My promise you.


This has been resting on my heart for a long time.  My own daughters know this and the young women closest to me.  But it also belongs to all the young women I know: family, friend’s daughters, the clerk at my favorite craft store, the neighbor’s granddaughter.  If you ever find yourself pregnant and are afraid or are considering ending your pregnancy this is my promise:

My promise you.

For every young woman in my life, this is my promise.

If you are ever pregnant and worried, alone or frightened.

I will care for you and for your child: today, tomorrow and forever.

You do not need to be alone.

If you need safe housing, food, transportation or clothing I will help you.

If you need help finding medical care or getting to appointments I will help you.

If you need legal assistance I will help you find it.

If you need to cry I will hold you, if you are scared I will comfort you, if you are overwhelmed I will remind you how strong, capable and brave you can be.

If you need someone to be there when you have your baby I will be there and hold your hand, comfort you or do anything you need.

If you need someone to care for your child for a month, or a year or a life time I will – no questions or judgement.

If you would rather have someone else care for your child I will help you find that person.

I will do anything and everything I can to help you and your baby. If I can not help in any specific way I will do all I can to help you find the help I can not provide.

I will be there for you and for your child because you are both important, because life is beautiful and precious and you are both worthy of love and support.

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Inauguration Day Mass Intentions — 50 States

The Power of the Mass is Christ Himself
The Power of the Mass is Christ Himself

 This just in from Barbara:

I just had to let everyone know, we did it! With God’s help, we have Masses secured for our new president in all 50 states, as well as nine other countries! Thanks to each you for helping in this grassroots effort for the benefit of our nation and the unborn. To date we have 285 Masses being offered on or near Inauguration Day for our new president that he will have a conversion of heart and work to protect the dignity of all human life.

Just a reminder that today (Thursday) is probably the last day you will be able to get a bulletin announcement in at your parish letting people know about the Mass for the President.

If you know of anyone who has secured a Mass and hasn’t let us know ASAP so I can get them on the roster.

Also, if you have been thinking about contacting a priest or a parish about having a Mass said, it isn’t too late. Just today, one of the our local gals called one of the parishes who had wanted to have a Mass but said they were booked. The parish secretary called the pastor and they were able to rearrange the intention schedule and get a Mass on the 20th. Someone else wrote to say that the 20th was the only date available next week, and they were able to secure it. And, if you can’t get the 20th, God does work outside of time, so it can be later on as well.

I will send out an email this weekend with our final tally. Will we surge beyond the 300 mark? We have been averaging between 15 and 25 Masses per day. Maybe we will hit 400! So much good comes from a single Mass offered for a specific intention, I can’t imagine the benefit of this multitude of Masses being offered for the most powerful person in the world. It will be exciting to watch how God works.

I pray that God will bless each of you for your dedication to the unborn and I hope that we will hear good news for their sakes in the coming weeks and months.

In Christ’s love and service,
Barb L-


285 Masses in 50 States, Washington DC; Rome, Italy; Fatima, Portugal; the Dominican Republic; Haiti; India; United Kingdom; Kenya; Africa; and Canada.

Alabama (AL)
Gulf Shores, AL: retired priest (private Mass)

Alaska (AK)
Anchorage, AK: Holy Family Cathedral 
Anchorage, AK: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s  (April 13) 

Arizona (AZ)
Coolidge, AZ: St. James’

Arkansas (AR)
Cherokee Village, AR: St. Michael’s Church  Fr. Demets, FSSP

California (CA)
El Cajon, CA: St. Ephrem’s
Hawaiian Gardens, CA: St. Peter Chanel Church, Fr. Fernando Cuenca, OMV
Napa, CA: St. Thomas Aquinas (9:00 AM)
Newport, CA: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA: San Francisco Solano’s
San Bernadino, CA: Our Lady of the Assumption
Santa Paula, CA: TAC (St. Thomas Aquinas College), Fr. Rafftery
Tulare, CA: St Rita’s
Vina, CA: Abbey of New Clairvaux, Fr. Schwan, OCSO

Colorado (CO)
Denver, CO: Christ the King Seminary Chapel, Bishop Conley
Littleton, CO: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Littleton, CO: St. Frances Cabrini (Feb. 12)
Pueblo West, CO: St Pius X / St. Paul the Apostle by KC’s of Pueblo West

Connecticut (CT)
(2) West Hartford, CT: St. Thomas the Apostle’s (8 AM and Noon)

Delaware (DE)
Wilmington, DE: St. Hedwig’s (Fri. Jan. 16)

