Saturday, February 5, 2011

Filipinos, Unite For Life

Forwarded e-mail from Pro-Life Philippines

PRO-LIFE PHILIPPINES FOUNDATION primes up for February as the group in cooperation with the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life and Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) celebrates PRO-LIFE MONTH 2011.

In staying committed to its advocacies, the group is again set to celebrate a series of activities all addressing the call of its theme, “FILIPINOS, UNITE FOR LIFE.” The organizers aim to shed more light on the pressing issues of today concerning the Filipino family and how its innate pro-life value system is continuously challenged by prodding death-dealing lifestyles.

An opening salvo for the month-long celebration will be hosted by the Shrine of Mary Queen of Peace, Our Lady of Edsa in Mandaluyong City on February 6, Sunday, 9:30 am. Following the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, a short opening ceremony will be held to formally usher in the pro-life mood for the whole month.

With the cooperation of the Blessed Margaret of Castello Movement spearheaded by Bro. Gonzalo Goquiolay, a Pro-life Mass for Healing with Rev. Fr. Vicente Cajilig, OP is scheduled on February 10, Thursday, 5:00 PM at the Sto. Domingo Church. This event is dedicated to holistically nurturing our spiritual health in cognizant of the arduous and challenging situations people face on a daily basis. Also, the event will act as a venue to promote the pro-life stance among more people most especially the young.

Honoring the intercessions of the Virgin Mary for the pro-life movement, a Marian Regatta Prayer Rally will sail on February 13, Sunday, 2:00 pm at the Subic Bay, Olongapo City, Zambales. Watch and be captivated by the fluvial parade and be one in prayer with steadfast pro-lifers in the region.

To show and make lay people understand the bigger picture of the pro-life advocacy’s relevance and importance, the Pro-Life Conference for the Laity will be held on February 25 at the Insular Life Auditorium in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Seasoned international speaker Michael Voris of Catholic American group St. Michael’s Media will be giving his talks on vital topics that would strengthen the Catholic lay force’s conviction in backing the pro-life cause most importantly in today’s grueling scenarios.

On February 26, young people and church aficionados will be at the forefronts of the discussion as the Pro-Life Symposia for the Youth and Church Leaders will simultaneously transpire at the Ynares Stadium in Pasig City. Aside from Voris, Jason Evert of the Theology of the Body Institute, USA will also be lending his knowledge and wisdom in the value of chastity and teen sexuality.

Culminating the month-long celebration, the Pro-Life Philippines National Convention will take place on February 27 at the Pope Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila. All interested persons in availing the Foundation’s membership are cordially invited.

The said events will be attended by vanguard pro-lifers such as former Pro-Life President Eric B. Manalang, CFC-FFL’s Frank Padilla and Pro-Life Philippines Founder Sr. Mary Pilar Verzosa, RGS among others.

Further, the Foundation expects parish-based Family & Life Apostolate groups together with their parish organizations to hold Pro-life activities to celebrate the gift of life and promote pro-life family values.

Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, non-stock non-government organization dedicated to promoting respect and care for human life from conception to natural death. Aside from Education and Training, its programs and services include Counseling, Advocacy, and Public Awareness.

Pro-life Month was declared by President Cory Aquino in 1987 when she issued Proclamation 214 – “February is Respect and Care for Life Month”.

For inquiries regarding the activities and the contests, kindly contact Malou Agsaluna at the Pro-Life Philippines Foundation Secretariat located at the San Lorenzo Ruiz Student Catholic Center, 2486 Legarda Street, Sampaloc, Manila with numbers 734-9425 or 733-7027.

This event is partnered by Insular Life, Nescafe Decaf, Summit Drinking Water, Ovaltine, Radio Veritas, St James the Great Parish Ayala Alabang, Mary, Queen of Peace EDSA Shrine, Couples For Christ-Foundation for Family and Life and the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life.

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