The Respect Life Ministry is an educational, pastoral care ministry that seeks to instill respect for human life as a sacred gift from God. Respect Life activities focus on the gift of life from the moment of conception to natural death. The ministry promotes legislation to that effect and works to inspire people to recognize the gift of life in all its stages. – Diocese of St. Augustine, Webpage.
Respect Life Committee meets monthly from August to May to plan and coordinate respect life activities during the year. If you would like more information or become active in this ministry, contact Kevin Gartland and Renee Hertz.
This ministry is one of the world’s largest for post-abortion healing. For information about weekend retreats, visit www.rachelsvineyard.org where all are welcome or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All inquiries are strictly confidential.
This ministry is a Diocesan-based network of trained priests, religious, counselors, and laypersons who provide a team response of care for those suffering in the aftermath of abortion. In addition to referring for Sacramental Reconciliation, the ministry provides an integrated network of services, including pastoral counseling, support groups, retreats and referrals to licensed mental health professionals. Through Project Rachel and Rachel’s Vineyard, women and men can overcome their grief and despair, find healing for their deep spiritual wounds, and live again in the sure hope of God’s forgiveness and of reunion one day with their child.
40 Days for Life (March 6-April 14,2019)
The focus of this national campaign is to end abortion through fasting, peaceful prayer and action. During these 40 Days for Life, Holy Family offers a Holy Hour featuring Eucharistic Adoration with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament between the 7 am and 9 am daily Masses. You are invited to join us and pray for life!
Parish Spiritual Adoption Plan
In October 2017, the Parish spiritually adopted the All Women’s Health Center, one of four abortion facilities in Jacksonville. We pray for the women and men who use the facility, the abortion workers AND especially the babies aborted there. As part of our adoption plan, a Sidewalk Advocate for Life trained counselors provide information on alternatives offered by the nearby Women’s Help Center to the women and men as they drive into the facility parking lot at 1545 Huffingham Road while others stand nearby in prayerful vigil. We welcome volunteers to stand in prayer with us during this time. If you are interested in learning how to offer peaceful and loving counseling, please attend a Sidewalk Advocates for Life Workshop. Watch for details in the bulletin for specific dates about future workshops, or contact Kevin and Renee for more information. Click Here to sign up to pray with us
Holy Family holds a Rose Procession during one of the Masses on Respect Life Sunday in January to underscore the Supreme Court decision of Roe v Wade that legalized abortion. Volunteers born in the years beginning with 1973 and continuing to the current year and including an expectant mother process to the altar carrying a rose to represent babies lost to abortion—at least 60 million—and to emphasize the impact of this decision on unborn life in the womb. Recruiting for volunteers begins in the fall. For more information, contact Kevin and Renee.
Life Issues Forum
This bi-weekly column by Pro-Life Secretariat staff addresses the latest issues on the culture of life. (USCCB website link)
Women’s Help Center and Lifeline Resources Pregnancy Center
The Parish supports the Women’s Help Center and Lifeline Resources who serve pregnant women and their families in Northeast Florida with compassionate understanding, emotional, and psychological support and pregnancy and sonogram testing. The Centers do not offer abortion services or referrals.
St. Gerard Campus
The Parish supports the St. Gerard Campus in St Augustine, a non-profit maternity home and Christian high school for pregnant teenagers that promotes empowerment through education with strong Christian values.