Respect Life Apostolate

Respect Life Apostolate

The Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) promotes the Catholic Church’s teachings on respect for and legal protection of every human life from conception to natural death by coordinating educational, spiritual, pastoral, and public policy advocacy efforts with particular focus on those issues in the culture that threaten life - abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and unethical advances in scientific technology.

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Don't Be Complacent

Life.

Nothing is so simple, yet so complex; so fundamental and so fragile; nothing is so amazing or profound; nothing so wonderful, nor so blessed by our creator, God, Our Father in Heaven and His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We know that our God is a God of life. He proved it in the very beginning when He created man and woman to share in His immense joy. He proved it again when His only begotten son became man. And He proved His love for life when Christ conquered death by rising from the tomb on the first Easter morning.

Today, on this the 41st anniversary of the tragic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, I want to share with you something former Archbishop of St. Louis John May said:

"Let us never allow January 22nd to become a day met with complacency. Let us grieve the horrors of abortion, fears its consequences, rejoice because of the lives we have succeeded in saving, and hope that with God's help we will change the conscience of our nation."

Whether you're reading this from the comfort of your living room, from your desk at work, or from a hotel room in Washington, D.C., take these words to heart. Spend some time in prayer and reflection. Take a moment and set your resolve not to let this day pass like just another day.

There are so many of our fellow brothers and sisters who do not know just how much God loves them and loves life. Imagine a young, pregnant woman. She may be scared, alone, and unaware of God's great mercy and love. Or imagine the worried parents of a young man who is now the father of an unborn child. These are the people we need to help. You have a gift of inestimable worth. Remind yourself that God loves life, and share this good news with others, today, tomorrow, and until LIFE reigns supreme.

Together, we can build a culture of life. So, on behalf of the staff and volunteers of the Respect Life Apostolate, thank you for all that you do to support the precious gift of life.

In Christ's love,

Karen Nolkemper
Executive Director
Respect Life Apostolate

P.S., if you feel God is calling you to stand up for life in a direct way, please considering supporting the life-affirming efforts of the Respect Life Apostolate. Simply reply to this email if you would like to know more about volunteer opportunities, or click this link if you would like to make a financial contribution.
Thank you again for all that you do.

October 19th - "In Him Was Life" - Reception, service project, and prayer service, presented by Life Information From Teens and Coalition for Life

On Saturday, October 19th, the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis joined with Coalition for Life to hold an event specifically for teens. The event included service projects, free food, awesome music, and of course time for peaceful, prayerful vigil on the sidewalk outside of Planned Parenthood.

We titled the event “In Him Was Life”, which is part of the 4th verse of the first chapter of John’s gospel. This short little phrase is so simple, yet so complete. It perfectly sums up everything we stand for. We know that when He, Christ Our Lord, is excluded, there is no life. And so, at the close of the event, when several teens revealed that the brisk Saturday morning had been their first time on the sidewalk by Planned Parenthood, we knew that Christ was at work there and had made a profound difference in their lives. Then, when it was announced that the prayerful witness of about 50 teens had also helped create a turnaround, it only further illuminated the profound truth that “In Him Was Life.”

Check out some of these pictures from the event:

The teens at our "In Him Was Life" rally are fired up to save #Babies 

The teens at our "In Him Was Life" rally were fired up to save babies.


 

Fifty teens participated in three different service projects.


 

Fr. Purcell inspired the teens to share the JOY of the message of LIFE.

 

Coalition for Life took over the program and prepared the teens for the prayerful, peaceful vigil.


The teens sang and prayed outside PlannedParenthood. "God you are higher than any other..."


Teens huddled in prayer on the sidewalk.


Stephanie, a teen from St. Joseph Academy, shared her experience at the sidewalk

Internship Recap - 2013

Five great interns spent the month of July working in the Respect Life Apostolate office on various projects and tasks while learning about the entire spectrum of respect life issues. Here's some of what they had to say:

I like to think I'm already a pretty good Catholic, but in terms of being 'pro-life' it has helped me grow in that it's allowed me the opportunity to realize how being prolife encompasses all people of all stages of life. With all of the ways in which a person is able to support the prolife movement there isn't much reason for anyone to not help.

 

The internship helped introduce or reintroduce me to information that I had either not learned previously or did not remember very well...

 

During the last month I have learned a lot about how an office runs. I can talk about the basic skill sets that come from any office work in a future resume, but the most important lessons I will take away from the internship cannot be pinned down onto paper. These are the intangible lessons that keep holding me tightly to the pro-life world...

During the internship they visited and volunteered at Our Lady's Inn, learned all about sidewalk counseling from Coalition for Life, and spent a day in Jefferson City learning all about the legislative process. Representatives from other Archdiocesan departments and ministries joined them for lunches throughout the month to share how their office helps the pro-life cause. The interns also got their fair share of Ted Drewe's frozen custard!

The internship was almost more of a class than a job, giving the interns a real sense of how the various offices and agencies interact to promote life from womb to tomb.

The RLA staff and interns with the Life Runners Flag on July 3rd  

The interns and staff of the RLA at the Fortnight for Freedom Mass on July 3rd.

Volunteering at Our Lady's Inn  

Volunteering at Our Lady's Inn

Sidewalk Counseling at Planned Parenthood  

Sidewalk counseling with Coalition for Life at
Planned Parenthood

With Rep. Mike Bernskoetter at the Capitol in Jefferson City  

Visiting Jefferson City. Thanks to Rep. Mike Bernskoetter for talking about the Missouri House of Representatives

The Interns on their final day  

The final day for Jon, Caroline, Amanda, Sarah, and Leo!

 

If you or a student you know is interested in interning next summer, contact internship manager, Gabe Jones at gabejones@archstl.org.

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