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.

Mission:  Promote respect for human life from conception to natural death.

How:  Through prayer, education, and participation in activities that promote reverence for ALL life

Meetings:  Second Monday of the month (except June, July, and December) at 6:30 p.m.  March 11 meeting has been cancelled.

Come share your knowledge, skills, and ideas to help promote the Gospel of Life and enlighten others!



2019 Events

January 14-22 – Novena for Life – Sign up at

January 22 – Cathedral Prayer Service and Minnesota March for Life at the State Capitol

February 19Catholics at the Capitol – RiverCentre/State Capitol in St. Paul
Now is the time to begin to transform politics in Minnesota. Join your local bishops and thousands of Catholics plus guest speakers in St. Paul on Tuesday, February 19 to learn how you can build relationships with your newly elected officials and advocate for life and human dignity. Get your tickets, register for transportation and find more details about this inspiring day of prayer, education and advocacy by visiting . Registration closes Sunday, February 3.

FREE Archdiocese Park-and-Ride Locations – You will select your transportation or parking option on your registration form. Nearest location: St. John the Baptist – 835 2nd Ave NW New Brighton, MN 55112. After you register you will receive a follow-up email with details on the time and location of departure.

March 6 – April 14 Lenten 40 Days for Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul

March 31 – “Unplanned” movie premiere – amazing story of Abby Johnson who worked at Planned Parenthood and quit. She later joined the pro-life movement and wrote her story. Join St. Stephen’s parishioners to see the new movie Unplanned! The movie is rated “R.” Life Matters ministry will get tickets for the showing on Sunday, March 31, 3:20 p.m. at the Rogers 18 Theatre.  Cost is $6.00.

To sign-up for tickets, call the parish office 763-421-2471 with your name, phone number, and email address OR stop by the Connect With Us desk after Masses on March 23/24. 




April 19 – Good Friday prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul


June 16 – Honor fathers on Father’s Day

Fall – 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul



October 2019 – Respect Life Weekend

November 28-30 – Christopher West presents Theology of the Body “Made for More” – purchase tickets now at . Christopher West released a booklet, Eclipse of the Body, in conjunction with the anniversary of Humanae Vitae and it’s already gone into a second printing.




Respect for life requires that science and technology should always be at the service of man and his integral development. Society as a whole must respect, defend and promote the dignity of every human person, at every moment and in every condition of that person’s life. (John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae)


Below are some links to learn more about life issues.

Human Life Alliance:

Life Matters mission:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Life issues:

Women Source (Anoka’s pregnancy center):

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Marriage and Family Life:

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Biomedical Ethics:

Minnesota Catholic Conference (public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota):

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (secures protections for innocent human life from conception until natural death through effective education, legislation and political action):

Pro-Life Action Ministries (40 Days for Life prayer vigil, etc.):

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Twin Cities (healing after abortion):

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.