ProLife Group

The SMA ProLife Group meets once a month to discuss life issues, plan service and community events, and pray for an increase respect for life at all stages. In addition to monthly meetings, the group leads several activities at the parish and in the community throughout the year. Some of their regular activities include the monthly Rosary for Life, Mother’s Day Flower sale and Christmas Wreath sale benefiting The Women’s Center, and participating in Forty Days for Life Chicago. Please see complete list of activities and descriptions below. We welcome new members to join who have an interest in ProLife ministries! Our ministry continues to evolve and expand with the interests of our members on ProLife issues. If you would like to be added to our email list or have additional questions, please contact Dolores Puschautz at .

Monthly Meetings 

ProLife Group meetings are usually the fourth Thursday of the month with a small dinner following the evening Mass at 6:00pm and meeting to begin at 7:00pm in the Museum Room, located in the church basement. According to your schedule, join us for dinner, the meeting, or both! 2019-20 Upcoming Meetings: January 23, February 27, March 26, April 23, May 28, June 25, July 23 

Rosary for Life 

The ProLife Group initiated and hosts a Rosary for Life on the first Sunday of the month following the 11:00am Mass (Rosary starts approximately at 12:00pm in the downstairs St. Josemaria Chapel). A potluck follows in the Museum Room. All are welcome! Upcoming Rosaries for Life 2019-20: January 5, February 2, March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5 

40 Days for Life Chicago 

Each year, SMA’s ProLife Group signs up for one day of the 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil. Groups and individuals throughout Chicago volunteer to pray for an end to abortion outside of a Planned Parenthood. To learn more about 40 Days for Life, please visit 40daysforlife.com   

Spiritual Adoption 

This will be SMA’s third year of taking part of spiritual adoption for unborn babies. Individuals are able to make a commitment to spiritually adopt and pray for a child, beginning at the end of September, for nine months until the time they would be born. The commitment asks for daily prayer for the baby. Prayer is very powerful and there are many babies who may not be born if we don’t pray for them. Sign up for Spiritual Adoption took place after Masses on September 28th and 29th, but individuals may also contact Dolores Puschautz at momkapuschautz@yahoo.com if they were not able to sign up at this time. Stay tuned for information on the development of your spiritually adopted child.

Spiritually Adoption Update

Month 2 – “I can jump! Your baby is making progress, developing all his external features and internal organs. His brain is functioning at day 40. His mother can hear his heartbeat now on an ultrasonic stethoscope. Baby teeth buds are present at 6-1/2 weeks. It’s been reported that a two-month-old baby can suck his thumb. From this moment, your spiritually adopted baby continues to grow and his body is defined more each day. Everything he’ll need to survive is present by the end of the eighth week of his life. Please consider taking this opportunity to pray for life and end the evil of abortion! Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. –Jer 1:6

Baby Shower for Aid for Women 

In the spring of 2018 & 2019, the ProLife Group hosted baby showers for mothers in need. Parishioners were encouraged to bring gifts for the mothers and their children to church or to the baby shower. One of the showers benefitted clients of Aid for Women. Representatives from Aid for Women joined us for the shower and helped us learn more about Aid for Women’s mission. To learn more, please visit https://www.helpaidforwomen.org 

Letters to Inmates on Death Row 

Before Christmas, our ProLife members write Christmas cards to men and women imprisoned on Death Row. This is a way of living out the Corporal Work of Mercy, “Visit the Imprisoned”. This charitable act helps members to share joy and hope with the men and women recipients, as well as reminded us to continue praying for those in prison. Letter writing was organized at the November ProLife Meeting. 

March for Life Chicago 

Each January a group from SMA meets to march in the Chicago March for Life. In 2019, we were proud to have more than forty parishioners from SMA join the March for Life. To learn more please visit http://www.marchforlife-chicago.org/ The 2020 March is on Saturday, January 11 from 1:00-3:00pm beginning in Daley Plaza. A group from SMA will meet in the lobby of St. Peters in the Loop (110 W Madison) at 12:30pm to march together as a group. Please join us to march together as a parish community! If you have questions, please contact Dolores at momkapuschautz@yahoo.com 

Life Chain 

More than 1,550 cities in the US and Canada participate in Life Chain each year. Individuals and families stand on designated sidewalks and public ways, hold prolife signs, and pray for an end to abortion. SMA ProLife Group participated for the first time in September 2018 and again October 2019. If you have questions about Life Chain or would like to participate next year, please contact Tim Klocek at tklocek2@yahoo.com 

Mother’s Day Flower Sale & Christmas Wreath Sale to Benefit the Women’s Center

The SMA ProLife Group helps The Women’s Center by hosting two fundraising events – a wreath sale in December and a flower sale in May on Mother’s Day. We are always looking for extra volunteers to help sell wreaths and flowers following Masses on the specific weekends. Please contact Dolores Puschautz at momkapuschautz@yahoo.com if you are able to help. Wreath Sale 2019 – December 7 & 8 Flower Sale 2020 – May 9 & 10