NATIVITY RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE
You can participate in the following opportunities, as put forth by the Office of Pro-Life Ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo, to participate in activities which promote respect for human life:
Friday, January 22nd – Light a Candle for Life – place a candle (electric, battery-operated, or wax) in the front window of your home at sundown on the evening of January 22. The candle serves as a reminder of 50 million unborn babies who have been aborted since the 1973 Supreme Court decision.
Friday, January 22nd – Mass for Life at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna, at 6:30 p.m. in the Basilica. The Rosary will be prayed (led by high schoolers) at 6:00 pm. The collection during Mass will benefit the Diocesan Pro-Life Office; a separate collection of canned goods, diapers, and baby wipes will also be in place. All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed; masks are required at all times and social distancing will be followed.
Sunday, January 24th – Roe v Wade Observance Mass & Pro-Vita Award at St. Joseph Cathedral at 10:30am Mass (also available Livestream) E-TICKET IS REQUIRED FOR ADMITTANCE, please call the office at 847-2205 for further information.
Thursday, January 28th – Friday, January 29th – National Prayer Vigil for Life & Holy Hour at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC (Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Prayer Vigil for Life will be closed to the public but will still be televised by EWTN). For further details visit https://www.usccb.org/prolife/national-prayer-vigil-life-schedule.
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On the Importance and Priority of Defending Innocent Human Life
The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God, fínds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life. Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights-for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition for all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination.
Pope John Paul II, Christifideles Laici (1988), no. 38
It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop. A society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized. Only respect for life can be the foundation and guarantee of the most precious and essential goods of society, such as democracy and peace.
Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae (1995), no. 101
The first right of the human person is his life. He has other goods and some are more precious, but this one is fundamental – the condition of all the others. Hence it must be protected above all others. It does not belong to society, nor does it belong to public authority in any form to recognize this right for some and not for others: all discrimination is evil, whether it be founded on race, sex, color or religion. It is not recognition by another that constitutes this right. This right is antecedent to its recognition; it demands recognition and it is strictly unjust to refuse it.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Procured Abortion (1974), no. 11
U.S. Bishops’ Documents
At this particular time, abortion has become the fundamental human rights issue for all men and women of good will. …. For us abortion is of overriding concern because it negates two of our most fundamental moral imperatives: respect for innocent life, and preferential concern for the weak and defenseless.
Resolution on Abortion (1989)
Among important issues involving the dignity of human life with which the Church is concerned, abortion necessarily plays a central role. Abortion, the direct killing of an innocent human being, is always gravely immoral (The Gospel of Life, no. 57); its victims are the most vulnerable and defenseless members of the human family. It is imperative that those who are called to serve the least among us give urgent attention and priority to this issue of justice.
Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life (2001), Introduction
[A]bortion and euthanasia have become preeminent threats to human dignity because they directly attack life itself, the most fundamental human good and the condition for all others.
Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics (1998), no. 32
NATIVITY’S PRO-LIFE COMMITTEE
Nativity church began its current Pro-life Committee in 2018. It is a vibrant and passionate group that always welcomes new members. We work collaboratively with neighboring parishes and churches of other faiths to spread the word that life begins at conception.
We currently hold semi-regular prayer vigils in front of the Planned Parenthood Clinic on Center Road in West Seneca.
We host a Living Rosary in October at Nativity Church in collaboration with Nativity’s Faith Formation program. October also sees our Cemetery of the Innocents display commemorating the lives lost to abortion.
We are happy to announce that we will be hosting a table at next year’s Erie County Fair to help educate and inform others about the sanctity of all life.
OUR PAST ACTIVITIES
Nativity’s Pro-life Committee is always looking for new ways to promote the sanctity of life. We don’t just spread the word that abortion is wrong. We also strive to help mothers who choose life.
To that end, Nativity is proud to collect new and gently used baby items for the Gianna Molla and Mother Theresa House.
Nativity has also hosted a baby shower for a young mother living at the Mother Theresa House.