Respect Life

STS. ZELIE & LOUIS MARTIN MINISTRY

We serve to connect and empower expecting mothers and fathers with the love, support, and resources that they need to thrive

  • Community Education - Empowering families with knowledge pertaining to childbirth, adoption, social programs, and pro-life fertility options
  • Volunteering - Empowering individuals with opportunities to serve families at our local Catholic pregnancy centers
  • Civic Engagement - Empowering individuals with civic information to protect life in the womb and the maternal health of the mother
  • Annual October Events - We celebrate life with a series of events and volunteering opportunities for the parish and community at large

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ACTION ALERT FROM OUR U.S. BISHOPS:

“Please pray for the people of our state and nation and our elected leaders. Protect life and religious freedom: Allow health care providers to practice medicine, not abortion.”

Pope Francis reminds us, “Each son and daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility.” As Catholics we are called to participate in public life and to apply Gospel values to our political activities as a joyful public witness to the Church’s social teachings. FLCAN provides the opportunity to speak on behalf of the poor, the disabled, the sick or dying, the unborn, the elderly, families and children, immigrants, the imprisoned, and others in need. By raising our voices together, we strengthen the presence of the Catholic faithful in the public square.

The Church’s “No” to abortion and euthanasia is a “Yes” to life,
a “Yes” to the fundamental goodness of creation,
a “Yes” which can move every person in the depths of his conscience,
a “Yes” to the family, the most basic community of hope,
which so pleases God that he calls it to become a domestic Church.
—Pope John Paul II.

Roe v. Wade promised women a freedom to participate more fully in society, but it took their children and broke their hearts. Countless women have suffered physically, emotionally, and spiritually because of abortion; many have even lost their lives.  
(A Matter of the Heart, USCCB statement on the Thirtieth Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Nov 12, 2002.)

In their 1994 statement, Confronting a Culture of Violence, the US Catholic Bishops said: “Increasingly, our society looks to violent measures to deal with some of our most difficult social problems—millions of abortions to address problem pregnancies, advocacy of euthanasia and assisted suicide to cope with the burdens of age and illness, and increased reliance on the death penalty to deal with crime. We are tragically turning to violence in the search for quick and easy answers to complex human problems…We are losing our respect for human life. We cannot teach the killing wrong by killing.”

40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion. It draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:

  • Prayer and fasting
  • Constant vigil
  • Community outreach

For more information on this program go to https://40daysforlife.com

Respect Life Corner

  • Easter: Project Rachel
    Written by Mike Roche’s father: Bill Roche, A parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Diocese of Venice We, as the People of Life, celebrate Easter for it is…
  • A Mother’s Love
    Written by Mike Roche’s father: Bill Roche, A parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Diocese of Venice Laura and Nick both came from large families and when they…
  • Everyone’s Responsibility
    Written by Mike Roche’s father: Bill Roche, A parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Diocese of Venice As we continue thru this challenging year, the following words from…
  • Desecration
    Written by Mike Roche’s father: Bill Roche, A parishioner of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Diocese of Venice A growing hostility towards churches/Christians has manifested itself in a series…
  • America Bless God
    Written by parishioner Richard Ferger from the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children Based on readings from Jan 22 One of the things I have learned over…

If you or someone you know is suffering from the after-effects of abortion, call the Office for Advocacy & Justice of the Diocese of Orlando at 407-246-4819 for free, confidential assistance or contact one of our parish priests, 407-647-3392. Symptoms of post-abortion syndrome include bouts of crying, episodes of misdirected anger, eating disorders, relationship problems, nightmares, drug abuse, lack of self-esteem, health problems, high stress or anxiety level, and discomfort with discussions or homilies on abortion. The Office of Advocacy & Justice of the Diocese of Orlando offers a network of resources and caring people, sacramental reconciliation, specially-trained professionals and/or peer support groups.