You Deserve to Know the Truth…about Contraception – Sunday, November 24, 2013

Our 8th Annual RESPECT LIFE Presentation…

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Deacon Doug Wigton to be interviewed on Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo

Please help spread the word that our own Deacon Doug Wigton will be interviewed by Teresa Tomeo on the Catholic Connection radio show this coming Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 8:35am!

Deacon Doug is the principle coordinator of a presentation RESPECT LIFE of the Diocese of Gaylord is hosting at Christ the King Church in Acme, MI on November 24th. The presentation will focus on a youtube video created by The Sisters of the Children of Mary titled “You Deserve to Know the Truth…about contraception.”

Deacon Douglas Wigton, DO, the father of ten children, two of whom are priests of the Diocese of Gaylord: Fathers Matthew Wigton and Peter Wigton. Deacon Wigton is a knowledgeable and gifted man who also serves as an organist and cantor, as needed. But mainly, he is a humble and holy man able to present the Truth in a delightfully simple and clearly articulate way.

Please visit the web site www.avemariaradio.net to find a radio station in your area or listen to it live from the internet by clicking on the orange “Listen Live” box in the upper right corner.

An audio recorded version may also be available afterward from
www.avemariaradio.net/catholic-connection to listen to the interview.

Links Added

We’ve added links to our Links Page for documents and instruction on Respect for Human Life.

Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of a Person) 2008 – An Instruction from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on ethical issues arising from biomedical research, provides guidance on how to respect human life and human procreation in our heavily scientific age. Dignitas Personae is considered a “sequel” to Donum Vitae, both by the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Gift of Life (Donum Vitae) 1987 – Instruction on Respect for Human Life In its Origin and the Dignity of Procreation: Replies to Certain Questions of the Day

7th Annual RESPECT LIFE Presentation – Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Join us for “Your Call to Greatness” An Introduction to Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at St. Francis High School in Traverse City, Michigan.

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Spring 2012 Newsletter Online

Download the issue at respectlifegaylord.com/newsletter.

Winter 2012 Newsletter Online

Download the issue at respectlifegaylord.com/newsletter.

6th Annual RESPECT LIFE Presentation – Sunday, January 22, 2012

Here is the flyer for our 6th Annual RESPECT LIFE Presentation, “Putting Our Lives into the Hands of the Father”. The presentation is on January 22, 2012 at Immaculate Conception Parish in Traverse City, Michigan.

You can print a flyer to share here.

Link: Marquette bishop: contraception a ‘clear factor’ in decline of church numbers

Ave Maria Radio’s Al Kresta writes about a recent interview with Bishop Alexander Sample from the Diocese of Marquette. In the interview Bishop Samples talks about how contraception has impacted church numbers and how as a society we must protect all stages of life, from the unborn to the elderly.

Read Marquette bishop: contraception a ‘clear factor’ in decline of church numbers at Kresta in the Afternoon

You can read the entire interview at www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/968/lost_generations.aspx.

Natural Family Planning Information

We’ve added a section for Natural Family Planning (NFP) on our website. We’ll be posting more information soon, but in the meantime you can learn about our NFP Racks in parishes across the diocese and download a NFP re-order form for re-ordering rack materials.

Pictured is our Office Manager Kathryn Mousseau with the NFP Rack.

Conscience Rights Violated by Sweeping HHS Contraceptive Mandate

URGENT: Respond by September 30

In implementing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the new health care reform law), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a rule requiring almost all private health plans to cover contraception and sterilization as “preventive services” for women. The mandate even forces individuals and groups with religious or moral objections to purchase and provide such coverage if they are to receive or provide health coverage at all. This poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom.

The rule includes a religious exemption so extremely narrow that it protects almost no one. It covers only a “religious employer” that has the “inculcation of religious values” as its purpose, primarily employs and serves persons who share its religious tenets, and is a church organization under two narrow provisions of the tax code. A great many religious organizations — including Catholic colleges and universities, as well as hospitals and charitable institutions that serve the public — will be ineligible. Individuals and religiously affiliated health insurers will not qualify for the exemption.

The new rule would force insurance plans to cover “all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling for all women with reproductive capacity.” Never before has the federal government required private health plans to include such coverage. The FDA-approved “emergency contraception” (EC) drugs that are covered by this mandate can work by interfering with implantation of a newly conceived human being. Also, the drug the FDA most recently approved for EC, “Ella,” a close analogue to the abortion drug RU-486, has been shown in animal tests to cause abortion. Thus, the mandate includes drugs that may cause an abortion both before and after implantation.

The public comment period on this interim final rule ends September 30.

ACTION: Please send an e-mail message to HHS by visiting www.usccb.org/conscience. Once you send your comments to HHS, you will be automatically invited to send a message to your elected representatives in Congress, urging them to support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (H.R. 1179/S. 1467) to ensure that such federal mandates do not violate Americans’ moral and religious convictions.

MESSAGE TO HHS: “Pregnancy is not a disease, and drugs and surgeries to prevent it are not basic health care that the government should require all Americans to purchase. Please remove sterilization and prescription contraceptives from the list of ‘preventive services’ the federal government is mandating in private health plans. It is especially important to exclude any drug that may cause an early abortion, and to fully respect religious freedom as other federal laws do. The narrow religious exemption in HHS’s new rule protects almost no one. I urge you to allow all organizations and individuals to offer, sponsor and obtain health coverage that does not violate their moral and religious convictions.”

WHEN: Please send your comments to HHS by the September 30 deadline. Thanks!