Our Catholic faith teaches us that protecting the life of the unborn child is an essential part of living the Gospel. The Respect Life ministry at OLGC Parish is an outlet for us to put our faith into action. Whether you are seeking forgiveness and healing from a past abortion, assistance with an untimely pregnancy, or the opportunity to get involved in pro-life activates, the Respect Life Ministry is here for you.
9 Days for Life
January 19 – 27, 2023
9 Days for Life is a novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. Participants can receive the novena by subscribing to daily email or text messages. Sign up at www.9daysforlife.com
Day of Prayer and Penance
January 23, 2023
January 23 is designated as a particular day of prayer and penance for Catholics in the United States, called the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.”
ASSISTANCE FOR MOMS
If you are pregnant or think you may be and you need assistance, or if you know someone else who needs assistance with a pregnancy, please contact:
National Life Center for Women in Need at 1-800-848-LOVE (5683)
Project Gabriel of Northern Illinois 1-888-446-7341 (1-888-4HOPE41)
Catholic Charities Pregnancy Help Center 1-800-227-3002 (1-800-CARE-002)
Waterleaf Help – English and Spanish information
HELP AND HEALING
Are you a man or woman suffering from a past abortion? Help and healing is available at:
www.hopeafterabortion.com and www.rachelsvineyard.org
ABORTION CLINIC PRAYER VIGIL
Every Saturday between 6:00am and 4:00pm, pro-life people gather for prayer at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on New York Street in Aurora.
OLGC is responsible for sending prayer vigil participants on the fifth Saturday of each month.
For additional information in the Aurora area go to:
www.familiesagainstplannedparenthood.org and www.prolifeactionleague.org.
LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERTS
Our state and our nation often consider passing legislation that impacts the right to life of the unborn. You can affect the outcome of legislation by contacting your elected officials to encourage them to vote pro-life. This section will inform you when there is a current legislative issue on which you can take action.
There are no pro-life action alerts at this time. However, you can keep up with public policy issues that affect Catholic concerns, including pro-life issues by visting: www.catholicconferenceofillinois.org (for Illinois) and www.usccb.org (for the entire country).
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FROM THE DIOCESE
Even more pro-life resources are available from the Rockford Diocese Respect Life Office. Visit www.rockforddiocese.org/respectlife.
PRO-LIFE NEWS AND INFORMATION
To help you keep up on pro-life news stories from around the country and world, we suggest subscribing to daily or weekly e-mail updates from www.LifeSiteNews.com and www.LifeNews.com
RESPECT LIFE RESOURCE WEBSITES
American Life League www.all.org
Couple to Couple League www.ccli.org
Dating, Sex, Love and You at Love Matters www.lovematters.com
National Catholic Bioethics Center www.ncbcenter.org
Human Life International www.hli.org