The mission of Life Matters ministry is to empower our parish to be a center of life, a parish of people who understand important contemporary life issues and who recognize the rights and needs of those among us who are most vulnerable. We do this though prayer, education, and participation in activities that promote reverence for life. Life Matters also collaborates with other Catholic area churches to move ahead the cause for life by sharing buses to events, knowledge of the issues, speakers and other resources.
Join the Life Matters team the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Archbishop Romero Room to discuss and prepare for upcoming events. (The group typically does not meet in December, June, or July.) Come share your knowledge, skills, and ideas to help promote the Gospel of Life and enlighten others!
Respect Life Weekend is coming October 13-14!
“Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
When battered by life’s storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. Yet with words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, the Lord says to us, “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20.
Life Matters invites you to join us as we respect and celebrate life through all its ups and downs. The Respect Life Weekend will include:
- In the Gathering Space:
- Life Matters information/brochure tables
- Fetal Models
- Free pro-life “goodies” including pens, bracelets, bookmarks, etc.
- NEW Teen Table with freebies + drawing for a Life Matters t-shirt
- Human Life Alliance with end of life expert present
- Holy Family Adoption Agency
- WomenSource pregnancy help center
- In the Hospitality Room (Faith Community Center) after 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses:
- Craft Area for Children
- Life Matters (long & short sleeve) t-shirts
We need lots of volunteers to pass out candy, be at tables, help with craft area, t-shirts, etc. Please contact Robin (763-421-0333) or Michele (763-862-0088).
NOTE: Since Fr. Bennet Tran will be installed as our pastor October 14 at the 6:00 p.m. Mass, Respect Life displays and organizations will not be present in the Gathering Place/FCC.
Below are some links to learn more about life issues.
Human Life Alliance: http://www.humanlife.org
Life Matters mission: http://www.st-patricks.org/life-matters
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Life issues: http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/pastoral-plan-prolife-activities.cfm
Women Source (Anoka’s pregnancy center): http://www.womensource.org/
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Marriage and Family Life: http://www.archspm.org/offices/marriage-family-life/
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Biomedical Ethics: http://www.archspm.org/departments/biomedical-ethics/
Minnesota Catholic Conference (public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota): http://www.mncc.org/
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (secures protections for innocent human life from conception until natural death through effective education, legislation and political action): http://www.mccl.org/
Pro-Life Action Ministries (40 Days for Life prayer vigil, etc.): http://plam.org/
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Twin Cities (healing after abortion): http://www.rvineyardmn.org/