Last night we held the kick-off rally for the DBQ 40 Days for Life campaign
. We had about 65-70 people in attendance. It was held at the St Joseph the Worker gymnasium.
I will start by saying that the Pro-life community in DBQ is ready to start the actual campaign in DBQ on Wednesday, if last night was any evidence.
The rally started with Fr. Gabriel Anderson, pastyor of St. Joseph the Worker welcoming those participating & leading us in prayer. Next Marian Bourek, executive director of DBQ Co Right to Life, read Psalm 139:13-18 followed by a silent meditation. This was followed by some songs of praise & worship lead by members of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Key West.
After spending time in prayer, praise & worship there were 4 talks.
The 1st was by Fr. Michael Podhajsky, pastor of St. Joseph, Key West & Holy Family, New Melleray. His talk set the tone for the rest of the talks by showing us how our country was based on the Christain principle of the right for life & ended with a challenge to us to bring back that as the guiding principle of our country.
Bill Frye, DCRTL board member then spoke on the abortion issue on the local level. he challenged us to continual witnessing to the importance of defending life.
Next up I spoke on 40 Days as a solution to the abortion problem in our community. I shared why I felt so as well as shared some of the ways 40 Days has been successful elsewhere.
Finally, Trina Hingtgen, executive assistant of DCRTL, spoke on the nuts and bolts of the local campaign.
Next up we paused to recognize Fr. John Ptacek who was celebrating his 83rd birthday Sunday & thank him for all his years of faithful service.
The evening ended with some more praise & worship songs. Then Deacon Tom Lang. St. Joseph, Key West, gave the closing prayer. The evening ended with Fr. Ptacek giving us his blessing.
After the rally 18 new people signed up to participate in the prayer vigil.
Again, I ask for your prayers for our efforts. As I have said in previous posts, abortion in the form of telemed abortions has arrived at the DBQ Planned Parenthood. Through 40 Days, we could see a swift end to that scourge in our city. May God hear & answer our prayers.
Labels: 40 Days for Life, DCRTL, Planned Parenthood, Telemed Abortions