Thanks to 3 volunteers from the University cell of the Knights of St Columba who came over last week to help us check, clean and assemble cots to be given to families we help. The Knights of St Columba are always supportive of us and we enjoy seeing them at our monthly Pro-Life Masses.
Last week American President Donald Trump, accompanied by religious leaders, announced a National Day of Prayer and signed an executive order to repeal the Johnson amendment, with the purpose of promoting religious liberty and free speech. The Johnson amendment had removed not-for profit organisations’ tax exemption if they expressed political opinions. He also commended the Little Sisters of the Poor in standing up for their beliefs, when the government under President Obama had wanted the Sisters to pay for medical insurance that provided contraception and abortion. A video of President Trump’s speech in the Rose Garden at the White House can be viewed here:
Thanks so much for all your support. Over the months of March and April, your donations have been used to support 93 vulnerable families.
We have been blessed to have many individuals coming to the door to donate baby equipment they are no longer in need of. Before Easter, the Knights of St Columba (Council 8, Clydebank) donated Easter eggs and we were able to redistribute these. In April we also had a visit from Fr Michael John, parish priest of St James’ Church in St Andrews, who drove over to Glasgow with a van full of items that had been donated by his parishioners.
Items that we are in need of currently are:
Ikea bags – the big blue ones (we use these to package clothing that we give out)
Baby boy outfits for aged 0-3 months (please only donate clean laundered clothing and clearly label the bag ‘BOY 0-3 MONTHS’)
On this the day of the Lord’s Resurrection, we celebrate the new life that Jesus gives us. We may struggle in life, we may have sufferings, we may make mistakes, we may feel discouraged. There’s not a feeling that we experience that Jesus didn’t live through himself. Let us remember that Jesus has done away with our sins in his death on the cross. He lived, died and rose from the dead for us – this life on earth is only the start of an eternity with God. Death can have no power over us ultimately. Alleluia! May God bless you all.
Today, 9th March 2017, marks the 20th anniversary of the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative. We fondly remember and thank God for Cardinal Winning, whose vision and bold faith started the Pro-Life Initiative.
20 years ago today, Cardinal Winning made his prophetic announcement offering help to pregnant women :
“Whatever worries or cares you may have…we will help you.
If you need pregnancy testing or counselling…we will help you.
If you want help to cope with raising the baby on your own… we will help you.
If you want to discuss adoption of your unborn child…we will help you.
If you need financial assistance, or help with equipment for your baby and feel financial pressures will force you to have an abortion…we
will help you.
If you cannot face your family, or if pressure in your local area is making you consider abortion, come to us, we will help find you somewhere
to have your baby surrounded by support and encouragement…we will help you.
And finally, if you have had an abortion. If you are torn apart with guilt, if your relationship has split up because of abortion, if you are
suffering from post abortion stress – come to us… we will help you.
This invitation, I repeat, is open to all. Irrespective of age, creed or colour.”
His invitation remains the same, 20 years later.
We thank God for all the lives we’ve been able to help save and the many more we’ve supported.
We thank all of you for all your support over the years. With the donations you’ve given and the time you’ve offered. We appreciate it greatly.
We hope we won’t be needed in another 20 years as abortion will be unthinkable. Continue your compassion for crisis pregnancy situations. Continue your compassion for post abortive women and men. And continue to help us to help them.
In the words of the late, great Cardinal,
“Your efforts may sometimes seem to go unrewarded, but you can be sure that slowly and surely you are having an effect.”
All at the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative.
HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood (as distinct from the ‘priesthood of all believers’) for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ’s authority and command, in exactly the same way. The Last Supper was also Christ’s farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again.
On Holy Thursday there is a special Mass in Cathedral Churches, attended by as many priests of the diocese as can attend, because it is a solemn observance of Christ’s institution of the priesthood. At this ‘Chrism Mass’ the bishop blesses the Oil of Chrism used for Baptism and Confirmation. The bishop may wash the feet of twelve of the priests, to symbolize Christ’s washing the feet of his Apostles, the first priests.
The Holy Thursday liturgy, celebrated in the evening because Passover began at sundown, also shows both the worth God ascribes to the humility of service, and the need for cleansing with water (a symbol of baptism) in the Mandatum, or washing in Jesus’ washing the feet of His disciples, and in the priest’s stripping and washing of the altar. Cleansing, in fact, gave this day of Holy Week the name Maundy Thursday.
The action of the Church on this night also witnesses to the Church’s esteem for Christ’s Body present in the consecrated Host in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, carried in solemn procession to the flower-bedecked Altar of Repose, where it will remain ‘entombed’ until the communion service on Good Friday. No Mass will be celebrated again in the Church until the Easter Vigil proclaims the Resurrection.
And finally, there is the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by the people during the night, just as the disciples stayed with the Lord during His agony on the Mount of Olives before the betrayal by Judas.
This story has been circulating on the internet and is truly amazing from so many view points. For us it shows clearly (if we didn’t already know!), that a mother has such a strong bond and connection with her baby that she has carried in her womb that the sound of her baby’s cry is strong enough to bring this mother out of a coma. Wow!
“As the night comes to a close, I reflect on my day and how different it was than at the same time a year ago. What a difference a year makes! Last year I was fighting for my life, and this year I have a 1 year old who is thriving, and I am back in nursing school doing what I love. Satan tried to take me down, but thanks to our mighty God and all of you amazing prayer warriors, what could have been an end to my life has just been a bump in the road on my journey! Can’t wait to discover what God has planned for my life, and to just enjoy the ride on the way there!”
CONCORD, N.C. — A North Carolina mother who went into a coma after childbirth woke up after hearing her baby cry.
Shelly Cawley, 23, told WCNC that she remembers crying in her hospital room because she was scared that she was not going to wake up after having an emergency C-section.
“Which is kind of eerie to look back on because I was right.” Shelly said.
During the surgery, a blood clot broke loose and she went into a coma.
“She had a lot of fluid in her lungs, they were having trouble getting oxygen to her brain, they were having trouble with her blood pressure up.” Shelly’s husband, Jeremy Cawley, said. “And it just seemed as if she was done fighting.”
After the new mother was in a coma for a week, the nursing staff came up with a great idea.
“We knew skin to skin contact is very beneficial to an infant, so we thought why not try it for a mom,” Staff Nurse Ashley Manus told WCNC.
Jeremy put their baby daughter, Rylan, on Shelly.
When Rylan eventually started crying, doctors saw a spike in Shelly’s vitals.
“They say they saw a spike in my vitals when she did cry,” Shelly told FOX46. “They think that me hearing her subconsciously gave my body and my subconscious a reason to fight. That I still needed to be there for my baby.”
A few days later Shelly woke up. Shelly Cawley with husband Jeremy and daughter Rylan a year after her crying baby helped wake her from a coma. (Photo: Facebook/Shelly Ann Cawley)
A year after her newborn daughter helped wake her from a coma, a North Carolina mom is celebrating how far they both have come.
Last September, Shelly Cawley went into labor and had to undergo an emergency C-section. “I clearly remember lying on the stretcher to take me back to the operating room, and I was crying. I was telling the doctors I was scared that I wasn’t going to wake up from my surgery,” she told WCNC.
Shelly’s fear almost came true. Though doctors delivered a healthy baby girl, a blood clot broke loose during Shelly’s surgery and sent the new mom into a coma. Hours later, she still hadn’t woken up. “The doctors had done all they could, and it was clear they absolutely thought they were losing her at this point,” Jeremy Cawley, Shelly’s husband, told People.
But a nurse at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast, where Shelly was being treated, had one final idea. “We’re a big proponent of skin-to-skin [contact]. We believe it has great benefits for the mom and the baby, and we just thought it can’t hurt, might as well give it a try,” nurse Ashley Manus told People. “I was hoping somewhere deep down Shelly was still there and could feel her baby, hear her baby, and her mother’s instincts would come out and she would realize,
Shelly’s fight wasn’t over, but the sound of her baby’s voice started her recovery. “It was the crying that got Shelly going again, got her fighting again,” Jeremy told People. “I got my wife back.”
A week later, Shelly came out of her coma completely and was, ultimately, fine. Today and she and Rylan are healthy and happy. Last week, the Cawley family celebrated Rylan’s first birthday, and Shelly posted a “then and now” photo to Facebook, celebrating how far she and her daughter have come. “As the night comes to a close, I reflect on my day and how different it was than at the same time a year ago. What a difference a year makes! Last year I was fighting for my life, and this year I have a 1 year old who is thriving, and I am back in nursing school doing what I love,” she wrote. “Can’t wait to discover what God has planned for my life, and to just enjoy the ride on the way there!”