Monday, December 7, 2009

National Night of Prayer for Life

Mrs. B sent this to the parents in the St. Therese parish, but some of the older members of Y-LIFE might be able to participate, or you can tell your parents about it:

 It was on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception that Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas and the unborn, first appeared to St. Juan Diego.  The National Night of Prayer bridges these two feasts to honor our Blessed Mother and to pray for the protection of all human life.  Please consider  joining the St. Therese Respect Life Group in our parish chapel from 9p.m. on December 8th and continuing through to1a.m. December 9th.  During the Hour of Unity (12p.m.-1a.m. EST) we will be united with churches across the country in prayer to end abortion and in reparation for all sins against the Gospel of Life.  Please spread the word about this opportunity and plan to spend at least a short time with us.

St. Therese Church
120 West Granby Road
Granby, CT

The chapel is in the parish hall behind the church.
If you have any questions feel free to respond to this email or check out:

Friday, December 4, 2009

Last Month to Sign Petition for the Unborn Child and the Family

Sorry it has been so long since we've posted to this blog.  It's been very busy with the Christmas Bazaar, a small craft fair and the Family Institute of Connecticut's 20th Anniversary Banquet.  A bunch of us went, and the keynote speaker was Austin Ruse of C-FAM at the United Nations.  C-FAM is the only pro-life, pro-family NGO at the UN and we need to get this link to everyone who reads this blog:  Petition for the Unborn Child and the Family.  Please, please take a little time and fill this out.  It's super quick, and they need to get a million signatures in a couple weeks.  They have over 300,000 more signatures to obtain, but if everyone makes an effort, we can do it.  What a nice birthday gift for the Infant Savior.  A huge thank-you to Joseph H. of iFIC, (FIC Youth Wing) for getting this to us!

Mr. Ruse is the president of C-FAM, and is an amazing speaker.  He was clear and presented to us the impact a few people can have ... for the bad.  He was speaking of a treaty called the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which is overseen by a committee of private citizens, answerable to no one but themselves, who quietly and relentlessly use deceit and raw power to promote "reproductive freedom" as a human right for women.  Columbia is one country which has caved to the deceit ...  this committee advised them that they are non-compliant with international law regarding reproductive freedom, so Columbia, based on this lie, changed their laws restricting abortion.  This is just one example.  Go here to read more about this frightening strategy.

Okay, the blog is back on.  Blessed First Week of Advent to all, and we won't be strangers anymore!  One of our bloggers, Timothy J., is going to be posting a paper he wrote in installments, so keep an eye out for that.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

St. Gerard's Center Ultrasound Project - Coming Into the Home Stretch!

Here are a couple of links to an interview that Jim Vicevich did on "Sound Off Connecticut" on 1080 WTIC AM radio.  Mr. Vicevich interviewed Dr. Theresa Krankowski of St. Gerard's Center for Life and Mike Klinger of the Knights of Columbus about this project for which Y-LIFE has

raised over $11,000.  We are so happy about this - it will be a year in January when our parent advisors ran into Dr. Theresa at the Mass honoring the conversion of St. Paul at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hartford.  At the time we were raising money for a pro-life billboard along I-91 when we realized that what Dr. Theresa was proposing is actually a living bill-board that shows the beautiful baby to the person the message must reach -- the baby's mother. The picture at left is of a 12-week-old unborn baby.  At our next Y-LIFE meeting, we voted and the money we had already collected got re-purposed and the fundraising started in earnest.

Dr. Theresa still needs money for operating expenses, so if you have a stamp, an envelope and a checkbook, please send a check payable to St. Gerard's Center for Life to:
St. Gerard's Center for Life
433 Silas Dean Hwy., 1st floor
Wethersfield, CT 06109

 Donations to St. Gerard's are tax deductible.  Here are the links to the interview on 'TIC ... enjoy!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Next year's Conference ... early stages

Ella B. writes:
Fellow Y-Lifers and Friends,

We had an awesome Y-LIFE meeting Sunday. Seminarian Scott McKee was our special guest.  We discussed the Y-LIFE conference and how we can improve it for next year. We are hoping to get Father Tad Pacholczyk from the National Catholic Bioethics Center to be the keynote speaker at the next conference. It is tentatively scheduled for September 2010.

Some Y-LIFE members are going to pray in front of the abortion mill in Hartford this Tuesday (Oct. 27) from 6-7am. Anyone interested in joining us is welcome.

