Elections have consequences

The Catholic bishops of the United States are offering once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) website on the teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics.  Faithful Christians may find the information helpful as well.

This statement represents the USCCB guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. From the website:

“We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.”

 Read Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States (en Español), which provides a framework for Catholics in the United States.


Students from Lansing-area Homeschoolers for Life pray and fast at the 40 Days for Life vigil across from the Frandor Planned Parenthood referral center, 300 Clippert Street.

If you are feeling stressed about this election, whether it be due to the issues themselves or dissatisfaction with the candidate choices, one simple fact cannot be ignored. Someone is going to be elected on November 8th and the only remaining question is whether or not it will be the candidate  you feel best represents the views that are important to you. Since you are receiving this email, we know how important life issues are to you, and as a result, I think you’ll find this podcast with Father Pavone, founder of Priests for Life, of interest.

Additionally, the link below takes you to a recent homily delivered by a Catholic priest in Phoenix. It is, unquestionably, one of the more uncompromising messages regarding life issues you are likely to hear from a pulpit. It is well worth your time, as well as your consideration, as you near that time to actually cast your ballot.

Truths on Voting

Elections DO have consequences, and with 3-5 Supreme Court nominations likely falling to the next president, your vote has never been more important.

In the newest podcast episode from a leader of the 40 Days for Life organization, hear this discussion on the concerns many are facing in this election — the struggle to separate personal preference from the issues at hand … and the responsibility of voting pro-life on behalf of those who have no voice.

40 Days for Life board chair Matt Britton and president Sean Carney discuss these important topics with special guest, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, on this election edition of the 40 Days for Life podcast.

Check it out at:


Please listen, and “when you cast your vote, start with LIFE”! 

A Variety of Voter Resources for Your Reference

We “borrowed” a list of reference materials from a media personality’s website in order to continue our efforts to keep the election in the forefront of our community and to provide resources to help you discern what’s at stake.


EWTN’s Catholic Voter Guide

Ave Maria Radio

Priests for Life

National Catholic Register

Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly

Articles, Encyclicals & Pamphlets:

National Catholic Register Election Special 2016: The Candidates, the Issues, and Church Teaching

Our Choices End Where Another’s Most Fundamental Right Begins, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City.

Newsgate 2016, Sharyl Attkisson’s outline of the current revelations of media collusion & bias

Ending the Policy of “Personally Opposed to Abortion” – Fr. Frank Pavone

Be proactive in conveying to your network the importance of this election and your thoughts on the most important issues. The New Life Center offers post-abortion recovery and crisis pregnancy assistance to mothers and fathers in need. See our website here or check out our blog.

The presidential debate, late-term abortion and why Donald Trump is right

After Wednesday night’s presidential debate, the issue of late-term abortion has become the subject of Tweets, Twitter Feeds and Blogs.

What Donald and Hillary said about late-term abortions

Donald Trump said, “If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to birth of the baby. Now, you can say that that’s OK and Hillary can say that that’s OK. But it’s not OK with me, because based on what she’s saying, and based on where she’s going, and where she’s been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day. And that’s not acceptable.”

Hillary Clinton called it “scare rhetoric” as though it just doesn’t happen. It does happen, as in the Michigan case of Sandra Feetham, whose baby was diagnosed with down syndrome. Feetham was told by doctors to go through with a late-term abortion after which she nearly hemorrhaged to death. Read the story here.

Every life is worth living


Pregnancy should be a time of joyful expectation. But what if the baby is believed to have a disability or a life-threatening health condition? Prenatal screening is quickly becoming a routine part of obstetric care, in many cases using a simple blood test to screen for such conditions. Because of the growing frequency of this testing, parents are increasingly told by their doctors of potential problems with their pregnancies and are encouraged to abort, or to have additional tests done to determine a diagnosis.

It is worth noting that a screening is meant to detect the potential for a disability or illness and is not diagnostic. A diagnosis requires further testing, and there is evidence that screenings are not as accurate as many believe them to be. Additionally, even with further testing, doctors sometimes misdiagnose a baby who is then born completely healthy.

Often, however, the diagnosis is accurate. For parents, the news of a prenatal diagnosis is crushing. They may not know what to do or where to turn. They may anguish over what medical decisions would be best for their baby and wonder how to approach the rest of the pregnancy. All too often, they are advised by physicians, and sometimes by family, to schedule an abortion. Tragically, many parents are told that it would be best for everyone, including their baby, to have the abortion—even late in the pregnancy. Many feel great pressure to do so and may fear continuing their pregnancy.

