The Respect Life Ministry at St. Mary’s strives to educate and advocate for the protection of human life from conception to natural death. We believe that every human life is uniquely created in the image and likeness of God and needs protection and care during all stages of his/her life. The right to life is a fundamental right and the basis of all other human rights.

From The Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. (CCC #2270)

Walking With Moms in Need
Walking with Moms in Need is a program for parishes to help teens and women in need with prayer and action. You can “walk with moms in need” by supporting financially and materially (ex. Diapers, baby clothing, blankets, formula, etc.) such organizations as Women’s Life Care Center, Birthright of St. Paul, and Philomena House.

Upcoming Events

  • Mother’s Day Flower Sale
  • Sponsoring a table/attending the Prenatal Partners for Life Banquet – Thursday, June 13, 2024 – The Saint Paul Hotel
  • Planting Flowers/Caring for the yard at Birthright in St. Paul or Philomena House
  • Fall 2024 – 40 Days for Life “Day of Prayer”
  • Baby Jesus Tree donations during Advent 2024
  • Prayer Service at the Cathedral and March for Life at the Capitol – early 2025
  • Lent 2025 – 40 Days for Life “Day of Prayer” & Good Friday Prayer at Planned Parenthood St. Paul

With questions or to express your interest in respect life, please reach out to Cathy Evans – [email protected].

How to participate:

  • Make donations to various pro-life organizations throughout the year – stay tuned to the bulletin for these details.
  • Volunteer with local organizations – check out our volunteer interest page here or our Service Opportunities Booklet.
  • Join the Respect Life group. This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month in Kohler Hall in the Parish Life Center (starting at 5:30 PM).
  • Join Cathy Evans’ email chain – for the most recent updates and information.
  • Most importantly, join us in prayer!

Respect Life Organizations

  • Women’s Life Care Center – provides free and confidential pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, life coaching, community resources for housing, jobs, childcare, healthcare, referrals for STD testing and medical care –
  • Pro-Life Action Ministries – defends the sanctity of human life by working to save lives from abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia through peaceful, direct-action, and educational projects –
  • Rachel’s Vineyard – renews, rebuilds, redeems hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential, and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release, and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal, and healing –
  • Prenatal Partners for Life – provides families, either expecting, or those who have had, a child with special needs or a life-limiting condition, the support, information, and encouragement they need to make informed decisions involving their preborn or newborn’s child-care –