You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth. Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written; My days were shaped, before one came to be. Psalm 139:13-16
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God has given us this incredible gift of life. The Book of Genesis tells us “God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them”. Sadly, too many in our world today have lost sight of this truth, resulting in a culture that does not value all life. There are serious threats to human life in its most vulnerable stages-the unborn, the sick, the elderly, the handicapped. There is an increase in living conditions that violate human dignity and there is an attack on religious freedom. We are all called to make this a better world with our prayers and acts of love and mercy. This is the purpose of the Respect Life Ministry; to spread the message of the dignity and sanctity of all human life through prayer, education, and community outreach. Your support and prayers are very much needed and appreciated. There are many ways you can help, publicly or privately. You can make a difference.
*The next Respect Life Prayer Service is Saturday, May 5th.
All are invited to join in praying for an increase in respect for life from conception to natural death. Each month from October to May, we gather on the first Saturday at 8:45am (unless otherwise noted in the bulletin). Father is also available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at this time. The prayer service is followed by refreshments and fellowship.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 55th Anniversary, April 22, 2018
Father, we’re your people, the work of your hands.
So precious are we in your sight that you sent your Son, Jesus.
Jesus calls us to heal the broken-hearted,
to dry the tears of those who mourn, to give hope to those who despair,
and to rejoice in your steadfast love.
We, the baptized, realize our call to serve.
Help us to know how.
Call forth from among us priests, sisters, brothers and lay ministers.
With our hearts you continue to love your people.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. Amen.
World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, April 22nd, also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The purpose of this day is to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes. You can find many resources to promote a culture of vocations on the USCCB Vocations webpage (www.usccb.org/vocations).
RESPECT LIFE RESOURCES
Respect Life Resources
There are many prayer and educational resources available in the narthex of our church.
Please help yourself. You can also reference the list below for additional information.
Diocese of Fall River Pro-Life Apostolate
450 Highland Avenue Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2577
Fall River, MA 02720 Fall River, MA 02722-2577
Tel.Parish Telephone: 508-675-1311 Fax (508) 730-2887
Project Rachel Hotline: (508) 997-3300 confidential-for anyone hurting from past abortions
• The Catechism of the Catholic Church
• Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) St. John Paul II’s encyclical on the value and dignity of
human life; can also be found on the Vatican website, www.vatican.va
• Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) Bl. Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on the regulation of birth; can
also be found on the Vatican website, www.vatican.va
Church documents which can be found on the Vatican website, www.vatican.va:
• “Salvifici Doloris” (On the Meaning of Human Suffering) Apostolic letter of St. John Paul II
• “Donum Vitae” Instruction on respect for human life in its origin and on the dignity of
procreation; Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith
• “Iura et Bona” Declaration on Euthanasia; Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith
Church documents which can be found on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website, www.usccb.org:
• “To Live Each Day with Dignity”
• “Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services”
Other resources which can be found on the National Catholic Bioethics Center, www.ncbcenter.org:
• “A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decisions”
• “Making Sense Out of Bioethics”-articles by Fr. Tad Pacholczyk
The following websites contain educational information as well as resources for prayer:
www.usccb.org United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
www.ncbcenter.org National Catholic Bioethics Center
www.vatican.va The Holy See
www.learnyouroptions.org Free and confidential pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and counseling for women or couples in unexpected pregnancies.
Saturday Prayer Services
Only with prayer –
prayer that storms the heavens for justice and mercy, prayer that cleanses our hearts and souls –
will the culture of death that surrounds us today be replaced with a culture of life.”
-Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Catholic Bishops
All are welcome to come to our monthly Prayer Service for Life. It is held on the first
Saturday of the month (unless otherwise noted in the bulletin). Prayer begins at 8:45am and is
usually concluded by 9:30am. Father Johnson is available for confessions at this time also.
After the prayer service, refreshments are available for those who wish to stay for fellowship and
Unable to come to the prayer services because of health reasons or because of family or work
commitments? You can join the dedicated group of people who have promised to pray for life at
home. Your prayers, whether daily, weekly, or even monthly, can make a difference. Please
contact Father or Donna if you are able to help in this way.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
Photos at an abortion clinic