Respect Life

We are involved with many activities that support life.  Statistics show that all of these prayers and demonstrations have reduced abortions.  Our regularly scheduled activities include:

  • On alternating 1st Saturdays of each month (in the St Elizabeth daily Chapel), rosaries are prayed at 8:00 AM, followed by Mass at 8:30 am.
  • Quarterly adoration in the St Elizabeth daily Chapel (check calendar for specific upcoming dates).
  • On the 1st Saturday of each month we celebrate Mass at St Agnes in West Chester at 8:00 am. Following the Mass, there is a march of about 3 blocks to the Planned Parenthood Clinic where 3 rosaries are prayed.

Forty Days For Life

40-days-for-life-logoOctober 31, 2015 – 40 Days for Life is the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through Prayer & Fasting, Community Outreach, and Peaceful Vigil. St. Elizabeth Parish and our Council participated in the event by holding an all day Vigil on Saturday at Planned Parenthood in West Chester.  Many thanks to Brother Chuck Reimer for his ongoing commitment to coordinating the event.

Respect Life Sunday – Adoration

October 4, 2015 – “Every life is worth living” is the theme for the 2015-2016 Respect life program from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.   The Respect Life Committee of St. Elizabeth parish and the Knights of Columbus sponsored a special adoration devoted to “Respect for Human Life” in the chapel at St. Elizabeth, followed by Benediction to pray for God’s help for those who cannot help themselves.

 

Forty Days For Life

40-days-for-life-logoMarch 28, 2015 – 40 Days for Life is the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through Prayer & Fasting, Community Outreach, and Peaceful Vigil. St. Elizabeth Parish and our Council participated in the event by holding an all day Vigil on Saturday, March 28, Planned Parenthood, 8 N. Wayne St. in West Chester. Many thanks to all who participated, and to Brother Chuck Reimer for coordinating the event.

 

Birthright Fundraising Match Challenge!

birthright$11,380 delivered to Birthright of Coatesville

September 10, 2014 – Worthy Grand Knight, Dan Condron of the St. Elizabeth Council of the Knight of Columbus #13141 delivered the proceeds of the council’s “Birthright Challenge” to Lisa Bodary and Saddie Kerr co chairs of Birthright of Coatesville on Wednesday September 10th.

Presenting the checks along with Dan Condron is Charley Knight a new member of the Knights of Columbus and the originator of the Challenge campaign along with Chuck Reimer chairman of the councils Respect Life committee.

The fund raising campaign was the idea of Charley Knott who pledged to match all funds raised for Birthright of Coatesville from members of the council through their private donations from late May to the end of August.

Lisa Bodary and Saddie Kerr, co chairs of the Birthright organization were extremely pleased with the donation and said it could not have come at a better time because of a recent influx of new clients. Birthright of Coatesville provides counseling and support for women going through an unplanned pregnancy and are in need of financial and emotional support.

Update!  The October 15th edition of the Community Courier included an article about the “Birthright Challenge”.  See it here!

 

A People of Life and For Life

The Knights of Columbus remains firmly committed to defending the right to life of every human being, from the moment of conception to natural death. Countless councils and individual Knights conduct projects aimed to build a culture of life in their individual communities. One of the most successful of the Order’s initiatives in this area is the Ultrasound Initiative though which councils (both state and local) partner with the Supreme Council in provide sharing the cost of purchasing ultrasound machines for pregnancy resource centers.

What we choose to do, or not do, about abortion, euthanasia, human cloning and embryonic research impacts lives for generations to come. Take action now and support a culture that values human life at all stages.

1. Volunteer
Your valuable time can save precious lives. Contact a local pro-life pregnancy center to find out how you can help women choose life and turn away from abortion. You can also support programs that work with women who have been physically and emotionally wounded by abortion.

2. Educate
Share your knowledge with others who may not fully understand the value of all human life, or take it upon yourself to find out more, so you can be a more effective witness for life.

3. Advocate
Work to change laws and touch hearts. Support your council’s pro-life committee, and start a pro-life group in your parish if there isn’t one already. Consult your diocese’s pro-life office to find out issues of concern, and write or meet with your local and national elected officials to discuss legislation.

4. Donate
Your personal donation, and funds from your council, could make a big difference in the shoestring budgets of local pro-life organizations. Locate the pregnancy center in your area and arrange a regular donation schedule that will help these groups provide pregnant women with counseling services, medical referrals and basic items for newborns.

5. Pray
Prayer is the power that should support all of your pro-life activities. Pray for life personally and with your family. Each Knights of Columbus council should include prayers for life at its regular meetings and take part in the annual Day of the Unborn Child on the feast of the Annunciation.

Click here to learn more about Knights of Columbus Program and Initiatives