Saint Agnes Pro-Life Committee

Our Goal

“You must change the hearts of people before you can change their minds.”

The goal of the Saint Agnes Pro-Life Committee is to develop a greater respect for all human life from the moment of conception until natural death.  We are a newly formed group that, through education and prayer, is working to encourage people who already consider themselves pro-life to become more active in the pro-life community.  We also want to provide information to people who are neutral to pro-life issues to awaken them to the importance of these matters so that we may foster a community that truly respects all human life.

The Pro-Life Committee meets on the second Monday of each month at the St. Agnes Parish Center.  Dates and times of the meetings will be announced in the Sunday bulletin.


Memorial Service for Aborted Children

The 7 AM Daily Mass on Saturday, September 9th at Saint Agnes lower church will be dedicated to remembering aborted children.  There will also be a memorial prayer service immediately following the 7 AM Mass outside of the Arlington Knights of Columbus “Memorial to the Unborn,” located at 15 Winslow Street in Arlington.  We will walk from Saint Agnes Church to the Memorial to the Unborn at the Knights of Columbus. 

The Mass and memorial prayer service will be the way for our community to participate in the fifth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.  Americans throughout the country will gather at the gravesites of aborted babies and other memorial sites dedicated in their honor.  More information can be found at www.abortionmemorials.com

There will be coffee and light refreshments in the Knights of Columbus Hall after the prayer service.  Many thanks to Bob Tosi and the Knights of Columbus for their hospitality and support of this Day of Remembrance.  Please e-mail Eileen at saparishforlife@gmail.com with questions. 

Together let us remember the victims of abortion and pray for a final end to this injustice in our land during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.


Project Rachel

For those suffering from past abortion decisions, “Project Rachel helped me so much in dealing with the shame that I have felt for over 40 years.  The retreat gave me hope. I now know that I can once again be active in my faith.”  Many women suffer from the pain of a past abortion. The Project Rachel ministry of the Archdiocese of Boston provides confidential support for post-abortion hope and healing through its one-day retreats and referrals to specially trained priests for sacramental Reconciliation (confession). For more information, contact Project Rachel at 508.651.3100 or help@projectrachelboston.com. Trust in the tender mercy of God!
 




“Dear Lord, you know what holds me back.  It’s easy to tell myself that I am too insignificant to make a difference, especially when you call me out of my comfort zone.  I confess, Lord, that all too often I have trouble seeing past the rain on my windshield and forget – or even worse, don’t even believe – that you have a grand, eternal plan and that you call me to play my part in it.  Today I pray for your strength in the simple obedience to step out no matter what the world thinks of me.  And I ask you to give me the boldness to play my part in your work of saving lives.”  (Prayer taken from 40 Days for Life book by David Bereit and Shawn Carney. 

The UNITED 40 Days for Life Bus Flyer
Prayer Launch Sept 2016
Fall 2016 Flyer
Dear Youth Groups and Confirmation Classes

40 Days for Life Boston – Lenten Campaign

“Discover what God has done… Imagine what he can do!”
The 40 Days for Life Boston campaign is underway!  The Saint Agnes time slots of prayer in front of Planned Parenthood in Boston are Saturdays, 7-8 a.m. and Sundays, 2-3 p.m.  Meet us in the public parking lot adjacent to Saint Agnes Church on Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. and/or Sundays at 1:30 p.m. for carpooling.  Please considering joining this powerful, international prayer campaign.  Once you go and pray with others, you gain more confidence and it gets easier.  Please e-mail Eileen at saparishforlife@gmail.com with questions. 

Saint Agnes Parishioners for Life Meeting

The next Parishioners for Life Meeting will be Monday, March 14th at 7pm in the Saint Agnes Parish Center.  All in the community are welcome to join.  If you are interested in helping with our work, but can’t make the meeting, please e-mail saparishforlife@gmail.com so we can keep you informed of local prolife activity. 

Saturday Morning Prayer Hour

The number of babies and mothers saved from abortion from the Lenten 40 Days for Life Campaign is up to 502!  God is so good!  A very special thank you to each and every one of you who prayed, fasted, sacrificed, and participated in the 40 Days for Life campaign in any way. 

Saint Agnes Parish is continuing its hour of prayer in front of Planned Parenthood on Saturday mornings from 7-8 a.m.  We meet at 6:30 a.m. in the Saint Agnes School parking lot (Alton Street side) for carpooling.  We return to Arlington by 8:30 a.m.  If you have questions, please e-mail Eileen at saparishforlife@gmail.com.  We have been told by the devoted sidewalk counselors how much they appreciate having us there praying when they arrive.  They need help and support.  Please join this effort.  Once you go and pray with others, you gain more confidence and it gets easier.  There was a baby saved on Holy Saturday!  Thank you God! 

Life Runners

Calling all runners and walkers… have you heard of the national organization LIFE Runners?  It is the world’s largest Pro-Life Running/Walking Team with chapters in all 50 states and 17 countries!  LIFE Runners pray and run (or walk) to defend Life from conception to natural death… All in Christ for Pro-Life!  There are two chapters in Massachusetts (Springfield and Still River), but no Boston area chapter yet.  Would you be interested in starting a Boston area chapter of LIFE Runners?  E-mail saparishforlife@gmail.com.  This would be a great way for all ages in our community to work and pray together to support God’s gift of life. 


Relevant Website Links

Archdiocese of Boston Pro-Life Office: 

http://www.rcab.org/ProLife/HomePage.html

“The Pro-Life Office for the Archdiocese of Boston has a singular mission that expresses itself in multifaceted dimensions. The single focus is to reflect the love of Jesus Christ for all persons across the life span from the first moments of new life in the womb until natural death.

Archdiocese of Boston – Project Rachel:

www.projectrachelboston.com

“Entrusted in a special way with the mission to share the compassionate love of Jesus Christ for all people, Project Rachel is a ministry of healing and reconciliation for post-abortion women and men.”

Archdiocese of Boston Office of Religious Education Respect for Life and Human Sexuality Program for Teens:

http://www.rcab.org/Education/RFL/HomePage.html

The Office of Religious Education is very pleased to once again offer our Respect for Life Speaker Program to address our students, along with their parents and teachers, on our Catholic beliefs and teachings regarding Respect for Life and Respect for Human Sexuality: Chastity. 

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities

www.usccb.org/prolife

“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.”

Massachusetts Citizens for Life

www.masscitizensforlife.org

“The mission of Massachusetts Citizens For Life, Inc. is to promote the respect for human life and to defend the right to life of all human beings, born and unborn. We will influence public policy at the local, state and national levels through comprehensive educational, legislative, political and charitable activities.” 

National Right to Life

www.nrlc.org

“The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee is to restore legal protection to innocent human life. The primary interest of the National Right to Life Committee and its members has been the abortion controversy; however, it is also concerned with related matters of medical ethics which relate to the right to life issues of euthanasia and infanticide.”

Priests For Life

”We are an officially approved association of Catholic Clergy who give special emphasis to the pro-life teachings of the Church. We offer ongoing assistance to the clergy in addressing the topics of abortion and euthanasia, and training and resources to the entire pro-life movement.”

American Life League

www.all.org

“Every man and woman is uniquely created in the image and likeness of God and deserves respect from the time life begins at fertilization.”

Massachusetts Choose Life

http://www.machoose-life.org/

The purpose of Massachusetts Choose Life is to create a specialty license plate with the slogan "Choose Life." Proceeds from this plate will benefit maternity homes and pregnancy crisis centers who offer adoption as an alternative to abortion

Euthanasia.com

Euthanasia.com Website

www.euthanasia.com

This website provides information for research on euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, living wills and mercy killing.  “We are committed to the fundamental belief that the intentional killing of another person is wrong. We have deep sympathy for those people who are suffering.”

 

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