TEUTOPOLIS -- St. Francis parish, Teutopolis hosted the January Prayer Vigil for Life. Fr. Joe Carlos celebrated the 7 p.m. mass assisted by Altar Servers Issac Vahling and Colin and Mitch Bergfeld. Lector was Herman Brummer and Gift Bearers were Jake and Kate Pruemer and family. Prior to mass Angie Esker led all present in praying the Most Holy Rosary for an end to abortion and the legal protection of unborn children.

Liz Kremer reported at the business meeting that 958 meals were served at the annual Right to Life Breakfast. Proceeds from the breakfast are used for educational purposes, local crisis pregnancy centers and the sponsorship of students who attend the March for Life in Washington D.C. There were over 100 local marchers from our area. President Trump addressed the marchers in Washington.

While in Washington for the March for Life Valerie Kemme was able to secure an interview with Teresa Tomeo of EWTN to talk about the Window to the Womb program at St. Anthony. This program allows high school students an opportunity to see the development of life while in the womb.

Letters were sent to Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth asking for their support of three pro-life bills: Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and Heartbeat Protection Act.

Broadway for Life, a fundraiser for the local crisis pregnancy center will be Saturday, Feb 10. at the Carriage House in Altamont. Dinner-Theatre tickets are $25 and are available from the Family Life Center, 605 Eden Ave., Effingham, 217-342-5433.

The Next Prayer Vigil for Life will be at St. Mary, Neoga on Feb 19.

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