Life issues

Alternatives to Abortion funding stays alive in 2010

Funding for Missouri’s Alternatives to Abortion program will continue, despite recent cuts to the state’s budget.

More than $1.9 million has been allocated for the program for fiscal year 2010, according to the Missouri Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state’s bishops.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced some $60 million in budget cuts on Aug. 20. Earlier this summer, the Missouri Department of Health proposed making cuts to the ATA program in response to a state budget crisis.

Respect Life Apostolate continues initiatives on health care reform

A Mass to pray for health care reform that respects the dignity of all human life will be celebrated next month.

The Mass will take place 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 2618 Brentwood Blvd. in Brentwood. Msgr. Eugene Morris, pastor, will be the main celebrant.

The archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate is organizing the Mass. All Catholics in the archdiocese are welcome.

“With all of the concern that people have for this issue, we thought that prayer and celebrating a Mass together would be a beautiful way to bring those concerns to God,” said director Beth Lauver.

“While it is important to write letters and do all we can to make sure that respect for life and our Catholic values are protected in any piece of legislation, it’s even more important to remember that ultimately this and everything else is in God’s hands.”

40 Days for Life campaign to return to St. Louis this fall

Scholars from various seminaries and universities marched this year

The 40 Days for Life campaign is returning to St. Louis this fall.

The effort, which calls on participants to fast and pray for an end to abortion, will begin Wednesday, Sept. 23, and conclude on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Numerous archdiocesan parishes were among the 32 churches and organizations who participated St. Louis’ first 40 Days for Life campaign, held during Lent of 2009. There were more than 700 individual participants.

Local communications director Dianne Adam said the Lenten campaign was such a success that “we really wanted to capitalize on that.

“We felt very empowered by the number of people who committed to participate with us, so we wanted to continue that,” she said.

Young Friends for Life to host post-abortion healing campaign

Next month, Young Friends for Life is sponsoring an event to help initiate a post-abortion healing campaign in the St. Louis area.

“Life In the City,” will take place Thursday, Sept. 10, from 7-10 p.m. at the City Museum Downtown.

Proceeds from the event will go toward media campaign directed at men and women who have been affected by abortion.

In addition, funding will go toward workshops for mental and medical health professionals to increase their awareness of post-abortion syndrome.

Individuals “who are suffering from post-abortion syndrome are probably dealing with some physical and mental and emotional issues,” said Steve Fowler, chairperson of the event’s planning committee. “We want to catch them when they are on their way to (a doctor to) respond to those issues. Maybe that will spark the question, ‘I wonder if this has something to do with my abortion?’”

Respect Life Apostolate will host picnic

The archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate is sponsoring a picnic gathering Sunday, Aug. 16, at Tower Grove Park in South St. Louis.

 The picnic will begin at noon under the Turkish Pavillion in the park, northeast of Arsenal Street and Kingshighway Boulevard.

The Respect Life Apostolate will provide plates, napkins, cups and ice. Those attending are asked to bring their own food and drinks. Restrooms and playground equipment are located near the picnic site.

Respect Life Apostolate works with schools on pro-life issues

When the school bell rings this fall, Catholic youths across the archdiocese will have a chance to strengthen their understanding of pro-life issues, thanks to programming through the archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate.

Education “is one of the four pillars of our apostolate,” said director Beth Lauver. “We feel this is very important, because if we can bring up more young people who care about life issues and understand the issues from an early age, then we will affect the culture positively.”

The numerous youth education programs offered through the apostolate are not required programming for schools; nevertheless, many are finding ways to incorporate them into their students’ activities.

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