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Salem parishes come together to defend life


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SALEM -- Three parishes in Salem have pooled their resources in recent years by creating a ministry to defend human life from conception until natural death.

The Salem Pro Life Committee brings together parishioners interested in pro-life ministries from St. James Parish, Immaculate Conception Parish and St. Anne Parish in Salem at monthly meetings to set an agenda for promoting pro-life ministries.

The pastor of Immaculate Conception, Father Timothy Murphy, said the group coordinates efforts based on upcoming local, state and national events supporting life.

"We look to see basically if we can use what is already happening and kind of take advantage of that, promote that, and let people know about it," Father Murphy said.

Recently the Salem Pro Life Committee organized rose drives on Mother's Day to raise money to support Mass Citizens for Life (MCFL). The event raised more than $1,500 at Masses at all three parishes throughout the weekend of May 12 and May 13.

"We also do some events explaining issues, or why the Church takes a stand," Father Murphy said.

The group discussed plans for their next event at their most recent meeting in June.

At the meeting they made plans for their upcoming town meeting panel discussion about opposing the November ballot initiative seeking to legalize physician assisted suicide.

The committee will host the event at the Old Town Hall in Salem from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Sept. 16.

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