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40 Days for Life: Kick Off Event

Dear Friends of Life,

You are all welcomed to join us to kick-off off our 12th prayer vigil for the end of abortion.

This event will be on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius church - 7187 2nd avenue - corner Jean-Talon east, three blocks east of the Iberville metro station (blue line).

The agenda for the evening is as follows:
  • 6:00 p.m.: Doors open
  • 6:30 p.m.: Exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 7:15 p.m.: Benediction and reposition
  • 7:30 p.m.: Speakers - Fr. Pierre Desroches, pastor of Saint Enfant Jésus church (French) and Steve Karlen, Director of North American Outreach, 40 Days for Life (English)
  • 10:00 p.m.: evening ends.

 

PRAYER & FASTING - OUTREACH - PEACEFUL VIGIL

The vigil begins on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, and runs through to Sunday November 2, 2014.

The vigil location has not changed from the previous times - across the street from the Morgentaler abortuary (30, Saint Joseph Blvd. East).

Over the 40-day period, a peaceful, prayerful presence from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. will be conducted every day, rain or shine.

Our prayers will be offered for the young couples struggling with the decison to keep or abort their child, as well as for those who have already made the tragic and irreversible decision.

Our prayers will also be offered up for the conversion of the abortionists and other facility workers who mistakenly perform this procedure.

Finally our prayers will be offered for the young and vulnerable who will die rather than have a chance to be born and live their lives.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

As we wish to maintain a peaceful, prayerful presence, the following code of conduct is offered to further this end:

  • I will show compassion and reflect Christ’s love to all.
  • I understand that acting in a violent or harmful manner immediately and completely disassociates me from this vigil.
  • I will not obstruct the driveways or sidewalk while standing in the public right of way.
  • I will not block the abortion facility's entrance nor the path of anyone, including passersby, on the sidewalk; I will remain on the north side of Saint-Joseph Blvd.
  • I will not litter on the public right of way.
  • I will closely attend to any children I bring to the prayer vigil.
  • I will not threaten, physically contact, nor verbally abuse anyone.
  • I will not vandalize private property.
  • I will cooperate with local city authorities.
  • I will not picket nor carry any signs, pictures, displays, nor wear clothing bearing any words or images, without the consent of the organizers.
  • I will maintain a spirit of prayer and refrain from judgments, debates and quarrels.
  • I will refrain from unnecessary discussion with the public and with the other prayers.
  • I will maintain a physical distance from others at the site whose tactics would be considered contrary to these guidelines.

 

HOW TO SHARE THE PRO-LIFE MESSAGE

What is the pro-life message?

At its most basic level, the pro-life message is this:

  • An unborn child is a human person
  • whose life has value and deserves to be protected by our society.

But we also have an important message to share about how abortion harms women – and men – and about how committed the pro-life movement is to helping women face untimely pregnancies and choose life for their babies.

Ultimately, our message is a message of hope. We believe that, working together, we can transform our society into a place in which no mother will ever resort to abortion, where every child, regardless of the circumstances of his or her conception, will be welcomed and loved.

10 Guidelines for sharing the pro-life message

1. Listen – and pay attention;

2. Take time to think – and pray;

3. Always be respectful;

4. Seek common ground;

5. Make it personal;

6. Give the benefit of the doubt, and never take offense;

7. Don’t interrupt others’ conversations;

8. Pick your battles and keep it simple;

9. Admit when you lack information; and

10. Always leave the door open.

 

QLC September 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Life,

The motto of the Quebec Life Coalition is:

PROMOTING RESPECT FOR THE HUMAN PERSON – BODY AND SOUL,

FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH

In my work, I have been privileged to realize this goal for all stages of human development. This past August, 2014, I visited Yolande and her family to celebrate the one year anniversary of her daughter. I joined her, her husband Sajeeb, their three other children along with a neighbour and her two little boys for this celebration.

Yolande came to our attention last summer. Having heard of her two abortions, a few of us worried of a similar fate awaited the child she was carrying. Befriending her and supporting her as best we could, she delivered her little girl and on this day we celebrated her right choice.

