Respect Life Ministry

Contact: Anne-Marie Miller at
Human life is a precious gift from God the Creator. The Respect Life Ministry of Saint Gilbert seeks to transform our society into a culture of life where every human being is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death.
Our purpose is to nourish a respect for life in our parish by proclaiming that every human life is uniquely created in the image of God, that during this life we have responsibilities toward God, self and others. As a part of our greater community, we must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.
The broad purpose of the Respect Life Ministry is to coordinate parish Respect Life activities. It is also a communication link between the U.S. Catholic Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee (USCCB) of Pro-Life Activities (via the diocesan coordinator) and the entire parish.  Following the USCCB's Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, the Respect Life Ministry implements a four-point plan for building a Culture of Life: 1) Education, 2) Pastoral Care, 3) Public Policy and 4) Prayer and Worship.
We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel Brides' Room. Time commitment is very flexible; ministry members can determine the number of events for which they will volunteer.
Right to Life Legislative Update… Have you heard about the pro abortion legislation passed in several states recently? Are you curious about what our current Illinois laws permit regarding abortion? Did you know that there is pro abortion legislation being considered right now in Illinois? Please join Bonnie Quirke from Lake County Right to Life on Monday, March 11th at 7 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room [Enter through the Parish Center Doors on West side of campus]. Bonnie will explain to us what is going on in our state. Please join us and promote the culture of life.
Ministry News
6th month of Fetal Development “Hello again. Do I have a lot to tell you this month! My eyes are beginning to open. At the end of this month I’ll be thirteen inches long, and weigh one and three quarter pounds. I’ve got finger prints and toe prints. If I am born now I have a chance of living, with intensive care. But I think I’ll wait since it’s so comfortable where I am. Thanks for being my guardian angel.”
The Spiritual Adoption of a Woman in Crisis and Her Unborn Baby
What is Spiritual Adoption? Spiritual adoption is a way to prayerfully bond yourself to one particular, yet unknown, mother and child as they begin the journey from conception to birth. Through Spiritual adoption, you commit yourself to remembering that mother and child in daily prayer for nine months, thus “adopting” them, until the day the baby is born. This is a powerful way to open your heart to those who are vulnerable and to those who are voiceless
How to Spiritually Adopt a Mother & Child Choose a time to pray every day. You may use your own prayer or use the one provided below. Pink & blue pledge forms may be found in the narthex. Check the bulletin for the monthly reflection and think about the baby’s development. You are encouraged to name the mother and child to give them individuality. In nine months, St. Gilbert’s will celebrate the births with a baby shower that will benefit “Aid for Women,” a local organization that helps women and babies in crisis.

Jesus, Mary & Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn child that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion. Amen.”             Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen

VIGIL FOR LIFE on National Day of Prayer for the Protection of Unborn Children
Thank you to all who participated to support the Culture of LIFE! January 22nd, 2019 sadly marks the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade. Since then over 60 million innocent human lives have been lost to abortion. The USCCB has declared January 22nd to be the National Day of Prayer for the Protection of Unborn Children. The Respect Life Ministry has organized an all day Vigil for Life with Eucharistic Adoration in the chapel beginning immediately after the 8 a.m. Mass. and concluding with a Holy Hour for Life from 7:30-8:30. Please take an hour to come and silently pray and show your support for the Culture of Life. You may sign up in the Narthex on the board or you may sign up electronically.
Thank you to all who participated!
Are you wondering what you could do to help the pro-life movement?  The answer is easy...PRAY! THIS Sunday, October 7th, 2018 from 2-3 p.m., Saint Gilbert parishioners will be gathering for Life Chain, which is a national hour of silent prayer, on the sidewalk along route 120.  Please come and stand witness as a defender of life!  We will conclude at 3 pm with the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.  Mark your calendars and join us!