"The promotion of the culture of life should be the highest priority in our societies...If the right to life is not defended decisively as a condition for all other rights of the person, all other references to human rights remain deceitful and illusory."
- Pope John Paul II
The mission of our Respect Life Ministry is to promote, through word and action, a consistent ethic of human life in all its stages. Recognizing that everyone is created in God's image and is of inestimable worth, we are challenged to promote and protect the inviolable right to life of all God's children.
Our Respect Life Ministry establishes a prayer network to pray for respect of life by all, incorporates "culture of life" goals in educational ministries, including our parish school, catechism, and teen, adult, and pre-Cana programs, participates in "Rosaries for Life", publishes Respect Life information in the parish bulletin, and encourages participation in the National March for Life each January.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
- Mother Teresa
The Peace and Justice Ministry is comprised of people who are united by their faith and commitment to the Church’s teaching of human dignity and social justice. We seek to transform the principles of Catholic Social Teaching into concrete social actions through nurturing a greater public presence on justice and peace issues.
The Peace and Justice Ministry seeks to address specific local, national, and global issues—such as health care, housing, immigration, and workers’ rights-- that stand in the way of achieving full justice and peace in our society. Our work is guided by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Peace and Justice, and the tenets of Catholic Social Teaching.