Respect Life Committee

 
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OUR MISSION

We recognize human life is sacred because God creates life to be in relationship with Him.

We are called to be God’s hands and feet to help make St. Joseph Catholic Church a center of life. We’re only successful when we turn first to prayer. We dedicate time for education about life issues, for helping meet the needs of the most vulnerable and for advocacy on their behalf in the public arena.

We do this in a spirit of love, as Jesus showed us, to replace the culture of death that surrounds us with a culture of life. October is Respect Life Month

FOR NEW MEMBERS 

We’re always glad to have more folks to help us with this important cause.  Currently there are just over 20 members in our group.  Face-to-face meetings are only held as needed; about three times per year.  Otherwise, we use email to keep folks informed about local pro-life activities. 

We all lead busy lives so please don’t feel obligated to be involved with every event we do; just pick and choose the activities that work best with your schedule.  Please use this link to join our group.




RESPECT LIFE-OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

If you are involved in the pro-life movement for any length of time, you will encounter the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  This image has many connections with the pro-life cause.  - Fr. Frank A. Pavone   

To read Fr. Pavone’s full article on this topic, please click this link: http://www.priestsforlife.org/articles/guadalupeandabortion.htm

Pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe (Pope John Paul II, January 25, 1979): Virgin most wise, you chose a humble farmer to announce your motherly concern to the people of Mexico. Although Juan Diego felt unequal to the mission you gave him, you encouraged him to persevere. Faced with powerful anti-life forces today, we also feel unequal to the mission God has given us of building a culture of life and a civilization of love.  Help us to persevere always in this great campaign for life, assured of your help and prayers. Amen

PRO-LIFE PRAYERS

SPIRITUAL ADOPTION OF AN UNBORN CHILD

To counter the propaganda for abortion, Msgr Fulton J. Sheen recommended the spiritual adoption of unborn babies. This was to be done by praying that these little ones be spared abortion, and continue to live after birth.  During your earthly life, this child which you have adopted will be known only to God, but in the hereafter, you will enjoy each other’s company for all eternity. 

The following prayer, said every day for one whole year, was recommended: 

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you very much; I beg you to spare the life of the unborn child that I have spiritually adopted, and which is in danger of being aborted.  Amen.


PRO-LIFE PRAYER COURTESY OF THE USCCB

Father and maker of all, you adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness.  Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life.  Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.