October is Respect Life Month
During the month of October, the Church reminds us to pray for life in all stages. On the first Sunday of October each year, the faithful gather along the street of cities across the nation to form a Life Chain and peacefully pray for the dignity of all human life. Due to COVID, the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has cancelled this event this year. However, there are several ways you can support life in our community. Check out the list below to find an local non-profit that needs volunteers like you. Click on the name of the organizaiton for more info:
St. Vincent de Paul is in desperate need of volunteers due to increased demand. Oppounities to help onsite and remotely are available.
Talitha Koum Recovery House is in constant need of items such as paper products, laundry/cleaning supplies, hygiene items and more.
Pray for Life 2020
The Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities invites you to Pray for Life. Each month, prayers, a reflection, act of reparation, and more are presented for those who want to prayerfully fight in the battle against abortion. February's intercession is: "May Catholic communities strive to provide compassionate, tangible support to expectant moms needing assistance".
To find out more and to begin praying with others for an end to abortion, please visit the Secretariat's website. Please visit the site often and help us in the fight for life!
Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service
In November, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "enthusiastically embraced an initiative entitled Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service as the most appropriate way to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of The Gospel of Life. Every diocese and every parish in the United States are encouraged to assess the pastoral and practical assistance currently available to pregnant moms and families". To find out more about this initiative, please click here. To read Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann's homily about this initiative, please click here. Archbishop Naumann is the Chairman of the USCCB's Pro-life Activities.
The Pro-Life Committee is also looking for input and new members to help grow this ministry! We would especially like to get the youth involved to have the most diverse ideas on how to affect change in the current culture. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month in Parish Office Rm. 1 after the 6 p.m. Mass (please enter through door #9). Events are planned for the month of October and January each year.
Contact Mary Beth Sifferlen at [email protected] for more information.
Resources in Hancock County
Life Choice Care Center, 1454 State Street, Greenfield, IN 46140. Call 317-467-9700 for help with pregnancy testing and pregnancy support.
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK
The Landing Place: Teen recovery program offers education and 12-step workshops/prevention. Ages 13-19. Healing Hearts program for families and friends of loved ones in addiction. 18 W South St Greenfield. Phone: 317-525-7791
Celebrate Recovery at Brandywine Community Church meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Child care provided and Recovery Zone available for children in first through ninth grade. 1551 E. New Road, Greenfield. Contact Gina Colclazier: 317-462-4777, extension 104.
SMART Recovery Hancock County is a self-empowering addiction recovery support group for adults. 9-10:30 every Saturday, Hancock Regional Hospital, 801 N. State St., Greenfield
The Way Out Club, 226 Cherry St., Greenfield, offers numerous meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-Anon. Phone: 317-468-0082.
Community Health Network: 800-662-3445 or 317-621-5700 for mental health and addiction referrals; or text HELPNOW to 20121.
Prayer for Pregnant Mothers
O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers and fathers facing difficulties. Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers and fathers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion. Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.
~Cf. Evangelium vitae 105 © Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City. Adapted with permission. All rights reserved. Photo: @mukuni via Twenty20. Copyright © 2019, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved.