Pro Life Information
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Pro Life Saint
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla
(October 4, 1922 – April 28, 1962) was an Italian pediatrician, wife and mother who is best known for refusing both an abortion and a hysterectomy when she was pregnant with her fourth child, despite knowing that continuing with the pregnancy could result in her death.
Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, and officially canonized as a saint on May 16, 2004. Gianna’s husband Pietro and their last child, Gianna, were present at the ceremony. St. Gianna is a patron saint for mothers, physicians, and unborn children.
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.
Our Iowa Courts’ Pro Life Activities
- From Barb Rosener, Ct 1897 Marcus:
We have two members who work at “Mary’s Choice” in Sioux City which is right next to the Planned Parenthood building. Members go to pray outside of the Planned Parenthood building on abortion day in warmer weather. The members who work at Mary’s Choice consul women and provide help when they keep their baby. They let us know what is needed and we put out a call to come up with needed items. This location recently quit doing surgical abortions and hopefully web based abortions will soon be outlawed. Of course we pray for an end to abortions at our meeting and individually.
- From Carleen Schwieso, Regent of Court 1492 Manning:
Although we don’t do the March for Life, our court does things throughout the year for pro-life. The Our Lady of Fatima #1492 participate by teaming up with our local Knights of Columbus to hold a soup supper, this year the proceeds were sent to Mary’s Choice Pregnancy Resource Center in Sioux City, Iowa. This was the second year we have done this, last year the proceeds were used to help buy a 4- D ultra-sound machine for Informed Choice Medical Clinic of Ames Iowa, a Pro-Life clinic. This will become an annual event with the proceeds going to prolife groups. Our court has also made other contributions to Mary’s Choice. We also pray for the protection the unborn and an end to abortion at the annual October Public Rosary, held in the Manning City Park, lead by our Catholic Daughters court. And we pray rosaries as part of the St. Michael the Archangel Organization’s Million Rosaries pro-life prayer each year.
- From Ct St Raphael in Maquoketa:
Karen Steffen and Judy Szumlas from Ct. St. Raphael #1156 Maquoketa went to Wash. D.C. for the Right To Life March.
- From Audrey Behrens, Court 454 Templeton:
In addition to a rose presented to the parents at baptisms, we have 4 x 6 White cards that have pink, blue and green precious feet sprinkled on the card and the following is printed in black on the card and there is a place on the upper right hand corner to pin the precious feet lapel pin. The following is, you might say, a prayer that was written by one of our members to be given to the parents to let them know how proud we are for them choosing life. This was discontinued for some time until a member inquired due to the fact that her granddaughter did not receive the card and or the rose. We have had a bunch made up and gave them to Father to give to the new parents at Baptism. The card reads: LIFE A GIFT FOR MOTHERHOOD The Catholic Daughters wishing to enhance the Dignity and Joy of Motherhood extend this token as a reminder of the great honor God has entrusted to the heart of a Mother for the guardianship of her Child. You have chose life for your child in accordance with this alliance of Faith. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #454 present to you these Precious Feet, the International symbol for Right to Life. May God bless you on this special occasion as we welcome this new life into our Community of Faith.
- From Rita Sue Marso, Ct 1554 Bode:
During the 40 days for life our parish had the rosary said before every weekday and weekend mass. Though it was a parish rosary there were many CDA members that lead the rosary. Our parish has the rosary said before every weekend mass and those same CDA members say the rosary then too.
- From Anne Sellers, Ct 814:
Our court held a prayer vigil at the church and those not able to go to the church prayed in their homes. We contacted Congress about the HR7 issue also
- From Ct 642, Garner:
Our Court, Court Isabella #642 from Garner, participates in a program called “Baby Bottle Ministry”. Each CDA member is given a plastic baby bottle. A pink or blue ribbon is attached to a piece of paper that has a baby name on it and a prayer “Please pray that this child grows and lives in the faith of Jesus Christ, for this child to have a health and loving family and that this child will fulfill the Purpose for which God created them” which is tied around the neck of the bottle. We fill the baby bottles with money. Last year we contributed $338.82 to John Paul II Medical Research Institute. The John Paul II Medical Research Institute seeks to find cures and therapies exclusively using a variety of adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells and does not engage in embryonic stem cell research of any kind. They are developing preclinical research technologies that will broadly advance drug discovery and regenerative medicine for many diseases. In addition, the Institute will engage in educational outreach to increase the number of scientists and future medical practitioners that will work with adult stem cells, always with an emphasis on medical bioethics that is consistent with the dignity of human life.
- From Ct 495, Independence, Linda Donlea:
We have a pro-life committee in our parish that takes care of it, of which a CDA member is part of it.
- From Regent Linda Nepple; Joyce Kilmer, Court #460 Estherville:
In addition to Marilyn Bose, the state Pro-Life chair, speaking at our last meeting, we also have had baby showers for Cherish House in Spirit Lake this year and for Mary’s Choice in Sioux City (last year) for gifts to mothers that are assisted at their facilities. In the past our Court has donated money to Respect for Life, Inc., from our charity fund. Also, several of our Catholic Daughters help fold and label the Respect for Life, Inc. newsletter each month. Some of our Court’s members also help with the Roses for Mother’s Day at St. Patrick’s fundraiser for Respect for Life, Inc., and also work at their booth at the County Fair.
- From Regent Dian Nunes, St Andrew Court #1540, Sibley:
Daily – Prayers…Prayers….Prayers! Monthly – St Andrew Parish Rosary for the Unborn. October – We collect items to be donated to “Mary’s Choice” in Sioux City. We setup a crib in the lobby of the church, and place the collected items inside. We invite the Parish to participate. This year we delivered 3 large boxes of clothing, diapers and baby items to them! Yearly – We donate to “Helping Hands” of Worthington, MN (pregnancy counseling organization).
- From Regent Mary Reissner, Sacred Heart Ct 408, Spencer:
Sacred Heart Court #408 continues to support the Pro-Life Movement. CDA members supported the March for Life with prayer on the day of January 22. Members are kept informed and support the local Birthright organization with financial support as well as volunteering in the organization. As a parish we also support Cherish House in Spirit Lake which is a maternity home for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. In October CDA informs the parish by making them aware of the WRAP (White Ribbons Against Pornography) campaign with an article in the monthly and weekly church bulletins to educate the parish members and white ribbons are placed on trees in front of church in representation for our fight against pornography. As members we will continue to support this cause by prayer, financially, and with volunteerism.