Florida (FL)
Deltona, FL: Our Lady of the Lakes

Jenson Beach, FL: St. Martin de Porres’, Fr. Molgano
Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida–Catholic Campus Ministry
St Petersburg, FL: St. Raphael’s
Sebastian, FL: St. Sebastian’s  (Jan. 23) 
FL: Fr. George Restrepo 

Georgia (GA)
Canton, GA: Our Lady of Lasalette’s 

Hawaii (HI)
Honolulu, HI: Father Damien’s on Aliamanu Military Reservation

Idaho (ID)
Boise, ID:  St. Mark’s
Post Falls, ID: Immaculate Conception 
Fathers of Mercy

Illinois (IL)
Alton, IL: St Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception (6:30 am Mass)
DeKalb, IL: Christ the Teacher Parish (12:05 PM), Northern Illinois University,

Joliet, IL: St. Joseph’s, Fr. Andres O. Carm
Streator, IL: St. Anthony’s .
Westmont, IL: Holy Trinity

Indiana (IN)
Montgomery, IN: St. Peter’s (Jan. 21)

Notre Dame, IN: Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Date TBA)
(2) Washington, IN: Our Lady of Hope (Jan. 18 @ 11 AM and Jan 20)

Iowa (IA)
Iowa City, IA: St. Mary’s

Sioux City, IA: Carmelite Monastery

Kansas (KS)
Atchison, KS: Benedictine College (Noon) Fr. Miller, OSB
Concordia, KS: Our Lady of Perpetual Help  (Jan. 22 @ 7:15 AM)
Dodge City, KS: Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe 
Garden City, KS: St. Dominic’s
Topeka, KS: St. Joseph’s (Jan. 19 @ 6:30 AM-Special Intention) bers
Wichita, KS: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Jan. 18-Special Intention)

Kentucky (KY)
(2) Auburn, KY: Fathers of Mercy, Fr. Ben Cameron and Fr. Tony Stephens
Hopkinsville, KY: Sts. Peter & Paul 
Morganfield, KY: St. Ann’s
Russellville, KY: Sacred Heart, Fr. Peter

Louisiana (LA)
(2) Baton Rouge, LA: St. Alphonsus of Liguori (Jan. 13 & 20)
Hackberry, LA: St. Peter the Apostle’s (Jan. 19 at 6:15 PM) Fr. Tolentino
New Orleans, LA: Old St. Patrick’s (Noon)

Maine (ME)
Lewiston, ME: Fr. Roux @ 9 AM
Sanford, ME: St. Therese of Lisieux Parish

Maryland (MD)
Rockville, MD: St. Mary’s (7 AM)

Massachusetts (MA)
Lowell, MA: Fairhaven Nursing Home, Fr . Casey
Dracut, MA: St. Marguerite D’Youville, Fr . Casey
Millis, MA: St. Thomas the Apostle 
Milford, MA: Sacred Heart of Jesus 

Michigan (MI)
Ann Arbor, MI: Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
Dearborn, MI: Sacred Heart (Jan. 23 @ 9 AM)
Dearborn Heights, MI: St. Sebastian’s (Jan. 19 @ 6:30 PM)
Livonia, MI: St. Michael’s
Michigan City, MI: St. Stanislaus Kostka’a (7 AM), Father Walter Ciesla
St. Clair, MI: St. Mary’s 
Troy MI: Elizabeth Ann Seton’s
Troy, MI: St Anastasias’ (7 AM)  
Troy, MI: St Thomas Moore’s (9 AM)

Minnesota (MN)
Alexandria, MN: St. Mary’s
Bayport, MN: St. Charles’
Canby, MN: St. Peter’s 
Crookston, MN: Diocese of Crookston Chancery
Crookston, MN:  Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Crookston, MN: Villa St. Vincent 
Greenbush, MN: Blessed Sacrament 
Jordon, MN: St. Patrick’s (Fri. Jan. 16)
Rochester, MN: Pax Christi
St. Paul, MN: St. Agnes’ (Date TBA) 
South St. Paul, MN: Holy Trinity (Jan. 22)
(2) (Jan. 15 and 22) 

Mississippi (MS)
Greenwood, MS: St. Francis of Assisi’s 
Hernando, MS: Holy Spirit
Kiln, MS: by Annunciation Parish by the Annunciation Intercessors of the Lamb
Picayune, MS: St. Charles Borromeo by the Annunciation Intercessors of the Lamb
Southhaven, MS: Christ the King (Jan. 20, 21, & 26) 

Missouri (MO)
Chesterfield, MO: Ascension (Jan. 22 and 23)

Crestwood, MO: St. Elizabeth of Hungary 
Excelsior Springs, MO: St. Ann’s
Kansas City, MO: Cathedral of the Immaculate (Jan. 21-Special Intention) 
Kansas City, MO: Our Lady of Good Counsel, Msgr Blacet
Palmyra, MO: St. Joseph Parish, Rev. Christopher Smith
St Louis, MO: St. Justin Martyr

Montana (MT)
Belt, MT- St. Mark’s 
Columbus, MT – St. Mary’s 
Great Falls, MT – Our Lady of Lourdes

Great Falls, MT – Blessed Sacrament 
White Sulphur Springs, MT: St. Bartholomew’s

Nebraska (NE)
McCook, NE: St. Patrick Church (8:00 A.M. Elementary School Mass) 
Omaha, NE: St. Margaret Mary’s
Schuyler NE: Benedictine Mission House, Father Volker 

Nevada (NV)
Las Vegas, NV: Guardian Angel Cathedral (Feb. 10 @12:10)

New Hampshire (NH)
Jaffrey, NH: St. Patrick’s by Lorraine Coll
Merrimack, NH, Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts (Noon) requested by the student body.
Warner, NH: Magadalen  College, Fr. Tumwekwase

New Jersey (NJ)
Buena Borough, NJ: Queen of Angels Parish

Medford, NJ: St. Mary of the Lake
Washington, NJ: National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
New Mexico (NM)
Roy, Mosquero, and Wagon Mound, NM: Fr. Imbarrato

New York (NY)
Hartsdale, NY: Mill Hill 
NYC, NY: Church of Notre Dame (Jan. 19) Fr. Andrew Fornal
Niagara Falls, NY: St. Joseph’s 
Tarrytown, NY: The Church of the Transfiguration

North Carolina (NC)
Charlotte, NC: St. Ann, Fr. Reid
Fayetteville, NC: Fr. Ovsak
Gastonia, NC: St. Micheal’s, Fr. Arnsparger

North Dakota (ND)
Beach, ND: St. John’s, Fr. David Richter
Belfield/South Heart, ND: St. Mary’s/St. Bernards, Fr. Lucht
Bismarck, ND: Fr. Richter 
Bismarck, ND: Ascension
(3) Bismarck, ND: Cathedral of the Holy Spirit (both 6:45 and 8 AM), by Julie Ternes 
    and (8 AM on Jan. 22)

Bismarck, ND: Annunciation Monastery by Bonnie Volk
Bismarck, ND: Saint Anne’s, Fr. Wehner
Bismarck, ND: St. Vincent’s Care Center 
Bismarck, ND: Marillac Manor Retirement Place
(4) Bowman, ND: St. Charles’ (Jan. 20) 
  and several more (which will be offered close to 1/20)
Carrington, ND: Sacred Heart, Fr. Syverson
Dickinson, ND: Queen of Peace, Fr. Zwack
Dickinson, ND: St. Joseph’s, Fr. Streifel
Dickinson, ND: St. Patrick’s, Fr. Kreitinger 
Fargo, ND: Sts. Anne and Joachim (12:10 PM), Fr. Gunwall
Fargo, ND: Newman Center 
Fargo, ND: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Fr. Wilhelm
Flasher, ND: St. Lawrence’, Fr. Berg
Glenburn, ND: St. Philomena’s, Fr. Gardner
Grand Forks, ND: UND Newman Center, Fr. Courtright
(2) Grand Forks, ND: St. Mary’s
Hankinson, ND: St. Francis Convent, Fr. Bud Brooks
Hebron, ND: St. Ann’s 
Hettinger, ND: Holy Trinity, Fr. Joseph
Hillsboro, ND: St. Rose of Lima by Jeff and Rita Mootz
Jamestown, ND: St. James Basilica
Karlsruhe, ND: Sts. Peter & Paul, Fr. Gross
Lamoure, ND: Holy Rosary Church (8:30AM) Fr. Callery
Lidgerwood, ND: St. Boniface’s, Fr. Smith
Linton, ND: St. Anthony’s, Fr. Benz
Mandan, ND: Christ the King (8:00 AM), Fr. Waltz
Mandan, ND: (Jan. 19-private Mass) Fr. Joshua Waltz
Mantador, ND: Sts. Peter and Paul, Fr. Anderl
Minot, ND: (Jan. 19-private Mass) Fr. Justin Waltz
Minot, ND: Little Flower, Fr. Harvey
(2) Minot, ND: Our Lady of Grace , Fr. Krebs and another (Date TBA) by Joyce Krebs
Minot, ND: St. Leo’s, Fr. Vetter
Napoleon, ND: St. Philip Neri’s (Jan. 19), Fr.  Leiphon
New England, ND: St. Mary’s, Fr. Basil, OSB
New Rockford, ND: St. John’s, Fr. Pfau
Oakwood, ND: Sacred Heart, Fr. Lauerman
Park River, ND: St. Mary’s, Fr. Unger
Park River, ND: St. Mary’s (Date TBA) 
Parshall, ND: St. Bridgett’s, Fr. Synek
Rhame, ND: St. Mel’s (Jan. 18) 
(2) Richardton, ND: Assumption Abbey, Abbot Brian Wangler, OSB and Fr. Dietlein, OSB
Richardton, ND: Sacred Heart Monastery (Date TBA), Benedictine Sisters
Richardton, ND: St. Mary’s, Fr. Muggli, OSB
Rugby, ND: Little Flower’s, Fr. Graner
Valley City, ND: Maryvale-Sisters of the Presentation Convent, Fr. Seeberger
Valley City, ND: St. Catherine’s
Warsaw, ND: St. Gianna Maternity Home 
Williston, ND: St. Joseph’s, Fr. Schafer
Wilton, ND: St. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Church Fr. George
Ohio (OH)
Dayton, OH: listed as Special Intention
Cincinnati, OH: St. Jude’s in Bridgetown (6:30AM), Fr. Eric Bowman
Columbus, OH: Our Lady of Perpetual Help 

Oklahoma (OK)
Stillwater, OK: St. John the Evangelist

Oregon (OR)
Beaverton, OR: St. John Vianney Retirement Center, Fr. Jacobson
Grants Pass, OR St. Anne’s (Mon. Jan. 26 @ 7:45 AM)
Hillsboro, OR: St. Matthew’s 
Joseph, OR: St. Katherine’s
Junction City, OR: St. Helen’s, Fr. Zach
La Grande, OR: Our Lady of the Valley
Oregon City, OR: St Philip Benizi’s (Jan 23 @ 8 AM)

Portland, OR: (private Mass) Fr. Banfield
Portland, OR: Holy Rosary (Noon)
Sherwood, OR: St. Francis’
Tillamook, OR: Sacred Heart 

Pennsylvania (PA)
Fryburg, PA: St. Michael’s (Date TBA) 
Mars, PA: St. Kilian’s (Jan. 18)
Pittsburg, PA: Seraphic Mass Association

Rhode Island (RI)
North Kingstown, RI: St. Frances de Sales

South Carolina (SC)
Hartsville, SC: St. Mary’s, Fr. Karl
Rock Hill, SC: St. Anne’s
South Dakota (SD)
(2) Aberdeen, SD
Redfield, SN: Sacred Heart
Sioux Falls, SD: Holy Spirit Parish 
Tennessee (TN)
Antioch, TN: St. Ignatius of Antioch (Feb. 28 @ 5:30 PM) 
Nashville, TN: Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia’s

Texas (TX)
Corpus Cristi, TX: Fr. Medley, SOLT
El Paso, TX:
Frisco, TX: St. Francis of Assisi (April 16-Special Intention)
Houston, TX: St Bernadette’s 
Houston, TX: St Clare’s

(2) Houston, TX: St Paul’s (2 on 1/20)
Houston, TX: Holy Rosary 
Houston, TX: Holy Family
Houston, TX: St. Francis of Assisi (2 masses) 
(2) Houston, TX: 2 more parishes
Houston, TX: Fr Sunny Joseph
Rio Grande City: The Benedictine Monastery of the Good Shepherd

Utah (UT)
Salt Lake City, UT: The Carmel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Vermont (VT)
Westfield, VT: Immaculate Heart of Mary, Benedictine Monastery

Virginia (VA)
(2) TBA by Lama
Great Falls, VA: St. Catherine of Siena’s, Fr. Drummond
Norton, VA: St. Anthony’s, Fr. Drake
Virginia Beach, VA: St Luke’s (7:00 AM)

Washington (WA)
Bremerton, WA: Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Fr. Lappe
Camas, WA: St. Thomas Aquinas’
Federal Way, WA: Pasisades Retreat House, Fr. Horan 
Renton, WA: St. Anthony’s (Sunday, Jan. 25, Time TBA) 
Renton, WA: St. Stephen the Martyr (Private Mass), Fr. White 
Renton, WA: St. Stephen the Martyr (TBA), Fr. White
(2) Seattle, WA: Sacred Heart, Fr. Konen 
Vancouver, WA: Holy Redeemer 
Vancouver, WA: St. James’ 

West Virginia (WV)
St. Albans, WV: St. Francis
Wheeling, WV: Cathedral of St. Joseph (Noon) by the Diocese of Sheelig-Charleston

Wisconsin (WI)
Altoona, WI: Augustine-St. Mary’s (8 AM)
Appleton, WI: St. Pius X’s (1/8/09) 
Eau Claire, WI: Regis High School Chapel (7:25 AM) 
Green Bay, WI: St. Joseph Oratory, Extraordinary Rite (8:45 AM) 
Hilbert, WI: St. Mary’s 
Kaukauna, WI: Holy Cross (Jan. 21 @ 7 AM) Church 
Mt. Horeb, WI: St. Ignatius’ (5:30 PM), Fr. Richard Heilman
Pewaukee, WI: Queen of Apostles’ (5 PM)

St. John, WI: St. John’s 
Sherwood, WI: Sacred Heart
Seymour, WI: St. John the Baptist’s, Fr. Kabat

Wyoming (WY)
Cody, WY: St. Anthony of Padua 
Evanston, WY: St. Mary Magdalen’s
Kemmerer, WY: St. Patrick’s
Thermopolis, WY: St. Francis’, Father Blotsky, OSB

Washington D.C.
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Date TBA)
(Private Mass) Fr. Jim Steffes, STL, Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations @ USCCB

Outside the USA
Dominican Republic
Calgary, AB, Canada; St. James’ (7 PM)
Haiti; Missionaries of Charity, Fr. Wayne Sattler
Bangalore, India (3) Holy Ghost Church, Redemptorist Father’s chapel, Catholic Center Church
Bangalore, India: Frs. Vailatt and Edayodil, 
Bangalore, India: Fr Arulanandam Selsus 
Colaba, Mumbai, India: St Joseph’s Catholic Church
Rome, Italy: North American College 
Rome, Italy: 
Fatima, Portugal: Parish Church of the Seers of Fatima (7 PM)
Franciscan Mission Associates (5) (TBA) 
United Kingdom by Fr. Barry Ku
Meru, Kenya 
10 Masses (Jan. 29)

1 Mass
Djibouti, Africa: Camp Lemonier,US military base 


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Inauguration Day Mass Intentions Update

no cause is lost until we surrender

This is from Barbara who is corridinating this great effort:

January 6, 2009

Greetings on the Feast of Blessed Andre Bessette. May his example of doing little things for the greater glory of God be our inspiration for our Mass Intention efforts this day.

We currently have 109 Masses being offered in 31 States and Washington, DC. We also have six more Masses secured in Italy, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Portugal and Canada.

It has been exciting to see the Mass list grow and encouraging to read the enthusiastic responses from people throughout the country. Some people have evan been able to secure Masses in several parishes in their cities.

Next week, we will send out an e-mail inviting Catholics around the country to attend a Mass in their local area. So, it would be great to secure more Masses in all states so that more people would have the opportunity to attend a Mass locally.

Time is of the essence. It is getting more difficult to secure Mass Intentions for the specific date: 1/20/09. But there are still options. You can either ask for the closest date available or if you know your pastor to be zealously pro-life, you can talk to him directly and he may be willing to change the intention schedule, if at all possible.

Also, consider that the following places are not booked as early: convents, abbeys, monasteries, retirement homes for priests and nuns, hospitals, nursing homes, and college campuses. (The main campus churches are probably already booked, but the dorm Mass intentions are generally more available and flexible.). But even parishes are still making room for our intention in their schedules, so don’t hesitate to ask. Again, I have had good success sending out e-mails to specific priests that I know to be ardently pro-life. I also have had wonderful responses from convents this past week.

We are still missing the following states, so if you have contacts in these states, please let them know about this project:

Alaska (AK)
Colorado (CO)
Connecticut (CT)
Delaware (DE)
Idaho (ID)
Louisiana (LA)
Maine (ME)
Massachusetts (MA)
Mississippi (MS)
Missouri (MO)
Nevada (NV)
New Hampshire (NH)
New Jersey (NJ)  
New York (NY)
North Carolina (NC)
Oklahoma (OK)
Tennessee (TN)
Virginia (VA)
West Virginia (WV)

May God bless our efforts, may He hear and answer our prayers according to His Divine Will, and may we hear good news in the coming year for the sake of the unborn and most vulnerable among us.