The Y-LIFE Christmas Bazaar on November 13th and 14th will take the place of the mid-November Y-LIFE meeting. Anyone interested in making anything for the Bazaar or who would like to volunteer, please contact us:
This event takes place in the St Therese Church parish hall, 120 West Granby Road in Granby, CT. The proceed this year will go to benefit the American Legion Welfare Fund for the Shannon-Shattuck Post 182.  This fund enables the Legion to help elderly disabled vets with home heating oil, food and small construction projects like wheelchair ramps.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Y-LIFE Now to Meet Twice a Month ...

Ella B. writes:

Fellow Y-Lifers and Friends,

We had our monthly Y-LIFE meeting on October 11. It was decided that we will now meet twice a month. We will have a meeting every last Sunday at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. The location of the additional meeting will probably be mid-month at a Y-LIFE member's home. This Sunday, October 25, is the last Sunday of the month. We will have the Y-LIFE meeting at Holy Apostles College at 4:00 pm in St Peter's Hall. We always welcome new members!

If you plan to attend this meeting, please respond to this e-mail:  

In place of the mid-November meeting we will be having our 2nd Annual Christmas Bazaar. This year it benefits the Shannon-Shattuck Post 182 American Legion Welfare Fund to assist disabled vets with things like heating oil and small construction projects such as wheelchair ramps.  The Bazaar will be held right after Veteran's Day on Nov. 13th and 14th at St.Therese Church. If you want more info or would like to volunteer a couple of hours, let me know. We could use your help!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Monthly Y-LIFE Meeting at Holy Apostles .... YOU are welcome!

 Y-LIFE Pro-Life Youth Group Meeting
4:00 PM, Sunday, October 11, 2009
St. Peter's Hall
Holy Apostles College and Seminary
Cromwell, Connecticut

We will be discussing the Conference, and how we could have improved it. We will also do some planning for our upcoming Christmas Bazaar. We always welcome new membership and ideas.  We also welcome anyone wanting to start a group of their own who would like to come and see how ours works.  For more information, email us at:
or call 860.844.8483 or 860.738.4371.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

1st Annual Y-LIFE Pro-Life Youth Conference - One for the Books!

First a HUGE thank-you to Father Mosey and everyone at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. The seminarians are so humble and no one will take credit for anything. They all declare, “It’s a group effort.” We would, however, like to extend a special thank you to the Holy Apostles Life League (HALL), especially the terrific trio Scott McKee, Deacon John Trambley and Tim O’Hagen. Way back in the early spring they came up to Enfield to one of our meetings, and the next thing we knew, the Conference was shaping up into a reality.  For pre-Conference funding, we owe a big thank you to those who placed ads in our program booklet (see sidebar) ... there were not many of you, but what was lacking in quantity was more than made up for in quality.   Thank you, thank you!

In addition, we want to thank Fr. Greg Galvin, the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Norwich, for celebrating Mass and Fr. Sam Fuller, from St. Pius X in Middletown, for concelebrating. The Mass was really beautiful, the homily was more than edifying and in keeping with just about every issue covered in the day’s sessions (and those seminarians and students at Holy Apostles sure can chant! To have the ancient music of the Church washing over us was so haunting, a reminder that we are, after all, pilgrims …)

The pizza from No Anchovies in Cromwell for lunch was very good (Thank you, Connecticut Right to Life, for shelling out for the pizza!) and Holy Apostles supplied a salad bar and drinks. The food service and maintenance workers at Holy Apostles were just as nice as they could be, beyond kind to us! Usually when an institution gets a large influx of strangers in for the day, the staff can be a bit crabby. Not these folks … they could not have done enough for us.  During lunch, we heard from our own Ella Beckman, who gave a short talk on Y-LIFE, Mary Lou Peters who spoke about the 40 Days for Life, Bill O'Brien from Connecticut Right to Life Corporation, Jeremiah Rankin, Executive Director of iFIC, the youth wing of the Family Institute of Connecticut, Chris D'Amore, representing St. Gerard's Center for Life and Brother Michael, speaking on behalf of Holy Apostles LIfe League, particularly those who pray at Hartford Gyn on Saturdays and then come back to Holy Apostles for a Holy Hour.  Thank you to all of you for taking time out of your day to come and talk to us.  It is really amazing how much good is going on in the pro-life movement on so many levels, and how many chances there are for involvement.

Next, we want to thank our speakers.  Please see their links on the sidebar. Sean Forrest livened up the Conference participants and gave us a lot to think about going into the break-out sessions. Sister Nancy Piecewicz’s presentation on Euthanasia was excellent, full of history and chilling statistics that either held us captivated or had us busily scrawling notes. Her love and respect for the elderly she works with was palpable, making this talk more than poignant. Mike Barnett of ALL was inspiring and practical at the same time and had young people streaming out of his session brimming over with ideas on how to either start or jumpstart a youth or campus pro-life group. Deacon John Trambley armed the attendees at his session with the truth about stem-cell research, so when the inevitable know-it-all says the equally inevitable, “The Church is against stem cell research,” those who attended Deacon John’s session will not be standing there befuddled and unable to correct the present outbreak of “soundbiteitis,” which is rife and cannot be cured by coughing into your elbow. The second breakout session included talks by attorneys Brian Hoeing and Cal Anderson on how abortion is the civil rights issue of our day, essentially clearing away the defensive posture that many pro-lifers take when pro-abortion folk get in their faces about “a woman’s right to choose” … abortion is no less than the marginalization of a whole class of human beings in order to deny them their rights, and it doesn’t end with the preborn … the slippery slope is fast becoming a rocky abyss, if it hasn’t already. Fr. Reggie Norman took the hard truth about abortion in the black community and laid it out for a mostly white audience, and it brought up the uncomfortable reality that a lot of goodhearted people are clueless about how to reach women who are convinced that they cannot trust anyone:  persons, organizations or institutions. The fact that there are 3000 black children in the system here in Connecticut waiting for adoption is pretty scandalous, and his talk gave us a lot to think about. His solution: “You have to see Christ in everyone. No matter what.” He also told us to keep praying outside the abortion mills and to give, when asked, a reason for the hope in us. And for heaven’s sake … learn the Bible! Many black people come from a strong Bible tradition and don’t suffer Bible dummies gladly. And finally, Nicole Peck and the Missionaries for Life brought home the fact that this culture with abortion on demand and all the things that lead up to abortion is bad for women, bad for men and bad for children. Women are no longer willing to shut up and get on with their lives, acting like abortion is like any other medical procedure. A lot of women are coming to realize that a lifestyle that requires killing their unborn children for its existence was never good for women, and ends up destroying love which ruins the surrounding culture.

The day ended with a Holy Hour which included the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and an opportunity for the attendees to go to Confession.

Y-Life would also like to thank all the attendees … giving up a gorgeous last Saturday in September to participate in the Conference was a sacrifice in and of itself. We hope you took away a lot of useful information and comfort in knowing that there are many people out there working to end the culture of death and bring forth that culture of life and love that our suffering world yearns for. Attendees included young people and youth or campus group advisors from: the University of Hartford Catholic Campus Ministry, Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, St. Augustine Church in North Branford, Magdalen College in Warner, New Hampshire, St. Pius X Church in Middletown, Mercy High School in Middletown, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, St. Therese Church in Granby, The Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic, St. Francis of Assisi in Naugatuck, the Connecticut Right to Life Corportation and of course, Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell.

Last, but in no way, shape or form, least, we would like to thank Our Blessed Mother who did not "leave us unaided."  Thank you, Mother Mary, for your prayers on our behalf.

To end this pretty long posting, we are going to steal a quote from the foundress of the Sisters of Charity (these are the Sisters who run the Academy of the Holy Family), Mother Marie Alma, because it applies to our excellent presenters and speakers:
"We have no time to lose because today is shaping tomorrow and our most precious heritage is our youth and - you know the promise: 'those who instruct others unto justice will shine as stars for all eternity.' (Dan 12:3)"

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or comment on the blog itself. Comments do not show up right away, but they get published after we view them. We censor only obscenities and ad hominem attacks, everything else gets published.

May God, the Author of LIFE keep us all, and God willing, we'll see you all again at the 2nd Annual Y-LIFE Pro-Life Youth Conference in 2010 (if not before during the 40 Days for Life, the CRLC banquet Oct.24, the Janet Smith talk Nov. 21, praying out in front of one of the abortion mills all year long, or one of the many other pro-life activities going on in our sad, blue state)!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Well, we certainly can't forget our celebrant for Mass, Father Greg Galvin.  Father Galvin is the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Norwich and has a terrific story of how he came to realize his vocation.  Perhaps he'll work it into his homily ... hint hint.

Our second break-out session will feature three more great presenters.  Our strategy as a group is to divide up and get members to all three sessions and then compare notes.  Some of the saints have actually done bi-location (St. Padre Pio, for instance), but tri-location? Hmmm.  So here are the choices for break-out session II:

Fr. Reggie Norman will be addressing the topic of Black Genocide.  It's a harsh reality, but one that pro-lifers have been trying to point out for years.  Fr. Norman will be putting the issue in terms that cannot be misunderstood or twisted as he has seen the devastation of abortion in the African American community. 

Break-out session II has another fascinating choice: Two Lawyers Explain How Abortion is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Day.  The two lawyers are Brian Hoeing (pictured) and Calum Anderson.  They will be bringing all the legal reasoning and resources they can muster to show how denying the unborn the right to their very lives is an abuse of power that will eventually spill over to threaten the lives of those already born, the so-called "inconvenient" among us.  History shows us over and over and over again that this situation has one outcome, and it isn't good if it isn't changed.

The third choice for this session is Nicole Peck (pictured speaking on the State Capitol steps in Hartford) with Missionaries for Life on Abortion: The Personal and Medical Perspectives.  Nicole brings a message of hope and grace, besides letting us know that abortion is not the so-called option society and some health class curriculum would have us believe.

So there you have it.  Don't forget, we are having a pizza lunch at noon, bankrolled by Connecticut Right to Life Corporation.  Thank you, CRLC!  And last, but by no means least, is the Holy Hour and Closing from 4 p.m to 5 p.m., with an opportunity for Confession.

See you on Saturday!

Monday, September 21, 2009


It's hard to believe that after months of preparation, the September 26th Conference is only a few days away.  We are incredibly indebted to Holy Apostles College and Seminary and the Holy Apostles Life League (HALL)  for partnering with us on this Conference ... without their help, the idea for the Conference would have remained just that ... an idea. 

We are very excited about our speakers.  Many of you have been to a Sean Forrest event, and those of you who haven't are in for a great time.  To see what's new with Sean and all the great work he's doing, visit his website at

Our speakers for the break-out sessions are also amazing ...  too bad we can't hear them all, one after the other.  But the issues they'll be helping us understand are the issues that will define our future and each of them is an expert on the topic they will be bringing to us.  Today's blog entry features the choices you have for break-out Session 1 ...

Sister Nancy Marie Piecewicz of the Felician Sisters will be addressing the topic of Euthanasia, or so-called mercy-killing.  Of lot of us, when we watch television or read certain writers, will be introduced to this issue as one where more and more people want the option to "check out" when they are not happy with their quality of life.  Of course, the downside of the practice of euthanasia is never explored, and the nature of human suffering is completely swept under the carpet.  Sr. Nancy works with the elderly and infirm, so she not only talks the talk, but walks the walk.

Mike Barnett from the American Life League (ALL) will be educating us about the job of getting a pro-life youth going, or growing in How to Grow Your Campus Pro-Life Group.  His focus is on how to make this happen on a college campus, but the ideas and motivators he will be presenting to us can also apply to a pro-life youth group in your parish or school.  Those of us in Y-LIFE are really excited, because we have used the "stumble-along" method, but God has put us in touch with some awesome people, especially the seminarians in the Holy Apostles Life League (HALL).  Mike comes highly recommended to us, so we can't wait!

Deacon John Trambley, a seminarian at Holy Apostles and member of HALL will be covering the topic Stem Cell Research and Bioethics.  Young people are bombarded with information from news outlets that the Catholic Church opposes stem cell research ... NOT TRUE.  And John will get into the truth of the matter, showing us that this issue is much more complex than a news media soundbite.  You will be very surprised by this talk if you think you know what the Church teaches based on what you have heard.  Also, you will be amazed at the science of it all.  Not bored.  Amazed.

The program book we'll be handing out at the Conference will have the biographies of our speakers.  There will also be blank pages for you to take notes if you want to!  Some people do, and some don't.

Tomorrow's blog entry will have a brief description of break-out session 2, featuring Fr. Reggie Norman on Black Genocide, Brian Hoeing and Cal Anderson on Two Lawyers Explain How Abortion is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Day, and Nicole Peck of Missionaries for Life on Abortion: the Personal and Medical Perspective.

 There is still room, so do not hesitate to email us at:

See you on Saturday!
Oh, and don't forget to pray a Memorare each day for the intention
of a successful (whatever God's idea of success might be ...) Conference.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Pray a "Memorare" for the success of the Conference ....

