Archive for February, 2008

Orphans…

James 1:27 – “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans…”

We read this passage last night at youth group and it hit me like a ton of bricks…these babies that are dying on a daily basis due to the holocaust of abortion are, in the truest sense of the word, orphans.  They have literally been killed by their parents and thrown in the garbage.  When we take a stand for life we are actually defending the orphans.  I know sometimes it can be discouraging working in the pro-life movement, but let us take comfort in knowing that we are doing what God sees as “pure and faultless.”  More on this concept to come…

Momma’s House

Last week at Intercessor’s weekly youth group meeting, which we call Grounded & Settled, we had Pat Shea come in and speak to them about her organization called Mommas House that provides ministry to single young mothers.  This organization works with Birthright International here on Long Island to provide housing, education, and help with receiving government aid.  I would encourage you to check out their website by clicking here.  After listening to Ms. Shea speak, I couldn’t help but to think about what it means to be truly pro-life.  Here is a woman who provided women with council and encouragement to not kill the child in their womb and decided that if she was going to give that advice, she should be prepared to help with their living arrangements and everything else that is involved with a young woman becoming pregnant.  She was willing to take a stand and make a difference in the community she lived and began taking in women and their children and Mommas House was born.  I have a tremendous amount of respect for her and all her volunteers.  She now has three homes located on Long Island that are filled with young mothers and their children from all over the country.  Our group was so moved by Ms. Shea’s presentation that we are now going to get involved with helping out in any way we can.  We are going to start collecting some paper goods for them, as well as volunteer to help with the upkeep of one of their properties. 

So do I write this to brag on the youth in my church?  No.  I write this to encourage all of you to not only get involved in prayer vigils and protests outside of abortion mills, but to also help those women who have decided to bring a life into the world.  For many of these women, their decision to keep their child is not a welcomed one.  We, as the Church, need to minister to these women with the love of Christ. 

How can you help?  Start by looking in your area for crisis pregnancy centers, like Birthright International, and find out if there are any organizations that are helping women who decide to give life to their child.  Then get involved.  If there isn’t a local program, perhaps God will open a door for you to begin one.  Start by praying and then talk with the rector of your church and asking him to prayerfully consider starting a ministry to single mothers in your community.

So let’s not let our pro-life activity stop at protesting, but showing God’s love to those who chose life!

 – Alan Melanson

You to the Tube

This is a slideshow of the March for Life put together by high school student Jessa Connolly from Church of the Intercessor. (Song by Kelly Tanza):

There will be more pictures, at some point. In the near future. Just as soon as I get them out of my laptop and into my internet, a dubious task to be sure. (Actually, I think I just wanted to use the word dubious.) 

Later kids,

Sarah

March For Life Recap

Hey guys,

Many thanks to everyone who attended last week’s March for Life in Washington, DC. Special thanks to our new patriarch, Bishop Craig Bates, as well as all the other bishops who took the time to come and encourage us in the Lord. Also, big BIG thank yous to Alan Melanson and his awesome group from Church of the Intercessor in Malverne, New York. You guys rock.

This year, one of our main goals was to give those who came to the march a chance to sincerely experience taking a stand for the unborn. We didn’t want this to be just another event, we wanted it to be the beginning of a pro-life passion for those who had never been involved, and a mighty encouragement for those who have.

Aside from participating in the march, CEC For Life attended two prayer vigils at local abortion clinics with Stand True Ministries, as well as visited the Holocaust Museum. We held nightly rallies in our hotel, both of which were preceded by a solemn Eucharist, and heard testimonies from Georgette Forney and the women of Silent No More. We also attended the annual ecumenical service for the preborn, and held a liturgy before the steps of our Supreme Court on the afternoon of January 22nd–the 35th anniversary of Roe v Wade.

For those of you who came, again, thank you. I pray that the seeds God planted in your hearts will grow with wisdom and understanding, that pools of compassion will rise up within us, and that God will continue to bring forth a prayerful generation capable of ending abortion.

For those of you who did not come, or could not come, I look forward to meeting you NEXT year.

If you’d like, here’s a short clip of Fr. Terry Gensemer speaking in front of the Supreme Court:

I’d also like to post some photos of the event. If you guys have any that you want to see up here, send them to cecforlife@aol.com or to jeremiasgnration@bellsouth.net with “blog photos” in the subject line.

Our next big event will (tentatively) be at the international convocation in Orlando, Florida, July 30th through August 1st. I hope many of you plan to come, as it will be a rare chance to meet the worldwide community that we’re all a part of.

Until next post, the peace of the Lord be always with you.

Sarah