New Life Center a place of solace for children in need

One of the greatest blessings we have as a human family is children.

This great gift of choosing life, and the joy and responsibility of caring for babies and children falls not only to mothers and fathers, but teachers, pastors and all of us involved in Christian service.

Thanks to your support of our programs at the New Life Center

we continue to expand our ministry to include child care for mothers who are in crisis. We do that by collaborating with local women’s pregnancy centers and charities.

This summer, we have been caring for the children of a family in need, so that their mother can study the Bible and fellowship with other pregnant moms who need support. In our Holy Family Chapel, and the New Life Centerchildren’s area, the children are learning about God’s great love for them and stories from the Bible, like Creation, Adam and Eve, and original sin.

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We are partnering with local teens, agencies, and resource ministries, to provide love and to do good every day, by offering services to the least of these.

We welcome to our staff Susan Bartold, who will be working 15 hours a week to coordinate our faithful volunteers to make a life-changing impact on those who are marginalized.

For the past two years, we have been expanding to meet the needs of the post-abortive, those in crisis pregnancies, and couples struggling with miscarriage and difficult pregnancies.  By offering our conference and counseling rooms at no cost to non-profits in our community, such as the Creighton Fertility specialist, Rita Johnson, who works with couples having difficulty with keeping their babies full term, we are joyfully assisting families to grow!

Together with our pro-life family, and the support of Pastor Steve Mattson at the Church of the Resurrection, we are working hard to protect mothers and the unborn by meeting the practical needs of those on the periphery.

To make a donation now, visit our website. Scroll down to the Donate Now button.

God bless you,

Cecilia Tombelli

Director, Project Rachel Diocese of Lansing

Coordinator, New Life Center

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Abortion-minded mother saved by prayers and crisis intervention

An abortion-minded, first-trimester, pregnant mother walked through the doors at 1601 East Grand River yesterday, hoping to find a clinic and an abortion doctor…

…but found instead the secretary at the Church of the Resurrection offices.

Image02032015140448.jpgAnn Carlson offered the woman assistance and asked for help from New Life Center 

“Deborah” was distraught because the father of the baby had walked away, and because of health concerns, her ob-gyn told her she should end the pregnancy. She was seeking an abortionist to “be done with it,” she said, “I’m tired of it all, and I just can’t do this anymore.” But instead of walking out when she discovered the clinic was shut down, she responded to offers for crisis intervention and prayers.

The church secretary immediately referred “Deborah” to the New Life Center for counseling and an assessment. We listened to the mom’s concerns, prayed with her, and scheduled a free ultrasound for “Deborah” with our friends at Shared Pregnancy Women’s Center on Walnut Street. Fr. Steve Mattson prayed over the woman and reassured her of the support she was looking in her time of distress.

Since October 1, 2104, dozens of women have walked through the door of what was once an abortion clinic, and by the power and grace of God, have changed their mind about ending the life of the unborn child. That’s when Fr. Steve Mattson and the Church of the Resurrection  took over the first floor of the rental property and the bishop of Lansing signed a three-year lease.God alone gives life and only He restores it.

Thank you for your support that has made this place of hope and healing possible!

In the familiar passage from Ezekiel, God covered the dry bones, in the center of the plain, with skin and flesh and told the wind to blow over them to give them new life:

Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Listen! I will make breath enter you so you may come to life. I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow over you, cover you with skin, and put breath into you so you may come to life. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 37: 5 – 6


Thank you, Executive Director, Sarah Gilliland, at Shared Pregnancy. Collaborating together, we are saving lives one baby and one woman at a time!

God bless you,

Cecilia Tombelli

Director, Project Rachel, Diocese of Lansing

Coordinator, New Life Center

Vote to bring “Voiceless” to a Lansing theater


One man. One fight. The ultimate sacrifice.

Jesse Dean is a recently discharged soldier who had a rough upbringing, but largely due to the witness of his wife, he has a complete conversion.

He and wife move to Philadelphia so he can take a new job as an outreach leader at an old church whose membership has been declining. As everything is going well and as he starts connecting to the community, he discovers there’s an abortion clinic directly across the street from the church.

He asks the pastor and several others in the church for their help to no avail. One day something tragic and personal happens to him while he’s going about his everyday routine. He comes to the point that he begins to take action himself.

