St. Joseph’s Pro-Life Group promotes the teachings of the Catholic Church concerning the sanctity of life for all people. “Pro” is a Latin prefix meaning “for”; we are “for” life. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has a division called the Pro-life Secretariat which directs efforts of Bishops to protect and defend life at all ages from a natural conception to natural death.
St. Joseph’s Pro-Life Group brings news, events, and services of the Catholic Pro-life Committee to the parish. The Catholic Pro-life Committee is the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas.
The Catholic Pro-life Committee has nine different ministries which offer services to the Dallas area parishes and communities. The nine ministries are: Project Gabriel, Youth for Life, Speakers’ Bureau, the Convert to Life Ministry, Civic Action, Prayer Ministry, Spanish Pro-Life Ministry, Parish Coordination and Abortion After-Care and Healing.
Project Gabriel is a parish-based ministry which provides assistance to mothers in a crisis pregnancy, particularly those who might choose abortion. You may have seen the sign with the phone number 972-BABY-DUE. Calling that number puts the caller in touch with Project Gabriel at the diocese.
Youth for Life conducts youth activities about pro-life issues and provides educational presentations in schools and youth groups.
The CPLC Speakers’ Bureau provides presentations on pro-life issues to adult groups, schools, and religious education classes.
The ministry called Abortion After-Care and Healing provides confidential counseling and conducts retreat programs for women and men suffering from the effects of a past abortion, The Rachel Project and Project Joseph.
The Prayer Ministry coordinates prayer vigils, Holy Hours, and rosaries throughout the year,
The Convert to Life Ministry trains counselors for sidewalk counseling at abortion clinics.
The Civic Action Ministry informs voters about political issues related to pro-life teachings.
The Parish Coordination ministry connects parishes to the Committee and its work.
The Spanish Pro-Life Ministry which coordinates events in Spanish and offers translation services.
There are currently four Catholic pregnancy assistance centers, all of them located near an abortion clinic. There is one Catholic maternity home in the diocese. The centers and the Home receive some funding from the Catholic Pro-life Committee.
St. Joseph’s Pro-Life Group Parish Events
In our parish, our group publicizes events of the ministries in the bulletin each week.
Our group participates in the Ellis County Life Chain each year on the first Sunday of October. Life Chain is one hour of silent prayer and public witness to end abortion and is an ecumenical event.
We also participate in Hike for Life, which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and raises money for Catholic pregnancy assistance centers in our area.
St. Joseph’s Pro-Life Group has a booth at Oktoberfest in the fall.
The supportive service arm of the Pro-life Group is Project Gabriel. Project Gabriel is a parish-based assistance program to mothers in need, particularly those at-risk of aborting. You can contact our parish Project Gabriel director by calling the Church office.
We meet each month in our parish, and we learn about pro-life ministries, issues, and events at the meetings. We discuss Church documents like the Gospel of Life, and we volunteer in whatever way we can to bring a pro-life way of life to our parish and community.
Our Pro-life Group also maintains and keeps records for Our Lady of Sorrows Memorial Garden, which offers burial of infants who die before birth and keeps a Book of Remembrance containing engraved names of infants who died before birth. The purpose of the Memorial Garden is to proclaim the sanctity of life of the unborn, regardless of age or condition, and to promote the healing of those who mourn them.
We observe The Fortnight for Freedom, which is two- week period of time when Catholics pray and learn about religious liberty issues, as requested by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Please join us at our monthly meetings or at our events in the parish. See the bulletin for announcements and call the parish office for more information.