“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 about to embark on its seventh 40 Days of Life Campaign starting this Wednesday, September 24 and ending Sunday, November 2. Opening day Mass on September 24 will be celebrated by Archbishop Blair at 7:30 am at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Everyone is welcome to attend. Participation in 40 Days of Life includes 24 hours of Eucharistic Adoration, and 12 hours of Prayerful, Peaceful, and Respectful Vigil on the traffic island across from the Hartford Hospital GYN Center at 1 Main Street where abortions are performed. Those at the Vigil will each carry a special 40 Days of Life Sign in order to identify our mission. Holy Spirit Church is assigned Wednesday, October 22 for our 12 hour (6:00 am-6:00 pm) Vigil across from the abortion clinic. It is also the first Feast Day for Pope St. John Paul. Our 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration will begin on Tuesday, October 21 at 6:00 pm during our weekly Tuesday Eucharistic Adoration and continuing concurrently with our Vigil until 6:00 pm on Wednesday, October 22. 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. We can’t be silent anymore! Beginning Wednesday, September 24 before Holy Spirit’s daily 9:00 am Mass, two booklets (one for the 24 hours of Eucharistic Adoration, and one to sign up for the 12 hours of Prayerful Vigil in Hartford) will be kept on a table in the main entrance of the church for volunteers to sign up. Don’t hesitate to ask your friends from other churches. If you would like more information, please call Eleanore Marchand, 860-667-7660 or Sharon Morrison 860-666-5961.