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“In our present times there is an urgent need to promote a culture of life and also to undertake direct actions that help protect the life of the weakest, especially the unborn. For that reason the work done by ‘Priests for Life’ deserves the gratitude and support of the whole Church.”

- Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, President, Pontifical Council for the Laity, Vatican City State, June 7, 2011.

   
Dear Friends,

Priests for Life is on the front lines of the effort to end abortion, and to energize the Church at all levels in this task. Our financial support comes entirely from people like you!  We do not receive monetary support from diocesan or national Church structures.

I need your help today, and so do the unborn. Thank you in advance.

Fr. Frank Pavone, MEV

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

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March 10, 2015

Friends,

With the new pro-life Congress already working to help our fight to end legalized abortion-on-demand in America, we need to press forward on other fronts and keep the abortion industry on its heels.

To do so, however, I need you to make a special sacrifice that will play a major role in allowing Priests for Life to advance the cause of life throughout the country, win more people over to the side of life and bring us closer to the day we win victory over abortion.

That special sacrifice is this:

I need you to make a $46.91 contribution to Priests for Life.

I’ll tell you why I’m asking you for this specific amount a bit later in this letter.

One thing I will tell you about your gift right now, however, is this.  Since we’re still in Lent, you can make your $46.91 part of your almsgiving.  I recommend that because I’m sure that sending Priests for Life a gift of $46.91 right now will be a real sacrifice for you.  Which means your gift will have double its normal value.

First, it will go a long way in putting Priests for Life in position to continue our role as the face and voice of the pro-life movement.  I’ll show you how in just a moment.

Second, if your gift is the sacrifice I’m thinking it will be, then by denying yourself in this way you will bring down from heaven a torrent of graces on both yourself and Priests for Life.  Those graces, in turn, will make our pro-life work together all the more effective.

Speaking of that work, I need to impress upon you the fact that God has heard our cries and given us a pro-life Congress that I believe will help us in our fight to end abortion.  Just how long that will be the case is anyone’s guess.  But it will be at least until the next election and we need to make good use of what we have now.

That said, we have got to pull out all the stops and strike while the iron is hot, so to speak.

Knowing this, Priests for Life has put together an incredibly aggressive agenda that we need to put into full action mode as quickly as we can, and keep it going for as long as we can.  But just how much we will be able to do depends on how you and your fellow Priests for Life family members respond to this urgent appeal for help.

In order for you to see what I mean, allow me a couple minutes to give you a quick look at all we have planned for the next several months.  It includes:

•A full-court press to get Congress to:

⇒Block pro-abortion judges from being confirmed to our federal courts

⇒Fight ObamaCare’s abortion provisions and keep America’s health care system abortion-free

⇒Pass the bill protecting unborn babies from 20 weeks forward

⇒Prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding abortions

⇒De-fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s #1 provider of abortions

⇒Stop the rush of taxpayer dollars flowing to international organizations that promote abortion

NOTE: We’ve already achieved one of these six objectives!  That happened when the House of Representatives passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act!  This was one of the topics our Priests for Life staff spoke about during our “Walking the Halls of Congress” project where we met personally with members of Congress and urged them to protect the youngest members of our human family.  I’m sure our presence on Capitol Hill made a strong impression on lawmakers, particularly the freshmen members of Congress.  And now Congress has acted to keep taxpayer dollars from paying for abortions.    

Other programs and projects Priests for Life will be undertaking include (but aren't limited to) the following:

•Nationwide educational and pastoral efforts online and in Churches to mark these significant events:

⇒20th Anniversary of The Gospel of Life encyclical (March 25)

⇒10th Anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s state-sponsored execution (March 31)

⇒10th Anniversary of the death of Pope St. John Paul II (April 2)

  • Special events marking the 20th Anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s The Gospel of Life encyclical.  There will be a Vatican-sponsored prayer service in Rome on March 24 and I have been invited to help lead the prayers.  In conjunction with this, churches and dioceses are being urged to have similar simultaneous events locally.

  • Priests for Life has published a comprehensive Study Guide on The Gospel of Life and we will promote and distribute it widely in conjunction with the encyclical's 20th anniversary.

  • PRO-LIFE TV NETWORK.  Priests for Life is hard at work putting together the world’s first network dedicated solely to the topic of ending abortion!  I’ll send you more details as the launch date nears.

  • WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES WITH THE POPE.  This international life event will take place in Philadelphia from September 22-27.  It will be a week-long gathering that focuses on threats to the family.  Working in conjunction with the Vatican, the World Meeting of Families and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Priests for Life has been asked to organize a special pro-life event on the evening of Wednesday, September 23.

  • ProLifeCentral.com.  Over the past twenty years Priests for Life has produced a wealth of pro-life literature and materials.  We are in the process of re-organizing all this information and making it readily available to pro-life warriors all over the world.

