Pro-Life Activities.../ Respect Life Ministry
Coordinators- Terry Henderson and Co Coordinator Hilda Wilt
Respect Life Vision- To affirm the dignity of human life, embracing the certain reality that society must respect, defend, and promote life at every moment and in every condition, without regard to distinction.
This ministry focuses on encouraging education of the parish and community on life issues by distributing literature, organizing activities, organizing approved speakers to give talks on pro-life issues. These activities are coordinated in collaboration with parish coordinators of faith formation.
Pastoral care to those in need is important to parochial ministry. It is in this way that the Church expresses concern for all people. Three major ministries in our diocese emanate from this pillar:
(1) Gabriel Project, (2) Project Rachel, and (3) Sidewalk Ministry.
The Gabriel Project is primarily responsible for the organization of the Gabriel Project apostolate within the parish. It receives referrals from the Pro-Life Help Line and delegates those mothers to parish Gabriel Angels. The Gabriel Project coordinator is trained as a Gabriel Angel.
Project Rachel educates the parish on the need and opportunities for post-abortive healing and promotes Project Rachel retreats and trainings for priests, counselors and spiritual directors in post-abortive healing. With the approval of the Office of Pro-Life Activities, in coordination with the pastor, a trained Rachel Angel may form a Project Rachel Support Group.
Sidewalk Ministry encourages prayerful and peaceful outreach at abortion facilities. Those involved in this ministry advertise prayer vigils or Sidewalk Angel trainings, seek to educate the parish on their responsibility to pray for the abortion facility that has the greatest impact on their community, and work with other Sidewalk Ministry coordinators, primarily through Team Coordinators.
Respect Life Ministry
“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know.” – Psalm 139:13-14
That all women, men, and family members suffering from abortion may know the Lord’s tender, healing love; We pray to the Lord: For all those facing an unexpected pregnancy: that the peace of Christ may fill their hearts; We pray to the Lord: For parents who have lost a child through miscarriage: that they may know the comfort and hope that Jesus brings; We pray to the Lord: