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 St. Francis annual Spiritual Adoption Program’s babies are now five months old. This month marks the half-way point to their birth. The baby is twelve inches long and is very active. His mother can feel him stretch and move. And he is strong enough to kick hard against the outside of the uterine wall and dent it. Babies born at this age have been known to survive. Please pledge to save a baby and his/her parents by daily praying the following prayer for nine months.
“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, who is in danger of abortion”. (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)
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)
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.
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)
"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.
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.
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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.