  • ONLINE PRO-LIFE UNIVERSITY. This site will allow individuals to gain an in-depth understanding of why it is vital to our nation’s survival that we end abortion.  Specially designed for students of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, the site will present the wisdom and experience of pro-life leaders and experts on a variety of pro-life topics.
  • PRO-LIFE LEADERSHIP COALITION.  Priests for Life periodically convenes meetings and retreats (both private and public), as well as organizes conference calls and webcasts that bring pro-life leaders together to work in solidarity for victory over abortion.

  • HEALING THE SHOCKWAVES OF ABORTION.  Abortion triggers a series of physical, spiritual and psychological shockwaves that are so powerful that everyone involved with the decision to kill a child in the womb wants to flee from the emotional fallout of the event as quickly as possible.  Knowing this, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has launched this project in order to give Americans an in-depth look at how deeply abortion impacts society.

I’m sure you’ll agree with me that that’s a full agenda, and that's not even all of it!  More importantly, if implemented to its fullest, it’s an agenda that can do tremendous damage to the abortion industry while promoting the sanctity and dignity of human life.

And yet, it doesn’t include everything you and Priests for Life are doing to rid our nation of the injustice of abortion.  For example, the above list doesn’t include ...

... our pro-life mission trips to parishes all across the country.

... our training of priests and deacons through the John Cardinal O’Connor Institute

... our various Outreach programs to members of the African-American community, the

Hispanic community and our nation’s youth.

... our critical work through Rachel’s Vineyard of healing after abortion.

... our LAWSUIT against the abortion mandate of ObamaCare. 

That last item – our lawsuit – is particularly important because, as I’ve told you in prior letters, our lawsuit is to non-profit religious organizations what the Hobby Lobby case was to private businesses.  It’s an all-out fight to protect our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Right now our case is still in the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where we have appealed to the full panel of judges.  Whatever happens there, I’m all but certain our case will end up in the Supreme Court.  Knowing this we’ve been working hard to keep our Legal Fund full.

That’s a LOT of pro-life work, I know.

But this is precisely what we have to do if we are to take advantage of the pro-life Congress we played such a major role in helping get put into office last year.  For while I do not look to Congress or any legislative body to do our work for us, still, it’s nice to know that for the next two years at least Congress will not be working against us.

Speaking of that pro-life Congress, that brings me back to the $46.91 gift I’m really counting on you to rush to Priests for Life today.  Here’s why.

As you’ll recall from some of my prior letters, Priests for Life invested the bulk of the funds you and other pro-life warriors sent us to make sure we did all we could to get pro-life Americans to the polls last November.  I’m not going to recount to you all we did together.  But I must remind you of the result of our work.  After the election, The Polling Company/WomanTrend asked voters whether the abortion issue affected their vote.  Do you remember what they found? 

  • 23% said abortion affected my vote and I voted pro-life
  • 16% said abortion affected my vote and I voted pro-abortion

That shows a full 7% advantage for pro-life candidates!  And as you know, many races were decided by a far smaller margin than that.  So your donations paid off!

I’m telling you that because it proves that the money Priests for Life spent last year bore abundant fruit!  Unfortunately, we still haven’t recovered financially.  And it doesn’t appear as though we will unless we receive a large and immediate infusion of contributions because our back debt stands at $469,114.

Now you see why I’m asking you to make a donation of $46.91 ... or 1/100 of one percent of the debt

And while that might not sound like it will make much of a dent in our backlog, it truly will.  That’s because you’re not the only member of the Priests for Life family I’m writing to and asking for help.

Our situation is such that I’m writing to the entire Priests for Life family.  I’m asking most of them to send $46.91, just like I’m asking you to do.  There are some, however, that I’m asking to send $469.11.  And there are those whom I’m asking to send gifts of $4,691.  By themselves, none of those gifts will put us back on solid financial ground.  But combined, they will more than do the job.

Now do you see why I’m hoping you will make your $46.91 gift part of your Lenten almsgiving?  If you will make the sacrifice needed to send that contribution then I’m confident that come Easter and the celebration of Christ’s victory over death, Priests for Life’s back debt will be a thing of the past and we’ll be free to implement all the programs I told you about in this email.

So can I count on your help?  Please? 

Thank you.  Of this much I’m absolutely certain.  Based on your long-standing history of loyalty and generosity to Priests for Life, I know you will do the very best you can.  Which is why I promise to remember you at every Mass I offer.  Thank you again and may God bless you.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director
Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries

P.S. Before I let you go you need to know that there is a group of your Priests for Life family members who have come forward and are providing us with some amazing financial gifts.  We are using these to fund current projects.  But this money will only last for another thirty days or so.  Still, that buys me time and frees me up to dedicate every penny of your $46.91 gift to our back-debt.

 

 
 
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