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.

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

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

Is it consistent to protect the environment and not protect human lives? Our Holy Father Pope Francis doesn’t think so. See these excerpts from Laudato Si’.

50. Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate. At times, developing countries face forms of international pressure which make economic assistance contingent on certain policies of “reproductive health”. Yet “while it is true that an unequal distribution of the population and of available resources creates obstacles to development and a sustainable use of the environment, it must nonetheless be recognized that demographic growth is fully compatible with an integral and shared development”.[28] To blame population growth instead of extreme and selective consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues. It is an attempt to legitimize the present model of distribution, where a minority believes that it has the right to consume in a way which can never be universalized, since the planet could not even contain the waste products of such consumption. Besides, we know that approximately a third of all food produced is discarded, and “whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor”.[29] Still, attention needs to be paid to imbalances in population density, on both national and global levels, since a rise in consumption would lead to complex regional situations, as a result of the interplay between problems linked to environmental pollution, transport, waste treatment, loss of resources and quality of life.

84. Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the fact that each creature has its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God. The history of our friendship with God is always linked to particular places which take on an intensely personal meaning; we all remember places, and revisiting those memories does us much good. Anyone who has grown up in the hills or used to sit by the spring to drink, or played outdoors in the neighbourhood square; going back to these places is a chance to recover something of their true selves.

91. A sense of deep communion with the rest of nature cannot be real if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings. It is clearly inconsistent to combat trafficking in endangered species while remaining completely indifferent to human trafficking, unconcerned about the poor, or undertaking to destroy another human being deemed unwanted. This compromises the very meaning of our struggle for the sake of the environment. It is no coincidence that, in the canticle in which Saint Francis praises God for his creatures, he goes on to say: “Praised be you my Lord, through those who give pardon for your love”. Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society.

123. The culture of relativism is the same disorder which drives one person to take advantage of another, to treat others as mere objects, imposing forced labour on them or enslaving them to pay their debts. The same kind of thinking leads to the sexual exploitation of children and abandonment of the elderly who no longer serve our interests. It is also the mindset of those who say: Let us allow the invisible forces of the market to regulate the economy, and consider their impact on society and nature as collateral damage. In the absence of objective truths or sound principles other than the satisfaction of our own desires and immediate needs, what limits can be placed on human trafficking, organized crime, the drug trade, commerce in blood diamonds and the fur of endangered species? Is it not the same relativistic logic which justifies buying the organs of the poor for resale or use in experimentation, or eliminating children because they are not what their parents wanted? This same “use and throw away” logic generates so much waste, because of the disordered desire to consume more than what is really necessary. We should not think that political efforts or the force of law will be sufficient to prevent actions which affect the environment because, when the culture itself is corrupt and objective truth and universally valid principles are no longer upheld, then laws can only be seen as arbitrary impositions or obstacles to be avoided.

 

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