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Respect Life Ministry

The Respect Life Ministry (RLM) supports a culture of life through education, public policy, pastoral care, prayer and almsgiving.


The Respect Life Ministry at St. Edna "proclaims that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence."


United States of Catholic Conference of Bishops
promote Respect Life with a new theme
each year, this year October 6, 2019 
From the time we are knit together in our mothers’ wombs until we take our final breaths, each moment of our lives is a gift from God. While every season of life brings its own challenges and trials, each season also gives us new opportunities to grow in our relationship with God.

Today the gift of life is threatened in countless ways. Those who are most vulnerable, rather than receiving the protection they deserve, are all too often seen as a burden and as expendable. As new attacks on human life continue to emerge, we can be tempted to despair, but Christ instead offers us unfailing hope.

Hope is the virtue “by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit” (CCC, 1817).The Church teaches us that “the one who has hope lives differently”(SS2)

By virtue of this Christian hope, we can face any challenge or trial.  May we hold fast to Christ our hope, from the beginning of life to its very end.
©2019 by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Secretariat of Pro Life Activities


O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust.
Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.
Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need.
Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.
Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and
a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.
*Cf. Evangelium vitae 105 © Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City. Adapted with permission. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2019, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.                                                       
The USCCB Secretariat of Pro Life activities calls attention
to numerous human life issues highlighted in liturgies
at St. Edna, through the Archdiocese of Chicago 
Respect Life office and special events.
Of Human Dignity, The Declaration on Religious Freedom at 50. . . 
March 18, 2015, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM Capuchin, First Things
Please explore this web site to find out more about the Respect Life Ministry at St. Edna Church, our mission, the issues we are concerned about, and to link to additional information.  We welcome your comments and your support, so please contact us if you would like to learn more about the Ministry.

Our Mission

To promote within our Church Community a culture where every human being is valued and protected at the beginning and end of their human life.  We seek to create awareness of the life affirming positions of the Roman Catholic Church regarding these most vulnerable moments in life.  Ministry activities will respectfully promote education over protest, empathy over indifference, and unity over division.

Thank You

A special heart-felt Thank You to the Women of St. Edna for their generous donation and continued support of
St. Edna's Respect Life Ministry. Your support for Life is appreciatedsmiley.

About Us

Many important Human Concerns Ministries are in place to serve people during moments in life when poverty, illness, or unjust treatment exists.  The Respect Life Ministry is different in that it is concerned, specifically, with those moments when, for the convenience or preference of another, God's gift of Life is prevented from being created, or is deliberately destroyed.

The Catholic Church has specific opinions on these issues which we respect and support.  Our goal, as Catholics, is to create awareness and educate others of the Church's positions on Life issues.

The goals of the Ministry can only be achieved via methods which will be peaceful, cooperative, and consistent with Christ's message that we love one another.  Our approach to this important work will promote:

  • Education over protest - It is our belief that by sharing the wisdom of the Catholic Faith we will be successful at converting hearts and minds on all life issues.
  • Empathy over indifference - We will not be indifferent to other viewpoints but will offer an  understanding ear and an open mind to enable meaningful dialog around sensitive life issues.
  • Unity over division - Through education and dialog, we hope to create a welcoming environment where all points of view can be shared.  Finding common ground among our fellow parisoners will be difficult, but far more meaningful and rewarding, than pointing out obvious differences in opinion.








Join Us

To join this ministry or for more information please contact:
Evelyn Getty, Email