Assisted suicide in Canada

asPrayers and fasting are needed for Canada and especially Quebec at this time. Yesterday, Quebec’s landmark assisted-suicide bill, the first of its kind in Canada, has passed an early hurdle in the provincial legislature. The bill, which would allow doctors to help end the life of some terminally ill patients, moved to committee for study after a vote of 84-26 yesterday. Earlier this month, the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld Canada’s ban on assisted suicide. Moments after the split decision was announced, lawyers for several respondents and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association said they would seek to challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court of Canada. We keep praying!

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Dates for your diary

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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Spread the word!

buttonsSaint Paul Students for Life are on Facebook so do stop by and say hello! We have just set up our Twitter account and are looking forward to spreading a message of LIFE in Twitterworld so feel free to add us @StPaulSFL.
If you would like to be added to our mailing list so as to receive updates about Pro-life events in Ottawa and Saint Paul University, send us an email at saintpaulstudentsforlife@gmail.com! We look forward to hearing from you!

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Standing for life

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mULrB20PNFQ/UllwXkGqPZI/AAAAAAAADr8/uFhF0T1XvLw/s1600/lifechain.jpgOne of the members of the Saint Paul Students for Life, Sr. M. Louise, shares some thoughts about the group’s participation in two recent pro-life events:

Last Sunday, Life Chain was held simultaneously in more than 200 cities across Canada each year. Life Chain involves gathering at public locations for an hour on the first Sunday of October and creating a chain of people who stand and give witness to the dignity of life.
It is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing and praying for our nation and for an end to abortion.  It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death.
It does not involve the use of graphic images but of short phrases like “Abortion Kills Children,” “Adoption – the Loving Option,” “Jesus Forgives & Heals,” “Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation,” “Abortion Hurts Women, “Life – the first Inalienable Right” and “Pray to End Abortion.” Personally, I was very edified to see so many priests out for this event, as well as our friends from the local Hispanic parish, Sagrada Familia. Also Saint Paul’s University, especially represented by the Canon Law students, was well-represented. The Life Chain took place at other locations in Ottawa too. Over at Maureen’s Thoughts, you can check out her video of the event.

The following day, our Students for Life group gathered at 65 Bank Street, that is, at the local abortion clinic. 25th of September marked the beginning of the daily vigil of prayer, fasting and outreach for the 40 Days for Life. On both occasions on Sunday and Monday, the weather was far from pleasant. However the heavy rain and cold did not dampen the spirits of those who turned out.
So in September, 40 Days for Life vigils began in 306 cities from coast to coast in North America — and in eight other countries around the world.  It is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:
-40 days of prayer and fasting for an end of abortion
-40 days of peaceful vigil
-40 days of community outreach

Monday the 7th of October, feast of the Most Holy Rosary , was the day taken by Saint Paul Students for Life. Students as well as their friends, covered the hours from 7am to 7pm, praying, interceding and reading Scripture across from the clinic. For legal reasons, we are not allowed to pray outside the clinic. As always, the response from the general public can be mixed. It was the opportunity to talk to people and draw their attention to the fact that the clinic actually existed in a very elite and busy part of the city, it is quite inconspicuous, after all. One of our students was approached by a group of young women who asked if they could stay and pray with him and give witness. What a blessing! Others were heckled by women who shouted ‘my body-my choice’ slogans or showed their disdain through middle-finger gestures or a choice of  swear words. Many others received ‘thumbs-up’ from passing drivers or pedestrians as well as many ‘God bless you’s or ‘thank you’s’! On the previous day, some of the kids who were with their parents also did receive some ‘middle-finger’ salutes as did others who were very deliberately splashed by drivers swerving into the puddles! For some students it was the first time to be involved in public witness for life and also the first time to pray in public. I remembered my first experience this time last year and how initially I felt very awkward and even a little scared as to the potential risks from people who did not agree or would challenge us. But as I prayed, I felt deep peace in knowing that life is precious and has to be defended. I also had a sense of evil and even nausea as I looked at this building which housed so many secrets, emotions and broken dreams for many men and women. Along with that sense of evil was a sense of sadness and a deep rooted plea for mercy and kindness for those who chose not to give their babies the gift of life.

Praying the Rosary is always part of the prayer outside the Clinic so it was beautiful to be able to do this on the feast of the Rosary. In this way, we honour Mary as Mother, and we call the ‘fruit of her  womb’, ‘blessed’. This counteracts the abortion mentality, which sees motherhood as more of a burden than a blessing and sees the fruit of the womb as disposable. In the Rosary, we remember that we are sinners. “Pray for us sinners.” “Forgive us our trespasses.” It proves false the accusation of pro-aborts who tell us we are “self-righteous.” Rather, we are the ones who need to repent of our negligence and inactivity regarding abortion when we can speak up and haven’t done so.

Priests for Life, a very active pro-life group reminds us of the value of street ministry. Being on Bank Street enables us to “take our message directly to the public, bypassing the government, the media, educational facilities, and all those in the institutions who seek to silence the pro-life message. People driving or walking are not there because they want to hear us, but because they are going about their daily duties. Abortion becomes part of the landscape; it recedes into the scenery and is considered a normal part of the orderly functioning of society. Things are at peace, the streets are quiet, and from the looks of things, “Everything’s OK.”

But is everything OK? Well, last week, we made our small contribution to saying that things are not okay but also to saying that with God and through prayer and good-willed and committed people, all things are possible.

Taken from the blog Pilgrims Progress. You may also be interested in another blog post, ‘Sister, are you pro-life?’

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Link up for life!

lcThe Life Chain is held simultaneously in more than 200 cities across Canada each year. It is usually held on the first Sunday in October, and for most locations, it runs from 2 pm – 3 pm. Life Chain is a good way to get involved in pro-life. Just find out where your local Life Chain will be held here and who is organizing it. Then show up for one hour, stand on the side walk with others who are not ashamed to be a public witness, and pray for an end to the practice of abortion.

Next Sunday, 6th of October 2013, the locations for Ottawa are:

Bank St. at Nepean St 2-3 pm

Carling Ave at Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus 2-3 pm

Main St at Hazel St 2:00-3:00

Vanier Parkway at Montreal Rd 2-3 pm

St. Laurent Boulevard at Montreal Rd 2-3 pm

South Bank St at Hunt Club Rd 2-3 pm.

We hope to see you there.

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St. Paul’s Students for Life group needs your help!

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40 Days for Life

40daysTomorrow, 25th of September marks the beginning of the daily vigil of prayer, fasting and outreach for the 40 Days for Life. 40 Days for Life vigils will begin in 306 cities from coast to coast in North America — and in eight other countries around the world.40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:

-40 days of prayer and fasting for an end of abortion

-40 days of peaceful vigil

-40 days of community outreach

The latest closure of the abortion clinic in Midlands, Texas, USA, brings the number of closed abortion facilities — where 40 Days for Life prayer vigils have been held to 40!

For the next forty days, individuals and community outreach groups will gather near the abortion mill here on Bank Street, Ottawa to pray and give peaceful witness to the dignity of life. St. Paul’s Students for Life will also join in this event.

The Scripture passage that sums up the spirit of 40 Days for Life is 2 Chronicles 7:14 — “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

For more about 40 Days for Life, check out their website here.

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Three Talks on Relationships by Fr. Thomas Loya

 

Fr. Thomas Loya is a renowned speaker on the theology of the body. This event will take place at Sacré Coeur Church at Laurier and Cumberland (near King Edward) on the University of Ottawa campus.

Intimacy is the deepest desire of the human heart. Understanding the “why” behind this desire and exploring the most honest way to pursue that desire is what brings about true compassion, sensitivity, love and fulfillment.

Friday evening, March 1                               

6:00 pm – Lenten Communion Service

7:30 pm – First Talk: “Who is Man for Woman and Who is Woman for Man

Saturday evening, March 2,    

6:00 pm – Evening Prayer (Vespers)

7:30 pm – Second Talk: “Entering the ‘H-Zone’ – The Hot-Button Issues of Sexuality”

Sunday evening, March 3,   

6:00 pm Sunday Eucharist

7:30 pm Third Talk: “Bedroom-Eucharist-Cross-Heaven: Liturgy as the Context for Sexuality”

 

Sponsored by the Eastern Catholic Chaplaincy of Ottawa

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Upcoming Events of Interest

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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Upcoming Local Event

 

Date:    January 24, 2013

  7:30PM
Stephanie Gray
Abortion: The Great Debate
Dominican University College, St. Albert the Great Room, 96 Empress Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada map
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