In some cases, the diagnosis may indicate that the baby is expected to die before or shortly after birth. As parents face the heart-rending knowledge that their hello may also be their goodbye, those around them may wonder how to provide the best support. – USCCB

A model of care has been developed specifically for families whose infant is likely to die before or after birth. Often called “perinatal hospice,” it’s a way of caring for both the baby and the baby’s family before, as well as after, birth. The word perinatal refers to the time before and after birth; hospice is specialized care for anyone diagnosed with a serious illness, most often in the final stages of life.

Perinatal hospice is not a place; it’s a form of support provided by many hospitals and high-risk obstetrical practices, in addition to ordinary maternity care.

It includes specialized prenatal care, help with planning for the baby’s delivery, and a focus on the baby’s comfort after birth. This comfort care includes components such as attention to feeding, warmth, time with the family, and medical treatments when needed. Perinatal hospice nurtures the baby’s life for as long as he or she lives. Depending on the diagnosis, some babies live long enough to be cared for at home by their familysometimes for months or even years. Perinatal hospice provides a model of care that respects the baby’s life from conception through natural death. It also honors the baby’s family and provides precious moments togetherwhether the baby is inside or outside the wombwhich can be cherished forever.

For more information on the very important role friends and family, parish communities and clergy and pastoral caregivers can play in helping families with a prenatal diagnosis, click here.  Contact the New Life Center for copies of the article, “Bridges of Mercy for Post-Abortion Healing,” available to order as a full-color, 8-panel brochure in both English and Spanish.


Epic movie on last abortion clinic in Mississippi coming to Lansing


JACKSON coming to Studio C in Okemos

Buy your ticket for the thought-provoking movie, JACKSON,  chronicling the fight in 2012 in Jackson, Mississippi, over the last remaining abortion clinic. Join pro-life friends (recommended for highschool age and older) and view the first screening of this thought-provoking movie brought to you by the East Lansing Film Festival, Friday, November 4 at Studio C in Okemos.

Since the passing of Roe v. Wade over four decades ago, the self-labeled “pro-life” movement has won significant legal, cultural and political battles. Now, the stigma of abortion is prolific in the American South where women in poverty and women of color are particularly vulnerable. The fate of the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi is told from the differing points of view of a pro-life crusader, the director of a reproductive clinic, and a financially strapped single mother considering an abortion. These three women stand on all sides of this abortion debate and live at a turning point for reproductive healthcare in America. Read the whole story.

Question and Answer session after the show with

Film Director, Maisie Crow and Cecilia Tombelli, New Life Center Coordinator


Friday, November 4, 6:30 pm, Studio C

Purchase tickets online


General admission – $10

Seniors – $8

College Students – $5


40 Days for Life Update

Thanks to those who prayed yesterday at the 40 Days for Life campaign vigil site, with Bishop Earl Boyea. The bishop remarked that he has travelled to many 40 Days’ sites including Flint, where dozens of prayer warriors have peacefully witnessed to life.  If you would like to join others, Campaign Director, Chris Veneklase, encourages you to sign up here.

Crisis Pregnancy Intervention and Post-abortion Care

At the New Life Center, we respond to crisis pregnancies with confidential care. That means helping women with emotional, spiritual and material support in a loving and safe environment. Our newly formed Diocese of Lansing Rachel’s Vineyard team will host two weekend opportunities for hope and healing after abortion:

  • Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreats in Clinton County
  • February 17 – 19, 2017 and August 11 – 13, 2017

The team is comprised of post-abortive men and women, trained therapists, and spiritual directors. Post-abortive parents can be assured that they will find a compassionate, non-judgmental and welcoming staff to assist them in their journey toward healing. Call our confidential Rachel’s Vineyard Helpline at 888-456-HOPE in Lansing, 517-993-0291 or visit newlifecenterlansing.org.


She came to us looking for an abortion clinic

“Genevieve”  and her husband were seeking an abortionist at 1601 East Grand River.

They were unaware that the abortuary had closed. They walked through the doors and asked for an appointment with an abortionist.

She could not speak English well, so her husband explained their difficult situation.

“We both work,” said the father, “and my wife feels all alone in her care of the children when I am not home.” He did factory work overnight, and Genevieve was tired and worn from her daytime custodial job. They were exhausted from making an income and raising a family. “We don’t know how we can take care of another child,” he said.


(Photo used with permission)

Genevieve, 9.5 weeks pregnant, and her husband were already parents to three young children.  Genevieve seemed disconnected from other women. We confirmed that she was pregnant after reviewing the paperwork she handed us from the Department of Community Health.


