Respect Life/A.C.C.L.

 
October is Respect Life Month
“Christ Our Hope in Every Season of Life”
Respect Life Month is a time to pray for a greater regard for the dignity of human life in our society, and a time to consider how we can advocate and care for this dignity in our daily lives. God created every human person in His image. Life is a gift. Check out the Justice and Service display in the Gathering Space during October for some valuable resources that will help build your understanding of the broad spectrum of life issues and what Catholic Social Teaching tells us about our human dignity. The display includes an opportunity for you to share how you have encountered “hope in every season of life.” Everyone is welcome to participate in this reflection by adding to the display your own items that highlight the precious gift of life in all its stages from conception to natural death. For more information visit the U.S. Bishops’ website at www.respectlife.org.
 
Supporting the Work of Pregnancy Choices Life Care Center
Pregnancy Choices offers guidance and support to women, teens and families who are experiencing challenging pregnancies. Services are given in a setting that encourages life affirming choices. If you would like more information about Pregnancy Choices – their mission and services, and volunteer opportunities – please contact the Life Care Center at 15010 Glazier Avenue (Suite 104), Apple Valley, MN 55124, www.mypregnancychoices.com or 952.997.2229.
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Spiritual Adoption   
Participants in Spiritual Adoption promise to pray for nine months for a baby who is in danger of abortion. While this baby will remain unknown to his or her “spiritual parent,” God knows who the child is. There is a simple prayer on the back of the prayer card which can be used to keep the promise of prayer. Prayer cards and other information are available in the Gathering Space of Church on the weekend of the third Sunday of each month.

The purpose of Spiritual Adoption is threefold:
  1. Encourage adults and children to pray for those contemplating abortion, that they will respond to God’s grace and welcome this child into life.
  2. Educate adults and children about the development of the pre-born child. All Saints will use a series of posters depicting and explaining the monthly development of the pre-born baby.
  3. Provide mothers in need with a “baby shower” of donated baby items through our monthly “A Community Caring For Life” (ACCL) collection. All Saints has conducted this collection for many years to provide needed items to women, children and families who are served by Pregnancy Choices Life Care Center in Apple Valley. (Details are below.)
Spiritual Adoption Prayer
(composed by Archbishop Fulton Sheen)
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.”
A Community Caring for Life - "Crib" Collections
ACCL at All Saints holds this collection on the third Sunday of each month at all Masses. A playpen is set up in the Gathering Space to collect your donations. Wish lists are seasonal. 
 
Blessings from Warm Hearts (September through December)
Items needed at this time:
    diapers and wipes
    baby lotion and shampoo
    Desitin ointment
    pacifiers
    snow suits and boots
    children's books
    new warm clothing and shoes, infant to 24 months
   
The following items CANNOT be accepted:
    No Toys
    No Medications
    No baby food (other than what is listed above)
    No used items

The donations received will be delivered to the Pregnancy Choices Life Care Center in Apple Valley. Thank you for your generosity to this ministry.

Contact: Deacon Jim Marschall (952.985.9983) 
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January 22, 2019
is the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade
Supreme Court
decision that legalized elective
abortion in the United States.


As a result of this tragic decision, over 60
million unborn babies have been aborted since 1973.
January is a time when we turn special attention to
prayer and action in support of a culture of life.
 
Many events and activities are taking place at
All Saints and in the broader community.


Please consider participating in some way.
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Healing after Abortion  
The Catholic Church not only speaks out against and works to end elective abortion, but we also seeks to bring healing to those who have been wounded by abortion. If you, or someone you love is suffering from the affects of an abortion, resources for healing are available through any Catholic parish. Contact All Saints' Pastoral Care Office at 952.985.9983.

The following are two excellent resources: 
 
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Pray for an end to abortion!
“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.”— Oswald Chambers
Prayer is the foundation for all other pro-life work. All Saints parishioners who are familiar with prayerful presence at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul are willing to accompany others who have not experienced praying in front of an abortion clinic. (This is not a protest or demonstration, nor is it “sidewalk counseling.”) Contact Joyce joycec55068@yahoo.com / 952.239.6158, or Susan sspiegelberg@allsaintschurch.com / 952.985.9982, or Mary mary.bochek@charter.net / 952-431-1755.
 
40 Days for Life
40 Days for Life is a focused, international campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil in front of abortion facilities, with a purpose of turning hearts and minds to a culture of life, and bringing an end to abortion.

A 40 Days for Life Vigil is held in the Twin Cities in the Fall and during the season of Lent.
The next 40 Days for Life vigil starts on September 25, and goes through November 3. Vigil hours are 6:00 am to 6:00 pm daily outside of Planned Parenthood, 671 Vandalia St., St. Paul.

People of faith are invited to participate on any day at any time during the Vigil. Participate yourself or assemble a group. For important information that you will need to participate in 40 Days for Life, contact Joyce (952-239-6158 / joycec55068@yahoo.com

40 Days for Life in the Twin Cities is coordinated by Pro-Life Action Ministries online at www.plam.org/40-days-for-life/ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/40DaysForLifeTwinCities
 
Every Life Is Worth Living
 
Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift. At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God's love.
 
Our relationships on earth are meant to help us and others grow in perfect love. We are meant to depend on one another, serve each other in humility and walk together in times of suffering.
 
An elderly man whose health is quickly deteriorating; an unborn baby girl whose diagnosis indicates she may not live very long; a little boy with Down Syndrome; a mother facing terminal cancer -- each may have great difficulties and need assistance, but each of their lives is a good and perfect gift.
 
Experiencing suffering -- or watching another suffer -- is one of the hardest human experiences. But we are not alone. Christ experienced suffering more deeply than we can comprehend, and our own suffering  can be meaningful when we unite it with His.
 
Jesus is with us every step of the way, giving us the grace we need. God invites us to embrace the lives we have been given, for as long as they are given. Every life is worth living.

Reprinted (excerpted) from Respect Life Program, Copyright © 2015, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.

For more about the US Bishops' Respect Life Program