Respect Life

St. Katharine Drexel Respect Life Ministry has a goal of building a respect for life in all its many aspects. St. Pope John Paul II's Evangelium Vitae (GOSPEL OF LIFE) is a wonderful testament to the sanctity and dignity of every human life.  During the Sacred Triduum we witness the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus dying on the cross for mankind on Good Friday. Pope John Paul II highlights the connection between Good Friday and today's struggle to protect life:   “In the early afternoon of Good Friday, “there was darkness over the whole land ... while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two” (Luke 23:44, 45).  This is the symbol of a great cosmic disturbance and a massive conflict between the forces of good and the forces of evil, between life and death. Today we too find ourselves in the midst of a dramatic conflict between the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”. But the glory of the Cross is not overcome by this darkness; rather, it shines forth ever more radiantly and brightly, and is revealed as the center, meaning and goal of all history and of every human life.”

St. Pope John Paul II also 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), our 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.

  • 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 our library, put useful informational links on our 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 New Hampshire, in both the House and Senate, not only relating to late term abortion but to physician assisted suicide. Look for links below when contacting your congressperson’s office.
  • Supportive Care: We will hold a parish baby shower (bottle collection) (collecting items for both mother and baby), consider a newly pregnant/new Mom parish support group, participate in programs that support women who face crisis in their pregnancy, and support the work of Project Rachel.  

Are you interested in any of these aspects of respecting life? Do you have ideas about how we can educate and promote these concepts as a parish? Please contact us at office@stkdrexel.org and share your insights and ideas.

 

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