Pro-Life Information

The ICD Pro-Life Committee coordinates pro-life activities in our parish.  These activities range from prayer, education, provision of real alternatives to abortion, and promotion of public policies which protect the right to life. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Our next committee meeting is scheduled for September 16th at 7pm (meetings are in the Parish Hall, South).  All are welcome!

 

Upcoming (or past) events include

1) March 6th, 7am-7pm, was "ICD Day" as part of the 2021 spring '40 Days for Life' campaign at the Planned Parenthood clinic on Forest Park Ave. in St. Louis to pray for an end to abortion.  We had 52 people sign up, including our Feb 28th parish sign-up day!

2) April 13th ICD hosted the bi-monthly STL Archdiocesan Respect Life Apostolate meeting for parish pro-life coordinators.

3) April 14th was the 2021 Midwest March for Life in Jeff City.  In addition to pro-life legislators like Lt. Gov Mike Kehoe and Sen. Bob Onder, the featured speakers included Catherine Glenn Foster, CEO of Americans United for Life; Jeanne Mancini, President of National March for Life; Susan Klein, Exec Director & chief lobbyist of Missouri Citizens for Life; Bridget VanMeans, CEO of Thrive Nation; Brian Westbrook, Exec Director of Coalition for Life StL;  Reagan Barklage, Regional Dir of Students for Life America, and more!  It was a great day at the Capitol.

4) ICD pro-life billboard: ran from April 11th thru May 11th off of I-64 westbound, just west of Hwy K (on the right).  We had 2 displays in the digital billboard, every minute of every day for 30 consecutive days!

5) Mother's Day baby bottle drive: the weekend of May 8th & 9th at ICD, our pro-life committee honored our mother's with a baby bottle drive to benefit the Thrive Express Women's Healthcare pregnancy resource centers in St. Louis & St. Charles county.  Thrive had one of their mobile vans in our parking lot after all masses, which has on-board an ultrasound machine to provide immediate assistance to mother's in need.

6) ICD annual picnic: the pro-life committee had a booth at the 2021 church picnic the weekend of June 4th thru 6th.  We had great volunteer coverage for this big parish event!!

7) Celebrated our 'Declaration of Independence' of our rights to Life & Liberty on June 30th at 7:00pm in the main church with another Patriotic Rosary, once again with music by our ICD Director of Music - Richard Buschard!  It was beautiful (even without lights...)

8) On July 10th, the ICD Pro-Life Committee and members of the ICD Youth Group jointly hosted a "Pilgrimage of Prayer" at the Planned Parenthood Clinic in Fairview Heights, Ill.  After the monthly pro-life mass and the weekly Rosary for the Unborn that morning, we had a caravan of people who joined in this important time of prayer -- directly where the unborn are at most risk!

9) Starting on July 6th (next is October 5th), the ICD Pro-Life Committee is encouraging parishioners to join us in a once-a-month hour of Adoration at the ICD Chapel to pray for an increase in respect for all Life!  This will occur the 1st Tuesday of each month, from 11:00am-12:00pm.

10) October 9th will be our next ICD monthly Pro-Life mass in the Main church at 8:00am.  We are also having a weekly Rosary for the Unborn after every Saturday morning mass (8:30am).

11) September 20th, 2021 ICD "Roe v. Wade Movie Night" - is being re-scheduled for another date (still to be determined).  

12) October 3rd, 2021 will be our annual "Life Chain" Sunday in O'Fallon 2:00pm-3:00pm: in front of the Grace Community Church on Mexico Rd to 'stand up' and pray for preserving the sanctity of Life.

13) '40 Days for Life' Fall 2021 campaign "ICD Day" is set for October 16th between 7:00am-7:00pm in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic on Forest Park Ave (just a few blocks from the St Louis Cathedral).  Sign-up information is forthcoming.

14) October 17th, 2021 is the STL Respect Life Annual Convention at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton.  Keynote speaker will be Archbishop Naumann, along with Catherine Glenn Foster (CEO of Americans United for Life).  Register at 2021 Respect Life Convention (regfox.com)

15) November 9th, 2021 will be our next ICD Patriotic Rosary Prayers & music event, at 7:00pm in the Main church.  This is scheduled to remember and pray for our ICD vets, with Veterans Day on November 11th.   Once again, we will be blessed with beautiful patriotic hymns performed and sung by our ICD Music Director, Mr. Richard Buschard!  ALL ARE INVITED...

Actions to take on current (2021) legislation

1) American Rescue Act (aka $1.9 trillion COVID Relief) - passed by the Democrat majorities in the U.S. House & Senate as of March 6th and signed into law by Pres. Biden on March 11th, this legislation includes billions in taxpayer funds for abortions in the U.S. and around the world; this legislation did NOT include the Hyde Amendment that would otherwise restrict tax dollars from paying for abortions.

2) 'HR 5 Equality Act' - passed in the U.S. House, now in the U.S. Senate (MUST BE OPPOSED -- here's why  The Equality Act | USCCB )

3) 'Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Act' - was introduced in the U.S. House on March 25, 2021 by the majority to "reverse the Hyde Amendment", which currently prohibits use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortion.  This change would be required in all Medicare & Medicaid coverages, including for indigenous people, for refugees, people in prisons, as well as "immigrants in detention".  Please contact your legislators in Congress to OPPOSE this expansion of abortion.

4) "Women's Health Protection Act" (S.1975/HR3755) was introduced by Congressional Democrats in the U.S. House & U.S. Senate to prohibit state and local governments from enacting multiple types of abortion restrictions, and would invalidate nearly every state law that places limits on abortion.  Please contact your legislators in Congress to OPPOSE these bills!

 

Nov 3rd, 2020 General Elections

Results in Missouri: state House now 114 Pro-life reps v. 49 pro-abortion reps; state Senate now 24 Pro-life v. 10 pro-abortion!  State-wide pro-life office holders re-elected (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Sec. of State, and Treasurer)

USCCB on Abortion and Catholic Social Teaching

Archbishop Naumann - Priorities at the Polls

2020 Party Platform Comparisons

 

From Saint John Paul II (1988, Christifideles Laici)

“Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights – for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture – is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination”.

 

From Saint John Paul II (1998, The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae, 18)

Today, when the inviolable rights of the human person are proclaimed and the value of life publicly affirmed, the most basic human right, "the right to life, is being denied or trampled upon, especially at the more significant moments of existence: the moment of birth and the moment of death".

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