The mission of the St. Martin de Porres respect life committee is to proclaim God’s truth that the gift of human life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death. We joyfully embrace the ethic of life as a continuum where the dignity of each human life is always honored irrespective of age or condition. We are dedicated to observing and promoting the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church on all life issues including but not limited to abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research, the death penalty, human cloning, homelessness, hunger, and poverty.
The goal of this committee is to promote the establishment of a culture of life that respects and supports the sacredness of human life through pro-life education, evangelization, catechesis, pastoral outreach, works of charity, public policy awareness, prayer, and fasting. Restoring respect for human life in our society is an essential task of the St. Martin de Porres respect life committee.
A variety of programs and events have been or are sponsored by the committee to support this goal.
In 2017 the committee executed an elaborate church service to commemorate the “100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima”. Committee members organized our lady’s statue to be brought to St. Martin’s and three other parishes in the Valley for celebration and overnight veneration.
Also, in late 2017 the committee carries out an end of life planning conference for the parish and invited other parishes. A Catholic lawyer was the initial speaker followed by Father Jan who discussed spiritual planning for the end of life.
For the past 3 years, a committee member has executed in “America needs Fatima” public rosary. Participants from the diocese are invited.
Each year several committee members participate in the “40 days for life campaign” held both in the spring in the fall. Members pray in front of the Planned Parenthood building where abortions are performed. Worldwide statistics are maintained and demonstrate a decrease in abortions closure of some planned parenthoods in the conversion of some Planned Parenthood employees.
January each year is a pro-life month because of the anniversary of Roe vs Wade the terrible law that legalized abortion in the United States.
The diocese under the office of family life plans and executes several pro-life events each year. These include a mass for the unborn celebrated by Bishop Solis, a bilingual rosary recited for an end to abortion at the tomb of the unborn and respect for the dignity of life day.
Many St Martin de Porres committee members and parishioners participate in these events.
The committee supports a member’s membership on the women's state legislative council, or she votes for pro-life issues and keeps the committee apprised of important legislative and diocesan matters.
The committee organizes and supports a yearly baby bottle campaign to support funding for the Pregnancy Resource Center. This is the center that supports and assists expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy.
St. Martin de Porres respect life committee also supports expectant mothers within the parish by providing each with the layout for the baby and a congratulatory dinner for the family following delivery of the baby. During 2019 the committee provided 13 lands the committee also welcomes newly baptized babies and children into the body of Christ by providing each with a gift during 2019 15 gifts were provided.
Besides being actively involved in the respect life committee many members are also engaged in other pro-life activities and or ministries within St. Martin’s and other parishes. Several volunteers for the Good Samaritan project which feeds the homeless during the winter months these poor souls are also very cold. The St. Martin de Porres respect life committee provides socks hats gloves and blankets to these individuals through committee volunteers.
Another committee member organized and executes a weekly pro-life rosary specifically to pray for an end to abortion in the Salt Lake Valley the country and throughout the world period prayer is an essential component of the committee's activities some members are daily communicants and others attend mass and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as often as possible.
Father attends monthly meetings and provides members with spiritual readings and homilies. The committee is grateful to him for his spiritual direction, wisdom, guidance, and support. The committee is always in need of additional members. All parishioners are welcome to attend the monthly meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month following mass at 7:00 PM. For additional information please contact Anna Kontas, Coordinator, at 801-969-7760.