This film encourages people to stand up for what they know is right, particularly as it pertains to taking God’s truths into society. It addresses the spirit of retreat as it pertains to engaging the culture that has developed within the Church.

Email us if you would like to help us bring this movie to a Lansing theater in October. We need a minimum of 250 advance ticket sales. Tell us how many people you would bring to watch the movie by emailing

Watch the trailer at this link:

Catholic Christians are inviting the nation to join in a “54-Day Rosary Novena” which began on Aug. 15, what is known to Catholics as the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven.

The faithful are asked to pray daily for the nation to return to holiness, through the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7, 2016.

To pray Day 4, Novena for Our Nation – Love, click here.


For love to be real, it must cost — it must hurt — it must empty us of self.  

– Mother Teresa


Christians begin prayer initiatives, novena for our nation

American Christians are banning together in prayer for our nation. They are pointing to the need for prayer because of moral decline, including the legalization of same-sex marriage, a bitter presidential campaign that has caused voters even more division, attacks on traditional family, marriage and Christian educational and other institutions, and the culture of death mentality that puts the elderly, unborn and disabled under the greatest attack we have seen in US history.

One prayer intention in Michigan is for a Godly outcome of a September vote on a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Queer Transgender policy. The State Board of Education will likely vote on the policy they say will help students feel more accepted at school. The proposed guidelines include referring to students by their preferred names and pronouns and allowing them to use the restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender with which they identify.Christians united in faith and conscience are praying for a Godly outcome to preserve parental rights, child-parent relationships and the safety of children.

Catholic Christians are inviting the nation to join in a “54-Day Rosary Novena” which began on Aug. 15, what is known to Catholics as the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven.

The faithful are asked to pray daily for the nation to return to holiness, through the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7, 2016.

The history of prayers to Our Lady of the Rosary dates back to a naval victory of Christianity over Muslim Turks, nearly 500 years ago. The victory at theBattle of Lepanto, a naval engagement taking place on October 7, 1571, in which a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of European Catholic maritime states arranged by Pope Pius V, decisively defeated the fleet of the Ottoman Empire on the northern edge of the Gulf of Corinth, off western Greece. This victory prevented the Ottoman Empire from expanding further along the European side of the Mediterranean.

The last major naval battle in the Mediterranean was fought entirely between galleys and has been assigned great symbolic and historical importance by several historians to the Virgin Mary, whose intercession with God they had implored for victory through the use of the Rosary.

Cardinal Raymond Burke has endorsed the novena. Today is Day 3. Click here to begin.

There is no doubt that our beloved nation is in one of the worst crises which it has ever experienced, a profound moral crisis, which generates division on all levels and results in an ever-greater more pervasive violence and killing.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, officially endorses the Novena for Our Nation

Press forward in our journey and in our missions

In Pope Francis’ Daily Reflections Year of Mercy booklet, by Our Sunday Visitor, today’s quote is from a May 26, 2014, address he gave while visiting the Holy Land.
The Lord in his great goodness and his infinite mercy always takes us by the hand lest we drown in the sea of our fears and anxieties. He is ever at our side; he never abandons us. And so, let us not be overwhelmed by fear or disheartened, but with courage and confidence let us press forward in our journey and in our missions.
Pope Francis

For those of us in the pro-life battle to preserve traditional marriage, family life and the dignity of the human person these are the words we need to call us on to action. Jesus reminds us that while we may feel unworthy to lead because of our sinfulness and weaknesses, He wants us to press on, while he walks beside us.

Upcoming pro-life, pro-family, pro-marriage events:

Friday and Saturday, August 19 – 20, 2016
13th Annual Bless Fest – Adado Riverfront Park

Lansing Bless Fest Variety Music Festival

  • Aug. 19 from 6 – 10 p.m. and Aug. 20 from 12:30 – 10 p.m.
  • 300 N Grand Ave, Lansing
  • Free admission to all concerts and picnic style lunch, fun kids area, raffles and giveaways

Saturday, August 20, 2016 
Peaceful public prayer vigil at Summit Abortion Clinic for an end to abortion

  • 8 – 10 a.m. on the sidewalk of the clinic
  • Prayer and Peaceful Public Vigil and sidewalk counseling
  • 15801 W. McNichols Road
  • Detroit

Sunday, August 21, 2016
Mother – Daughter Conference

  • Moms and their 9 to 12-year-old daughters are invited to explore the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for growing up and becoming a woman.
  • 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Cost is $15 for the program. $20 for mothers with more than one daughter.
  • Contact

Saturday, September 10, 2016
4th Annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies

  • 11 a.m.
  • St. Joseph Cemetery
  • 2520 West Willow Street, Lansing

Pray for our nation to repent from abortion, mourn your own loss of a child, or pray for the healing of men and women who are suffering from post-abortion trauma.  Parking next to the St. Joseph Mausoleum.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Discussion on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Go beyond the dragons, dwarves, and elves, and discover the surprisingly deep meaning of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Joseph Pearce will unlock some hidden meanings within J.R.R. Tolkien’s well-known novels.

  • $6 per person, $25 for the family
  • 2 -4 p.m.
  • Assumption Grotto Church fundraiser
  • 13770 Gratiot Avenue
  • Detroit

Monday, October 10, 2016
Right to Life of Ingham County Annual Focus on Life Dinner

Speakers: Chris Veneklase – Campaign Director, Fall 40 Days for Life
Cecilia Tombelli – Coordinator, New Life Center. Hear the story behind the story of how faithful, local action, led to the closure of Lansing’s last surgical, free-standing abortion clinics.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Call to Holiness Conference

  • Sterling Inn Banquet Center
  • Keynote speaker, Dale Ahlquist
  • President of the American Chesterton Society and EWTN host
  • 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Register online, $45 per person


Black Madonna credited with abortion clinic closures

The mother of God has been touted as a protectress and advocate. Around the world, she is known as not only a defender of life-and-family but also as a terror of abortion facilities, due to the high number that have closed after her image has been venerated there.

Christians have had a great respect for Jesus’ mother, and in at least five cities – including Lansing, Michigan – after her pilgrim visit to the United States beginning on August 24, 2013 in Maryland, the “Black Madonna,” renowned by Poles as “Our Lady of Czestochowa,” is credited by sidewalk counselors and pro-lifers for saving a number of babies from abortion and for the closure of five abortion clinics nationwide.


“Our Lady desires for us to know that every single life has value and that we need her intercession if we are to overcome the culture of death,” said Father Peter West, Vice President for Missions at Human Life International, who accompanied the ancient icon of Mary the mother of Jesus from state to state, parish to parish, abortion site to abortion site.

Tradition has it that the original icon was “written” by St. Luke on a tabletop belonging to the household of the Holy Family. The original image traveled on many roads over the centuries, from Nazareth, to Byzantium, to Rus, finally ending up in Poland in the 14th century where it has remained to this day in the monastery of the Pauline Fathers at Jasna Gora in Czestochowa.

On April 19, 2014, Fr. West led believers in prayer on the sidewalk of Woman Care of Lansing 

The Black Madonna icon traveled over 40,000 miles across 24 countries, visited almost 100 cathedrals and 60 Orthodox churches in over 400 cities, and has been venerated by hundreds of thousands of people since 2012.


The five abortion mills closed after being visited by the Black Madonna are:

  • Center for Women’s Health – Cleveland, Ohio
  • Women’s Med Center (Lebanon Road Surgery Center) – Sharonville, Ohio
  • Aid For Women – Kansas City, Kansas
  • Coastal Birth Control Center – Corpus Christi, Texas
  • WomanCare – Lansing, MI

“We will look back and realize how powerful Our Lady’s intercessions are when we pray against the Culture of Death. Our Lady of Czestochowa gave us confidence that we could overcome abortion and anti-life forces by the power of God through her intercession. North America has been blessed by Our Lady’s visit. She continues to give us strength, as Children of God, in the battle to combat the culture of death. By the power of God and through her prayers, we can be victorious!” Fr. West said.

WomanCare Clinic was closed down on October 1, 2014, after the Church of the Resurrection and the Diocese of Lansing signed a 33-month-lease with the building owners at 1601 East Grand River, to take over the entire first floor. Six months later, the abortionist opened his practice at 840 East Mount Hope, but has since abandoned the office space there.

Victory for religious liberty in CA a win for faith-based ed

The Los Angeles Times reports that California State Senator Ricardo Lara, sponsor of controversial Senate Bill 1146, is agreeing to remove key provisions that would have threatened the religious liberty of religious colleges and universities in that state. The bill, which would have compelled all colleges and universities to allow transgendered students housing in dorms of their choice, was opposed by interfaith leaders across the country. The California Assembly was set to consider the bill today.

The original language of SB 1146 would have violated rules of residence at schools such as Thomas Aquinas College, that accord with the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. The college prohibits dorm visitation by members of the opposite sex.

The legislation would have threatened colleges and universities with litigation and penalized students holding traditional religious views on marriage and sexuality, by preventing them from participating in the Cal Grant tuition assistance program for members of low-income families.


Victory for faith-based higher education

Senator Lara’s promise to remove the key transgender housing provisions is seen as a victory for faith-based higher educational institutions wishing to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with their beliefs. Read the entire LA Times article here.

“We are very pleased with the apparent resolution to this controversy, not only for the sake of Thomas Aquinas College and our students, but also because we seem to have averted a dangerous precedent that would have compromised the religious liberty of all Americans,” said the college’s President, Dr. Michael McLean. The college reports that the news came soon after friends of the College had begun to petition St. Michael for his intercession.

Upcoming pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-family events in the Lansing area:

Today, August 12, 2016

Message of Mercy at Fatima

  • Speaker: Larry Maginot and the 1917 story of Portugal’s miracle
  • 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral (other events through 7 p.m.)
  • 219 West Seymour Avenue, Lansing

Friday and Saturday, August 19 – 20, 2016

13th Annual Bless Fest – Adado Riverfront Park

Lansing Bless Fest Variety Music Festival

  • Aug. 19 from 6 – 10 p.m. and Aug. 20 from 12:30 – 10 p.m.
  • 300 N Grand Ave, Lansing
  • Free admission to all concerts and free picnic style lunch, fun kids area, raffles and giveaways

Friday, August 19, 2016

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a weekend for married Christian couples who value their relationship and desire a richer, fuller life together. Attend a Marriage Encounter weekend and learn the tools needed to keep your marriage strong.

  • Utica, MI
  • Contact Pat & Kelly Duda at 888-322-9963

Find a weekend nearest you.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mother – Daughter Conference

  • Moms and their 9 to 12-year-old daughters are invited to explore the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for growing up and becoming a woman.
  • 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Cost is $15 for the program. $20 for mothers with more than one daughter.
  • Contact

Friday, September 9 – 11, 2016

Retrouvaille Retreat

  • St Francis Retreat Center, Dewitt, MI
  • A Retrouvaille weekend is for couples experiencing problems in their marriage.
  • Questions or concerns, email:
    by phone: 517-290-5596
    or 1-800-470-2230

Sept 28-Nov 6, 2016

40 Days for Life

Ann Arbor, Brighton, Flint, Jackson, Lansing

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Shared Pregnancy Golf Scramble

Monday, October 10, 2016

Right to Life of Ingham County Annual Focus on Life Dinner

Speakers: Chris Veneklase – Campaign Director, Fall 40 Days for Life

Cecilia Tombelli – Coordinator, New Life Center. Hear the story behind the story of how faithful, local action, led to the closure of Lansing’s last surgical, free-standing abortion clinics.

Thank you for sharing in the ministry of the New Life Center. Together let’s bless those who mourn, hunger and thirst (Mt 5:1-12) in this Jubilee Year of mercy!


Young woman found “cold as ice” after abortion


A family is grief-stricken, and the pro-life community in Michigan is on the alert once again, after the latest news of an abortion-related death of a young woman from the Battle Creek area, on the Fourth of July. The location of the abortion – and whether it was a chemical or surgical abortion – is still unknown.

The news was obtained from 911 records discovered by Operation Rescue,along with a police report provided by a friend of the New Life Center,Michigan pro-life activist Lynn Mills. The information reveals that in the early morning hours of July 4, Tanya Erwin, the mother of 24-year old Cree Erwin, made a gruesome discovery. Her daughter, Cree, lay dead in Tanya’s own bed, cold as ice. She had struggled with complications from an abortion obtained less than four days earlier. Where the abortion happened is still unknown. The nearest abortion facility is the Planned Parenthood in Kalamazoo, just about a half hour away from Battle Creek.  Read the full story here.

Thank you, to all who have written letters and opinions to the editor, for your participation in the public awareness campaign to expose the double standard which exists in the abortion industry. 

Abortion clinics and doctors are not held accountable for lower standards than other surgical ambulatory care centers. Read the most recent letter to the editor published in the Lansing State Journal, from the New Life Center.  Women should not be exposed to filthy, underregulated medical clinics.

Lansing no longer has a free-standing surgical abortion clinic in operation, praise God!

Let’s continue to pray for the conversion of the former abortionist at WomanCare clinic – who abandoned his practice at 840 East Mount Hope last month – and ask for God to provide a hedge of protection against any abortionist who may have plans to buy a building here. The New Life Centerwill work with you and our pro-life family to continue to do peaceful, public vigil in front of any building that is zoned and approved for an abortion business.

To contact us call (517) 993-0291 or email


Will late-term abortionist attempt to buy a building in Lansing?

Despite news that WomanCare abortion clinic has abandoned the practice at 840 East Mount Hope, pro-life leaders have an inkling that another licensed doctor may be attempting to purchase a Lansing building to begin offering late-term or other abortions.

Although it is not certain that the purchase will happen, the New Life Centerwill collaborate with other pro-life Catholics, Christians and activists to be a watchman on the wall to protect the sanctity of human life. We stand by you, and our pro-life friends and family, to peacefully conduct prayer at the site of any building planned for use as an abortion clinic.

Destroying innocent lives through abortions won’t be tolerated. People of good will in our community will persistently and peacefully voice our objections, united in faith and conscience, and prayerfully ask God to intercede for us.

Cecilia Tombelli, New Life Center Coordinator

The now-closed WomanCare clinic is referring abortion-minded women in Lansing to a Flint businessman, Dr. Martin Ruddock, who provides abortions through 24 weeks. He has been under scrutiny by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) for failing to meet standards of care.

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In July, the last free-standing surgical abortion clinic closed at 840 East Mount Hope. The closure drew attention from the entire community. Homeowners in the residential neighborhood nearby breathed a sign of relief. Many Catholics, Christians and pro-lifers had been praying and offering sidewalk counseling there to abortion-minded women entering the building.

All who sacrificially helped in this effort, to unveil the harm caused by abortion and prevent further harm, through prayer or sidewalk counseling, can be very satisfied that God took their loaves and fishes and brought about a successful result. Although this is a giant step forward, it is not the final one.

The New Life Center is located at 1601 East Grand River in northeast Lansing, the site of the former location of the WomanCare clinic before the Church of the Resurrection and the Diocese of Lansing took over 4,200 square feet of space there.

Save the date for these upcoming pro-life events

Saturday, August 6, 2016

  • New Life Center, 1601 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing, Michigan,                     (St. Therese Conference Room)
  • 11 a.m. to Noon
  • Lenore R. O’Jibway ( or (517) 896-6739

To seek input, recruit volunteers, and build support for the 4th Annual National Day of Remembrance of Aborted Babies, September 10, 2016.

This is an open call to anyone willing to help create, promote, and implement the 4th Annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies.  The local event is part of a national effort co-sponsored by the Priests for Life, Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, and the Pro-Life Action League.   Those who regret their involvement in abortion, directly or indirectly, and all seeking to build a culture of love and life are encouraged to participate.   If you cannot attend put are interested in providing input or help, please feel free to contact Lenore O’Jibway at (517) 896-6739 or

Saturday, September 10, 2016

  • 4th National Day of Remembrance of Aborted Children
  • St. Joseph Cemetery, 2520 W. Willow, Lansing, MI
  • 11 a.m. – noon
  • Priests for Life, Citizens for a Pro-life Society, Pro-Life Action League

The local service is part of a coordinated national effort whose purpose is to celebrate the brief and beautiful lives of all babies whose lives were tragically ended in abortion, to mourn their loss, and to intercede for their souls and healing of families, communities and our nation.   In this setting, tears are welcome and comfort and healing will be offered, as well as hope for a brighter future where life at every stage, age and any condition will be respected.

“The person with fortitude is the one who perseveres in doing what his conscience tells him he ought to do. He does not measure the value of a task exclusively by the benefit he derives from it, but rather by the service he renders to others.”
St. Josemaría Escrivá
If you would like us to promote your pro-life, pro-family, pro-marriage event or program, contact Coordinator of the New Life Center, Cecilia Tombelli at

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