Directed to participation in the sacramental life and prayer of the Church, that the culture of death surrounding us today will be replaced by a culture of life and love.
This Convent, a powerful witness for life, is located directly across the street from Missouri's last abortion facility in St. Louis. The Convent is open to all the faithful and pro-life pilgrims for prayer and hospitality. Click here to learn more.
Annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass
Every January, the St. Louis Pro-Life and Catholic community gather to remember all the babies lost to legalized abortion and all those who continue to be harmed by the effects of abortion since the 1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions. This goal of this event is to offer prayers for the protection of all unborn children who are in danger of abortion; for wisdom, strength, and fortitude for their mothers and fathers; for the conversion of all those who participate in the abortion industry; and for parents, family members, and friend who have suffered as a result of an abortion experience, that they may find hope and healing.
The Mass, celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica, is preceded by a Pro-Life Generation Rose Procession. The rose procession volunteers honor their 60 million peers lost to abortion since 1973.
The Mass is followed by a peaceful Rosary Procession to the local Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Those unable to join in the walk are encouraged to pray the rosary and remain in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral. The event concludes with benediction back at the Cathedral.
The 2022 Annual Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 at 10 a.m. Check back here soon for more details!
Click here for the photos of the 2020 Annual Memorial Mass. These beautiful, life-affirming, heart-changing images are courtesy of Lisa Masek Photography.
Helpers of God's Precious Infants
Helpers of God's Precious Infants, established in St. Louis in January 2000, is a peaceful, prayerful life-saving ministry that meets on the third Saturday of every month (except in January when it's replaced with the Annual Roe V. Wade Memorial Mass).
The prayer vigil begins with 8 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica followed by a rosary prayer procession to and from our state's last abortion facility, Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, to peacefully pray and witness to the dignity of unborn life, those facing unplanned pregnancy, those caught up in the abortion industry, and those wounded by abortion. Those unable to process are invited to pray the rosary inside the Cathedral Basilica before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
If your parish priest would like to celebrate a third Saturday Mass and lead the Rosary prayer procession, please contact [email protected] or 314.792.7598.
Click here for the 2021 Mass Schedule.
- Dec. 18, 2021 - Fr. John Schneier
- Jan. 15, 2022 Celebrant (Roe v. Wade Memorial Mass) - Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski
November is National Adoption Month. Every year, the RLA joins with Good Shepherd Children and Family Services and the Office of Natural Family Planning to coordinate a celebration for those who have been involved in any way with adoption, a gift twice given.
In the United States, about 120,000 adoptions occur each year. Many people, directly and indirectly, are affected by adoption:
- Women seeking options for unplanned or crisis pregnancies
- People and couples seeking children to complete their families
- Foster families and agencies involved in the placement and protection of children
- Children who have been adopted
The Annual Adoption Mass is celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis each November on the third Sunday. The 2021 Mass will be held on Sunday, November 21, at 10 a.m. with a reception following in Boland Hall. Help us spread the word:
Breast Cancer Healing Mass
Many people in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are wanting to raise awareness and support women and families who have gone through this very difficult disease. Since 2011, the Respect Life Apostolate has offered this Healing Mass in collaboration with different parishes throughout the archdiocese.
We hope this Mass will give those in attendance the opportunity to join their sufferings with Christ as we pray for the peace and healing of all.
This Mass is held each June on the second Saturday. The 2021 Mass was held on Saturday, June 12 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Parish (Brentwood) with a reception following. For more information on the 2022 Mass, please contact 314.792.7598 or m[email protected]
Initiated in 1991, this simple yet effective program provides an opportunity for children, teens, adults and senior citizens to prayerfully intercede on behalf of moms and unborn babies threatened by abortion. Participants spiritually adopt a baby known by God to be at risk of abortion by pledging to pray the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen prayer daily for nine months.
"Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to protect the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted. Mary, our Mother in Heaven, pray for us, and especially for your little ones! Because God loves every baby He creates, I promise to pray for my spiritually adopted baby for nine months."
The goal of the program is three-fold:
- Encourage prayers for babies in danger of abortion and for their parents.
- Educate adults and children about the development of babies in the womb.
- Provide material assistance to mothers in need through a "baby shower" or "birthday party" at the conclusion of the program.
Schools and Parish School of Religion programs can promote Spiritual Adoption for the nine months of the school year, September through May. It works well for a parish to participate along with the school. Another option is to offer the program from the Feast of the Annunciation through Christmas. At the end of the nine months of prayer, schools and/or parishes can hold a baby shower to gather new or gently used items for agencies that provide a home or support for mothers with a crisis pregnancy.
Spiritual adoption prayer cards, Milestones brochure, and leadership pamphlet are available through the RLA Office. To order these resources, contact [email protected] or 314-792-7555.
Word of Life Intercessions & Bulletin Announcements
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides monthly suggestions for pro-life prayer intercessions and bulletin briefs which are available in English and Spanish. Homily notes are provided occasionally. As a courtesy the RLA sends these materials to a representative from each parish monthly. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Blessings for Expectant Mothers
The Church has long had the practice of blessing women before childbirth. By celebrating and respecting expectant mothers and their unborn children, we can help express a new culture of life and love. We encourage all parishes to regularly offer this blessing. Contact your parish’s Liturgy Committee to suggest starting this tradition in your parish and the RLA would be glad to assist in this process.
Other Respect Life Prayer Websites
Pro-Life Prayers from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Pro-Life Prayers from the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
Priests for Life Prayer Resources