PRO-LIFE

MISSION:  St. Patrick's Pro-Life Committee is a very dedicated group of people who promote and advocate the sanctity of life.  The group has a simple goal: to respect, protect, love and serve life - every human life, from conception to natural death.

Here at St. Patrick we especially focus on unborn children and helping mothers and/or fathers to keep their babies.

The Committee is also involved in various other activities such as gift and fundraisers for the various Centers for Life agencies.

Pro-Life Garden

PRO-LIFE MEMORIAL GARDEN:  The Pro-Life Memorial Garden just outside of the Parish Center,

was "birthed" by the coordination and funds raised by this committee. 

Come, sit and pray for the unborn in a peaceful setting.

 

MEMBERSHIP AND GETTING INVOLVED:  All are welcome to join the Pro-Life Committee: age, faith or background makes no difference...just a strong commitment to pro-life is needed.  We extend a warm welcome for all to join us at our meetings which are held on the third Monday of every month immediately following the Rosary for Life in Columbus Hall.  Perfect attendance is NOT required!  For further information, contact Bill and Debbie Lonsdale at 860-638-7317.

GET INVOLVED:

     - Join your parish Respect Life Committee.

     - Pray The Rosary for Life from 7:00-7:30pm and The Divine Mercy immediately following the Rosary every Monday in Columbus Hall.

     - Don't walk away from discussions about abortion and euthanasia at work or where acquaintances gather.  Discuss these issues with Colleagues.

     - Advance pro-life issues in professional organizations to which you belong.

     - Volunteer to counsel women in a local pregnancy aid center, ask the Diocesan Respect Life Office how you might assist the diocese's post abortion ministry.

     - Volunteer for respite care program that helps families caring for seriously ill members at home; help the local hospice program.

     - Contact your federal or state representatives on important pro-life legislation, especially when asked to do so by your diocese or parish - send that letter,                      make that phone call, sign that postcard.  These things make a difference!

     - Pray.  Pray privately and take part in programs of prayer.

     - Provide financial assistance to the diocesan Respect Life Office, local programs of pastoral care or People of Life, the pro action campaign of the Bishop's              

       Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

     - Be well-informed - keep up with the news and read basic documents.

UPCOMING EVENTS:  40 Days for Life - September 27 - November 6, 2016

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP: 

Birthright of Greater Hartford has 12 offices throughout Connecticut.  There is help available for as long as is needed in categories such as: education, medical aid, financial assistance, adoption, housing, employment and counseling.  Birthright is an all-volunteer organization founded to help any female distressed by her pregnancy regardless of marital status.  Call the following toll free number for the office nearest you: 1-800-550-4900.  http://birthright.org/en/our-philosophy.

St. Agnes Family Center: 860-521-7516  http://stagneshome.org.

A Better Choice (ABC): 860-344-9292  http://abcwomenscenter.org.

St. Gerard's Center for Life: 860-205-7179 Cell phone; 1-800-712-4357 24-hour hotline   www.stgerardcenter.org.

Project Rachel:  If you or someone you love has had an abortion or was the father of an aborted baby, their lives matter:  http://hopeafterabortion.com.

PRINT RESOURCES:

The Gospel of Life (EvangeliumVitae), Pope John Paul II, 1995

Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2001

Living Gospel of Life, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1998

Faithful for Life; A Moral Reflection, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1995

These are available from USCCB Publishing or the USCCB'S Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities:  they can also be downloaded from www.usccb.org/prolife.  Two newsletters: (Abortion) and Life at Risk (Euthanasia and assisted suicide)

WEBSITES:

www.usccb.org/prolife - Prime resource for bishop's policy and teaching statements on pro-life issues.

www.nchla.org - organizational and contact information about the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment.

www.stemcellresearch.org - site of Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics, providing background and current reports on stem cell research.

www.secondlookproject.org - ads and background information designed to encourage those who are "pro-choice" to take a second look at their position on abortion.

www.hopeafterabortion.com - information about abortion's aftermath and the Catholic Church's post-abortion ministry

www.RU486facts.og - factual information about the drug RU-486

www.tobinstitute.org - Theology of the Body is a complete vision for humanity - a people fully alive!  It incorporates the beauty and purpose of the human person made male and female.  Theology of the Body proposes that the body makes visible an invisible reality, ant through it men and women find joy, hope, freedom, and fulfillment.

www.rachelsvineyard.org - worlds largest ministry for healing after abortion.

www.ctfamily.org - state and federal advocacy for all life issues from conception to natural death.

www.heartbeatinternational.org - Heartbeat International's mission is to REACH and RESCUE as many lives as possible around the world, through an effective network of life-affirming pregnancy help, to RENEW communities for LIFE.

CONTACT INFORMATION:  If you would like more information about the Pro-Life Committee please contact St. Patrick office at 860-267-6644.