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NEWTON -- St. Thomas the Apostle, Newton hosted the July Prayer Vigil for Life. Pastor Fr. Dean Probst celebrated the 6:30 p.m. mass.

At the business meeting it was announced that the Crossroads Walkers were to be in Effingham on July 18. They started walking May 21 and their destination is Washington D.C. Their mission is to offer up all their prayers and sacrifices for an end to abortion. They were to be serving dinner for the walkers and host families were to be giving them a good night’s rest in their homes.

The Diocesan Office for Pro-Life Activities will be hosting a Conference on Aging on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Cathedral in Springfield. Speakers representing Senior Sidekicks, Catholic Conference of IL and Catholic Charities will be covering end of life issues and the resources available for senior care. Registration fee is $10. RSVP required by Aug. 12; form is located at www.dio.org/plasm/events.html.

It was reported that the DC Death with Dignity Act that was passed in March was overturned by the US House Committee on Appropriations. This will prohibit funds for assisted suicide in the District of Columbia. In Missouri the state legislature has introduced an abortion safety bill that would make it a misdemeanor crime for abortion clinic workers to interfere with medical assistance by asking ambulances to run with no lights and no sirens.

Letters were sent to Gov. Rauner asking him to keep his promise to veto HB 40 (taxpayer funding of abortion) and to veto HB 1785. Governor Rauner must act to veto HB 1875 by August 28 or it will automatically become law. 

Refreshments were provided by St. Thomas Angels. The next Prayer Vigil for Life will be at St. Mary, Shumway on Aug. 21.

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