God our Creator
we give thanks to you,
who alone have the power to impart the breath of life
as you form each of us to your mother's womb;
grant, we pray,
that we, whom you have made stewards of creation,
may remain faithful to this sacred trust
and constant in safeguarding the dignity
of every human life.
The Sign of Life
Life and dignity of the human person is the first key theme of Catholic Social Doctrine. The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching.
The Gabriel Project helps women in crisis pregnancies by offering Christian love and practical solutions at the parish levels. St. Michael demonstrates its commitment to this activity through its generous commitment to help mothers in distress. "Angels" provide support and guidance to these women as well as items required for new borns and toddlers.
Learn more about the Gabriel Project
On May 20, 2010 Planned Parenthood Houston debuted its new facility. The $26 million project, dubbed Prevention Park, is the largest Planned Parenthood administrative and medical facility in the nation.It also serves as the headquarters for 12 clinics 10 in Texas and two in Louisiana.
What Can You Do?
- Pray that all people of good will come to realize the dignity of the human person and the preservation of life from natural conception to natural death.
- Attend and Participate in the monthly Mass and Rosary sponsored by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.
- Support the work of those displaying opposition through www.pray4holyspirit.org
Helpers of God's Precious Infants
Throughout the year, on a monthly basis, a Mass and Rosary are offered for the unborn. The location moves throughout the Archdiocese from parish to parish. Look to the parish bulletin for each month's location, or go to the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese at www.archgh.org.
Well organized and equally well attended Blood Drives are conducted on a quarterly basis in the school’s original gymnasium. In 2013 those dates will be January 20, May 5, August 11, and November 10 . Look to the weely bulletin for upcoming times. Sign up occurs after weekend Masses outside the church the week prior to the actual date. Walk-ins are also welcome. Bobby and Janet Northrup are coordinators of these drives.
March for Life Austin
A crowd estimated to be over 3,000 marched in Austin on Saturday, January 28, 2012 to support life. St. Michael parishioners in attendance were James Pineda, Tom Schroeter and Ray Sylvester. Led by Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus in full regalia the eight block walk ended on the steps of the state capitol where Senator, John Cornyn, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and Attorney General Greg Abbott Keynote speaker), among other elected officials, greeted the marchers. Bishop Joseph Vasquez, who participated in the march, delivered the benediction. A few comments of interest: when people are outside women’s clinics in silent prayer, the clinics realize a 50% no show factor. With the parental consent and sonogram laws abortions are down 5% in Texas since their inception.
Aging With Purpose
Whatever our age we can all benefit from a few tips:
- Everything has its season: learn it! On each birthday, we move past an age we will never revisit. It is gone, for better or for worse. The same for decades. Learn to make the most of what you have when you have it - a full head of hair, a high metabolism, a debt-free credit card, fluency in French, knowledge of what women want, or who we really are (it can take an awfully long time to figure it out).
- Strive for something: a neater garden or a lower bowling score or qualifying for a marathon or achieving financial freedom. Set goals and attain them. The point is to remain independent and productive as long as possible. Aging gracefully can itself be a goal.
- Maintain friendships, as a well as a sense of belonging in a community. Even when physical health may decline -or when a disability may set in- mental health can keep a smile on the face. The Internet has greatly facilitated friendships; it used to be that proximity largely determined who our friends would be. Cell phones and email make it easier than ever to maintain distant friendships. Avoid the temptation in this age of wellness to link physical and mental health too closely.
- Exercise regularly. You knew that advice was coming because physiologists, psychiatrists, and strangers sitting beside us on the plane swear by it. The consensus should convince you.
- Hope. Don't stop believing that people and things can get better. Try to avoid being cynical, the failure to give people their due, the inclination to think less of people. Should you find yourself bothered by mistakes in your own past, reinvent yourself. Go somewhere new --if only an Internet community-and become the person you always wanted to be.
Remember as well that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Probably all of us want what we don't have. An older role model can help us visualize how we aspire to age, while assuring us that the best is yet to come.(Psychology Today: John Portman)