ProLife

prolifeAs a group of Catholic women whose desire and objective is to know, love and serve Jesus Christ, we embrace fully the teachings of the Catholic Church with a specific emphasis on the dignity and right to life of every innocent human being from the moment of creation until natural death. Made in God’s image, we are each called by God to a mission that will advance the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. This pro-life ministry involves prayer, education, evangelization and sacrifice and recognizes that being pro-life involves embracing Church teaching on among other things, family planning, abortion, embryonic stem cell research, cloning and euthanasia.

To sign up to be a part of this ministry, please email charlottecatholicwomensgroup@gmail.com.

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Abortion

Human Life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person-among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. CCC 2270

Marriage/Natural Family Planning

“By its very nature the institution of marriage and married love is ordered to the procreation and education of the offspring and it is in them that it finds its crowning glory…” CCC 1652

Spouses to whom God has not granted children can nevertheless have a conjugal life full of meaning, in both human and Christian terms. Their marriage can radiate a fruitfulness of charity, of hospitality, and of sacrifice. CCC 1654

Natural Death

Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible. CCC 2276

Resources Addressing Abortion

40 Days for Life
40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion in America. The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40-day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism.

Helpers of God’s Precious Infants
Helpers of God’s Precious Infants is a worldwide organization; started by Monsignor Philip Reilly, from Brooklyn, New York. The Charlotte chapter was launched in 2013 and hosts four “Procession for Life” a year in January, April, July and October. This event includes Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and prayerful witness outside of Charlotte abortion clinics with our diocesan priests. The priests who have led the processions include: Fr. Reid, Fr. Coleman, Fr. Winslow, Fr. Kauth, Fr. Buettner, Fr. Shaw, Fr. Miller, Fr. Rossi, Fr. Barone, Fr. Hoare and many more.

Priests For Life
The Priests For Life website offers countless links to other helpful websites that further the knowledge and understanding of our mission. Priests for Life refers to a very specific effort to galvanize the clergy to preach, teach, and mobilize their people more effectively in the effort to end abortion and euthanasia. On another level, Priests for Life represents a family of ministries that reach and enrich every aspect of the pro-life movement, for clergy and laity alike, in a wide variety of activities.

American Life League
The American Life League is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization in the United States. ALL is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death. It is rooted in pro-life integrity that stands up for every innocent human being whose life is threatened by what Pope John Paul II called “the culture of death.” That ranges from the single cell human embryo to the elderly, the infirm and others at risk of having their life terminated by acts of euthanasia. The pro-life position notes that neither abortion nor euthanasia can ever be medically necessary or morally permitted.

Be Not Afraid
Be Not Afraid (BNA) is a private non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide comprehensive, practical, and peer-based support to parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis and carrying to term. In addition, BNA encourages development of new services so more parents find support at diagnosis by offering training, consulting and technical assistance as well as materials to other organizations and individuals committed to service development. For more information about Be Not Afraid visit www.benotafraid.net.

Rachel’s Vineyard – Healing the Pain of Abortion one Weekend at at Time
Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. Rachel’s Vineyard can help you find your inner voice. It can help you experience God’s love and compassion on a profound level. It creates a place where men and women can share, often for the first time, their deepest feelings about abortion. You are allowed to dismantle troubling secrets in an environment of emotional and spiritual safety. Rachel’s Vineyard is therapy for the soul. Participants, who have been trapped in anger toward themselves or others, experience forgiveness. Peace is found. Lives are restored. A sense of hope and meaning for the future is finally re-discovered.


Resources for Natural Family Planning

One More Soul (OMS) – Fostering God’s Plan for Love, Chastity, Marriage and Children
One More Soul is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the truth about the blessings of children and the harms of contraception. We carry a wide variety of educational resources, including CDs, DVDs, pamphlets, booklets, books, and more. Please visit our online store and discover some of the wonderful resources available.

Natural Family Planning
The Natural Family Planning (NFP) site of Catholic Social Services serving the Diocese of Charlotte, NC whose goal it is to help Catholic spouses deepen conjugal love and practice responsible parenthood.

Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction: Building a culture of Life in Women’s Health Care.


Resources Addressing Natural Death

The Patients Rights Council

This council is committed to the principle that you have the right to know all the facts about the critical issues of life, death, and assisted suicide. Few issues are as important as the compassionate treatment and care for those who are most vulnerable.

Our primary responsibility is to offer understanding and practical support to those who are facing critical situations for themselves or a loved one.

Our second responsibility is to provide the public with rational, factual information about the results of doctor-prescribed suicide and euthanasia.

Articles by CCWG Member Mary Summa –

The Silent Killer, An Argument against Euthanasia, By Mary Summa, JD

Do No Harm, The Shifting Standard in Medicine, By Mary Summa, JD

Prayer for the Helpless Unborn
Heavenly Father, You create men in Your own image, and You desire that not even the least among us should perish. In Your love for us, You entrusted Your only Son to the holy Virgin Mary. Now, in Your love, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those little ones to whom You have given the gift of life. Amen.
 
Prayer for the Sick
Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the Sick, we turn to You in this time of illness. O dearest Comforter of the Troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with Your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in Your hands. We place our sick under your care and humbly ask that You restore Your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge Your holy will and know that whatsoever You do, You do for the love of us. Amen.

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