Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
October 7, 2017
Attendees:
Ross Martinez
Renate Martinez
Laura Pangia
Michelle Brooks
Dan Smith
Diana Rogers
Mario Delarosa
JJ Arias with Sophia and Blake
David Phillips
John and Fiona Geist

The meeting opened with prayer.
Dan reported that we had about 63 “adoptive” families for the Spiritual Adoption efforts. We ran out of the Spiritual Adoption cards and Ross ordered more which have come in. Michelle Brooks is going to present “Spiritual Adoption” to the Campus Catholics by personal invitation to 1) yield more participants in spiritual adoption and 2) make them feel a part of LIFE Team efforts.
Cindy has more Spiritual adoption cards if anyone needs one or knows someone who needs one.
Ross reported that there are only 10 baby bottles outstanding of the 123 which we passed out. Ross said the good news is that we did break the $3000 mark!
Jimmy Helms is willing to talk about their granddaughter who was born prematurely or about their grandson who was put up for adoption. The story of this pregnancy and adoption might be written up or presented at Masses in January to highlight the Roe v Wade decision. There was also mention of another parishioner, Christopher Echols, who has a Life story, as well.
This month is “Respect Life” month and we are saying the Rosary before all the Masses. Ross will ask the ushers to let people attending Mass know the Rosary is going on and to please join in at whatever point they enter the church. An announcement of this is in the bulletin.
Rosary on the Square is on October 14 at noon. Dan will be leading it this year as Joanne McClure’s daughter is getting married that day.
Dan Smith who is a Lighthouse Catholic Media representative wants to have a Rosary said across the nation all at the same time (not the same time in each time zone) for the saving of our nation. This may be something organized at the LCM conference.
David Phillips was a participant in the Warner Robins Sacred Heart’s Life Chain on October 1. It was sponsored by ChickFilA along Hwy 96. It was a time of quietly holding a sign (His said, “Life, the first inalienable right!”) and praying. It was not a time to engage in conversation but a time to pray for life issues and for our country to uphold life. The life chain lasted for 2 hours.
There is discussion of having one here in Milledgeville for 1 hour with another church, maybe Covenant Presbyterian Church. Life Chain is a national organization and this event is held on the same day all over the country.
April is the month we have the Baby Shower crib in the fellowship hall. It is also a month to remember abused children.  There was an idea put forward that we pray rosaries for abused people like we pray for people associated with abortion and other life issues in October.
Commercials: Ross has a movie about Maria Goretti’s Life if anyone wants to borrow it. Dan said that movie is also found on FORMED. Laura highly recommended the radio drama called “The Trials of St. Patrick” also found on FORMED. John told us that “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be playing in December at Goldstein Auditorium on the GMC campus.
We closed the meeting with prayer.
We did not discuss the date of our next meeting.


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting July 8, 2017

Attendees:
Ross Martinez
Renate Martinez
Laura Pangia
Michelle Brooks
Dan Smith

The meeting opened with prayer.
Dan reported that the “Baby Shower” was a success and that he was able to bring more to the pregnancy center than last year. He qualified this with the fact that baby diapers take up a lot of space but they are something that babies use a lot of so the Crossroads Pregnancy Center was most appreciative.
Dan also reported that we had about 40 “adoptive” families for the Spiritual Adoption efforts. Sadly, this was about half of what we had the previous year. There was discussion of presenting “Spiritual Adoption” to the Campus Catholics, who meet at the Campus Catholic house each Tuesday. The feeling was that a personal invitation to them would 1) yield more participants and 2) make them feel a part of LIFE Team efforts.
Ross reported that there are only 20 baby bottles outstanding of the 123 which we passed out. Ross received a partial tally (of the bills and checks only, not the coins collected) of about $1500 as of June 25th. Since we know the names of the individuals who have the outstanding bottles, we will get those to Cindy and ask her to list them in the bulletin as a reminder.
By July 19th: Ross asked Dan to put a sample Spiritual Adoption card with an explanation in the bulletin so parishioners may be thinking of a name for their baby. This will show up in the bulletin for the July 22/23 weekend.
July 29 and 30 will be the days we hand out the Spiritual Adoption cards after all the Masses.
Saturday evening Mass: Ross and Laura
Sunday 9:00am: Dan
11:15am: Michelle
5:00pm: Michelle

Laura asked Cathy and Jimmy Helms about their granddaughter who was born prematurely and found out that they have a grandson who was put up for adoption. The story of this pregnancy and adoption might be written up or presented at Masses in January to highlight the Roe v Wade decision.
August: August 5 and 6 will be the days that the cards are collected, either by giving them to the ushers or putting them in the collection baskets.
As the college students return to Milledgeville in August, Dan and/or Michelle will talk to the Campus Catholics about participating in “Spiritual Adoption”. 
October: October is “Respect Life” month and there was discussion on saying the Rosary before all the Masses in October. Ross will ask the ushers to let people attending Mass know the Rosary is going on and to please join in at whatever point they enter the church. It was suggested that “How to Pray the Rosary” sheets or booklets be available to help parishioners. Also an announcement of this is to be placed in the bulletin with a reminder that Rosary beads are not essential to praying the Rosary. God gave us 10 fingers!
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The Crossroads Pregnancy Center will be having its fund raising dinner and Table Hosts will be needed. Dan and Ross have volunteered.
Rosary on the Square is also in October, maybe on the 18th. Dan will be leading it this year as Joanne McClure’s daughter is getting married that day.
To end the meeting we prayed the “Prayer of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of Our Land”.
Our next meeting will be Saturday, October 7th at 3:30pm.


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting April 8, 2017

Attendees:
Ross Martinez
JJ Arias with Sophia and Blake
Laura Pangia (Secretary)
~The meeting opened with prayer.
~Ross found out the “Baby Gifts for Jesus” was from the CCD.
~Ross reported that the crosses set out for the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision looked very nice with the roses. He also reported that 237,996 abortions have already been performed in 2017. Thanks to John and Fiona Geist put a short explanation of the 1973 Roe v Wade decision in the LIFE Corner of the bulletin.
~April: Ross will ask Dan about setting up the baby crib in the fellowship hall for the collection of baby gifts to be donated to the crisis pregnancy center as a “Baby Shower” for all the spiritually adopted babies.
~May: May 14, 2017 is Mother’s Day. Ross will ask Dan to print the list of spiritually adopted babies with their adoptive parents’ names and to write an explanation of spiritual adoption. Ross will also ask Dan about putting Spiritual Adoption information online.
Mother’s day begins the Baby Bottle Boomerang. We decided to write down the name and bottle number of those who choose to receive a baby bottle. That way we would be able to get contact information if we need to give a reminder to return the bottle in June. We need volunteers to pass out bottles after each of the Masses.
~June: Bottles will be collected on Father’s Day in June, by the ushers or by putting them in a box at the back of the church or on the church porch.
~By July 19th: Ross will ask Dan to put a sample Spiritual Adoption card with and explanation in the bulletin so parishioners may be thinking of a name for their baby. To highlight this project Ross asked for new ideas that would be similar to the sharing of Diana Rogers’s experience with her adopted granddaughter, Isabella. Laura will ask Cathy and Jimmy Helms about their granddaughter who was born prematurely.
July 29 and 30 will be the days we hand out the Spiritual Adoption cards after all the Masses. We need volunteers for this.
~August: August 5 and 6 will be the days that the cards are collected, either by giving them to the ushers or putting them in the collection baskets.
~Ross will talk to Deacon Cesar about one-time activities (like Students For Life’s “Sock it to Planned parenthood” activity) which the Campus Catholics and Youth Group can participate in and how we can give our assistance and support for pro-life activities that they do.
~Our next meeting will be Saturday, July 8th at 3:30pm. (Amended from August 12, 2017)


