Respect Life Ministry

ST. MARK Pro-Life Committee

The Pro-Life Committee actively promotes a renewed respect for human life by helping to make our parish a center where parishioners will pray for, witness to, and understand the issues and the importance of meeting the needs of those who are most vulnerable. These especially include mothers and their unborn children, the elderly or disabled at risk for euthanasia, and those on death row who proclaim innocence.

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40 Days for Life

From September 26 through November 4, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Falls Church Healthcare Center on 900 S. Washington Street and to help spread the word about this important community outreach. There will be a table in the Narthex next weekend to answer questions and for you to sign-up. Additional information call Maureen Barrett 703 251 0447 or go online at www.40daysforlife/fallschurch.

National Rosary Rally – Washington DC

The 54 day Novena for Our Nation concludes with Rosary Coast to Coast featuring hundreds of Rosary Rallies across the country on the October 7 Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.  Rosary Coast to Coast is anchored by the 3rd annual National Rosary Rally on October 7 at the US Capitol, headlined by speakers comprised of nationally known Catholic clergy and laypeople.

The 2018 National Rosary Rally will take place on Oct. 7th is starting with Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill 313 2nd St SE Washington, DC 20003. Following the Mass there will be a procession to the rally site which takes place in Union Square to the west of the US Capitol in front of the Capitol reflecting pool (US Capitol Madison Dr NW & 3rd St SW) 
Washington, DC 20216. The Mass starts at 1:00pm and ends with the rally at 4:30pm. The Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation and the first decade will be said during the procession to the rally site. All are welcome to attend all or any part of the event and registration is not required. Please see the schedule below for the event times. All four Rosaries will be prayed along with intentions which include: respect for life at all stages of development; the sanctity of marriage and families; upholding constitutionally protected religious freedom; and the return of our nation to God and Holiness.


1:00 – 2:00:  Mass at St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill
2:00 – 2:05:  Fr. Stephen Imbarrato – instructions for Rosary procession
2:05 – 2:30:  Rosary procession to rally site led by Fr. Stephen Imbarrato – Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary with intention of Life
2:30 – 2:40:  Fr. Richard Heilman – opening prayer; the inspiration for Novena for Our Nation, Rosary Coast to Coast and National Rosary Rally
2:40 – 2:45:  Chuck Neff – emcee introduction
2:45 – 3:00:  David and Margaret Bereit
3:00 – 3:15:  Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary with intention of Marriage and Family
3:15 – 3:30:  Doug Barry
3:30 – 3:45:  Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary with intention of Religious Liberty
3:45 – 4:00:  Matt Walsh
4:00 – 4:20:  Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and Novena prayers with intentions of return of our nation to God and to Holiness
4:20 – 4:30:  Fr. Richard Heilman – Marian Consecration, closing comments; closing prayer
4:30:             “God Bless America” sung by Anna Little

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Pro-Life Newsletter

Issue 11, October 2018

National News
FDA Purchases Aborted Baby Parts to Transplant Their Brain Tissue Into Mice
A new report indicates the Food and Drug Administration has signed a new contract to acquire body parts from aborted babies to be transplanted into socalled humanized mice. The grisly experiments allow mice to have a functioning human immune system for research purposes.
As CNS reported, the FDA is using federal tax dollars to create a demand for human body parts that must be taken from babies who are aborted.
Because it would not be able to create its “humanized mice” without fresh tissue taken from aborted babies, the FDA also has an interest in the continuation of legalized abortions at a stage in fetal development when
the tissue needed to create these mice can be retrieved from the aborted baby.

New Shingles Vaccine—Morally Acceptable
The only vaccines readily available in the United States for some contagious diseases (e.g., rubella and Hepatitis A) have been manufactured using fetal tissue from induced abortions. This creates a problem of
conscience for some Catholic parents.
The FDA recently approved a new shingles vaccine that does not use aborted fetal cell lines, and has given it a preferential recommendation over the only other available, and morally problematic, shingles vaccine on
the market.
Any encouragement to create additional morally acceptable products will certainly be strengthened if we can show a market demand. Thank you for spreading this good news, and for sharing your own gratitude with the
manufacturer. We welcome these opportunities where we can illustrate that, contrary to popular opinion, the Church is not opposed to scientific advancement. for such alternatives.
United States Conference of Bishops July 11, 2018

Pope Francis
Pope Francis Changes Catechism to Say Death Penalty ‘Inadmissible’
Pope Francis has revised the Catechism to teach that the death penalty is “inadmissible” and to say that the Church “works with determination for
its abolition worldwide.”
In a rescript, or decree, the Pope has replaced the previous version of n. 2267 of the Catechism to read:
The death penalty
“2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of
safeguarding the common good. Today, however, there is an increasing
awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state.
Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which
ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.
Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”,[1] and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.”