Well, the Conference is only two weeks and a day away.  Registrations are trickling in and we are hoping for a great event!  The Break Out Sessions are first come, first served, so those of you who have already registered have your first choice locked in.  Anyone needing registration forms or sponsorship forms, email us at:

We had this idea that if everyone would pray a Memorare each day for the intention that the Conference would be God's success and not ours, then how can we fail?  The next few months are key for the pro-life movement here in Connecticut.  40 Days for Life are coming up, and we are fervently hoping the Conference will inspire a lot of people to support the 40 Days.  So many babies are saved during this time, so many mothers are helped, so many people reach out to help ... a Culture of Life reveals itself as a real possibility for our suffering world.

It helps to remember that this month is also the month of Our Lady of Sorrows, especially on this 8th anniversary of September 11, 2001.  Her intercession on behalf of anyone who suffers from grief or loss of any kind is loving and powerful.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Y-Lifers with "Bella" Movie Star, Eduardo Verastegui

Well, we finally have pictures to post from the Eduardo Verastegui event some of us attended on August 11 at Eastern Connecticut State University, thanks to the wonderful Sisters of Charity of Our Lady Mother of the Church.  At right is Annie F. with Eduardo and below is Beth I. with Eduardo.  Mr. Verastegui is an amazingly good sport, sitting for well over an hour to sign autographs and pose for pictures.  His "keep-an-eye-on-the-movie-star" team were getting kind of antsy, but he stayed until the last person went through the room where he was.  Thank you, Eduardo!
The event itself was wonderful and so much fun.  Sean Forrest, who is the keynote speaker for our Conference on September 26, kicked off the evening, and we were really amazed at his talent and loved the message he had to give ... the thing that came through the most was joyfulness in serving others and that life is what it's all built on.

So, it was a pretty late evening, but so worth the trip to Willimantic and the late hour.  It's great to know that there are some really brave celebrities out there.  Being in Hollywood and being for abortion is not brave.  That is being conformed to a peer group.  Being in Hollywood and standing up for the unborn is brave.  Eduardo Verastegui is a brave and generous man, and we hope he comes back to Connecticut again!

P.S. --- Happy Birthday, Blessed Mother!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Y-LIFE Meeting Sunday, August 30th ....

It's the last meeting before the Conference!  We are meeting in the Board Room at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut at 4:00 pm.  We would love to have you join us.  Our members range in age from 14 to 25, and we are all students.  Youth Group advisors are welcome, as well. For more information about this meeting, email us at

before 2:30 pm on Sunday.  You can also email us at the above address to get the registration form and/or the sponsorship form.  Get your registrations in soon ... space is limited!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Who said this?

"While the deep concern of a woman bearing an unwanted child merits consideration and sympathy, it is my personal feeling that the legalization of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life. Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized -- the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old. When history looks back at this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception."

You will be very, very surprised. Since this person died August 25, we need to pray for the repose of his immortal soul. The words you see above are not the principles he ended up living by, but their truth is as fresh today as when he wrote them in 1971.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Today's Featured Campus Pro-Life Group

What campus pro-life group has this logo? Some hints: It isn't a dog paw, a bear paw, a tiger paw or a paw paw (since that is actually a piece of fruit.) It's a lion paw! And it isn't just any lion paw, but a Nittany Mountain Lion paw.

This is the last paragraph of this campus pro-life group's mission statement:
"We are here to help. Our mission is to serve. And we will, one day, bring every person to realization of the truth that every human life is precious, to be treasured and held dear from the moment of conception to natural death."

Click here for the answer.

The next posting to this blog will be a report on the Eduardo Verastegui visit by a Y-Lifer (whichever Y-LIFE member gets the posting done first!)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Scary Science

Annie F. writes: “I read a very intriguing CNS article on stem cell research in the August 2009 Catholic Transcript (the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Hartford.) It documents yet more proof that embryonic stem cells, derived from creating a new human being and killing him or her to get the stem cells or taking a little human being who has been kept in storage because of parental abandonment or disinterest, and killing him or her to get the stem cells is completely and totally unnecessary to further the science on therapeutic use. According to the associate director of the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, skin cells have been found to have the full range of uses that embryonic stem cells are proposed for. There is the worry that even skin cells (a kind of IPS or Adult Stem Cell) have the potential for damage if researchers become crazy enough to try to put them in a human embryo which will lead to the change of that particular human being’s genetic make-up, affecting future generations related to that child. I was happy about the article, though, because it gives pro-lifers more proof against the practice of experimenting with embryonic stem cells.

