The Respect Life Ministry at Saint Bonaventure strives to uphold the U.S. Bishops’ policy of promoting Respect for Life, from the moment of conception in the mother’s womb to natural death.
Education being the best method of inculcating respect for all stages of human life, we distribute literature from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and provide seminars, workshops and presentations by professionals, clergy and religious within the area of Pro-Life.
Our activities include lobbying against abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment, meeting with legislators about life issues, and publishing pertinent articles in our parish bulletin.
We also sponsor annual activities that benefit non-profit organizations supporting life: a Life/Bike-A-Thon in January, a Mother’s Day rose sale, and the “Pennies from Heaven” collection in October which is Respect Life Month.
Our Respect Life Team aims to continue promoting a pro-life culture within Saint Bonaventure Parish, with constant reminders of God’s great gift to us, LIFE – Temporal and Eternal.
If you are interested in joining our Respect Life Team, please contact Ann Conway, Respect Life team leader, at (714) 840-7523 or Lynn Hearn at (714) 846-3359, ext. 478.
As Catholics, being pro-life means believing human life is sacred, in all its forms, from the moment of conception to natural death; that God’s gift of life “must be respected and protected absolutely;” (*Gospel of LIfe) that “God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end”; and that “under no circumstances can anyone claim he has the right to destroy an innocent human life.” *CCC 2258, 2270
As Catholics, being pro-life means committing to:
As Catholics, being pro-life means we cannot support:
As Catholics, being pro-life means we can support:
As Catholics, being pro-life means “we have a responsibility to persuade others that human life is a gift from God over which we have no authority, from the moment life is given at conception until life’s natural end, and that fact, the end of life is a passage to another life. If the wider society continues to reject the true meaning of freedom – the freedom to choose life – we will move closer to a world in which power, not truth, will prevail. In such a world, human life will always be at risk. Only in a world that acknowledges that life is a divine gift will human beings and human societies have the chance to flourish.” (Dinoia)
* Sources: “The Gospel Of Life,” in Theology of the Body. John Paul II, Pauline Books, 1997; The Catechism of the Catholic Church; “A Tale of Three Encyclicals,” J. Augustine Dinoia, O.P., US Catholic Conference, 1999.
Catholic Social Teaching emerges from the truth of what God has revealed to us about Himself. We believe in the triune God whose very nature is communal and social. Therefore, we who are made in God’s image share this communal, social nature. As social beings, we long for relationship, to know and love each other as God intends. We are called to reach out and to build relationships of love and justice. The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Based on the teachings of Jesus and the apostles, modern Catholic Social Teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents over the last 120 years. These teachings lay out what is necessary to live a dignified human life in today’s world, and our joint responsibility to each other to make that happen.
Through Catholic Social Teaching, the Church describes what a just society looks like, says Pope Benedict XVI in Deus Caritas Est, but it is up to the lay faithful – working within their political system – to create that society. Documents at the US Catholic Bishops’ website describe seven principal themes of Catholic Social Teaching:
There are also other important principles to be applied such as Subsidiarity, but we will primarily focus on these seven themes. To learn more about each of the themes listed above, simply click on the different links above. For more information, or if you have questions, please call Joe Sullivan at 842-9707.
Catholic Social Teaching can be applied to many issues confronting us today. If you have an issue you are passionate about, call Joe Sullivan at the number above and we will bring Catholic Social Teaching to bear on it. Issues we have discussed so far include:
For additional info, check out the California Catholic Bishops’ website at:
The popes’ social teaching encyclicals are listed at:
You should also check out the material on the US Bishops’ website at:
For the full Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church on the Vatican website, go to: