John and Ariana are parents of a 2-year-old daughter, Winnifred (Winnie), and are awaiting the birth of their second daughter. Early in the pregnancy, they learned that their baby has anencephaly, a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. The baby will survive only a short while after her birth.
The parents arranged for additional sonograms and they gathered grandparents and Winnie to be with them, so that they could all meet Brigid Valentine and get to know her before her birth. They were there to celebrate her life. Members of the St. Patrick Students for Life chapter helped with the celebration.
My Brother John
Students for Life bring guest speaker to Portland St. Pat’s
Students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Portland were inspired to defend the rights of society's most vulnerable members after hearing a talk by Christen Pollo, executive director of Students for Life of Michigan. The school’s new Students for Life chapter hosted Pollo on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. She spoke to secondary students following the All Saints Day Mass.
Pollo began her talk by sharing her story, including how her mother was single when pregnant with Christen. Although some people suggested an abortion to Christen’s mother, she gave Christen the gift of life. Years later as a sophomore, Christen founded a Right to Life group in her high school and dedicated her life to championing the pro-life cause.
In her talk, Pollo also offered persuasive examples of the human dignity of unborn children, pointing out that from conception they are alive and human, no matter their size or stage of development. She also highlighted the importance of affirming the dignity of mothers experiencing crisis pregnancies and lovingly supporting the gift of life for their babies.
Junior high students from SS. Peter & Paul in Ionia also attended Pollo’s talk.
(Article by Greg Ghering, Marketing Communications Coordinator for Catholic Schools, Diocese of Grand Rapids. Photos from the event can be found in the Photo Gallery and on the Diocese of Grand Rapids website.)
Standing Up For Life
The Students for Life chapter at St. Patrick High School invites all courageous people to join our efforts. Students for Life is open to all students in grades 7-12. You do not have to attend St. Patrick School to join our group.
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