Peace & Justice

Respecting the Dignity of All Human Life

St. Stephen’s Peace and Justice Committee 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.  There will not be a meeting in December.

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

Life Matters

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. (There will not be a meeting in December.)  Come share your knowledge, skills, and ideas to help promote the Gospel of Life and enlighten others!

The Life Matters committee will be showing the video “INFORMED: Life is Worth Living” after the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses Sunday, May 7, in FCC 10. The video will last about 30 minutes and will cover topics such as:

Organ donation
Facing a disability challenge
Understanding critical medical decisions
Understanding depression and dying
Choosing a hospice facility
The myth of physician-assisted suicide safeguards

Hospitality will be served! Life Matters T-shirts will be available.

There will be a representative from Human Life Alliance to answer questions.

All ages should know and understand these issues!

 

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/

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.