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, March 3rd at 8:45am. Deacon Tim will lead us in praying the Pro-Life Stations of the Cross.
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.
Diaper Drive continues through March 9th: St. Stan’s schoolchildren are conducting a disposable diaper drive. Any size is fine, but sizes 4, 5 and 6 are the most needed. The diapers collected will be given to Catholic Social Services for distribution to needy families. Donations can be left in the school lobby or in the collection bin in the church narthex. Thank you.
40 Days For Life Prayer Campaign February 14-March 25
Please join your prayers with those who are praying, fasting, and standing vigil at clinics around the country and around the world. Please visit www.usccb.org for more information.
*SAVE THE DATE*
March 17th 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil
You are invited to join us in the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil at the abortion clinic in Attleboro. This is the last abortion clinic in the Fall River Diocese. This quiet but powerful witness saves lives. Stay for as long or short a time as you like. We will leave from the Good Shepherd parking lot at 10:00am (after Stations of the Cross). Carpooling is available. For more information, please call Donna Lapointe (401-624-3796).
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