“We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God, that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence”. U.S. Catholic Bishops, Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, November 2001.
Following the guidelines of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford works to teach respect for all human life from conception to natural death by:
· Education. Raising consciousness of the sacredness of human life and the societal and personal effects of pro-life values.
· Pastoral concerns. Meeting the pastoral needs related to human life issues in the 216 parishes of the Archdiocese through a network of persons.
· Advocacy. Promoting laws that protect life.
· Prayer. Placing all pro-life concerns in relationship with God from Whom the gift of life comes.
Pro-Life Representatives work in conjunction with Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford in education and advocating Catholic family values. The pro-life representative is responsible for communicating to his/her pastor and the congregation, pertinent information regarding news affecting the values that form the core of our Catholic beliefs. Staff of the Pro-Life Ministry are available to meet with individuals or groups to educate on this mission.
EVENTS SPONSORED BY THE PRO-LIFE MINISTRY THAT OCCUR EACH YEAR INCLUDE:
January - March for Life, Washington, DC
April—Mass of Remembrance for Children who have died
Sept.-Nov.—40 Days of Life Campaign in Hartford
October—Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass
3 Retreats—Weekend Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats
In October each year, Respect Life Month, the Pro-Life Ministry sponsors a Respect Life Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford. Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, presents each new pro-life representative with a commissioning certificate which affirms the representative’s commitment to Catholic family and life values. He also recognizes individually, each pro-life representative in attendance and gives him/her a blessed candle.
Archbishop Mansell also recognizes at this Mass, individuals who have been particularly outstanding in their pro-life efforts and bestows on them the Saint Fianna Bretta Molla Award which is a citation and a bronze medal signifying their commitment.
FORTY DAYS OF LIFE
The Archdiocese of Hartford .is observing its seventh 40 Days of Life Campaign. It began on Wednesday, September 24th and runs through Sunday, November 2nd. Holy Spirit is participating. Our participation includes a 24-hour period of Eucharistic adoration, beginning with our weekly period of adoration on Tuesday, October 21st at 6:00 pm, and ending at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 22nd. Also, concurrent with this Eucharistic period of prayer and devotion, Wednesday, October 22nd, from 6:00 am through 6:00 pm, volunteers from our parish and friends will keep a 12 hour prayerful, peaceful and respectful vigil of protest at the Hartford Hospital GYN Center, 1 Main Street, Hartford, where abortions are performed. Sign up lists are now available at the main entrance of the church for volunteers to participate in both activities, the Eucharistic vigil and the protest vigil. October 22nd, Is also the observance, for the first time, of Pope St. John Paul II, probably the strongest anti-abortion proponent of our time. We live in in a dangerous time when religious liberty is being diminished. Christians are being murdered, and millions of unborn babies have been and are at risk of being aborted worldwide. Last year 66 babies were saved in Hartford during the 40 Days of Life. Ask your friends from other churches to join us. If you would like more information, please call Eleanore Marchand, 860-667-7660 or Sharon Morrison 860-666-5961.