Respect Life


Respect Life - From Conception to Natural Death


Respect Life Ministry is dedicated to transforming today’s culture of death into a culture of life. Saint Pope John Paul II’s encyclical "The Gospel of Life" provides hope and inspiration in the promotion of respect for all life, from fertilization to natural death. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life, provides a framework for the ministry, following the Catholic tradition of prayer, study/education and action, including pastoral care and legislative advocacy. Respect Life Ministry focuses on life and death issues involving the beginning of life, end of life, capital punishment and legislative action on the parish, diocesan, state and national levels. Read our Respect Life Ministry Brochure!

Go to the Diocese of Venice Office for Respect Life website where you will find many valuable resourses such as Church Teaching, Novena of Masses for Life, 40 Days for Life, Catholic Declaration on Life and Death, Pregnancy Resources, Post-Abortion Help, Mothers with Children, Spiritual Adoption Program, Legislative Action and Upcoming Events.

To get involved in this ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes please contact John and Kathy Yaglenski at 941-408-7558 or

(Left: Peaceful Prayer Vigils at Planned Parenthood in Sarasota | Below: Peaceful Prayer Vigil outside Abortionist Clinic in Port Charlotte and Walk for Life in Venice)