Respect Life

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Mission Statement:  To promote in our parish and community respect for every human life from conception to natural death.

Goals:

  1. Pray for protection of all human lives
  2. Educate ourselves and others about Catholic teaching on pro-life issues
  3. Provide material, spiritual and emotional support for mothers and babies
  4. Support pro-life activities in our community
  5. Maintain a calendar of pro-life events
  6. Increase membership of the St. Thomas Respect Life Committee
  7. Promote pro-life legislation

Meeting times:  2nd Wednesday of each month except July and August.  Meetings begin at 1:00 p.m. and are held in the parish library.  All are welcome.

If you cannot attend meetings but would like to help with various activities, projects, or events, be on the committee’s e-mail list, or wish additional information, please contact Barbara Grant Yopko at 734-355-3503.

The St. Thomas Respect Life Prayer Team prays at Planned Parenthood Friday mornings 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  1st and 3rd Fridays at 4370 W. Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor; 2nd, 4th, 5th Fridays at 3100 Professional Dr. Ann Arbor.  Please join us to pray for an end of abortion and to ask for Our Lady’s intercession on behalf of the innocent unborn.  If you cannot come to Planned Parenthood to pray, the Respect Life Committee invites you to pray between 9:30 – 10:30 in solidarity.  See below for a Pro-Life Litany.

Watch parish bulletin for pro-life activities, events and information.

The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God, finds its primary purpose and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life. Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights –for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture—is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition of all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination. . . The human being is entitled to such rights, in every phase of development, from conception until natural death; and in every condition, whether healthy or sick, whole or handicapped, rich or poor. . .    – The Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World (Christifideles Laici), Pope (now Blessed) John Paul II

 

A PRO-LIFE LITANY (adapted from a prayer by Priests for Life)

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father, Creator of the world,

 

Response:  Have mercy on us!

For every sin against life,

For the bloodshed throughout our land,

For the silence of your people,

For the co-operation of your people in this tragedy,

For our pre-born brothers and sisters killed by abortion,

 

Response:  Lord, hear our prayer.

For our pre-born brothers and sisters threatened by abortion,

For mothers who have had abortions,

For mothers tempted to have abortions,

For fathers of aborted babies,

For abortionists,

For all who assist and cooperate in abortions,

For doctors and nurses, that they may nurture life,

For the clergy, that they may speak up for life,

For the pro-life movement,

For courage and perseverance in pro-life work,

For legal professionals, courts and judges, educators, media professionals,

For the protection of all human lives from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death,

In thanksgiving for the babies saved from abortion,

In thanksgiving for the mothers saved and healed from abortion,

In thanksgiving for all those who take a stand against abortion,

In thanksgiving for the call to be part of the pro-life movement,

 

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

 

Let us Pray

Almighty and ever-living God, You have created all things through your Son Jesus Christ.  He trampled the power of death by His Paschal Mystery.  May all who acknowledge you promote the sacredness of life and always serve you faithfully, through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen.