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Program Manager, Life-Based Initiatives

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Dear Worthy State Deputy and State Life Director,

 

In the Supreme Knight’s Annual Report at the 136th Supreme Convention, he asked, “What greater legacy can a council leave than to save the life of a child?”

The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council is pleased to announce that it has entered into preferred pricing agreements with three ultrasound vendors: Neurologica, Philips, and Esaote. Given our volume of donated machines (1000+ in the past ten years), we were able to leverage our buying power to lock in guaranteed pricing for three different machines from each vendor, including a three-year maintenance contract, training, and free onboard shipping. We recommend that you select one of these vendors when you are ready to donate money for an ultrasound machine.

When working with your local pregnancy center to obtain the guaranteed pricing, please use the contact information listed on the attached document. Either the listed contact person will work with you and the pregnancy center directly, or they may connect you and the pregnancy center with a local representative. Furthermore, you can arrange a demonstration with Neurologica and Philips, or arrange to visit a nearby center that has an Esaote machine.

We recommend that the pregnancy center buys the machine directly from the vendor and that it takes title to the machine.

We hope that these preferred pricing agreements help to streamline and enhance our crucial mission of saving lives. To view an interactive map of the difference we have made, and to see the video celebrating 1,000 ultrasound machines placed since 2009, please visit www.kofc.org/ultrasound. For more information about the program, please visit www.kofc.org/ultrasound-program.

Fraternally,

Tyler Lomnitzer

Program Manager, Life-Based Initiatives

Fraternal Mission

 

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Life Report for Convention 2019

June 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Life Report for Convention 2019

 

With all the gains made in the Life arena in Washington this year we should realize today that Maine government is now caught up in a strangle hold with the culture of death.  We Catholics all know that Almighty God is in charge, but I am sure He expects us to use our voting privilege to further the cause of LIFE and not to vote just because my mother & father voted for a certain party, We need to make a conscious effort to find out where the candidates stand on the most important issue!  To help me better understand why the last election turned out the way it did I looked to the words of President James Garfield when giving his centennial address to Congress in 1876 where he issued the following warning:

 

“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”…

 

His words are true for our federal government but also for our state & local government as well.  We are responsible for the character of our government because we elect these officials to represent us. Let’s take a look at the attacks on life in the first 3 months of 2019:

 

¨ •LD-37: An Act to allow the sale of nonprescription drugs through vending machines.  This bill is being brought forward this session.  If this bill were to pass it could allow the morning after pill to be dispensed from vending machines like potato chips.

¨ •Maine is now unleashing LD 820:  Demanding funding for elective abortions!  This bill would use Maine tax dollars to fund abortion services, as well as require that health insurance carriers provide coverage for abortion services.  Maine has never used our tax dollars to cover abortions!

¨ •Governor Janet Mill’s announcement about introducing a bill to gain access to abortion, LD 1261.  This bill would allow Nurse Practitioners to commit abortions and overturn long-standing Maine law requiring abortions to be performed by Doctors only.

¨ •And now we have LD 1313:  An Act to Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act.

 

Before Catholics go into a voting booth should to know where candidates stand on the most important issue “LIFE”, and keep the words of Pope Saint John Paul II in mind.  “. . . we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the midst of this conflict: we are all involved, and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” (Evangelium Vitae).   Remember whether you’re a Democrat or Republican we need to remember if a candidate can’t make the right call on “LIFE” how can we expect them to make good judgements on other issues!

 

Ultrasound Initiative Update

Councils in Sanford, Springvale, Wells, Kennebunk & Biddeford held baby bottle drives & raised over $28,000 for an ultrasound unit for the ALPHA pregnancy resource center in Sanford.  Supreme matched ½ the cost of the machine which was $12,050 bringing the total raised to over $40,000.

 

The Open Arms Pregnancy Center in Augusta is the latest PRC in need of an ultrasound.  To date councils have raised about $2,500 but no one has used a baby bottle drive, which is the most effective way to raise money for a machine.  Councils please help Open Arms by conducting a baby bottle drive.

 

Respectfully,

Frank & Jean Pease

LIFE Directors

 

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Life Directors update

January 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

“Thou shall not kill.”

This Divine command is reasonable even to the atheist.  In addition, every stable culture in the history of the world has posited it as law in some form.  As America struggles through wars, and a spiritual crisis, perhaps we need to reassess her moral compass.  January 22 marks the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion and is responsible for taking over 60 million lives to date.

What do embryologist say:

Every human embryologist worldwide states that the life of the new individual human being begins at fertilization. They never describe human life as “potential” human life.  Therefore, killing an embryo — by harvesting embryonic stem cells, by using abortifacient contraceptives, by committing so-called therapeutic cloning, or by flushing spare in-vitro fertilization embryos down the sink — takes that human life.

A year ago I spoke about Cardinal Timothy Dolan who recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal “ I’m a pastor, not a politician, and I’ve certainly had spats and disappointments with politicians from both of America’s leading parties. But it saddens me, and weakens the democracy millions of Americans cherish, when the party that once embraced Catholics now slams the door on us” He was talking about the major party that supports abortion.

Abortion should not be a partisan issue, it is a human rights issue and (where there is another candidate who supports life) no Catholic should be voting for a candidate for any office who does not oppose this horrific procedure.  It makes no sense to me when the platform of one of the major parties includes the right to an abortion.  It is discouraging to me to remember that the majority of voters that identify as Catholics in the 2008 & 2012 presidential elections voted for the most pro-abortion president in US history.

This past year pro-life candidates in our own state came under fire by pro-abortion supporters.  We should remember there were pro-life candidates running in both congressional districts in our state.  But instead of electing them Maine elected pro-abortion politicians and lost the only Pro-Life congressional seat In New England which includes 22 congressional districts.

Death with Dignity:

Last November after voting many of us were confronted with people gathering petitions one of which was Death with Dignity.  After several failed attempts with the Legislature the proponents for this disturbing immoral practice were trying to gather 60,000 signatures to try for a referendum in an attempt to get this passed into law.  Hopefully no Catholic signed this petition.

 

Respectfully Submitted

Frank & Jean Pease

Life Directors

Maine State Knights of Columbus

 

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Stop Trafficking Us!!

January 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

www.StopTraffickingUs.org

Worthy Brothers – Knights of Columbus

Learn, Educate, React, Help the Children of Maine

Save the Date: February 9, 2019, St Pius Church, 492 Ocean Ave, Portland Maine, 7pm

 

Don’t miss this eye-opening presentation on the epidemic of Child Sexual Abuse in Maine, 1 in 5 children are sexually exploited in our state. Learn how this abuse leads to trafficking from survivor Catherine Ann Wilson – former sex trafficking victim in Maine. Catherine is now a powerful advocate/speaker, and founder of Stop Trafficking US – a 501c3 committed to educating people – with the goal of sparing future children this trauma.

 

Catherine has an astonishing story, and she’s an unforgettable public speaker, as she courageously tells how her abuse started by a school administrator, and escalated by family members, and led to being trafficked and prostituted. Her voice is gripping, impactful, she’s pint-sized but powerful as she tells of horrific sexual exploitation so prevalent in our state, in all socio-economic groups, and how it leads to a life of trauma. She will speak of ACEs: adverse childhood experiences – a subject Oprah recently brought to mainstream on 60 Minutes.

 

Catherine has spoken before thousands, see testimonials, on TV and radio shows, at US Military training programs, on Homeland Security panels, to Police Departments and First Responders, at churches, high schools and colleges. See some of Catherine’s videos https://www.stoptraffickingus.org/watch.

 

You will also hear from panelists comprised of:

* Homeland Security Cyber Crimes Experts

* Cumberland County DA’s office representatives

* Family Healthy Sexuality Expert and daughter of a KOC

 

Goals of this Event: To educate the Knights of Columbus leaders and members on sex trafficking and child sexual assault in Maine. What it is, where/how it’s happening and how we can partner to prevent this and heal our own communities.

Be there!

 

Stop Trafficking US is a non-profit 501c3 established in 2015 by survivor Catherine Ann Wilson to raise awareness, educate and mobilize Maine people to stop the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. # EIN 474939009

 

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Respect Life Day at the Capitol

January 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

Join Us for an Educational Day!
Respect Life Day at the Capitol
February 14, 2019
9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Hall of Flags
State House (2nd Floor)
Augusta, ME

Good News! Maine Right to Life Committee is pleased to announce hosting the 6th annual Respect Life Day at the Capitol.

This is a wonderful educational opportunity by which to showcase Maine’s extensive respect life presence to our lawmakers in a highly visible and informational manner. Respect Life Day at the Capitol will be held in Augusta on Thursday, February 14 at the Hall of Flags from 9AM-1PM (State House Capitol Building, 2nd Floor). On that day, respect life organizations from across the state will convene in the State Capitol and provide legislators and the public with pro-life exhibits/displays.

Please be aware this is not a rally, march, or protest. It is an informational, educational venue for legislators, staff, and those visiting the Capitol on that day.

This event provides a great venue by which to speak with respect life leaders. Learn first-hand what’s new and exciting in Maine’s respect life movement.  Learn what you can do to become a more effective advocate for Maine’s vulnerable, at all stages of development.

Although each participating respect life organization provides a unique area in which to promote the culture of life, we all share the same unwavering mission: To protect and support the precious gift of life by offering compassionate, life-affirming alternatives by which to erode the culture of death.

ALSO—this could be an ideal time to schedule an appointment with your local Representatives and discuss with him/her the importance of their respect life vote(s.)

Find your local Maine Senator and Representative.

Friends, there is no denying it. We are making inroads into building the culture of life through truth and love!

Mark your calendar now, and join us, along with our esteemed respect life colleagues from across Maine. This promises to be an exciting and educational day! Families, students, singles, and seniors are welcome to attend this family-friendly, educational respect life event. See you on February 14th for Respect Life Day at the Capitol!

Your Friends at Maine Right to Life Committee

P.S. There is no snow date available to reschedule the event. Please pray for good weather—-Be sure to check our website (www.MaineRightToLife.com) and/or telephone us (207-782-0101) before you head out on February 14. IF the event must be cancelled due to inclement weather reports, we would announce it on our website and Face Book page the night before. No news is good news. We don’t anticipate having to cancel, but Our Lord may have a different plan for us!

 

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Former Pro-Life Couple for the Maine State Council

January 3, 2019 by Dan LaLonde

As a former Pro-Life Couple for the Maine State Council, my wife Debbie and I deeply support the value of life and especially the most gratifying alternative called adoption. We adopted our Son Kristopher, a 4th degree Knight; 29 years ago and there isn’t a single day that goes by when we don’t thank God for the joy he’s given our family.  I firmly believe that it affected my daughter Kelly so much, that my son-in-law Pete, who is also a Knight; and my daughter, opened their hearts to adoption even though they already had two sons (Jackson and Alex) from natural birth. Last January 2018 they adopted two twin boys (Jayce and Jeremiah) but that wasn’t enough, and on January 24th 2019 they opened their hearts one more time and adopted two precious little girls (Madison and Annabelle).  Our family has grown in the best way one can imagine, by offering love and a secure future through the gift of adoption. ~Phil Lizotte   PSD

Prayers for Adopted Children

SCRIPTURE

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

John 14:16-21

Prayer

Father, We are all your adopted children, not by flesh or by desire, but through the power of the Incarnation of your most beloved Son, Jesus Christ.
Bless those children who have been adopted into new families, that they may experience the love that you have shown us which surpasses even the love of a mother for her child.
In the difficult transitions and hardships that might beset them in their struggle for belonging, give every adopted child the grace to embrace their new family and trust in your paternal care for them, which lasts forever.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

PETITION TO ST. JOSEPH

Blessed Joseph,

Christ Jesus humbly accepted you as his earthly father and was obedient to you and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In turn, you raised Jesus as your own son, protected him from harm, provided for his daily needs and loved him with all you heart.

Pray for all adopted children— infants, children, and teens.

 

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Knights of Columbus councils in Kennebunk, Wells, Biddeford, Sanford, and Springvale teamed up to raise $40,000 for a new ultrasound at the Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center in Sanford.

December 3, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

SANFORD—An initiative that launched on Mother’s Day Weekend in May will compassionately help expecting mothers in the area for years to come.

Knights distributed empty baby bottles to parishioners who wished to help the cause. Individuals and families then filled the bottles with change, checks, or paper money, and returned them to their church.

Over $28,000 was raised. The knights then petitioned the organization’s supreme council for $12,000. The petition was approved, and an ultrasound machine will be purchased for the center to provide for the health of mothers and their unborn children.

“Our goal was to raise $20,000,” said Bob Marlowe, a member of the Knights of Columbus in Kennebunk. “This is overwhelming. The supreme council helped us to the finish line with money from the Culture of Life Fund that all knights contribute to with dues each year.”

“We know from experience that a woman who sees an ultrasound image of her child is highly likely to keep her baby,” said Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “A nurse practitioner told me that the first woman to use a new machine purchased in Texas said her mind was already made up in favor of abortion. But then, as she watched the ultrasound, her baby turned and seemed to wave to her. She looked up at the nurse and said, ‘I’m going to keep my baby.’”

Since 2009, similar ultrasound initiatives have allowed the Knights of Columbus to purchase over 900 ultrasound machines at a cost of approximately $44 million. The machines have been placed in pro-life pregnancy care centers in all 50 states and Canada, including several centers in Maine like First Step Pregnancy Resource Center in Bangor, ABBA in Portland, and Hope House in Lewiston.

For 25 years, Alpha in Sanford has offered a safe and confidential haven to those facing an unplanned pregnancy. The center is committed to serving all clients in a caring manner regardless of age, race, income, religion, nationality, or disability.

 

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Life Director Update

September 2, 2018 by Dan LaLonde

Brother knights. We Need Your Help! In past years by this date, at least a dozen councils would have already sold Maine right to Life raffle tickets. As of today 8/24 we have received returns from only 4 councils. It is very important councils sell these tickets as it is the largest fundraiser Maine Right to Life has. Money from this fundraiser is used to educate young & old against the attacks on human life but, just as important it is used to educate our law makers. Whenever the legislature is in session we have representation at the State House.

Ultrasound Campaign

On Mother’s day this year 5 councils in southern Maine (Sanford, Springvale, Wells, Kennebunk and Biddeford) ran a Baby Bottle drive to raise money for an ultrasound machine for the ALPHA pregnancy resource center in Sanford. Money is still coming in but to date over $14,000.00 has been received and we have petitioned Supreme for matching funds of $12,050.00.

New Ultrasound project

We have been in touch with the director of Open Arms Pregnancy Center in Augusta and it appears they will meet the guidelines for the Ultrasound Initiative.

We are working with the Diocese of Portland to get their input and evaluation before we contact Supreme for their permission to proceed.

 

Respectfully Submitted
Frank & Jean Pease
Life Directors
Maine State Knights of Columbus

 

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