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Here is a wonderful opportunity for my local community:

The Theology of the Body Evangelization Team and All Saints Catholic Church Present:

Theology of the Body: Reclaiming Authentic Masculinity and Femininity

Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 8:30AM to 6:00PM

All Saints Catholic School in Dallas (in the school gymnasium)
7777 Osage Plaza
Dallas Texas 75252

Breakfast and Lunch Provided and Vigil Mass Following
Please see our Flyer for more details.
See speaker bios and schedule here.

Cost:
$25.00 per adult
$20.00 per student (must show ID at door)

TOBET is a wonderful apostolate. Please see their Web site for more information about the conference and other topics.

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It’s almost August, which means… Lay Dominican retreat with Father Powell!  You don’t have to be a Dominican to come.  For that matter, you don’t even have to be Catholic (although it will be of most interest to Catholics).

Please note that this is by no means a “silent retreat”–that wouldn’t be very Dominican.  ;)  Our retreats are based on the Four Pillars of Dominican Life: Prayer, Study, Community, and Apostolate.

Father Powell is an excellent speaker.  I always get so much out of these annual retreats.  Here is the info.  You might want to check our Lay Dominican group’s site for updates.

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Day of Reflection for the Dominican Laity

“Putting Out into the Deep:  Catholic Laity and the New Evangelization”

Conferences given by Fr. Phillip Powell.

Saturday, August 6, 2011, 10:00am – 3:30pm

Gorman Lecture Center, University of Dallas, Irving, TX

All are invited. No registration required.

Parking available near Chapel of the Incarnation and outside of Gorman Hall

What to bring:   A notebook or laptop for notes, either a sack lunch or money for lunch on campus (cafeteria open, lunch cost about $6.50), and friends/spouses if you like!

Costs: Free. “Love offering” accepted toward financing Father’s continued studies

Agenda

10:00 – 10:15    Meet and greet, then begin 1st Decade of the Rosary
10:15 – 11:00     First Conference
11:00 – 12:30     Individual reflection time / Optional Mass / Lunch
12:30 –   1:15      2nd Decade of the Rosary, and Second Conference
1:15 –    1:45      Individual reflection time
1:45 –   2:30      3rd Decade of the Rosary, and Third Conference
2:30 –   2:45     4th Decade of the Rosary/ Break
2:45 –   3:15     Questions and Answer period/ wrap up
3:15 –    3:30     Fifth Decade of the Rosary and Blessing

I just purchased a ticket for the Orpheus Chamber Singers’ upcoming concert, Tenebrae: Music for Holy Week.  It will be on Saturday, 16 April, 8 PM, at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Dallas (my own beloved parish).

I have been to several Orpheus concerts, and they are always very splendid and soul-stirring affairs–especially when they are held within this sublime church.

I think that this concert will provide a very fine entrance into Holy Week.  And personally, I really need that this year!

I finally made it over to the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University to see their marvelous exhibition of some of the illuminated manuscripts that were taken from the Vatican to Toledo, Spain during Napoleon’s occupation of Rome.

What a blessing that these books–some of them from the early Middle Ages–were saved and preserved in all their original beauty and splendor!  The details, the colors, and the gold leafing were so vivid, almost as if the books were brand new.

The artistry and imagination that went into them is truly mind-blowing.  Part of the exhibition was a short film about how manuscripts were made–how animal skins were turned into vellum, how inks and quills were made and used, how the writing was done so neatly, how the books were bound and ornamented.  I can’t even imagine doing such work by hand.

Among many other things, I got to see an early 15th-century Dominican breviary, made for a community of nuns.  The illumination that was displayed included a little picture of St. Dominic handing books to some nuns.

If you are in or near Dallas, you really should visit the exhibition if you haven’t already!  It runs through April 23.  Click the banner for more info.

Matthew Warner has blogged about yesterday’s March for Life at National Catholic Register and at Fallible Blogma.  He includes some great photos and video.

In his Fallible Blogma post, he points out that there was a single, solitary counter-protester somewhere along the way.  I didn’t notice her.

Today was the Dallas March for Life/Roe v. Wade Memorial.  I didn’t go to the Rosary or the Mass, but just to the march and the rally.  I got to the cathedral before the Mass was over, and the plaza in front of the cathedral was already jam-packed!  I don’t know if we reached our goal of 10,000 participants, but there sure was a crowd in any case!

