change the hearts of people before you can change their minds.”
The goal of the Saint Agnes Pro-Life Committee is to
develop a greater respect for all human life from the moment of conception until
natural death. We are a newly formed group that, through education and prayer,
is working to encourage people who already consider themselves pro-life to
become more active in the pro-life community. We also want to provide
information to people who are neutral to pro-life issues to awaken them to the
importance of these matters so that we may foster a community that truly
respects all human life.
Committee meets on the second Monday of each month at the St. Agnes Parish Center. Dates and times of the
meetings will be announced in the Sunday bulletin.
The Saint Agnes ProLife Group meets the second Monday of each
month. Our next meeting will be Monday, March 12th at 7pm in the Parish
Center. Please join us!
Thank you to all who participated in the Mass and
Adoration Parish for Life prayer initiative on the First Friday in March at
Saint Agnes. A special thanks to Father Flatley and Father Graham who so
graciously encourage and support 40 Days for Life. Please continue to pray and
fast for the end of abortion, the success of 40 Days for Life and a greater
respect for all human life from conception until natural death. Thank you
40 Days for Life has reported 166
babies saved during this Lenten 40 Days for Life so far! 14,000 babies have
been spared from abortion since the campaign started in 2007. Stories of babies
saved can be viewed through the 40 Days for Life website (podcast 110).
Saint Agnes parish will be praying on Saturdays from 7-8am and Sundays from
12-1pm in front of Planned Parenthood in Boston during Lent. We pray the Rosary
with pro-life meditations on the mysteries. All are welcome to join in this
peaceful prayer effort. Please e-mail Eileen at
with any questions.
Candlelight vigils are held each Friday night at
7pm (March 16th and 23rd) during the 40 Days for Life campaign at Planned
Parenthood in Boston.
Vigils are held each Sunday afternoon at 2pm (March 11th and 18th) during the 40
Days for Life campaign at Planned Parenthood in Boston.
America Needs Fatima Public Square Rosary Rally
There will be a Public Square Rosary Rally
sponsored by America Needs Fatima will be held in front of Planned
Parenthood on Saturday, March 17th at 12 noon.
New - Parish Witness for Life! 40 Days for Life in Boston has a new initiative this Lent. Churches are
holding Masses and Adoration to pray for the end of abortion and the success of
40 Days for Life. We need people to help in this important prayer effort to
help protect God’s precious gift of human life. Please save these dates and
join us in this important community prayer effort for life.
· Wednesday, February 21, 7-8pm
Adoration - Saint Camillus
· Monday, February 26, 7pm Mass -
· Thursday, March 1, 9am Mass
followed by all-day Adoration until 4:30pm – Saint Eulalia in Winchester
Father Leon Pereira
from Medjugorie Since 1981 thousands of
people have been travelling to Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina where the
Blessed Mother first appeared to six children on a hill that is now known as
Apparition Hill. Father Leon Pereira is a Dominican priest and friar who is the
English speaking chaplain at Saint James Parish in Medjugorje. Father Leon is
coming to the United States to spread Our Lady’s message. He will be giving a
talk at Sacred Heart Parish,
1317 Centre Street in Newton on March 4 at 1:30
p.m. All are welcome to attend. There is no fee for admission.
40 Days for Life Lenten Campaign –
Peaceful Prayer & Fasting for Life
Grab your rosary beads and join us! The Forty Days for Life has begun right
here in Boston! Don’t be left behind from the prayer movement that is changing
Saint Agnes parish will be
praying on Saturdays from 7-8am and Sundays from 12-1pm in front of Planned
Parenthood in Boston during Lent. We pray the Rosary with pro-life meditations
on the mysteries. All are welcome to join in this peaceful prayer effort.
Please e-mail Eileen at
email@example.com with any questions.
Candlelight vigils are held each
Friday night at 7pm (February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16 and 23) during the 40 Days
for Life campaign at Planned Parenthood in Boston.
Family Vigils are held
each Sunday afternoon at 2pm (February 18, 25, March 4, 11, and 18) during the
40 Days for Life campaign at Planned Parenthood in Boston.
Do you want
to learn more about 40 Days for Life? Read the book… 40 Days for Life –
Discover What God Has Done… Imagine What He Can Do. It tells the story of this
groundbreaking movement of prayer and fasting that began in College Station,
Texas in 2007. It has true stories from the movement that is changing hearts
and saving lives one prayer at a time. This book tells an amazing story that is
very recent in our nation’s history. It is about trust in God and the true
power of prayer.
