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 7:30PM in the Chapel Brides' Room. Time commitment is very flexible; ministry members can determine the number of events for which they will volunteer.
Respect Life Ministry in Action
Life Chain is a National Hour of Silent Prayer to end abortion. Please join the Respect Life Committee outside of church on the first Sunday of October, from 2PM to 3PM to be a voice for the voiceless and promote a culture of life!
The National Catholic Bioethics Center is a great resource to guide Catholics on many difficult issues. Consult their website at ncbcenter.org for information on the Catholic Church's teaching on vaccines, end of life issues, fertility, contraception and many other topics.
The Respect Life Committee sponsors an Annual Baby Shower around the month of May which benefits Aid for Women of Northern Lake County.
Please also consider calling your State Senator to tell them to vote NO on any pro-abortion bills. If your state Senator is Melinda Bush her local number is (847) 548-5631 and her Springfield number is (217) 782-7353.
Roses for Mom...Roses for Life: The annual Right to Life Mother's Day Rose Benefit is Mother's Day Weekend after all the Masses.
Fresh cut, long stem red roses are available for a donation. Buy mom a rose or a dozen as a sign of your love and the beauty of all human life and support the Right to Life movement.