If you are interested in joining parish Respect Life activities, contact Susan McGuiness, at
Every life is worth living
Whether it lasts for a brief moment or for a hundred years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift. At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God's love.
Our relationships on earth are meant to help us and others grow in perfect love. We are meant to depend on one another, serve each other in humility, and walk together in times of suffering.
An elderly man whose health is quickly deteriorating; an unborn baby girl whose diagnosis indicates she may not live very long; a little boy with Down syndrome; a mother facing terminal cancer—each may have great difficulties and need assistance, but each of their lives is a good and perfect gift.
Experiencing suffering—or watching another suffer—is one of the hardest human experiences. But we are not alone. Christ experienced suffering more deeply than we can comprehend, and our own suffering can be meaningful when we unite it with his.
Jesus is with us every step of the way, giving us the grace we need. God invites us to embrace the lives we have been given, for as long as they are given. Every life is worth living.
It's not what you think!
Most pro-life people tend to shy away from gathering to pray near an abortion clinic. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT a protest of demonstration. There is no confrontation or interference with people going in or out. It is simply praying the Rosary other prayers together for people considering or having abortions, the babies being lost there, and for a greater awareness of the sanctity of life in our nation and our community.
Twice weekly (Wed. from 8 to 9 AM and Sat. from 7 to 11 AM), there is a prayerful witness nearby (1345 Kuser Road in Hamilton). If you would like to learn more, please visit
. If, like most Catholics, you have never attended one of these witnesses, you will be pleasantly surprised at the peace and spiritual uplift you will experience.
Something to Think About
Physician-Assisted Suicide...What is at Stake?
Advocates for the disabled strongly oppose assisted suicide. They point to the lack of adequate safeguards, which could open the door to abuse, manipulation, and coercion.
Suicide is always a tragedy! Do not be misled by the seductive language of "dignity," "mercy," "compassion," or "aid in dying." True compassion does not put a lethal weapon—in this case a prescription of 100 capsules of Seconal—into the hands of a person to help take his or her life.
Compassionate care at the end of life should involve the loving support and involvement of family members. The NJ legislation does not require family notification. Oppose the NJ Death with Dignity Act (A3328/S2259). Visit
Words of Life
Each of us is a "creature" whose origin is the loving gaze of God, who looks upon us "within His very self" and draws us forth from this Love. This is the love that is the very being of God; the love of the Father for the Son, the love of the Son for the Father, the Holy Spirit that is love. This is what being created in the image and likeness of God means: to be drawn forth from love; created for love. Thus, every human life conceived in the womb is conceived with a spark of divinity! No wonder we cherish all life as sacred and worthy of the dignity of the children of God. No wonder we believe that all life conceived in the womb is worth all our effort to protect so that the child may come forth from the Light of God into the light of the world.
~ Most Rev. Paul D. Etienne, Bishop of Cheyenne, "Life: Origins in the Trinity,"
Truth in Love: Reflecting the Good News of Christ, January 19, 2013