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
April 8, 2017

Attendees:
Ross Martinez
JJ Arias with Sophia and Blake
Laura Pangia (Secretary)
~The meeting opened with prayer.
~Ross found out the “Baby Gifts for Jesus” was from the CCD.
~Ross reported that the crosses set out for the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision looked very nice with the roses. He also reported that 237,996 abortions have already been performed in 2017. Thanks to John and Fiona Geist put a short explanation of the 1973 Roe v Wade decision in the LIFE Corner of the bulletin.
~April: Ross will ask Dan about setting up the baby crib in the fellowship hall for the collection of baby gifts to be donated to the crisis pregnancy center as a “Baby Shower” for all the spiritually adopted babies.
~May: May 14, 2017 is Mother’s Day. Ross will ask Dan to print the list of spiritually adopted babies with their adoptive parents’ names and to write an explanation of spiritual adoption. Ross will also ask Dan about putting Spiritual Adoption information online.
Mother’s day begins the Baby Bottle Boomerang. We decided to write down the name and bottle number of those who choose to receive a baby bottle. That way we would be able to get contact information if we need to give a reminder to return the bottle in June. We need volunteers to pass out bottles after each of the Masses.
~June: Bottles will be collected on Father’s Day in June, by the ushers or by putting them in a box at the back of the church or on the church porch.
~By July 19th: Ross will ask Dan to put a sample Spiritual Adoption card with and explanation in the bulletin so parishioners may be thinking of a name for their baby. To highlight this project Ross asked for new ideas that would be similar to the sharing of Diana Rogers’s experience with her adopted granddaughter, Isabella. Laura will ask Cathy and Jimmy Helms about their granddaughter who was born prematurely.
July 29 and 30 will be the days we hand out the Spiritual Adoption cards after all the Masses. We need volunteers for this.
~August: August 5 and 6 will be the days that the cards are collected, either by giving them to the ushers or putting them in the collection baskets.
~Ross will talk to Deacon Cesar about one-time activities (like Students For Life’s “Sock it to Planned parenthood” activity) which the Campus Catholics and Youth Group can participate in and how we can give our assistance and support for pro-life activities that they do.
~Our next meeting will be Saturday, August 12th at 3:30pm.


Sacred Heart-L.I.F.E. Team Meeting

July 9, 2016
Attendees:
Ross Martinez (Chairman)
Dan Smith (Public Information)
Renate Martinez
Michelle Brooks
JJ Arias
Dianna Rogers

The meeting opened with a prayer for guidance.
Ross stated we had a very productive meeting in April and addressed the presentations by Brendan Dudley, Director of Respect Life Ministries Archdiocese of Atlanta, and by Alyssa Lasseter and Brendan DePadua from FOCUS. Ross invited those who were not present at our last meeting to go to our website and read the minutes from our April 2nd meeting.

Ross expressed some disappointment with the results of the Baby Shower, stating that the crib was overflowing last year and this year the crib was, at best, half full. Even so, he expressed his appreciation to those who did contribute.

There was some discussion concerning the schedule for the Baby Shower and that maybe we should consider moving it so it coincides with the Baby Bottle Boomerang. Ross stated that the Baby Shower is scheduled to end close to the date that our Spiritually Adopted Babies are born (Mother’s Day). After some discussion, it was decided to table any changes to our current schedule till our October meeting.

Ross said he would like to have any Sacred Heart Decals left over should be turned in.

It was stated that 122 Baby Bottles had been handed out on Mother’s Day and that as of July 9th, only 65 had been returned. Dan advised that there has been an announcement in the Bulletin for the last few weeks. He will prepare another one that will hopefully be more visible.

Ross stated that he has purchased 250 Spiritual Adoption Pledge Cards and they are on hand. Various methods of distributing the cards were discussed. It was decided that we should have someone do a short one to two minute presentation after each Mass on the day the cards are handed out. Ross asked that each speaker speak of something personal rather than speaking of the mechanics of how Spiritual Adoption works. Ross will talk to Father about the speakers. Dan will prepare a notice for the Bulletin, to include a sample Pledge Card for the July 23/24 Bulletin. Cards will be handed out on July 30/31 and will be collected on August 6/7.

Ross asked Dan to run the “Choose Life” license plates ad during the month of August.

The month of October has been designated as “Respect Life” month. The L.I.F.E. Team will lead a Rosary before each Mass in honor of this celebration.

The Crossroads Pregnancy Center fundraiser will be held on October 6th (Thursday) this year. Ross said he would be the coordinator for the fundraiser and would also host a table. Dan and Michelle both volunteered to host a table. Ross will ask John Geist if he would like to host a table.

~Our next meeting will be October 1, 2016, Saturday at 3:30pm.


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
October 1, 2016

Attendees:
Ross and Renate Martinez
John Geist
Laura Pangia (Secretary)
JJ Arias (and Blake)
Mario Delaosa
~The meeting opened with prayer.
~We went through the Calendar of Events for 2017.
~October:
Dan suggested that since this is "Respect for Life" month, maybe we could ask Father to end the Masses with a short prayer for the rest of the month of October. Ross said he would talk with Father about this. Addendum: Ross spoke with Father and Father agreed to lead the Congregation in a short prayer after Mass. Ross provided Father with some sample prayers.

~November: Dan will put a reminder of the availability of a monthly Healing Service in the bulletin. It will be the first Saturday of November.
~January: Cross display will be set up on the church lawn on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 after the 12:10 Mass.
Ross asked if there was anything different we wanted to do for the Roe v. Wade memorial? Dan suggested someone announcing that from the beginning of Mass until now, “x” number of people have been aborted.
  It was stated that the word "abortion" seems to have lost it's significance and that "murder" may be too harsh if children are present. The wording was discussed. Which word should we use? Murdered? Died? Had their lives taken? Maybe "slaughter" or something along those lines may be more appropriate.

