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MISSION statement    

Human life must BE respected and protected from conception to

natural death. we are committed to love, educate, and

assist those in need.

John 10:10  I came so that all might have Life and have it to the full.


GOOD FRIDAY PRAYER VIGIL AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD
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Baby bottle campaign 2017

    

BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN 2017

Members of St. Joseph’s Respect Life Group distributed baby bottles after Masses on April 1 and 2 in support of the Baby Bottle Campaign. We are supporting Pregnancy Choices Life Care Center (located in Apple Valley) with the gift of money, which is returned by parishioners in the baby bottles the following week.  Last year, St. Joes contributed $4,173 to this campaign, allowing Pregnancy Choices to purchase full-sized cribs and mattresses, and other major items for babies. For more information about our Respect Life Group, please contact Kyle Finken (kyle.finken@stjosephcommunity.org) or call 651-423-4402, ext. 3224.  To contact Pregnancy Choices, go to mypregnancychoices.com (952-997-2229).

SPIRITUAL ADOPTION PROGRAM

Everyone loves the beauty and innocence of a baby. As an expression of that love, St. Joseph Church announces a spiritual adoption program for young and old alike. The members of St. Joseph’s parish family will have the opportunity during the weekends of Oct. 1 & 2, and 8 & 9, to “spiritually” adopt a child who is newly conceived this month.  

Not all newly conceived babies are allowed to be born. In fact, more than 4,000 babies lose their lives to abortion each day. It is these babies you are being asked to “adopt”. You may “adopt” a child individually or as a family by signing up during the first 2 weekends in October. Here is what will happen after you “adopt” your baby:

1)     You will be asked to name the child for whom you will be praying, thereby giving the baby the humanity he or she deserves.

2)     You will be asked to pray for your unborn child and for all unborn children, for the power of prayer is great.

3)     You will receive monthly reports through the parish bulletin describing your baby’s development and your child will be born in July.

There are millions of unborn babies desperately in need of your prayers. Please consider “spiritually adopting” a baby and share the love for life that God has given you.

 

40 DAYS FOR LIFE 2017 (March 24 & 25)

40 Days for Life is an international campaign of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil in front of abortion facilities, with the purpose of turning hearts and minds to a culture of life and bringing an end to abortion.  It is coordinated by Pro-Life Action Ministries. A 40 Days for Life Vigil is held in the Twin Cities in the Fall and during the season of Lent. Our Respect Life Group has chosen Friday, March 24 and Sat., march 25 as St. Joseph’s days to cover this important prayer vigil. We invite you to join us and pray at Planned Parenthood and try making it part of your prayer time.

We will be having sign-ups after Masses on march 11 & 12, and 18 & 19.  We need to fill slots of 1 hour to fulfill our commitment. Click here for online registration.

2016 walk for life

https://youtu.be/XU9sz3O4Af4

The Respect Life Committee would like to thank all of the St Joe’s parishioners who participated in the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood facility in St Paul last weekend.  We were able to fill all 24 hours that we had pledged.  Thank you also to all who have been praying and fasting throughout these 40 days which will end on Palm Sunday.


                                  

                  
   



Committee meeting time:  We meet the 1st Friday of the month at 9 am, (following 8:30 am Mass) at St. Joes. Watch the calendar section in the bulletin in case there is no meeting for the month.

Respect Life has a busy, but rewarding, agenda for 2017. Here are some of our yearly events:

JANUARY - (January 22) March for Life (Roe v. Wade) at state capitol

FEBRUARY - (February 11 & 12) Respect Life Ministry Fair

MARCH - (March 24 & 25 - selected days for our parish) 40 Days for Life; fast on Fridays for an end to abortion

APRIL - (April 1 & 2) Baby bottle campaign with Knights of Columbus (benefits Pregnancy Choices of Apple Valley)

MAY - (May 14) Mother's Day flower sale

JUNE - (June 18) Father's Day cookie sale

JULY - Baby shower for our Spiritually Adopted Babies

AUGUST - (August 5) Knights of Columbus 4th Annual Walk for Life; Respect Life Booth at Dakota County Fair (TBD)

SEPTEMBER - 40 Days for Life

OCTOBER - Month of the Holy Rosary; Domestic Violence Awareness Month 


Respect Life Youth Group 2017 Agenda

JANUARY - (January 22) March for Life (Roe v. Wade) at state capitol

FEBRUARY - (February 11 & 12) Respect Life Ministry Fair

MARCH - (March 24 & 25 - selected days for our parish) 40 Days for Life

APRIL - (April 1 & 2) Baby bottle campaign with Knights of Columbus (benefits Pregnancy Choices of Apple Valley)

MAY - (May 14) Mother's Day flower sale

JUNE - (June 18) Father's Day cookie sale

JULY - Baby shower for our Spiritually Adopted Babies

AUGUST - (August 5) Knights of Columbus 4th Annual Walk for Life; Respect Life Booth at Dakota County Fair (TBD)

SEPTEMBER - 40 Days for Life

OCTOBER - Month of the Holy Rosary; Domestic Violence Awareness Month 


FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information, please contact Kyle Finken at: kyle.finken@stjosephcommunity.org, Mary Ullery 651.423.2278, Nancy Arata 651.681.9686 or Pete Herold (for youth Respect Life) 952.994.7558

Meeting Minutes:
2016

Jan. 8, 2016
Feb. 5, 2016
April 2016
June 2016
September 2016
October 2016
December 2016

2017

January 2017
February 2017
March 2017
April 2017
May 2017
June 2017

resources/links

USCCB Human Life and Dignity

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/index.cfm

USCCB Respect Life Program

http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/

Priests for Life

http://www.priestsforlife.org/

40 Days for Life

http://plam.org/call-to-action/40-days-for-life/

Pro Life Action Ministries

http://plam.org/

Woman’s Right to Know Act

http://www.health.state.mn.us/wrtk/index.html

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