Respect Life Ministry

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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 VITAE...click here for a 31 minute video by Christopher West on Humane Vitae: The Most Controversial Church Document of Modern Times >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxwh8-ztBmw

Respect Life Activities & Topics of Interest:

CURRENT EVENTS:·

Please VOTE NO on SB-24!  As informed California Catholics we should be informed that the current Senate Bill is designed to turn all CA public universities into first trimester abortion providers. 

Previously known as SB-320 in 2018 which was vetoed by then Gov. Jerry Brown before leaving office.  It is now back as SB-24 and going through the Hearing process in the State Senate.  Click here for more info:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201920200SB24

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Prayer Vigils at PP Sites

40 DAYS FOR LIFE started on Ash Wednesday March 6th and continued through April 14.  However, members of our Respect Life Ministry continue to pray at Planned Parenthood Fairfield on Wednesdays...the day surgical abortions take place there.  

All interested parishioners are invited to join our ministry members and parishioners from Holy Spirit Church in Fairfield for these ongoing prayer vigils each Wednesday between 7:00 A.M. and 12:00 noon at the Planned Parenthood site,1325 Travis Blvd. in Fairfield  Bring your rosary and Pro-Life intentions for special prayers for the most vulnerable among us, the Unborn. Members of our ministry are available to answer your questions concerning this powerful prayer ministry at Planned Parenthood in Fairfield. 

If you have questions on these events, contact Clarence Lewis of the Respect Life Ministry at 707-631-1545, or via email at franciscan.life@gmail.com. 

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PREVIOUS EVENTS over the past year:

50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae videos: by Christopher West>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxwh8-ztBmw and from Dr. Janet Smith of Christendom College>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHb8L4cgvNk

Many thanks to Ms. Anna Bakh !!! from Students for Life of America for a very informative speaker event in November 2018!!  We will have her back again during the summer of 2019, stay tuned for details. 

https://studentsforlifeofamerica.givingfuel.com/northerncalifornia?registrants.source=hf&registrants.messageid=11781950

http://studentsforlife.org/

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Life issues in U.S. Legislation

**Update on SB-24. Although California governor vetoed campus "abortion pill" law in 2018, it has returned in a new package.  Here is the lates infor in the California Senate....

https://legiscan.com/CA/bill/SB24/2019

 

Meeting Times and Dates...Mark your calendar!!!

Please join us at one of our Meetings!!  All Parishioners of St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s are invited!!

Mark your calendar!  You can also view the Parish Calendar here.

We hold separate monthly meetings with our Respect Life Ministry and Gabriel Project Ministry groups. 

  • Monthly meetings of the Respect Life Ministry will be on the 4th Thursday of each month, 6 - 7:30 pm in Room 7 of the Parish Hall. Please note that the 5/23 meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting of this ministry will be held on Thursday, 6/27.
  • Monthly meetings for the Gabriel Project will be on the 2nd Thursday of each month, 6 - 7:30 pm in Room 7 of the Parish Hall.  

In addition, we hold quarterly joint meetings to bring the two groups together.  The first quarterly joint meeting of the two groups was held on May 9th.   This was a very special event with guest speakers Terri Brawner, parish coordinator, Alpha Pregnancy Center and Jennifer Cargo of the Opportunity House.

For more information on Respect Life meetings, please call the Rectory Office @ (707) 448-2390 or Clarence Lewis @ 707-631-1545 and/or email respectlife@stmarysvacaville.com
 

Minutes of Respect Life Ministry Meetings

Movies of Interest:

 
UnPlanned Trailer - In Theaters March 29

The Official Trailer! In theaters everywhere March 29. Unplanned is the inspiring true story of one woman’s journey of transformation. All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she was involved in upwards of 22,000 abortions and counseled countless women about their reproductive choices. Until the day she saw something that changed everything.

Posted by Unplanned on Thursday, January 31, 2019

 

 "Unprotected", the movie trailer by Don Johnson

 

 

Gosnell, the movie trailer:

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

 

 

Special Screening of "UNPROTECTED" the Movie

Hello Respect Life and Gabriel Project Supporters at St. Mary's Parish:

The special screening of the new Movie by Don Johnson Ministries called "Unprotected" was a great success. We were able to achieve our 78 person minimum capacity at Edwards Theatre. Mr. Don Johnson was take a short Q&A, and sell books and DVDs.  Overall it was a very nice showing that parishioners (of Solano County parishes) do come out in force with a surprise visit from Fr. Blaise Berg of St. Mary's Church in Vacaville.  The Movie is well-made film about the nuances of the world and church teachings (e.g. the Theology of the Body, the pill, JPII and the perils of sexual chaos over the last half century and the untold damage to millions of people).

You can go to your parish and request a copy or go directly to his website at www.donjohnsonministries.org

c/o St. Mary's Respect Life & the Gabriel Project Ministry

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 RespectLife@stmarysvacaville.com and one of our coordinators will get back to you ASAP.

*(Refer to the first column of this webpage for meeting & activity details). Also, the 40 DAYS FOR LIFE campaign started on Ash Wednesday March 6th and will continue to April 14. As an added feature, (SMC-RL) our ministry will continue to participate pray at Planned Parenthood until the Ascension of Our Lord at Pentecost, June 9, 2019. To join in this important ministry event, please contact Clarence Lewis by phone at 707-631-1545, or via email at franciscan.life@gmail.com. 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.

Other Catholic News you may have missed....

APRIL 29, 2019 BY MSGR. CHARLES POPE

Why Did Christ’s Glorified Body Still Have Wounds?

http://blog.adw.org/2019/04/christs-glorified-body-still-wounds/

 

***ACTION ITEM ALERT on the BORN ALIVE BILL***

Abortion Ideology Running Roughshod Over Common Sense in State Legislature by John Gerardi

http://righttolifeca.org/abortion-ideology-running-roughshod-over-common-sense-in-state-legislature/

https://www.priestsforlife.org/alert/index1.aspx?id=166

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

https://www.newsmax.com/frankpavone/abortion-new-york-vermont-illinois/2019/03/12/id/906588/

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

https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/the-challenge-of-being-a-christian/4921/

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

http://www.courageouspriest.com/bishop-athanasius-schneider-fourth-great-crisis-church

Charity Reports from the Lepanto Institute

https://www.lepantoinstitute.org/charity-reports/

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

http://www.thewayofbeauty.org/blog/2019/3/lofty-arguments-should-the-choir-in-church-be-at-the-front-or-behind-us-in-the-gods

Cardinal Pell Trial observer calls Guilty Verdict "Incomprehensible" by ncregister.com

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/cardinal-pell-trial-observer-calls-guilty-verdict-incomprehensible