Our parish has a dedicated Pro-Life Outreach Ministry. This group actively participates in the annual Life Chain event in October, the promotion of the annual March for Life in Washington, various post card campaigns, the May Crib collection of various baby items for the Pregnancy Aid Center, the promotion of Project Rachael, Priests for Life, and our annual “baby bottle boomerang” fundraiser.
Today, more than ever, there is a need for ongoing education, advocacy, and prayer to ensure that this critical issue is kept in the forefront of our consciousness. We must oppose the laws that endanger the lives of the innocent and desensitize our society to the truth that all life is, as Pope John Paul II reminds us, “unique, precious and unrepeatable.” Life issues are among the most important to us as Catholics, and it is crucial that we actively show our commitment and support to promote change in a way that will protect the pre-born and inspire a better appreciation for the value of all life. When we reflect on the needs of the poor and the neglected, the unborn are surely the poorest of the poor. We must have the courage and compassion to protect them.
- Bishops Renew Call To Legislative Action On Religious Liberty – click here.
- March for Life – January 27, 2017 – Click here.
Rosary for Life:
Join us on the first Saturday of each month to pray the Rosary For Life. We join together in prayer directly following the 8am Mass in the chapel.
“Why me Lord? Can’t someone else do it? Try as I might, I couldn’t ignore the plight of the innocent being killed and the prompting to do something to defend them. And what have I received back from participating in the pro-life cause – a greater understanding of how we each are created in the image and likeness of God and how deeply God loves and values each life that He has created, including my life, no matter the condition of that life. Look into the eyes of a child, a senior, a family member and see the love of God and consider joining with us in defending God’s gift of life.” – Kevin Dugan
“From the beginning of time, our loving God has freely chosen to create human life in His image and likeness, male and female, to be fruitful and multiply in order that all humanity might one day share in His own blessed life as family, eternally. What an awesome God! What a precious gift is a human life! God loves each and every one of us so much that He sent HIS only Son, Jesus to redeem us from our sinfulness. I am blessed by the grace of God to be a baptized Catholic, and I take the mission of the Church seriously, to bring all souls into communion with Christ for their salvation. As a Catholic mother and registered nurse, I am dedicated to do all I can to protect human life at every stage of development, from conception to natural death, and to share God’s message for eternal salvation by my life witness. I am very happy to serve as an active member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception’s Pro-Life committee.” – Mary Blessing
In his remarks to the Phoenix Catholic Physician’s Guild, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver condemned moral indifference in the face of the culture of death as dishonesty towards God and ruinous to America; and reminds us that God will hold us responsible for our lack of action in support of Life. The Archbishop recalls the statement of the American Jesuit scholar Father John Courtney Murray – “Anyone who really believes in God must set God, and the truth of God, above all other considerations.” In considering this statement, Archbishop Chaput states: “Here’s what that means. Catholic public officials who take God seriously cannot support laws that attack human dignity without lying to themselves, misleading others and abusing the faith of their fellow Catholics. God will demand an accounting. Catholic doctors who take God seriously cannot do procedures, prescribe drugs or support health policies that attack the sanctity of unborn children or the elderly; or that undermine the dignity of human sexuality and the family. God will demand an accounting. And Catholic citizens who take God seriously cannot claim to love their Church, and then ignore her counsel on vital public issues that shape our nation’s life. God will demand an accounting. As individuals, we can claim to be or believe whatever we want. We can posture, and rationalize our choices, and make alibis with each other all day long — but no excuse for our lack of honesty and zeal will work with the God who made us. God knows our hearts better than we do. If we don’t conform our hearts and actions to the faith we claim to believe, we’re only fooling ourselves. We live in a culture where our marketers and entertainment media compulsively mislead us about the sustainability of youth; the indignity of old age; the avoidance of suffering; the denial of death; the meaning of real beauty; the impermanence of every human love; the dysfunctions of children and family; the silliness of virtue; and the cynicism of religious faith. It’s a culture of fantasy, selfishness and illness that we’ve brought upon ourselves. And we’ve done it by misusing the freedom that other — and greater — generations than our own worked for, bled for and bequeathed to our safe-keeping. …Changing the course of American culture seems like such a huge task. But St. Paul felt exactly the same way. Redeeming and converting a civilization has already been done once. It can be done again. But we need to understand that God is calling you and me to do it. He chose us. He calls us. He’s waiting, and now we need to answer Him.” How will you answer God’s call to protect Life?