John Geist suggested we contact the Archdioceses of Atlanta to see what materials they can provide for special occasions such as "Roe v Wade", "Respect For Life", Spiritual Adoption" etc. Ross will follow-up on this. 
As an addendum to our meeting, Laura has suggested that we publish something for early January 2017, which explains the significance of Roe v Wade, its origins and the impact it has had on this nation and the world. 

We were reminded that Mother Angelica said that God can’t bless the United States as long as abortion continues.
February (and August): Dan will put a reminder of the benefits and availability of the Choose Life license plates in the bulletin.
March: On the 25th we will have Rosaries before Mass for the Unborn Child and the Feast of the Annunciation.
April: Dan will set up the crib in the hall for the baby shower gifts to be given to the Crossroads Pregnancy Center.
May: On Mother’s Day weekend Roses for Life will be given out by the Knights of Columbus.
This is also the celebration of the birth of our spiritually adopted children. Dan will post the names of the parents and adopted children in the bulletin.
This is also the kickoff for the Baby Bottle Boomerang. We need someone to head up this project. If no one wants to take it on, Ross will again be the leader.  We discussed accountability of the bottles and decided that getting a name and phone number when passing out the bottles will help us get the bottles returned. This may take more people to quickly get the bottles passed out, as well as get the contact information.
June: On Father’s Day weekend Roses for Life will be given out by the Knights of Columbus and the baby bottles will be collected.
In 2016 the Baby Bottle Boomerang collected a total of $12,141.16 from 28 different organizations. Sacred Heart donated $3061.10 of that amount which means that we donated 25.2% of the total gifts! This is almost $750 more than last year!
August: Spiritual Adoption was discussed and Dan stated that we have approximately 40 Adoptive Parents this year. This is a little better than last year when we had approximately 30 but not as good as the first year when we had 70 or 80 adoptions.
Dan said he is going to investigate the possibility of setting up something on the web where people can sign in and adopt a child via the website. We also discussed how we could improve participation in the Spiritual Adoption program and whether or not we should continue giving our little presentations before Masses like we did this year. It was decided that we should continue doing our presentations but need to come up with new material.

Ross asked how we can do better and it was suggested that we contact the Archdioceses for suggestions/guidelines. Ross will assume this project.

Ross said that September 24th has been designated "Gold Star Mother's Day" and asked if we wanted to start praying the Rosary for the families of those who have given their lives for our freedom. It was recommended by John Geist and Dan Smith stated that it would be more appropriate to make this recommendation to the Knights of Columbus, as a Forth Degree project.

Laura stated that she saw a preview of a movie titled "Voiceless" and that it appeared to be a high impact movie that could well be worth viewing. This, and the other movies in our possession, may well be worth discussing with Deacon Cesar.

Our next meeting will be January 7th or 14th, Saturday at 3:30pm.


Sacred Heart-L.I.F.E. Team Meeting
July 9, 2016
Attendees:
Ross Martinez (Chairman)
Dan Smith (Public Information)
Renate Martinez
Michelle Brooks
JJ Arias
Dianna Rogers

The meeting opened with a prayer for guidance.
Ross stated we had a very productive meeting in April and addressed the presentations by Brendan Dudley, Director of Respect Life Ministries Archdiocese of Atlanta, and by Alyssa Lasseter and Brendan DePadua from FOCUS. Ross invited those who were not present at our last meeting to go to our website and read the minutes from our April 2nd meeting.

Ross expressed some disappointment with the results of the Baby Shower, stating that the crib was overflowing last year and this year the crib was, at best, half full. Even so, he expressed his appreciation to those who did contribute.

There was some discussion concerning the schedule for the Baby Shower and that maybe we should consider moving it so it coincides with the Baby Bottle Boomerang. Ross stated that the Baby Shower is scheduled to end close to the date that our Spiritually Adopted Babies are born (Mother’s Day). After some discussion, it was decided to table any changes to our current schedule till our October meeting.

Ross said he would like to have any Sacred Heart Decals left over should be turned in.

It was stated that 122 Baby Bottles had been handed out on Mother’s Day and that as of July 9th, only 65 had been returned. Dan advised that there has been an announcement in the Bulletin for the last few weeks. He will prepare another one that will hopefully be more visible.

Ross stated that he has purchased 250 Spiritual Adoption Pledge Cards and they are on hand. Various methods of distributing the cards were discussed. It was decided that we should have someone do a short one to two minute presentation after each Mass on the day the cards are handed out. Ross asked that each speaker speak of something personal rather than speaking of the mechanics of how Spiritual Adoption works. Ross will talk to Father about the speakers. Dan will prepare a notice for the Bulletin, to include a sample Pledge Card for the July 23/24 Bulletin. Cards will be handed out on July 30/31 and will be collected on August 6/7.

Ross asked Dan to run the “Choose Life” license plates ad during the month of August.

The month of October has been designated as “Respect Life” month. The L.I.F.E. Team will lead a Rosary before each Mass in honor of this celebration.

The Crossroads Pregnancy Center fundraiser will be held on October 6th (Thursday) this year. Ross said he would be the coordinator for the fundraiser and would also host a table. Dan and Michelle both volunteered to host a table. Ross will ask John Geist if he would like to host a table.

~Our next meeting will be October 1, 2016, Saturday at 3:30pm.


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
April 2, 2016
Attendees:
Ross and Renate Martinez
John Geist
Laura Pangia (Secretary)
Michelle and Lolly Brooks
JJ Arias
Special Guests:
Brendan De Padua, FOCUS member
Alyssa Lasseter, FOCUS member
Brendan Dudley, Archdiocesan Director of Life Ministries
~The meeting opened with prayer.
~Ross invited the FOCUS members to tell us about their ministry. Alyssa Lasseter spoke first, explaining that the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is there to help students lead their college lives in Christ and to create chains of believers to evangelize other college students. FOCUS members are available to students for prayer support, friendship and fellowship.
Brendan De Padua informed us that FOCUS began in 1998 in Steubenville, OH, and is supported by Scott Hahn and Ted Sri. At Georgia College, just as Jesus called the 12 Disciples and lived with them teaching them all that they would need, FOCUS members are called to imitate Christ in that way, modeling Jesus by investing their lives with the students they meet, letting them get to know Jesus by the example of their lives not by the number of people who attend college events. They form lasting relationships with students. They do this by “standing in the gap” (Ez. 22:30), and sharing “their very selves” (1 Thes. 2:8) with bible study, apologetics, sharing and explaining Church teaching, showing authentic Catholic masculinity and femininity, developing prayer lives and motivating people to live their Christian lives.
Brendan Dudley is the Director of Respect Life Ministries in the Atlanta Archdiocese, which he became in July 2015. The Diocese has 4 ministries of Life, Dignity and Justice, each having its own director. These directors collaborate on all aspects of life, from conception to natural death, with clothing drives, crisis pregnancy ministries, abortion, end of life issues, end of life planning, marriage and family issues, stem cell research and all manner of things pertaining to life issues. He told us of Joshua Bishop, who was recently executed and how he had come a long way in his Catholic life. The Life ministries of the Archdiocese work with college campuses, Catholic organizations to network and work together. There are organizations to help families with prenatal diagnoses, Be Not Afraid and to help families with the loss of a child, Embrace.
Brendan’s office informs Catholics of Archdiocesan Events and sends email blasts about current news events.
~Our January cross display was well received for the most part. Ross received a call from Jody Hice’s office, the US Representative of Georgia’s 10th district, praising the memorial. Ross was also interviewed by a Georgia College student and is hoping to hear back from him with the finished interview. A woman was touched enough by the display to leave flowers (which were unfortunately taken.)
~We sold 75 Decals for LIFE in January. We paid back what we owed for the printing and made a small profit of $26. We will put an announcement in the bulletin to let the congregation know that we still have a few left for interested parties.

