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

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.

 

Solidarity Concert – November 4

Join us for a benefit event for the needs of the Archdiocesan Venezuelan Mission and the Latino community of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church November 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m.!

St. Stephen’s Catholic Church invites you to an evening for all ages to enjoy great music provided by artist Danielle Rose. Danielle Rose is a music missionary who invites others to experience the Eucharistic love of Jesus and Mary through song. There will also be a special appearance by local Mexican Folkloric Dancers. The evening will provide fellowship and the opportunity to purchase unique handcrafted items made by the Venezuelan people. All of these proceeds will go to help support the needs of the Latino community of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church of Anoka and the Venezuelan Mission of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Danielle Rose’s CDs will also be available for purchase.

A freewill offering will be taken and authentic Mexican food will be served for hors d’oeuvres.

For more information, please visit: facebook.com/solidarityconcert , or email: solidarityconcert@gmail.com .

To learn more about Danielle Rose and her music ministry, visit her website .

The concert is sponsored by St. Stephen’s Peace and Justice Committee.

Media support provided by Relevant Radio

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 may not be a meeting in December, June, or July.)  Come share your knowledge, skills, and ideas to help promote the Gospel of Life and enlighten others!

 

 

40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil – Saturday, October 28 at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul

St. Stephen’s Church will be participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign, which is a peaceful grassroots community-based campaign to draw attention to the injustice of abortion through prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach. This is a national campaign and not a protest. Since the first campaign in 2007, over 13,305 lives have been saved, 154 abortion workers have quit, and 90 abortion clinics have been closed!

Those who participate will gather on the sidewalk in front of the St. Paul Planned Parenthood clinic where abortions are performed to pray and be a peaceful presence. We are encouraged to arrive in prayer and leave in prayer. We will have no contact with sidewalk counselors or clinic patients. If you are personally addressed, politely say you are praying. We will have a few signs that say “Pray for an End to Abortion.”

St. Stephen’s has one two-hour time slot: 9:30–11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 28. To register or for more information, please stop by the sign-up table after Mass on the weekends of October 14/15 and October 21/22 or you may email Pam at pamsings01@gmail.com.

If you wish, you may ride a bus which will be leaving St. Stephen’s and driving to the Planned Parenthood (671 Vandalia St.) site. You are also welcome to drive there on your own. If you choose to ride the bus, we will gather OUTSIDE in the east church parking lot (by the office) at 8:30 a.m. to board the bus. The bus will leave promptly at 8:45 a.m. We will leave the site as soon as we can load the bus after our two-hour time slot ends at 11:30 a.m.

Please consider joining us as an individual, a family, group of friends, prayer/study group, youth group, or a church organization. Please check the weather and dress appropriately. We are committed rain or shine. The power of this prayerful witness is not to be underestimated. For more information on 40 Days for Life go to: https://40daysforlife.com/. This event is sponsored by Life Matters ministry.

 

 

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/