Six Religeous Freedom Rallies Across Connecticut and More!
Rallies for religious liberty and against the Obamacare mandates will take place from 2 – 4 PM on Sunday, September 22 at the offices’ of the five Connecticut representatives in Congress. Locations for the rallies, rally coordinators, and the coordinators’ contact information are below: 1st Congressional District Rep. John Larson, 221 Main St, Hartford, CT 06106 Your contacts: Jed and Pat Conran, 860-233-4289 email@example.com 2nd Congressional District Rep. Joe Courtney, 2 Courthouse Sq, Norwich, CT 06360 Your contact: Margaret Bercotte, 860-822-1362 firstname.lastname@example.org 3rd Congressional District Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D) 59 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510 Your Contact: Norma Contois, 203-488-0326 4th Congressional District Rep. Jim Himes – 2 district offices Office 1: 211 State Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604 Your Contact: Bill O’Brien, 203-560-1637 email@example.com Office 2: 888 Washington Blvd, Stamford, CT 06901 Your Contact: Eileen Bianchini, 203-847-5727 firstname.lastname@example.org 5th Congressional District Rep. Elizabeth Esty 114 West Main St, Old Post Office Plaza, New Britian, CT 06051 Your contact: Bob Muckle, 203-753-1312 email@example.com The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law… prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. Yet, Congress did exactly that when it passed the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). The law has two mandates. The first mandate requires religious employers to violate their conscience and religious beliefs by providing employees with health insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients, or, pay crippling fines. But the threat to religious freedom not only involves paying for contraceptives and abortifacients. The government is actually taking it upon itself to define who is, or is not, religious enough to qualify for First Amendment religious freedom protection, and has essentially ruled that only churches qualify, but church related institutions and organizations, such as hospitals, schools, etc. do not. Even the Catholic cable station EWTN, Priests for Life, and the Bible publishing house Tyndale Press, would not be exempt. To deny churches the right to determine who ministers in their own ministries are is to limit their ability to practice religion outside of the church building. It allows people to worship inside the church, but not put their religion into practice in public. This is unconstitutional government involvement in internal church affairs! The second mandate would require individuals who purchase a subsidized health insurance policy, which includes abortion, through their state’s insurance exchange to pay a separate fee monthly just to cover abortion, regardless of their religious beliefs. According to LifeNews (3/12/12), “To comply with the accounting requirement, plans will collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium paid…The enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered. As described in the rule, the surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment. Furthermore, insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to directly subsidize abortions.” Connecticut health insurers are not mandated to include abortion in every policy they sell in the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange. It is not known yet if all policies offered will cover abortion, or if some will not. However, for every policy that does include elective abortion, they will be required to charge a minimum $1 per month that will go to a separate fund that just pays for abortions! However, the charge will be hidden in your bill! Individual enrollment for Obamacare begins on October 1! Generations of servicemen and women have died fighting for our freedoms – most of all, for our religious liberty! Please plan to be at one of these locations, bring a friend, your whole family, your whole parish or congregation! Bring a sign for religious liberty! Be outside your Congressperson’s office in Connecticut, Sunday, September 22 from 2-4 PM!
Wednesday, September 25 – Sunday, November 3, 2012 The fall campaign of 40 Days for Life will be held at two locations in Connecticut, the Gyn Center, 1 Main Street, Hartford and at Planned Parenthood, 12 Case Street, Norwich. This international campaign has had impressive results:
40 Days for Life – Hartford There are three ways to get involved in the fall campaign – as an individual, as a parish community, or through an organization, such as Connecticut Right to Life, a Knights of Columbus council, a school, etc. Each parish and organization is asked to “Adopt-a-Day.” On the chosen day, you can witness for life in either of two ways for one or more hours between 6 AM and 6 PM – by praying and fasting at your parish, or by witnessing at the Hartford GYN Center. The GYN Center is located at a major intersection immediately behind Hartford Hospital, with literally thousands of cars, trucks, buses, ambulances, and other vehicles passing the location every day, making it one of the most visible 40 Days for Life locations in the country. CRLC will again provide manpower on one day, Saturday, September 28. On that day, CRLC members or volunteers are welcome to join us for one hour between 6 AM and 6 PM, and should call the CRLC office at 203-753-1312 to advise that you will be attending. At least two people will man the vigil at all times. Free parking is available nearby at St. Peter’s Church. To join the Hartford prayer vigil, please contact: Director: Mary Lou Peters at 203-745-7300 or firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-639-0833 Vigil Coordinator: Tom Dwyer at email@example.com to schedule your day outside the clinic. Outreach Coordinator: Steve Krok, at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase signs, etc. On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 the day the campaign officially begins, there will be a 7:30 PM Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell. Go to www.prolifeministry.org for further information about the Hartford campaign. 40 Days for Life – Norwich Bishop Michael R. Cote will celebrate Mass at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 24th at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 211 Broadway, Norwich to kick off the 7th Annual 40 Days for Life campaign in that city. Refreshments will be available after Mass. The Mass is to prepare for 40 days and nights of prayer, fasting, and a peaceful vigil in front of Planned Parenthood, 12 Case St., Norwich. In Norwich, the 40 Days for Life campaign runs 24 hours a day for all 40 days. To prepare for the Norwich campaign, an organizational meeting will be held on September 17th at 7 PM in the Emmaus Center at St. John’s Church, 22 Maple Avenue, Uncasville. The Emmaus Center is the building to the right of the church (follow the signs). Bring a friend! For more information or to “Adopt-a-Day” in Norwich, contact Brian J. Daly at: 860-822-1788 or BJDaly@aol.com. Get involved individually by pledging to pray for an hour by logging onto: www.vigilcalendar.com/norwich Pray to discern your personal role in this 40 Days for Life prayer vigil!
The Knights of Columbus in Enfield will be sponsoring a two week tour of most every abortion clinic/referral clinic in Connecticut with the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Each day the image will be taken to one or more abortion clinics around the state. Supporters are needed to pray at each location. More information: http://olgmission2013.weebly.com Schedule: 9/6 – Enfield – Opening Mass, St. Martha’s Church. 214 Brainard Road 9/9 – Manchester – Church of the Assumption, 7 AM, then to the clinics at: 419 Middle Turnpike, Manchester, 1229 Albany Avenue, Hartford, and 1030 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford 9/10 – Waterbury – Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 9 AM Mass, then to 969 West Main Street, Waterbury, 26 Women’s Way, Meriden, and 100 Grand Street, New Britain 9/11 – Enfield, St Martha’s Church, 8 AM Mass, then to 12 Case Street, Norwich, 45 Franklin Street, New London, and 263 Main Street, Old Saybrook 9/12 – Enfield, St. Martha’s Church, 7 PM Carmelite Mass 9/13 – Shelton – St. Joseph’s Church, 7 AM Mass, then to 3787 Main Street, Bridgeport and Winsted Road, Torrington 9/14 – Hartford – St. Peter’s Church, 10 AM Mass, then to the Legislative Office Building
1:30 – 2:30 PM – Gravesite of Baby Adam, Holy Apostles College and Seminary 9/15 – Windsor Locks – St. Mary’s Church, 8 AM Mass, then to 211 State Street, Bridgeport and 1039 East Main Street, Stamford 9/17 – Enfield – St. Martha’s Church, 8 AM Mass, then to PP, 76 Polumba Drive, Enfield 9/18 – Enfield, St. Martha’s Church, 8 AM Mass, then to 44 Main Street, Danbury, 135 Main Street, Danbury, and 27 Hospital Avenue, Danbury 9/19 – Enfield, St. Martha’s Church, 8 AM Mass, then to 87 Westcott Road, Danielson and 1548 West Main Street, Willimantic 9/20 – New Haven – St. Mary’s Church, 7:30 AM Mass, then to 911 State Street, New Haven and 345 Whitney Avenue, New Haven 9/21 – Hartford – St. Gerard’s Center, then procession to One Main Street, Hartford 9/22 – Enfield – St. Martha’s Church, 7 AM Farewell Mass 9/23 – Enfield – St. Martha’s Church, 6:30 AM Mass for immigrant workers
MARCH FOR LIFE – WASHINGTON, D.C. 2014 is a state and Congressional election year and Wednesday, January 22, 2014 is the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Make March for Life 2014 in Washington, D.C. the largest ever! The March for Life Convention on Tuesday, January 21st will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The convention features pro-life speakers, exhibit booths and much more! Events include the Law of Life Summit, from 11 AM to 2 PM and a Youth Rally from 2 to 5 PM. The March for Life Rally on Wednesday, January 22nd, will be held from noon to 1 PM on the National Mall. Following the Rally, starting from the Mall, will be the huge 2014 March for Life. Following the March on January 22 the annual Rose Dinner will be held at the Hyatt Regency at 6 PM. Also associated with the March will be the 2nd Annual Nellie Gray 5K Run. Last year’s March had an estimated 250,000 to 400,000 marchers participating. Over 700 pro-lifers from Connecticut made the trip, including large contingents from Cromwell, Norwalk, Waterbury, West Hartford, and Eastern Connecticut. MARCH FOR LIFE – HARTFORD On Saturday, January 25th, 2014, Archbishop Henry Mansell will celebrate Mass at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hartford. Following Mass, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants will lead a Rosary procession to the State Capitol and back, for those wishing to participate. Once everyone is back at the Cathedral, there will be pro-life speakers and refreshments downstairs in the Cathedral.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – CONGRESS
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on June 18, 2013 by a vote of 228-196. The bill would provide protection nationwide for unborn children capable of feeling pain, beginning at a fetal age of 20 weeks (equivalent to 22 weeks of pregnancy“), the beginning of the sixth month. All of Connecticut’s House members – Larson, Courtney, DeLauro, Himes, and Esty – voted against this bill. The Health Care Conscience Rights Act (S. 1204 and H.R. 940), introduced by Senator Tom Coburn (R-Ok.) and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), would 1 – provide conscience protection against coercive means by government or others to compel participation in providing abortion and other procedures regardless of religious and moral objections; 2 – amend the new health care law (“ObamaCare”) to prevent mandates that violate the religious or moral convictions of those who purchase or provide health insurance; 3 – prevent discrimination by any level of government against doctors, nurses, hospitals, and insurers, who decline to participate in abortions, and 4 – allows victims of violations of the federal conscience laws to seek relief in court.
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (S. 946 and H.R. 7) – Sponsored by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) in the Senate and Rep.Chris Smith (R-NJ) in the House, would establish a consistent government-wide prohibition on Federal funding for abortion. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA) (S. 369 and H.R 732) – Sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). Requires any abortionist to notify a parent before performing an abortion on a minor who is a resident of another state, unless the minor has already received authorization from a court in her home state, or unless the abortionist is already required to provide such parental notification by a current law in the state in which he practices. If the minor asserts that she is the victim of abuse, the abortionist must notify the appropriate state child abuse agency. The bill makes it a federal offense to transport a minor across state lines for an abortion without fulfilling the requirements of a parental notification law of the home state. Minors from other states come to Connecticut for abortions without their parent’s knowledge since Connecticut has no parental involvement requirement for minor girls. Go to www.congress.org and enter your zip code to contact your congressmen about these bills.
September 6 – 23 – Missionary Image Statewide tour to CT Abortion Clinics 14 (Saturday) – National Day of Remembrance of Unborn Children – Holy Apostles Seminary and College, Cromwell 22 (Sunday) – Religious Freedom Rallies in CT against ObamaCare abortion mandates – Congressional offices statewide, 2 – 4 PM 24 (Tuesday) – 40 Days for Life kick-off Mass – St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Norwich, 7 PM 25 (Wednesday) to Nov. 3 (Sunday) – 40 Days for Life – Hartford/Norwich 25 (Wednesday) – 40 Days for Life kick-off Mass – St. Joseph Cathedral, Hartford, 7:30 PM 27 (Friday) – Family Institute of CT – Eric Metaxas, keynote – Stamford Marriott, 6:30 PM 27 – 29 (Friday – Sunday) – Rachel’s Vineyard (post abortion healing), Archdiocese of Hartford October 6 (Sunday) – Respect Life Mass, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hartford, 11 AM 6 (Sunday) – 1:00-3:00 PM, Life Chain, Gospel of Life Society, Atlantic Street & Tresser Boulevard , Stamford, front of St. John’s, parking in back of the church. Signs are provided. The Gospel of Life Society invites you and your whole family to participate in Stamford’s Life Chain. The Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life Americans standing together for a length of time (15 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour) praying for our nation and for an end to abortion – to make the womb a safe place for the unborn. The chain presents a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian communities that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the Last year, over 1500 chains were linked across America and Canada. It is a friendly way to engage teens and youth groups in the Pro-life movement. (http://www.nationallifechain.org/). Be a link in our Chain for a 15 min., 30 min., or more. 19 (Saturday) – 14th Pro-life Conference, Holy Angels Church, Meriden – Ambassador Alan Keyes; Jeanne Monahan, Pres. – March for Life; Theresa Bonopartis, Dir. – Hope and Healing After Abortion; Deacon Tom Davis, Assoc. Dir. – Pope JPII Bioethics Center; Liz Gillen, Dir. – 1st Way Life Center; Rev. Robert Rousseau, Pro-life Dir., Archdiocese of Hartford November 3 (Sunday) – Carolyn’s Place, 21st Anniversary Annual Dinner, Waterbury 4 (Monday) – The Women’s Center (Care Net) of Eastern CT – Lakeview Restaurant, Coventry and Nov. 5 (Tuesday) the Imperial Room, Danielson – both nights – Dr. Ray Prichard from Keep Believing Ministries, 6:45 PM 5 (Tuesday) – Election Day 14 (Thursday) – Hopeline PRC – new center fund raiser – Hibernian Hall, Stamford, 7:00 PM January – 2014 21 (Tuesday) – March for Life Conference, Youth Rally, Law of Life Summit, Washington, DC 22 (Wednesday) – March for Life Rally, March for Life, Rose Dinner, Washington, D.C. 25 (Saturday) – March for Life – Hartford, St. Joseph Cathedral – Mass, procession, speakers March 13 (Thursday) – Hopeline PRC – Amber Room, Danbury, and March 14 (Friday) – Trumbull Marriott, – both nights – Ryan Bomberger/Radiance Foundation, 6:30 PM April 10 (Wednesday) – ABC Women’s Center-Annual Dinner – Crowne Plaza, Cromwell, 6:30 PM 26 (Saturday) – Connecticut Right to Life Corporation – Annual Convention, Holiday Inn, North Haven, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM