2013 March for Life: 40th Anniversary!

The St. Paul's Pro-Life and Family Committee invites everyone to join us at the 
40th Annual March for Life, from Thursday January 24 to Saturday January 26, 2013. We will join pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Boston. A $75 deposit is due this Friday, 12/14/2012 and the first 40 people to register from St. Paul's will receive a deposit reimbursement upon paying in full. Prices are $155 or $205 (before the deposit reimbursement), depending on the chosen accommodations (quad or double). Price includes luxury coach transportation, two night's hotel accommodations, meals, and a tour of Washington D.C. Below is a poster promoting the trip and a detailed schedule. Information from the Archdiocese is available at http://www.one4boston.org/wtldc. The page for registration for the "Young Adult" track is https://www.research.net/s/R6H628Q

Young-Adult Track, DC 2013 | January 24th – 26th

Thursday, January 24th
5:00am Meet at St. Clement’s Shrine, 1105 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
5:45am Meet at PC for departure, 66 Brooks Dr., Braintree, MA 02184
6:00am Depart for DC
4:00pm Arrive at National Shrine, 400 Michigan Avenue Northeast Washington, DC 20017
10:00pm Leave for Hotel, 10000 Baltimore Avenue College Park, MD 20740
11:00pm Pizza at Hotel (optional), Free time

Friday, January 25th
6:30am Breakfast at Hotel
7:15am Board buses
7:30am Leave for Sacred Heart Church, 16th Street and Park Road NW, Washington, DC
9:00am Mass with Cardinal Seán & all Boston groups
10:00am Rally
12:00pm Lunch in lower Church
1:00pm Leave for March (Weather dependant)
2:30pm March for Life begins
4:30pm Board buses to go to Mall for dinner, 11750 Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax, VA
6:15pm Arrive at Life Rally, Patriot’s Center at GMU, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA
6:30pm Doors open
7:30pm Prayer & Music & Reconciliation
10:15pm Board buses
11:15pm Back at hotel, free time

Saturday, January 26th
7:00am Breakfast at Hotel
7:45am Checkout
9:00am Mass (location TBD)
11:00am Free time in DC until departure
2:00pm Leave for return trip

10/12/2012: Death with Real Dignity - A Discussion

This event is being held in anticipation of the upcoming Massachusetts state ballot initiative on
Doctor-prescribed suicide. It will include prepared remarks from the speakers,
followed by an interactive Question and Answer session.

Please see below for speaker bios

E. Joanne Angelo, MD
A gifted teacher and outspoken pro-life advocate, Joanne is a graduate of the Tufts University School of Medicine, where she is now an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. She has also taught courses at Cornell and Harvard Universities. For the past 14 years, she has been an active member of the Pontifical Academy of Life in Rome, serving as a key medical expert on topics ranging from abortion and post-abortive healing to euthanasia and doctor-prescribed suicide. For her pro-life work and efforts, she was one of three awardees of the annual People of Life Awards, sponsored by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities (2011), which celebrated, among her many accomplishments, her assistance in establishing both the Good Samaritan Hospice and Project Rachel in the Archdiocese of Boston. She has been featured in leading national and international publications, a recent example being the National Catholic Register’s 2011 profile of her work, titled “Working and Witnessing Quietly Amid a Culture of Death." http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/working-and-witnessing-quietly-amid-a-culture-of-death/ (Photograph is courtesy of the National Catholic Register.)

Jill Fallon, JD
Jill Fallon is a graduate of Smith College and the Boston University School of Law. Admitted to the bar in New York, Massachusetts and the U.S. Supreme Court, she practiced law on Wall Street, in Boston and with the federal government, serving as Associate Solicitor of Conservation and Wildlife under the Administration of George H.W. Bush. After she was widowed for the second time, she invested her creative energies in developing ways to help people deal with the responsibility they most dread - putting and keeping their affairs in order - by reframing it in terms of legacy and developing a system to create gifts of good records, good directions, good protection and gifts of meaning and love. Her book, Your Legacy Matters, 10 Steps to Taking Care of the Business of Your Life and Legacy in the Digital Age and Finding Yourself on a Mission of Love, will be published next year and software will follow. Jill has been an online blogger for 8 years, and you can find her blogs “The Business of Life” and “Legacy Matters” at www.estatevaults.com. At St. Paul’s Church, Jill organized the parish screening of Fr. Robert Barron’s landmark 10-part Catholicism series (2011), and she is the current chair of the Bible Timeline project (2012). Moreover, Jill is the current Vice-President for Development of the St. Paul’s Pro-Life and Family Committee, as well as Treasurer of the St. Thérèse of Lisieux Circle of the Daughters of Isabella at the Harvard Catholic Center.

Stephen Lombardo
The Field Director for Mass Citizens for Life (http://www.masscitizensforlife.org) and the Campaign Manager for the “No on Question 2” Campaign, Stephen is a senior, currently completing his B.A. in Political Science and History at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. He began working in politics during the fall of 2009, when he advocated for preserving the historic legal definition of marriage during the successful "Yes on 1" ballot campaign in his home state. After he began college, Stephen was involved in Ave Maria Students for Life, becoming a part of the leadership and planning of weekly pro-life events, and eventually becoming the President of AMUSFL. During his time in Florida, Stephen worked with local pro-life politicians, as well as on the successful Marco Rubio senatorial campaign. Stephen's participation in social political campaigns has focused on abortion, marriage and other life issues. This summer, Stephen worked as a full-time intern for the National Right to Life Committee in Washington D.C., from which he has come to work for Mass Citizens for Life, and has been working on the campaign to oppose this ballot question since July. In his time with “No on Question 2,” Stephen has worked to create a statewide grassroots movement of volunteers who are able to effectively spread the opposition message about this dangerous bill, and he encourages all who are interested in the campaign to go to www.noonquestion2.org, and join the cause.

Kathleen A. Nopper, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, CHPN
A Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Southcoast Health System, Kathleen has been working in Hospice/Palliative Care for the last 15 years. She originally received her Diploma in Nursing at the Krankenpflegeschule (Provincial Diploma School of Nursing) in Salzburg, Austria (1989) and subsequently received her BSN (1997) and MSN (2010) as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Regis College. Kathleen has been a member of St. Paul’s Church for a number of years and has been active in the Lay Committee on Contemporary Spiritual-&-Public Concerns (CSPC). She is now a facilitator in the parish’s Bible Timeline. She places importance on the need to take time for daily prayer and for her own ongoing spiritual development, as well as work to promote peace and reconciliation, especially within the context of interpersonal relationships. Her time spent overseas in Caux, Switzerland, before and after the Fall of the Berlin Wall has proven to be instrumental in her life’s journey and in her ongoing professional work in end-of-life issues. Kathleen is certified as an ELNEC instructor (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) and belongs to a number of nursing organizations; broadly, her research focuses on nursing presence and patient-centered care in order to meet best the needs of patients and to improve their satisfaction.

09/08/2012: Pro-Life & Family Concert in Honor of Our Lady

Our parish community will celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a special concert
featuring the Choristers of St. Paul's and guest musicians. The concert will be on  
Saturday, September 8th, at 7:30pm, in the Upper Church

Tickets will cost $5 and will be sold in the vestibule of the Church, beginning at 7pm, on the day of the concert. 
Proceeds from the concert will go to support the St. Paul’s Church Pro-Life & Family Committee. 
All are welcome: please join us for music, prayer, and fellowship!


In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of St. Paul Choir School

We are pleased to announce that many of Dr. Theodore Marier’s
Original LP album tracks will soon be available in CD format!
Through the generosity of Ms. Barb Boedges, this beautiful treasury of Marier’s Choir is made possible
in memory of Mr. Paul Hotin, first Assistant Director of Music.

“SONGS of CHRISTMAS” is now available for pre-order!   (November 2012 delivery)
Perfect Christmas Gifts! – and all proceeds benefit the Choir School.
This priceless collection includes:

“As It Fell Upon a Night”
“Je Suis L’Archange de Dieu”
“Les Anges”
“A Spotless Rose”
“Bring Your Torches”
“Echo Carol”
“Swedish Dance Carol”
“Carol of the Friendly Beasts”
“Maria Wiegenlied”
“Galician Christmas Carol”
“Joy to the World / O Come All Ye Faithful”

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8/14/2012: We Mourn the Passing of Nellie Gray


Knights of Columbus Mourn Passing of Nellie Gray 

Statement of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson:

Nellie Grey
It is with great sadness that I learned today that Nellie Gray had passed away. Nellie worked tirelessly to protect the life of the unborn, and the Knights of Columbus helped her in this work from the very beginning. She never gave up. In those early days when Nellie and I worked together in the cause of life more than three decades ago, the idea that America would have a moral awakening on abortion seemed far-fetched, but she never became discouraged. She simply worked harder. Today, as polling indicates that the tide of public opinion has shifted significantly in defense of human life, we see just how important the March for Life and her hard work have been. Nellie will be missed, and it is now up to us to make sure that her work in defense of life continues.

For access to the recent New York Times article entitled  
Nellie Gray, Abortion Foe and 
Leader of Annual March, Dies at 88,
please CLICK HERE.

8/2/2012: NCBC's update on the HHS Mandate

Ethics & Medics Special Issue
Dear Friends of the NCBC,
Attached to this email is a special edition of our publication Ethics & Medics.  It contains some ethical reflections on possible responses to the implementation of the HHS Mandate.  There could well be other morally licit ways of dealing with this unjust mandate.  The current administration has placed many citizens in a terribly difficult ethical quandry as they struggle to be true to their conscience and still provide for the health needs of those who work for them.  We welcome responses to our reflections and hope they might be helpful as some of our readers attempt to navigate their way through this unjust situation with integrity.
To read the special edition of Ethics & Medics click here.

John M. Haas, Ph.D.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center
6399 Drexel Road, Philadelphia, PA 19151
Website www.ncbcenter.org
Phone (215) 877-2660  Fax (215) 877-2688
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4/20/2012: Doctor-Prescribed Suicide (DPS) Presentation

Doctor-prescribed suicide presentation: 4/20

On April 20th, 7pm, in DiGiovanni Hall of St. Paul's Church, please join us for an insightful lecture entitled Doctor-Prescribed Suicide: Consequences and Relevant Viewpoints. This presentation will feature Dr. Helen Jackson, President of the Guild of St. Luke and a physician at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, as well as Fr. Roger Landry, an alumnus of Harvard College and noted preacher of the Diocese of Fall River, MA. Refreshments will be provided. This important event is co-sponsored by the St. Paul's Church Pro-Life Committee, Harvard Right to Life, Harvard Knights of Columbus and Daughters of Isabella, Harvard Law School Society for Law Life and Religion, Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Association, and Massachusetts Citizens for Life, Inc. All are welcome to attend this free event!

For your convenience, resources from the Archdiocese of Boston are linked here,
and our speakers' full biographical information is below.

Dr. Helen Jackson is a dame of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a board certified OB/Gyn in private practice, with an office in Brookline and admitting privileges at Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, MA. Active as a physician for over 40 years, she graduated from R. G. Kar Medical School in Calcutta and won the prestigious Calcutta University Gold Medal in Jurisprudence in 1965. She has held a number of clinical appointments, such as Assistant Professor in the Department of OB/Gyn at Tufts University School of Medicine (1974-1976) and was active as an OB/Gyn physician at Harvard University Health Services in the Longwood Medical Area (1976). A member of the Massachusetts Medical Society since 1978, she helped to revive the Guild of St. Luke in 1990, serving as its president since 2000. Most recently, Dr. Jackson was appointed Director of Doctors for the Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy network in 2008. An advocate for Catholic teaching in medicine, she has testified at the State House on a number of critical bills, such as physician-assisted suicide (twice), partial-birth abortion, morning-after pill, and on informed consent.

Fr. Roger Landry is a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and priest of the Diocese of Fall River, where he is pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in New Bedford, as well as Executive Editor of The Anchor, the diocesan weekly newspaper. After receiving his biology degree from Harvard College in 1992, he studied for the priesthood in Emmitsburg, Toronto, and several years in Rome, where he did his advanced academic work at the John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family. An outspoken preacher, often featured across media like CatholicTV and the New York Times, he teaches widely on the thought of Blessed John Paul II, particularly his Theology of the Body and his Pastoral Theology of Young People; he lectures on current controversial issues and regularly preaches retreats and workshops for priests, religious and lay people. In 2004, he co-founded the Donum Vitae Center for Bioethics, in order to make Catholic bioethical teaching accessible to non-specialists. He has been the subject of key profiles in USA Today (2002), National Catholic Register (2003), and Columbia Magazine (2004).

 7 sponsors total
112 people in attendance

Holy Week Schedule at St. Paul's Church

[Please click link above for directions]

Wednesday, April 4th
Confession 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Thursday, April 5th
Morning Prayer - 8 AM
Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper - 7:30 PM

Friday, April 6th
Morning Prayer - 8 AM
Solemn Celebration of the Lord's Passion - 3 PM
Stations of the Cross - 7 PM

Saturday, April 7th
Morning Prayer - 9 AM
The Great Vigil of Easter - 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 8th
Masses at 7:30 AM, 9 AM, & 
two at 11 AM (Upper and Lower Churches simultaneously)

3/6/2012: Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Bill Hearing

We just learned that the Judiciary Committee will hear the Bill, which is the same as the ballot question on doctor-prescribed suicide, H3884, on March 6th at 1:00pm, Room A2. Full text of H3884 is LINKED HERE as a PDF.

H3884: An Act Relative to Death with Dignity
Initiative petition of Marcia Angell and others for the passage of An Act relative to death with dignity (House, No. 3884).

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. We will need a major presence. 
The legislature could pass H3884 and it would be all over.

If you are a physician, please visit www.doctorsagainstsuicide.com. Drs. John Howland, Mark Rollo, and many others are doing a stellar job of identifying physicians in the state who are opposed to doctor-prescribed suicide.

If you are an attorney or law student, you are invited to the Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL) office at the Schrafft Center in Charlestown at 6pm on Thursday, February 16th for a special evening. Jennifer Popik, JD, from the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics in DC, is coming to give a legal analysis of the proposed law in Massachusetts. Jennifer and the Center have been involved in all the other states where doctor-prescribed suicide has come up. She will go into many interesting aspects of the proposal. I hope this will help prepare you to speak out and write Letters to the Editor. Please RSVP by writing to jcallahan [at] masscitizensforlife [dot] org or by calling 617-242-4199, X 230 to let us know you are coming, given that MCFL will provide a light supper.

If you are a nurse or a pharmacist, or a student in either profession, you are invited to the MCFL office at the Schrafft Center in Charlestown from 9:30am to 11:30 am on Saturday, February 18th. We will talk about the petition, it implications for you and what you can do as an individual and as part of a nurses' or pharmacists' group. Please note that retired professionals are every bit as necessary as those still in the field. There is no protection to keep pharmacists from being required to fill those deadly prescriptions!

Please pass this along to all doctors, lawyers, nurses, and pharmacists 
whom you know and anyone else who might want to testify.

For more information about the Pro-Life cause in Massachusetts 
or to get involved please visit our website at massprolife.com

1/22-1/24, 2012: March for Life - Details

Our bus is currently FULL and we must designate all future inquiries as wait-listed
Please contact us at SaintPaulLife [at] Gmail.com with questions

TENTATIVE ITINERARY: Download PDF version here 

Sunday, Jan. 22nd  –
                  7:30 PM:  Holy Hour with Vespers, St. Paul's Church, 29 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
                  9:00 PM:  Bus departs from St. Paul’s Courtyard, parking lot off Mount Auburn Street

Monday, Jan. 23rd 
                  6:00 AM:  Arrive in DC, breakfast at the Basilica cafeteria
                  7:30 AM:  Holy Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
                  9:30-11:30 AM:  Massachusetts Citizens for Life Caucus in Kennedy Room, Russell Senate Office
                  11:30 AM:  Lunch on your own
                  12:00 PM:  Rally begins in the center of the Washington Mall at 4th St. NW
                  1:30 PM:  March begins from 4th Street and Constitution Avenue
                  4:00 PM:  March ends at the US Supreme Court
                  4:30 – 6:15 PM: Dinner on your own in and around Union Station
                  6:30 PM:  Board bus in front of Union Station

Tuesday, Jan. 24th 
                  2:00 AM:  Stop at St. John the Evangelist Church for those parked there 
                  2:30 AM:  Arrive at St. Paul’s courtyard

REGISTRATION: Sign-up on paper (flyers in the vestibule of St. Paul's) or online by clicking here (preferred method)
we accept major credit cards via our PayPal account, and the payment link is located at the upper left-hand corner of this blog

BUS TICKETS: Adults/Professionals, $40; Students/Seniors/Children, $30; Priests/Religious, free 
Our bus will make one stop going each direction; it’s a deluxe coach with partially reclining seats and a restroom; water and snacks will be provided; this trip is open to anyone who would like to join us

CO-SPONSORS: The Flatley Foundation, Harvard Right to Life, Harvard Law School Society for Law, Life, and Religion, Harvard Knights of Columbus, Harvard Daughters of Isabella, and the Harvard Catholic Chaplaincy

QUESTIONS: Please contact us via e-mail at SaintPaulLife [at] gmail.com

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Ivy League Pro-Life students in solidarity at the 2012 March for Life:
Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Princeton

12/24/2011: Merry Christmas

This Christmas and always, may our hearts rejoice
as we celebrate the miracle of our Savior’s birth.
Warmest regards from St. Paul's Church.

12/9/2011: Cloning and IVF Webinar with Dr. John Haas

THIS IS AN EVENT HOSTED BY LIFELYNKS - December 9, 2011, 8 pm ET and 5 pm PT - FREE!

John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L., President        LifeLynks presents its first Guest Speaker:

        Dr. John Haas, President 

        The National Catholic Bioethics Center

Learn easy ways to communicate hard topics like cloning and IVF. Hear how Dr. Haas engages and educates human hearts on topics like abortion and end-of-life issues. 

This lecture is a webinar which means you can access it from your web brower. This webinar is FREE. You must RSVP to be able to access the Webinar from your computer. To RSVP, please visit: http://www.lifelynks.com/LifeLynks.html

Those who signup on or before December 1st will be entered to win a chance for a FREE Kindle. (You must be "present" at the end of the webinar to win the FREE KINDLE!)

A confirmation will be sent to you within 24 hours of registering and you will receive instructions to access the webinar.



11/26/2011: Papal Pro-Life Prayer Service at St. Paul's


Pope Benedict XVI calls for a worldwide prayer vigil on the eve of Advent to pray for unborn human life while we await the Lord's coming

Saturday, November 26th, 2011
St. Paul Church, Harvard Square

Rev. Matthew Westcott, Presider

Exposition, followed by 
Sacramental Confession concurrent with
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament and
Recitation of the Holy Rosary, concluding with


"While critics want to portray the Church's witness as a narrow and negative ideology, it is just the opposite: A positive vision of the dignity of each and every human being without exception, each loved equally by God and so equally deserving of our love and our nation's respect." 
- Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Chairman, Committee on Pro-life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

11/13/2011: Crisis Pregnancy - Dinner & Presentation

What does a life-affirming feminism have to say about the sexual choices we make? About crisis pregnancies? An authentic feminism demystifies the ideological forces that construct our desires in ways that alienate us from ourselves. There can be no social justice without such critical consciousness. What does it really take to advance the cause of girls and women (and therefore of boys and men) in a hook-up world that commodifies and banalizes sexual behavior? How can men and women be truly happy over the course of a lifetime? Please come to learn more at this insightful dinner presentation. All are welcome.

Angela Franks, Ph.D., is Director of Theology Programs, and also serves as a professor of theology, for the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE) at Saint John’s Seminary in Boston. She holds a doctorate in theology from Boston College and an M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. Angela is a committed pro-life feminist and pursues the creation of a civilization of love in all that she does. She served, with her husband David, as the coordinator for the Massachusetts Catholic Conference’s marriage initiative, “The Future Depends on Love,” co-hosting a series of the same name on CatholicTV. She is the author of Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Female Fertility (2005), an acclaimed work, and contributed to the highly praised anthology, Women, Sex, and the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching (2010). She writes and speaks on abortion, eugenics, the Theology of the Body, marriage, Humanae vitae, life issues, and feminism, among other topics.

J. David Franks, Ph.D., is a member of the full-time faculty of Saint John’s Seminary in Boston, teaching courses in systematic and moral theology. He also serves as the Vice-President for Mission of the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE), which is the Seminary’s initiative to provide lay formation. Deeply committed to advancing a truly emancipatory feminism, he employs a Christian critique of ideology that combines scholarly expertise in philosophy and theology with a passion for social justice. David serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL), as well as serving as a trustee of the Pro-Life Committee at St. Paul’s Parish in Cambridge. He is an esteemed brother Knight of Columbus, serving as a trustee of the Bl. Pope John Paul II Council at Harvard University, where he is invited to speak annually during the White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) week on campus. David and Angela are the grateful parents of five children.
 8 sponsors total
117 people in attendance

10/15/2011: Massachusetts Citizens for Life Banquet

Massachusetts Citizens for Life
G.K. Chesterton
Portrayed by Chuck Charlberg of EWTN
Saturday Evening, October 15, 2011
6:00PM Social Hour - 7:00PM Dinner

Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Is proud to announce the 2011 recipients for the following awards: 
Linda Thayer
For outspoken courage in defense of life, through tireless personal example 
Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn
For outstanding contributions to the pro-life movement

Harvard University Pro-Life Delegation: (From R. to L.)
John Dunn, President, Harvard Law School Society for Law, Life, and Religion; Seán Cardinal O'Malley; Juan Carmona, President, St. Paul Parish Pro-Life Committee; Matt Menendez, President, Harvard Right to Life; Jack Willems, Warden of the Harvard Knights of Columbus; and Mary Curran, Chancellor of the Harvard Daughters of Isabella and Pro-Life Liaison.