Deacon Keith Fournier: I Will Join Fr Frank Pavone at the National Memorial for the Preborn. Please Come!
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I will join Fr. Frank Pavone on Friday, January 27, 2017 for the 23d annual National Memorial for the Pre-born and their Mothers and fathers in Washington, D.C. at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St), Washington, DC, from 8:30-10:30 am. The service brings together clergy and lay leaders from every segment of the Christian community for prayer and preaching right before the nations largest protest march against abortion. It leaves attendees plenty of time to get to the March for Life site in time for the rally and grounds the events of the day in the firm foundation of faith in the Lord of Life. Please join us!
Clergy in prayer at a National Memorial Service for the Preborn and their mothers and fathers
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - I have had the honor of calling Fr Frank Pavone my friend for several decades. He is a hero to me - and to millions of other people around the world. There is no greater champion for our first neighbors in the first home of the whole human race, children in the womb, than this good man and holy priest of the Lord Jesus Christ.
His courage, conviction, persistence and perseverance, always inspire and motivate me in my life, ministry and work.
I know that when the official history of the greatest Human Rights Movement of age is written, the movement to restore the recognition of the Fundamental, Natural Law Right to Life of our youngest neighbors to the law of the United States of America, there will be many women, men, associations, movements and organizations given a place of honor in the hall of heroes.
I believe that right at the top of that list will be this indefatigable Catholic Priest and Champion for Life named Fr Frank Pavone.
I will join Fr. Frank on Friday, January 27, 2017 for the 23d annual National Memorial for the Pre-born and their Mothers and fathers in Washington, D.C. at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St), Washington, DC, from 8:30-10:30 am. The service and march will be held on Jan. 27 in 2017 because of events surrounding the presidential inauguration.
The National Memorial brings together clergy and lay leaders from every segment of the Christian community for prayer and preaching right before the nations largest protest march against abortion. The service leaves attendees plenty of time to get to the March for Life site in time for the rally and grounds the events of the day in the firm foundation of faith in the Lord of Life.
For those who wish to attend, there will be a Catholic Mass at 7:30 am and Fr Frank will preside. Doors open at 7am. Admission is free, no tickets are required, and large groups are welcome.
Pam Tebow will be the special guest speaker this year. She sparked an international conversation about abortion when she told the world during a television commercial aired during the 2010 Super Bowl that doctors had recommend she end the life of her unborn child in the womb because of strong drugs she had been given to treat an illness she caught while working as a missionary in the Philippines. She refused, saying she would rely on her faith in God to safely deliver the child.
Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, 29, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner who later played in the NFL, was that child. He was born perfectly healthy. Mrs. Tebow will be honored with the 2017 National Pro-Life Recognition Award. Tony Melendez, Composer, Singer and Songwriter will be the musical guest as well as Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation.
Years ago, at one of these services, I mentioned what I called a silver lining in dark cloud in the culture of death. By that phrase I conveyed the fact that we had found one another as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ in our common response to respond to the cry of those whom Mother Teresa called the "poorest of the poor", children in the womb.
We must continue our essential work on behalf of our youngest neighbors in the womb! They have no voice but ours.
Fortunately, the new Administration is sending important Pro-Life signals. This was evident in President Trump reinstating the Mexico City Policy which will once again stop foreign aid and federal funds from being used to promote or provide abortions outside of the United States.
Soon, President Trump will appoint a Justice to the United States Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by the passing to life of Antonin Scalia. Every Pro-Life person knows the importance of this crucial appointment. I personally believe that appointment is only the beginning.
There is no more powerful force to help bring an end to the slaughter of these new holy innocents than prayer. That is why this service has always been one of the most important parts of the March for Life for me. It is also a time to meet new allies in this Human Rights Movement and reconnect with old friends.
Our relationships in the Lord and solidarity in this great human rights movement have grown over the years. As we have stood together, prayed together, worked together and marched together, confronting the culture of death while building the new culture of life and civilization of love which will replace it, we have experienced the power of the Lord Jesus Christ and the truth of our unity in Him at this beautiful service.
I invite all the readers, viewers and supporters of Catholic Online to attend this National Memorial Service. It is free and no registration is required. Constitution Hall can easily accommodate large groups that will travel together to the March for Life. Information on the National Memorial can be found at www.NationalPrayerService.com
Deacon Keith A. Fournier is the Editor in Chief of Catholic Online and the Founder and Chairman of Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance. A married Roman Catholic Deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, he and his wife Laurine have five grown children and seven grandchildren. He is also a human rights lawyer and public policy advocate who served as the first and founding Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice in the nineteen nineties. He has long been active at the intersection of faith and culture.
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