April 17, 2019
"...Catholic parents, and Christian parents, are just pretty much petrified as to what they're watching happen in the culture and...you feel like you're just free-falling. You don't know what to do..." said Leila Miller, co-author of "Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues," in Part 1 of a two-part interview on Respect Life Radio.
The book addresses hot-button issues, including:
- Same-Sex "Marriage"
- Reproductive Technologies
- Transgender Identity
The Respect Life Office of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver also provides presentations at your parish, school or community group. This can be an introduction to the overall goal of the book — helping kids get to heaven — as well as giving you resources to address specific topics at age appropriate levels. Submit your request at respectlifedenver.org/madethisway
April 10, 2019
Maddie Haas of Colorado was a teenage freshman at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln when she found out she was unexpectedly pregnant. "For being so pro-life, the thought of abortion came into my head...for probably one minute," recalled Maddie. "It definitely came into my head [that] I could do this and no one in my family would even have to know that I was ever even pregnant."
"...Nothing can really prepare you, no matter how pro-life you are, or how Catholic you are, if you get in that moment."
An ultrasound revealed Maddie was nearly 20 weeks pregnant. "At that point, my question went from, 'Do I tell my parents?' to 'How do I tell them?'"
In this Respect Life Radio interview, Maddie Haas and her mother, Val, discuss the struggles and joys of the past six years and the gift of Maddie's daughter, Ellie Grace, now five years old.
See also this Denver Catholic story from 2014, "Pro-life teen tested by reality of own pregnancy."
April 2, 2019
"There's two stories involved here," said Ed Reinhardt Sr., referring to his son Eddie's traumatic brain injury in a 1984 college football game — and to "my relationship with my own father and then how it strangely, mysteriously, providentially connects with Ed's accident."
The Reinhardts are inspirational public speakers, addressing "the good that can come out of tragedy" and "the importance of the influence of parents in the family." Their story is told in the 2004 book, "You're OK, Kid!"
March 25, 2019
"That's why changing the culture right now is so important," said Emily Zinos, a mother of seven who leads Ask Me First Minnesota. "We have to remember our doctors, our endocrinologists, our surgeons, don't live in a bubble, right? They're living in a culture where these ideas are becoming popular. They're having more and more parents come in to ask questions or to make demands of them for these types of medical interventions. So the importance of speaking out isn't just about our public schools. But speaking out with our neighbors and our friends means that we're changing the culture one person at a time."
Click here for Part 1 of the Respect Life Radio interview with Emily Zinos.
March 6, 2019
“Our main mission is to provide dignified care to women and families," said — Senite Sahlezghi, Marisol Health Program Director in Lafayette, Colo. "The heart of the Marisol Health mission really is to meet that woman who is unexpectedly pregnant — and be able to provide her a wraparound supportive services network [with] dignified and qualified medical care, so that she may choose life and know that she is supported...”
February 25, 2019
In the second part from the Celebrate Life Rally and March, hear the McGarrity family, who are raising four children with Down syndrome in addition to four "typical" children; Elías Moo, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Denver; and event MC David Bereit, the co-founder of 40 Days for Life, who closed the rally with a prophetic story about Abraham Lincoln. The annual Celebrate Life Rally and March was held Jan. 12, 2019, beginning on the west steps of the Colorado state Capitol in Denver. (Part 2 of 2 parts.) For more on Celebrate Life, go to RespectLifeDenver.org.
February 19, 2019
The annual Celebrate Life Rally and March was held Jan. 12, 2019, beginning on the west steps of the Colorado state Capitol in Denver. David Bereit, the co-founder and former president of 40 Days for Life, was the emcee, introducing the Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Archbishop of Denver. Other speakers included Deacon Geoff Bennett of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver and Elizabeth Felix of Students for Life of America. (Part 1 of 2 parts.) For more on Celebrate Life, go to RespectLifeDenver.org.
February 14, 2019
Kinship is "a relative raising a relative's child," said Carrie Savage, manager of Kinship and Senior Services at Catholic Charities of Denver. "We most commonly see grandparents raising grandchildren, but we also have aunts and uncles, cousins (raising children). And they don't have to be blood-related. We can call them a psychological kin and they have a special relationship with the child; maybe a godparent would be an example of that. But most commonly, grandparents." For more, see the Kinship Caregiver Program at Catholic Charities, as well as Senior Care Services.