Respect Life Committee
The Committee's focus is to bring awareness for the need to respect all lives, from conception to natural death. They sponsor several campaigns throughout the year; including spiritual adoption, collecting goods for babies in need, rosary procession, and an annual prayer service commemorating the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Contact: Joe Sullivan
From September 24 through November 2, our community will unite with many others from coast to coast – and internationally – for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization – the 40 Days for Life campaign. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion.
Vision and Mission
40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.
The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.
Project Rachel is a national program of healing from a past abortion provided through the Catholic Church. To better understand the aftermath of abortion and to view all the many sites of healing go to www.hopeafterabortion.org.
Locally you can call the Project Rachel office 813-924-4173 or email us for assistance in healing through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, professional counseling, HEART support groups, or Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreats (www.rachelsvineyard.org)
Capital Punishment and Divine Mercy
We are a group who pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the conversion of those who are about to be executed and for the eventual elimination of the use of Capital Punishment. We pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the condemned either at home or in the Adoration Chapel beginning about one hour before the scheduled execution and continuing through the time of the execution. If you would like to be a part of this group (called the Dismas Society in reference to the Good Thief - GT) please contact Joe Sullivan.
National Life Chain.
What Is LIFE CHAIN?
Annually, on the first Sunday in October, LIFE CHAIN invites the churches in each city and town across North America to stand on a designated local sidewalk and pray for 90 minutes, while holding one of the following approved pro-life sign messages:
ABORTION KILLS CHILDREN
JESUS FORGIVES AND HEALS
ADOPTION: THE LOVING OPTION
LORD, FORGIVE US AND OUR NATION
ABORTION HURTS WOMEN
PRAY TO END ABORTION
LIFE—THE FIRST INALIENABLE RIGHT
At St. Theresa's, we stand on the sidewalks on both sides of U.S.19, right across from the Church.
Please care enough to stand up (or sit) peacefully and prayerfully for LIFE!
Right to Life: National Committee for a Human Life Amendment
In the great civil rights struggle to secure the right to life for all, Archbishop John Roach, testifying on behalf of the Catholic Bishops, expressed the guiding vision:
"We are committed to full legal recognition of the right to life of the unborn child, and will not rest in our efforts until society respects the inherent worth and dignity of every member of the human race."
~November 5, 1981 Statement before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution
The National Committee for a Human Life Amendment is dedicated to pursuing this vision. The organization's objectives include educating citizens, developing pro-life legislative networks, and offering programs in support of pro-life legislation. Among its various activities, NCHLA produces educational and program resources, communicates with leaders about legislative priorities, and presents legislative seminars throughout the year. In a special way, NCHLA assists dioceses, state Catholic conferences, and Catholic lay groups. The Committee also works closely with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.