I somehow managed to find Julie and her husband, which made me happy–it’s sort of been a tradition for me to attend the march with them.  I saw plenty of other folks from our parish, and saw one of my Lay Dominican sisters in the crowd.  We happened to walk beside this lovely lady, Mrs. Terry Jenkins, who was talking about how she and her husband had gone to jail before for protesting against abortion.  Julie struck up a conversation with her and learned that she has been a pro-life activist since Roe v. Wade came about.  I wish I could have listened in more on her stories, but I was so pitifully hard of hearing, especially in the middle of the crowd and noise.  One thing I could tell very easily was that she was so delighted to see the young people taking up the standard and ensuring that the cause will be carried forward.  And it was a wonderful privilege for me to meet somebody who helped get the cause started.

Here’s a photo of me, Mrs. Jenkins, and Julie after the rally (thanks to Julie’s husband, Tom for taking it).  I call this one “Ladies on Crusade”!

The signs were being handed out by one of the other marchers.  They were made by the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which seems like a very good Christian campaign against abortion.  From their Web site:

Silent No More Awareness is a Campaign whereby Christians make the public aware of the devastation abortion brings to women and men. The campaign seeks to expose and heal the secrecy and silence surrounding the emotional and physical pain of abortion.

The Campaign is a project of Priests for Life and Anglicans for Life.

I have to say, though, one of my favorite signs of the day was this one:

I like the little baby with the cowboy hat.  And for those of you unfamiliar with Texas, the slogan is a play on the state’s iconic anti-littering slogan, “Don’t Mess with Texas.”

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get too many good photos this year–partly because the crowd was so huge and there weren’t really any good vantage points–and I’m not going to complain about that!  I’m sure that the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of Dallas will be posting some photos soon.

Read Julie’s account of the day too.

Here is my post from last year.

Like my friend Julie, I just remembered that the annual Dallas march for life is this month.  In fact, it’s one week from today!

This will be my third march, and I am very excited about it.  It’s been such a powerful experience, a true blessing.  Last year, it was twice as big as the first march I attended, and hopefully this year will be twice as big again–10,000 people! With a million Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas, and countless other pro-life advocates, it could definitely happen.

You can find more info at the Catholic Pro-life Committee of Dallas.  If you live around here, please come, and invite others to join you.

If you don’t care to attend all the events, please at least come out for the march to the court house.  The walk itself is easy, but what a testimony it gives!

I always find it both a sorrowful and a joyful event.  Sorrowful for what it commemorates: the legalization of a horrible injustice… so many millions of lives lost or damaged.  But joyful in that it shows such solidarity and hope.  We may not be able to do anything for the victims of yesterday.  But we can still try to bring about a better tomorrow.  And none of us is alone in that striving.

I got up bright and early this morning to head out to my childhood parish to hear some talks by Mark Shea.  It was a great time!  Mr. Shea is awesomely knowledgeable and entertaining, and a very nice gent!  You must go see him if you get a chance–or invite him to your parish!

I also got to see Julie and Tom and Mark Windsor.

After that, I caught Mass at my home parish.

I’m sort of tired out!

These excellent photos are not mine, they are from the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of Dallas.  They have 60 posted so far, and will probably be posting even more.  Here are just a few that I liked:

These youth were full of vitality, early on a Saturday morning:

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The Knights of Columbus in colorful array, waiting to escort the clergy into the cathedral for Mass:

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The procession begins:

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Our good shepherd, Bishop Kevin Farrell:

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Our cathedral isn’t exactly… huge.  But it is very beautiful, and a deeply peaceful and spiritual place.  OH, and I just realized that both Julie and I were wearing light “Marian” blue sweaters!  You can see us toward the lower left.

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The representatives in the Procession of Roses.  The basket of roses is held by an expecting mother, representing 2009, at center:

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The ecumenical rally beside the cathedral.  The crowd was huge.  I was standing all the way around on the other side of the cathedral–and it was crowded there too.  We couldn’t hear the speeches; hopefully they will have more loudspeakers next year.

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The march, led by Bishop Farrell and other pro-life leaders, turns onto Griffin St.  One of the highlights of the march was turning the corner and seeing the crowd stretching all the way back along Ross Ave.

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The courthouse at last.  We were toward the far end of the block.  Hopefully, there will be additional loudspeakers there too!

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Here are some photos I snapped as the marchers for life arrived at the federal court house where Roe v. Wade was filed.

The march stretched for blocks:

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It is always great to see priests out on the front lines.  There were several in the crowd of marchers, such as our Vicar for Clergy, who is walking down the sidewalk:

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I believe this is our local FSSP chaplain, standing at center here, dressed in a cassock:

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There were sisters too:

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Some of the many young people:

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You can see more of my photos here. Hopefully, the Pro-Life Committee will post some soon.

Related Post:

Dallas Roe Memorial events – a narrative account of the day

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