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St Irene is pleased to announce the formation of our Respect Life Ministry! In his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, St. Pope John Paul II writes that in our present culture, where the very meaning and value of human life is under grave threat, there is "a pressing appeal addressed to each and every person, in the name of God: respect, protect, love, and serve life, every human life!“. Keeping in mind the need to foster a “culture of life,” and using a format created by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the St. Irene Respect Life Ministry mission is to promote the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death through prayer, education, petition to lawmakers, and supportive care.
Some of the short term goals of the Ministry in each of these topics include:
- Prayer: We will hold monthly intentions for life, prayers of the faithful, sponsor a Holy Hour for Life, and promote rosary recitation, and spiritual adoption.
- Education: We will provide education through guest speakers on respect for life topics, add books and DVDs to the St. Irene library, put useful informational links on the St. Irene website, and encourage the promotion of life in religious education and Confirmation programs.
- Petition to Lawmakers: We will petition lawmakers to let our voices be heard, as Catholics called to action to stand up for all human life. Current bills are on the table for legislation in Massachusetts, in both the House and Senate, not only relating to late term abortion but to physician assisted suicide. Look for links on the St. Irene website/Respect Life page with helpful sample scripts to use when contacting your congressperson’s office.
- Supportive Care: We will hold a parish baby shower in May (collecting items for both mother and baby), start a newly pregnant/new Mom of the parish support group, participate in programs that support women who face crisis in their pregnancy, and support the archdiocese work of Project Rachel.
Do any of these activities appeal to you? Do you have suggestions on how we can promote life at St. Irene? Will you join us in our efforts? Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Caring for life from the beginning to the end: what a simple thing, what a beautiful thing! So go forth and don’t be discouraged. Care for life! “
St Irene's pages:
Unexpected Pregnancy and Abortion Healing: https://stirenes.org/quicklinks/urgentneed/pregnancy.html
Depression or Thoughts of Suicide: https://stirenes.org/quicklinks/urgentneed/depression.html
Pregnancy help: https://www.bostoncatholic.org/PregnancyHelp.aspx
Project Rachel post abortion healing: https://www.bostoncatholic.org/ProjectRachel.aspx
Palliative care and advance care planning: https://www.bostoncatholic.org/PalliativeCare/
Pro-Life activities: http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/index.cfm
Human life and dignity: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/index.cfm
Priests for life: http://www.priestsforlife.org
Take Action Now to have your voice heard in US, state and local policy debate:
Massachusetts Catholic Conference: https://www.macatholic.org
Massachusetts Citizens for Life: https://www.masscitizensforlife.org
Respect Life Education http://www.respectlifeeducation.com/
Sample script for phone call to legislator
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