Full-Circle Life Ministry

The Full-Circle Life Ministry name reflects that God is the author of life from the beginning to the natural end. Many people think of the abortion issue when discussing Pro-Life matters. Indeed, abortion has taken over 50 million lives since 1973. But really, the Life issues span so many more areas. Some are: Euthanasia, Embryonic Stem Cell research, In-vitro fertilization, Natural Family Planning, Same Sex Attraction and Capital Punishment. Our Parish will continue to support organizations like Birthright, but we also hope to further educate the Parish on what the Catholic Church teaches about all life issues. There is so much misinformation. We hope to present articles  added information via the website and pamphlets. We will provide ways for parishioners to become involved. Please let us know how to help you. Feedback is always welcome. Also, if this Ministry is something which you feel called to join, we welcome you!


Contact:  Maureen Sullivan  (860) 647-8814


Topics we hope to address include:


Abortion
Capital Punishment
Embryonic Stem Cell research
End of Life
In-vitro fertilization
Natural Family Planning
Same Sex Attraction

Abortion

The Hartford Archdiocesan Pro-Life Ministry has a website that is full of information to educate, heal and provide ways for you to help in the area of abortion: prolifeministry.org

If you are in a crisis pregnancy and are seeking help, please check out these websites:


St. Gerard's Center for Life           Birthright


If you have had an abortion in your past and are seeking healing, please check out these websites:


"Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing."

You may confidentially contact Marie Laffin, RN at (203) 631-9030 or mlaffin@prolifeministry.org .


Rachel's Vineyard
Sisters of Life - Hope and Healing After Abortion
Silent No More - Resources for Help After Abortion


More information can be found on the national pro-life advocacy group website Priests for Life.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

The Catholic Church does indeed support most aspects of stem cell research. Adult stem cell research is morally permitted and fully supported by the Catholic Church. Such stem cells, obtained from adults, are extracted without harm to the person. Similarly, stem cells obtained from the blood of umbilical cords of babies following birth are likewise permitted as there is no harmful effect on the human person.

Most of the successful cures to diseases and treatments to injuries have come from adult stem cells and umbilical cord stem cells. What the Catholic Church does not support is research and treatments that utilize embryonic stem cells since these are obtained upon killing the embryo, which is not morally permissable, since a life of this small human must be sacrificed in order to do so. To learn more about what the Church teaches on this subject, please check out the following resources:

stemcellresearch.org

Catechism of the Catholic Church

U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

There is great news on adult stem cell research, which is totally permissible in the Church. "Two stem cell researchers, British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan, are the winners of the 2012 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work on reprogramming adult stem cells to have embryonic-like properties."    [read more]

End of Life

Assisted Suicide is no longer on the docket in Connecticut.  Thank you to everyone who wrote or called their congress members.  Rest assured that this will continue to come back each year.  So, please educate yourselves by learning exactly why our Church is not for this seemingly 'compassionate' choice and what you can do about it . This website shows some videos of people who have discussed the topic.  The Connecticut Catholic Conference has some information and will be posting actions that can be taken regarding this legislation.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has an excellent collection of resources on the teaching of the church regarding Assisted Suicide, including their statement "To Live Each Day."  There is also a great article by a Raleigh, NC Seminarian in response to Brittany Maynard's Assisted Suicide.

Natural Family Planning

"Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. [not the Rhythm Method] These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman's menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse and genital contact during the fertile phase of the woman's cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy. NFP reflects the dignity of the human person within the context of marriage and family life, promotes openness to life, and recognizes the value of the child. By respecting the love-giving and life-giving natures of marriage, NFP can enrich the bond between husband and wife."
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

To learn about Natural Family Planning:

Couple to Couple League
Hartford Archdiocese Office of Family Life
Learn Natural Family Planning

Further reading:

Pope Paul VI's Encyclical, "Humanae Vitae"

Pope Benedict XVI's Encyclical, "Caritas in veritate"

From Pope John Paul II's Encyclical, "Evangelium vitae":


"It is frequently asserted that contraception, if made safe and available to all, is the most effective remedy against abortion. The Catholic Church is then accused of actually promoting abortion, because she obstinately continues to teach the moral unlawfulness of contraception. When looked at carefully, this objection is clearly unfounded. It may be that many people use contraception with a view to excluding the subsequent temptation of abortion. But the negative values inherent in the "contraceptive mentality"-which is very different from responsible parenthood, lived in respect for the full truth of the conjugal act-are such that they in fact strengthen this temptation when an unwanted life is conceived. Indeed, the pro- abortion culture is especially strong precisely where the Church's teaching on contraception is rejected. Certainly, from the moral point of view contraception and abortion arespecifically different evils: the former contradicts the full truth of the sexual act as the proper expression of conjugal love, while the latter destroys the life of a human being; the former is opposed to the virtue of chastity in marriage, the latter is opposed to the virtue of justice and directly violates the divine commandment "You shall not kill".

But despite their differences of nature and moral gravity, contraception and abortion are often closely connected, as fruits of the same tree. It is true that in many cases contraception and even abortion are practiced under the pressure of real- life difficulties, which nonetheless can never exonerate from striving to observe God's law fully. Still, in very many other instances such practices are rooted in a hedonistic mentality unwilling to accept responsibility in matters of sexuality, and they imply a self-centered concept of freedom, which regards procreation as an obstacle to personal fulfilment. The life which could result from a sexual encounter thus becomes an enemy to be avoided at all costs, and abortion becomes the only possible decisive response to failed contraception."


(Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, #13)

Same Sex Attraction

The Archdiocese of Hartford Begins a Chapter of COURAGE  [read more]

From their webpage:


Courage, an apostolate of the Catholic Church, ministers to persons with same-sex attraction and their loved ones. We have been endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family and our beloved John Paul II said of this ministry, "COURAGE is doing the work of God!" We also have an outreach called EnCourage which ministers to relatives, spouses, and friends of persons with same-sex attraction.

For information call the Office of Diaconate at 860-761-7446 or visit CourageRC.org.

All inquiries about COURAGE and workshops will be kept confidential. COURAGE is endorsed by the Vatican.