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The 2016 Pilgrimage to Life & Leadership

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The 2016 Pilgrimage to Life & Leadership
URGENT: Only 14 days left to apply for the Essay Contest!
CEC For Life is excited to announce our 2016 Pilgrimage to Life & Leadership Conference (and Essay Contest)!  Set to take place in beautiful Spain!

Details can be found below and on our website.  Check out the plans, then send in your applications because space is limited! (But the places this conference can take you are endless -- so get started!) 

This conference is open to a limited number of attendees, ages 18 to 30, looking for a unique learning experience that will develop the spiritual and practical components every leader needs to answer God's call on your life - whether that call is to ministry, the work force, or within your community.
The Pilgrimage to Life & Leadership Conference will take place July 12th-17th. We suggest that attendees (especially those traveling from America) arrive in Madrid by Sunday, July 10th, in order to arrive in Salamanca by Monday evening.

JULY 12th - 17th, 2016
The first portion of the conference will be held July 12th & 13th in the city of Salamanca. This will include two days of extensive training with Bishop Elmer Belmonte from Madrid and Fr. Terry Gensemer of CEC For Life.

On July 14th, attendees will begin a four day pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, arriving at Santiago de Compostela by July 17th for a final mass.

This conference is designed to develop leaders. We are looking for young people who demonstrate maturity in their Christian walk and who desire intense leadership training for the future.
Each attendee must complete the 2016 Pilgrimage to Life & Leadership Application in order to attend. (Be sure to also download the .) Conference Registration is $30 per attendee, which includes a t-shirt and certificate.
Because attendance is extremely limited, applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis -- and submissions are now open.  Please note that there are only 25 spots available:
  •  4 are available to Americans (2 of which are reserved for American winners of the 2016 Life & Leadership Essay Contest), and
  • 21 are available to Europeans (2 of which are also reserved for European winners of the 2016 Life & Leadership Essay Contest).

We thought you'd never ask! CEC For Life will sponsor 4 young leaders who would like to attend this conference - 2 Americans, and 2 Europeans.

To enter the essay contest, you will be required to submit the completed 2016 Pilgrimage to Life & Leadership Application (and Reference Letter Forms) along with an 8-10 page essay written in response to the following:

We live in a global community. Do you think one person can create significant change globally, whether in the sphere of the culture of life or any area that would advance civilization in a positive way? How is this done? Support your answer by discussing at least one relevant example of a leader who brought about significant change. Discuss this leader's successes and failures that occurred along the way.
  • To be considered, your essay and completed application (with References) must be received no later than Tuesday, May 10th via mail (See Application Pg. 4 for further details).
  • Essays must be 8-10 pages, typed in 12pt Arial Font and double-spaced.
  • You should include a title page.
  • You are also required to cite a minimum of 4 credible sources.
  • MLA, APA or CMS are all acceptable for citation.
Contest winners will be chosen by a board of national pro-life leaders.
Winners will be announced on Sunday, May 15th.
Essays MUST be received by our office NO LATER THAN May 10th.
American Contestants: One young woman and one young man will be chosen from the American Essay Contest Submissions. CEC For Life will cover half the cost of each winner's travel and lodging. Contest winners must raise funds for the other half of the cost by July 4th.

European Contestants: One young woman and one young man will be chosen from the European Essay Contest Submissions. Because the cost of travel and lodging for these two will be much lower, CEC For Life is able to cover the full cost for each winner.

If you have any questions, please email us at 
REMEMBER: Essay Contestants must submit their Application, Reference Forms, and Essay no later than May 10th, 2016.  All other Applicants (those wishing to attend, but not enter the Essay Contest) should mail in Applications, Reference Forms, and their Registration Fee as soon as possible.
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Prayers, Police and Pizza

I just wanted to update you about some happenings here at St. Paul's. We have been in our new church for a little over a year. Our eyes have been opened to see what God had in store for us with this move. That is to raise up His children. As you know we are next to a very poor section 8 apartment community. We have been ministering to the children next door from day 1. Before our move we didn't have a youth group. Well, I am happy to report that we now have a youth group. We meet every Wednesday night and average 50 children a night. We feed their hungry bodies and souls. We give them peace and safety outside of the walls they live in full of violence and drugs.

We have recently partnered with the Henderson Police Department to help show the kids their is a world outside of the little community they live in. We also want them to trust and respect the police. Almost every Wednesday you will see officers at youth group just hanging out and visiting with the kids. The overnight squad has practically adopted all of the children. The first night officers stopped by, one of our children looked at one of them and said, "you kicked down my door and took my dad to away". I don't think myself or that officer will ever forget that. But that is what it is all about. Restoring that trust, being a friend a mentor.

On April 27th, we are having "Prayers, Police and Pizza". The department is sponsoring youth group and bringing pizza and desserts. They are going to teach the kids and play games. The SWAT team and K-9 officers are coming. Most important, they are coming just to get to know the children. Know them by name.

I have attached a couple of pictures from this past Wednesday. Some officers stopped by and were racing the children. You can see the smiles on everybody's face.


Fr. Chris Moran

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Ladies Retreat 2016


Please join us again for our annual Ladies Retreat, in La Quinta, CA. Join us for some festive fun and fellowship….and even a little rest.

Theme: “Proverbs 4:23”.

Mia Harris and K.C. Conkle will be our speaker(s) this year. There is also, Bunco, entertainment night, swimming if you would like, and Karaoke in the lounge.

Check in is available at 3:00pm. A light meal will be served by the hotel from 5:30-7:00pm. Meeting starts at 7:30pm

For our out of area guest, let us know if you require a pickup and /or drop off at an airport. We recommend flying into Ontario, or Orange County, CA. the Hotel offers a fitness Center, a heated pool, and complimentary breakfast.

Cost: $125 per person (shared occupancy - 3 per room)

(Double occupancy available: $150-160 per person - Contact Jody Anderson for rate)

LAST DAY to Register is April 7th with Jody Anderson at or call 949-254-3429.

Call if there are any questions. Download the full brochure here.

Ladies Retreat

DATE: MAY 5-7, 2016


Homewood Suites,
La Quinta, CA

45-200 Washington Street
La Quinta, CA 92253

Walk for Life

This year’s San Francisco Walk for Life is on Jan. 23. If you can go with us as a group, we will carpooling and staying at a hotel. We will be leaving on Thursday, Jan. 21 and will return on Sunday, Jan. 24.

Friday:           There is activism, a prayer rally and Spark for Life dinner

Saturday:      The Walk

Sunday:         Prayer and drive home

Our cost is very much depending on the number of people registered to go (roughly $150). Jessica needs to get a good head count to reserve hotel rooms and to keep the cost down. Please let her know before Sunday, Jan. 10.

Love-life has always been one of our youth group's and our church’s main focus. Let’s encourage, support, and participate in celebrating God’s creation.

If you are not able to attend, please consider sponsoring a youth to attend.

Contact Jessica Kessler:       949-395-2978

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