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.
Starting May 8th, the Respect Life Committee is sponsoring the 19th annual Aid for Women Baby Shower. Please take a baby bottle or a tag from the tables located in the narthex. Bring back unwrapped gifts by May 22nd after the 11am Mass. You may also donate gently used baby items such as car seats, high chairs, and cribs. Questions regarding donation of larger items can be addressed directly to Carol Walsh at Aid for Women, (847) 249-2700. Thank you for your generosity.
Thanks to a generous donor, there are pro-life yard signs that simply say "Choose Life" available in the narthex free of charge. Please stop by the tables in the narthex to grab one to display in your yard or window.