St. Raymond’s Respects Life Mission Statement
Faithful to the teachings of the Magesterium of the Catholic Church and under the direction of our pastor, the Saint Raymond’s Respect Life Committee strives to provide for the parish community a prayerful presence of service, education and evangelization appropriate to all ages in areas relevant to the respect for human life from the moment of conception to natural death. We welcome all those as members who unite themselves with the Roman Catholic Church in understanding, living and promoting these ideals within the parish and the local community. We invite and encourage all parishioners to learn, live, defend and celebrate the Gospel of Life. Dave and Maria Westberg, Chairpersons, firstname.lastname@example.org
40 Days for Life
The 2014 40 Days for Life Vigil will be 24 September through 2 November. Please visit the recently-updates 40 Days for Life website. Additional information about the location in Alexandria, VA is also available here.
Crossroads was founded in 1995 by Steve Sanborn, a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville (Ohio) as a response to John Paul II’s call to the youth of the world to take an active role in the pro-life movement in order to establish a Culture of Life. An integral part of Crossroads is our yearly pro-life pilgrimages across the United States. Each summer, young adults walk on four simultaneous pro-life walks across America from Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.. Walking over 12,000 miles and through 40 states, these young people hope to convert the hearts and minds of others – at the grass-roots level – by witnessing to the dignity and sanctity of all human life, from the moment of conception to natural death. Crossroads also conducts a pro-life walk across Canada each summer from Vancouver to Ottawa, which takes simultaneously with our other walks.
During our pilgrimages across the United States, Australia, and Canada, we strive always to join our efforts, prayers and small sacrifices with the sufferings of Christ – crucified for the sake of all, born and unborn.
We also speak to parish groups to encourage pro-life activism in their communities.
During the walk, we stop at local abortion clinics along the route to participate in prayerful, peaceful protests and sidewalk counseling.
Crossroads recognizes the need to spread the message of life and love through the means that the modern world provides. We actively participate in radio, television and newspaper interviews with the mainstream media as well as religious media outlets.
Each young adult who takes on the challenge of walking across our country with Crossroads is an integral part of the ministry.
To read about our very own parishioner and her experience in 2015 please go to https://crossroadsprolife.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/saying-goodbye/
Please see Bishop Loverde’s YouTube video for Project Rachel, which offers resources for post-abortive women seeking reconciliation. For more information please email email@example.com or call (888) 456-HOPE (4673). Click here for A Witness of Hope and Healing.
Natural Family Planning
The Couple to Couple League (CCL) teaches Natural Family Planning classes at St. Raymond’s. Please check out the NFP page for more information and to register. The local teaching couple is Bob and Gerri Laird (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Links to pro-life and pro-family websites.
March for Life 2014 Photos
Please see the photos from the 2014 March for Life.
Melissa Ohden (October 2014)
- Melissa Ohden (112 MB)