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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 past Wednesday, we hosted 121 8th graders who were finalists in our Annual Creative Writing Contest. The finalists came from 70 Catholic grades schools, PSR programs, and home schools. Each finalist was presented a certificate by Archbishop Robert Carlson as well as a LIFE T-shirt and Theology of His/Her Body by Jason and Crystalline Evert.

These students were selected out of over 1000 entries based upon their writing submissions in which they were asked to address the relationship between abortion and chastity. As usual, the quality of the submissions and insight shown by these young teens made the judging very tough!

From these finalists, six scholarship winners and four honorable mention winners were selected. Take a few minutes to scroll down to see the winners and read their winning essays.

In Christ,

The RLA Office


Creative Writing Contest Scholarship and Honorable Mention Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the scholarship and honorable mention winners in our Annual Creative Writing Contest. These students' entries represent the top 1% of the entries! Our honorable mention winners receive a cash prize and book while scholarship winners receive $2000 towards the Catholic high school or accredited home school of their choice. They all also receive tickets to the Respect Life Convention in October. Click here to read the scholarship winning essays. 

Congratulations to the following 8th grade winners:

  • Bishop Edward J. O'Donnell Scholarship: Nicole Bergen from Holy Spirit School and Parish, attending St. Joseph Academy in the fall
  • Mary Forrestal Hennessy Scholarship: Natalie McDonough from Holy Spirit Academy Home School and St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville, attending St. John Paul II Prep in the fall
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Kletzker Scholarships:
    • Gabriel Serri from Immaculate Conception School and Parish in Dardenne, attending St. Dominic High School in the fall;
    • Sarah Hughes from St. Joseph School and Parish in Cottleville, attending St. Joseph Academy in the fall
  • Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship: Noah Apprill-Sokol from St. Gabriel the Archangel School and Parish, attending St. Louis University High School in the fall
  • St. Joseph Evangelization Network Scholarship: James Brunts from Academy of the Sacred Heart and St. Charles Borromeo Parish, attending St. Louis University High School in the fall
  • Honorable Mention Winners:
    • Indira Kar from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque School and Parish, attending Cor Jesu Academy in the fall
    • Sarah Keys from St. John Paul II Prep and Mary, Queen of Peace Parish, continuing at St. John Paul II Prep in the fall 
    • Dallen Nelsen, a home schooler from St. Gianna Parish, continuing in home school in the fall
    • John Niebrugge, a home schooler from St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish, continuing in home school in the fall


Judge Orders MO to Process Abortion License Applications "Promptly"

On May 2, U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs issued an order directing abortion clinic license applications "to be processed promptly, in light of patient needs, and without effective influence from opponents of abortion." In response, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley reiterated his plan to appeal Judge Sachs' order.

This order follows Judge Sachs' April 19th order granting a preliminary injunction, preventing enforcement of two Missouri laws. The first law required abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility. The second law required abortion clinics to meet the requirements of ambulatory surgical centers. The Planned Parenthood facility in Columbia did not meet these requirements.

Read more coverage on this issue:


Supporting A Friend When She’s Unexpectedly Expecting

From the USCCB Life Issues Forum

I had been brought up to believe that life is always a gift, but it certainly didn't feel like one when I gazed in shock at a positive pregnancy test. As a mom who had my first baby in college, I know that an unexpected pregnancy can sometimes bring fear, shame, and doubt.

However, I also know that an unexpected pregnancy can bring joy, excitement, awe, gratitude, and deeper love than I knew was possible. About nine months after looking at that pregnancy test, I received the very best gift I have ever been given: my daughter, Maria.* An unexpected pregnancy might be confusing along the way, but life—though at times difficult—is ultimately beautiful.

Continue reading here.


Upcoming Events:

Sat., May 13
Naming & Commendation Mass

A Naming and Commendation Mass will be offered at St. Simon the Apostle Parish at 10 a.m. This Mass is for parents who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, injury, accident, or abortion. RSVP's are requested to allow for adequate preparation of materials. Please call Robin at 314.892.0294 to RSVP or with questions.

Sun., May 21
Pro-Life Living Rosary

Our Lady of Guadalupe will be hosting a pro-life living Rosary at Assumption Parish in Mattese, beginning at 2:30 p.m. All are invited to join for Ted Drewes in the lower level of the church afterwards. Contact Anna Maria at 314.487.2066 for more information.

Mon., May 22
Living with Living Wills & Other End of Life Issues

Nancy Valko, RN ALNC, will be offering a free presentation on end of life issues at Cure of Ars Good Hall at 6:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Cure of Ars Pro-Life Committee. For more information, contact Kay at 314.961.1035.

Tues., May 23
Catholic Women's Healthcare Talk

Dr. Michael Dixon will give a talk on faith-based approach to women's healthcare and share insights on practicing as a Catholic, pro-life OB/GYN. The talk will be at St. Anthony of Padua Parish Hall at 7 p.m. The talk is sponsored by the St. Anthony of Padua Family Life Commission. Contact Mary at 314.351.1790 for more information.

Fri.-Sat., June 9-10
Annual Respect Life Rummage Sale

St. Paul's in Fenton will be hosting their annual rummage sale in the parish life center from 7 am to 1 pm each day. Items for sale will include toys, furniture, tools, and household items. Proceeds will support Respect Life agencies. For more information, call 636.343.1234.

dividerProject 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, May 25, 7:00 pm
Contact Marisol at 314.792.7451 or by email for details. 

Project Joseph Spiritual Support Group
Monday, June 5, 7:00 pm
Contact Chuck at 314.974.6787 or by email for details.


In This Issue:

Creative Writing Contest Scholarship and Honorable Mention Winners Announced

Judge Says MO Must Process Abortion Licenses "Promptly"

Supporting A Friend When She’s Unexpectedly Expecting

Upcoming Events

dividerHelpers of God's Precious Infants

Join us for the next Mass at the Cathedral Basilica on Saturday, May 20, at 8:00 AM. Fr. Thomas Keller from Assumption-Mattese will be the celebrant and lead the rosary walk to Planned Parenthood afterwards.
Click here for more information.


(Students Tackling Abortion Realities Today)

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteer Right START teachers for a successful 2016-2017 school year!

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


Did you know?

A study found that 48% of women who had abortions were coerced or pressured into having the abortion. Read more here.


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Drop us a line by mail, email, or phone:
Respect Life Apostolate
20 Archbishop May Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63119
(314) 792-7555

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Respect Life Apostolate - Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63119
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 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 to verify) 

Every 1st Monday
Project Joseph Spiritual Support Group
7:00 pm (exceptions may orrur in dates, please go to 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 or

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.