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.

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!

 

 

Respect Life Weekend is coming October 14-15!

Theme:  Moved by Mercy

“We are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us.”  Pope Francis calls us to be the hands and feet of Jesus in a world filled with pain and suffering, tragedy and injustice.

Life Matters invites you to join us as we respect and celebrate life through Merciful Actions!  We will have information tables in the Gathering Space and in the FCC for the Masses with hospitality.  We will also be giving away items including a teen magazine, a comic book for children, Precious Feet pens, Life is Precious bracelets, and a book entitled Why Pro-Life?.   A NEW craft table will be available for children after the 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Masses.  Free will offering items will include: Life Matters T-shirts and a “Life before Birth” 2018 calendar which illustrates monthly fetal development.

Other pro-life organizations exhibiting include:  WomenSource pregnancy center, MCCL (Minnesota Concerned Citizens for Life), and Holy Family Adoption Agency.

 

 

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.

 

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.!

All ages are invited to enjoy a night of great music and tasty Mexican food.  Stay to shop at the Mercado to buy unique gifts made by the Venezuelan community.

There will be a special appearance by local Mexican folkloric dancers.

A freewill offering will be taken.

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

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