That All might treasure and support God's plan for life and love...We pray to the lord.

Prayers for fathers! 

May expectant fathers lovingly support the mothers of their children in welcoming new life;
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May expectant fathers find courage in the example of St. Joseph, as they prepare to love, protect, and provide for their child;
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May the Lord grant peace and comfort to all married couples struggling to have a child;
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For all those longing to welcome a child through adoption:  May the Lord guide their journey and grant them peace along the way;
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May fathers who mourn the loss of a child find peace and consolation in the heart of God the Father;
We pray to the Lord:
Amen
 
Fatherhood has its origins in God, who chose to reveal Himself to us as Our Father, sending his only Son for the sake of our salvation. Fathers therefore have a special role “in revealing and in reliving on earth the very fatherhood of God” (Familiaris consortio 25). Indeed, the role of the father “is of unique and irreplaceable importance” (FC 25).
Although society increasingly tells fathers that they have no say in the lives of their children before birth and fails to recognize the dynamic and critically important role of fatherhood, it is both a biological and spiritual reality. Pope Saint John Paul II said fathers are called to exhibit “generous responsibility for the life conceived under the heart of the mother” (FC 25). They are uniquely entrusted with the protection and defense of both mother and child and, in this way, in safeguarding the sanctity of human life. Yet research continues to show that the top reasons women seek abortions include lacking support from the child’s father and financial challenges, which are only exacerbated by a father’s absence.
As a Church community, we need to encourage and support men to follow the example of St. Joseph and embrace their various roles as father. Even if a man is not a parent, he is still called to spiritual fatherhood—a fatherhood that fosters others’ relationship with God, protecting them from evil and providing an example of Christ’s love.
St. Joseph, himself, was unexpectedly called to both practical and spiritual fatherhood, and amid very difficult circumstances. But despite all obstacles, Joseph was faithful. He welcomed life, offering care and protection to Mary and Jesus. We pray that each expectant father will find courage in the example of St. Joseph and offer loving, life-affirming support to the mother of his child.
 

Here are some actions you can take to share your respect for life:

o   Senator Brian Schatz   https://www.schatz.senate.gov/contact
o   Senator Mazie Hirono  https://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact
o   Representative Ed Case (1st Congressional District)  https://case.house.gov/contact/
o   Representative Kaiali`i Kahele (2nd Congressional District) https://kahele.house.gov/contact

 

Respect Life Resources

 

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I dedicated you.
~Jeremiah 1:5

Catholic Diocese of Hawaii – Respect Life Office

https://www.catholichawaii.org/diocesan-offices/respect-life/
https://www.catholichawaii.org/diocesan-offices/respect-life/respect-life-resources/
Through its ministry to parishes, schools, youth groups, colleges and universities, religious and secular media, legislators and all people of good will, the Respect Life Office seeks to transform society into a Culture of Life where every human being is valued and protected from the moment of fertilization until natural death. Human life must be respected because it is sacred. From its beginning human life involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. It is not lawful for anyone directly to destroy an innocent human being. This is gravely contrary to the dignity of the person and the holiness of the Creator. "Do not slay the innocent and the righteous" (Exodus 23:7).  |  Further reading: CCC 2258-2262, 2318-2320

 

 Mary Jane Home

https://www.catholiccharitieshawaii.org/programs-services/unplanned-pregnancy/mary-jane-home/
The Mary Jane Home offers a unique housing and educational opportunity to pregnant women who are in need of a safe, affordable place to live during their pregnancy. The staff provides education and support so women can prepare for their child and work toward accomplishing their life goals.
The program offers six ready-to-move-in private rooms and individual and group counseling as well as daily classes in infant care, childbirth and valuable life skills to prepare them for a healthy pregnancy and birth.

The Adoption Option

 House of Ruth - A Private Adoption referral service.  
Call (808) 524-0844. 
  

Live Action

https://www.liveaction.org/media/meet-lila-rose/
Founder and President Lila Rose started Live Action when she was just 15 years old from her family’s living room. Since that time, Live Action has grown to become one of the leading national pro-life and human rights organizations in America, dedicated to ending abortion and inspiring a culture that respects and defends life.
  

The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii

 http://www.pearsonplace.org
An unplanned pregnancy can be a very difficult thing to deal with on your own. If you find yourself in this situation, we urge you to contact us for a free pregnancy test and confidential counseling. We are here to help.
For confidential help, call The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii, Inc.
(808) 942-0328 (office hours) or (808) 319-5489 (24-hour hotline)
1145 Bishop Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
 

Project Rachel

 https://hopeafterabortion.com/?page_id=750

Whether it’s been one year or 20 years, you need time to grieve your loss and reflect on your feelings of sorrow and regret. Project Rachel is here to help you do that in a supportive and confidential environment. We are here to listen to you and help you through your pain.
Program Coordinators:  Deacon Keith & Bernadette Galang
Referral Number:  888.456.4673
 

Rachel’s Vineyard

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.
https://www.catholichawaii.org/diocesan-offices/respect-life/pastoral-care/rachels-vineyard-ministry/ 
Contact: Lisa Shorba    808-349-5071     RVinHawaii@gmail.com

Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat - Healing the pain of abortion

Next weekend retreat - Oct. 15-17, 2021   Space is limited       Brochure
  

Abortion Pill Rescue Network

Abortion pill reversal – 877-558-0333

 

Heartbeat International

https://www.heartbeatinternational.org/
Heartbeat International is the first network of pro-life pregnancy resource centers founded in the U.S. (1971),  and it is now the most expansive network in the world. Heartbeat has over 2,800 affiliated pregnancy help locations including pregnancy help medical clinics (with ultrasound), resource centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies in more than 60 countries around the world to provide alternatives to abortion.