Assistance needed for 2017 Diocesan Roe Memorial Events

Greetings! I hope you are doing well and enjoying a blessed Advent!  We are in the midst of our preparations for the 2017 Diocesan Roe Memorial Events on January 13 and 14.  Bishop Kelly is encouraging all North Texas Catholics to join him for these two days of prayer and public witness for the Gift of Life! With the significant schedule changes and the anticipated attendance, your help is again critically needed.  Further details on the events and how you can sign up to help are below.  Thank you so much!!
Dear Worthy Knight,

I write to you today in preparation for an important opportunity in the new year — the 2017 Diocesan Roe Memorial Events on January 13 and 14. These annual events are not only a memorial to the many children lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade, they are also an occasion to witness to the beauty of God’s gift of life.

Bishop Kelly’s letter of invitation, available here, encourages all North Texas Catholics to be a part of these events and noting several changes to the event schedule this year.

For the first time, the Roe Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday evening, January 13,at 7 p.m. by Bishop Kelly at St. Monica in Dallas and by Pastor Jesús Belmontes at nearby San Juan Diego.

On Saturday, January 14, the North Texas March for Life will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Dallas City Hall with the Procession of Roses and continue to the Rally for Life outside the federal courthouse, featuring the first rally address by Bishop Kelly, as well as Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church, whose sanctity-of-life videos have inspired thousands, plus many more exciting speakers!

Also on Saturday, all are invited to begin the day at the Roe Memorial Rosaries at 11 a.m.outside the Southwestern, Planned Parenthood South, and soon-to-reopen Northpark abortion facilities. For our youth, there will be a pre-march rally at 10 a.m. at St. Jude Chapel in downtown Dallas (pre-registration required at www.prolifedallas.org/yflrally; registration fee is $10/person or 5 for $40, including lunch).

The success of these important events is dependent on an army of volunteers – chief among them, the Knights of Columbus. We are so appreciative of the critical help provided by the Knights. This year, we will again need your assistance as parking attendants and ushers at the Roe Memorial Mass and as marshals at the Roe Memorial Rosaries and the North Texas March for Life and Rally. Those who are interested in assisting with any of these roles can sign up here. State and Diocesan Pro-Life Chairman Tom Clark will coordinate your service. (You may also reach Tom at 214-282-6297 or tjclark123@gmail.com.)

We would also be most appreciative if you would help get the word out about these important events, particularly with the new two-day format. Enclosed are bilingual flyers to share with your council and parish, in addition to Bishop Kelly’s letter. Additional promotional items and event details can be found at prolifedallas.org/roe.

Thank you for all you do to support these events and to advance a Culture of Life throughout the year. I look forward to seeing you and your families on January 13 and 14, as we pray and march for life! God bless, and may you have a Merry Christmas!
Grace and blessings,
Becky Visosky
Executive Director