Respect Life Series: Protect Life Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protect Life Act Thursday, October 13, which would bar federal funding for health plans that provide abortion services. The act will next be voted on by the Senate. The USCCB praises the passage in the following  article, posted on the Archdiocese of New Orleans website:

The Protect Life Act would apply longstanding federal policies on abortion funding, and conscience rights on abortion, to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed passage in the House of the ‘Protect Life Act’ (H.R. 358). Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-PA) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and 144 co-sponsors, the Protect Life Act would apply longstanding federal policies on abortion funding, and conscience rights on abortion, to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed in 2010. Late on October 13, the House passed H.R. 358 by a bipartisan vote of 251 to 172.
“By passing the Protect Life Act, the House has taken an important step toward authentic health care reform that respects the dignity of all, from conception onward,” Deirdre McQuade, USCCB pro-life spokeswoman, said. Continue reading

Don’t miss YA events in upcoming weeks…

Looking for something to do with other young adults? Looking to deepen your faith among other Catholic young adults? Then check out this week’s upcoming events sponsored by the CYO/Youth and Young Adult Ministries:

  • October 6: Theology on Tap series; 6:30 p.m. at the Fox & Hound with Martin Gutierrez, “One Nation Under God”
  • October 9: Matt Maher in concert; 4p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.) at the Ohana Pier in Slidell; tickets are $15 in advance/ $20 at the door

For more information on future events, check out the Young Adult Ministry’s website or contact Rachel Longest at

Respect Life Series: Postabortion Journey

In honor of Respect Life Month, I’ve already posted Abby Johnson’s testimony, and now I’ve come across a moving testimony by an anonymous blogger. I first came across it on the Priests for Life website, which can also be found on the Postabortion Journey blog. I’ve excerpted sections of it, but you can read it in full over at the blog.
I lost (or gave away) my virginity at age 15 to my high school sweetheart – who was about as clueless as I was about what sex truly was about.  Although – to his credit – he seemed to be more ahead of the game than most of his peers.  We felt our relationship to be special of course and we weren’t like our peers who were just jumping into bed for the heck of it.  We tried a few times and failed or otherwise chickened out of “doing it.”  Being 15 does not lend itself to having a lot of freedom since neither of us drove – but we did visit each other a lot and our parents left us alone enough – and let’s face it – two hormone filled teenagers are going to find a way no matter what.  I’ll spare you the gory details of it all – but the thing that is most important about this is that fact that I was so willing to give away my virginity to a 15 year old boy, not aware of my worth, not ever being told that I should wait, not ever thinking or being told of the consequences.  Yes, I knew pregnancy was a risk – but not to me!

Respect Life Month

As the month of October draws near, it is worth remembering that this is Respect Life month. In response to this initiative, I’ll be focusing the upcoming blog posts on the necessity of the respect and dignity of all life primarily through testimonies.

Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson, former director of Planned Parenthood, resigned from her position in October 2009 after watching an ultrasound of an abortion. Soon after her resignation Johnson joined Coalition for Life and has also worked with 40 Days for Life. After her commitment to the pro-life movement, Johnson converted to Roman Catholicism during Easter of this year in the Archdiocese of Austin.

In the following clip, Johnson elaborates on her experience at Planned Parenthood while watching an ultrasound of an abortion.

Faith is a funny thing

Lately, I’ve been taking a lot of things on faith–hoping that everything will turn out the way it’s supposed to and placing a lot of things regarding my future in God’s hands. I keep telling myself that everything will work out because, let’s face it, it always does. It may not be in the exact ways that we expect it, but everything in some way or the other works out.

When we were little kids, we believed in Santa Claus, fairies, princes and princesses living in castles and fairy tales. We had fantasies of the way our lives would be, the way that everything would turn out. For me, I would be a bestselling author, writing novels and stories day after day for the reading public.  But somehow, as we get older and grow up, we open our eyes. The fantasies and the beliefs in fairy tales disappear and we are left with reality. Yet, deep down inside of us, we never really let the fantasy go. We have the smallest glimmer of hope that one day, we’ll open our eyes and the fantasy will come true. Continue reading

Theology on Tap Lineup

Looking for somewhere to meet other Catholics in their 20s on up, socialize and talk about your faith? Then mark your calendars for Thursday nights in October for the Theology on Tap series! The Southshore will host the four-week series at Fox & Hound in Elmwood Village Center (2100 S. Clearview Parkway) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Show up early for a drink and Catholic fellowship!

The lineup includes:

  • Oct. 6: “One Nation Under God” with Martin Gutierrez
  • Oct. 13: “Life Isn’t Fair but Trade Can Be” with Paula Taylor and Traci Taylor
  • Oct. 20: “What the Mass Says About Us” with Todd Amick
  • Oct. 27: “When the Well Runs Dry” with Sr. Rose Bowen, O.P.

For more information on the individual talks, visit the Archdiocese of New Orleans Young Adult Ministry or contact Rachel Longest at

Don’t Miss…

Looking for a way to get involved in the young adult community within the Archdiocese of New Orleans? Check out some of the events sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans:

  • What Next? Finding Answers with Faith Retreat; September 16-17 at the Camp Abbey Retreat Center in Covington. Register by September 14 for a $70 registration fee; $75 for on-site registration.
  • Archbishop Hughes to celebrate Mass and teach changes to Roman Missal; September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cenacle Retreat House Chapel.
  • Social Justice Series sponsored by the Jesuits of the New Orleans Province; September 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Columns Hotel at 6 p.m.

For more information on these and other upcoming events, contact Rachel Longest at