As Catholics, we believe that every life is sacred, from the moment of conception until natural death. The belief that every person is made in the image and likeness of God, and has inherent dignity, is the foundation of all Catholic Social Teachings.
The mission of the parish Respect Life ministry is to educate and inspire everyone to recognize the sacredness and value of all human life, born and unborn. To do that, the QP Respect Life Committee (QPRLC) comes together to:
- Sponsor educational tables, events and speakers
- Host prayer services
- Raise funds to support a broad cross-section of groups who say “yes” to life in some way.
Here are just some of the few recent and ongoing events:
Roe v. Wade rosary or prayer service: Each January, the QPRLC invites the parish to remember and pray for those whose lives have been lost to or affected by abortion.
Stations & Soup during Lent: Parishioners of all ages come together for prayer, fellowship and a warm meal. A freewill offering goes to support the work of Operation Rice Bowl, with 75% of funds going to help the hungry around the world and 25% remaining in our community.
Mother’s Day Rose Sale: This annual fundraiser lets parishioners of all ages buy a rose for Mom and provide funding for groups throughout our community who support life in many different ways (check out the list of groups we’ve supported below).
October Respect Life educational tables: Each October our committee chooses a theme for every October weekend and shares information related to this topic. In 2021, our topics included: ways to meet the needs of pregnant women and infants; resources around physical and mental health; understanding and addressing racism in today’s world; and working to end the injustice of sex trafficking.
Human Trafficking Awareness Education: Offering educational speakers and resources for our parish, as well as the wider community on trafficking locally and globally and what we can do about it. This group works collaboratively with the Diocesan Initiative on Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention.
UW-Madison Human Trafficking Awareness Program
Brava Magazine Cover Story on Human Trafficking
Protect Your Children Against Trafficking - Resources for Parents and Families
Staying Safe in Today's Electronic World
The QPRLC has also hosted seminars and educational speakers on a variety of topics including:
- Sex trafficking
- Mental health, including suicide prevention
- End-of-life issues
- Physical and cognitive disabilities
- Stem cell research
- Voting your conscience
Have a passion for saying “yes” to life? We’d love to hear from you! Please contact the Respect Life committee chairperson: Vicky Franchino at email@example.com or 608-238-8219.
The Respect Life Ministry has provided support and funding to a wide range of groups over the years including:
Beacon comprehensive day resource center for people experiencing homelessness.
BSP Clinic no-cost specialty care for uninsured, low-income patients.
Camp Wawbeek Scholarship Fund for a summer camp that serves disabled children.
CareNet for medical, counseling and support resources for pregnant women, infants and babies. Including a mobile clinic.
Catholic Charities Adult Day Center
Catholic Multicultural Center provides a wide variety of services to help those in need.
Journey Survivors of Suicide Program for support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
NAMI Dane County for mental health resources.
Our Lady of Hope Clinic pro-life, pro-family medical clinic that provides affordable access to healthcare.
Porchlight provides shelter, affordable housing and supportive services.
Pregnancy Helpline for support and resources for pregnant women, children and families.
Rachel’s Vineyard helps women and men deal with aftermath of abortion.
Special Olympics uses the power of sports to serve people with intellectual disabilities.
The Elizabeth House provides housing and support for pregnant homeless women.
Very Special Arts, an organization on arts, education and disability.
Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund
Women's Care Center