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!
WomenSource 5k/walk/fun run – Saturday, June 10
St. Stephen’s Life Matters ministry encourages you to support WomenSource, our local pregnancy help center, by participating in their Life is Beautiful 5k/walk/fun run at Basset Creek Park in Crystal. WomenSource has teamed up with Northside Pregnancy Options for this inaugural event. To register for event go to http://bit.ly/lifeisbeautiful5k . Upon registration, participants may solicit sponsorship/pledges online or use pledge form. They will be collecting diapers, formula, clothing and NEW baby equipment such as strollers, car seats, high chairs etc. during the event. Please prayerfully consider contributing!
WomenSource compassionately assists women and couples experiencing an unplanned pregnancy by instructing them on all their options, encouraging life affirming options and providing pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, resources/referrals and parenting education to help them achieve the best outcome for them and their baby.
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/