Baby Shower for the
Unborn – Thank you!
Thank you for all the donations to the Baby Shower for the Unborn. It was a
great success! Donations will be delivered to Heartbeat Pregnancy Help in
Burlington. Heartbeat is a non-profit pregnancy help, volunteer run
organization that helps families directly in our community. The volunteers at
Heartbeat are so appreciative of the support from the Saint Agnes community.
We were blessed to have Mary O’Donnell speak to us about her experience in the
prolife movement. Mary is a parishioner of Saint Agnes who gives witness to
life outside of Planned Parenthood through her work with Helpers of God’s
Precious Infants and Operation Rescue. Mary spoke of her experience meeting
Monsignor Philip J. Reilly on a retreat to help prolife sidewalk counselors.
Monsignor Reilly began Helpers of God’s Precious Infants in New York City. His
story of how his pray based, peaceful and merciful way has saved thousands of
lives throughout the world is fascinating. His story is documented in a new
book called, Pro-Life Champion - Monsignor Philip J. Reilly and His Helpers
of God’s Precious Infants by Frederick Marks, PH.D. This book is a great
read. If you would like to borrow a copy, please e-mail Eileen at
40 Days for Life
Prayer Launch & Upcoming Campaign
The 40 Days for Life Lenten
campaign begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14th. Saint Agnes parish will be
praying on Saturdays from 7-8am and Sundays from 2-3pm. Please e-mail Eileen at
if you would like to join in the peaceful prayer and fasting effort.
Save the Date
– On Friday, March 2nd, this Lent, our parish will be participating in the
Parish Witness for Life to pray for an end to abortion and the success of the 40
Days for Life campaign. The 7am Mass on Friday, March 2nd will dedicated to the
end to abortion and the success of the 40 Days for Life campaign. The all-day
Adoration on Friday, March 2nd will also be dedicated to an end to abortion and
the success of 40 Days for Life campaign.
is a non-profit pregnancy help, volunteer run organization that helps families
directly in our community. Monetary donations are also welcome. If you wish
to make a monetary donation, please make the check payable to “Heartbeat
Pregnancy Help Center.” Thank you!
Heartbeat Wish List
need for baby boy & girl long sleeved/winter outfits, size 6 months or “3-6”
& girl sleepers size 3 months or “0-3” months, size 6 months or “3-6” months
& girl long sleeved/winter outfits, size 3 months or “0-3” months
Walmart gift cards for purchases of diapers, wipes, bottles, sleepers
Basket gift cards
boy & girl onesies, size 3 and 6 months
blue receiving blankets
pack hooded baby towels
accepts gently used baby clothes, children’s clothing, baby equipment and
maternity clothes. If you have any of these items to donate, please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 617-335-8455 to coordinate delivery.
Please do not leave large items in the church. Thank you in advance for your
kindness and generosity!
A Tragic Commemoration
On January 22,
1973, the Supreme Court, in the Roe vs. Wade decision, made its worst mistake in
history. By declaring that children in the womb are not “persons,” it opened the
door to tens of millions of abortions. The website of the Alan Guttmacher
Institute (formerly the research arm of Planned Parenthood, which is the single
largest source of abortions in America), states, “From 1973 through 2011, nearly
53 million legal abortions occurred.” It also points out that “Twenty-one
percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion,” and that
abortions at 21 weeks of pregnancy or later number somewhere around 12,720 per
year in America. In 2011, there were 1.06 million abortions in our country.
Indeed, as we mark another Roe vs. Wade commemoration, it is time for all of us
to get involved in the efforts to end abortion. Visit
www.TenStepsToEndAbortion.com to learn what you can do.
those suffering from past abortion decisions, “Project Rachel helped me
so much in dealing with the shame that I have felt for over 40 years. The
retreat gave me hope. I now know that I can once again be active in my faith.”
Many women suffer from the pain of a past abortion. The Project Rachel
ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston provides confidential support for
post-abortion hope and healing through its one-day retreats and referrals to
specially trained priests for sacramental Reconciliation (confession). For more
information, contact Project Rachel at 508.651.3100 or email@example.com.
Trust in the tender mercy of God!