~Ross will check with Dan about setting up the crib this month in the hall for the baby shower gifts to be given to the Crossroads Pregnancy Center.

~May 8th: Mother’s Day: Roses for Life are given out.
This is the celebration of the birth of our spiritually adopted children. Dan will be asked to again post the names of the parents and adopted children in the bulletin.
This is also the kickoff for the Baby Bottle Boomerang. We need someone to head up this project. John suggested that we put an announcement in the bulletin and send out an email to let the congregation know that this project needs new coordinators. We are also thinking of making an announcement about this after the Masses to get the word out.
We discussed accountability of the bottles and concluded that it deters people from giving if there is too much time elapsed when passing out the bottles. People who want to give, will return the bottles and most won’t take one if they aren’t going to give.

~We are looking for good quotes for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Brendan Dudley mentioned looking for quotes from Saints for there are many good ones from them.
Father’s Day, June 19th: Baby bottles will be collected
Also in June Ross will order new spiritual adoption cards that aren’t date specific. He will choose the amount that is most economical.

~July 23 and 24th: A sample of the new cards will be placed in the bulletin with an explanation of what spiritual adoption means. Ross will ask Dan to do this.
July 30th and 31st: Spiritual Adoption cards will be handed out to parishioners who want to participate. The cards will be collected August 6th and 7th.
~In August will have reminders in the bulletins that the Choose Life license plates are available in Georgia. Ross will ask Dan to put this information in the bulletin.

~Brendan Dudley gave out business cards with his email address (
bdudley@archatl.com <mailto:bdudley@archatl.com> ) and his phone number, (404) 920-7362.

~Our next meeting will be July 9, 2016, Saturday at 3:30pm.


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
January 9, 2016

Attendees:
Ross and Renate Martinez
John and Fiona Geist
Laura Pangia (Secretary)
Michelle Brooks
Mario De Laosa
~The meeting opened with prayer.
~The Decals for LIFE will be sold on January 16 and 17, 2016 after all the Masses.
5:30pm Vigil Mass: Ross Martinez and Laura Pangia
9:00am: Dan Smith and Michelle Brooks?
11:15am: John Geist and Michelle Brooks?
5:00pm: Mario De Laosa and Michelle Brooks?
We have earned around $150 with sales so far. Whatever decals are not sold will be left in the cupboard in the Flannery O’Connor Hall for the next sale. Checks can be made out to Knights of Columbus if any parishioners want to use a check to pay for their decal(s). Ross will ask Father for permission. (NOTE: Ross spoke with Father and Father asks that we tell him before Mass that we are selling the decals. He will announce the sale after each Mass.)
~January 16, 2016 we will set up the crosses and banner display after the 9:30 Mass that Saturday morning.
~January 22, 2016 is the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision. We will be saying Rosaries before all the Masses on the weekend of January 23rd and 24th. Ross has sufficient flyers for inclusion in the bulletin.
~Ross reminded us the March for Life in Macon doesn’t exist anymore.
~February and August will have reminders in the bulletins that the Choose Life license plates are available in Georgia. Ross will ask Dan to put this information in the bulletin.
~The Feast for the Annunciation is March 25, 2016 which is also Good Friday this year and the “Day of the Unborn”. Ross discussed the conflict between Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter with our normal prayer for the Unborn with Father. Father said that Holy Week must take precedence. Therefore, in lieu of any joint effort by the LIFE team, we are urged to consider a personal devotion for the Unborn.
~April: Ross will check with Dan about setting up the crib in the hall for the baby shower gifts to be given to the Crossroads Pregnancy Center.

~May 8th: Mother’s Day: Roses for Life are given out.
This is the celebration of the birth of our spiritually adopted children. Dan will be asked to again post the names of the parents and adopted children in the bulletin.
This is also the kickoff for the Baby Bottle Boomerang. John will talk to Bob Pratt about this project.
~Father’s Day, June 19th: Baby bottles will be collected
Also in June Ross will order new spiritual adoption cards that aren’t date specific. He will choose the amount that is most economical.
~July 23 and 24th: A sample of the new cards will be placed in the bulletin with an explanation of what spiritual adoption means. Ross will ask Dan to do this.
July 30th and 31st: Spiritual Adoption cards will be handed out to parishioners who want to participate. The cards will be collected August 6th and 7th.
~Since the parish movie idea wasn’t a success, we discussed letting the parish know that the movies would be available for checking out/borrowing. Right now Ross has “Gimme Shelter” and JJ Arias has “October Baby”. The DVD’s should be returned to Laura until such a time as we determine how we will handle this.
~ October 2, 2016 is “Respect for Life Sunday”. We will pray Rosaries before all the Masses with an announcement in the bulletin the week before.
No date is known for the Rosary on the Square nor has the crisis pregnancy center fund raiser date been announced.
~November and December will be free of meetings.
The new Archdiocese of Atlanta Respect Life Director is Brendan Dudley. His email address is
bdudley@archatl.com <mailto:bdudley@archatl.com> and his phone number is (404) 920-7362.
~Our next meeting will be April 2, 2016, Saturday at 3:30pm. We also set the dates for the next meetings: July 9, 2016 and October 1, 2016.

Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
July 7, 2018
Attendees:
Ross Martinez
Laura Pangia
John and Fiona Geist

Ross reported that the pink flags were “borrowed” because their message said, “Abortion Kills Babies.” He has ordered and received 200 new flags. There was discussion on what to do the next time this happens, and Ross may call the newspapers to let them know and see if they will run a story about it. Thankfully the flags are easily replaced.
Update on the Abortion numbers in the United States: as of June 29, 2018, 458,010 babies lost their lives. Since 1980 1.5+ trillion (that’s TRILLIONS!) babies have lost their lives worldwide.
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Dan was going to report on the success of the April Baby Shower.
As of the meeting the Baby Bottle Boomerang has brought in over $3500 for the Crossroads Pregnancy Center! There are only 5 unaccounted for bottles of the 131 which we handed out. Instead of volunteers or ushers trying to collect bottles at Mass, it has worked out very well leaving a container for parishioners to leave their returned bottles in. Cindy Sencindiver has also collected bottles from parishioners at the church office. Ross collected the bottles after Mass and from Cindy and he and Renate have kept a tally of how generous our parish is towards the pregnancy center.
July 18 and 19, 2018 is the day the Sample Spiritual Adoption card goes in the bulletin so parishioners can begin thinking of a name for their spiritually adoptive baby. Dan will also do a write-up on what spiritual adoption is.
The next weekend, July 28 and 29, 2018, is the weekend we will pass out the Spiritual Adoption cards after each Mass. We need volunteers to help with this. Jimmy Helms will speak after each Mass on how adoption has touched his family’s life, showing that our prayers for the unborn save lives and bring joy.
The weekend of August 4 and 5, 2018 is when we will collect the Spiritual Adoption cards.
October 6 and 7th are when we celebrate Respect Life Sunday. We will be saying a Rosary for Life before each Mass and need volunteers for the Sunday Masses.
October 6, 2018 is the date of the Crossroads Pregnancy Center’s annual fundraiser and we need table hosts for the event.
There was discussion on asking the CPC to list what donation amounts were raised by each organization that participated in the Baby Bottle Boomerang. There was also discussion on maybe inviting someone from the Crossroads Pregnancy Center to speak at one or all of our organizations, like the Knights of Columbus, The CCW, our LIFE team, maybe even after the Masses (if Father approves) to talk to us about what their center does.
Our next meeting will be October 6, 2018 and is our last meeting in 2018. Please mark your calendars accordingly.


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
April 7, 2018
Attendees:
Ross Martinez
Laura Pangia

Ross reported that the pink flags were “borrowed” because their message said, “Abortion Kills Babies.” We can replace the flags for $0.20 each. Ross is looking into ordering 200 flags.

April 9, 2018 was the Feast of the Annunciation (changed to April 9th because March 25th was during Holy Week this year). We said the Rosary before each Mass in commemoration of the Feast of the Annunciation and the Day of the Unborn Child.
Update on the Abortion numbers in the United States: as of April 2, 2018, 235,766 babies lost their lives. Since 1980 1,490,182,306,536 (that’s in the TRILLIONS!) babies have lost their lives worldwide.
L

April is also the month when we begin collecting baby shower gifts for our spiritually adopted babies. These gifts will be donated to the Crossroads Pregnancy Center. Dan will set up the crib in the fellowship hall and put a notice of the shower in the bulletin. Ross is going to follow-up on this.

May 13, 2018 is Mother’s Day. The Knights will hand out respect life roses. Dan will put the names of spiritually adoptive parents and their children in the bulletin in celebration of their births. That day is also the Baby Bottle Boomerang kickoff. Volunteers will be needed after all the Masses to pass out the bottles and to record the names of parishioners. Ross has collected 130 bottles from the pregnancy center AND he has already given out 20 of them. The sign-up sheets, using the bottle number and name only, are ready.

June 17, 2018 is Father’s Day. It is the day we end the Baby Bottle Boomerang. Please remind parishioners that they do not need to fill the baby bottle before turning it in.
J

July 18 and 19, 2018 is the day the Sample Spiritual Adoption card goes in the bulletin so parishioners can begin thinking of a name for their spiritually adoptive baby. Dan will also do a write-up on what spiritual adoption is.

The next weekend, July 28 and 29, 2018, is the weekend we will pass out the Spiritual Adoption cards after each Mass. We hope to have someone from the congregation speak on how adoption has touched their lives, showing that our prayers for the unborn save lives and bring joy.

The weekend of August 4 and 5, 2018 is when we will collect the Spiritual Adoption cards.
Our next meeting will be July 7, 2018. October 6, 2018 is our last meeting in 2018. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
February 17, 2018
Attendees:
Ross Martinez
Laura Pangia
Dan Smith
The meeting opened with prayer.
Ross reported that he took down the cross display and there was discussion of perhaps getting new pink flags or maybe painting the crosses pink and blue.
It was decided that next year the display would be put up the Saturday before January 22 and taken down the Saturday after. There would be an explanation of the display put in the bulletin and maybe an announcement about the display at the Masses.
Dan will put an insert in the bulletin about the “Choose Life” license plates for February and August.
April 9, 2018 is the Feast of the Annunciation and the Day of the Unborn Child. We will say the Rosary before each Mass. Ross will send out a reminder and request volunteers to lead the Rosary. Dan will purchase Rosary booklets to hand out to parishioners to encourage participation in joining us in the Rosary.
April is also the month when we begin collecting baby shower gifts for our spiritually adopted babies. These gifts will be donated to the Crossroads Pregnancy Center. Dan will set up the crib in the fellowship hall and put a notice of the shower in the bulletin.
Ross informed us that April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month and St. Maria Goretti is the patron saint of abused children. Is there a way to incorporate these efforts to stop child abuse in our prayers?
May 13, 2018 is Mother’s Day. The Knights will hand out respect life roses. Dan will put the names of spiritually adoptive parents and their children in the bulletin. That day is also the Baby Bottle Boomerang kickoff. Volunteers will be needed after all the Masses to pass out the bottles and to record the names of parishioners. Ross will be in touch with the pregnancy center regarding the collection of baby bottles for distribution.
June 17, 2018 is Father’s Day. It is the day we end the Baby Bottle Boomerang. Please remind parishioners that they do not need to fill the baby bottle before turning it in.
J
July 18, 1018 is the day the Sample Spiritual Adoption card goes in the bulletin so parishioners can begin thinking of a name for their spiritually adoptive baby. Dan will also do a write-up on what spiritual adoption is.
The weekend of July 28 and 29, 2018 is the weekend we will pass out the Spiritual Adoption cards after each Mass. We hope to have someone from the congregation speak on how adoption has touched their life, showing that our prayers for the unborn save lives and bring joy.
The weekend of August 4 and 5, 2018 is when we will collect the Spiritual Adoption cards.
October has Respect Life Sunday in it and we will say a Rosary before all the Masses. Rosary on the Square also occurs. There was discussion of having it twice a year, in March as well as October. JoAnna McClure will coordinate with the National Organization on when and if this will occur. Watch your email for details as the month draws near.
There was discussion of having a Rosary said before each Mass every Sunday. To encourage participation a sign would be put on the church door saying: “Rosary in Progress, Please join us!”
October is also the Crossroads Pregnancy Center Fundraiser.
Our next meeting will be April 7, 2018. Meetings for the rest of the year are July 7, 2018 and October 6, 2018. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
October 7, 2017
Attendees:
Ross Martinez
Renate Martinez
Laura Pangia
Michelle Brooks
Dan Smith
Diana Rogers
Mario Delarosa
JJ Arias with Sophia and Blake
David Phillips
John and Fiona Geist

The meeting opened with prayer.
Dan reported that we had about 63 “adoptive” families for the Spiritual Adoption efforts. We ran out of the Spiritual Adoption cards and Ross ordered more which have come in. Michelle Brooks is going to present “Spiritual Adoption” to the Campus Catholics by personal invitation to 1) yield more participants in spiritual adoption and 2) make them feel a part of LIFE Team efforts.
Cindy has more Spiritual adoption cards if anyone needs one or knows someone who needs one.
Ross reported that there are only 10 baby bottles outstanding of the 123 which we passed out. Ross said the good news is that we did break the $3000 mark!
Jimmy Helms is willing to talk about their granddaughter who was born prematurely or about their grandson who was put up for adoption. The story of this pregnancy and adoption might be written up or presented at Masses in January to highlight the Roe v Wade decision. There was also mention of another parishioner, Christopher Echols, who has a Life story, as well.
This month is “Respect Life” month and we are saying the Rosary before all the Masses. Ross will ask the ushers to let people attending Mass know the Rosary is going on and to please join in at whatever point they enter the church. An announcement of this is in the bulletin.
Rosary on the Square is on October 14 at noon. Dan will be leading it this year as Joanne McClure’s daughter is getting married that day.
Dan Smith who is a Lighthouse Catholic Media representative wants to have a Rosary said across the nation all at the same time (not the same time in each time zone) for the saving of our nation. This may be something organized at the LCM conference.
David Phillips was a participant in the Warner Robins Sacred Heart’s Life Chain on October 1. It was sponsored by ChickFilA along Hwy 96. It was a time of quietly holding a sign (His said, “Life, the first inalienable right!”) and praying. It was not a time to engage in conversation but a time to pray for life issues and for our country to uphold life. The life chain lasted for 2 hours.
There is discussion of having one here in Milledgeville for 1 hour with another church, maybe Covenant Presbyterian Church. Life Chain is a national organization and this event is held on the same day all over the country.
April is the month we have the Baby Shower crib in the fellowship hall. It is also a month to remember abused children.  There was an idea put forward that we pray rosaries for abused people like we pray for people associated with abortion and other life issues in October.
Commercials: Ross has a movie about Maria Goretti’s Life if anyone wants to borrow it. Dan said that movie is also found on FORMED. Laura highly recommended the radio drama called “The Trials of St. Patrick” also found on FORMED. John told us that “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be playing in December at Goldstein Auditorium on the GMC campus.
We closed the meeting with prayer.
We did not discuss the date of our next meeting.


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting July 8, 2017

Attendees:
Ross Martinez
Renate Martinez
Laura Pangia
Michelle Brooks
Dan Smith

The meeting opened with prayer.
Dan reported that the “Baby Shower” was a success and that he was able to bring more to the pregnancy center than last year. He qualified this with the fact that baby diapers take up a lot of space but they are something that babies use a lot of so the Crossroads Pregnancy Center was most appreciative.
Dan also reported that we had about 40 “adoptive” families for the Spiritual Adoption efforts. Sadly, this was about half of what we had the previous year. There was discussion of presenting “Spiritual Adoption” to the Campus Catholics, who meet at the Campus Catholic house each Tuesday. The feeling was that a personal invitation to them would 1) yield more participants and 2) make them feel a part of LIFE Team efforts.
Ross reported that there are only 20 baby bottles outstanding of the 123 which we passed out. Ross received a partial tally (of the bills and checks only, not the coins collected) of about $1500 as of June 25th. Since we know the names of the individuals who have the outstanding bottles, we will get those to Cindy and ask her to list them in the bulletin as a reminder.
By July 19th: Ross asked Dan to put a sample Spiritual Adoption card with an explanation in the bulletin so parishioners may be thinking of a name for their baby. This will show up in the bulletin for the July 22/23 weekend.
July 29 and 30 will be the days we hand out the Spiritual Adoption cards after all the Masses.
Saturday evening Mass: Ross and Laura
Sunday 9:00am: Dan
11:15am: Michelle
5:00pm: Michelle

Laura asked Cathy and Jimmy Helms about their granddaughter who was born prematurely and found out that they have a grandson who was put up for adoption. The story of this pregnancy and adoption might be written up or presented at Masses in January to highlight the Roe v Wade decision.
August: August 5 and 6 will be the days that the cards are collected, either by giving them to the ushers or putting them in the collection baskets.
As the college students return to Milledgeville in August, Dan and/or Michelle will talk to the Campus Catholics about participating in “Spiritual Adoption”. 
October: October is “Respect Life” month and there was discussion on saying the Rosary before all the Masses in October. Ross will ask the ushers to let people attending Mass know the Rosary is going on and to please join in at whatever point they enter the church. It was suggested that “How to Pray the Rosary” sheets or booklets be available to help parishioners. Also an announcement of this is to be placed in the bulletin with a reminder that Rosary beads are not essential to praying the Rosary. God gave us 10 fingers!
J
The Crossroads Pregnancy Center will be having its fund raising dinner and Table Hosts will be needed. Dan and Ross have volunteered.
Rosary on the Square is also in October, maybe on the 18th. Dan will be leading it this year as Joanne McClure’s daughter is getting married that day.
To end the meeting we prayed the “Prayer of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of Our Land”.
Our next meeting will be Saturday, October 7th at 3:30pm.


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting April 8, 2017

Attendees:
Ross Martinez
JJ Arias with Sophia and Blake
Laura Pangia (Secretary)
~The meeting opened with prayer.
~Ross found out the “Baby Gifts for Jesus” was from the CCD.
~Ross reported that the crosses set out for the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision looked very nice with the roses. He also reported that 237,996 abortions have already been performed in 2017. Thanks to John and Fiona Geist put a short explanation of the 1973 Roe v Wade decision in the LIFE Corner of the bulletin.
~April: Ross will ask Dan about setting up the baby crib in the fellowship hall for the collection of baby gifts to be donated to the crisis pregnancy center as a “Baby Shower” for all the spiritually adopted babies.
~May: May 14, 2017 is Mother’s Day. Ross will ask Dan to print the list of spiritually adopted babies with their adoptive parents’ names and to write an explanation of spiritual adoption. Ross will also ask Dan about putting Spiritual Adoption information online.
Mother’s day begins the Baby Bottle Boomerang. We decided to write down the name and bottle number of those who choose to receive a baby bottle. That way we would be able to get contact information if we need to give a reminder to return the bottle in June. We need volunteers to pass out bottles after each of the Masses.
~June: Bottles will be collected on Father’s Day in June, by the ushers or by putting them in a box at the back of the church or on the church porch.
~By July 19th: Ross will ask Dan to put a sample Spiritual Adoption card with and explanation in the bulletin so parishioners may be thinking of a name for their baby. To highlight this project Ross asked for new ideas that would be similar to the sharing of Diana Rogers’s experience with her adopted granddaughter, Isabella. Laura will ask Cathy and Jimmy Helms about their granddaughter who was born prematurely.
July 29 and 30 will be the days we hand out the Spiritual Adoption cards after all the Masses. We need volunteers for this.
~August: August 5 and 6 will be the days that the cards are collected, either by giving them to the ushers or putting them in the collection baskets.
~Ross will talk to Deacon Cesar about one-time activities (like Students For Life’s “Sock it to Planned parenthood” activity) which the Campus Catholics and Youth Group can participate in and how we can give our assistance and support for pro-life activities that they do.
~Our next meeting will be Saturday, July 8th at 3:30pm. (Amended from August 12, 2017)


