Madonna Renewal Center Spaghetti Dinner

ProLifeCorner-  Freeport, Il – by Annarae - On Tuesday, February 17, over two hundred people braved the icy cold winds to enjoy good food, fellowship, and to help a worthy cause, the renovation of the former St. Francis Hospital.  This event was held in the lovely facilities of the First Lutheran Church in Freeport.  We are grateful to Pastor Keith Johnson and to the First Lutheran Church community for allowing us to use their facilities, not only for this event but for graciously allowing the Sisters and the various committees to hold their monthly meetings there.

The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), our “Blue Nuns” held a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for their project, the Madonna Renewal Center, which will be a place of healing and hope to women.   To say this event was a success would be an understatement!  A steady stream of hungry folks kept all the volunteer kitchen crew busy the entire time.  Everyone raved about how wonderful everything tasted and many asked when the next dinner would be held.  Spaghetti, meat balls or sauce, salad with a tasty Italian style dressing, garlic bread and a beverage made a filling and oh, so enjoyable meal, or perhaps I should  say feast.  This was all topped off with an array of desserts that filled over two long tables from which one could pick a generous portion of cakes, cookies, or pies.  Trust me, no one went away hungry! Continue reading

Pray the Rosary

ProLifeCorner-    “And in the morning, a great while before day, He rose and went out to a lonely place, and there He prayed.”

Our Lady of Fátima is a famous title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary as she appeared in five apparitions reported by three shepherd children at Fátima in Portugal. These occurred on the 13th day of each month in 1917, starting on May 13th and ending on October 13th , but excluding August, when the three children were incarcerated. The three children were Lúcia dos Santo,  who died recently at age 95, and her two cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who both died shortly after the apparitions, but who have since been beatified by the Holy Catholic Church. Continue reading

Medical Marijuana? Slow Down

ProLifeCorner-  Freeport Illinois-  By Fr. Timothy Barr-    I am sure we have all heard about the marijuana plantations going up all over in Illinois, and especially in Freeport. There seems to be a rush to get everything up and going, but maybe we should really look at what the effects of something like this will be. The Church does not teach that marijuana is an intrinsic evil, but it is a mind altering drug. It should be treated with great care. Continue reading

St. Mary’s in Polo Sponsors Pro-Life Newspaper Ad

ProLifeCorner-  Polo Illinois-    Often in the pro-life movement we feel that we want to do something but we don’t quite know what we should do. Sometimes we might have a plan or an idea but we don’t act upon it because we feel it’s just my small church community and we won’t accomplish anything. Larry Plachno and his wife Nancy are members of a very small parish in Polo Illinois. Larry, Nancy, and their friends decided that they would take out a full-page newspaper ad describing the growth of a pre-born baby from conception until the baby is ready to enter into the world. This small band of advocates for life need to be acknowledged for their success in this awesome community minded educational effort. They were able to place the full-page ad shown below in four community newspapers. It should be noted that St. Mary’s is a small parish, and they accomplished quite a bit with just 90 sponsors. Continue reading

Holy Family Respect life Banquet Report

ProLifeCorner-  Rockford IL.- In late January this year, Holy Family Parish hosted its 20th annual Respect Life banquet. We are especially pleased to bring you this report;  a good friend of the ProLifeCorner, Steven Garbe, has supplied us with the background information and pictures which will make this a more informative report. We would also like to acknowledge that the videos contained upon this page were produced and directed by Stephen King Photographer, Rockford Illinois. Continue reading

NIWC is Closed, May We Never Forget

ProLifeCorner- Keokuk, Iowa- By Frank Munda- Northern Illinois Women’s Center is Closed, May We Never Forget.

Dan and Donna Holman recently sent this video to us at the ProLifeCorner. They rote this comment below the video on YouTube which they shot back in 1986 at Northern Illinois Women’s Center (N.I.W.C.) Rockford Illinois.

“ In 1986 Abortionist Richard Ragsdale opened up an abortuary in the old Turner Grade School building in Rockford, Illinois. Those who ministered at this death pit in 1988 were novices. Of all of us, Fr Francis Lawler communicated best.” Continue reading

40 days for Life Aurora and Beyond

 ProLifeCorner- Aurora Illinois- by Staff-  40 days for Life Aurora and Beyond-

It is time once again for the 40 days for life campaign. God hears our prayers no matter where we are located. At home, in church, no matter where we are at, however there is something special about offering your prayers at an abortion clinic where the babies are being sacrificed. Not only does our Lord pay special attention to your prayers but your presence at an abortion clinic can often give an abortion minded mother the moral strength that she needs in order to choose life. Continue reading

Euthanasia: A Personal Perspective

Beaumont, Alberta, Canada-   by Mark Pickup-  The onset of multiple sclerosis is sudden. I went dead from the waist down. I could not distinguish something hot from something cold. I could not distinguish blunt from sharp. Overnight, I lost the use of my right hand, and I am right handed. My wife had to help me dress. For a time, I could not hold a pencil, and when I came to the point where I could, I scribbled like a little kid. Within a week, I had gone from the world of the able-bodied to the world of the disabled. They are distinctly different worlds, rather like two solitudes.

From 1984 to 1987, I found myself on a relentless slide downhill. The pattern of attack and remission was so volatile that I would go to bed at night not knowing what I would wake up with or wake up without. My vision was affected for a while. I would lose the ability to speak, and I would froth like an imbecile. I would gain my speech back, lose it, gain it, lose it. I would go incontinent. I would lose sensation. I would lose short term memory and experience confusion. In fact, that is what drove me from my career in the end, I would go spastic. I would experience a crippling fatigue, and I still do. Continue reading

ALL I HAVE IS CRACKED AND BROKEN

ProLifeCorner – 1-29-2015 – by Staff – Many years ago we were working on material for our Pro Life Corner bulletin quotes when we came across several wonderful pro-life quotes from Mark Pickup. We did not realize at that time the tribulations he and his wife, LaRee, were experiencing, we only knew his writing was superb and we wanted to share it with others. As years passed we became more aware of Mark’s condition and just some of the trials he has endured. We have corresponded with him for quite some time and were so thrilled at the wonderful news he shared with us when he was able to take a few steps. ( Please note in the following article that Mark is now able to walk with a cane for a brief time.) What joy! Please take time to read the story of a most remarkable and faithful pro-life couple. If only our world contained more couples like them, it would be a much better place to live. Continue reading

Our Bodies are Temples of the Holy Spirit

 ProLifeCorner- Sun Jan 28 2015- Holy Angels Church, Aurora, Il-A Pro-Life Homily- by Deacon Tim White-   

A story is related about Franklin Delano Roosevelt who became very weary of always smiling and mouthing the usual clichés at White House receptions So one evening he decided to discover if, in fact, anyone was really listening to what he was saying. One by one, as persons approached him with an extended hand, eye contact and a warm SMILE, THE PRESIDENT GRASPED THEIR HANDS AND EXCLAIMED, “I murdered my lovely wife this morning.” Each person would respond with the usual bromides: “How great” or “How wonderful!” or “Continue the marvelous work“. Nobody listened to what the president was saying except for one far eastern diplomat who responded calmly, “I’m sure she had it coming to her.” Continue reading