Then we showed the parents life-like fetal models and placed a 9-week model in the father’s  hand. We discussed the Timeline of Pregnancy Chart, described the stages of baby’s development, and pointed out that God had a plan for this child.

After 30 minutes of pregnancy counseling and an offer to receive an ultrasound, Genevieve and her husband had a change of heart. The father of the baby, in particular, was fascinated by the baby models and asked, “Is this what our baby looks like?” He became attentive to our offer for help. “Thank you, yes she needs support,” he said. We told the couple, “You are not alone. We will walk alongside you.”


Because you support the New Life Center, the baby girl is now 22 weeks old (in utero). Genevieve and her children are receiving material assistance as we work with St. Vincent de Paul to provide her with vouchers for clothing, winter coats, boots, and blankets. Staff at the New Life Center (and the Church of the Resurrection) are assisting Genevieve with the formation and education needs of her children.

God bless you for your generous outpouring of support for the New Life Center!

Please remember to pray today at the 40 Days for Life vigil from 11 am – 12 pm, across from the Planned Parenthood at Frandor, 300 Clippert Street. There will be a special hour of prayer with Bishop Earl Boyea and religious, lay people, and those united in faith and conscience for an end to abortion.

Bishop Boyea, religious leaders will lead the faithful in prayers to end abortion


Invitation to the those united in faith and conscience for an end to abortion

Bishop Boyea has participated in the 40 Days for Life campaign on many occasions. Director of 40 DFL Lansing, Chris Veneklase, says, “During this Fall campaign, the bishop will visit more than one 40 Days for Life  prayer vigil in the state of Michigan.

In Lansing, he will be praying at our prayer vigil during the 11 – 12 pm vigil hour this Wednesday, October 19th.”

Religious leaders, pastors, and all people united in faith and conscience are invited to pray together tomorrow, Oct 19, at the 40DFLL prayer vigil across from the Frandor Planned Parenthood Referral Center, 300 North Clippert Street from 11 – 12 pm.

Chris says, “Thank you to all who came and participated in our Jericho March on Saturday.  We prayed and walked around the building housing PP seven times!”


Fr. Steve led  peaceful public prayers of the faithful, prior to the closing of the abortion clinic.

Fr. Steve Mattson asks us to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit

The lease for the Church of the Resurrection, including the north suite of the New Life Center and Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry, at 1601 E.Grand River, office runs through June 2017. Fr. Steve Mattson, pastor at Resurrection, is asking us to please keep in prayer the process of getting approval for the potential purchase of 1514 E. Michigan Ave., a former doctor’s office across from the current convent and elementary building, for use as our parish offices.

Fr. Steve says, “Given the significance of the 2014 take-over of the former abortuary and the good work that is begin done in and through the New Life Center, I am hopeful that we will be able to retain some presence at the 1601 E. Grand River for the New Life Center if we, in fact, do move the offices to1514 E. Michigan.”

 “At this point, we are thinking of retaining the south suite, which is currently the parish office side, where the abortion clinic was and the Holy Family Chapel is housed. Depending upon how the Lord leads us, we may seek to utilize that space as an enhanced center  of support for spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Regardless of what happens with 1601 E. Grand River, however, we are absolutely committed to continuing the work of the New Life Center, funded primarily from donations, which we expect to continue moving forward. It has been wonderful to see how the New Life Center has been particularly effective in drawing Catholic and ecumenical support for the promotion of the sanctity of life as well as ways to help and heal abortion-minded and post-abortive women and men.”

To support the New Life Center with your donation, go tonewlifecenterlansing.org.

By supporting the New Life Center you are helping to provide continued crisis pregnancy intervention, post-abortion care, expansion of Project Rachel’s Ministry in 10 counties throughout mid-Michigan and Rachel’s Vineyard Weekends. We offer women, men, and families spiritual, physical, and emotional hope and healing, and we collaborate with St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, Knights of Columbus, and other non-profits to meet their needs for clothing, food, housing and job support.


Pewamo youth defends life in the womb

High school student Grace Hahn wants to be an ultrasound tech someday. She says she loves life and babies and she wants to reach her generation with a message about the value of life. The New Life Center  welcomed Grace and her youth group from St. Joseph Church in Pewamo to have a conversation about celebrating life.

Grace says she knows that the baby in the womb is a person who needs protection and that’s why she is involved in peaceful public prayer.