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
April 8, 2017

Attendees:
Ross Martinez
JJ Arias with Sophia and Blake
Laura Pangia (Secretary)
~The meeting opened with prayer.
~Ross found out the “Baby Gifts for Jesus” was from the CCD.
~Ross reported that the crosses set out for the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision looked very nice with the roses. He also reported that 237,996 abortions have already been performed in 2017. Thanks to John and Fiona Geist put a short explanation of the 1973 Roe v Wade decision in the LIFE Corner of the bulletin.
~April: Ross will ask Dan about setting up the baby crib in the fellowship hall for the collection of baby gifts to be donated to the crisis pregnancy center as a “Baby Shower” for all the spiritually adopted babies.
~May: May 14, 2017 is Mother’s Day. Ross will ask Dan to print the list of spiritually adopted babies with their adoptive parents’ names and to write an explanation of spiritual adoption. Ross will also ask Dan about putting Spiritual Adoption information online.
Mother’s day begins the Baby Bottle Boomerang. We decided to write down the name and bottle number of those who choose to receive a baby bottle. That way we would be able to get contact information if we need to give a reminder to return the bottle in June. We need volunteers to pass out bottles after each of the Masses.
~June: Bottles will be collected on Father’s Day in June, by the ushers or by putting them in a box at the back of the church or on the church porch.
~By July 19th: Ross will ask Dan to put a sample Spiritual Adoption card with and explanation in the bulletin so parishioners may be thinking of a name for their baby. To highlight this project Ross asked for new ideas that would be similar to the sharing of Diana Rogers’s experience with her adopted granddaughter, Isabella. Laura will ask Cathy and Jimmy Helms about their granddaughter who was born prematurely.
July 29 and 30 will be the days we hand out the Spiritual Adoption cards after all the Masses. We need volunteers for this.
~August: August 5 and 6 will be the days that the cards are collected, either by giving them to the ushers or putting them in the collection baskets.
~Ross will talk to Deacon Cesar about one-time activities (like Students For Life’s “Sock it to Planned parenthood” activity) which the Campus Catholics and Youth Group can participate in and how we can give our assistance and support for pro-life activities that they do.
~Our next meeting will be Saturday, August 12th at 3:30pm.


Sacred Heart-L.I.F.E. Team Meeting

July 9, 2016
Attendees:
Ross Martinez (Chairman)
Dan Smith (Public Information)
Renate Martinez
Michelle Brooks
JJ Arias
Dianna Rogers

The meeting opened with a prayer for guidance.
Ross stated we had a very productive meeting in April and addressed the presentations by Brendan Dudley, Director of Respect Life Ministries Archdiocese of Atlanta, and by Alyssa Lasseter and Brendan DePadua from FOCUS. Ross invited those who were not present at our last meeting to go to our website and read the minutes from our April 2nd meeting.

Ross expressed some disappointment with the results of the Baby Shower, stating that the crib was overflowing last year and this year the crib was, at best, half full. Even so, he expressed his appreciation to those who did contribute.

There was some discussion concerning the schedule for the Baby Shower and that maybe we should consider moving it so it coincides with the Baby Bottle Boomerang. Ross stated that the Baby Shower is scheduled to end close to the date that our Spiritually Adopted Babies are born (Mother’s Day). After some discussion, it was decided to table any changes to our current schedule till our October meeting.

Ross said he would like to have any Sacred Heart Decals left over should be turned in.

It was stated that 122 Baby Bottles had been handed out on Mother’s Day and that as of July 9th, only 65 had been returned. Dan advised that there has been an announcement in the Bulletin for the last few weeks. He will prepare another one that will hopefully be more visible.

Ross stated that he has purchased 250 Spiritual Adoption Pledge Cards and they are on hand. Various methods of distributing the cards were discussed. It was decided that we should have someone do a short one to two minute presentation after each Mass on the day the cards are handed out. Ross asked that each speaker speak of something personal rather than speaking of the mechanics of how Spiritual Adoption works. Ross will talk to Father about the speakers. Dan will prepare a notice for the Bulletin, to include a sample Pledge Card for the July 23/24 Bulletin. Cards will be handed out on July 30/31 and will be collected on August 6/7.

Ross asked Dan to run the “Choose Life” license plates ad during the month of August.

The month of October has been designated as “Respect Life” month. The L.I.F.E. Team will lead a Rosary before each Mass in honor of this celebration.

The Crossroads Pregnancy Center fundraiser will be held on October 6th (Thursday) this year. Ross said he would be the coordinator for the fundraiser and would also host a table. Dan and Michelle both volunteered to host a table. Ross will ask John Geist if he would like to host a table.

~Our next meeting will be October 1, 2016, Saturday at 3:30pm.


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
October 1, 2016

Attendees:
Ross and Renate Martinez
John Geist
Laura Pangia (Secretary)
JJ Arias (and Blake)
Mario Delaosa
~The meeting opened with prayer.
~We went through the Calendar of Events for 2017.
~October:
Dan suggested that since this is "Respect for Life" month, maybe we could ask Father to end the Masses with a short prayer for the rest of the month of October. Ross said he would talk with Father about this. Addendum: Ross spoke with Father and Father agreed to lead the Congregation in a short prayer after Mass. Ross provided Father with some sample prayers.

~November: Dan will put a reminder of the availability of a monthly Healing Service in the bulletin. It will be the first Saturday of November.
~January: Cross display will be set up on the church lawn on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 after the 12:10 Mass.
Ross asked if there was anything different we wanted to do for the Roe v. Wade memorial? Dan suggested someone announcing that from the beginning of Mass until now, “x” number of people have been aborted.
  It was stated that the word "abortion" seems to have lost it's significance and that "murder" may be too harsh if children are present. The wording was discussed. Which word should we use? Murdered? Died? Had their lives taken? Maybe "slaughter" or something along those lines may be more appropriate.

John Geist suggested we contact the Archdioceses of Atlanta to see what materials they can provide for special occasions such as "Roe v Wade", "Respect For Life", Spiritual Adoption" etc. Ross will follow-up on this. 
As an addendum to our meeting, Laura has suggested that we publish something for early January 2017, which explains the significance of Roe v Wade, its origins and the impact it has had on this nation and the world. 

