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!

 

Participate in the “9 Days for Life” Novena

The U.S. bishops annual novena “9 Days for Life” takes place Saturday, January 21 – Sunday, January 29. Pray for the respect and protection of all human life with new intentions, brief reflections, and more each day. Download the novena online, or participate through Facebook, email, text message or an app. Join at www.9daysforlife.com !

 

Minnesota faces real challenges: Assisted Suicide, Failing Schools, Family Poverty.

Catholics are called to respond.

PROTECT LIFE & HUMAN DIGNITY
Thursday, March 9, 2017        9 AM – 4 PM
River Centre/State Capitol, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Recently many people have taken to the streets, the sound waves, and social media to express their views and advance their ideas about society and public policy. Regardless of the merits of some of the views presented, these demonstrations conveyed an undeniable principle:  those who speak up are the ones who are heard.  In the midst of this uptick in advocacy, what will Catholics do? Will we speak up and share our unique message of human dignity and the sanctity of life with our elected officials? Or will we keep our light hidden, staying on the sidelines while others dictate the course of our society?

The bishops of Minnesota are hosting Catholics at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9, a day of inspiration and advocacy in St. Paul. Attendees will learn about the connection between our Catholic faith and citizenship, be informed about key issues facing our state, and then head to the Capitol to share their message with legislators.  Whether you’re a seasoned political veteran or a newcomer to advocacy, you’ll be equipped to make a difference, and to protect life and human dignity in Minnesota.

    • Kids and students 22-and-under FREE
    • Continental breakfast and boxed lunch included
    • Free tours of the newly renovated State Capitol
    • Diocesan-sponsored transportation available

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Learn more and register:  CatholicsAtTheCapitol.org

This is our moment.  Let’s go!

 

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.