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

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. (The group typically does not meet in December, June, or July.)  Come share your knowledge, skills, and ideas to help promote the Gospel of Life and enlighten others!

 

Respect Life Weekend is coming October 13-14!

“Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”   Matthew 28:20

When battered by life’s storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances.  Yet with words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, the Lord says to us, “Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20.

Life Matters invites you to join us as we respect and celebrate life through all its ups and downs. The Respect Life Weekend will include:

  • In the Gathering Space:
    • NEW “Just for Teens” table with freebies + drawing for a Life Matters t-shirt
    • Life Matters information/brochure tables
    • FREE pro-life items including pens, bracelets, bookmarks, etc.
    • Fetal Models
    • Exhibitors:
      • Human Life Alliance with end of life expert present
      • Holy Family Adoption Agency
      • WomenSource pregnancy help center
    • In the Faith Community Center Hospitality Room after 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses:
      • Craft Area for Children
      • Life Matters (long & short sleeve) t-shirts
      • NEW LIVE Prenatal Ultrasound Presentation in FCC 10 by Robbinsdale Women’s Center at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

 

NOTE:   Since Fr. Bennet Tran will be installed as our pastor October 14 at the 6:00 p.m. Mass, Respect Life displays and organizations will not be present in the Gathering Place/FCC.

 

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.