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On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court issued its ruling on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. This decision overturns Roe v. Wade, an outcome for which we have hoped and prayed these past 50 years. However, our work is far from over. We must continue to pray for a conversion of hearts and minds to a culture of life in our country and redouble our commitment to supporting pregnant women, both materially and spiritually.
Following, please find a letter from me, in English and Spanish, to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. 

May Mary, the Blessed Mother of our Lord, intercede for all pregnant women to dispel their anxiety and fear and bless them with the courage and faith to bring new life into the world.


God bless,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati


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.

February - SAVE THE DATE – Please join us at the kickoff to the prayer campaign.  The date for 2023 will be provided when it's available. We plan to begin the hour at Holy Name Church, 2422 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH  45219, and process to Planned Parenthood (2 blocks away) for prayer.

Spring 40 Days for Life (from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) IHM day of prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood, 2314 Auburn Avenue, is to be Saturday, March 19, 7 to 7. You can protect mothers and children by joining this worldwide mobilization! Through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils and community outreach, 40 Days for Life has inspired 1,000,000 volunteers to help end the injustice of abortion in their local communities. With God’s help, through 26 campaigns; in over 950 cities around the world; 20,689 babies have been saved; 229 abortion workers have converted and 114 abortion centers have closed.  “We Will Help You” signs are in the Fatima Room under the counter and should be passed along to the vigil-keepers from IHM in the hour after yours and returned to church after the last vigil hour.  You can sign up to pray at any time through this link:

April - Calling all parishioners! The Heartbeats for Life 5K Run/Walk is again taking place on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 10 A.M. at Lunken Playfield, 262 Wilmer Avenue, and will include a Family Fun Run. This benefits one of our main supported Pro-Life information and advocacy organizations, Cincinnati Right to Life.  In person sign up is the day of the race at 8:30 a.m. CRTL will have food trucks on site.  $35 to participate. $18.75 for Team Registration (minimum of 4).$100 Family of 3. Free Kids’ Dash (up to age 10). Details and Registration online:

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 Mothers Day weekend 2022. Contact: Susan Scheidler or Jane Elfers 

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.

October - RESPECT LIFE MONTH! Contact Jane Elfers or Paul Dadosky [email protected]

LAMB LAYETTE BASKETS - October 1 & 2: Help the Respect Life Ministry create Lamb Layette Bags - a bag of essential items for women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. The items in the bag include : onesies and sleepers in several sizes, baby bibs, receiving blankets and baby socks. These bags are a "mini baby shower" for the pregnant woman as she gathers items to welcome her newborn baby. The bags will be distributed by the Healthy Moms and Babes organization. SIGN UP TO MAKE A DONATION HERE! Contact: Marge English 

CEMETERY OF THE INNOCENTS - October 1 -14: In 2009, there were 4,200 surgical abortions per day in the U.S., but that number has been declining. The most recent statistic is that there are now 2,300 abortions in the U.S., though, in addition to that, there are thousands of chemical abortions in the U. S. daily.  Contact: Paul Dadosky [email protected]

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.

Fall 40 Days for Life Prayer and Fasting Vigil - September 28 to November 6: This takes place at Planned Parenthood for the end of abortion.  

OCTOBER 8 - Our church covers 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Planned Parenthood, 2314 Auburn Ave. on October 8 for 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.  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.

We invite 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).
  • 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!

Holy Hour of Adoration to End Abortion - November 30, at 7-8 p.m. in the church, Deacon Shaffer will hold a Holy Hour of Adoration to End Abortion. All are invited to join Respect Life and pray for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs. Wade.


Please sign up for our activities by emailing Jane Elfers



Stay tuned to join our community or explore more information and resources through Facebook!

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Respect Life Website

USCCB Respect Life Website

Are you a pregnant woman in need of a safe and supportive place to stay? Are you going through a crisis pregnancy and looking for a nurturing home environment?

Mater Filius Queen City is a Catholic apostolate created to help pregnant women in Cincinnati and surrounding areas who find themselves without support. Inside the home of Mater Filius, women find the basic needs of life: shelter, food, clothes, safety, support, hope, and peace.

Our home assists women and their babies during pregnancy, childbirth, and the subsequent months after childbirth. We can help guide you towards a positive path in your life journey.

We provide more than shelter and food. We provide the ability to rise above devastating, negative elements and achieve job-readiness and self-sustainability.


*  This is the Church's nationwide, parish-based effort to prayerfully support pregnant and parenting mothers in need. (This web site was created for parishes that do not have a Respect Life committee, Bob Wurzlebacher noted, but is worth including for any other Respect Life leaders looking for help in setting up their committee.) 
*   This is for anyone seeking information, help, and healing after participation in an abortion. Dioceses with a confidential, designated helpline ar listed on the Find Help map.
*   Find ready -to-use resources, prayers, graphics, and informatio on various Respect Life topics. Check out our parish action guides, leader toolkits, monthly prayer guides, and more! this resource was created to unite us in prayer and action for the Supreme Court case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.

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In our newest EDIFY episode, Bishop Strickland explains simply and clearly why the sanctity of life IS the pre-eminent issue of our time.