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St. Louis Archdiocese Launches 

New Pro-life Website: HoldMyHand.Net


The Archdiocese of St. Louis launched a new website this week in its efforts raise public support for the campaign to defund Planned Parenthood, and to address the issues raised by the recently released Planned Parenthood videos.  

 

The videos, released by the Center for Medical Progress, are available for viewing on the site along with information about what you can do to help in this effort. The Archdiocese hopes to awaken Catholics and all people of good will to the horrors of abortion and the "harvesting" of fetal remains.


This Saturday, March 25, the Church celebrates the Annunciation when, by Mary's fiat, Jesus Christ takes our human nature. Just like all other humans, Jesus spent nine months in his mother's womb, growing and developing like us. It is precisely in taking on our humanity that Christ was able to free us from original sin and allow us to be with the Father in Heaven. So, we pray: 

"O God, who willed that your Word should take on the reality of human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, grant, we pray, that we, who confess our Redeemer to be God and man, may merit to become partakers even in his divine nature." 
- Collect for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

In Christ,

The RLA Office


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Euthanasia Deaths in Quebec Doubled in Second Half of 2016

Recently released data on euthanasia in Quebec shows an alarming trend. The requests for euthanasia doubled in the province during the second half of 2016. According to the report, there were 256 requests for euthanasia in the first six months of 2016 and 441 in the second half of 2016 in Quebec. Of those requests, 163 patients were actually euthanized in the first half of 2016 and 286 patients in the second half. When data was previously released for the first half of 2016, the government indicated they were three times what was expected.

According to the Protection of Conscience Project, "If Quebec's rate continues without escalation throughout 2017, it will exceed that achieved by Belgium after nine years." With the escalation in numbers, there could be increased pressure on patients to request euthanasia even if they do not want it.

On top of this, Canada is now permitting organ harvesting from people who have been euthanized. In Ontario alone, dozens who died by euthanasia have had their tissues or organs harvested for donation. This trend creates pressure on despairing people who may come to believe that they are more valuable dead than alive.

This report also comes as more Canadian physicians are choosing to not participate in helping patients end their lives. In Ontario, 24 physicians have asked that their names be permanently removed from a voluntary referral list of physicians to assist in euthanasia. Another 30 physicians have asked that their names be put on a temporary hold.

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Pro-Woman Is Pro-Life
By Kimberly Baker

Recent cultural conversations on the importance of women's advancement have increasingly included abortion access, perpetuating a tragic assumption that 'pro-woman' and 'pro-life' are diametrically opposed viewpoints. This belief ignores the full reality of the beauty and dignity of all human life. To be pro-woman is to be pro-life; one cannot exist without the other.

Abortion has negative outcomes for both a woman and her child, with the two-fold loss including both the destruction of the child's very life and the destruction of the mother's well-being. The aftermath of abortion for a woman often includes psychological traumatization, and sometimes physical harm. Far from promoting dignity and freedom, abortion promotes the lie that a woman must harm herself and her child in order to be free.

Click here to continue reading.

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Youth Building a Culture of Life

Did you know that the Archdiocese of St. Louis has a website to encourage teens to stay active in the pro-life movement year round? GenLifeSTL365.com features tools for teens to learn more about pro-life issues, ideas for how to get involved, and resources to get help for themselves or for a friend. The blog features teen voices on topics such as starting a pro-life club at school, responding to anti-Semitic violence, why teens should care about euthanasia, and things teens should know about homelessness. GenLifeSTL365 is a collaboration between the RLA and the Archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry.

Coalition for Life has also started LIFESQUAD, an opportunity for teens 15+ years old to get involved in the pro-life movement through monthly meetings. More information about LIFESQUAD is available by clicking here.


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Upcoming Events:

Sat., Apr. 1 - Sun., Apr. 16
2nd Annual Diocesan-Wide Deacon Diaper Drive

During the weekends of April 1-2 through Easter weekend, the Permanent Deacons of the Archdiocese, in conjunction with the RLA, will be collecting diapers to assist families in need. Last year over 125,000 diapers were collected. Drop off diapers at your local parish. For more information, contact your parish permanent deacon or the Permanent Diaconate Office at 314.792.7431.

Sun., Apr. 2
An Afternoon Program for Mothers & Daughters

A program for 13-17 year-old girls and their mothers is being offered through Mercy. The program focuses on dating, marriage, protection of fertility through chastity, STDs, and the sacredness of human life. The program runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the von Gontard Conference Center. Cost is $50 per mother/daughter family. Reservations must be made online by clicking here. Contact Donna at 314.991.0327 for more information.

Sat., Apr. 22
Defenders of the Unborn Banquet

The Defenders of the Unborn will be hosting Gianna Jessen as the guest speaker at their annual banquet and silent auction held at the Orlando Banquet Center in Maryland Heights. Doors open at 6 pm. Cost is $35/adults, $20/students or $325 for a table of 10. Contact Mary at defenseless68@gmail.com.