“Dear Lord, you know what holds me
back. It’s easy to tell myself that I am too insignificant to make a
difference, especially when you call me out of my comfort zone. I confess,
Lord, that all too often I have trouble seeing past the rain on my windshield
and forget – or even worse, don’t even believe – that you have a grand, eternal
plan and that you call me to play my part in it. Today I pray for your strength
in the simple obedience to step out no matter what the world thinks of me. And
I ask you to give me the boldness to play my part in your work of saving
lives.” (Prayer taken from 40 Days for Life book by David Bereit and Shawn
“Discover what God has done…
Imagine what he can do!”
The 40 Days for Life Boston campaign is underway! The Saint Agnes time slots of
prayer in front of Planned Parenthood in Boston are Saturdays, 7-8 a.m. and
Sundays, 2-3 p.m. Meet us in the public parking lot adjacent to Saint Agnes
Church on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. and/or Sundays at 1:30 p.m. for carpooling.
Please considering joining this powerful, international prayer campaign. Once
you go and pray with others, you gain more confidence and it gets easier.
Please e-mail Eileen at
firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Agnes Parishioners for Life Meeting
The next Parishioners for Life
Meeting will be Monday, March 14th at 7pm in the Saint Agnes Parish Center. All
in the community are welcome to join. If you are interested in helping with our
work, but can’t make the meeting, please e-mail
email@example.com so we
can keep you informed of local prolife activity.
Morning Prayer Hour
The number of babies and mothers
saved from abortion from the Lenten 40 Days for Life Campaign is up to 502! God
is so good! A very special thank you to each and every one of you who prayed,
fasted, sacrificed, and participated in the 40 Days for Life campaign in any
Saint Agnes Parish is
continuing its hour of prayer in front of Planned Parenthood on Saturday
mornings from 7-8 a.m. We meet at 6:30 a.m. in the Saint Agnes School parking
lot (Alton Street side) for carpooling. We return to Arlington by 8:30
a.m. If you have questions, please e-mail Eileen at
have been told by the devoted sidewalk counselors how much they appreciate
having us there praying when they arrive. They need help and support. Please
join this effort. Once you go and pray with others, you gain more confidence
and it gets easier. There was a baby saved on Holy Saturday! Thank you God!
runners and walkers… have you heard of the national organization LIFE Runners?
It is the world’s largest Pro-Life Running/Walking Team with chapters in all 50
states and 17 countries! LIFE Runners pray and run (or walk) to defend Life
from conception to natural death… All in Christ for Pro-Life! There are two
chapters in Massachusetts (Springfield and Still River), but no Boston area
chapter yet. Would you be interested in starting a Boston area chapter of LIFE
Runners? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This would be a great way for all ages in
our community to work and pray together to support God’s gift of life.
“The Pro-Life Office for the Archdiocese of Boston has a
singular mission that expresses itself in multifaceted dimensions. The single
focus is to reflect the love of Jesus Christ for all persons across the life
span from the first moments of new life in the womb until natural death.
“Entrusted in a special way with the mission to share the
compassionate love of Jesus Christ for all people, Project Rachel is a ministry
of healing and reconciliation for post-abortion women and men.”
Archdiocese of Boston
Office of Religious Education Respect for Life and Human Sexuality Program for
The Office of Religious
Education is very pleased to once again offer our Respect for Life Speaker
Program to address our students, along with their parents and teachers, on
our Catholic beliefs and teachings regarding Respect for Life and
Respect for Human Sexuality: Chastity.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – Secretariat for
“We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God;
that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self
and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must
protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.”
“The mission of Massachusetts Citizens For Life, Inc. is to
promote the respect for human life and to defend the right to life of all human
beings, born and unborn. We will influence public policy at the local, state and
national levels through comprehensive educational, legislative, political and
“The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee
is to restore legal protection to innocent human life. The primary interest of
the National Right to Life Committee and its members has been the abortion
controversy; however, it is also concerned with related matters of medical
ethics which relate to the right to life issues of euthanasia and infanticide.”
”We are an officially approved association of Catholic Clergy who give special
emphasis to the pro-life teachings of the Church. We offer ongoing assistance to
the clergy in addressing the topics of abortion and euthanasia, and training and
resources to the entire pro-life movement.”
The purpose of Massachusetts Choose Life is to create a specialty license plate with
the slogan "Choose Life." Proceeds from this plate will benefit
maternity homes and pregnancy crisis centers who offer adoption as an
alternative to abortion
This website provides information for research on euthanasia, physician-assisted
suicide, living wills and mercy killing. “We are committed to the
fundamental belief that the intentional killing of another person is wrong. We
have deep sympathy for those people who are suffering.”