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Respect Life

Respect Life Committee Activities
  • We pray, educate, and advocate for pro-life laws and for religious freedom
  • We teach our parish and community to understand the 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 4,000 cross 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 Pro-Life Saver 5K.
  • 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 or on an IHM bus.

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 Brother Ed Kessler’s students with adult help definitely needed. Donuts or cookies WILL be served. Adults and children will have a very brief informational/instructional talk at the beginning.

Spring 40 Days for Life (from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) Bring a friend and pray at Planned Parenthood, 2314 Auburn Avenue.

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.

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 and a free JTM Bar-B-Q picnic afterwards.

Fall 40 Days for Life Prayer and Fasting Vigil at Planned Parenthood for the end of abortion. Our church covers 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Planned Parenthood, 2314 Auburn Ave. Sign up for a committed hour of silent or quiet rosary prayer for moms and babies at risk of abortion. A sign-up sheet will be on display so parishioners can register for one hour at Planned Parenthood any day, and are urged to choose an hour on either of IHM’s days. You can also sign up online for an hour of prayer.

October Designated Respect Life Month by the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
  • Respect Life Sunday/WeekendRespect Life Committee will have our activity calendars and information sheets on the table in the Gathering Space.
  • 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.