Respect Life Ministry

  • We are a people of life, and a people for life.

    Our mission is to promote and nourish respect for life in our parish community.  We believe that every human life is uniquely created in the image and likeness of God and that each person deserves that respect from the time life begins at fertilization to natural death.  We also believe that during this life we have responsibilities toward God, self, and society to protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.

    While recognizing the wide spectrum of human rights that comprises respect for life, we hold the right to life as fundamental.  We believe it is the basis and source of all other human rights.  Our primary goal is to deepen the understanding of the sanctity of life at its very beginning and its natural ending.

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Current Events

  • Will Roe be Overturned? And what happens if it is (or isn't)?

    Wednesday, May 25 | 6:30 – 8:15 pm | St. Odilia Courtyard

    Nearly 50 years after Roe, the Court is reconsidering the decision. Our speakers will address:

    • What are the possible outcomes of Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health?
    • What were the arguments to the Court?
    • How would a decision to overturn Roe impact state abortion laws, particularly Minnesota’s?
    • Whatever the outcome:
      • Where do we go from here?
      • How do we address the needs of pregnant women and their children?


    Teresa Collett, J.D., professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law and director of UST’s Pro-life Center.   

    Angela Franey, Executive Director of Abria Pregnancy Resources.

    Read additional information about this event & its guest speakers >

    Walking with Moms in Need

    Walking with Moms in Need is a program for parishes to help women in need with prayer and action. One significant way our parish can help is to keep our crib in the rear of the church full of items (ex. diapers, formula, baby clothing up to 2 years).  These items are donated to Birthright in St. Paul. 

    Pray for Dobbs

    Become part of the many faith communities united on prayer to overturn the Roe v Wade and Casey Supreme Court decisions. Nine justices stand between life and death for millions of unborn children. Join this nationwide prayer advocacy and receive focused prayers, key points, and other suggestions.

    Get Involved

    Our St. Odilia Respect for Life committee is a very active and committed group of parishioners who participate in various ways.  Some members regularly attend monthly meetings and plan the parish activities, some stay involved via our email and bulletin communications, others support our activities by participating in 40 Days for Life, the March for Life, serving coffee and donuts on Respect Life Sundays, attending adoration on Monday afternoons, donating/ delivering baby items for Birthright collected in our crib at the rear of the church, or by supporting life-affirming activities like Baby Bottle fundraiser or Spiritual Adoption. 

    If you would like to join us, our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the parish.  Check the bulletin for time and location. If you are interested in receiving our email notifications and minutes, send an email to Pat Benham at with Join Respect Life List in the subject line.

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