Respect Life

 

                           

 

“I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse;                                                                                                             therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.”        (Deuteronomy 30:18)

                                                        Pregnant?  Confused?  Need Help?

Call (719) 392-7653 to speak with someone about your current situation and for free information or  visit: 

http://www.diocs.org/Departments/Respect-Life-Office

 

 

 

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Respect Life Flyers and Handouts 

Considering Earthly Passing (color) (2017).pdf

Culture of Life flyer (color) (2017).pdf

 

Death Penalty (Catholic Q and A) (color) (2017).pdf 


Understanding Conscience (color) (2017).pdf

When Someone is Considering Abortion (color) (2017).pdf 

 

            OUR PARISH’S RESPECT FOR LIFE MINISTRY / COMMITTEE

                                             MISSION STATEMENT

The Our Lady of the Visitation Parish is faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church and promotes and uphold the sanctity and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death.  Our Catholic faith teaches us to see Christ in everyone.  Therefore as Catholics, we believe that human life is a gift from God and is worthy of respect, dignity, and protection from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death (e.g.,from cradle to grave).  The mission of the parishes’ Respect Life Ministry Committee is to inform our parishioners and community leaders of pro-life organizations and institutions (including, but not limited to:  abortion, euthanasia, human trafficking, embryonic stem cell research, etc.), and assist individuals in their efforts to foster reverence for all human life.  This ministry encompasses prayer, education, advocacy, care, and services.

The Committee actively seeks to bring parishioners a better understanding and awareness of the dignity of human life and the dangers of the "Culture of Death" via presentations; timely bulletin articles and inserts; mail pamphlets; etc.

The Respect Life Committee reports to and is overseen by the parish’s incumbent Pastor, and meets a minimum of quarterly.   Committee meeting reports are submitted to the Pastor for review and file retention in the parish's Main Office.


             PRO-LIFE ROSARY / MEDITATION PRAYERS

Respect Life Rosary 1.pdf 

Respect Life Rosary 2.pdf

 

                         INTERNET HELPFUL RESOURCES

                                        Getting Started!

Vatican (www.vatican.va)                   

Humanae Vitae (1968).pdf

Congregation of Faith Instruction on Respect of Life (1987).pdf

Caritas in Veritate Encyclical Letter (Respect Life).pdf 

DECLARATION ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DIGNITATIS HUMANAE (1965).pdf 

Evangelium Vitae (1995).pdf  

 

The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (www.usccb.org/prolife)

                                                                             http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/index.cfm

National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (www.nchla.org)


                                               Abortion

The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops   http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/abortion/index.cfm

Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/index/

Human Life Alliance (www.humanlife.org)

Hope for adverse (not typical) prenatal diagnoses (www.BeNotAfraid.net)

CCC News Release Article on Planned Parenthood (081115).pdf

Announcement, Pregnancy Alternatives (CR) Opening (110317).pdf

 

THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES TO ABORTION


Any woman who is pregnant and in need can turn for help to the pro-life movement.  Thousands of pregnancy centers, Churches and other organizations are providing counseling.

 

LOCAL ASSISTANCE

Alternatives Pregnancy Center

410 S. Wilcox Street, Suite #103, Castle Rock, CO  80104

(303) 653-9098

http://www.youhavealternatives.org/

 

NATIONAL ASSISTANCE

1-800-712-HELP (4357)

http://www.pregnancycenters.org/

 

                                  Cloning / Stem Cell Research

The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/stem-cell-research/)

National Catholic Bioethics Center (http://www.ncbcenter.org)

                                           Contraception

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops    http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/contraception/sterilization/index.cfm

                           Death Penalty / Capital Punishment

The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/death-penalty-capital-punishment/index.cfm)

Catholics Against Capital Punishment (www.cacp.org)

Death Penalty Focus (www.deathpenalty.org)

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (www.ncadp.org)

                                       Domestic Violence

The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops      http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/domestic-violence/index.cfm

                             Euthanasia     (or Assisted Suicide)              (also see Physician Assisted Suicide segment below)

The U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Euthanasia:             http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/end-of-life/euthanasia/

Church Teaching and Fact Sheets:   http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/assisted-suicide/to-live-each-day/index.cfm#teaching

Physician Assisted Suicide:  The Wrong Approach to End of Life Care:  http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/physicianassisted-suicide-the-wrong-approach-to-end-of-life-care.cfm

Euthanasia.com    /www.euthanasia.com

The Quality of Life:  Who's to Judge:          http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/the-quality-of-life-whos-the-judge.cfm

                               Gender Dysphoria and/or Gender Reassignment

FAQ on Gender Identity Disorder and "Sex Change" Operations

National Catholic Bioethics Center

https://www.ncbcenter.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions/gender-identity-disorder-and-sex-change-operations/

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) and Gender Theology / General Ideology

(USCCB document)

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/promotion-and-defense-of-marriage/upload/Gender-Ideology-Select-Teaching-Resources.pdf

 

The Catholic World Report

 

-            The Transgender Culture Wars

              http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2013/08/27/the-transgender-culture-wars/

 

-             Gender Dysphoria

              http://www.catholicworldreport.com/tag/gender-dysphoria/

 

What is Gender Dysphoria

(an American Psychiatric Association document)

https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/gender-dysphoria/what-is-gender-dysphoria

 

                                          Gene Therapy

National Catholic Bioethics Center        (https://www.ncbcenter.org/)

https://www.ncbcenter.org/resources/information-topic/dignitas-personae/gene-therapy/

 

                                         Homosexuality

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops         http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/homosexuality/index.cfm

                                    Human Rights / Torture

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops         http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/torture/index.cfm

                                       Human Trafficking

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops         http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/human-trafficking/index.cfm

                                              Immigration

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops         http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/index.cfm

                                                                         http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/migrants-refugees-and-travelers/index.cfm 

                        

 

                    Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) – Colorado   

Physician Assisted Suicide FAQ 2016.pdf 
Physician Assisted Suicide FAQ 2017.pdf

 

                                   Project Rachel – Colorado   

                   (There is Hope & Healing after an Abortion)

General Information:  http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/abortion/project-rachel/index.cfm

                                       http://hopeafterabortion.com

Post Abortion Counseling / Support Services            (Catholic Charities of Central Colorado)

(http://ccharitiescc.org/what-we-do/life-connections/project-rachel-post-abortion-support/)

                                       Same Sex Unions

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops                 http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/same-sex-unions/index.cfm

                                     Stem Cell Research

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops                 http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/stem-cell-research/index.cfm

                                     Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Hotline              (1-800-273-TALK) (1-800-273-8255)   (24 / 7)

Crisis Hotline  (Colorado Springs)                  (719-635-7000)   (24 / 7)

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org)

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (www.save.org)

                                             Violence

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:            http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/violence/index.cfm

                                             

 

                     Care for those in a Persistent "Vegetative State"   (PVS) and Minimally Conscious State

 

Life Sustaining Treatments and Vegetative State:  Scientific Advances and Ethical Dilemmas

(Vatican document)  https://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/speeches/2004/march/documents/hf_jp-ii_spe_20040320_congress-fiamc.html

 

Human Dignity in the Vegetative State

(USCCB 2004 document)  http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/end-of-life/euthanasia/upload/Human-Dignity-in-the-Vegetative-State.pdf

 

The Catholic Health Association’s response to Papal Allocution on Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

(Journal of Ethics/American Medical Association)

http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/2007/05/oped1-0705.html

 

 

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

(National Catholic Bioethics Center on Health Care and the Life Sciences)

(the Catholic Medical Association)

http://www.cathmed.org/assets/files/NCBC_Article_on_POLST.pdf

 

 

The Revision of Directive 58 of Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services

(National Catholic Bioethics Center)

https://www.ncbcenter.org/resources/information-topic/end-life-care/revision-directive-58/

 

Ethical and Religious Directives (ERD) for Catholic Health Care Services (5th edition)

(November 17, 2009)

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/health-care/upload/Ethical-Religious-Directives-Catholic-Health-Care-Services-fifth-edition-2009.pdf

 

                                             

 

                         War and Peace

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:            http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/war-and-peace/index.cfm

 

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Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church

(The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)

Rev. Geoffrey Wagner

4022 Park Lane Elizabeth, CO 80107

(303) 646-1378

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Website:  www.swaddlingclothes.org

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