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Respect Life

Respect Life

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The Respect Life Ministry is focused on promoting the culture of life from conception to natural death at St. Mark and in Huntersville. Through our various activities and projects we encourage parishioners to become engaged in the efforts to protect life and marriage and to study the Church's beautiful teachings on marriage, children, and the dignity of the human person.  Therefore, we oppose abortion, euthanasia, contraception, and same sex unions and embrace the Church's perennial teachings on life and marriage


Please visit St. Ann Parish’s Respect Life blog for a summary of the October Respect Life Conference talks.

 

Saint Mark Pro Life Day - March 28, 2020

Saint Mark Pro-Life Day is Saturday March 28 from 8am-4pm. We invite parishioners to adopt 1 hour praying in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Charlotte or in the St. Mark Adoration chapel. To learn more and sign up for an hour, visit:

Praying at Planned Parenthood: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C49ACA622ABFD0-40days6

Praying in the Adoration chapel: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C49ACA622ABFD0-40days4

Some of our regular activities include:

Quarterly Respect Life Mass & Rosary Procession: Mass at St. Mark followed by a caravan to the local abortion clinic to peacefully pray the rosary.

Annual Life Chain: First Sunday in October from 2-3 pm along Stumptown Road, we stand and provide a public witness to Huntersville of our defense of the unborn and pregnant women.

40 Days for Life: Each Tuesday during the 40 Days campaign, parishioners gather 9am Mass, and then witness from 11 am-12 pm to pray for an end to abortion at the local abortion facility.  The Respect Life Ministry sponsors an all-day vigil each 4th Saturday in October and March at the local abortion facility.

Rachel's Vineyard: The diocese offers post-abortion healing for women. To learn more please visit the Diocese of Charlotte’s Respect Life Programs.

Mary Garden Showers: A new ministry at St. Mark which supports mothers of crisis pregnancies with a baby shower for their newborn.

DC March for Life: We rent a bus and travel to the March for Life in Washington.

Planning meeting: The Respect Life Ministry meets on the 2nd Tuesdays on odd-numbered months (January, March, etc.) at 6:30pm (Rosary at 6pm) in the Kerin Center to organize upcoming activities.

Pro-Life brochures in Narthex: Informative brochures on the northwest wall in the church narthex.  

Pro-Life Rosary: First Saturday after 9am Mass (in union with the Fatima prayers)

Be Not Afraid: A Charlotte based ministry to help support parents who receive a prenatal diagnosis for their baby and want to carry the baby to term (instead of abortion).

 

To learn more about the Church's teachings on life and marriage, please consider reading these Papal Encyclicals:

Casti Connubii (On Chaste Wedlock), Pius XI, 1931

Humanae Vitae (Human Life), Paul VI 1968

Evangelium Vitae (Gospel of Life), St. John Paul II, 1995

Pro-life talks hosted at St. Mark
Medical & Social Side Effects of Contraception (Dr. Michael Parker MD)

Abortion Pill Reversal: Myth, Miracle or Medical (Matthew Harrison, MD)

Evolution & the Culture of Death (Hugh Owen & Pamela Acker with the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation)

End of Life Resources: Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
A living will or advance directive is not enough to ensure your medical care will be conducted in accordance with Catholic teachings (to avoid Euthanasia). A Protective Medical Decisions Document (PMDD) or Durable Power of Attorney specifically drafted in accordance with Catholic teachings offers the best protection against euthanasia and to secure your wishes. The following organizations offer PMDD’s that incorporate the Catholic teachings into the document. (Note there is a nominal fee with ordering the document)

Patients Rights Council (offers state specific forms)

National Catholic Bioethics Center

 

 

To learn more or to join our e-mail list, please contact Mike FitzGerald at respect.life@stmarknc.org.

 
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