Women’s health groups claim that abortion, and particularly the abortion pill, is safe, but data shows that abortion-inducing drugs are not risk-free. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) most recent update shows that since the abortion pill was approved in September, 2000, twenty-two women have died, 97 women have suffered ectopic pregnancies, 1,041 women have been hospitalized, and 411 women have contracted infections after taking the abortion pill.

Abortion Groups Claim Abortion Pill Is Totally Safe. Guess They Haven’t Seen The FDA’s Latest Numbers

The letter recipient for this month is:
New York Times
Operations: data management (Baseline StudioSystems), publishing
(newspapers: International Herald Tribune, The New York Times)
Please write to:
Mr. Mark Thompson
President & CEO
The New York Times Co., Inc.
620 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
The New York Times Company has been on The
Boycott List as far back as 1995 and we last wrote to
them in February 2014.

Tell him to stop funding Planned Parenthood

Hungary’s pro-Christianity prime minister defends ‘traditional family’ in epic speech
Viktor Orban
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán appears to relish giving indigestion to elites of Western Europe and the European Union. He did it again on July 29 in the Romanian spa town of Băile Tuşnad at an annual event called
the Bálványos Summer Open University and Student Camp.
His speech was nothing short of a call to political arms for center-right Europeans to rise up and take over the European Parliament in the coming
Orbán argues that Central Europe possesses a “special culture,” one that is different from Western Europe. He articulated five tenets for building up Central Europe including that “every European country has the right to defend its Christian culture, and to reject the ideology of multiculturalism.” This is part of the Hungarian leader’s ongoing efforts to repel what he sees as an Islamic invasion of what used to be a
Christian continent.
Taking a swipe at the sexual ideologues of the European Union and the United States, Orbán’s second tenet was that “every country has the right to defend the traditional family model and is entitled to assert that
every child has the right to a mother and a father.”

Supreme Court Roe v. Wade
The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has propelled Roe v. Wade more prominently into public discourse. As the confirmation process for his replacement moves forward, pro-abortion groups are spreading misinformation about Roe as they raise alarms about its purported demise.
Here are a few facts:
Roe and Doe legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy
Many people don’t realize that Roe v. Wade legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. Roe says abortions may not be restricted at all during the first three months and in the second three months may be regulated only for the mother’s health. After fetal “viability,” Roe allows abortion to be prohibited, but still mandates an exception for the woman’s life or health.
But in Roe’s companion case, Doe v. Bolton, the Court defined “health” to include “all factors—physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age—relevant to the well-being” of the mother. In most states, this is broad enough to permit virtually any abortion in the seventh, eighth, or ninth months of pregnancy if any of these reasons is invoked.

If Roe is overturned, the democratic process—not the courts— will determine abortion policy
Before Roe, all states permitted abortions necessary to save the mother’s life, and some permitted abortion in additional circumstances. But Roe deemed any prohibition on abortion as unconstitutional.
If Roe is overturned, policy decisions about abortion will be made by the citizens of each state through the democratic process, rather than by courts. Some states will place limits on abortion, and others will likely have few limits.
Roe’s extreme abortion license is not widely supported
Abortion advocates claim that Roe enjoys broad public support, and some recent polls seem to provide evidence for this claim. But most polls don’t explain Roe’s extreme abortion license, and some misrepresent it. For example, a 2016 Pew Research Center poll claims 69% of Americans favor Roe v. Wade and 28% oppose it. But the poll wrongly describes Roe as establishing “a woman’s
constitutional right to an abortion, at least in the first three months of pregnancy.” The fact is, Roe made abortion legal through all nine months of pregnancy and for virtually any reason.
The vast majority of Americans oppose the policy of nearly unlimited abortion dictated by Roe, and most believe abortion should not be legal for the reasons it is most often performed. A May 2018 Gallup poll shows that 65% of Americans said abortion should be illegal in the second trimester and 81% said abortion should be illegal in the last trimester. A 2018 Marist poll shows that a majority of women said either that abortion should never be permitted (9% of respondents) or permitted only in cases of rape, incest, and to save the woman’s life (42%).

Reading, PA School Board Considers Proposal to Let Planned Parenthood Have Access to Students
The proposed health center would provide “age appropriate” sexual and reproductive health education to students, one-on-one counseling and referrals to other agencies including Planned Parenthood. It also would provide condoms and organize health awareness campaigns for the school. Pro-lifers and parents, however, are concerned that the health center also could encourage
vulnerable teens to abort their unborn babies when pregnancies occur. Planned Parenthood teaches sex education to at least 221,000 students in 31 states. ACTION: Email Dr. Brian Buerke, RHS board president, at or call 484-258-7030. and


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