Paula is yet another mother I am privileged to accompany in her pregnancy. Two of us met her during our spring 40 Days for Life campaign. Having seen our vigil across the street from the Morgentaler abortuary, she cancelled her appointment there and came over to speak with us. Since then four of us have been supporting her and are looking forward to October 20, her due date.

I am also privileged to know Jennifer. For some time now, I have accompanied her in her grieving the death of her parents, both of which show traits of euthanasia. (Though illegal, euthanasia is clandestinely practiced in Quebec.)

Cause enough for mourning, these deaths are not the only sorrows she has to bear due to the Quebec health care system. Jennifer tells me that an aunt, 3 friends, and others that she has met through her volunteer projects, were all denied normal, natural comfort care – basic rights that our federal laws guarantee.

A case in point came to my attention the last week of August. The Journal de Montreal ran a story of an alzheimer patient who had incurred second degree burns because her attendants at the long-term health facility where she lived failed to change her diaper over a ten-day period!

This lack of care is not an isolated incident. Again the Journal de Montreal at the outset of the summer wrote about how Quebec nurses are under duress by physicians to euthanize patients.

Despite her condition, an Alzheimer patient is still capable of feeling pain. Nurses, however professionally trained, will feel distraught for taking the life of those whom they are responsible to care for.

And what are our elected officials doing to redress our ailing health care system? They allot $26 million annually to fund abortions! They pass legislation permitting euthanasia!

Returning to Jennifer, this past month she introduced me to Alicia who shared her experience of mistreatment in our health care system. I heard her describe how an admitting physician whispered in her hear that she was a reject. I heard her relate that because of her three serious life-threatening illnesses she was abandonned, denied food and water for three days. I listened to how she turned her faith tradition to find comfort and help. Finally tears came to me on hearing about the miracles she experienced thereby regaining some measure of healing.

Our time together ended with prayer, turning our ourselves over to the ultimate healer, Our Lord.

God is calling each of us to participate in one way or another to build his kingdom of love. It all begins and ends with prayer. At the Quebec Life Coalition, I am privileged to hear these stories.

Thank you for supporting us both financially and through prayer in this endeavour.

For Life !

Brian Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, Quebec Life Coalition

Pro-Life Masses

Dear Friends of Life,

You are cordially welcomed to attend either or both Eucharistic services scheduled this week for the unborn child.

Monday

The first will be held at the church Notre-Dame-Porte-de-l'Aurore - 1465 De Sève Street in ville Émard, across the street from the Jolicoeur Metro station on the green line.

The mass will begin following the recitation of the rosary set to start at 6:30 p.m., on Monday, September 1, 2014.

Fr. Pearson will preside at this mass whose specific intention is for the repose of the souls of children having died due to an abortion. He will say the mass in French.

Friday

The second mass is scheduled at Saint-Sylvain church in Laval - 750 Saint-Sylvain Blvd., on Friday, September 5, 2014.

The schedule this evening consists of adoration, followed by a rosary, and then the mass.

Fellowship in the sacristy will conclude the evening which begins at about 7 p.m.

This mass will be celebrated in French.

Crossroad Walkers in Montreal - A Picture Panoply

Dear Friends of Life,

It was a busy weekend in Montreal for the Crossroad walkers.

From Friday evening through to Monday mid-day, ten intreprid young adults brought the pro-life message to the streets and people of Montreal.

Here are a few of these moments caught on e-"celluloid":

Benjamin and all of the walkers, it was wonderfully and a blessing to have you all here.

God's speed in all that you do.

Crossroad Walkers Coming to Montreal

Dear Friends of Life,

The Crossroad Walkers will be with us this weekend.

       

Arriving Friday, August 8, 2014, from having spent the previous weekend in Toronto and travelling from the Queen City since then, five men and five women are bringing their witnessing for life to Montreal for four days.

While here, an assortment of activities are planned, including visiting parishes to share what it has been like leaving Vancouver this past May 24, 2014, and walking near 6000 km.

A complete outline of their time here with us reads as follows:

All are welcomed to join us to meet and congratulate these intrepid youth.

Kindly see our feature article in the August QLC newsletter for further details about these young adult and their trek.