Grace prayed Sunday with other teens at Lansing’s  40 Days for Life vigil. Now through November 6, our community is taking part in 40 Days for Life praying that, with God’s help, the Planned Parenthood referral center at Frandor will close its doors. Hundreds of people are praying for the conversion of abortionists and clinic workers, mothers and fathers considering abortion, and healing for those connected to abortion.

Hahn says a pro-life conference she attended this summer helped her to understand something that many of the young people in her generation need to learn.

Dan Downes, Director of Faith Formation & Evangelization at St. Joseph in Pewamo, and adult youth leaders, Grace Esch, and Jill and Aimee Thelen, visited the New Life Center with pro-life students.


Save the date and register now!
A MOTHER/DAUGHTER Conference for moms and their daughters, ages 9-13, is scheduled for Friday evening, November 4 from 6:30 – 9:15 p.m.at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in East Lansing.

The purpose of the God’s Plan for Growing Up program is to establish a foundation for communication between mothers and daughters on topics such as the physical changes in a girl’s body as it prepares for eventual motherhood, emotional changes, and the importance of modesty, responsibility, and purity.  A variety of sweet and savory finger foods will be served. Call  or email the Formation Office at St. Thomas Aquinas with questions and to register. (517) 351-5460  akitching@elcatholics.org

If your group is interested in a tour of the New Life Center and would like free resources we offer youth, please contact Cecilia Tombelli, NLC Coordinator, at nlc@resurrectionlansing.org or call (517) 993-0291. We provide chastity information at no cost, including the booklets Pure Love, Pure Womanhood and Pure Manhood, in conjunction with the Couple to Couple League.

40 DFL and #ProtestPP Jericho March Today


To Bring Awareness that Planned Parenthood is Celebrating 100 Years

Join a Jericho March and bring the entire family today from 2 pm to 3 pm for the

beginning of the end of abortion.

  • 3100 Professional Dr in Ann Arbor
  • 2 – 3 p.m. today

As Planned Parenthood Turns 100, 40 Days for Life Ann Arbor and #ProtestPP are combining efforts in prayer with a Jericho March. Our pro-life friends and family are invited to join our neighbors from Washtenaw County and beyond.

Sandie Weathers, Campaign Director, 40 Days For Life Ann Arbor Planned Parenthood says, “This is an interfaith expression of spiritual warfare. Planned Parenthood was founded by Margaret Sanger in 1916. Sanger opened her first birth control clinic, and that act led to her founding of the American Birth Control League… renamed Planned Parenthood in 1942.

Planned Parenthood performed their first abortion in 1970 and have since become the nation’s largest abortion chain and foremost advocate of abortion on demand. #ProtestPP will be joining the efforts of 40 Days For Life Ann Arbor in completing lap four of our seven around the one-mile triangular block that surrounds Planned Parenthood at 3100 Professional Drive in Ann Arbor, with prayer and singing.

We don’t expect the physical walls of the Ann Arbor Planned Parenthood to crumble, but we do expect the spiritual walls to crumble, so that Planned Parenthood’s chambers will no longer be used to destroy children, so that workers and mothers and fathers and children and families and communities and our nation can be freed from their deadly influence.”

Businesses on Professional Drive are not opened on Sunday, so there will be plenty of parking available on Professional Dr.  Type #ProtestPP on Facebook and Twitter.


Sandie Weathers, Campaign Director, 40 Days For Life Ann Arbor

40daysforlifeannarbor@gmail.com or 734-657-1936

Join us: http://40daysforlife.com/annarbor

FB: www.facebook.com/40daysforlifeannarbor

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/40FDL_Ann_Arbor/

Hillary Clinton and the Hyde Amendment


If you are planning to vote in the upcoming presidential election and you consider yourself pro-life, become informed about the Hyde Amendment and what would happen if Hillary Clinton should be elected president.

The Hyde Amendment, passed in 1976 and affirmed by the Supreme Court in 1980, prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or endangerment to the life of the mother. The law effectively leaves the decision of funding abortion to the states, and like Michigan, most states choose not to fund them.

Hillary Clinton has promised to repeal the Hyde Amendment, forcing every pro-life taxpayer to directly fund abortions. Donald Trump says he will make the Hyde Amendment a permanent law rather than an annual provision added to the budget.

Read more about how a ban on state-funded abortions in 1988 caused abortions to drop by 10,000 in a single year, and why the Hyde amendment has become a campaign issue.

The New Life Center promotes the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death and applauds our Right to Life of Michigan for its efforts to inform voters of the candidate’s records from their own statements.  Contact the New Life Center at nlc@resurrectionlansing.org or visit our blog at newlifecenterblog.com.

