Respect Life

Contact: Joan Mullane

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.


The 29th Annual Beaufort Life Chain will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2020.  This is the date chosen by the National Life Chain, just two days prior to the Election.  So, it’s very important that we show up in large numbers this year.  We will meet in front of Beaufort City Hall and we will be on the sidewalk from 2:30 – 3:30 pm in silent prayer.  Because of the Covid-19, there will be special restrictions in order that all participants remain safe.  In the meantime, please pray for the success of the Life Chain and for the upcoming Election.


61 crosses, each representing 1,000,000 abortion deaths fostered by the 1973 Roe Versus Wade decision of the Supreme Court, are located between the Church and the Parish Center.  Please take a moment to reflect on the impact of this decision on the individual, the family, and our country.   Please pray that we have the wisdom and courage to bring an end to abortion and preserve a culture of life.

The Saint Francis Spiritual Adoption Program’s babies are now two months old.

According to the “Watch Me Grow!” Pamphlet, the baby is making quick developmental progress.  During this month, the baby’s fingers and toes are developing; also the baby’s ears, lips, nose and tongue can clearly be seen by ultrasound.  Even brain waves can be recorded.  At eight weeks of gestation the baby is now called a “fetus”, which means “little one”.


The Saint Francis Spiritual Adoption Program’s babies are now two months old.

According to the “Watch Me Grow!” Pamphlet, the baby is making quick developmental progress.  During this month, the baby’s fingers and toes are developing; also the baby’s ears, lips, nose and tongue can clearly be seen by ultrasound.  Even brain waves can be recorded.  At eight weeks of gestation the baby is now called a “fetus”, which means “little one”.

     Please participate in saving a baby by daily praying the following:

“Jesus, Mary and Joseph I love you very much.  I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted and who is in danger of abortion”.

(Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)

     Kindly note, IT IS NOT TO LATE TO PARTICIPATE in saving a baby and his/her parents.


Good News for abortion survivors!  Remember how hard we all worked to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, but the speaker of the House would not even allow it to come up for a vote?  Well, last week President Trump issued the Born Alive Executive Order that guaratees medical care for premature babies, babies born with disabilities and babies born alive following an abortion.  The order also increases federal funding for neonatal research.  Thank you for your steadfast prayers o behalf of these vulnerable people! 

"Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Mt. 25:40)


Dear Friends for Life,

Election Day approaches! If you're not yet registered, you have a few hours in which to squeak by. The deadline to register by e-mail is 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4; or by mail with a postmark of no later than Monday, Oct. 5. Details can be found at www.scvotes.gov

If you're registered but wish to vote absentee, you may visit a county voter registration office in person or apply for an absentee ballot by mail or phone. Call the local registration office at 843-255-6900 for details, or go to www.beaufortcountysc.gov and click on the "I Want To" tab at the top left.

Registering is half the battle...the next step is deciding for whom to vote.  We are not allowed to tell you that, but we may provide objective information to inform your decision.  So.....

Click on the links below to access the candidate comparison sheets for three races: 

   - U. S. President, incumbent President Donald Trump vs. challenger former Vice President Joe Biden (compiled by the National Right to Life Committee);

-  U. S. Senate, incumbent Senator Lindsay Graham vs. challenger Jaime Harrison (compiled by the National Right to Life Committee);

  - U. S. Congress, 1st District, incumbent Congressman Joe Cunningham vs. challenger S.C. Representative Nancy Mace (compiled by HH Citizens for Life President George Loud, from the candidates' websites).

We hope this information is helpful to you. If you are unable to open the attachments, please let me know and I will try to send the information in another format. 

Pray, learn, vote, and pray some more!

Barbara Griswold, Secretary

Hilton Head Citizens for Life


This year marks the 25th anniversary of St. John Paul II's "Letter to Women."  In it the Pope observed that women "acknowledge the person, because they see persons with their hearts.  They see them independently of various ideological or political systems.  They see others in their greatness and limitations; they try to go out to them and help them.  In this way, the basic plan of the Creator takes flesh in the history of humanity and there is constantly revealed . . . that beauty - not merely physical, but above all, spiritual - which God bestowed from the very beginning on all . . . " (12)

St. John Paul II, pray for us as we seek to heal our social ills by recognizing the dignity of every human being in word, deed, and law.


Rachel's Vineyard Retreat

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat is a supportive, confidential, nonjudmental weekend retreat for women and men who have had an abortion experience.  The retreat offers a chance to explore how they feel about the abortion and an opportunity to find healing and peace.  The team is extremely compassionate and understanding and helpful.

Our 2020 Retreats in South Carolina are:

November 6 - 8 - Charleston

For more information or registration:

Christy - 803-554-6088

Kathy - 803-546-6010

or you may click on this link to email for information.

Now is the time. . .


NFP AWARENESS WEEK 2020

Please click on this link to find out more about NFP


S.C. Statistics, Part Three: Last week we learned that 5,101 abortions took place in 2019, and that 57% were committed at Planned Parenthood clinics. This week's alarming fact is that 39% of the aborted babies were black, yet African-Americans comprise only 28% of our state population. Let us pray, work, and vote to end this insidious form of racism by upholding the first civil right: the right to life!  (Source: SCDHEC Dept. of Biostatistics)


Had an Abortion?

"I would like now to say a special word to women who have had an abortion.  The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision.  The wound in your heart may not yet be healed . . . But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope . . . The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation."  (St. John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, Section 99)


More than 700 people from the Diocese of Charleston attended the National March for Life on January 24th, where they made their presence felt with signs, vocal chants, and prayer.


 

For more pictures of the Rally for Life, please click on the photo above.


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.


Since this is Superbowl Sunday, you football fans might be interested to hear that NFL star Ben Watson, tight-end for the New England Patriots, is now scoring points for the unborn!

"My goal is to unveil the truth about abortion, the laws, the history, and where our country is headed.  I believe in the sanctity of life, be it in the womb or on your deathbed.  That is my conviction," he said about this upcoming pro-life film, "Divided Hearts of America."  Sounds like a winning game plan!

Jesus, Mary, 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.


Click here for: WHAT’S YOUR PART IN THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT?

 

 February is Black History Month, during which we highlight the accomplishments of many talented, courageous African American men and women.  Dr. Mildred Jefferson is rarely mentioned, yet she was the first African American woman to be accepted to Harvard Medical School, the first woman to complete a surgical rotation at Boston City Hospital, and the first female surgeon at Boston University Medical Center.  Why isn't she mentioned?  Because she was pro-life , explaining:  "I became a physician in order to save lives, not to destroy them.,  I will not accept the proposition that the doctor should relinquish the role of healer to become the new social executioner." (Columbia, January 2020)

 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.


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