Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting
April 6, 2019
Attendees:
Ross Martinez
Renate Martinez
JJ Arias
Colum Lowery
Laura Pangia
We began the meeting with prayer and then discussed a wonderful letter from Melanie Moye thanking us for our cross display which we put up every January remembering the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in all 50 states. She generously included a check for $100 for us to use at our discretion to continue our work. We decided to give the check to the Knights of Columbus because they always fund our needs, spiritual adoption cards, a new banner, baby feet lapel pins, etc. This was a pleasant surprise and we will use her donation to continue raising awareness.
J

We also welcomed Colum Lowery. He explained to us that he and some other Campus Catholics were in the process of starting a Students for Life chapter at Georgia College. They are waiting for recognition from the Student Government Association (SGA). This recognition will give them standing and funding from SGA. They will be able to “table” and do other activities on the campus. One of their main goals is to educate college students about baby formation in the womb, options to unplanned pregnancies, other than abortion, and they will work closely with the Crossroads Pregnancy Center. They also hope to have a movie night and we mentioned that we have two life affirming movies that they may borrow.

Ross informed us that as of April 5, 2019, 244,570 abortions had taken place in the United States. What a travesty!
April 15th is the date we will set up the baby crib for the Baby Shower in the Flannery O’Connor Hall to collect baby gifts for our spiritually adoptive babies. These gifts will be donated to the Crossroads Pregnancy Center. Ross has been in touch with Dan Smith about this.

April 30th is the date when the Baby Bottle Boomerang will be announced in the bulletin.
The Baby Bottle Boomerang begins on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019. Volunteers will be needed to hand out bottles and write the name of the person who got which numbered bottle.

The spiritual adoption parents and children’s names will be printed in the bulletin for May 12th.
June 4th and 11th will have reminder announcements in the bulletin for people to return the bottles on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019. There will be a box at the back of the church in which parishioners may put their bottle.  Ross will contact the ushers about putting the box in a safe place after Mass is over.

Ross and Renate will count the amount collected when the bottles are returned in June.  This way we will know how much we collected before we turn these donations into the Crossroads Pregnancy Center.
The Knights of Columbus will be starting a new initiative to sponsor an expectant mother in need of assistance. Details about this will be forthcoming.

Ross has purchased baby feet lapel pins to hand out to spiritual adoptive parents/families when pledge cards are given. We have enough pledge cards for this year so no more need to be ordered.
The “Novena For Life” has been approved by Father Young as an annual event and will be included in our calendar each year. Though there was not a lot of attendance at the daily Masses this year, the Novena is still a great accomplishment and hopefully more people join us next year!
Michelle Brooks and Laura Pangia were specially commended by Ross for all the behind-the-scenes work they do! Special thanks and appreciation to them!
JJ brought up the fact that an abortion clinic which was scheduled to open in Macon did NOT happen! Colum informed us that the Mercer Students for Life group got together and prayed outside the location. The location is now the Kolbe Center, named after St. Maximilian Kolbe, and is there to assist women in crisis pregnancies. What a 180 degree shift!
JJ Arias brought it to our attention that the Crossroads Pregnancy Center needs volunteer nurses as they are the ones who can give life-saving ultrasounds. If you know a nurse, please let him or her know of this need.
Our next meeting is July 13, 2019 at 3:30pm in the Flannery O’Connor Hall.


Sacred Heart-LIFE Meeting

January 5, 2019
Attendees:
Ross Martinez
Judy Malachowski
John Geist
Michelle brooks
Laura Pangia

We began the meeting with prayer and then discussed the Novena for LIFE planned to begin January 19, 2019 at the Saturday Vigil Mass and to continue through January 27, 2019, closing at the 5:00pm Mass. Individuals have volunteered to lead the Rosary before each weekday Mass and some of the Sunday Masses with the Edge Students leading the Rosary at the 11:15am Sunday Masses and the Campus Catholics leading the Rosary at the 5:00pm Sunday Masses. The ushers of the Sunday Masses will be handing out “Prayer for Life” cards. Ross will act as usher at each of the weekday Masses. He will also speak to the knights at the Tuesday meeting about handing out the cards as well.
Each Rosary will begin with a short explanation of why we are praying this Rosary. Each introduction will include praying for a different aspect of life. Ross provided us with a list which includes the introduction and each day’s prayer intention, plus the name of the leader of the Rosary. John encouraged each of us to thank participants at the end of the Rosary. If people are unable to attend the Rosaries before Mass, then please say a Rosary for Life on your own. This is a project encouraged by the Knights of Columbus.
Ross did research to find the number of adoptions verses the number of abortions to place those numbers in the bulletin but there was inconsistent data depending on what source was used and the data was not timely. However he did find that the population of the USA is approximately 328,239,600 people. The number of abortions performed since 1973 is approximately 60,946,439. This means that approximately 18.5% of our population has been aborted.
He also found that as of January 2, 2019, there have been 4,450 abortions in the US this year! (2 days!)
Worldwide, the number of abortions since 1980, exceeds one trillion!!
In FY17, there were 271,833 adoptions in all age groups. According to the US Dept. of State the age break down is:
Under 1 year old: 95,420
1-2 years old: 95,682
2-4 years old: 27,944
5-12 years old: 41,318

Soon we will be observing the 46th year of the Roe v Wade decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states with our cross and banner display. Ross will request permission from City Hall. We will set up the crosses, banner and flags on January 19, 2019. A notice and explanation of our display will appear in the January 19/20, 2019 bulletin. The display will be on the lawn for a week and we will disassemble it on Monday, January 28, 2019.
Ross will ask Dan at the Tuesday Knights’ meeting about the small white Rosary booklets that he ordered and put in the back of the church. They disappeared quickly.

We discussed the 2019 calendar. John said how this calendar is so good. It has great events that keep Life Issues in the public eye, reminding parishioners and the public that life is a precious gift.
We are intending that our Novena for Life to be an annual event to be included in our calendar each year.
Michelle attended “A Room for a Baby” at Covenant Presbyterian Church. They raised over $2000 that evening to donate to the Crossroads Pregnancy Center. She felt it would have raised more and perhaps had more attendees had it been emphasized that it was a fundraiser for the crisis pregnancy center.
Our meetings for 2019 will be April 6, 2019; July 13, 2019 and October 5th is our last meeting in 2019. Please mark your calendars accordingly. All these meetings will be at 3:30pm.


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.
L
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.