The St. Vincent de Paul Respect Life Committee is dedicated to responding to Pope John Paul II's call in The Gospel of Life to respect, protect, love, and serve life in our society through programs which support, promote, and create a culture of life.
October is Respect Life Month
Please prayerfully consider joining in these activities in support of Respect Life Month.
40 Days for Life – Wednesday, September 26th through Sunday, November 4th. Please join us in 40 days of prayer and fasting as we seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life. In addition, please pray for healing for all those who have been affected by abortion, for conversion of those who advocate for or are directly involved in performing abortions, for parents who feel that abortion is their only choice, and for all those who work to provide alternatives to abortion.
Life Chain – Sunday, October 7th from 2-3 pm. Join in a peaceful witness of prayer by attending the annual LIFE CHAIN. During the Life Chain, hundreds of people will line Dodge Street between 60th and 90th Streets, praying in defense of life. The SVdP location is the north side of Dodge Street between 88th and 90th Street in front of American National Bank. Signs bearing a pro-life message will be available after the Masses Oct. 6 and 7, or you may select a sign at the site. You may also pray without a sign. Praying is the most powerful thing we can do to build a culture of life.
Project Rachel - The pain of a past abortion need not endure for a lifetime. Trust in God’s loving mercy. Call Project Rachel for a confidential referral to those who can help: 888-456-HOPE (888-456-4673. PROJECT RACHEL provides confidential spiritual and psychological healing and hope.
In 1531, when the indigenous peoples of Mexico were subjected and the practice of human sacrifice was still a recent memory, the Mother of God appeared to St. Juan Diego as a regnant native woman, now known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
She sent him with miraculous flowers in his cloak to tell the bishop to build a church where people could receive her Son and her loving, tender care. When St. Juan Diego opened the cloak before the bishop, an image of Our Lay was revealed that remains to this day. The chapel was quickly built, millions embraced Christianity, and the Church increased its protection of the indigenous peoples.
By embracing the mission entrusted to him, St. Juan Diego helped bring Christ’s transforming love to cultures grippe by oppression and death.
Today, we again see the dignity of human life disregarded. Unborn children are destroyed through abortion, and ill people are encourage and assisted to take their own lives. How do we respond?
The essence of our identity is that we are created in God’s image and likeness and loved by Him. Nothing can diminish the priceless work of any human life. Every person is cherished.
God creates every person for eternal union with Himself and continually invites us to embrace a loving relationship with Him. Every person is chosen.
We are called to be messengers of God’s love, treating one another as cherished and chosen by Him. In doing so, we help build a culture that respects all human life. Every person is sent.
Like St. Juan Diego, let us embrace our daily mission to help others encounter God’s transforming, life-giving love.