Resources

Respect for Life

“ In God’s hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:10)

Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is scared because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God. CCC23319

St Ann’s Pro Life Group
c/o St. Ann’s Catholic Church
1906 W. Texas Ave.
Midland, Texas 79701

432.682.6303

The bishops of the United States have launched a “Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty.”

Why a Campaign Now?

  • Catholic teaching, as expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other statements of the Vatican and the bishops, makes clear that the use of the death penalty cannot be justified when the state has other ways to protect society.
  • The death penalty diminishes all of us. Its use ought to be abandoned not only for what it does to those who are executed, but what it does to us as a society. We cannot teach respect for life by taking life.

For more information visit ccedo.org or call the church office.


Crisis Pregnancy

Anyone can find herself or himself in an unwanted situation. If you or someone you know is in a crisis pregnancy situation there are numerous resources you can call for support and advice.

  • The Life Center 432.683.6072
  • OptionLine 800.395.HELP
  • Birthright 800.5550.4900
  • Pregnancy Hotline 800.848.LOVE

Abortion

There is help for those suffering from post-abortion grief, distress and/or depression.

  • The Life Center 432.683.6072
  • OptionLine 800.395.HELP
  • Rachel’s Vineyard 888.770.2951
  • 877.HOPE4ME
  • 877.467.3463
  • National Office of Post-Abortion
  • Reconciliation and Healing 800.5WECARE

Euthanasia

By definition, euthanasia is an act or omission (such as lethal injection or the withholding of ordinary care) which is designed to deliberately end a life in order to relieve pain and suffering.

www.internationaltaskforce.org

and www.nrlc.org

These sites provide information regarding the issues surrounding euthanasia as well as a download of the Pro-Life Living Will entitled Will to Live


Support Services

Midland Catholic Churches

If you have any questions, concerns or need counseling regarding life issues, feel free to contact our parish priests at any of the Catholic Church offices.

Professional Counseling Services

Professional Counseling Services now available at St. Ann’s Parish Office by Dr. Francis Hymel, D. Min..LPC,LMFT.Dr. Hymel provides services for individuals,couples and families. Catholic faith based counseling available on request. Cost of services provided are on a sliding scale based on the client’s ability to pay. St. Ann’s Church will supplement professional fees on an as-needed-basis. For more information, visit Dr. Hymel’s website athttp://www.newhopecounseling.net/ to make an appointment or call 432-687-4673.


The Life Center

2101 W. Wall – Midland pbwrc.org

The Life Center is a non-profit , faith-based organization promoting sexual integrity through three levels of outreach: Prevention by education, Intervention in the crisis, and Restoration for healing. They offer these confidential services at no cost.
Pregnancy Testing
Pregnancy Classes
STD Testing
Ultrasound
Parenting Classes (men and women)
Resource Library
Referrals

The Life Center is also a contact for Rachel’s Vineyard

www.priestsforlife.org

Priests for Life assists all people to work to bring an end to abortion. Their website contains numerous and valuable resources for issues regarding abortion, as well as euthanasia.

www.nrlc.org

The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee is to restore legal protection to innocent human life.

www.texasrighttolife.org

Online source for educational, legislative, political action committee (PAC), and grassroots activities

www.texasallianceforlife.org

Committed to protecting the fundamental right to life of all innocent human beings and promoting respect for their value and dignity from the moment of conception until natural death.

Church Teachings

Other respect for life issues include Contraception, Extra-Uterine Pregnancy, In Vitro Fertilization, Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Natural Family Planning. For more information on the Church’s teachings regarding these topics, please refer to the following sites:

www.vatican.va Official site of The Holy See includes a library and search engine..

www.usccb.org The U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops includes documents and links to well-researched statements.

www.ncbcenter.org The National Catholics Bioethics Center includes an informative brochure and a useful directive to guide end-of-life decisions.

www.popepaulvi.com Pope Paul VI Institute-the home for FertiltyCare and NaPro Technology. Catholic institution dedicated to the development of morally and acceptable reproductive health services

www.ccli.org Couple to Couple League focused on building healthy marriages through the art of Natural Family Planning.


Church Teaching

“Every human no matter how vulnerable or helpless, no matter how young or how old, no matter how healthy, handicapped or sick, no matter how useful or productive for society is a being of inestimable worth created in the image of God. This is the dignity of America, the reason she exists, the condition for her survival, yes, the ultimate test of her greatness; to respect every human person, especially the weakest and most defenseless ones, those as yet unborn.” – Pope John Paul, II