Respect Life

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Mission: The Respect Life Committee of Saint Pascal Parish is resolved to serve the people of God by working to promote a respect for all human life from conception to a natural death. We are dedicated to speaking the truth in love through both education and action. We support and welcome the work of the Respect Life Office and bring its initiatives of prayer, education, legislative action, and ministerial outreach to St. Pascal.

Saint Pascal Respect Life Ministry meets the first Thursday of each month in the Neckerman Room at 6:00 PM.

Call to Prayer

The Catholic Bishops of the United States have called for a nationwide effort to advance a movement for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty through prayer, penance, and sacrifice.

Pray for our nation. Pray for life, marriage and religious liberty. We are in need of spiritual stamina during this time of unprecedented challenges." Join the movement --

  • Monthly Eucharistic Holy Hours in Parishes
  • Daily Rosary by families and individuals
  • Special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses
  • Fasting and abstinence from meat on Fridays.

  • The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched a pastoral strategy addressing critical life, marriage and religious liberty concerns.

    The overall focus is to invite Catholics to prayfor rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protection of religious liberty. The five-part strategy of the call to prayer includes monthly Eucharistic Holy Hours, a daily family rosary, special prayers of the faithful at all Masses, fasting and abstinence on Fridays, and the second observance of a Fortnight for Freedom. Resources can be found at:

    Let us love our faith, defend our faith, and live our faith!

    A primary task for the pro-life movement is to draw society into deeper reflection about the mystery, wonder and value of human life. We need to promote an alternative to the technological outlook which seeks to control and manipulate birth and death, to reduce nature to "matter", to elevate having over being, to depersonalize the body and sexuality, and to replace the criterion of personal dignity with the criterion of efficiency, functionality and usefulness. Our task is to call our brothers and sisters' hearts and minds to wonder and awe. - Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, "Mystery of Life Grand Prix Award Address,” January 17, 2008 U.S. Conference

    Abortion: “The right to life does not depend, and must not be declared to be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or a sovereign.” - Mother Teresa of Calcutta

    Post-abortion aftermath: “I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion…do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope…The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” – Pope John Paul II

    Chastity: “Chastity presupposes respect for the rights of the person, in particular the right to receive information and an education that respect the moral and spiritual dimensions of human life.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church

    Capital Punishment: “The new evangelization calls for followers of Christ who are unconditionally pro-life… A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil.” – Pope John Paul II

    Artificial contraception: “Marriage and conjugal love are by their nature ordained toward the begetting and educating of children. Children are really the supreme gift of marriage and contribute very substantially to the welfare of their parents." – Second Vatican Council

    Euthanasia: “…suffering, especially suffering in the last moments of life, has a special place in God’s saving plan; it is in fact a sharing in Christ’s passion and a union with the redeeming sacrifice which He offered in obedience to the Father’s will.” – Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

    Embryonic stem cell research and Human cloning: “No objective, even though noble in itself, such as a foreseeable advantage to science, to other human beings, or to society, can in any way justify experimentation on living human embryos or fetuses, whether viable or not, either inside or outside the mother’s body.” - Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

    Vaccines developed from the tissue of aborted babies: “By his reason, man recognizes the voice of God, which urges him to do what is right and avoid what is evil.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church “The upright conscience calls good and evil by their proper names.” - Second Vatican Council

    Prayer for Life

    O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.

    ~Pope John Paul II Encyclical Letter "The Gospel of Life" Given in Fome, on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, in the year 1995.

    Good Links

  • Priests for Life
  • USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat
  • National Catholic Bioethics Center
  • Planned Parenthood Unveiledl
  • Prenatal Partners for Life
  • Support for Those Facing an Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis
  • Evangelium Vitae
  • Medical Assistance for Infertility
  • March for Life
  • Students for Life of Illinois
  • Post-abortion Healing
  • Chastity Education
  • Pornography: What's the Problem?
  • Abortion Choices
  • The Women's Center
  • Aid for Women