The fact that some researchers have an incessant urge to “play-around” with human embryos is frightening. Scientists, with the research on IPSs, have found a way that does no harm and is not an ethical problem and the Dr. Frankensteins among them managed to figure out a way to do harm and create an ethical problem. The genetic change-ups resulting from this kind of experimentation, could be devastating. It seems almost as if some scientists are trying to COMPLETELY “perfect” human beings. The whole scenario reminds me of the Superman Act where Adolf Hitler tried to develop a perfect, powerful human race. Today’s researchers with the same intention are a huge step ahead of where Hitler managed to get with his insanity. Like Hitler’s victims, the human beings they intend to use have NO voice or legal rights. But unlike Hitler’s victims, today’s human victims will have their very physiological substance changed if they survive.

Not only should we monitor and protest against scientists using this amazing new discovery for evil, but we should pray for their conversion with all of our hearts. We need to be looking out for our unborn brothers and sisters.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Today's Featured Campus Pro-Life Group

What university has a pro-life group whose motto is:
"Condiscipulorum Absentium Gratia"
which translated from the Latin means
"for the sake of our missing classmates"?
Their motto is a reminder of the many lives lost to abortion every day, some of whom would have been at this particular university had they been allowed to live.

The answer is here. Don't be surprised, pro-lifers really are everywhere.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Y-LIFE publishing program book for Youth Conference

If anyone out there would like to help sponsor the Y-LIFE Pro-Life Youth Conference, we will be publishing 200 copies of a 5½” x 8½” program booklet for the Conference. The Conference program and biographies of our speakers will be spread over the whole booklet to ensure that all our supporters will have their sentiments read. We can reduce or enlarge anything you send us (without stretching or widening) to fit the space.

Contact for more information.

Anything left over after Conference expenses will go to St. Gerard's Center for Life for their ultrasound machine fund.

Friday, August 7, 2009

First Annual Y-LIFE Pro-Life Youth Conference

Y-LIFE, in conjunction with Holy Apostles Life League, is putting on the first annual
Y-LIFE Pro-Life Youth Conference
September 26, 2009
with Sean Forrest as keynote speaker. The cost is $15 per person for the whole day, and that includes a pizza lunch. If, however, cost is a problem, please contact us at the email address below and put "Conference Scholarship" in the subject line.  Also, seminarians and religious attend for free, but we would like you to send in a registration form to help with the scheduling. The Conference is geared towards high school and college students and will be held at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. To get the registration form and/or to get more info regarding the Conference, email us at:

Conference Schedule:

10:15 a.m.— 10:45 a.m.
Registration Check-In

11:00 a.m.— Mass
Fr. Greg Galvin, celebrant

Noon — Pizza Lunch

1:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker— Sean Forrest

2:15 p.m.—3:00 p.m. - Break Out Session I

choice of:
• Sr. Nancy Marie Piecewicz— Euthanasia
• Mike Barnett of American Life LeagueHow to Grow Your Campus Pro-Life Group
• Deacon John Trambley — Stem Cell Research & Bioethics

3:15 p.m.—4:00 p.m. - Break Out Session II
choice of:
• Fr. Reggie Norman — Black Genocide
• Brian Hoeing & Cal Anderson —
Two Lawyers Explain How Abortion is the Civil Rights Issue of Our Day
• Missionaries for Life— Abortion: The Personal and Medical Perspective

4:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.
Holy Hour (including opportunity for Confession) & Closing

Thursday, August 6, 2009

What is Y-LIFE?

Y-LIFE (Youth for Life) is a recently organized student pro-life group in northwestern & north central Connecticut. As a group it seeks to foster respect for life from conception until natural death. The only way to accomplish this is to change hearts and minds with the best tool available — truth.

Many people today don’t seem to realize that, as a country, we have lost respect for human life in its most vulnerable stages. The elderly are being neglected in nursing homes and the unborn are being killed mostly because they represent an “inconvenience” to their mothers and fathers. Many young people are seeing the selfishness and chaos the current attitude is causing.

As teenagers and young adults, Y-LIFE wants to work toward restoring a culture of life where material things are NOT more important than people, and where the value of a person depends on his or her innate dignity, rather than on whether he or she is ”convenient.”

This year’s major project, in addition to the Conference, has been to raise $16,000 toward an ultrasound machine for St. Gerard’s Center for Life in Hartford, Connecticut. $12,000 has been raised as of June, 2009.