The Respect Life Committee represents the parish’s efforts to promote, support, and defend the most fundamental of the Catholic Church’s teachings in social justice regarding the protection of the dignity and sanctity of human life at all stages of existence, from the moment of conception to natural death.
Our activities include prayer and special services, the National March for Life, Maryland March for Life, 40 Days for Life, and support to abortion alternatives including Columbia Pregnancy Center and Mary's Home.
National March for Life
The National March for Life. It is an inspiring, peaceful, vibrant, and joy-filled rally of women, men, young people, and children from all across the country. Every year, tens of thousands of pro-lifers converge on the National Mall and march on Capitol Hill.
The right to life is a human right. Our defense of that right is a joyful witness to the beauty and dignity of every human person.
Maryland Catholic Declaration for Healthcare Decision Making
Continual advances in medical technology bring many blessings but also pose complex ethical questions. While many of us avoid thinking about illness and death, they are a reality. We encourage you to take time now, before a crisis, to prayerfully consider your health care and end-of-life wishes with your Catholic faith in mind, to talk with family members, and to put your wishes in writing. The Maryland Catholic Conference has developed resources that can help you in this process and bring comfort and peace. Principles of health care and end-of-life decision making, FAQs, and an advanced care directive that is Catholic, were developed in light of Maryland law, and can be used here in Maryland.
Natural Family Planning
Natural family planning (NFP) is the practice of achieving or avoiding pregnancy through an awareness of the fertile and infertile phases of the woman's cycle. When pregnancy is to be avoided, abstinence is used during the fertile time. It is healthy, organic, and natural. And it is holy!
These methods allow the married couple to live according to Catholic teaching on welcoming children and being open to life.
Local Instruction for NFP
Project Rachel Baltimore (www.archbalt.org/project-rachel) serves all women and men hurting emotionally and spiritually after involvement with abortion. If you are interested in attending a retreat or would like to speak with a peer minister, a priest or counselor, please email email@example.com or (410) 625-8491 (call) or (410) 299-9345 (text only). All services are confidential.
God's healing love and mercy are always possible
Holy Innocents is a ministry for families who have lost children to miscarriage. The ministry offers information about burial and memorial options as well as resources on spiritual and emotional support. For more information call 410-547-3142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your call or email will be returned.
The Gospel of Life
"The Gospel of Life Compendium" is a condensed version of the landmark pro-life encyclical. This thorough summary makes Pope St. John Paul II’s prophetic writing more concise and easier to understand for those looking to deepen their understanding of the Church’s beautiful teachings on the sacredness of human life. An introductory foreword provides background and context to help readers better understand The Gospel of Life.
Respect Life Month
Since 1973, the Catholic Church in the United States has observed October as “Respect Life Month.” This year, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities invites Catholics to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Respect Life Month by embracing “radical solidarity” with women facing difficult or challenging pregnancies.
Bishop Burbidge echoes Saint John Paul II, who coined the term “radical solidarity” in reference to the care owed to vulnerable pregnant women: “In firmly rejecting ‘pro-choice’ it is necessary to become courageously ‘pro woman,’ promoting a choice that is truly in favor of women. … The only honest stance, in these cases, is that of radical solidarity with the woman.”
While our efforts must remain strong to end legalized abortion, Bishop Burbidge affirmed the personal responsibility of all Catholics to “thoroughly surround mothers in need with life-giving support and personal accompaniment.”
Read Bishop Burbidge’s full statement, “Living Radical Solidarity” here.