Staying involved, promoting life: A guide to getting, or staying, involved in pro-life issues

Mary Frese, a parishioner at St Martin De Porres, prayed the Rosary Jan. 16 with 500 others outside of Planned Parenthood as part of the Respect Life Apostolate Annual Memorial Mass and Prayer Vigil.

The national Pro-Life March in Washington, D.C, and the local one in Jefferson City are just two of the ways pro-lifers can stay involved in supporting the culture of life. This go-to guide gives other ways to support and promote life.


Since 2000, the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate has offered the monthly Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass and Rosary procession to pray in front of Planned Parenthood.

Catholics urged to use social media, novena to share pro-life message

WASHINGTON -- As the Jan. 22 anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision approached, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities urged everyone concerned about "the tragedy of abortion" to recommit themselves to a "vision of life and love, a vision that excludes no one."

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York also called on Catholics to participate in a new "9 Days for Life" campaign launched by the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Scripture guides us in fight against abortion

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was the principal celebrant for Mass at the Carmel of St. Joseph as Discalced Carmelite Sister Zélie Marie-Louise made final profession. Sister Zélie Marie-Louise lay on the altar with her hands outstreched in cruciform as the Litany of Saints was sung.

This week we mark the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, and we will participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The readings for the week offer us two important lessons for our approach to the March.

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Hold My Hand campaign offers boost to pro-life movement

Logo for Hold My Hand.

Planned Parenthood has shown its hand. Now it's time for pro-lifers to show theirs.

Hold My Hand is a new website dedicated to getting more people active in the pro-life movement.

The pro-life website, found at www.holdmyhand.net, which debuted in October at the Respect Life Convention, includes a pledge to help bring an end to Planned Parenthood. It also includes specific ideas for getting involved through education, service, prayer, advocacy and on social media.

‘How can the dream survive?’ Alveda King asks at pro-life gathering at SLU

Students for Life at St. Louis University hosted Alveda King, niece of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to speak on “How can the Dream Survive?” King’s talk compared her uncle’s profound influence on the civil rights movement in the 1960s with the current pro-life movement.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963:

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"

More than 50 years later, his niece Alveda King, a pro-life activist, asks this follow-up question:

"How can the dream survive if we murder our children?"

DEFENDING LIFE: Pro-life organizations in St. Louis

Archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate: Offers programs based on the four pillars of spiritual support, pastoral care, education and public policy; specific programs include the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Fund to help families in need, Project Rachel and Project Joseph post-abortion healing ministry, annual convention and speakers’ bureau and spiritual adoption. Call (314) 792-7555 or visit www.stlrespectlife.org.

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