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Respect Life

Thanks and blessing for all who continue to witness at the abortion clinic on Auburn and who have the courage to speak up for those whose voices will be forever silenced and whose lives will be snuffed out on this earth.
Jane Elfers
 
 
Respect Life Committee Activities
  • We pray, educate, and advocate for pro-life laws and for religious freedomPlanned parenthood
  • We educate our parish and community about life issues and be actively pro-life
  • We pray especially at Planned Parenthood for the unborn and the vulnerable and helpless to be saved
  • We support our students going to the March for Life and many attend the march!
  • We help install crosses for the Cemetery of the Innocents, symbolizing the number lost every day to abortion in the United States
  • We help moms at risk of abortion through our supported crisis Pregnancy Centers and Cincinnati Right to Life
  • We promote pro-life values and support right to life educational outreach with our fun family day at the Heartbeats for Life Race.
  • We support the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Covington, with Cross The Bridge For Life, a family-friendly and fun promotion of the Pregnancy Help Network on both sides of the river.
 

January March for Life in Washington, D. C. (Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, Jan. 22, 1973, decision by SCOTUS legalizing abortion during all 9 months of pregnancy). Prayer Service; Respect Life hospitality for Youth Group Bus pilgrimage to Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the March. Students may travel with Archdiocese buses. MARCH FOR LIFE AND STUDENT BUS TRIP WAS VIRTUAL Postponed to 2022.

March Installation of crosses Cemetery of the Innocents Respect Life hosts a refreshment table and adoration chapel visits to pray for the end of abortion. These crosses represent the number of babies killed by abortion EVERY DAY in our country. Removal of Cemetery by IHM day school students.  Contact: Paul Dadosky

LAMB LAYETTES - Thank you to all the parishioners who donated baby items for the Lamb Layette Baskets. 30 baskets were assembled in 2021 that contained baby blankets, bibs, baby socks, towel and washcloths, and various sizes of onesie and sleepers. These items were bundles together to look like a little lamb -- A gift for a woman choosing life for her baby. The Lamb Layette baskets and other baby items were donated to A Caring Place, Crisis Pregnancy Center located on Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road. A special thank you to Betty, Jackie and Vicki who handmade baby quilts, blankets and afghans. Thank you for blessing these women who are choosing life. Contact: Marge English 

IHM DAY SCHOOL Students help with Lamb Layettes, Baby Prayer Blankets (2022) and Cemetery of the Innocents cross removal.They write blessing notes to the first time moms in a crisis pregnancy. They pray over the Lamb Layettes. Alternate years they assemble prayer blankets for the layettes.

Spring 40 Days for Life (from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) Thank you for all who joined IHM Day on March 20th. You can sign up to pray at any time through this link:  https://www.40daysforlife.com/Cincinnati

April Heartbeats for Life 5k race will resume April 23, 2022.  Sponsored by Life Runners & Cincinnati Right to Life. Contact Jane Elfers

May Mothers’ Day Baby Bottles Bottles filled with coins (distributed weeks prior) and baby items are collected for one of our crisis pregnancy centers. We help gather and securely store the coin bottles, while baby items are placed in the wooden carts.  The collection will take place on May 8 and 9, 2021. Contact: Susan Scheidler

June Cross the Bridge for Life Held at Newport Festival Grounds along the river. This is a peaceful, family-friendly, pro-life stroll across the Purple People Bridge, led by Hibernian bagpipers, Knights of Columbus, clergy, seminarians and pro-life leaders and friends. There will be face-painting, food trucks, and Easter Rising playing throughout the event.

Fall 40 Days for Life Prayer and Fasting Vigil at Planned Parenthood for the end of abortion takes place September 22 to October 31.  Our church covers 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Planned Parenthood, 2314 Auburn Ave. Sign ups are available in the back of church for you to sign up for a committed hour of silent or quiet rosary prayer for moms and babies at risk of abortion. 

October 9, was our DAY ONE of the 40 Days for Life Vigil at Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic. We have saved over 18,800 babies we know of by these vigils. Abortion workers report 75% cancellations of appointments when people are out in front praying.

 

We invited IHM parishioners to offer one hour of public prayer at the clinic on that day.   

We also ask you to select a DAY TWO of your own choosing and sign up with that date and time in the back of church.

 

October Designated Respect Life Month by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
  • NO INFORMATION TABLES on RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY/WEEKEND until further notice.  Email Jane Elfers or chair contact (shown on calendar day), with questions. During COVID shutdowns, see online bulletins and midweek emails on Wednesdays (Sign up for these mini bulletins with the office.)
  • Pro-Life Mass at Holy Name Church followed by benediction, rosary procession past Planned Parenthood and adoration. These same Pro-Life Masses are offered there all year long, every Saturday at 8 a.m.

Life's Fifth Quarter Holy Name Church Pro-Life Mass Every month that has a fifth Saturday, please join our archdiocese youth for this pro-life liturgy!

Please sign up for our activities by emailing Jane Elfers

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Stay tuned to join our community or explore more information and resources through Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/respectlifeparish

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Respect Life Website

USCCB Respect Life Website

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