Last Wednesday we had a great outing to Olympia with the seventh graders from Holy Family School. We attended a Mass for Life, which Bishop Joseph Tyson celebrated at St. Michael’s Church and then went to the grounds of our State Capitol for the March for Life. I want to thank our Knights of Columbus (and those who participated in their monthly breakfasts) for providing the bus. Also, I am grateful to the parents, teachers, and others who accompanied this annual March for Life. Three of our school moms (Laura Ruiz-Velasco, Bertha Galaviz-Alcala, and Maribel Laforga) are pictured below. Particular thanks to Joseph Shipley, one of the young adults who accompanied our group. He brought along a small stove and prepared hot chocolate for us. A picture shows some of our seventh graders gathered around a picnic table with the World War I Memorial and State Capitol in the background.
Groups from other grade schools were present, as well as students from Blanchet and Kennedy. In one of the pictures, you can see Kennedy principal Mr. Mike Prato with some of the students from their pro-life group. We stood on the steps of the Legislature Building along with a couple thousand others. There were interesting presentations by different senators and representatives, including Democrats, who noted that the number of pro-life Democrats has tripled (from one to three) in recent years. I encourage parishioners who are Democrats to consider joining Democrats for Life. Those who are Republican should make sure that their party adheres to pro-life principles in their platform.
A slogan that confuses many people is “pro-choice.” When someone says they are “pro-choice” we need to ask, “Choose what?” I am completely in favor of choice in regard to where one lives, what school one will attend, where one shops, etc. But (to take an extreme example) suppose I chose to hit my dog with a stick or starve him. If I were tempted to do something so crazy, I hope that someone would try to dissuade me – or even restrain me. For me to mistreat my dog would not only be cruel to Samwise, but it would also damage me. Something similar applies in the case of the choice to abort one’s own baby. An unborn baby has an incalculably greater value than a puppy. My hope is that the enthusiasm of our young people will inspire all of us to work for a society were every child is welcomed – even if the parents themselves made a mistake or a miscalculation. Abortion is a false solution.
Other pro-life issues were brought up, such as initiating programs to help young moms and families, promoting scientific research which respects basic human values, and the caring of the terminally ill and disabled. One thing that caught my attention was that some legislators are no longer talking about a “right to die” (no one will miss out on that experience) but about a “duty to die.” When a person gets to a point where they no longer “contribute” anything to society – according to these legislators – they should do their patriotic duty and accept “doctor assisted suicide.” Since I am now in my sixtieth year, I have a few thoughts on this issue – but will save them till a later bulletin.
An invitation: Please mark March 18 on your calendar for our annual Cathedral Walk. It will conclude with Mass in the Mary Chapel of St. James Cathedral. Now is the time to brave the weather to get in shape for this seven-mile walk.
Holy Family Seventh Grade with Principal, Mr. Glen Lutz, teacher Mr. Chuck Secrest and parish administrator Gary Samaniego
Kennedy High School pro-life group with Principal, Mr. Mike Prato, 2nd from left in red jacket
School moms Laura Ruiz-Velasco, Bertha Galaviz-Alcala, and Maribel Laforga
Hot Chocolate after cold march
Como pueden ver, un buen numero de personas de la parroquia y la comunidad hispana fueron a la Marcha Pro-Vida en Olympia. El Obispo Eusebio Elizondo dio una Linda presentación en español e ingles, concluyendo con la oración de la Ave María. La presencia hispana es importante en esto eventos pro-vida, porque muchos quieren enfocarse en los hispanos y otras “minorías” para promover el aborto. La verdad es que los fundadores de “Planned Parenthood” comenzaron con una filosofía racista y hasta hoy día se enfocan en comunidades de color. Se puede ver los resultados en que hay una desproporción de abortos en esas comunidades. Nuestra meta debe ser la protección de los niños no-nacidos y sus mamas, para que todo niño concebido reciba la bienvenida y el apoyo necesario para su buen desarrollo. A veces los papas cometen errores y malas calculaciones en la concepción de un niño, pero no debemos castigar al niño, sino recibirlo como es: un ser humano creado a la imagen y semejanza de Dios que merece todo derecho a la vida.
Hablando del Obispo Eusebio, él estará con nosotros el 15 de mayo para confirmación de jóvenes. Todo joven que alcanza la edad de dieciséis años es elegible para la recepción de este sacramento del Espíritu Santo. También quisiera notificarles que tendremos nuestra peregrinación anual a la Catedral el 18 de marzo. Ahora es el momento de empezar la preparación física – a pesar de la lluvia y el viento. Y también la preparación espiritual. Finalmente quisiera invitar a todos a que aprovechen de la rica comida vietnamita después de todas las misas este domingo.
Pictures from 2007 March for Life
Prayer Vigil at West Seattle Planned Parenthood
Letter to West Seattle Planned Parenthood explaining reasons for vigils and inviting them to dialogue
Homily Mentioning March for Life
Abortion and Pro-Choice
Former Pro-Life Democrats
A Challenge to Our Pro-Choice Friends
Defending Partial Birth Abortion (warning: contains graphic description of abortion)
**Q. What business does government have in regulating medical procedures?
Isn't this a private matter?
A. Here is a short list of seven areas where government regulates medical practice in Washington state.
Abortion and Early Church Teaching
An impassioned Pro-Choice response.
The fate of the aborted child
The overpopulation question.
Gen 1:28 - Have we "filled the earth"?
From Abortionist to Catholic: Bernard Nathanson, M.D..
Abortion and Forgiveness.
The question of conscience.
How this issue relates to Salvation.
Relation of Abortion to Birth Control.
Homily on Birth Control and Abortion.
Does Birth Control solve or cause Poverty?
The Moral Law and the Existence of God.
Holy Week Reflection (Abortion and Immigration)
From Sarah: "Do you honestly believe that making abortion illegal will solve the problem?"
Lifeissues.net (Clear Thinking about Crucial Issues)
He Approached the Victim: "It's much more likely one of your relatives will lose his life by surgical abortion than by heart attack."
Stem Cell Research: Teaching of Bible & Catholic Church
Germaine Greer on Birth Control
Human Cloning: A Catholic Perspective (How the Unthinkable Became Inevitable)
"From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people."
A Pro-Choice Argument
Questions about Planned Parenthood's 2003–2004 Annual Report
Fabian, Planned Parenthood Puppy: