Blasdell. Gather at Our Mother of Good Counsel, 3688 South Park Ave., Blasdell at 11:45 am. Please bring a mask and socially distance. Eucharistic Adoration will take place in the church at the same time for those who would prefer to spend time in prayer. Please note that this is in addition to the Life Chain on Niagara Falls Blvd. which will take place the following Sunday.
Become a member of Nativity’s Pro-life Committee and help save the babies!
Email Melissa at email@example.com or call 662-9339 ext 145 today!
40 DAYS FOR LIFE – HELP SAVE LIVES IN BUFFALO! Sept 23-Nov 1
You can protect mothers and children by joining this worldwide mobilization to pray and fast for an end to abortion! Through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach, 40 Days for Life has inspired 1,000,000+ volunteers!
With God’s help, here are the proven results in 26 coordinated campaigns: 17,226 babies saved from abortion, 206 abortion workers converted, 107 abortion centers closed
Here’s how to take part in 40 Days for Life in our community:
Vigil location: In front of Buffalo Women Services at 2500 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14214
Vigil hours: 8am to 5pm Mon – Fri; 10am to 4pm Sat and Sun
Local contact: Dolly at (716) 382-0478 or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Importance and Priority of Defending Innocent Human Life
The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God, fínds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life. Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights-for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.
Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici (1988), no. 38
It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop. A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace.
Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (1995), no. 101
The first right of the human person is his life. He has other goods and some are more precious, but this one is fundamental – the condition of all the others. Hence it must be protected above all others. It does not belong to society, nor does it belong to public authority in any form to recognize this right for some and not for others: all discrimination is evil, whether it be founded on race, sex, color or religion. It is not recognition by another that constitutes this right. This right is antecedent to its recognition; it demands recognition and it is strictly unjust to refuse it.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Procured Abortion (1974), no. 11
U.S. Bishops’ Documents
At this particular time, abortion has become the fundamental human rights issue for all men and women of good will. …. For us abortion is of overriding concern because it negates two of our most fundamental moral imperatives: respect for innocent life, and preferential concern for the weak and defenseless.
Resolution on Abortion (1989)
Among important issues involving the dignity of human life with which the Church is concerned, abortion necessarily plays a central role. Abortion, the direct killing of an innocent human being, is always gravely immoral (The Gospel of Life, no. 57); its victims are the most vulnerable and defenseless members of the human family. It is imperative that those who are called to serve the least among us give urgent attention and priority to this issue of justice.
Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life (2001), Introduction
[A]bortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others.
Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics (1998), no. 32
WINNING THE WAR ON ABORTION
Twenty-three states have defunded (or attempted to defund) abortions with taxpayer dollars. (Some efforts have been stalled or stopped by the courts.)
- Texas is the only state to have defunded (or attempted to defund) abortions and abortion providers in Medicaid, Title X and state appropriations, and to have been granted a Section 1115 waiver from the Trump Administration to divert federal Medicaid funds away from abortion providers.
- Six additional states have good laws that defund abortion providers in the three principle funding streams: Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
- Sixteen states have only partial defunding laws (not addressing all three principle funding streams) and/or temporary defunding policies (executive orders, state budgets, etc.): Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.
- Another 14 states have not taken any action to defund abortion providers: Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming. (States that merely enacted a “state Hyde Amendment,” duplicating federal protections in Medicaid, are not credited on this map with having taken a significant step in defunding abortion providers.)
- Thirteen states have taken steps to directly fund abortions and abortion providers with taxpayer dollars: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.
NATIVITY’S PRO-LIFE COMMITTEE
Nativity church began its current Pro-life Committee in 2018. It is a vibrant and passionate group that always welcomes new members. We work collaboratively with neighboring parishes and churches of other faiths to spread the word that life begins at conception.
We currently hold semi-regular prayer vigils in front of the Planned Parenthood Clinic on Center Road in West Seneca.
We host a Living Rosary in October at Nativity Church in collaboration with Nativity’s Faith Formation program. October also sees our Cemetery of the Innocents display commemorating the lives lost to abortion.
We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a table at next year’s Erie County Fair to help educate and inform others about the sanctity of all life.
OUR PAST ACTIVITIES
Nativity’s Pro-life Committee is always looking for new ways to promote the sanctity of life. We don’t just spread the word that abortion is wrong. We also strive to help mothers who choose life.
To that end, Nativity is proud to collect new and gently used baby items for the Gianna Molla and Mother Theresa House.
Nativity has also hosted a baby shower for a young mother living at the Mother Theresa House.