Opportunities to donate, witness and pray abound for upcoming Respect Life Month

September 7, 2023 at 10:57 a.m.
On foot, participants make their way to the Planned Parenthood facility in Shrewsbury following an April 15 Mass for Life celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Red Bank. Jeff Bruno photo
On foot, participants make their way to the Planned Parenthood facility in Shrewsbury following an April 15 Mass for Life celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Red Bank. Jeff Bruno photo


As October approaches, pro-life ministries around the Diocese of Trenton are planning events to celebrate life and bear witness to the value of human life in all its stages, and to support women and their children:

Sept. 9 – Memorial Prayer Services for Unborn Children • Held on the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown: 10 a.m. in the parish’s Mary’s Prayer Garden at 156 Maxwell Ave.; Shore Catholics: 8:30 a.m. at Memorial to the Unborn at the Fatima Shrine, St. Catharine Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake; St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro: 12:15 p.m. in the church hall at 100 N. Main St.; St. Isidore the Farmer, New Egypt: 10 a.m. in the parish’s Memorial to the Unborn in Assumption Cemetery, 76 Evergreen Rd.

Beginning Sept. 27 – 40 Days for Life • This peaceful 40-day prayer vigil outside of clinics that provide abortions has been adopted by many parish pro-life ministry groups throughout the Diocese. The Cherry Hill vigil will take place outside Cherry Hill Women’s Center, 502 N. Kings Highway, Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Contact Claire Howson for more information, 856-313-9861, [email protected]. The Shrewsbury vigil will take place outside Planned Parenthood, 69 E. Newman Springs Rd., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday at will. For more information contact [email protected].

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Baby Bottle Campaign, St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton • A representative from Good Counsel Homes New Jersey will speak at all the Masses that weekend at 3500 S. Broad St., and hand out Baby Bottle donation pledges. The parish Respect Life Committee also prays a pro-life Rosary together every second Sunday of the month following the 11:30 a.m. Mass and plans to conduct a month-long Respect Life Committee recruitment in October.

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Oct. 21-22 – Baby items drive, Life Chain and Respect Life Breakfast, St. Mary Parish, Barnegat • Baby item donations will be collected after all Masses Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the worship sites of St. Mary of the Pines, 100 Bishop Way, Manahawkin, and St. Mary, 747 West Bay Ave., Barnegat. A Life Chain will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Barnegat address. On Oct. 21 a Respect Life Breakfast will be offered at the Barnegat worship site with guest speaker from Good Counsel Homes; both Manahawkin and Barnegat sites will take up second collections Oct. 21-22 for Good Counsel Homes. For more information contact Mary Anne Moresco, [email protected].

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Baby Bottle Campaign, Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley • A Baby Bottle Campaign for donations will take place the weekend of Respect Life Sunday, including a speaker from Legacy of Life Foundation at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses in St. James Church, 115 E. Delaware Ave., Pennington. For more information contact Kris Kahn, [email protected].

Oct. 1 – Holy Hour for Life, Baby Item Collection, St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson • St. Charles Borromeo Parish will have a Holy Hour on Respect Life Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, on the first weekend of every month there will be a collection of diapers, formula, clothing and money for 1st Way of Burlington County. For information contact Peg Campbell, [email protected], 856-296-4440.

Oct. 1 – Rosary for Life, St. Veronica Parish, Howell • Participants will pray the Rosary for the respect of all human life at 1:15 p.m. (following noon Mass) at the Blessed Mother Grotto, located on St. Veronica Church grounds, 4219 U.S. Rt. 9. For more information contact Kris Kahn, [email protected].

Oct. 1-30 – Variety of pro-life events, St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft • The parish at 50 Hurleys Lane will host several Respect Life Month events: Oct. 1 – Life Bottle program; Oct. 4 and 30 – Respect Life Mass in St. Leo the Great School; Oct. 6 – Respect Life Rosary; Oct. 12 – faith service for couples hoping to conceive a child, 7 p.m. in the church, with relics displayed for veneration; Oct. 20-22 – Respect Life display during parish carnival; Oct. 25 – Respect Life prayer service; Oct. 29 – Spiritual Adoption sign-ups. For more information contact Joe Manzi, [email protected].

Oct. 14-15 – Baby Shower for Birthright of Freehold, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown • A baby shower collection is planned after all Masses Oct. 14-15 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 156 Maxwell Ave. For more information contact Tom McGeachen, [email protected].

Oct. 14, 22 – Public Square Rosary, St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro • Rosary for life at 12 p.m. Oct. 14 at 100 N. Main St. A Shower for Life will be Oct. 22 after the 11 a.m. Mass with speaker from Good Counsel Homes. Additional events at the parish include a Knights of Columbus Respect Life display Oct. 15 after Masses and a pro-life flag display Sept. 30-Oct. 28. For more information contact Elizabeth Normandia, [email protected].

Oct. 29 – Champion for Life Awards Dinner, Spring Lake • The Jersey shore-area parishes represented by Mary’s Child Pro-Life Ministry will hold the 34th annual Champion for Life awards dinner at Spring Lake Manor, 415 Hwy. 71, Spring Lake Heights, beginning with a 5 p.m. reception followed by 6 p.m. dinner. This year’s honorees will be Deacon Rich Weber of St. Rose Parish, Belmar, as 2023 Champion for Life; and Father Jim Whelan, weekend assistant in St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Bradley Beach, with the 2023 Lifetime Achievement award. Reservations must be made no later than Oct. 15. Cost is $70 for adult dinner and $35 for child’s dinner. For more information contact Cynthia Wagner, 732-718-0876, or Catherine Minall, 732-749-3090.

Spiritual Adoption Program, Toms River • The Toms River parishes of St. Joseph, St. Justin the Martyr and St. Luke, all Toms River, are planning a Spiritual Adoption program, similar to one just completed by St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish. They will also hold a workshop on living wills and advanced directives, and learning what Ocean County is doing about human trafficking. For more information contact Al Kozikowski, [email protected].



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As October approaches, pro-life ministries around the Diocese of Trenton are planning events to celebrate life and bear witness to the value of human life in all its stages, and to support women and their children:

Sept. 9 – Memorial Prayer Services for Unborn Children • Held on the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown: 10 a.m. in the parish’s Mary’s Prayer Garden at 156 Maxwell Ave.; Shore Catholics: 8:30 a.m. at Memorial to the Unborn at the Fatima Shrine, St. Catharine Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake; St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro: 12:15 p.m. in the church hall at 100 N. Main St.; St. Isidore the Farmer, New Egypt: 10 a.m. in the parish’s Memorial to the Unborn in Assumption Cemetery, 76 Evergreen Rd.

Beginning Sept. 27 – 40 Days for Life • This peaceful 40-day prayer vigil outside of clinics that provide abortions has been adopted by many parish pro-life ministry groups throughout the Diocese. The Cherry Hill vigil will take place outside Cherry Hill Women’s Center, 502 N. Kings Highway, Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Contact Claire Howson for more information, 856-313-9861, [email protected]. The Shrewsbury vigil will take place outside Planned Parenthood, 69 E. Newman Springs Rd., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday at will. For more information contact [email protected].

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Baby Bottle Campaign, St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton • A representative from Good Counsel Homes New Jersey will speak at all the Masses that weekend at 3500 S. Broad St., and hand out Baby Bottle donation pledges. The parish Respect Life Committee also prays a pro-life Rosary together every second Sunday of the month following the 11:30 a.m. Mass and plans to conduct a month-long Respect Life Committee recruitment in October.

Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Oct. 21-22 – Baby items drive, Life Chain and Respect Life Breakfast, St. Mary Parish, Barnegat • Baby item donations will be collected after all Masses Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the worship sites of St. Mary of the Pines, 100 Bishop Way, Manahawkin, and St. Mary, 747 West Bay Ave., Barnegat. A Life Chain will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Barnegat address. On Oct. 21 a Respect Life Breakfast will be offered at the Barnegat worship site with guest speaker from Good Counsel Homes; both Manahawkin and Barnegat sites will take up second collections Oct. 21-22 for Good Counsel Homes. For more information contact Mary Anne Moresco, [email protected].

Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Baby Bottle Campaign, Catholic Community of Hopewell Valley • A Baby Bottle Campaign for donations will take place the weekend of Respect Life Sunday, including a speaker from Legacy of Life Foundation at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses in St. James Church, 115 E. Delaware Ave., Pennington. For more information contact Kris Kahn, [email protected].

Oct. 1 – Holy Hour for Life, Baby Item Collection, St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson • St. Charles Borromeo Parish will have a Holy Hour on Respect Life Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Additionally, on the first weekend of every month there will be a collection of diapers, formula, clothing and money for 1st Way of Burlington County. For information contact Peg Campbell, [email protected], 856-296-4440.

Oct. 1 – Rosary for Life, St. Veronica Parish, Howell • Participants will pray the Rosary for the respect of all human life at 1:15 p.m. (following noon Mass) at the Blessed Mother Grotto, located on St. Veronica Church grounds, 4219 U.S. Rt. 9. For more information contact Kris Kahn, [email protected].

Oct. 1-30 – Variety of pro-life events, St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft • The parish at 50 Hurleys Lane will host several Respect Life Month events: Oct. 1 – Life Bottle program; Oct. 4 and 30 – Respect Life Mass in St. Leo the Great School; Oct. 6 – Respect Life Rosary; Oct. 12 – faith service for couples hoping to conceive a child, 7 p.m. in the church, with relics displayed for veneration; Oct. 20-22 – Respect Life display during parish carnival; Oct. 25 – Respect Life prayer service; Oct. 29 – Spiritual Adoption sign-ups. For more information contact Joe Manzi, [email protected].

Oct. 14-15 – Baby Shower for Birthright of Freehold, St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Hightstown • A baby shower collection is planned after all Masses Oct. 14-15 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 156 Maxwell Ave. For more information contact Tom McGeachen, [email protected].

Oct. 14, 22 – Public Square Rosary, St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro • Rosary for life at 12 p.m. Oct. 14 at 100 N. Main St. A Shower for Life will be Oct. 22 after the 11 a.m. Mass with speaker from Good Counsel Homes. Additional events at the parish include a Knights of Columbus Respect Life display Oct. 15 after Masses and a pro-life flag display Sept. 30-Oct. 28. For more information contact Elizabeth Normandia, [email protected].

Oct. 29 – Champion for Life Awards Dinner, Spring Lake • The Jersey shore-area parishes represented by Mary’s Child Pro-Life Ministry will hold the 34th annual Champion for Life awards dinner at Spring Lake Manor, 415 Hwy. 71, Spring Lake Heights, beginning with a 5 p.m. reception followed by 6 p.m. dinner. This year’s honorees will be Deacon Rich Weber of St. Rose Parish, Belmar, as 2023 Champion for Life; and Father Jim Whelan, weekend assistant in St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Bradley Beach, with the 2023 Lifetime Achievement award. Reservations must be made no later than Oct. 15. Cost is $70 for adult dinner and $35 for child’s dinner. For more information contact Cynthia Wagner, 732-718-0876, or Catherine Minall, 732-749-3090.

Spiritual Adoption Program, Toms River • The Toms River parishes of St. Joseph, St. Justin the Martyr and St. Luke, all Toms River, are planning a Spiritual Adoption program, similar to one just completed by St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish. They will also hold a workshop on living wills and advanced directives, and learning what Ocean County is doing about human trafficking. For more information contact Al Kozikowski, [email protected].


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