You did it!

Thanks to you… 

… the VOICELESS movie premiere fundraiser was a HUGE success !

Thank you to the nearly 200 pro-life friends and family in attendance at the private showing of the movie VOICELESS, at NCG theater this weekend.

Your generous contributions raised $1,850 for ministries that offer local, faith-filled, life-saving action.

The funds raised will be gifted to Shared Pregnancy, Pregnancy Services, and Hannah’s House. Because of your generosity, the  New Life Center is able to support and collaborate with these vital ministries by providing referral services to women in crisis. We refer some of our clients to these organizations for free ultrasounds and housing to create a seamless network of hope and healing for the least of these in our community.


Guests of the New Life Center, including expectant moms from Hannah’s House, enjoyed the movie premiere of VOICELESS with complimentary tickets


Post-abortion recovery for women who regret their choice

And in 2017, because of your support, the New Life Center will expand our post-abortion ministry to women who have made the choice to end the life of their child. This decision often brings with it shame, guilt and repressed anger that is very difficult to unpack.

To help women heal from the effects of abortion, the New Life Center has been providing our community with unique post-abortion care, counseling service referrals, and eight-week, Bible-based Forgiven and Set Free classes, to gently guide hurting women through painful emotions and memories to lasting healing and forgiveness.

NEW! Scheduled Rachel Vineyards retreat weekends in Clinton County:

  • February 17 – 19, 2017
  • August 11 -13, 2017

In the upcoming year, there will opportunities for Rachel’s Vineyard weekends throughout Michigan, including two weekends hosted locally by our newly formed New Life Center staff of post-abortive men and women, trained therapists, and spiritual directors.

Post-abortive parents can be assured that they will find a compassionate, non-judgmental and welcoming staff to assist them in their journey toward healing. The retreats have an excellent track record of providing a pathway to discover God’s help to transform guilt and grief into forgiveness and freedom.

This is the schedule of weekends for the entire state:

Upcoming Pro-Life Events:

Students, don’t miss this exciting conference to equip the pro-life generation with the tools you need to do continue the momentum of pro-life activism.


To contact the New Life Center email nlc@resurrectionlansing.org or call (888) 456-HOPE.

The anniversary of the exorcism of an abortion clinic

October 7, 2014 – Exorcism of WomanCare Abortion Clinic


Two years ago, Bishop Earl Boyea, along with the Diocesan Exorcist, Fr. Steve Mattson, and a small prayer team gathered at 1601 East Grand River in Lansing for prayers of cleansing, exorcism and blessing of the former WomanCare abortion Clinic.

Praise God for this victory and for the power of prayer and fasting!


Today we not only celebrate the anniversary of closing of WomanCare, but we celebrate the reality that there are no free-standing surgical abortion clinics anywhere in Lansing!

During the exorcism, the bishop used Holy Water and Blessed Salt while reciting the prayers during the rite of a private exorcism that occurred less than one week after the effective lease date and takeover of the first floor of 1601 East Grand River, October 1.

Thanks to all who have prayed publicly and to all of the priests, especially Fr. Steve, Fr. Gordon Riegle, Fr. Mark Rutherford, Fr. John Byers and deacons, pastors and the bishop of Lansing, who led us spiritually in the battle for the lives of babies and the souls of parents of the unborn.


Fighting the Spiritual Battle in Jesus’ Name

The rite of exorcism is performed in the name of Jesus and calls on the power He gave to his disciples and their successors to cast out evil spirits.  Bishop Boyea later echoed the comments of Pope John Paul II, saying the faithful must not back down from the spiritual battle, and that while Satan has been defeated by Christ’s death and resurrection, he continues to try to win over people.


Join pro-life friends and family at the VOICELESS movie fundraiser for Shared Pregnancy, Pregnancy Services and Hannah’s House – TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

  • Tonight at 7 pm
  • Tickets will be available at the door at 6 pm for $8.50
  • Premiering nationwide across the USA
  • Private showing for our pro-life friends and family TONIGHT
  • 2500 Showtime Drive, Eastwood TowneCenter, Lansing
  • Bring cash or your checkbook to make a donation


Now through November 6 sign up for 40 Days for Life prayer campaign


Thank you to Holy Trinity, Fowler, for prayers during many vigil hours.


Thank you, St. Martha, Okemos, for your dedication and public witness.

Contact the New Life Center at nlc@resurrectionlansing.org or see our website at newlifecenterlansing.org.