Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
WE PRAY. HE ANSWERS.
featuring the Notre Dame Choir
Christopher Mueller, director
Saturday, April 4th, 2009
Church of Notre Dame
405 W 114th St
New York City
Suggested donation: $10, $5 for students and seniors
Join young adults for a series of lectures at Metro 53 Bar and Restaurant, 307 East 53rd Street, between 2nd and 1st Avenues. The event is from 7pm-8:30pm.
The fifth lecture of 2009 is on April 20 by Mr. Chris Lowney, former managing director of JP Morgan and Catholic author. The topic for this night is “Heroic Living: Discover Your Purpose and Change the World.” On this night, he will talk about how we can articulate a purpose worth the rest of our life.
For more details, visit www.totnyc.org.
From the Catholic Advocacy Network:
A bill is pending before the New York City Council (Intro 826) that would restrict the free speech rights of peaceful pro-life witnesses outside abortion clinics in the five boroughs of New York City. The bill is scheduled to be presented for a vote on Thursday, April 2. The Catholic Advocacy Network joins with the Catholic Community Relations Council in sharing concerns about this legislation. We urge you to read an article from the March 26 edition of Catholic New York (copied below), which explains the issue in more detail and suggests contacting your local New York City Council member. You can find the name, address and email of your Council representative here: http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml.
“Bill Unfairly Targets Pro-Life Witness”
by Rosemary Ginty
A bill is pending before the New York City Council, Intro. 826, that would unfairly restrict the free speech rights of peaceful pro-life witnesses outside of abortion clinics.
Proponents of Intro. 826 argue that the bill is necessary to prevent people from blocking or obstructing the entrances to abortion clinics, and to prohibit “harassment” of those seeking to enter the clinics.
We entirely support the idea that anyone who damages property, or commits a legitimate offense against a person should be prosecuted.
But Intro. 826 goes far beyond that. It unconstitutionally infringes on the First Amendment right to free speech. The proposal contains vague and uncertain terms, that are left undefined and unclear. This would chill the free speech rights of persons seeking to provide information to women entering abortion clinics, out of fear of an arrest or civil suit based on an ambiguous law. It is a established principle of constitutional law that any prohibition of speech must be very clearly defined and very strictly limited, especially when the speech occurs in a public forum like the city sidewalks. Intro. 826 fails this test.
From Sr. Lucie Marie, SV, and the archdiocesan Pro-Life / Family Life Office:
Dear CoWorkers of Life,
Join with the Sisters of Life – Saturday, April 4th First Saturday Witness for Life — Great Lenten Sacrifice and Offering!
Saturday, April 4, 2009 ~ 8 am Mass at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC
263 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
Come to all or part of the morning.
Using the train take the #6 and arrive at Bleecker Street Station. Walk to 263 Mulberry St
Fr. Peter Pomposello will be the main celebrant.
Last month we had a verified turnaround by some of our sidewalk counselors – thanks to the prayers of all present and the great mercy of God!
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass begins our day in Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral (the Sisters of Life will provide a singing Schola), Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament follows, and people can either remain in the Church to adore our Lord or attend the rosary procession to the local abortion clinic.
Upon return from the clinic (approx 10:15am) we will repose the Blessed Sacrament and have a social (complete with coffee and bagels) with a short (15 mins) presentation by the Sisters of Life. You will hear of concrete ways to be of service, as Co-Workers, helping vulnerable pregnant women that are currently being served by the Sisters.
Promote this to your friends and keep the spiritual success of this effort for Life in your daily prayers.
God Bless You.