The Respect Life Ministry is concerned with promoting and cultivating a culture of life and witnessing to the dignity of all human life, from conception to natural death.
In partnership with the Archdiocese of Washington, St. Matthew's hosts a special liturgy on or near January 22, the anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade at which we welcome groups from across the country who participate in the March for Life along Constititution Avenue. We also host a series of Archdiocesan "Witness to Life" events.* See the article below for details on this year's celebration.
Volunteers interested in expanding this ministry in the areas of service, education and witness should contact Norma Canedo at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fr. Evelio Menjivar at email@example.com.
Groups from the Archdiocese of Washington were invited to the 3rd Annual Adult and Family Mass and Rally for Life at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle on Friday, January 25, the day of the March for Life. The rally, featuring speaker Vicki Thorne, began at 9am. As we commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, Vicki spoke on "Abortion - The Soul Wound of the Nation". Mass was celebrated at 10am with Bishop Francisco Gonzalez, SF as celebrant and Msgr. Charles Pope, Pastor of Holy Comforter and St. Cyprian Catholic Church, as homilist. We gathered in prayer for an end to abortion and a renewed recognition that "[m]an has been given a sublime dignity, based on the intimate bond which unites him to his Creator: in man there shines forth a reflection of God himself.” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n. 34)
Parishioners and friends gathered after the Mass to head to National Mall for the March for Life.
Project Rachel Ministry, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington, is hosting support groups for women who experience difficult emotions over an abortion experience. Groups are forming in DC andSouthern Maryland and will meet on Sunday afternoons or Thursday evenings. For more information, contact Julia Shelava at 301-853-4565.