Respect Life

About our Parish Respect Life Group

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The Parish Respect Group promotes the sanctity of human life in our parish and community.  We offer opportunities for parishioners to pray, become better educated, volunteer, and support organizations and events that encourage respect for all human life.

Commitment: If you want to attend or support any of our annual events – March for Life in January, Life Chain in October, 40 Days for Life, the Advent Giving Tree for Project Rachel/Gabriel Project – watch the bulletin for information. With the help of the parish Women’s Council, we also support A Woman’s Choice Crisis Pregnancy Center through a monthly diaper collection (every 2nd weekend of the month) and an Advent Greens sale. See the contact information below for more information about how you can help with these or other projects.

For more information, contact Dawn Beutner at thebeutners@cox.net.

“Building a Culture of Life” Internet Toolkit

How can you build a culture of life? Here are some great web sites to help you out.

Are you married? Whether you’re just dating or are about to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary, this site has resources to help you work on your marriage and relationships: foryourmarriage.org

What does the Catholic Church really teach about the gift of human sexuality? Here’s a great site with more than 80 instructional videos to make it easy to learn.  CatholicSexuality.com

Have you heard the truth about natural family planning? Find out how the gift of human sexuality and procreation can build up your marriage, not treat it like a disease, starting here:  Natural Family Planning info

Are you hurting after an abortion? Call the Project Rachel office for the Arlington diocese at 1-888-456-HOPE for free, confidential help, including post-abortion retreats, spiritual counseling with a priest, and professional counseling referrals as needed. Take the first step toward healing, and talk to one of the Project Rachel counselors today. You can also find help at www.helpafterabortion.com or www.abortionchangesyou.com.

Are you pregnant and in need of help? If you’re pregnant and need help – or just someone to talk to – please call 1-866-444-3553 or go to www.helpforpregnantwomen.org. Counselors at the Gabriel Project office for the Arlington diocese can give you free, confidential support and can help you find the resources you need in your parish, community, and in the diocese.

Have you lost a child through miscarriage? See the information at these pages if you’ve lost a child or want to support someone who has. Pregnancy loss or Loving parents after miscarriage

Are you or is someone you know thinking about artificial reproductive technology (in vitro fertilization, sperm or egg donation, etc.)? See the medical information and explanations of Church teaching at the U.S. Catholic bishops’ web site first. Reproductive Technology

Is pornography hurting you and your family? You’re not alone! Find helpful resources from the Arlington diocese at this link, including support for men, women, and parents – and particularly Bishop Loverde’s pastoral letter on the subject. Bought With a Price

What does the Church really teach about contraception? The U.S. Catholic Bishops have many resources at their site – www.usccb.org – and here is one of them. Life Matters: Contraception

What really happened when abortion was legalized in this country? See this page from the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment for the real story behind Roe vs. Wade. EndRoe.org

What does the Church really teach about end of life issues, such as assisted suicide and palliative care? See this page at the U.S. Catholic bishops’ web site: End of Life issues

What are some things you can do to ensure that your medical wishes, as a Catholic, are respected in case you are incapacitated? First, the Diocese of Arlington has created a Catholic Advance Medical Directive which complies with Virginia law and allows you to name a Health Care Agent who can make decisions for you. Copies of the directive are available in the church vestibule, and digital copies are available here. Catholic Advance Medical Directive form Once you have completed your Advance Medical Directive and/or some other medical documents, they can be uploaded to a state registry here. Connect Virginia site

Are you in need of specific services, such as transportation to medical appointments or grief support? Our parish’s Good Samaritan Society coordinates various ministries to serve seniors, the homebound, and other people in need in our community. See the resources here:  Good Samaritan Society

Do you want to be educated about legislative issues in Virginia in which Catholic moral and social justice teachings are involved? Sign up with the Virginia Catholic Conference: www.vacatholic.org

Do you want to be educated about legislative issues at the federal level in which Catholic moral and social justice teachings are involved? Sign up with Human Life Action, the pro-life office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ National Committee for a Human Life Amendment. Human Life Action

Pope Francis on the Culture of Life

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON THE CALL TO HOLINESS IN TODAY’S WORLD

100. I regret that ideologies lead us at times to two harmful errors. On the one hand, there is the error of those Christians who separate these Gospel demands from their personal relationship with the Lord, from their interior union with him, from openness to his grace. Christianity thus becomes a sort of NGO stripped of the luminous mysticism so evident in the lives of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, and many others. For these great saints, mental prayer, the love of God and the reading of the Gospel in no way detracted from their passionate and effective commitment to their neighbours; quite the opposite.

101. The other harmful ideological error is found in those who find suspect the social engagement of others, seeing it as superficial, worldly, secular, materialist, communist or populist. Or they relativize it, as if there are other more important matters, or the only thing that counts is one particular ethical issue or cause that they themselves defend. Our defence of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development. Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection.[84] We cannot uphold an ideal of holiness that would ignore injustice in a world where some revel, spend with abandon and live only for the latest consumer goods, even as others look on from afar, living their entire lives in abject poverty.

 

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