Respect Life Ministry

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Meetings of the Respect Life Ministry

Please join us!! 

The Respect Life and The Gabriel Project Ministries currently have combined meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., via the "Lifesize" video conferencing platform.

  Events and information relative to the Respect Life Ministry alone will be presented and discussed on a quarterly basis, during the combined meetings. 

Please contact the Rectory Office to express your interest in joining us.  

We look forward to meeting you!




Respecting God's greatest gifts, from Conception to Natural Death

This ministry promotes the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death through prayers, education and support for crisis pregnancy homes and centers.  The members also participate and promote the Annual WALK FOR LIFE event in San Francisico.  

The unifying goal of the Respect Life office is to serve as a loving witness to the fundamental truth that every human life is sacred and worth living. 

“Truth without compassion

Leads to harsh authoritarianism.

Compassion without truth

Leads to permissive anarchy.

It was the Truth that set me free,

And the compassion of others that removed my shame.

~ Bernadette Goulding, Rachel’s Vineyard Coordinator for Ireland and the UK.

THIS IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HUMANAE here for a 31 minute video by Christopher West on Humane Vitae: The Most Controversial Church Document of Modern Times >>>

Educational Resources

Click on to find out whether a business contributes directly or indirectly to a group, organization, or cause that is liberal and is likely to violate Church teaching, or instead, is a business that contributes to a group, organization or cause that is conservative and is likely to support Church teaching.

1: A score of 1 indicates direct donations or direct support to a liberal group, cause, organization, or non-profit.

2: A score of 2 indicates indirect donations or indirect support to a liberal group, cause or organization or non-profit. For example: When a company contributes to a United Way chapter that funds Planned Parenthood.

3: A score of 3 indicates neutrality on an issue. Either a company has no record of supporting or not supporting any issue or the company has given to equally between liberal and conservative groups, causes, organizations and non-profits.

4: A score of 4 indicates indirect donations or support to a conservative group, cause, organization or non-profit.

5. A score of 5 indicates direct donations or supports to a conservative group, cause, organization or non-profit

Here are some of the companies that have been extracted from the comprehensive list of employers providing adoption assistance, available at Resources 4

1 American Express

2. Bank of America

3. General Electric

4. Valero Energy Foundation

Click here to access the site: Resources 4

Life issues in U.S. Legislation

Update of California Senate Bill 24 of 2019: Tragically, the bill, authored by Senator Connie Leyva and co-authored by Bill Dodd (Senate representative for our district and also Catholic) passed both Houses in the California legislature and Governor Newsom, also a Catholic, proudly signed it into law on 10/11/19!  Millions of our taxpayer dollars, including $10M for "security" to establish on campus abortion centers to dispense abortion pills at all UC and CSU campuses has been approved to be spent and will be shelled out for this diabolical effort.  

Click on the link below for details of the passage of 2019 SB 24 (legislative website):



Opposition Letters to SB24 Collected !!

Californians for Life collected approximately 19,000 letters of opposition from Catholic Church parishioners across the state and presented them to California's Assembly members on 8/28/19.   2,000 of those were received/submitted from St. Mary's and St. Joseph's Churches in Vacaville and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Fairfield! Praying Hands Emoji Emojipedia


Movies of Interest:

Unplanned, the movie trailer 

The story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood facility Director of eight years who is now passionately pro-life


 "Unprotected", the movie trailer by Don Johnson



Gosnell, the movie trailer:

A story based on the actions of Philadelphia abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell.


Respect Life Topics - PRAYER WARRIORS sign-up here!!!


Prayer Vigils at PP Sites


The Fall 40 Days for Life prayer vigil campaign starts on Wednesday, 9/23/20 and continues through Sunday, 11/1/20.

St. Mary's Respect Life Ministry members are partnering with the Respect Life Ministry members of Holy Spirit Church in Fairfield to pray at the Planned Parenthood abortion business, 1325 Travis Blvd. (Fairfield), between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., during the 40-day period. 

The Church teaches Catholics that we must be faithful supporters of human life in prayer and action.  Please join us to pray for and defend the Unborn persons in the womb, who have no voice to put a stop to the violence waged against them at and by abortion centers, such as Planned Parenthood.

Please click on the link below to sign up for prayer vigil slots of one hour each.  (You will need to set up a login and password first; this is easy.)

Then, bring your Rosary, a face mask and a favorite pro-life prayer book to the vigil (if you have one). 

Some pro-life signs will also be available to those interested in wearing/carrying them while at the abortion business.

40 Days For Life Video

In addition to praying at the Planned Parenthood business in Fairfield during the 40 Days for Life campaigns, St. Mary's and Holy Spirit Church Respect Life members pray there on all Wednesdays, year-round, rain or shine, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  Wednesdays have been chosen as they are the days when most surgical abortions take place at the business.  Please join us any Wednesday morning for these peaceful, prayerful vigils.


If you have questions about the above, contact Debra Thomas of the Respect Life Ministry at 707- 761-2414.


Join our "PRAYER CHAIN" with Alpha Clinics of Northern California

"No-Not-This-One" campaign....

Every time we learn of a woman considering abortion we send an anonymous text asking for prayer. Don't worry - it's not a group text so nobody else will see your number and you won't be bothered with incessant buzzing.



50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae videos: by Christopher West>> and from Dr. Janet Smith of Christendom College>>



Life Issues Institute Documentary - Chemical Abortion Pill

A Closer Look at the Chemical Abortion Pill [15-Minute Documentary]

No on SB 24 March Around the Capitol - St. Mary's, St. Joseph's, Holy Spirit and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Churches

Sacramento Mother of Twins Leads Pro-Life March Against College Abortion Bill

Sb 24 March Around Capitol Photo

SB 24 Protest March - 8/13/19

Q & A for Respect Life & Gabriel Project

It's best to reach the rectory secretary during business hours or our direct Rectory line 707-448-2390 to leave a message for a call-back from a Respect Life or Gabriel Project ministry representative. Also, you can email us at and one of our coordinators will get back to you ASAP.

*(Refer to the first column of this webpage for meeting & activity details). St. Mary's Church Respect Life Ministry members pray the Rosary in front of the Planned Parenthood building, 1325 Travis Blvd. in Fairfield, every Wednesday between 7 and noon. The ministry members also meet at the Memorial for the Unborn at the side of the Church at 3:15 pm each Sunday to pray for an end to abortion. To join in this important ministry work, please contact Clarence Lewis by phone at 707-631-1545, or via email at Please join us and bring your rosary and Pro-Life intentions for special prayers for the most vulnerable among us, the Unborn.

We raise awareness to the precepts of the Catholic Church through the Catechism and "to affirm the dignity of human life, embracing the certain reality that society must respect, defend, and promote life at every moment and in every condition, without regard to distinction. In addition, we are involved throughout the year with activities such as the Annual WALK FOR LIFE- WEST COAST  held in San Francisco.  We do sign-ups in December and January and take several buses to downtown S.F. to join our brethren in providing a vocal and visual message that people of the West Coast stand for Life.  To reach out to women harmed by abortion and to inform society of the damage done to women and our society by the evils of abortion.

*Next year’s WFL 2020 date is still pending. This event is held in San Francisco and which purpose is "to change the perceptions of a society that thinks abortion is an answer". Abortion does violence to women and to their children, both physically and emotionally. We deserve better than abortion.

Mission Statement: We intend to establish a new West Coast tradition of celebrating life and we’re calling for solidarity among women and all people of good will in affirming human life.
Abortion harms women and men; it divides families and society. Women–and all people–deserve better than abortion.
We strive to shed light on all issues of life, but particularly to change hearts hurt by the violence of abortion.

Walk for Life 2019 pics

The Gabriel Project is a parish-based ministry to support pregnant mothers and their unborn children. When you call the 1-800-910-0191 help line you will be matched with a parish coordinator who will contact the caller to make an initial assessment of her situation.

A parish volunteer (Angel) is assigned the responsibility for ongoing contact with the mother throughout her pregnancy and somewhat beyond. An initial meeting will further assess her needs. The parish community responds with love by providing spiritual, emotional and material support to help meet those needs.

Through prayer and action the community assures each mother that she has their love and the love of Christ.

You can learn more about the ministry by calling the rectory at 707-448-2390.

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Taylor Marshall: Amazon Synod might be ‘attempt to change Catholic morality’  by LifeSiteNews staff (September 27, 2019)


Pray for Planned Parenthood pro-life conversions...

(July 22, 2019 by Kathryn Jean Lopez, senior fellow at National Review Institute)


The Liturgy is More Than a Text (July 23, 2019 by Msgr. Charles Pope)


Fr. Frank's Column: Two Distinct Types of Radical State Abortion Laws (excerpt from

Father F. Pavone March 2019 - Radical State Abortion Laws


The Challenge of Being a Christian by Matt Nelson (November 14, 2018)

Matt Nelson (Word on Fire) November 2018


Bishop Athanasius Schneider: We are in the Fourth Great Crisis of the Church by Sarah Atkinson, Catholic

Bishop Schneider on 4th Great Church Crisis by S. Atkinson

Articles on Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Articles on Bishop Raymond Burke

Charity Reports from the Lepanto Institute

Lepanto Institute - Charity Reports


Subject: Lofty Arguments - Should the Church Choir Be In Front Of Us or Up High Behind Us?

The Way of Beauty blog March 2019


10 Tips for Newcomers to the Latin Mass (by Sam Guzman)

The Music of the Traditional Latin Mass

The Roman Catholic Man


Cardinal Pell Trial observer calls Guilty Verdict "Incomprehensible" by

National Register


Life Site News with John Henry Westen:

Priests for Life:

Cardinal Raymond Burke:

A Catholic Life:  A Catholic Life blog November 2018

Traditional Catholics Emerge:  Traditional Catholics Emerge June 2019

Right to Life of Central California  (John Gerardi's Right to Life Radio Podcast regularly updated)

Priests for Life (Fr. Frank Pavone)

On the Lighter Side...

The Bad Catholic's Guide by John Zmirak