On Friday, January 24, 2020, SJCP held a prayer service on campus while over 20 students from Saint John's traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the Youth Rally, Mass for Life, and to participate in the March for Life. Thank you to our campus minister Ms. Kate Quinn for organizing the trip, as well as English teacher, Ms. Amy Baum, for chaperoning. Students Morghane McAnelly, Jayln McNeill, Josh Grove, and Ty Grove did a wonderful job helping lead the prayer service back at school. Ms. Quinn wrote a note to be read at the prayer service.
Irreplaceable: Prayer Service to Honor the Dignity of Human Life
Letter to Saint John’s from Miss Quinn:
Dear Saint John’s,
Currently, I’m at the March for Life with some of our students, but I wanted to write
a letter to you about why we are attending the March for Life. Before coming to our community here in Buckeystown, I did a lot of work in the pro-life movement by assisting women who were in crisis pregnancies. While working with these women, I listened to their stories – both from women who have had abortions and women who were considering abortions. The common thread in all of these women’s stories was fear. They were afraid that they could not support their child and they were afraid that no one would support them.
What does it say about our culture that a woman who is in a crisis pregnancy would have reason to fear that nobody will support her? It says we care far more about status and comfort than about helping those in need. As daughters of God, women in crisis pregnancies have a right to security, but so frequently that security is denied them.
While abortion is always an injustice, we must also recognize the very valid fear that women in crisis pregnancies face. Today we attend the March for Life to remind people that abortion always hurts two people: the child and the woman. We walk to remind women in crisis pregnancies that they are loved, they are chosen, they are irreplaceable, and there are resources to help them. If you or someone you know is ever in a crisis pregnancy, please have the courage to say something and ask for help. We have resources to support you.