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The St Agatha Respect Life Committee is one of our parish’s newest ministries, having held its first meeting in February 2010. The committee is the fruit of the efforts of several parishioners who felt the need to offer an increased pro-life presence to our parish.  The committee’s goals of helping to spread the Gospel of Life and to offer understanding and clarity to the Church’s teachings on the life issues are reflected in its mission statement; The St. Agatha Respect Life Team is committed to promoting the Gospel of Life in our parish and our community through the spiritual disciplines of prayer, study, outreach and apostolic witness.

All parishioners are welcome to join the Respect Life Committee’s monthly activities which take place the second Sunday of each month; the Rosary for Life is at Noon in the church and we have an information table at “Coffee and Donuts” on the fifth Sunday of the month after the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses. Other committee supported activities include community outreach programs and events such as Steps for Life and 40 Days for Life.

Did you know:  St Agatha’s Respect Life Committee began with prayer.  In 2008, several parishioners were interested in starting a parish pro-life group. Unsure if they had the time, skill and resources needed, they decided to begin by answering Pope John Paul II’s request, "A great prayer for life is urgently needed..." With the blessing of Father Slider Steuernol, the St Agatha monthly Rosary for Life was first held in June 2008. Attendance included parishioners from St Agatha as well as several neighboring parishes. One and a half years later the Respect Life Committee held its first meeting. The monthly Rosary for Life continues as one of the committee’s regular activities.

Below is additional information on our Respect Life Team and St. Agatha Church's position on the HHS mandate:

The most recent Sentinel article by Archbishop Vlazny.  May 30, 2012

Archbishop Vlazny's letter to Pastors and Administrators. Jan. 25, 2012

Archbishop Vlazny; Catholic Sentinel article 02/21/12

USCCB bulletin insert

Bishops Renew Call to Legislative Action on Religious Liberty

Bishops Promise To Continue ‘Vigorous Efforts’ Against HHS Violations Of Religious Freedom In Health Care Reform Mandate

Cardinal Dolan Voices Dismay at Handling by White House in Letter Updating Bishops on HHS Mandate Controversy

Cardinal Wuerl's response to HHS mandate

"Building a Culture of Religious Freedom" by Archbishop Charles Chaput

RESPECT LIFE TEAM    Randy Stewart (Chair),
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