SFX for Life
A Web Ministry of the Gospel of Life Committee,
The Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier, Hunt Valley, Maryland
Building a culture of love and life in the face of a culture of utility and death
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Acknowledging the Loss of a Child

Blanket of Love

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Blanket of Love

We participate in this ministry of the DeMarillac Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland and the Human Life League. Mothers or Fathers who have lost children to miscarriage, abortion, SIDS or other causes can have a blanket square embroidered to memorialize their lost child. In some cases of abortion or miscarriage, this is sometimes the occasion for the child being finally given a name. Many who have participated in this progam have found healing.

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The Book of Innocents

Through the Book of the Innocents we hold in precious memory the lives of our young children who have died from miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, SIDS, sickness, disease or accident. Although they are no longer with us on earth, we rejoice in the way in which their lives have blessed our lives, and we look forward with hope to being reunited with them in the world to come. The Book of the Innocents acknowledges their continued place both in their natural family and in the parish family.

Our Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier Book of the Innocents can be found on the north wall of our Chapel in a pine and glass case. Please visit to record the names of your loved ones along with some brief remarks, if desired. Please also pray for the families of those named. The Book of the Innocents was provided by the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese.

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Crisis Pregnancy Support

Baby Shower for Jesus

The Gospel of Life Committee sponsors a "Baby Shower For Jesus" once a year - it usually corresponds with the annual national March For Life on Washington, D.C. in January. The "baby shower" is a marvelous way to include the younger children of the parish in a prolife activity. The gifts that the children bring to the parish are new baby items to include diapers, baby formula, baby clothes, toys etc. Gift cards from neighborhood food stores are a welcome addition. All of the proceeds are donated to the Pregnancy Center North on York Road. Cake is served to the children after the last Mass of the Sunday designated. We are blessed to have such a generous response to this event every year!

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Crisis Pregnancy Support

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Public Witness

Eucharistic Procession from St. Agnes to Hillcrest Abortion Facility

Start Your Saturday Off Right!
Pray for Moms and Babies

Eucharistic Procession from St. Agnes Church to Hillcrest Abortion Clinic and back. It is an amazing experience - don't miss it!

Details

Where
St. Agnes Catholic Church
5422 Old Frederick Rd
Baltimore, MD 21229
(410) 747-5012
When
8:45am Saturday April 5th, 2014 immediately following the 8am Mass at St. Agnes Church


How
The procession forms up at the Church following mass, and runs from St. Agnes to Johnnycake Lane and back (1/3 mile each way). Baltimore County Police will be on hand to stop traffic when we cross route 40.

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Good Friday Way of the Cross

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Maryland March for Life

The Maryland March for Life is held on a Monday evening in March of each year in Annapolis Maryland. Several Gospel of Life members attend each year. Please consider joining us in Annapolis and Unite for Life!

Typical March Schedule

Time
Event
5:15Religious Services
(Mass with Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien
and Non-denominational service with Bishop Harry Jackson)
6:15Registration and Gathering
6:30March up Main St. in Annapolis
7:00Rally begins in front of the state house
8:00After-March celebration at St. Mary's (Chick-fil-a generously donated by Steve Peroutka)

For More Information

Maryland March for Life at www.marylandmarchforlife.org for more details.

Video for the 2010 Maryland March for Life

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Washington DC March for Life

January 22nd of each year, a group from the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier participates in the National March for Life in Washington DC. This event is held every year on the anniversary of the infamous 1973 Row vs. Wade Decision, legalizing abortion.

The day usually starts with Mass at CCSFX at 9:30 AM followed by a Continental breakfast. After Mass and breakfast, we boarded the bus for the trip to Washington DC. An EWTN simulcast of the pre-March For Life Rally is made available to those who want to stay in the comfort their Buses before the March.

The March begins at the end of a Rally on the Mall in which a number of pro-life speakers, including members of congress and senators address the gathering regarding the unborn and those life and dignity are threatened under current government policy. Once the Rally completed the participants march from the Mall to the steps of the Supreme Court. The March lasts about 45 minutes. There are additional speakers, and live music at the Court. Parishes in the area help with logistics and provided refreshments to the marcher on their way back to their buses. We usually return to the Church around 5:30PM.

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Witnessing and Prayer at Abortion Mills

We gather twice a year for prayerful presence outside the Hillcrest abortion facility.

This is part of the national campaign, 40 Days for Life. We typically work woth the Respect Life Committee of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Towson Maryland

LOCATION

  • Hillcrest is on the 6th floor of the Suburbia Building, a seven story building at the intersection of Route 40 and Johnnycake Road.
  • The address is 5602 Baltimore National Pike Suite 600 Baltimore, MD 21228
  • There is a family restaurant and a Burger King nearby
  • Please park in the overflow lot behind Burger King
PRAYERFUL PRESENCE
  • This is part of a 40-day, non-stop, prayer vigil outside of the Hillcrest facility.
  • It is a peaceful and educational presence.
  • Those who are called to stand witness during this vigil send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion.
  • It also serves as a call to repentance for those who work at the abortion center and those who patronize the facility.
  • Participants stand on, or just off of the sidewalk in front of or behind the facility and quietly pray the rosary
  • Sometimes groups show up and quietly pray the rosary together
  • Sometimes, people approach with questions, there are materials available at the site to assist in answering these questions
PRAYER We are praying for
  • All those wounded by abortion in the past, now and in the future
  • mothers with no choice
  • fathers with no hope
  • families with no say
  • babies with no chance
We pray in a special way for those who work at Hillcrest
  • The Office Manager,
  • the Physicians,
  • the Nurses
  • the other staff
  • NO ONE grows up wanting to help do abortions.
You are
  • the last sign of hope for those entering the facility
  • the first sign of mercy for those coming out
STATEMENT OF PEACE All pray er vigil participants are asked to abide by the following guidelines, i.e. to commit to:
  1. Remain Christ-like at all times;
    • avoid communicating negatively
    • avoid arguing or raising your voice
  2. Abide by all state and local laws
    • stay on public property
    • do not block the sidewalks
MORE INFORMATION

Click on the this .pdf file which contains more information.

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Resources

Quotations

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.
Edward Everett Hale

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