Writing is usually Maria's department but I am the techie that sets up the computer stuff---so here it is.
Our first blog on our brand new web site!
Please mark your calendars for our meeting on Monday, October 18th at 7:00pm at Our Lady of Hope in Rosemont (9711 West Devon Ave.). It is less than a mile from Forest View Medical. Hope to see everyone there. Bring a friend.
The future blogs will be our updates as written by Maria, my sister of many marvelous words.
Below is our update from last week's vigil at Forest View Medical Center (Thursday Oct. 7,2010)
“… We had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found."Luke 15:32
This is the last sentence of Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son. It can teach us an important point about our pro-life mission when viewed in the greater context in which it was told. The Prodigal Son is one of three parables in the same sermon. In the first parable, Jesus speaks about a shepherd who goes out looking for a lost sheep and rejoices when it is found. The next parable is about a woman searching high and low for a lost coin, rejoicing with her friends when she finds it. In both of these, someone goes looking for something lost. However, the Prodigal Son, the third parable, is the only one in which no one goes looking for that which is lost. That is our mission. The older brother did not go, but we must be like the shepherd and the woman. We will go out and look for those who are lost. We are called to be at the clinics and help the women and men find their way home. Then we can share in the great rejoicing over what “was lost and has been found”!
VIGIL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THIS WEEK (Oct. 13th – 19th):
Every day until Oct. 31 during 40 Days for Life:
Downers Grove 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Access Health firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago 24 hours a day Albany Medical Ann Scheidler email@example.com
Wednesday, Glen Ellyn 7:45 am – 10:00, Aanchor Medical. Call Carol Wright 630-469-2165
*Special 9:30 Prayer Service in honor of 93rd anniversary of Fatima
Wood Dale 9:30 am – 10:30 Advantage Clinic Call Fran 630-529-5837
Thursday, Des Plaines 7:00 am – 1:00 Forest View. Call Maria 630-337-4197
Hinsdale 7:30 am ACU Clinic. Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, Hinsdale 5:30 am – 8:00 am ACU Clinic
Glen Ellyn 7:45 am – 10:30 am Aanchor
Des Plaines 9:30 am – 10:30 am American’s Women’s Call Russell 847-724-6344
Tuesday, Hinsdale 7:15 am – 8:30 & 10:00 – 11:00 am, ACU Clinic
(We’ve attached the full vigil schedule with addresses. Please let us know of any corrections or additions.)
News from last Thursday’s Forest View vigil:
** We can be like the father in the Prodigal Son story this week and “celebrate and rejoice,” because THREE babies were saved!
** The first couple was an African American man with a Caucasian woman. We prayed very specifically for this couple and, just ten minutes after the doctor arrived, the couple left. We do not know what happened. All we do know is that they did not have an abortion.
** The second couple was a young woman who arrived with her brother. The brother was not in favor of the abortion and went back in to get her out after talking to a sidewalk counselor. A few hours later they both came out, but it was clear the abortion had not occurred. Again, we do not know why, but we do know that it was the feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary!
** The third was a woman who came alone to Forest View for a pregnancy test. Two of our prayer warriors were able to bring her to the Women’s Center instead where she heard the news of her pregnancy in a supportive environment. She came out all smiles and hugged everyone at the vigil! Please pray for Carmina to find all the support she needs during her pregnancy.
** Sadly, two precious babies’ lives were lost that day at the clinic. One Hispanic woman came with a friend and a couple in their early 30’s arrived late but would not speak with us.
** Another couple, who had an abortion last week, returned for a check-up and talked for a long time with one of our prayer warriors… in Polish! It is no coincidence that our own Henryka who speaks Polish was at the vigil when this young couple needed to talk. They told her that they deeply regretted the abortion and gratefully took a Project Rachel brochure.
** News about your spiritually adopted baby: At 20 weeks, your baby has reached the halfway point! His fingernails and toenails are growing. He weighs about 11 oz., about as much as a bag of chips. He recognizes his mother’s voice and may react to loud noises outside the womb. Pray that life inside the womb remains peaceful for this precious little life. For more about the spiritual adoption program go to www.spiritualadoption.org
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