The primary purpose of the St. Michael Respect Life Committee is to promote the Church’s teachings on the dignity of human life, as outlined in The Gospel of Life.  We are ready to work together with our pastor to pray, educate, shape public policy, and provide concrete assistance to women in crisis pregnancies.

To “Rise Up Now!” and be a part of our Respect Life efforts, please contact Kate Friess at [email protected]


Post-Abortion Healing Ministry

Bethesda Healing Ministry is a Catholic Christian Ministry of hospitality and healing. Through a community of love and acceptance, all men and women suffering the effects of an abortion are invited and supported.

For more information on Post-Abortion Healing Ministry, click on the above image.


Numbers to Know

  • Pregnancy Helpline: 1-800-712-4357 or text “helpline” to 313131
  • Suicide Line: 1-800-273-8255
  • Human Trafficking: 1-800-373-7888
  • Abortion Pill Reversal: 1-877-558-0333

40 Days for Life: The Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign will be held at the Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facility at 3255 E Main St, Columbus. This facility is currently central Ohio’s only surgical abortion facility. The campaign runs from Wednesday, September 26th until Sunday, November 4th and seeks to fill the hours of 7am until 7pm with peaceful, prayerful action.  Please consider joining us for an hour on your own or organizing and adopting a day through your church. You can learn more about the campaign or sign up for a time at or by calling 614-445-8508.  St. Michael will be participating by sponsoring a day (to be determined).  For more information regarding that, please contact Diane Vincent at 740-972-3242



Father Daughter Dance

The Respect Life Committee will host  the Father Daughter Dance on Sat. Nov. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the undercroft.  Dress in your Sunday best and bring that special girl in your life (age 4 and up) to a night of dancing, snacks, and desserts.  Cost is $20 per couple, $10 for each additional daughter, and maximum $30 per family.  To register, place the following information into an envelope marked Attn: Wende Hageman:

* Name of attendees
* Contact information (email or phone number)
* Check payable to the St. Michael Respect Life Committee.

If you have any comments or questions please contact Kate Friess at [email protected] or 614-746-2580.

Help with the dance

The Respect Life Committee is looking for people who would like to bake or donate food for the father daughter dance.  Items would need to be in the undercroft on Sat. Nov. 17 between 4pm and 6pm.  If you would like to help please go to Thank you!

Resources for Further Reading & Reflection

We will be updating this page periodically with selected articles on topics related to Respect Life.  We hope these selections will help your understanding of the depth and scope of Respect Life concerns.


Married Love and the Gift of Life

Contraception and Women’s Well Being

Greater Access to Contraception Does Not Reduce Abortions

Humanae VitaeFrom the Vatican: Humanae Vitae

Evangelium VitaeFrom the Vatican: Evangelium Vitae


“With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life.
-Pope St. John Paul II

Forgiveness and Healing After Abortion

Post Abortion Healing is Possible


Pope Benedict on Human Life and Dignity

Is Abortion Ever Permissible?

Is A Baby Human From The Beginning?

Speech to Congress by St. Teresa of Calcutta


“If you desire peace in your hearts,
in your homes, and in your country,
assemble each evening to recite the Rosary.
Let not even one day pass without saying it,
no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”
-Pope Pius IX

Deacon Bickerstaff : In The Defense of Catholic Marriage

Theology of The Body Part 1 and 2


Assisted Suicide – Voluntary to Involuntary

Every Suicide is Tragic

To Live Each Day with Dignity

Killing the Pain

End of Life Euthanasia


Choose Life: Toward a Culture of Life in the New Millenium” by Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. (

40th World Day of Peace 2007, The Human Person, the Heart of Peace” by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (


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