Respect Life

As Catholics, we are called to advocate, through prayer and action, for the sanctity of life from conception until natural death. Under the direction and guidance of the Diocese, the Respect Life Ministry works fervently to raise awareness and advocate for the sanctity of life with different events and activities throughout the year.

Respect Life Activities
Monthly Rosary at Planned Parenthood
The Respect Life Ministry invites you to pray the Rosary with us at Planned Parenthood the last Thursday of every month. To carpool, meet in the SJV parking lot by the parish office after 9:00am Mass. We know that when people are present in prayer at the abortion site, through the grace of God, hearts are changed and lives are saved.
40 Days for Life Campaign
The Houston Coalition for Life’s 40 Days for Life Campaign will took place from September 28th through November 6th. Come join us for 40 days and nights of prayer, repentance and fasting at the largest abortion facility in the Western Hemisphere, Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, 4600 Gulf Freeway. From 6:30 am – 6:30 pm, Houston will be uniting with over 250 other locations across America and the globe in the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history: the international 40 Days for Life campaign! For more information on this campaign, contact the Houston Coalition for Life at 713.395.1330 or email Theresa. SJV’s Respect Life members will be participating every Thursday during the campaign, praying from 10 am until noon.  To carpool or for additional information, please contact Diane.
Spiritual Adoption Program
October is Respect Life Month! In 2015, SJV’s Respect Life Ministry launched its second Spiritual Adoption program to remind others of an unborn baby’s humanity. The program gives participants the opportunity to spiritually adopt, symbolically name, and pray for a recently conceived baby. During the following nine months, participants continue to pray for their baby while receiving monthly information on the child’s development and the milestones reached in the womb. At the end of the nine months, a symbolic baby shower celebrating the baby’s birth will take place. The donations and proceeds received will benefit SJV’s Gabriel Project.
Christmas Cards Sale
In December, Respect Life volunteers sell Christmas cards after all the masses and at Parish Life activities. All the proceeds from the sales benefit SJV’s Gabriel Project.
Blessing of the Crosses
January 22nd marks the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion in the United States. Every year, our Respect Life volunteers erect white crosses outside the entrance to SJV to commemorate the lives of the children lost to abortion since it was legalized in 1973. In addition to the blessing of the crosses, a Mass for Life will be held during the week.
40 Days for Life during Lent
During February and March, Respect Life volunteers again take part in the 40 Days for Life prayer and fasting effort; co-sponsored by the Houston Coalition for Life and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The SJV Respect Life Ministry invites you to pray with us at Planned Parenthood every Thursday during the 40 Days for Life.  To carpool, meet outside the Activity Center after 9:00 am Mass.  For more information, please contact Diane.
Walk for Life
Our Annual Walk for Life and Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2017. Join us as we walk through Terry Hershey Park while praying the Rosary and remembering the more than 56 million babies lost to abortion since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court ruling.
Prayer Cards on Mother's and Father's Day
In May and June, Respect Life volunteers distribute prayer cards to women and men on Mother’s and Father’s day respectively at all of the Masses at SJV.

If you cannot join our volunteers, please remember them and all individuals whose lives they touch in your prayers. God always responds to prayers of praise, thanksgiving and petition. We hope that you will join us as we pray for the safety of unborn children and their families.

We invite you to learn more and get involved in The Gabriel Project, this beautiful ministry provides pregnancy and maternal care to those in need.


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