Quebec Life Coalition Corn Roast -- August 17, 2014

Our annual corn roast will be held on Sunday, August 17, 2014. The event begins at noon and will be held on the grounds of St. Émile church – 3330 rue Rivier (corner Sherbrooke Street East and Davidson).

This year, a lecture will be given (in French) at 2 p.m., by Fr. Garrick Huang of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint-Peter. He will talk about the spiritual aspects of our efforts to restore a Culture of Life in Quebec.

RSVP on Facebook or call (514) 344-2686 or email info@cqv.qc.ca

Originally from Vancouver, BC, Fr. Garrick Huang was ordained to the priesthood as a priest of the Fraternity of Saint-Peter in May of 2010 in Denton, Nebraska. He currently works as assistant pastor at St-Irenaus of Lyons Mission in Montreal (St-Irénée Church).

Fr. Huang has frequented pro-life circles while in Vancouver, and regularly participates in Quebec Life Coalition events, notably the 40 Days for Life vigils to end abortion. His talk will be about the spiritual aspects of our effort to restore a Culture of Life in Quebec.

Hope to see many of you. Plenty of parking is available.

This event is billeted as a fundraiser and we are asking for a $10 cover charge. Children under 13 eat for free.

QLC August 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Life,

I have some wonderful news to share!

Your prayers and the work of one of our volunteers have saved the lives of twin girls.

That’s right – we can augment by two the number of babies saved by our efforts to end abortion.

I received this good news a fortnight ago. Invited to St-Joseph’s Oratory for an afternoon of prayer, I met Doris, one of the many faithful prayer warriors who attend our twice annual 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the end of abortion.

Yet, her devotion does not end there. She also brings to her church our promotional material such as the prayer card entitled “Prayer for the End of Abortion,” placing it in a common area.

Not long ago, she told me, she had met a mom with a pair of twin at her church. The conversation turned to the pro-life material and on learning that Doris was the one responsible for having placed it, the mother thanked her profusely. On asking why, Doris learned the rest of the story.

One day, the mother, pregnant but ignorant that she was carrying twins, had a harrowing experience with her physician. Upon examination, the doctor, for various reasons, had advised her that she should abort.

Deeply saddened and not knowing quite what to do, she came across the material that Doris had left inside the church. Bolstered by what she read, she resolved then and there to carry through with the pregnancy, delighting even more so on learning that she was carrying twin girls.

Today mother and daughters are healthy and happy. Praise be to God!

This increases to five the number of babies saved during the Montreal 40 days for life prayer vigils.

(We believe that the number is greater as many women who have decided to keep their child after seeing us pray daily across the street from the Morgentaler abortion mill on Saint Joseph Blvd. East, do not slip us a word.)

Returning to Doris’ deed, I find this shows how our affirming gestures, however little these may be, can promote a culture of life.

Here’s another story about the big impact of small gestures. For some time now, Charlotte, one of our regular prayer volunteers, proudly wears the “Precious Feet” lapel pin - an exact replica of the size of the feet of a ten-week old unborn child. One day she gives hers to an acquaintance who took a fancy to it. In turn this woman was asked by a young woman about the pin she was wearing. On hearing what it was, the young lady exclaimed: “You mean to tell me that those are the actual size of the feet of my unborn child?!” At which point she renounced thoughts of aborting her child, something she was considering. Today little Samuel is the delight of many.

Small gestures – leaving leaflets at the back of a church, wearing a precious feet lapel pin, among others, are important.

God is calling each of us to participate in one way or another to build his kingdom of love. At the Quebec Life Coalition, I am privileged to hear these stories.

Thank you for supporting us both financially and through prayer in this endeavour.

For Life!

Brian Jenkins, Outreach Coordinator, Quebec Life Coalition

Calgary Herald Poll

Dear Friends of Life,

Please respond negatively to the The Calgary Herald survey on assisted suicide.

You will find the the poll under the heading "The Question of the Day," on the right hand side of the page, mid-way down.

The question reads: Are you in favour of Canada legalizing assisted dying?

Please VOTE NO. The NOs were ahead but only marginally.

 

QLC July 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends of Life,

I would like to begin by thanking you for your on-going support - both in prayer and financially, of this pro-life work, particularly to those who responded to QLC President Georges Buscemi’s urgent appeal of this past month. Your donations have allowed us to maintain our current staffing levels, and for this we are grateful.

Earlier this month, I experienced the proverbial “Day that I will long be remembered,” a day filled with experiences typical of why we at the Quebec Life Coalition exist.

In reverse chronological order, I would like to share these with you. First, in late afternoon I learned that Bill 52, the so called “Medical aid in dying” legislation became law. MNAs voted 96-22 in favour of permitting physicians and medical staff, for the task will befall the nurses whom the doctors will ultimately coerce, to euthanize our fellow citizens.

We had laboured long with other groups both within and outside of Quebec to thwart the bill’s passage. In February of this year, we had won a minor victory as an election call had gutted its implementation. Yet the new legislature picked up where the old left off. We will continue to fight!

Earlier that same day, I was at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital witnessing another drama in this battle for life, one involving life at its earliest stage. In the pediatric wing, I sat in wonder as technician and doctor performed an ultrasound on a five-month pregnant friend. For thirty minutes, I watched spellbound the unborn child resting in the mother’s womb.

Yet, during this scene of nascent life, death’s shadows crept in on two occasions. First, as the medical staff cautiously used its instruments to examine the child, mother and father asked whether the child was “perfect’” if there were any signs of trisomy.

On hearing this, I felt uncomfortable, wondering silently “What if there are? and “Does it matter?”

The technician’s response was negative, but had it come back Yes, what would be the child’s fate? Would it be loved?

No sooner had I gained some modicum of composure that I was startled a second time.

The staff adroitly moved the sonic probe over my friend’s abdomen gradually revealing on the video monitor the clitoral lips: it’s a girl.

The joy was obviously subdued. Mother said that she had hoped for a boy yet quickly reconciled herself. Father, on the other hand, remained unreconciled; His displeasure was palpable. Eventually, he asked “Could you be wrong?” His sullenness remained as we left the hospital and walked along Côte-des-Neiges, until we parted company.

Our expectations about life and how fragile it is were more evident from an experience earlier in the day. I had traveled to the hospital from the Morgentaler mill on Saint Joseph Blvd. There I had witnessed upwards to a dozen young ladies enter the building during my hour-long prayer vigil. That is, a dozen terminations of life over a sixty minute period in a mill open 8 hours per day, 5 days per week.

Is the battle to form a civilization of love a losing one? Amid these victories of death, you’d think so.

Yet, a different answer emerges from an event earlier on the same day. I began this day, as every other one, with the Eucharist. Here, I participate in the greatest act of sacrifice done anywhere by anyone, for all time. I witness the ultimate sign of victory, victory of life over death, of love over hate.

I then carry this victory with me and share it with those whom I meet.

Regardless of the arrival of euthanasia legislation, of the visceral reactions of parents, of the tens of women who present themselves daily at the Morgentaler mill, Christ has shown us the way to victory, to our salvation.

“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Cor 15:55

Once again, thank you for your on-going support - both in prayer and financially, of our pro-life efforts on behalf of the unborn and the vulnerable.

Yours respectfully,

Brian Jenkins,

Outreach Coordinator, Quebec Life Coalition

Workshop on Post-Abortion Healing

A workshop on post-abortion healing will be offered this coming October, 2014, and registration for the twelve available spots is underway.

The faith-based association Centre Regina Pacis is coordinating a five-day retreat set to run from Sunday, October 5 through to Thursday, October 9, 2014.

The setting will be at the Marian shrine in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Qc - Notre-Dame-du-Cap.

The facilitator, Dr. Benedetta Foa, an Italian national, has led similar workshops in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovenia, and will be flown in for this event.

The registration fee for the workshop is $300. An additional $300 will cover lodging at the shrine, breakfast included. A cafeteria is available on site for the additional meals. (The registration charge for medical doctors is $400.)

To receive further information or to register, contact either:

The workshop will be in the language of the majority with translators provided for the others.

A registration form is available here.

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