Mission Statement: Respect Life is a ministry that attempts to bring awareness within the parish to the clash between the culture of life and the culture of death.
Current Activities: A summary of the activities that Respect Life conducts on a yearly basis includes: The Rosary Crusade for Life; Pro-life flyers in bulletins; Life Chain in Beaufort; White Cross Display; An annual Rally for Life near the Thrift Shop; Stand Up for Life Rally in Columbia; March for Life in Washington DC; An annual Spiritual Adoption Program; and Prayer Vigils at Savannah Abortion Clinics.
Each cross, located between the Church and the Parish Center, represents 1,000,000 babies aborted in the United States since 1973. They were placed there on September 25th and will remain there until November 3rd to bring attention and participation in the 40 Days for Life international program of prayer to end abortion. Prayer cards are available in the Narthex of the Church. For more information, please call Joan Mullane, Respect Life Chair - 843-342-5789.
Here is a list of upcoming events that might be of interest to you. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Sunday, November 17: Beaufort Life Chain
Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful, public witness to the sanctity of human life. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. in front of Beaufort City Hall on Boundary Street or by calling Theresa Pulliam at 843-812-3336 ahead of time. Participants stand quietly and prayerfully along the sidewalk from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., rain or shine. For photos and more info about the national Life Chain concept and philosophy, go to www.lifechain.net.
Looking ahead...more details to come:
- January 10 - 11, 2020: Proudly Pro-Life Weekend, Columbia, SC, sponsored by SC Citizens for Life www.sclife.org/events
- January 19, 2020: Stand Up for Life, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Hilton Head, SC
- January 24, 2020: National March for Life, Washington, D.C. (the mother of all marches!) www.marchforlife.org
There are many ways to live out our Catholic Church's beautiful teaching on the sanctity of human life. One of the easiest ways is to vote for candidates who understand that the first civil right is the right to life!
Before you get distracted by holiday festivities, take a moment to think: Am I registered to vote? If so, do I still live at the address listed on my voter registration card? If the answer to either question is no, click on this link. You can also call the Voter Registration office at 843-255-6900. Do it NOW! Election Day will be here before you know it!
Action is requested to advance HR 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which is stalled in the US House of Representatives. This common-sense legislation would simply require that appropriate medical care be given to any child who survives an abortion. You would think that this would be a no-brainer, but the sad fact is that Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, will not even allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote! The only way to overcome this obstacle is to gather enough signatures on a "discharge petition", thereby allowing an open vote by all House members. So far, 201 legislators have signed; 17 votes are needed. Our representatives in the House of Representatives, Congressman Joe Cunningham, has NOT yet signed the petition. But as a first-time Congressman who promised to be "an independent voice in Washington." I am sure he can be convinced of the fair-mindedness of this humane bill. Below you will find all the details about this effort, but if you just want to make a quick call to Representative Cunningham based on this quick summary of the situation, here is his contact information:
Beaufort Office - 843-521-2530 (710 Boundary Street, Suite 1D, Beaufort, SC 29902
Washington Office - 202-225-3176 (423 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Congressman Joe Cunningham's Website
Calls are usually answered by his staff and take only a minute, during which you politely express your wish for him to sign the "Discharge Petition" for HR 962.
Thank you for all of your pro-life work, seen and unseen,
Barbara Griswold, Secretary
Hilton Head Citizens for Life
Last week we rejoiced that the number of abortions reported in SC for 2018 declined to 4,646, the lowest number since 1975. The majority of those abortions were divided between Planned Parenthood's two facilities in Charleston and Columbia. The rest were done at the Greenville Women's Clinic, a privately-owned business. Since even one baby's death is too many, we must continue to work in various ways to make abortion unnecessary, unprofitable, and unthinkable.
The St. Gianna Respect Life Ministry of St. Gregory the Great has a year-round prayerful presence at the Savannah abortion facility.
Local Contact: Linda Bauer - 843-706-3441 or e-mail at [email protected]
Vigil Location: Outside Savannah Medical Clinic at 120 E. 34th Street (near the corner of Abercorn).
Vigil Hours: Anytime during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
Prayers Needed: Twins were recently saved from abortion at this location, but your prayers are critical for this ministry of love and hope.
We thank God for the results of 20 previous Days for Life campaigns worldwide:
13,305 babies saved from abortion
154 abortion workers converted
86 abortion centers closed
Learn more and get involved by visiting our campaign. Please click this link for more information.
Current Volunteer Opportunities: Participants needed for all the above listed activities. For more detail on these activities see Respect Life Activity Detail.
Throughout the year, announcements in the Evangelization section of the parish bulletin encourage prayer, meditation and action.
Click here for: WHAT’S YOUR PART IN THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT?
In a chilling reminder that abortion is a human tragedy, not a political issue, authorities recently discovered the medically preserved remains of 2,246 unborn babies at the home of Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who died on September 3rd. Dr. Klopfer was the most prolific late-term abortionist in the state of Indiana and was cited for many safety and legal violations, including failure to report sexual abuse of minors. The Diocese of Fort Wayne has offered to bury the fetal remains so that in death, at least, these unfortunate babies might be treated with the dignity that was denied them in the course of their lives.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.
The Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Low Country is in need of an APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) to work with prenatal clients 2 days per month. Please click on this link to contact Vera Bailey. Please go to the Pregnancy Center Website to learn more about our local pregnancy center and the many free services it offers, then spread the word.