Why not make a special effort, in this year of the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act, to attend our monthly Pro-Life Mass? Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month, click on image below for dates and further details.

We were delighted to have Fr Gareth Thomas, a Passionist Priest, with us on Wednesday evening to celebrate Mass and it was good to meet members of his youth group who came along. It was also good to see the Knights of St Columba, some families and many of our regular supporters, to pray for the pro-life cause. We heard a report of the positive experience had by the group of young people who attended the March for Life in Washington DC in January.

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This year is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 abortion act in the UK. Sr Roseann is answering 50 questions about abortion to mark the 50th anniversary.

Question 5: Surely abortion must be a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body?

 

 

 


The award winning MFM Project runs fertility education workshops for boys and girls in their pre-teen years. We are looking for women and men to become trainers.

“ I can only protect what I value and respect.”

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In a society where sex education is geared towards protecting young people from fertility (with negative connotations such as sexual abuse, STIs, abortion), this education programme seeks rather to teach young people to value their own body as a treasure and thus protect their fertility.

The girl’s workshop is titled ‘The Cycle Show’: the girls sit around the stage of life, made of colourful, beautiful materials. They experience what is going on inside their bodies through interactive elements, age appropriate props, storytelling and music.  

The boy’s workshop is titled ‘Agents on a Mission’: a James Bond style adventure around male anatomy, with lots of physical exercise. They also learning about the female body and fertilisation of an egg creating a new life.

Take home message – every one of us was a ‘double champion’ at the start of our lives – made from the champion sperm and the queen egg.

Have a look at their website here: www.mfmprojectuk.org

We would like to bring these fertility education workshops to Scotland and are looking for women and men who would like to train to teach these workshops. Women teach the girl’s workshop and men teach the boy’s workshop. Please get in touch with Jess if you are interested- email almjess@hotmail.com. And you can also contact the UK Co-ordinator Hilary Hodgson info@mfmprojectuk.org  

There is training scheduled in Bollington, Cheshire this year:

Men’s training (“Agents on a Mission”): Thursday 20th April – Friday 21st April

Women’s training (“The Cycle Show”): Saturday 6th May – Sunday 7th May

If there is sufficient interest, then we can also organise training in Glasgow at a later date.


An article was published in ‘The National’ newspaper on Tuesday 7th February. The article was titled “Michael Gray: So-called pro-life campaign groups have no place in our schools”. The article contains prejudiced views and misinformation about the pro-life movement and is also against Catholic schools promoting Catholic values and teachings.

You can view the article here: http://www.thenational.scot/news/15073792.Michael_Gray__So_called_pro_life_campaign_groups_have_no_place_in_our_schools/

Please read the article and respond constructively. Below is Sr Roseann’s response to the article:

 

Re Michael Gray’s article: So-called pro life campaign groups have no place in our schools. 

I have seldom read a more biased, inaccurate and simplistic article on the issue of pro-life groups and their involvement in schools. 

Firstly, both schools mentioned are Catholic schools, which, like it or loathe it, have a right to teach and foster Catholic values, among which respect for the sanctity of all human life would be a given – a real dog bites man story here, certainly not news.  If you don’t like Catholic values and teaching, don’t send your children to a Catholic school.  Secondly, as someone who has run the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative since its inception almost 20 years ago, I don’t recall ever having spoken to or meeting Michael Gray. He knows nothing about us and the ‘little research’ he claims to have done would seem to me to be very little indeed.  Had he taken the time to contact us, he might have discovered a few interesting things such as the fact that over the last 20 years, while a government baby box was only a twinkle in someone’s eyes, we have been providing practical help to thousands of Scottish women facing a crisis pregnancy due to fear, lack of support, poverty and much more.

Through the work of the Pro-Life Initiative, these women are given the practical and emotional support to allow them to make an informed choice.  Every day I speak to women facing a choice of abortion and the most common thing they say to me is, “I want to have my baby, but how can I because of … [insert her many different reasons, most often not to do with the baby but with lack of support and very real social and emotional issues].

What we do in offering that support is give women real choice.  He is wrong in his assertion that the pro-life movement isn’t personal; we are very personal indeed, treating every woman who comes to us with the dignity and respect they deserve

I don’t ‘want to remove the right of women to make decisions over their own bodies’ as claimed in the article, but here we come to the heart of the matter: it is not only their body which is involved in an abortion decision, it is also the life of their unborn child.  Again, this is not pro-life propaganda.  I challenge Michael Gray and anyone else reading this to search online ‘development of 10-week child in the womb’ (10 weeks is the stage of most abortions in Scotland).

We simply believe women deserve better than abortion and the child in the womb deserves the most basic human right – the right to life.  If you want young people to have the facts, then these facts must include the reality of the development of the unborn child and the facts of what abortion is.  I have never forced any women to give birth against her wishes – how could I possibly do so?

