Bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
To you do we entrust the cause of life:
Look down, O Mother,
Upon the vast numbers
Of babies not allowed to be born,
Of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
Of men and women who are victims of brutal violence,
Of the elderly and the sick killed
By indifference or out of misguided mercy.
Grant that all who believe in your Son
May proclaim the Gospel of life
With honesty and love
To the people of our time.
Obtain for them the grace
To accept the Gospel
As a gift ever new,
The joy of celebrating it with gratitude
Throughout their lives
And the courage to bear witness to it
Resolutely, in order to build,
Together with all people of good will,
A civilization of truth and love,
To the praise and glory of God,
Creator and lover of life.
The Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Spokane promotes the fundamental issue of respect for the sanctity and dignity of human life from conception to natural death. To that end, the Committee works to end abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research, and related life issues while encouraging respect for all human life.
This will be accomplished through prayer, education, advocacy and outreach, following the direction of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Washington State Catholic Conference and the Bishop of the Spokane Diocese.
Prayer: Support and promote private prayer throughout the Diocese. Support and motivate involvement in pro-life services such as vigils, liturgies, novenas.
Education: Distribute, promote and support pro-life educational materials from national, state-wide and local episcopal sources (i.e., USCCB’s October Respect Life month materials, Word of Life prayer intentions, Rachel’s Vineyard opportunities, Project Rachel materials, etc.). Work with parishes and schools to increase circulation of these materials and opportunities.
Advocacy: Support national, state-wide and local public policy efforts addressing life issues as approved by the Bishop(s), including the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA)’s advocacy alerts.
Outreach: Work with a variety of audiences, especially clergy, parishes, schools, and parish organizations to advance familiarity with the range of materials and issues covered above.
Donna Amsbury, Cindy Blomgren, Terry Burton, Herb Dierks, Theresa Faerber, Catherine Geraghty, Trudy Girkins, Tom Kelleher, Kim Marsalis, Vickie Nicks, Julie Olson, Mary Riehle, Mary Sorenson, Rev. Joe Sullivan, and Inga Weber