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October 2020: Respect Life Month
Is there a better way to celebrate Respect Life Month than with a new life?
We're so excited to announce that one of our residents gave birth to her beautiful baby girl on October 13th. Mom and baby are both happy and healthy.
We can't wait to watch her grow!
Each year, the Catholic Church celebrates Respect Life Month in October. We are asked to reflect on the inherent dignity of the human person and our call to cherish, protect and defend life from beginning to end. We're halfway through October, but there are still ways that you can join in and celebrate LIFE!

Everything you need to know

Learn about the Gospel of Life and why it's the 2020 Respect Life Month theme!
 

In the community

Looking to participate in Respect Life Month? There are many ways you can get involved! Check out some of our favorite opportunities in Pittsburgh:

Featured Board Member
Barbara Davidson

 
Our Board provides amazing support, guidance and direction for Mary's Place. We're proud to introduce you to one of our Board Members, Barbara Davidson!
 
Why did you decide to get involved with Mary's Place?
I heard about Mary’s Place through friends and I knew the concept was something I could get behind.  In January 2019, I was invited to attend a fundraiser and information session at Mary’s Place.  At that time the house was just beginning to go through the renovation process and I could tell there was a lot of work ahead. But I also knew that this was a ministry I wanted to get involved with at the ground level.

What does building a culture of life mean to you?
I adhere to the words and teachings of Pope St. John Paul II, when he stated that the culture of life is based upon the belief that human life at all stages, from conception through natural death, is sacred.  Building the culture of life begins by recognizing the worth and value of each human life as seen through the eyes of God. I believe we must demonstrate this belief by living it out in our own lives and I think Mary’s Place is an excellent example of the putting our words into action.

What has been your favorite part about being on the Board?
In February 2020, I was given the opportunity to go with Kelli, our executive director, to New York City to visit Good Council Homes and the Sisters of Life. We learned firsthand how these homes are successfully run and have been helping moms and their babies for over 20 years. It was such an eye opening experience to see a home for life in the real world and how they have changed the lives of women and their babies.

What's a fun fact about you?
I love to golf and fly fish.

From the USCCB

Father and maker of all,

You adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of your hands, and renew among your people a readiness to nurture and sustain your precious gift of life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.

 

Amen

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