Respecting Life

Moved by Mercy

"God made each of us in his own image and likeness.  He desires to be united with us forever in a loving relationship.  God loves us, treats us with respect, and asks us to do the same with others.  Every person is sacred and must be treated with the dignity they deserve.  No one should ever be treated callously or carelessly — everyone should be cherished and protected!

From each tiny child waiting to be born, to individuals nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection. Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted to end their lives, couples longing to conceive a child, people pushed to the margins of society by a "throwaway culture," expectant mothers facing challenging pregnancies, and every other person — each "has a place in God's heart from all eternity" (Amoris Laetitia. . . , 168).

Let's ask God to make us channels of his loving mercy: Lord, help us to receive your mercy and turn to you each moment. And please guide us in extending your mercy to others today. Now is the time for mercy."  –Cardinal Timothy Dolan, from the 2016 Respect Life Statement.  Read more by clicking HERE.

 

This webpage is designed to further proclaim the blessed reality that every human being is sacred and to heal our culture through God's mercy!  It is added to continually in the month of October, Respect Life Month.  Scroll down for events as well as links to stories and information on matters of Life. Together, through prayer and action, with patience and persistence, and by the help of God's mercy, we can make the world a more loving and generous place. 

 

Events for 2016

Respect Life Month – In the month of October, we take the time to reflect upon the sanctity and inherent dignity of those who are most vulnerable among us and come together to help protect and save their lives.  Please take and read the pamphlets and materials available at the back of the church.  We encourage you to find a way to become involved in the culture of life.

Holy Hour for Life – October, time and date to be announced.  Please join us in prayer and Eucharistic Adoration.  A simple and powerful way to come together for Life.

NH Right to Life Banquet 2016 – October 6, in Manchester, starting at 5:30 PM.  Guest speaker: Fr. Frank Pavone!  For details and reservations, as well as a personal audio message from Fr. Pavone to New Hampshire, please go to the website nhrtl.org/banquet2016/

March for Life

           Stand for truth, gather for love – March for life. 

On January 27, 2017, people from all over the country will gather in Washington, DC for the 44th March for Life and Pilgrimage of Faith.  We all need to stand up for the truth –  to be powerful witnesses for the sanctity of human life.   If you can't make it to the March, we invite you to participate through prayer as you watch live broadcasts on EWTN and listen to the coverage on Catholic radio, 102.7 FM. For more info, go to marchforlife.org.

40 Days for Life

A prayerful, peaceful witness to life.   Thousands of lives have been saved  through these vigils – help save more through your presence at Planned Parenthood in Manchester.  See the website for more details: https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/manchester/

NH State Council of the Knights of Columbus' Benefit Dinner for Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Information for this event, usually held in February, coming soon.

Baby Bottle Campaign

From Mother's Day, May 14, 2017, to Father's Day, June 18, 2017, we will once again be collecting our spare change to benefit the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Concord.  Look for the cradles filled with baby bottles and take yours home to help save lives!  (Cash and check donations are also always appreciated.)

 

Matters of Life

Human Dignity

Every life is worth living.  Disabilities, disease, serious injuries, the infirmity of old age – none of these can take away a person's inherent dignity.  In this section, we will profile men and women of all ages who, through the challenges of their lives, prove the reality that every life is worth living.  

First up, a now teenager from Manchester …

From Parable Magazine:

“I want to help people see with their hearts, instead of their eyes,” says Christopher Duffley; and when Christopher says this, you believe him.

Eleven-year-old Christopher is blind and autistic. ..."  Learn more about this musician and YouTube sensation (and about true dignity) by clicking HERE.

 

Every Life Is Sacred.  A sister on a personal mission in NH…

 Far from the Lord, With no direction, she wanted to die.   But, a snowstorm and a pious aunt helped to turn her life around.  Read about Sister Mary Rose Reddy's story from Parable Magazine by clicking HERE

 About suicide, Sr. Mary Rose says, "People forget their dignity. We can’t lose the fact that we’re created in God’s image. That’s who we are. In Christ we see who we are, but the farther we get away from him, the less we participate in the purpose of our being.” to help those  wanting their own deaths, Sister Mary Rose, through Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing, has begun L.A.S.T. – the Lifeline Against Suicide Team. Together, through  prayer, we can help save lives.  To learn more about this, please click HERE

Every Suicide Is Tragic

There are tragic consequences to embracing a false distinction between requests for death by those with a mental illness and by those with a terminal illness.  Every suicide is tragic!  Understand how we must not let suicide become the answer to anything – let us better protect our brothers and sisters. Click HERE.


  

End-Of-Life

Caring for Loved Ones at Life's End

When loved ones approach life's end, we may not know how to support them. Ten suggestions anchored in unconditional respect for human life help readers know how to provide authentically compassionate care – read them by clicking HERE.

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Dying with True Dignity

God is with us in every stage of our lives – we are never alone.  Suicide is never the answer.  As Catholics moved by mercy, we must stand against the damaging ramifications of physician assisted-suicide and stand for the improvement of hospice and palliative care. We must advocate for true mercy.  As Dr. Maggie Karner, an advocate against assisted suicide, wrote in the Hartford Courant, “How long will it be before the right to die quickly devolves into the duty to die? What does this mean for all who are elderly, or disabled, or just wondering if they’ve become a burden to the family?”

And she knew of what she spoke.

"Maggie's Story" presents this real woman who faced the real challenge of dying with dignity – and was victorious.

Years ago, Maggie accompanied her father in his final days and then, later, had to face her own diagnosis of a terminal illness. "He showed me how to die with grace and dignity," she said.  Click HERE to read an article where she shared these experiences and her opposition to assisted suicide in light of them. This story of hope and courage is a companion to the three-minute video below, "Maggie's Story," – Then, click HERE and read the heartwarming and humorous words of Maggie's daughter, Mary, a young trauma nurse, who describes how the way that her mother died was very much like the way she lived.


 

 

Healing from the Trauma of Abortion 

Real-life examples illustrate how an abortion might later affect someone's life in "Bridges of Mercy" provided by the USCCB. How can we be bridges of God's mercy for people suffering after abortion? Suggestions are directed to groups of people from all walks of life.  Find out how you can help to share God's mercy! Click HERE for Bridges of Mercy. 

 

Help and Hotlines –

 If you, or your girlfriend or wife, have had an abortion, please do not continue to live in the shame, fear or numbness – call our toll-free national hotlines: Rachel's Vineyard: 877 HOPE 4 ME (877-467-3463)
National Hotline for Abortion Recovery: 866-482-LIFE (866-482-5433)

Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.  Visit their website: rachelsvineyard.org.  To contact someone in New Hampshire who can give you more information about retreats, please call Susan Clifton 603-315-6971 or send her an email, rachelsvineyardnh@Gmail.com .

God's Created Order

Drawing from Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato si', this article explores how healthy relationships with God, one another, and the rest of creation are key to a culture in which we value human life and care for God's creation at every level. Click HERE for Serene Inattentiveness to God's Creation

 

Infertility

May couples navigating infertility know the merciful love of Christ! You may or may not know that some "fertility treatments" are against Church Teachings, but you may not know why.  Primarily directed to couples struggling with infertility, this article seeks to provide compassionate guidance that is both practical and informative. Other readers may also find it helpful in better understanding this issue. Click HERE for Seven Considerations While Navigating Infertility

Adoption

Life is a gift and adoption is a beautiful blessing.  How can we share God's love with expectant mothers considering adoption?  Drawing from the personal experience of a mother who placed her child for adoption, this article gives nine pointers for offering ongoing support to other expectant mothers considering adoption. Click HERE for Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption

 

Respecting Life Blog

We started this weblog with a fascinating look at the earliest stages of human development.  Later, we will explore other aspects of human life and dignity and take a look at what Church Teaching means to you.  The human body is amazing – and sacred – right from the start!  Join one of our parishioners as she presents how we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" by clicking HERE.

 


Words of Wisdom

"One of the deepest desires of the human heart is to discover our identity. So often, as a society and as individuals, we identify ourselves by what we do. We base our worth on how productive we are at work or at home, and we determine our lives to be more or less good depending on the degree of independence or pleasure. We may even begin to believe that if our lives, or those of others, don’t “measure up” to a certain standard, they are somehow less valuable or less worth living." ~ Cardinal Sean O'Malley, from the 2015 Respect Life Statement.   Read more by clicking HERE.

Respect Life ministries call us to reflect more deeply upon the truth of who we are as human beings.  We proclaim that every human being is lovingly created by God, in divine image and likeness.  Every human being is given special gifts and purpose – and those gifts are not always obvious, but are important to God's plan.  A person's worth is not based upon appearances, size, color, or shape, but upon the reality of God's infinite love for him or her.  We are not worthy of life because of our physical abilities or intellectual capacity.  Every human being is worthy of life because every human being is sacred.  Divinely created and loved. 

You are sacred!

 

Spiritual Adoption Program

We thank everyone who joined us in this program 2015-2016, praying daily for an unborn child at risk of abortion.  We also thank all those who attended our parish Baby Shower, celebrating the births of our spiritually adopted children, and who generously gave gifts for needy little ones!  30 of our parish family members spiritually adopted a child and helped save lives!  These children and their mothers can still benefit from our prayers.  Lord, please continue to bless all of our little ones and their families!

More content continually added to this webpage …