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.
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)
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
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.
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.