St. James for Life Meeting

The next meeting of the St. James for Live Committee will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the church nursery. All are welcome. Come share ideas and offer support.


Annual Pro-life Mass & Walk for Life in Lincoln

The Nebraska Catholic Conference and Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities invites you to this year's Pro-life Mass and Walk for Life on Saturday, January 27, 2018 in Lincoln.

Mass begins at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church (14th & K, North of the Capitol) and will be celebrated by Most Rev. James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln. Father Ryan Kaup, Homilist, saved from abortion by a change of heart in his birth mother. Fr. Kaup was adopted by a Lincoln family at birth. Come hear how his experience has shaped his passion for the Gospel, the priest- hood and defending life in all forms.

The Walk begins at 10 a.m. on the north side of the Capitol & continues to the Student Cen- ter. The keynote speaker is Ann McElhinney, the author of "GOSNELL, The Untold Story of Amer- ica's Most Prolific Serial Killer."

Pro-Life Mass Intention

On Sunday, February 4, the 9:30 Mass is being celebrated for "The End to Pornography." Pray for those addicted to pornography, that they will be able to overcome this addiction.


Life Lines

St. James for Life members meet on Thursdays several times a year.  Members and others, we need you and your ideas!   We encourage all members to attend and help plan the events.  We look forward to seeing you.  St. James For Life Group is on Facebook!   Please join the group to stay up to date on all announcements and events going on.  Thank YOU!   All are welcome!   St. James for Life Committee meets Thursday, November 16 (a week early due to Thanksgiving!) in the Nursery.


Caroline Parys

Pray to End Abortion

Abortions are performed at Planned Parenthood, 3105 N. 93rd St. every Monday and Thursday approximately between the hours of 8 am and 11 am.   Prayer Warriors are urgently needed at the site during these hours. Our prayer presence and sidewalk counseling are moved to Mondays, since that is when most abortions are performed.  Fr. Frank Baumert will lead prayer every third Monday of the month, between 11 am and Noon.   Prayer warriors are urgently needed at the site during these hours.   Saturdays there is a structured hour of prayer from 10-11 am.  There is an urgent need to pray at the Bellevue Facility on Thursdays, especially 10-12 am and 3-5:30 pm, Fridays 7:30 - 9:30.   If YOU are waiting for the call to serve...this is it!


Caroline Parys

Liz Miller

Moms of Faith

Moms of Faith meet on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 8 pm in the SJ Church Library.   Our group of Catholic moms has been meeting since 2013 to talk about Natural Family Planning.   We come together with different comfort levels with NFP; different stages in our lives and different stories to share.   We support each other as we figure out the blessing of NFP in our faith, in our motherhood journey and in our marriages.   Our meetings include prayer, questions, discussion, book reviews and discovering wonderful friendships!   If this interests you at all....if you have struggles with NFP and just want to talk with other moms, or if you're just exploring the idea of practicing NFP and want to hear other perspectives, or if you're an NFP veteran that wants to help other ladies, Please Join Us!   This is a great opportunity to join a wonderful group of moms.

Contact Miranda Thomassen
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Pro-Life Rosary

The first Sunday of each month, St. James for Life leads a pro-life rosary at 9 am in front of the Blessed Virgin Mary Statue.    All are invited to join in when you arrive for 9:30 Mass and from wherever you are seated.   Perhaps you'd like to consider making this a monthly commitment to pray for the protection of innocent life.  

Contact Caroline Parys

Resources for IVF and Surrogacy

In my 9/3, 9/17, and 10/1 bulletin letters, I wrote about the Catholic Church's teaching on the issues of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surrogate pregnancies.   For those who are interested in learning more, here is a list of resources that you may find helpful.   God bless!   ~Fr. Toby


Introductory Reading:

·  Bouck, Dominic. "Why is surrogacy wrong?" Dominicana, August 25, 2014, <>.

·  Haas, John M.
“Begotten Not Made: A Catholic View of Reproductive Technology."
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
, 1998, <>.

Church Documents:

·  Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2373-2379, <>.

·  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. “Instruction Dignitatis Personae on
Certain Bioethical Questions.” 2008, <>.

·  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. “Instruction on Respect for Human Life in its
Origin and on the Dignity of Procreation: Replies to Certain Questions of the
Day” (a.k.a.
Donum Vitae). 1987, <>.

·  “Infertility.”USCCB, <>.

·  ***"Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology." USCCB, 2009, <>.

Thorough and technical introduction to Catholic Bioethics:

·  Austriaco, O.P., Nicanor Pier Giorgio. Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics. The Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D.C., 2011.

Related Reading: 

·  Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1601-1666 and 2360-2379, <>,

·  ***"Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan." USCCB,
2009, <>.

·  "Married Love and the Gift of Life", USCCB, 2006, <>.

·  May, William.
Catholic Sexual Ethics. Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, New Haven,
CT., 2001, <>.

·  Pilarczyk, Daniel. Twelve Tough Issues and More: What the Church Teaches and Why. St.
Anthony Messenger Press, Cincinnati, OH, 2002.

·  Pope John Paul II. "Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris Consortio." 1981, <>.

·  Pope Paul VI. "Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae." 1968, <>.

***I especially recommend these documents.