Respect Life Committee

Realizing that Life is a gift from God, we seek to protect it and to promote the dignity of every person through prayer, education, involvement and support in hopes of fostering a Culture of Life and witnessing to the Good News of the Gospel.

Activities:
Baby Bottle Fund Raising Collection to support Waterleaf Crisis Pregnancy
Center. Held once a year.
40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/downers-grove/
March for Life Chicago: January http://www.marchforlife-chicago.org

Pregnancy Help and Care:
Waterleaf Woman’s Center: 630-701-6270 http://www.waterleafwc.org
Counseling, Pregnancy Testing, Free Ultrasound, Adoption Information
Project Love: Project Love’s mission is to support pregnant women and new mothers in a financial crisis by providing grants for rent, utility bills or other necessities. http://www.illinoisrighttolife.org/pregnant/project-love

Adoption Information:
http:// www.bethany.org/chicago
Adoption Prayers: http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/2016/upload/16- rlp-novena-to-st-joseph-secured.pdf

Hope After Abortion:
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats “ A journey into Rachel’s Vineyard is a gift only you can open your heart to receive. The spiritual process of reconciliation with yourself, with God and your lost child will truly result in wholeness and freedom and a difference you will be able to feel inside your heart. This healing process will give you a deeper compassion for yourself. It’s also a journey that will give you a new appreciation of your strength and courage,” Dr. Theresa Burke, Founder. Contact: Kay Corcoran: 815-741-8118 corcoran-family@sbcglobal.net and http://www.rachelsvineyard.org

End of Life issues:
National Catholic Bioethics Center
http:// https://www.ncbcenter.org/publications/end-life-guide/

Prayer Opportunities:
Holy Hours prayed for Roe V. Wade anniversary (Jan.), Religious Freedom
(July), and Respect Life Month (Oct.)
Candlelight Family Rosary prayed at the gazebo for certain Marian Feast Days. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Traveling Pilgrim Statue may visit your home for one week to promote family prayer. Call Pat to sign up: 773-704-5229.

Resources from the Joliet Diocese:
http:// www.dioceseofjoliet.org/life/sectioncontent.php?secid=9

Divine Mercy Sunday Holy Hour and Novena:
The first Sunday after Easter. Check bulletin for details.

Contacts:
Maria Wieczorek, Commissioner
773-627-6666 | mariawieczorek619@gmail.com
Caron Zalduendo, Chairperson
630-985-8742 | caronzal@aol.com