life issues

Billboards promoting life highlights group’s 15-year effort

Auxiliary Bishop Mark Rivituso presided at a blessing Aug. 24 at DDI Media for a new billboard to be placed along eastbound Highway 40 near Kingshighway Boulevard. The billboards are sponsored by the nonprofit organization Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life. The bishop also blessed five additional vinyl coverings and wooden extensions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to sit on top of each billboard. The extras are to replace billboards that have worn out over time.

In the warehouse at DDI Media, Our Lady of Guadalupe towered over a small gathering of people, waiting to be blessed.

The Blessed Mother was preparing for her perch — all 19 feet of her — along eastbound Highway 40 near Kingshighway, to greet more than 123,000 drivers passing by her every day.

This was the latest endeavor of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Life, a small nonprofit organization of Catholics who have been dedicated to sharing a pro-life message of love for all life — born and unborn.

Generation Life is not just in January

Riley Kurczynski from Eureka High School and Amy Hohenberger from Cor Jesu Academy prayed at Planned Parenthood with the Holy Infant youth group. Members of the Ballwin youth group were demonstrating a commitment to protecting life that goes beyond the March for Life in January in Washington, D.C.

Brad Pike is certain his presence on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood is causing some raised eyebrows from people inside the fence.

The 16-year-old has gone with his grandfather several times to the sidewalk, offering prayers that those coming for an abortion would seek a different choice. On a recent Saturday morning, he and about two dozen friends from the youth group at Holy Infant in Ballwin made a visit. The teens were there to send a message that they're pro-life beyond the March for Life.

Generation Life, he said, is not just in January.

Report: Iceland population of people with Down syndrome ‘disappearing’

WASHINGTON — Iceland is on its way to "eliminate" people with Down syndrome, a report from CBS News explained, causing uproar in the pro-life community over the high numbers of abortions following prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

With only one or two people, on average, born with Down syndrome each year, Iceland's population exemplifies what pro-life leaders say is the tragic reality of an abortion-driven society.

Parents of children with disabilities now have a resource

Crystal Showers-Maynard played with her son Jace when she got home from work. Jace was born with myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida in which the spinal cord and spinal canal does not properly close. Throughout her pregnancy Showers-Maynard received help from Birthright’s The Melissa’s Smile Assistance Program.

Thirty two weeks into her pregnancy, Crystal Maynard received worrisome news.

A prenatal care visit revealed that her unborn son, Jace, had myelomeningocele, a form of spina bifida in which the spinal cord and spinal canal do not properly form.

"I Googled about 80 million articles," she recalled after learning the news. "My entire world changed in just one day."

Editorial | Many topics, one thread — life

Lives matter.

In the last few years, we have seen variations of this phrase within concentrated movements: Black Lives Matter. Police Lives Matter. Unborn Lives Matter.

What unites all of these movements is the subject at hand — life.

Photographer uses positive lens

Captain Norman Mann, right, of St. Louis County police department accompanied protesters Aug. 23, 2014, two weeks after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The photo is among those in the exhibit “Change the Narrative” at The Good Shepherd Gallery.

The Good Shepherd Gallery has come full circle.

Sister Glynis Mary McMamanon, RGS, specifically chose Ferguson as home for her art ministry as a result of the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown Aug. 9, 2014. Ferguson was in need of good news and what better way than art to sooth the community. The gallery opened in November 2015.

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