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Respect Life Week 2021

Pro-Life Ministry Contacts

Moderator of Pro-Life Ministry
Fr. Anthony J. Viviano

Phone: 660-433-2162


Alphonse J. Schwartze Catholic Center
2207 West Main St
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914

Welcome to Respect Life Week!

Because of events beyond our control, the March for Life in Washington, DC, has been cancelled.  In its place, we invite you to join us for a virtual Respect Life Week Jan. 18-22  Each day you can review the videos and resources below for the day's theme. 

Bishop McKnight's Welcome


Day 1: How to Build a Culture of Life

As often as you did this for the least of my brothers, you did it for Me.  Mt. 25:40

A culture of life describes a way of life based on the belief that human life at all stages from conception through natural death is sacred. Evangelium Vitae Pope St. John Paul II 3/25/95

Fr. Paul Clark on Building a Culture of Life

Day 2: Respect for the Unborn

You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  Psalm 139:13

Do not slay the innocent and the righteous.  The deliberate murder of an innocent is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person, the golden rule and the holiness of the creator.  CCC 2261

Overwhelming Love: Carmen's Story

Mike Hentges, St. Raymond Society

Day 3: Refugees and Immigration

There is neither Greek or Jew, slave or free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  Gal. 3:28

Every human being has the right to freedom of movement and of residence within the confines of his own country; and when there are just reasons for it, the right to emigrate to other countries and take up residence there.  Pope John XXIII

Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigration Services

Day 3 Downloads:

Seminarian Jacob Hartman on Refugees & Immigration

Day 4: Prison Ministry and the Death Penalty

For I was naked and you clothed me, sick and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.  Mt. 25:36

In light of the Gospel the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person and the church works with determination for its abolition worldwide.    Pope Francis Ex Audentia SSM 10/11/2017

Fr. Joe Corel on the death penalty

Day 5: End of Life Care and Euthanasia

I have come that they might have life and have it in fullness.  Jn. 10:10

Catholic teaching condemns euthanasia as a “crime against life” and a “crime against God”.             Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith 1980

The Alvarez Family Story