Oh, Dearest Mother, Sweetest Virgin of Altagracia, our Patroness. You are our Advocate and to you we recommend our needs. You are our Teacher and like disciples we come to learn from the example of your holy life. You are our Mother, and like children, we come to offer you all of the love of our hearts. Receive, dearest Mother, our offerings and listen attentively to our supplications. Amen.



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Posted: Dec 31 2008 at 9:24am | IP Logged Quote TracyQ

This came from a hs list Iím on, and itís extremely troubling what may happen in our country. If FOCA is passed in January, so many terrible things will happen. PLEASE READ this below, and join me in prayer for our country, and the innocent, unborn babies that cannot pray or speak for themselves. PLEASE LET EVERYONE you know know about this. Itís an urgent matter for our country! ALL Christians MUST unite in prayer and fasting for this. Prayer is so very powerful! Thank you so much, and may God bless you.
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Forwarded Message:
If you are opposed to abortion then there is bad news on the horizon.
For those of you who do not know, the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is
set to be signed if congress passes it on January 21-22 of 2009. The
FOCA is the next sick chapter in the book of abortion. If made a law
then all limitations on abortion will be lifted which will result in
the following:

1) All hospitals, including Catholic hospitals, will be
required to perform abortions upon request. If this happens Bishops
vow to close down all Catholic hospitals, more then 30% of all
hospitals in the United States.

2) Partial birth abortions would be legal and have no
limitations.

3) All U.S. tax payers would be funding abortions.

4) Parental notification will no longer be required.

5) The number of abortions will increase by a minimum of
100,000 annually. This is an estimation.

Needless to say this information is disturbing, but sadly
true. As Catholics, as Christians, as anyone who is against the
needless killing of innocent children, we must stand as one. We must
stop this horrific act before it becomes a law.

The Plan :

To say a novena (9 days of prayer) along with fasting
starting on January 11th. For Catholics, the prayer of choice will be
the rosary with intentions to stop the FOCA. For all other
Christians, we I encourage you to pray your strongest prayers with
the same intentions, also for nine consecutive days. The hope is that
this will branch and
blossom as to become a global effort with maximum impact. We have
very little time so we all must act fast. Just do three things:

1) Invite all your friends to this group. (at least those that you
know are Christian)

2) Do it in three days or less

3) Start the novena on January 11th and pray for nine
consecutive days.

(please also fast for at least two days during the novena)

Remember that with God all things are possible and the
power of prayer is undeniable. If you are against the senseless
killing of defenseless children then the time is now to do something
about it!

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"Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the
freedom to do what we ought." JP II

"God has created a world big enough for all the lives He wishes to be
born. It is only our hearts that are not big enough to want them and
accept them. If all the money that is being spent on finding ways to
kill people was used instead to feed them and house them and educate
them - how beautiful that would be. We are too often afraid of the
sacrifices we might have to make. But where there is love, there is
always sacrifice. And when we love until it hurts, there is joy and
peace." Mother Theresa

"While it is obvious that an ignorant man can be virtuous, it is
equally obvious that ignorance is not a virtue." -Frank Sheedr



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Posted: Jan 01 2009 at 4:23am | IP Logged Quote Donna

My family will be praying...mightily!

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Posted: Jan 01 2009 at 9:19am | IP Logged Quote Mackfam

I meant to thank you for posting this last night, Tracy. Thank you. I passed it on to my local homeschooling group. It is good to have a plan of fasting and prayer to unite behind!

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Posted: Jan 03 2009 at 8:02pm | IP Logged Quote Angie Mc

Thank you, Tracy. My prayers continue.

For more information, read more from USCCB.

Love,

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Posted: Jan 03 2009 at 8:20pm | IP Logged Quote aussieannie

Yes, prayers and sacrifices are needed...January is such an ominous month for life in the States..thank you Tracy for the reminder.

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Posted: Jan 10 2009 at 9:08pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Since these emails about the dates for FOCA to be voted on and possibly signed keep ciruclating I thought I'd post what I got yesterday. A friend who does the Right-to-Life coordination at our parish tried to track down the validity of this date and here is what she sent me:

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I keep getting this e-mail from friends stating that Congress is going to vote on this Jan. 21-22, 2009. I just hung up from ----- in the Archdiocese Respect Life Office and she says she has called Washington to ask where this incorrect date got started and no one knows.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is launching a postcard campaign the weekend of January 24-25 asking our newly elected Congressmen, Senators and President to vote against FOCA. Per her words (and as indicated by the USCCB timing) it is highly improbable/unlikely that FOCA will be voted on in January. The economy is forefront right now. FOCA is sitting there waiting to move through Congress (and we know how fast they move), so to make it to the President by Jan. 21-22 would be remarkable to say the least.


Not discouraging the novena or anything - we need to keep praying RIGHT NOW! Just wanted to update as the date information that is circulating does not seem to be valid.



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Posted: Jan 10 2009 at 9:21pm | IP Logged Quote Mackfam

I really appreciate the update, Mary. Thank you.

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