We were reminded that Mother Angelica said that God can’t bless the United States as long as abortion continues.
February (and August): Dan will put a reminder of the benefits and availability of the Choose Life license plates in the bulletin.
March: On the 25th we will have Rosaries before Mass for the Unborn Child and the Feast of the Annunciation.
April: Dan will set up the crib in the hall for the baby shower gifts to be given to the Crossroads Pregnancy Center.
May: On Mother’s Day weekend Roses for Life will be given out by the Knights of Columbus.
This is also the celebration of the birth of our spiritually adopted children. Dan will post the names of the parents and adopted children in the bulletin.
This is also the kickoff for the Baby Bottle Boomerang. We need someone to head up this project. If no one wants to take it on, Ross will again be the leader.  We discussed accountability of the bottles and decided that getting a name and phone number when passing out the bottles will help us get the bottles returned. This may take more people to quickly get the bottles passed out, as well as get the contact information.
June: On Father’s Day weekend Roses for Life will be given out by the Knights of Columbus and the baby bottles will be collected.
In 2016 the Baby Bottle Boomerang collected a total of $12,141.16 from 28 different organizations. Sacred Heart donated $3061.10 of that amount which means that we donated 25.2% of the total gifts! This is almost $750 more than last year!
August: Spiritual Adoption was discussed and Dan stated that we have approximately 40 Adoptive Parents this year. This is a little better than last year when we had approximately 30 but not as good as the first year when we had 70 or 80 adoptions.
Dan said he is going to investigate the possibility of setting up something on the web where people can sign in and adopt a child via the website. We also discussed how we could improve participation in the Spiritual Adoption program and whether or not we should continue giving our little presentations before Masses like we did this year. It was decided that we should continue doing our presentations but need to come up with new material.

Ross asked how we can do better and it was suggested that we contact the Archdioceses for suggestions/guidelines. Ross will assume this project.

Ross said that September 24th has been designated "Gold Star Mother's Day" and asked if we wanted to start praying the Rosary for the families of those who have given their lives for our freedom. It was recommended by John Geist and Dan Smith stated that it would be more appropriate to make this recommendation to the Knights of Columbus, as a Forth Degree project.

Laura stated that she saw a preview of a movie titled "Voiceless" and that it appeared to be a high impact movie that could well be worth viewing. This, and the other movies in our possession, may well be worth discussing with Deacon Cesar.

Our next meeting will be January 7th or 14th, Saturday at 3:30pm.


Sacred Heart-L.I.F.E. Team Meeting
July 9, 2016
Attendees:
Ross Martinez (Chairman)
Dan Smith (Public Information)
Renate Martinez
Michelle Brooks
JJ Arias
Dianna Rogers

The meeting opened with a prayer for guidance.
Ross stated we had a very productive meeting in April and addressed the presentations by Brendan Dudley, Director of Respect Life Ministries Archdiocese of Atlanta, and by Alyssa Lasseter and Brendan DePadua from FOCUS. Ross invited those who were not present at our last meeting to go to our website and read the minutes from our April 2nd meeting.

Ross expressed some disappointment with the results of the Baby Shower, stating that the crib was overflowing last year and this year the crib was, at best, half full. Even so, he expressed his appreciation to those who did contribute.

There was some discussion concerning the schedule for the Baby Shower and that maybe we should consider moving it so it coincides with the Baby Bottle Boomerang. Ross stated that the Baby Shower is scheduled to end close to the date that our Spiritually Adopted Babies are born (Mother’s Day). After some discussion, it was decided to table any changes to our current schedule till our October meeting.

Ross said he would like to have any Sacred Heart Decals left over should be turned in.

It was stated that 122 Baby Bottles had been handed out on Mother’s Day and that as of July 9th, only 65 had been returned. Dan advised that there has been an announcement in the Bulletin for the last few weeks. He will prepare another one that will hopefully be more visible.

Ross stated that he has purchased 250 Spiritual Adoption Pledge Cards and they are on hand. Various methods of distributing the cards were discussed. It was decided that we should have someone do a short one to two minute presentation after each Mass on the day the cards are handed out. Ross asked that each speaker speak of something personal rather than speaking of the mechanics of how Spiritual Adoption works. Ross will talk to Father about the speakers. Dan will prepare a notice for the Bulletin, to include a sample Pledge Card for the July 23/24 Bulletin. Cards will be handed out on July 30/31 and will be collected on August 6/7.

Ross asked Dan to run the “Choose Life” license plates ad during the month of August.

The month of October has been designated as “Respect Life” month. The L.I.F.E. Team will lead a Rosary before each Mass in honor of this celebration.

The Crossroads Pregnancy Center fundraiser will be held on October 6th (Thursday) this year. Ross said he would be the coordinator for the fundraiser and would also host a table. Dan and Michelle both volunteered to host a table. Ross will ask John Geist if he would like to host a table.

~Our next meeting will be October 1, 2016, Saturday at 3:30pm.


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
April 2, 2016
Attendees:
Ross and Renate Martinez
John Geist
Laura Pangia (Secretary)
Michelle and Lolly Brooks
JJ Arias
Special Guests:
Brendan De Padua, FOCUS member
Alyssa Lasseter, FOCUS member
Brendan Dudley, Archdiocesan Director of Life Ministries
~The meeting opened with prayer.
~Ross invited the FOCUS members to tell us about their ministry. Alyssa Lasseter spoke first, explaining that the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is there to help students lead their college lives in Christ and to create chains of believers to evangelize other college students. FOCUS members are available to students for prayer support, friendship and fellowship.
Brendan De Padua informed us that FOCUS began in 1998 in Steubenville, OH, and is supported by Scott Hahn and Ted Sri. At Georgia College, just as Jesus called the 12 Disciples and lived with them teaching them all that they would need, FOCUS members are called to imitate Christ in that way, modeling Jesus by investing their lives with the students they meet, letting them get to know Jesus by the example of their lives not by the number of people who attend college events. They form lasting relationships with students. They do this by “standing in the gap” (Ez. 22:30), and sharing “their very selves” (1 Thes. 2:8) with bible study, apologetics, sharing and explaining Church teaching, showing authentic Catholic masculinity and femininity, developing prayer lives and motivating people to live their Christian lives.
Brendan Dudley is the Director of Respect Life Ministries in the Atlanta Archdiocese, which he became in July 2015. The Diocese has 4 ministries of Life, Dignity and Justice, each having its own director. These directors collaborate on all aspects of life, from conception to natural death, with clothing drives, crisis pregnancy ministries, abortion, end of life issues, end of life planning, marriage and family issues, stem cell research and all manner of things pertaining to life issues. He told us of Joshua Bishop, who was recently executed and how he had come a long way in his Catholic life. The Life ministries of the Archdiocese work with college campuses, Catholic organizatio