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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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/