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February 2020 (Volume 2, Issue 2)
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Transfiguration For Life Newsletter

February 2020

Annual Transfiguration Rose Procession held 

The annual Rose Procession was held at all Masses during the weekend of Jan 25/26th.  This  event has been organized each year under the leadership of Chad Wischmeyer. Its purpose is to draw attention to the 1973 Roe vs Wade Supreme Court Decision which legalized abortion. Be sure to click here to read the Thank You Letter from Chad Wischmeyer and view more pictures from the procession.

Focus on Our Youth

Transfiguration Respect Life Ministry Invites Involvement by Parish Youth
Following the parish Teen Dash event, the Ministry welcomed four new members with more to follow. 2020 plans include a greater emphasis on pro life youth initiatives.

Social Media Initiatives
After consulting with our new youth members, it was determined that attracting Parish youth would require development of social media communications. In the months ahead, tools such as Facebook, Instagram, blogs, etc will be explored for their effectiveness in increasing pro life awareness.

Death Row Inmate saved from Execution

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has granted clemency to death-row prisoner Jimmy Meders (pictured). One day after his January 15, 2020 clemency hearing, and just six hours before his scheduled execution, the Board announced it had commuted Meders’ death sentence to a sentence of life without possibility of parole.

The Board’s commutation order was influenced in large part by affidavits submitted by every living member of the jury from Meders’ 1989 trial supporting his clemency petition. The Board listed “the jury’s explicit desire during deliberations to impose a life without parole sentence which was legally unavailable at the time, and every living, able juror’s continued support for such a sentence” among the factors it considered in reaching its decision. It also cited the circumstances of the offense, Meders’ lack of any other criminal history and his near spotless prison record.  Read Full Story.

Transfiguration For Life Ministry Briefed on new National Initiative 

Shannon Gerard, Archdiocesan Pro-Life Advocate attended the recent Ministry meeting and briefed the attendees on a new national initiative prompted by the US Council of Catholic Bishops.  

All U.S. bishops were encouraged to invite their parishes to join a nationwide effort from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021 entitled “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.” For this Year of Service, the Committee on Pro-Life Activities is developing educational, pastoral, prayer, and action-oriented resources for parish use, such as the following:

  • Tools for documenting an inventory of local resources for pregnant mothers in need;
  • Ideas for improving parish responses;
  • Prayers for building a culture of life and a civilization of love;
  • Tools for reflecting on the teachings of Evangelium Vitae, Evangelii Gaudium, and Laudato Si.


These resources will include homily helps, suggested prayers, bulletin inserts, pulpit announcements, parish-based activities, and communications and outreach suggestions.

This Year of Service is a response to Pope Francis’ repeated challenge to go to the margins and bring hope and help to those in need.

Abortion Cases on the Supreme Court Docket

The Supreme Court already has one high-profile abortion case on its docket this term. In March, it will consider a Louisiana law that requires physicians to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. It is almost identical to a Texas law the court struck down in 2016 as medically unnecessary and meant to limit a woman’s access to the procedure.  Source

47th March for Life held in Washington DC

The event brought the largest crowd in the history of the rally.  President Trump made history by becoming the first sitting president to appear in person at the annual event.

Georgia was represented by members of the faith community including parish churches, and schools.  The large number at the event is seen as a sign of growing support for the Pro-Life movement nationwide.

On the occasion of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the Trump Administration announced that it is taking steps to enforce the Weldon Amendment, a federal law that prohibits discrimination by states against health insurance plans that do not cover abortion. In 2014, the California Department of Managed Health Care began forcing all employers—even churches—to fund and facilitate elective abortions in their health plans in direct violation of the Weldon amendment. 

Transfiguraton is in the process of planning for next year’s March, and we are trying to determine the level of interest in Transfiguration families going to DC for the March for Life in January. If interested in learning more contact Peggy Desiderio at peggydesiderio@gmail.com.

Click the picture below for a video.

Video of the January 2020 March also showing both sides of the abortion issue.
Each month an individual or pro life organization is featured in the newsletter, allowing our readers to learn more about the local and national movement. We encourage you to click on their links below for more information about their contribution to the prolife effort:  

Featured Pro Life Advocate
 

Dr Mildred Jefferson
A Pro Life Pioneer 

Dr Jefferson was the first African American woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School.  In the 60s and 70s she became a strong advocate for the unborn.  In a 1978 interview she said “I became a physician in order to save lives, not to destroy them and I will not accept the proposition that the doctor should relinquish the role of healer to become the new social executioner”  She co-founded the National Right to Life Committee and the Massachusetts Citizens for Life. Click the picture below for a video of Dr Jefferson.

Please click the image above for a video

Recommended Reading


Title:         The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Clinic Workers Tell Their Stories 

Author:     Abbey Johnson

Published    Ignatius Press 2018

Summary:   This book narrates the harrowing and life-changing experiences of former abortion clinic workers, including those of the author, who once directed abortion services at a large Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. These individuals, whose names have been changed to protect their identities, left their jobs in the abortion industry after experiencing a change of heart. They have come forward with their stories, not for fame or notoriety, but to shed light on the reality of abortion. They want their stories to change the lives of others for the better.

Abortion Was the Leading Cause of Death Worldwide in 2019, Killing 42 Million People

A heartbreaking reminder about the prevalence of abortion, compiled by Worldometers indicate that there were over 42.3 million abortions world-wide in 2019. The independent site collects data from governments and other reputable organizations and then reports the data, along with estimates and projections, based on those numbers.
When contrasting the abortion numbers to other causes of death, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, traffic accidents and suicide, abortions far outnumbered every other cause.”

Read More Here
Here is some information available from the Archdiocese of Atlanta Respect Life Ministry:
  • If you are dealing with end of life issues, click here.

Source:

Archdiocese of Atlanta
Source: USSCB Word of Life
Prayer for the Unborn
Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those helpless little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.
Touch with pity the hearts of those women pregnant in our world today who are not thinking of motherhood.
Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image - as well as theirs - made for eternal life.
Dispel their fear and selfishness and give them true womanly hearts to love their babies and give them birth and all the needed care that a mother can give.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
Other News:
One of the best things you can do to support our efforts is to contact your elected officials. And the easiest and best way to do that is through their web sites or email. See how in the instructions below:
 
Contact Governor Brian Kemp: Click the link to be taken to a web site where you can send your comments to the Governor.

Contact your State Senator or Representative:  This link opens a website that finds your state representatives based on your address:
  • Click the link above.
  • When the page opens enter your address and click "Search by Address"
  • It should return a list of state representatives for your address.
  • If you click on any of the names listed, you will be taken to a page that shows their email address, phone number and other information. 
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  • January, 2021 - March for Life Washington D.C. We are trying to determine the level of interest in Transfiguration families for going to DC for the March for Life in January 2021. If interested in learning more contact Peggy Desiderio at peggydesiderio@gmail.com.
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