"If my people who bear my name humble themselves, and
pray and seek my presence and turn from their wicked ways, then I will listen from
heaven and forgive their sins and restore their country."
(2 Chronicles 7:14)
Meet Baby Cecelia Catherine
Dear Pro-Life Friends,
Blessings! Our spiritual God-daughter has arrived! Meet Baby Cecelia Catherine
who was born yesterday [May 15th, 2013], on my birthday, in the Philippines. What
an AMAZING birthday gift!!! Jacquie Stalnaker, Steven Dunn, Lorena Robles, and I
all worked together to save her from an illegal, back-alley abortion. Praise God!
And, her mother was so grateful that she named the baby after both Jacquie and I
(our Confirmation names).
How did we do it?
Jacquie Stalnaker is a post-abortive woman who now speaks out for the Dignity
of Human Life and is the Alabama Coordinator for Silent No More Awareness
Jacquie shared her personal testimony of abortion regret and pain with this young
mother and counseled her, informing her about the negative physical, emotional,
psychological, and spiritual consequences of abortion on women.
Steven Dunn and I provided amazing Human Fetal Development
images and videos, along with the Reality of Abortion graphics. We
also provided counseling.
Lorena Robles (in the Philippines), friend to the young mother, coordinated
our efforts, making sure that all materials were received, and also provided counseling.
AND, most of our efforts were accomplished using Facebook and email.
So you see, today's technologies can be used for great humanitarian missions.
This effort is also further proof that through Unity, the pro-life movement
can change the hearts and minds of many people throughout the world, as we continue
to work toward social justice for all.
Our new organization, Huntsville Right to Life Education and Defense Fund, Inc.
will be shipping a Care Package to this young mother next week to help her
with her baby needs, and then other packages periodically a few times a year. Thank
you to the Good Shepherd Catholic Church Pro-Life Ministry for donating many
items for the care package!
Please consider a donation to the Huntsville Right to Life Education and
Defense Fund, Inc., a non-profit 501c3 organization whose missions
include Pro-Life Education and Outreach (charity), to help cover shipping costs
to the Philippines. Thank you!
I have designed the website for our new organization, and it will be available to
the public soon. In the meantime, please mail your tax-deductible donation to:
Huntsville Right to Life Education
and Defense Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 12742
Huntsville, Alabama 35815-2742
Founder and President
Huntsville Right to Life Education
and Defense Fund, Inc.
"To save just one human life...is worth a lifetime of effort..."
Joyce Fecteau Trial
Resumes Friday, April 26, 8:30 A.M.
Municipal Building, Courtroom B
Wheeler Avenue, Huntsville, Alabama
Prayer Vigil at 8:00 A.M. on the
Sidewalk Adjacent to Municipal Building
Catholic Woman Arrested for Spraying Holy Water
Awaits Trial in Huntsville
By: Kelly Manley
April 5, 2013
addition to raising seven children of her own, 70-year-old Joyce Fecteau has spent
most of her adult life reaching out to pregnant women in need by helping them get
resources and providing emotional support. Over the years, Joyce has helped to save
hundreds of women and children from abortion on the sidewalk outside abortion clinics,
and many women have returned years later to thank her for her efforts.
But on January 9, Joyce’s ministry was interrupted when Huntsville police arrested
her outside the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, 612 Madison
Street, following a harassment complaint from a protestor who claims that Joyce
sprayed her with an “unknown liquid” in December. The police officers then handcuffed
Joyce and escorted her to the Huntsville police department, but later released her
after they were unable to produce a warrant. After finding the warrant, Joyce returned
to the Huntsville police department the next day where she was booked, a three-hour
process, and then released on bond. She pleaded “not guilty” to the harassment charge
and is awaiting her trial.
Joyce says she sprayed holy water into the air to dissipate hazardous smoke that
was being produced by a smudge stick held by one of the protestors. Since then,
another protestor has filed a similar complaint, and Joyce now faces two charges
of harassment. Joyce says she is highly allergic to smoke and has been advised by
her physician to avoid inhaling smoke. Pro-lifers say the smoke produced by the
protestors is significantly more offensive than smoke from a cigarette or cigar.
Some cities in America already have laws which prohibit smoking and smoke-producing
devices within a specified distance of public places such as restaurants and medical
According to pro-lifers, the protestors began to gather at the abortion clinic a
few months before the November elections and have interfered with their efforts
to help women entering the facility by blocking their access to pro-life counselors
and not allowing them to receive pro-life literature. The protestors frequently
use profanity, carry smudge sticks producing toxic smoke, and often demonstrate
barbaric behavior according to pro-lifers. The environment at the sidewalk was a
loving and peaceful one before the protestors showed up according to pro-lifers.
This is supported by the fact that there have been no previous complaints against
the pro-life counseling team who have maintained a good relationship with the police
officers hired by the abortion clinic for several years.
Like Joyce, many Catholics today face great challenges and persecution. A federal
judge recently dismissed EWTN’s lawsuit against the HHS government mandate which
requires the television network to provide health insurance for its employees which
pays for contraception, voluntary sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs…all
of which contradict the teachings of the Church. But Pope Francis, a strong advocate
for the unborn, pointed out in a powerful statement he released in 2005 as bishop
of Buenos Aires, “Defend the unborn against abortion even if they persecute you,
calumniate you, set traps for you, take you to court or kill you. No child should
be deprived of the right to be born, the right to be fed, the right to go to school.”
While waiting for her trial, Joyce continues to attempt to reach out to women through
love and compassion outside the abortion clinic. She is a true and living example
of the pro-life message, “To save just one human life…is worth a lifetime of effort.”
Huntsville pro-life advocates are encouraging all Catholics to stand with and support
Joyce at her trial on April 18 at 8:30 A.M., at the Huntsville Municipal Building,
and to pray that justice be served in her case.
Freedom of Religion
A Presentation by The Most Reverend David E. Foley
Bishop Emeritus of Birmingham, Alabama
Tuesday, June 26 at 7:00 P.M.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Parish Life Center
625 Airport Road, Huntsville, AL 35801
Religious Liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray
the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common
good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, without
having to compromise that very same faith? Without Religious Liberty properly understood,
all Americans suffer, deprived of the essential contribution in education, health
care, feeding the hungry, civil rights, and social services that religious Americans
make every day, both here at home and overseas.
We need, therefore, to speak frankly with each other when our freedoms are threatened.
Now is such a time. As Catholic bishops and American citizens, we address an urgent
summons to our fellow Catholics and fellow Americans to be on guard, for Religious
Liberty is under attack, both at home and abroad. (USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a “Fortnight of
Freedom” from June 21 to July 4. Come together and hear Bishop Foley during this
time of prayer and study. It is important for all American Catholics to recognize
the necessity of defending Religious Freedom. Please take advantage of this special
This event is free and open to everyone, and refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by Holy Spirit Council 764, Knights of Columbus
Abortions in U.S. since 1973 (approximate)