Respect Life Apostolate

Respect Life Apostolate

Two national pro-life events coming to St. Louis/Kansas City in June!

Read the St. Louis Review article on the Breast Cancer Healing Mass.

View the video from our 2018 Breast Cancer Healing Mass (courtesy Tina Hogan)!

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.

Upcoming Events

Project Joseph Support Group - Monday, June 4

Breast Cancer Healing Mass - Saturday, June 9

Naming & Commendation Rite - Saturday, June 9

Helpers Mass & Rosary - Saturday, June 16

National Pro-Life Women's Conference - June 22-24

Project Rachel Support Group - June 28

National Right to Life Convention - June 28-30 (Kansas City)

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Two National Pro-Life Events Coming to St. Louis/Kansas City in June!

We're so blessed to have both the Pro-Life Women's Conference and the National Right to Life Convention so close to St. Louis this year. These annual premier pro-life events are ideal for those passionate about building up a Culture of Life!

Pro-Life Women's Conference, June 22-24

"Pro-Life is Pro-Love" is the theme of the third annual women's event, June 22-24 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Abby Johnson's And Then There Were None ministry and the Alice Paul Group are sponsors. Speakers include Abby Johnson, Sr. Veronica Mary (Sisters of Life), Bethany Bomberger (The Radiance Foundation), Serrin Foster (Feminists for Life), and many more!

Click here to register online, a detailed schedule, pricing, lodging and additional information. Or, send an email to info@prolifewomen.com. 

National Right to Life Convention, June 28-30

"Love Them All" is the theme of this annual national pro-life gathering, June 28-30 at the Sheraton Hotel in Overland Park, KS. Network with pro-life individuals and organizations from across the U.S. and learn the latest pro-life strategies, issues, and news from national leaders.

You'll also be inspired by life-changing speakers including Archbishop Joseph Naumann (incoming USCCB Pro-Life Committee Chair), Melissa Ohden (Abortion Survivors Network/Vitae Foundation), Dr. George Delgado (Culture of Life Services), and Wesley Smith, JD (Discovery Institute/Patient Rights Council).

Click here for registration and other details. 

St. Louis Review: Changing Lives for the Better

2018 Deacon Diaper Drive Results in 277,000 Donations Throughout the Archdiocese, 53% Increase from 2017  

By Dave Lueking

To kick off the 2018 Lenten Deacon Diaper Drive, Deacon Jim Carter palyed stand-up comic in post-Mass announcements at his parish, Our Lady of Lourdes in Washington.

He started simply enough, "It's that time of year for the deacon diaper drive." Then he went right into the material: "That's as opposed to 'Deacon Diapers' which may come later... it Depends."

...Then kidding aside, he talked about the heartbreaking stores of young moms and families who lack financial resources but desperately need assistance to keep their babies dry. Sadly, many have to pick food and shelter ahead of their young ones cleanliness and comfort.

Lourdes parishioners responded generously to Deacon Carter's request, as did numerous Catholics throughout the archdiocese, and made the drive's third installment a smashing success. Deacon Carter needed just one word to describe the results.

"Phenomenal" he said...

 Diapers by the numbers

A few numbers from the 2018 installment of the Lenten Deacon Diaper Drive

  • 3 drives to date
  • 52 parishes participating
  • 183 parishes in the archdiocese
  • 125,000 diapers collected in 2016
  • 180,000 diapers collected in 2017
  • 277,000 diapers collected in 2018
  • 582,000 diapers collected in three drives over 25 months 

 Read the entire St. Louis Review article here.

Life Will Be Victorious! United Pro-Life, Faith Effort Helps Defeat St. Louis Board Bill 34

St. Louis City's "Buffer Zone" Bill failed on April 16 in a 9-15 vote. This defeat was helped by the united effort of the pro-life movement, Archdiocese of St. Louis, and other churches, organizations, and people of good will.

Ever since Board Bill 34CS was re-introduced by the city's aldermanic council in February, this united opposition made it a priority to educate the public on the bill's problematic nature. Multiple phone, letter, and email campaigns were also made to city officials.

A buffer zone around health clinics (which according to the ordinance also included Planned Parenthood), would certainly have impacted the peaceful and prayerful efforts of the respect life movement, especially life-saving sidewalk counseling. However, it also would have hindered more universal rights of free speech and peaceful assembly.

As RLA Executive Director Karen Nolkemper explained, "We are grateful to the Board of Alderman for defeating Board Bill 34CS, and choosing not to restrict the constitutionally-protected rights of assembly and free speech on public property. Our work of prayer and presence will continue because we know that women facing difficult or unplanned pregnancies need real options and support, not abortion."

For a comprehensive look at the bill's progression and defeat, access the St Louis Review's four articles online here.

Coverage of the bill's defeat was also picked up by other St. Louis media outlets and even a national pro-life news source

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