Category Archives: Fundraising

Sacramento Life Center’s Baby Bottle Project

BabyBottleCampaignThis Lent our parish will participate in the Sacramento Life Center’s Baby Bottle Project.

Between now and Ash Wednesday, please look for your school or religious education student to bring home a baby bottle for the purpose of collecting funds throughout the Lenten season of almsgiving. This is a wonderful way children can give back to their community and help others in need. Families are asked to fill the baby bottles with paper money, checks or coins throughout the first 5 weeks of Lent. Please return all baby bottles at the end of the fundraiser, including empty bottles

Participating students are eligible to enter drawings for prizes. This fundraiser supports the mission of the Sacramento Life Center, which is to offer compassion, support and free medical services to women and men facing unplanned or unsupported pregnancies in the greater Sacramento area.

Annual Baby Bottle Project begins February 2nd!

What is the Baby Bottle Project?

The baby bottle project is the Sacramento Life Center’s second largest annual fundraiser, raising nearly $60,000 in operational costs for their three clinics. Over 8000 baby bottles are distributed throughout the community from February 2nd until March 20th to be filled with checks, currency and coins.

Parishes and students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade fill baby bottles with donations from family and friends for the Sacramento Life Center, and the mothers and families they serve.

The baby bottles help students remember the reason we are raising money: To ensure every pregnant woman and teen has the support she needs to become a mom.

The project offers a great opportunity for conversations about life, babies and the people in our community who need our help.

Please Remember:

• There is no need for teachers or parents to count money before returning bottles.
• Participating students have a chance to win Leatherby’s ice cream coupons or a Kindle Fire just by returning the bottle and raffle ticket!

Please call Lynne or Lisa at 916-451-4357 to have your parish, school or organization participate!

Crossroads 2014 Central Walkers Participate in a ‘Turn Around’

A ‘Turn Around’ is the Saving of a Baby from Abortion.
God does the Saving, but He Uses His People to Do It.

“These Students Walking Across the Country to Share the Pro-Life Message Save a Baby From Abortion”

by Cortney O’Brien | Washington, DC | | 7/14/2014

After months of studying and cramming, most college students spend their summers going to the beach, taking road trips, or catching up on naps. But, for the young adults who take part in Crossroads Walk, vacations are dedicated to marching for unborn babies. James Nolan is the current president of Crossroads and he is ecstatic that the pro-life organization is entering its 20th year. He shared their backstory with Townhall Magazine.

“We started in 1995. Some students from Franciscan University in Steuben- ville, Ohio got together after St. John Paul II challenged the world to spread the gospel of life. They decided to take that call, literally. For some of them, that was their primary goal.”

crossroadsFifteen of those inspired young people started a walk from San Francisco to the nation’s capital. Now, 15 has become several hundred thousand, and one walk has expanded to three. Every May through August, participants lead pro-life pilgrimages from Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, passing through 36 states before all ending in Washington, D.C. Dozens of colleges throughout the country take part in these lifesaving events and Nolan estimates that each group covers about 10,000-15,000 miles. But, they don’t just do it for the exercise. On weekends, the groups pray and counsel in front of abortion clinics and speak at churches.

Nolan deems it important to combat the culture of death, which he says is becoming prevalent in Western society. But, he is still hopeful based on some promising statistics.

“One thing we like to say, is there’s a big increase in support for pro-life issues. Polls over the last few years are indicating that the majority of Americans are pro-life, over 50 per- cent. We’ve been seeing that trend. Now, we run into very little resistance. We have an overwhelming amount of support.”

Nolan insists this is significant, for his groups are “not shy” about where they stand on the abortion issue.

“If you see the t-shirts, they say in huge letters that cover your entire chest: ‘Pro-Life.’ People can see it from like a quarter of a mile away. It’s hard to miss.”

He then stressed what he considers Crossroads’ ultimate identity.

“We’re not an anti-abortion organization, we’re a pro-life organization. There’s a big distinction. Because if you’re pro- life, you’re for the culture of life, standing up for the value and dignity of each person without exceptions, from the beginning all the way until their actual death. We’re seeing the culture of death beginning to wane, but breathing its last heavy breath coming out more in the open as the desperation sets in.”

That’s where Crossroads comes in. Nolan explained how the organization is helping to bring more people into the pro-life movement.

“We’ve seen amazing conversions on the issue of life, some almost instantaneous. Especially because it’s young people, it’s very attractive. Even pro-choice people are intrigued, drawn in by it. After that, you see a change of mind, they’re able to look at the issue differently.”

He then shared a couple of moving examples to prove how these walks are working in action.

“We were walking in the middle of a desert and a vehicle drove out of nowhere in Nevada. No gas station in 50 miles either direction. The mother was taking her daughter to Los Angeles for an abortion. They saw us walking with the pro-life t-shirts. They pulled over and asked what we were doing. After a half hour discussion, they changed their mind.”

The Crossroads president revealed another encouraging testimony from someone who approached the pro-life walkers after a church service.

“He said the day before he had been driving a relative to get an abortion and saw us praying in front of [the] clinic. He said they couldn’t go in. They changed their mind and decided to go to the hospital and get an ultrasound. They found out she was pregnant with twins.”

Nolan assured Townhall that the pro-life efforts of Crossroads participants don’t end when the walks do.

“We have a lot of people we know, one of our former staff members adopted two or three Down syndrome babies, just to bring awareness to that and to protect these children, let people know that they’re wanted. A lot of former walkers move on to other pro-life efforts, such as in politics.”

The organization also conducts walks in Ireland, Australia, and Canada. So, you could say they are literally walking across the globe to save precious children from the horrors of abortion. Crossroads offers young people the opportunity to make much more of an impact than just spending their summers on the couch. Who needs to save energy when you can save lives?

Crossroads 2014 Central Walk Addresses Presentation Parish

CrossroadsJune 1, 2014 —Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary parishioner and Crossroads 2014 Central Walk participant, Molly Sheahan, addressed the 10:30AM Mass on Sunday, June 1, with the following requests:

  1. Keep Crossroads in your prayers.
  2. Live out the Pro-Life call in our everyday lives and relationships.
  3. Consider financially supporting Crossroads.

Please donate to Crossroads.