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Staff Report – Florida Catholic


October is National Respect Life Month which seeks to protect all life, from conception until natural death. During October, the Respect Life movement has been very active, and there is still time to take action.

For example, there is still time to participate in the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil which continues through Nov. 5 outside the Planned Parenthood abortion facilities on Central Avenue in Sarasota, and College Parkway and Winkler Road in Fort Myers. This peaceful event is an opportunity to stand witness for the unborn. To register to walk, please visit and search for Sarasota or Fort Myers.

To coincide with 40 Days for Life, a silent procession with a statue of Mary took place Oct. 7 in Sarasota on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The faithful gathered at St. Martha Parish and proceeded to the nearby regional headquarters of Planned Parenthood. Bishop Frank J. Dewane will be celebrating Mass at 9 a.m., Oct. 27, at St. Francis Xavier Church, 2157 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers in support of 40 Days for Life. The Bishop will then lead the pray walk outside Planned Parenthood at 8595 College Parkway (intersection of Winkler Road).

Respect Life does not only focus on abortion, but much more.

Action Alert

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Bishop Dewane, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, have expressed their strong support for H. Con. Res. 80, a resolution which expresses “the sense of the Congress that assisted suicide puts everyone, including those most vulnerable, at risk of deadly harm and undermines the integrity of the health care system.”

The faithful are being urged to send a message today to your Representative in the House urging support for H. Con Res 80, urging them to put Congress on record as rejecting assisted suicide as healthcare.

The Diocese of Venice Respect Life Office is also sponsoring a conference on this topic, Oct. 28 at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 2500 Easy St. Port Charlotte. The 9 a.m. conference will feature Deacon Al Mauriello, MD and F. Michael Gloth, MD of Naples who will share their expertise on important issues that everyone needs to face, whether for themselves or for a loved one. To register, please contact or 941-374-1068.

Death Penalty Vigils

Deacon Tom Grant leads a prayer vigil seeking the end to the death penalty on Aug. 23 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Osprey.

On Oct. 5, the faithful at six parishes held solemn prayerful vigils, the evening the State of Florida executed by lethal injection Cary Michael Lambrix, who was convicted of killing two people in 1983. Florida executions resumed in August following an 18-month delay following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the need for unanimous jury decisions for implementing the death penalty. These vigils gathered the community together, not only putting a focus on ending the death penalty and on Lambrix, but just as importantly for the victims of his crime; for all victims of all crimes; for their families; and especially for those who kill in the name of justice, including the Governor, the Attorney General, the guards, the doctors administering the drugs and the spectators.

Unfortunately, Gov. Rick Scott wasted no time in signing the order of execution for Patrick Hannon for Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Signed on Oct. 7, Gov. Scott seems to schedule an execution each month going forward. Hannon was sentenced to death in 1991, and if the execution takes place it would be the 26th under Gov. Scott.

To learn more about the wide range of Respect Life activities which take place in the Diocese of Venice throughout the year, please visit or contact Jeanne Berdeaux at or 941-374-1068.

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