According to the State of Michigan Department of Community Health, there were at least 23,366 abortions performed in Michigan in 2011. Each of these abortions is a tragedy; a life ended prematurely. In each case, a choice was made. Often that choice was the result of fear, a lack of information, a lack of resources, or a lack of knowledge.
Catholic Charities, through its Caring Network program, offers women life-affirming options on a daily basis. Each year, more than 400 women come through our doors, receiving help, hope, and support to welcome a new baby into the family. Staff work diligently to help each mother overcome fears and challenges and to gain the information and resources she needs to be well-prepared for motherhood. We help each mother make a choice to bring her child into the world, walking alongside them through trials and triumphs. These mothers and their families are not alone in their journey because they have come to Catholic Charities.
We could not do this foundational work — welcoming and serving young mothers and families with open arms — without the help out countless donors and volunteers. The end result of this labor of love is a beautiful, healthy baby. Ask any of our Caring Network staff or volunteers and they will tell you: there is no greater reward.
Catholic Charities cannot help but be grateful for all those in our community who join us in this work. That’s why we are so excited to celebrate just a few of those who have given their time and talents to support the sanctity of life at our Celebrate Life Luncheon. The event will take place at the Kalamazoo Country Club on April 18, 2013. At the event, Dr. Robin Pierucci will share stories of her amazing work. Some of those who have given their lives to the pro-life cause will be recognized and celebrated over delicious food and with heartwarming company. We encourage you to attend — and to help us as we determine who will receive our prestigious “Celebrate Life Awards.”
How can you be involved?
Please take a moment and think about those who best fit the following award categories.
- Sister Edna Outstanding Service Award — awarded to a person or group who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protecting the sanctity of life and serving others, either through volunteer service or paid work.
- Katherine Van Domelen Caring Network Volunteer Award — awarded to a person who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Caring Network program through volunteer service
- John W. Kavanaugh Physician Award — awarded to a physician who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the sanctity of life, especially to the unborn and babies
If an individual or group comes to mind, please consider nominating them! It’s easy to do — simply complete the two-page nomination form available on our website (click here) and submit it via e-mail, fax, or mail by March 8, 2013. What a wonderful way to recognize the efforts within our own circle of impact.
We have each been given gifts, talents, and callings. Please help us recognize those individuals who are called to this all-important task of walking alongside expectant and new mothers, helping them to make life-affirming choices. We may never know how many lives each has touched and even saved. Their work is a blessing and a labor of love. We look forward to receiving your nominations and seeing you at the Celebrate Life Luncheon.