Notes from NH Pro-Life Seminar

Here are a few quick items from the New Hampshire Knights of Columbus 2019 Pro-Life Seminar, with a tip of my cap to Ron DiStasio and his organizational team.

St. Gianna’s Place

StGiannaBanquetThree years ago, a dedicated group of Granite Staters began raising money and planning for a southern New Hampshire shelter for pregnant women in need of housing and other services. Last month, volunteers worked to renovate the former St. John parish rectory in Hudson, which is being converted to St. Gianna’s Place. Next month, applications for the first two residents will be considered.

Dennis Pedley of the St. Gianna’s board gave us this long-awaited good news. He also reminded us about the benefit banquet for St. Gianna’s, coming up on May 1 at the Executive Court in Manchester. See stgiannasplace.org for more information.

40 Days for Life

Sheila and Lisa of Manchester 40DFL accepted signups for the last two weeks of the current campaign, with all who accept the 40DFL Statement of Peace welcome to participate. Need signs, prayer partners, or more information? Look up your local campaign at 40daysforlife.com.

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Lisa of 40 Days for Life Manchester NH

East Africa Charitable Projects Fund

Nick Monroe, a Knight from Newport, is one of the leaders of this charitable fund, founded in New Hampshire in 2014. Working with partners in Rwanda, Uganda, and Kenya, the fund supports educational, charitable, and faith-based projects. Learn more at  eacpf.wordpress.com.

CareNet of Manchester/Nashua Gets a New Name

CareNet has been serving Manchester and Nashua for many years. The ministry’s name is changing: Real Options is the new label, but it’s still a CareNet affiliate. The Manchester office is moving a block away from its longtime location on Bridge Street, to 25 Lowell Street.

Real Options CareNet newsletter

Save the dates for the Real Options Walks for Life: May 4 at Veteran’s Park in Manchester, and May 11 at Greeley Park in Nashua.

Our Place and “Love Prevails”

For more than 30 years, Karen Munsell has been the force behind Catholic Charities’s Our Place, providing help to pregnant and parenting teens and young adults. She reported that the program is going strong in Nashua and Manchester.

She also gave us news about a newly-published book by Jean Bosco Rutagengwa, “Love Prevails.” The author and his wife (who works at Our Place) are refugees from Rwanda, and the book is subtitled “One Couple’s Story of Faith and Survival in the Rwandan Genocide.” As Karen reminded us, “genocide is a life issue.” I’m looking forward to reading the book, published by Orbis and available on Amazon.

Etc.

This is only a sample of the people providing good information at the seminar. Make a calendar note to look for the 2020 edition next spring.

I got a few minutes of mic time – thank you, Ron – to promote a couple of projects: this blog (which turns seven this month; we need a party!), and something I’m doing with a colleague from Cornerstone Action, Concord 101, a two-hour introduction to New Hampshire government and how citizens can participate most effectively. That initiative will take me to about half a dozen towns over the next few weeks, and I’m looking forward to it.

 

Attending K of C Seminar? Beware Traffic

A public service announcement for anyone who is planning to attend the Knights of Columbus pro-life seminar in the St. Joseph Cathedral church hall in Manchester tomorrow (Sunday, March 31): allow a little extra time for arrival and parking. Manchester’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and preparations for it will have Elm Street tied up all morning, up until about 2 p.m.

But wait, there’s more: beware the “Shamrock Shuffle,” a 5k road race that precedes the parade at 11:10 a.m. Canal and Elm Streets will both be affected.

Manchester readers, once we all dodge the road closures, I’ll see you at the seminar in the afternoon. Featured speaker is a representative from St. Gianna’s Place, and as always at this annual event, many life-affirming groups will have information tables in the hall.

News You Can Use (I Hope!)

Subscribers to my email newsletter know that not only do I not send spam, but I go for long periods without sending anything at all. (You’re welcome.) There’s lots of news now, though, so check your inbox for these goodies:

  • How to get one of the few available tickets for a free showing of the “Unplanned” movie in Hooksett on Tuesday evening, April 2
  • Upcoming events at each of New Hampshire’s three 40 Days for Life campaigns
  • “Concord 101” seminars, where I join Cornerstone Action’s Neil Hubacker for an overview of state government and how citizens can get involved

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Sanctity of Life Conference in Concord, March 23

Update, March 18: Cost of the conference has been reduced to $25 thanks to generous donations of service by conference volunteers.

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I’m pleased to share this flyer (see image with this post) about a conference coming up in Concord, NH later this month. The Sanctity of Life conference will be held at Christ the King Parish activity center on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $50, which includes lunch.

The conference is being organized by Beth Gaby, whom you may know as leader of Concord’s 40 Days for Life campaign. The location may be familiar as well; it’s where the post-March for Life rally takes place every January.

For more information, or if you wish to attend but the cost is a barrier, you can reach organizers at concord40dfl@gmail.com.

Eventbrite page for the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sanctity-of-life-conference-tickets-55445004501 

Reminder: Abortion Statistics Vote This Week

The New Hampshire House is expected to vote on HB 158, abortion statistics, on Thursday, March 7. I’m letting my reps know that I’d like to see an “ought to pass” vote on this.

Look up your representatives’ contact information here. If your state rep maintains a social media account allowing comments – one of my reps, for example, uses a Facebook account for a lot of constituent contact – then use it.

Watch for my report after the March 7 House session.