Sat., Apr. 29
Run For Their Lives 5K

SLU Students for Life is hosting their annual 5K run to benefit their Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance (PPSA). The run will begin at 9 a.m. with check-in starting at 8 a.m. Pre-race day registration is $15; race day registration is $20. For more information or to register, contact Evie at coraet@slu.edu.

Sat., May 13
Project Rachel Retreat

Looking for healing from an abortion experience? This retreat is for all women, regardless of faith background or how long it has been since their abortion experience. The focus of the day-long retreat is on receive God's loving mercy. Registration and more information is available online by clicking here or by calling Project Rachel at 314.792.7565.

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Project Rachel & Project Joseph

The services of Project Rachel and Project Joseph are available to anyone who has been wounded by an abortion experience and is seeking healing. Services include: free, confidential, professional counseling, monthly spiritual support group meetings, healing retreats, spiritual direction, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.Click here to learn more.

Project Rachel Spiritual Support Group
Thursday, April 27, 7:00 pm
Contact Marisol at 314.792.7451 or by email for details. 

Project Joseph Spiritual Support Group
Monday, April 3, 7:00 pm
Contact Chuck at 314.974.6787 or by email for details.


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In This Issue:

Quebec's Euthanasia Deaths Double

Pro-Woman Is Pro-Life

Youth Building a Culture of Life

Upcoming Events

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Please note that there will be no Helpers of God's Precious Infants Mass in April due to Holy Saturday. Our next Mass will be on Saturday, May 20.
Click here for more information.

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Right START
(Students Tackling Abortion Realities Today)


We recently presented the Right START program to 8th graders at St. Bridget of Kildare, St. Mark's, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Our Lady of Lourdes - Washington, Holy Infant, St. Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of Lourdes-U City, and St. Norbert!

For more information about Right START, click here.

If you would like to register, or learn more about teaching Right START this year, contact Terry at terrytrafton@archstl.org.

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Did you know?

On March 14, Ohio's Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act took effect. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects unborn children who are at least 20 weeks beyond fertilization

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Respect Life Apostolate
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
prolife@archstl.org
(314) 792-7555

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Respect Life Apostolate - Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63119
314.792.7555 | www.stlrespectlife.org

 Bouquet Of Life
If you know a pregnant person, visit the Bouquet of Life located near the votive candles at the back of church. Take a rose, tie a name card on it. Write mother’s/father’s name and baby’s due date on the card. Place the rose it in the vase. Parishioners are asked to pray for these unborn babies and their families. When your baby is born you may take the rose and give it to the family for their child’s Baptism Day.





Mass & Rosary
Every 3rd Saturday Cathedral Basilica at 8:00 am
Did you know that abortions are performed only 8 blocks away from our Cathedral Basilica? First reactions to this might be outrage or sadness. Rather, this close proximity of good and evil is a great opportunity for hope and change. Helpers of God’s Precious Infants can help to make this happen. On the third Saturday of every month, you are invited to the 8:00 am Mass and prayer vigil at the Cathedral Basilica. After Mass the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration. All who are able are invited to pray the rosary during a peaceful procession to the abortion facility at Forest Park and Boyle. Upon return to the Cathedral, all participate in Benediction. For more information call the Respect Life Apostolate at 314-792-7555.


Do you live with the pain of an abortion?
Do you still feel anger, guilt or sadness even though the abortion was years ago? You may think your actions could never be understood and certainly not able to be forgiven. These emotions are common results of abortion. Healing and forgiveness are possible through Project Rachel. Specially trained counselors can help you experience Christ’s peace.


Every 4th Thursday
Project Rachel Spiritual Support Group
7:00 pm (exceptions may orrur in dates, please go to archstl.org to verify) 


Every 1st Monday
Project Joseph Spiritual Support Group
7:00 pm (exceptions may orrur in dates, please go to archstl.org to verify)
Project Rachel and Project Joseph provide healing and hope to women and men wounded by abortion through the following: 
  • Free, confidential, professional counseling for anyone who has been wounded by an abortion experience.
  • Monthly spiritual support group meetings
  • Women's Retreats and Men's Retreats, based on the Entering Canaan model.
  • Spiritual Direction or Reconciliation 
To learn more about healing after abortion, 
please call (314)792-7565 
or e-mail ProjectRachel@archstl.org or ProjectJoseph@archstl.org.



MO Tax Credits for Pregnancy Resource Centers

In compliance with MO laws, the Pregnancy Resource Center Tax Credit program allows taxpayers to claim a tax credit equal to 50% of their donations to a qualified center such as Birthright.  To be eligible, the donation total for the year must be at least $100.

This is not a deduction.  This is a credit.  Therefore, you do not have to itemize deductions to receive this credit.  For example if you donate $100 to Birthright, you will receive a credit of $50 on your MO Tax Return ($200 donation = $100 credit, etc.)  The amount of the claimed tax credit may not exceed the amount of the taxpayer’s MO income tax liability for the year the credit is being claimed.

Birthright of Hillsboro (636)789-3518 will supply you with the application & will submit all the info to MO.  MO will then send you the credit to use on your income tax return.


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