Be part of the miracle to end abortion

Staffers at Lighthouse Women’s Center, a licensed medical facility at 3894 Olive St. regularly get to be part of events bordering on the miraculous.

Located in the shadow of Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains, the second largest abortion clinic in the country, by offering pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, medical care and counseling, Lighthouse provides an alternative to women considering abortion. Now just over a year into their ministry, they are broadening their scope in hopes of more effectively serving women and their families.

“We’ve realized to care for these women properly we have to switch the focus,” explained Lynn Grandon, executive director, and program director for Respect Life Resources of Catholic Charities of the Denver Archdiocese. “We have to care not only for the baby, but for the mother, and perhaps a father, and sometimes siblings. They all need care in significant ways.”

To address these needs, Lighthouse is expanding beyond medical services to include all women’s services offered by Charities such as: long-term case management, emergency housing, help in domestic violence situations, adoption services, foster care, child care, food assistance and additional counseling services.

“We ask: ‘What do you need?’” Grandon said. “Then if we help them, they don’t have to take the route of abortion.

“It’s a more comprehensive approach to end abortion.”

The third annual Beacon of Hope benefitting Lighthouse, and now also benefitting women’s services of Charities, is set for March 8 at Wings Over the Rockies at the site of the former Lowry Air Force Base.

It will begin at 4 p.m. with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Samuel Aquila at Church of the Risen Christ, then moves to the Wings Over the Rockies for an open bar, silent auction, dinner and a keynote address by abortion survivor and inspiration for the major motion picture “October Baby,” Gianna Jessen. (For more on Jessen, see story in Feb. 12 Denver Catholic Register.)

“What we really have to do is broaden the Denver Catholic community’s awareness of how to effectively end abortion,” Grandon said.

“(Lighthouse) has been pioneering effort and I believe we’ve done things God’s way,” she continued. “It’s bearing great fruit already. We have to continue to trust in God and he will continue to bless it.”

Tickets for the gala are $125 each and can be purchased at Wings Over the Rockies is located at 7711 E. Academy Blvd.

A Beacon of Hope Gala for Lighthouse and Women’s Services

When: March 8
Mass: 4 p.m. with Archbishop Aquila at Risen Christ Church, 3060 S. Monaco Parkway
Dinner and gala: 5:30 p.m. at Wings Over the Rockies, 7711 E. Academy Blvd.
Speaker: Gianna Jessen, abortion survivor, inspiration for “October Baby”
Tickets: $125
More information: Call 720-377-1383

COMING UP: Q&A: USCCB clarifies intent behind bishops’ Eucharist document

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Last week, the U.S. bishop concluded their annual Spring meeting, during which much about the Church in the U.S was discussed. In particular, the bishops voted to draft a document on the meaning of Eucharistic life in the Church, which was approved by an overwhelming majority.

Since then, speculation about the nature of the document has run rampant, the chief of which is that it was drafted specifically to instigate a policy aimed directly at Catholic politicians and public figures whose outward political expressions and policy enactment do not align with Church teaching.

The USCCB has issued a brief Q&A clarifying the intent of the document, and they have emphasized that “the question of whether or not to deny any individual or groups Holy Communion was not on the ballot.”

“The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life,” the USCCB said. “The importance of nurturing an ever
deeper understanding of the beauty and mystery of the Eucharist in our lives is not a new topic for the bishops. The document being drafted is not meant to be disciplinary in nature, nor is it targeted at any one individual or class of persons. It will include a section on the Church’s teaching on the responsibility of every Catholic, including bishops, to live in accordance with the truth, goodness and beauty of the Eucharist we celebrate.”

Below are a few commonly asked questions about last week’s meeting and the document on the Eucharist.

Why are the bishops doing this now?

For some time now, a major concern of the bishops has been the declining belief and understanding of the Eucharist among the Catholic faithful. This was a deep enough concern that the theme of the bishops’ strategic plan for 2021-2024 is Created Anew by the Body and Blood of Christ: Source of Our Healing and Hope. This important document on the Eucharist will serve as a foundation for the multi-year Eucharistic Revival Project, a major national effort to reignite Eucharistic faith in our country. It was clear from the intensity and passion expressed in the individual interventions made by the bishops during last week’s meeting that each bishop deeply loves the Eucharist.

Did the bishops vote to ban politicians from receiving Holy Communion?

No, this was not up for vote or debate. The bishops made no decision about barring anyone from receiving Holy Communion. Each Catholic — regardless of whether they hold public office or not — is called to continual conversion, and the U.S. bishops have repeatedly emphasized the obligation of all Catholics to support human life and dignity and other fundamental principles of Catholic moral and social teaching.

Are the bishops going to issue a national policy on withholding Communion from politicians?

No. There will be no national policy on withholding Communion from politicians. The intent is to present a clear understanding of the Church’s teachings to bring heightened awareness among the faithful of how the Eucharist can transform our lives and bring us closer to our creator and the life he wants for us.

Did the Vatican tell the bishops not to move forward on drafting the document?

No. The Holy See did encourage the bishops to engage in dialogue and broad consultation. Last week’s meeting was the first part of that process. It is important to note that collaboration and consultation among the bishops will be key in the drafting of this document.

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