October 8, 2020: October is Respect for Life Month

Sr. Stephanie Matcha is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and has a long history with the charism and mission of the Notre Dame Sisters. She was educated by the Notre Dame Sisters throughout her years at Assumption Elementary School and Notre Dame Academy. 

Inspired by their lives of dedicated service,   she joined them and has been a Professed Religious for 55 years.  She has spent over 23 of her years in   ministry working with the homeless, addicted and mentally ill at the Siena Francis Homeless Shelter in Omaha, Nebraska where she continues to volunteer.  

Presently the Pro-Life – protecting the lives of the unborn is her passion as she raises awareness and participates in pro-life activities during October’s Respect for Life Month.

October is Respect for Life Month

Sr. Stephanie Matcha

As Catholics we mark our annual observance of October as Respect Life Month. It is time to focus on God’s precious gift of human life and our responsibility to care for, protect and defend the lives of our brothers and sisters.

“This year’s theme, ‘Live the Gospel of Life’ was inspired by the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul 11’s encyclical The Gospel of Life. Pope John Paul’s masterfully articulated defense of the right to life for children in their mothers’ wombs, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

“Last November, the U.S. Bishops reaffirmed that ‘the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed. ’While we noted not to ‘dismiss or ignore other serious threats to human life and dignity such as racism, immigration, the environmental crisis, poverty, and the death penalty,’ we renewed our commitment to protect the most fundamental of all human rights – the right to life.

The Holy Father expressed his support for anti-abortion efforts observing that if we fail to protect life, no other human rights matter.  Pope Francis also said that abortion is not primarily a Catholic or even a religious issue, it is first and foremost a human rights issue.  Since the passing of the Roe vs Wade Bill in 1973 over 60 million unborn lives have been ended. We are still losing 2,363 preborn children every day in the United States and their mothers and fathers are left with abortions destructive trauma.

September 23rd  launched 40 days for Life (Sept. 23 – Nov.1) an internationally coordinated campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer, fasting, community outreach and a peaceful all – day vigil in front of abortion businesses.  It is taking place in 588 cities throughout the world. (40daysforlife.com) link gives the location in your city.

What can we do?

  1. Keep vigil with prayer and fasting to end abortion with the 40 Day for Life Campaign.
  2. Go to online Pro-Life Advocacy links:

• 40daysforlife.com • liveaction.org • prolifealliance.com

Stay informed about what is presently happening with pro-life legislation in congress, in your city, location and state. Right to Life Until the Last Breath.