Peace & Justice

Respecting the Dignity of All Human Life

St. Stephen’s Peace and Justice Committee typically meets the third Wednesday evening of each month at 7:00 p.m. to discuss various justice issues and plan events/activities to put our faith into practice.

Subcommittees have developed under the umbrella of peace and justice. These subcommittees are devoted to more specific issues.  The current subcommittees include Life Matters and Solidarity.

Contact  Sister Mary Anne Schaenzer, Pastoral Care Director, at 763-712-7441.

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!


9 Days for Life Novena

The Anoka Knights of Columbus and St. Stephen’s Life Matters group encourage you and your family to participate in the 9 Days for Life novena taking place January 14-22. Prayer cards can be found in the church Gathering Place near the K of C kiosk. You can subscribe to receive daily prayers at and get more information on the 9 Days for Life campaign, Prayer Service for Life at the Cathedral of St. Paul, and MCCL March for Life at the State Capitol at: .






Upcoming Respect Life Events

January 14 – Life Matters monthly meeting 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Archbishop Romero Room

January 2210:30 a.m. Prayer Service at the Cathedral of Saint Paul; Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life March for Life at the State Capitol at noon.

The Annual Prayer Service for Life commemorates the millions of lives lost to abortion and the many women and men wounded by abortion’s aftermath. Archbishop Hebda will be the presider.

The MCCL March for Life will begin at noon on the State Capitol grounds, followed by a brief program at 12:30 p.m.  At the Capitol MCCL will announce their 2019 legislative agenda and introduce pro-life lawmakers and officials.  There will not be a bus from St. Stephen’s Church this year.





February 19Catholics at the Capitol – RiverCentre/State Capitol in St. Paul
Now is the time to begin to transform politics in Minnesota. Join your local bishops and thousands of Catholics plus guest speakers in St. Paul on Tuesday, February 19 to learn how you can build relationships with your newly elected officials and advocate for life and human dignity. Get your tickets, register for transportation and find more details about this inspiring day of prayer, education and advocacy by visiting . Registration closes Sunday, February 3 at 11:50 p.m.

FREE Archdiocese Park-and-Ride Locations – You will select your transportation or parking option on your registration form. Nearest location: St. John the Baptist – 835 2nd Ave NW New Brighton, MN 55112. After you register you will receive a follow-up email with details on the time and location of departure.







Below are some links to learn more about life issues.

Human Life Alliance:

Life Matters mission:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Life issues:

Women Source (Anoka’s pregnancy center):

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Marriage and Family Life:

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Biomedical Ethics:

Minnesota Catholic Conference (public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota):

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (secures protections for innocent human life from conception until natural death through effective education, legislation and political action):

Pro-Life Action Ministries (40 Days for Life prayer vigil, etc.):

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Twin Cities (healing after abortion):

Listening to each other with a spirit of Charity helps bring us to a common communion with others.

This took place when people from our Spanish speaking community who were struggling in difficult economic and emotional situations had an opportunity to share their reality with St. Stephen’s English speaking community’s Peace and Justice Committee.

One person was an immigrant from Central America and the other was a single mother. They knocked on the doors of our church and the Holy Spirit opened all of our hearts.

Out of this encounter in our community, and moved by faith, a Solidarity Group has been formed. The Solidarity Group offers moral, spiritual, and material support to those in need. We are convinced that encounters such as the one described above, help transform our community and give us an opportunity to live together in Faith. “One Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:5.