Respect Life

Respect Life

Respect Life is about more than abortion — it’s about the sacredness of the human person.  Respect Life ministry is about valuing all human life and guarding life from conception to natural death in many contexts.

Mission Statement | Knowledge and Prayer Series | Roses Ministry | Baby Bottle Project | Crosses Display | Resources

For questions regarding the Respect Life group, please contact Janet Nold:

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity is to form and accompany the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago to respond to the Gospel call, to recognize the dignity of all life and be in solidarity with our sisters and brothers on the margins. By doing this, we transform the lives of others through service as Christ’s missionary disciples.

Through the vehicles of the four pillars for pro-life efforts in America, and as set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and as prescribed in Saint John Paul II’s Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, the Archdiocese of Chicago Respect Life Ministry seeks to transform society into a Culture of Life where every human being is valued and protected, from the moment of conception to natural death. We educate and inspire people throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago to understand the truth about why and how we are created in God’s image of love, especially according to the teachings found in Saint Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Knowledge and Prayer Series

The Respect Life Ministries of these parishes welcome you to the Knowledge and Prayer Series 2017. This series is established to bring educational and prayer opportunities on all Respect Life issues and to enhance cooperation and community among local parishes and parishioners. The series has received excellent reviews from area pastors as well as diocesan respect life offices. Please plan to learn about important and timely LIFE topics throughout the year. Be sure to bring friends and family.

Sponsored by the Respect Life Ministries of:

Our Lady of the Woods 10731 W. 131st St. Orland Park
St. Francis of Assisi 15050 S. Wolf Road Orland Park
St. Bernards 13030 W. 143rd St. Homer Glen
St. Michael 14327 Highland Ave. Orland Park
Annunciation Byzantine Catholic 14610 Will Cook Rd. Homer Glen

Our Calendar for 2018

Thursday, March 15, 7:00pm

“Transgender and Compassion”
Rev. Thomas Loya will be our speaker
Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church 14610 Will Cook Rd. Homer Glen

Monday, April 16, 7:00pm

“Our Mission” Sr. Beatrice of the Little Sisters of the Poor
St. Bernard’s Church, 13030 W. 1423rd St. Homer Glen

May (TBD)

Tentative topic: DACA / Immigration. What the Church really teaches.
St. Francis of Assisi, 15050 Wolf Rd, Orland Park, IL

September (TBA)

Michael Brady, attorney and Knights of Columbus will speak on preparing for end of life
St. Michael, 14327 Highland Ave., Orland Park, IL

October (TBA)

“Natural Death Interupted – “The Aid in Dying Movement Unpacked”
Dawn Fitzpatrick, Senior Coordinator of the Office of Human Dignity & Solidarity will be our speaker
St. Francis of Assisi, 15050 Wolf Rd, Orland Park, IL

Wednesday, November 21, 7:00pm

Celebrating the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Rev. Thomas Loya will be our speaker
Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church 14610 Will Cook Rd. Homer Glen

Friday, December 7, 7:00pm

Holy Hour for Life and Fellowship to follow
St. Bernard’s Church, 13030 W. 1423rd St. Homer Glen


Roses Ministry

Yellow rose: Prayer to conceive or adopt

Lord God, my desire for a child grows stronger every day. Cradle me in your love and calm all my anxieties. I look to you for insight to make the dream of parenthood a reality. Stir in my heart the desire to follow your will in all my decisions. Give me courage to trust your guiding presence. Deepen my faith in your plan for our family. Shine your divine mercy and compassion upon me. Amen.


Pink rose: Prayer during pregnancy

Help me, Lord, to enter the mystery unfolding deep within my womb. Allow me to accept this gift with wonder and excitement. Permit me to cherish the life I carry. I freely offer my body, mind, and spirit as my unique gift to this child. Lord, I know you are present, taking care of me and my child. Help me to experience your presence and know your loving care. Increase my faith and trust in you. Amen.

Red rose: Birth or adoption prayer

My heart overflows with praise for you, God, as I think of the blessing this child is to our family. Guide me in my role as a parent. Make me an instrument of your love. Let me give myself unselfishly so my child might know the joy and security of being loved unconditionally. Give me wisdom to help my child discover life’s beauty and wonders while nurturing our family’s faith in your abiding presence. Amen.

White rose: Baby loss grief prayer

Lord, you invite us to place our burdens and cares in your hands. Accept my sorrow as I grieve the loss of my child. Sustain me as I am overwhelmed with grief’s agony. I believe my baby lives now with you and that someday we will be together in heaven. Until then, please give me the grace to see the light of eternity as I face the darkness of death. Settle my soul and help me find peace.  Amen.

Baby Bottle Project

Distribution and collection of baby bottles filled with coins & cash to benefit the Women’s Centers. These Centers serve pregnant mothers and their babies who are in need of guidance, baby supplies, training and a support system to count on throughout their pregnancies and motherhood.

The Crosses Display

A grouping of 60 crosses on OLW’s front lawn to remind our community that over 60 million pre-born lives have been lost since abortion on demand became the law of the land in 1973.


General Information

Relevant Radio 950AM
Get up-to-date respect life news
Archdiocese Respect Life Office
Life Site News
The Women’s Center
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
For information on all RESPECT LIFE issues,
including end of life issues, euthanasia, cloning,
stem cell research, contraception and abortion


Pregnancy Services

The Womens Center
Womens Choice Waterleaf
3598 E. New York St.
Aurora, IL 605604
Aid for Women
312 621-1100
Catholic Charities Maternity-Adoption Department
Caring and Confidential
Adoption Planning, Pregnancy & Parenting
1-800-CARE-002 or 312 454-1717
Kathryn Herrera, LCSW
Laura Soppet, MDW
312-655-7089 lsoppet@catholiccharities.net to read about the experience of other women. There are options.
Pregnant?  Need help?
Option Line
800-395-4357 (HELP)
Text: 313131
Birthright of Chicago 11235 S. Western Ave., Chicago 60643,
Waterleaf Women’s Center
3598 E. New York St., Aurora, ILhotline: 630-701-6270,
888-98WEHELP (888-989-3534)text: 630-360CALM (630-360-2256)


Post Abortive

Hurting from an Abortion?
Project Rachel
Silent No More
Healing and help for women and men who have experienced the hurt of abortion.


Infertility and Miscarriage

Immaculate Hope Ministries
Following Hannah
Infertility Support Group for Catholic Women
Mary Beth  920-284-6264
Baby Angel Grace
Stillborn but STILL BORN
Silent Grief
A message of hope for the grieving heart


Pro-Life Action

Priests for Life
National Committee for a Human Life Amendment
40 Days for Life
Live Action
Students for Life
The Radiance Foundation
No one knows the beautiful possibility of Life: planned or unplanned.
Mother I can’t wait to see your face I Can’t Wait