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.
Come share your knowledge, skills, and ideas to help promote the Gospel of Life and enlighten others!
Exciting Upcoming Event:
40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil
October 26, 2019 – St. Stephen’s Parishioners have their “thumbs up”! They took a bus to the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul and want to do it again next year! 40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses.
Prayer for Life and Dignity
Eternal God, creator and sustainer of life, bless us with the courage to defend all life from conception to natural death. Bless us with the strength to respect all peoples from east to west, from north to south so t hat we may truly follow the call of Jesus to be neighbor. We ask this in the name of Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen
(From Being Neighbor: The Catechism and Social Justice, USCCB, April 1998)
In March and April of 2019, St. Stephen’s parish hosted an informative series called What to Do: A Conversation on Life and Death Issues. On March 12, Monsignor Steven Rohlfs was our guest speaker and his topic was Respecting Life at its End: Principles and Problems. Monsignor Rohlfs his doctorate in moral theology and shared with us Catholic moral teaching on the meaning of life, the meaning of death, and examined real-world cases when cases were not so clear-cut. We invite you to watch this engaging and informative presentation that we posted on Facebook.
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 websites to learn more about life issues.
Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Beginning of Life, Respect Life Outreach, Persons with Disabilities, End of Life, Biomedical Ethics, Faithful Citizenship. https://www.archspm.org/life-human-dignity/
Be Not Afraid at www.benotafraid.net A private non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide comprehensive, practical and peer-based support to parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis and carrying to term.
Catholic Vote at www.catholicvote.org A lay-led movement of committed Catholics seeking the common good that is universal to all men and women of good will. To receive their weekday publication (The Loop from Catholic Vote) on the big issues of the day from a Catholic perspective, click “join” at the top to sign up.
Human Life Alliance www.humanlife.org 651-484-1040 (Minneapolis, MN)
Promotes awareness of the inherent dignity and personhood of human life, born and preborn, without exception or compromise. Great resource for brochures and information!
Minnesota Catholic Conference (public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Minnesota) https://www.mncatholic.org/
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life at https://www.mccl.org (MCCL) MN Citizens working to secure protection of all innocent human life from conception until natural death through education, legislation and political action. Sponsors MN March for Life at the State Capitol on January 22nd every year.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center www.ncbcenter.org (215) 877-2660 conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, and derives its message directly from the teachings of the Catholic Church. The NCBC offers a free consultation service by a credentialed bioethicist who can share with you the Catholic principles for addressing an ethical dilemma involving health care or the life sciences.
Natural Family Planning (NFP) – The Couple to Couple League gives an overview of simply knowledge of a couple’s fertility. They teach classes for sympto-thermal method. There are multiple other methods as well. https://ccli.org/what-is-nfp/
Prenatal Partners for Life www.prenatalpartnersforlife.org Mary Kellett – Support, information and encouragement for families carrying to term with an adverse prenatal diagnosis. (Maple Grove, MN 763-772-3868)
Priests for Life at www.priestsforlife.org an ecumenical pro-life organization that is a family of ministries reaching out to every aspect of the pro-life movement, for both clergy and laity to end abortion and euthanasia.
Pro-Life Action Ministries https://plam.org/ (PLAM) an interdenominational Christian organization dedicate to publically defending the sanctity of human life and saving lives from abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia through peaceful and direct action and education. They also organize the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigils at Planned Parenthood, St. Paul.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Twin Cities (healing after abortion): https://rvineyardmn.org/
Students for Life at https://studentsforlife.org/ the nation’s largest youth, pro-life organization, dedicated to equipping college, high school, middle school, medical and law school students to abolish abortion. We exist to transform culture by helping young people make abortion unthinkable and obsolete on their campus, in their community and in our nation.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Life issues: https://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/pastoral-plan-prolife-activities.cfm
WomenSource (pregnancy center in Anoka): https://www.womensource.org/