Neither have I ever stigmatised any women. And as for the old chestnut of an argument that women will return to ‘backstreet abortions’ – is he really serious?  Have women advanced nowhere in the past 50 years?

Finally, as regards contraception, I have never dealt with any woman, no matter how young, who didn’t know about contraception and yet, despite the widespread availability of contraception and years of ‘expert sexual health advice’ and campaigns, Scotland still has an alarmingly high abortion rate and an epidemic in sexually transmitted disease.  Again, it is simply a fact that contraception leads to abortion: one always follows the other because, once you’ve told people that they can have sex without consequences, especially the consequence of a child, you have to offer the back up of abortion if it fails. And it does fail, with stunning regularity.  Let’s see if any of Scotland’s political and educational leaders would ever be bold enough to speak out on this.

 

Yours,

 

Sr Roseann Reddy

Project Co-ordinator

PS.  Michael, if you ever want to come and see what we really do, you’d be more than welcome.


This year is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 abortion act in the UK. Sr Roseann is answering 50 questions about abortion to mark the 50th anniversary. Question 4: But it’s just an embryo or foetus at this early stage and not quite human yet?


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Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. The retreats run worldwide and happen 3-4 times each year in Scotland.

Sr Andrea and her team will be leading a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat this weekend. Please pray for the team as they prepare and for all the participants – that God’s grace and healing will be present to each one of them.

In the autumn of 2016, Sr Andrea trained a group of women in Scotland to speak in churches about how awful it can feel for a woman to have had an abortion and the secrecy that so often surrounds this experience for the rest of her life. Also to explain the Church’s merciful and compassionate teachings for those who have had an abortion and to make people aware that Rachel’s Vineyard retreats exist and are an amazing source of grace and healing to those brave enough to reach out for it. Here is an extract from the “Rachel’s Vineyard appeal”:

“Do not imagine that people opt for abortion because they think it’s a good idea. The vast majority present at our hospitals because of emotional, financial, material pressures that have them totally trapped in a corner so that the only viable option seems to them to be abortion. The challenge for us as a society is to help her deal with those emotional, financial, material difficulties so that she can have her child in peace. If we love the mother, then the child will be fine, because no one is more prolife than the mother.

Since very often it’s not something she actively wanted but did, in the end, agree to, the sense of regret and loss is immense. She is suffering a genuine bereavement but no one comes up to her and says, “I’m sorry for your loss.” No one consoles her in her grief. And she doesn’t look for consolation either because she doesn’t think she deserves it. And so she remains silent. She’s silent, too, because she’s terrified that the people she loves will reject her and that others will judge her. She’s silent because she thinks that to look for healing is to say she’s alright with what happened, she’s over it, she’s forgotten the life that was lost. But that is a mistake! There’s a bad way of remembering, that intensifies pain and destruction; and there’s a way of remembering that gives life. Pope Francis said, ‘Our infinite sadness can only be cured by an infinite love.’ It’s that love that gives us hope.”

For more information about Rachel’s Vineyard, please see the website:  www.rachelsvineyard.org.uk

If you or someone you know has been affected by abortion and you are interested in going on a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat, please get in touch with Sr Andrea on 07816942824


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Please also pray for the participants and team of a Grief to Grace retreat which is happening right now. Grief to Grace is a specialised 5-day programme of spiritual and psychological healing for anyone who has suffered sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse in childhood, adolescence or adulthood. The programme was devised by the same psychologist who created the Rachel’s Vineyard programme, and is incredibly, wonderfully transformative.

http://www.grieftograce.org


Please pray

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Would you all please pray for a teenager who has found out she is pregnant and her and her family believe abortion is the best option for them.

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40 Days For Life is taking place in several locations around Scotland over Lent. 40 days for life is a worldwide movement that involves keeping prayerful vigil outside abortion facilities – for 40 days. The aim is to pray for a change of heart in women seeking abortion, to pray for the unborn children lost to abortion, to pray for the staff involved in providing abortion, to be able to offer women advice about alternatives to abortion and offer help to those broken by abortion. The ultimate aim is to pray for an end to abortion. Many hearts have been changed through this prayerful witness – mothers have decided to keep their babies, staff have left the abortion industry. You can watch one such story about a former Planned Parenthood manager, Abby Johnson here:

Sr Roseann will be speaking at the opening rally in Glasgow on Saturday 25th February. Sr Andrea will be speaking at the opening rally in Dundee on Sunday 26th February.

Please do get involved if you can. You can commit to as little or as much of the vigil as you want. Sign up to the rota by contacting:

Glasgow: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/glasgow/

Edinburgh: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/edinburgh/

Dundee: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/dundee/

Aberdeen: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/aberdeen/


This is the 50th anniversary of the passing of the 1967 abortion act in the UK. Sr Roseann is answering 50 questions about abortion to mark the 50th anniversary. Question 3: But it’s not a baby yet, what is it?




I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. - John 10:10