Respect Life Ministry
Pope John Paul II called pro life ministry the "most important work on earth." In his encyclical The Gospel of Life, he wrote that "even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, all persons open to truth recognize the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end."
This ministry accepts Saint John Paul II's invitation to build a Culture of Life. Activities include intercessory prayer, maternal assistance, educational events, legislative action and public witness. Our parish is represented at the October Life Chain, observes October Respect Life Month, participates in 40 Days For Life during Lent, offers a Mass of reparation for abortion each January, and works closely with the Archdiocesan Respect Life Office. In March 2019, the Ministry worked with the Catholic Daughters and the Knights of Columbus to host the movie "Unplanned," based on the book of the same name by Abby Johnson, to shine a light on the darkness of the abortion industry. We meet regularly to plan events.
SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT A CULTURE OF LIFE:
* FAST AND PRAY
* SUPPORT PRO-LIFE LEGISLATION
* BE A PART OF THE OCTOBER LIFE CHAIN
* SPIRITUALLY ADOPT AN UNBORN BABY
* SUPPORT WOMEN IN CRISIS PREGNANCY
* EDUCATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS ON THE LIFE ISSUES
* OPPOSE EUTHANASIA
* JOIN 40 DAYS FOR LIFE DURING LENT
Saint John Paul II addressed the following to post-abortive women:
“I would like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly.
“If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. You will come to understand that nothing is definitely lost and you will also be able to ask forgiveness from your child, who is now living in the Lord.
“With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.”
~Pope John Paul II, "Gospel of Life"
Project Rachel is an outreach of the Catholic Church which provides confidential help to women (and men) suffering the results of abortion. FOR MORE INFORMATION
FMI CONTACT: Joanne Schmidt, RL Coordinator, [email protected]