Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life. This year’s theme is St. Joseph : Faithful Protector of Mother and Child. During this Year of St. Joseph, each of us can find in him “an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble” (Joseph shows us how to say “yes” to life, despite our own fears, frailties, and weaknesses.) Our Respect Life Ministry participates in a number of activities during this time. We invite you to join us for one or all of the following:
Adoration Holy Hour for Life – Mondays
Our Respect Life Ministry leads a weekly Adoration Holy Hour for Life from 1:00 – 2:00 pm in the Church. The hour begins with a Rosary for Life, followed by quiet prayer. A Virtual Pro-Life Holy Hour is also celebrated on Mondays at 2:15 pm. . Learn more here.
Legislation for Life – Speaker Night – Tuesday, October 19
This fall, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear their most significant abortion-related case in decades, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Please join the Respect Life ministry on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Hall to hear Frank Mulcahy, Executive Director of the Georgia Catholic Conference of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah, speak on the context and significance of this prospective legislation, as well the status of the Hyde Amendment and abortion laws in the state of Georgia.
Walking with Moms in Need
The U.S. Bishops have recently launched an exciting, nationwide initiative to serve pregnant and parenting mothers facing difficulties, entitled Walking with Moms in Need (WWMIN). The mission of this program is to help fill the gaps in service and resources to mothers facing challenging pregnancies and those parenting young children in difficult circumstances. Our Respect Life Ministry is planning to develop this initiative at our parish. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please email us here.
40 Days for Life
40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. This year’s event began on Wednesday, September 23 and continues through Sunday, October 31. Learn more about the 40 Days for Life Campaign here.
Our ministry participates in this prayer vigil through the Sidewalks Saves program. Volunteers are needed to pray in front of the Atlanta Women’s Clinic on West Wieuca Road on Tuesdays – Saturdays from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm. You can sign up for an hour or more as your schedule allows. Social distancing protocol is followed. Learn more and sign up here.
For more information about our Respect Life Ministry, please send an email to Nancy Jackson