Respect Life Committee

Human life is sacred! We are all conceived through the creative action of God. Throughout our lives, we strive for a special relationship with Him, and hope to enjoy eternal life in Heaven. God alone is the Lord of our lives from the beginning until the end. No one has the right to destroy an innocent human being. 

Vision Statement

To save the lives of innocent human beings by providing educational, emotional, spiritual, and
financial support to parishioners and our community.

Respect Life Committee

The Respect Life Committee reinforces Catholic teaching that life begins at conception and ends at natural death. This committee promotes the sanctity of life as it conflicts with abortion, abuse, capital punishment, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, etc. The committee communicates the value of life to parishioners by furnishing literature and displays, and conducting/promoting programs, all of which emphasize life issues. The committee interacts with other life-related groups, including Fox Valley Respect Life and the Green Bay Diocese.

The meeting are usually the 1st Monday of each month with the Fox Valley Respect Life Committee at St. Gabriel Parish in Neenah.

  • 6:00 p.m. Pray the Rosary for life at St. Gabriel Parish.
  • 6:30 p.m. Meeting at St. Gabriel Parish.

St. Margaret Mary Parish’s Respect Life Committee meets, as needed, to plan upcoming events and projects.

Becoming a Member
Call the St. Margaret Mary Office at 920-729-4560 and provide contact information. A committee member will be happy to call you and provide you with more information.

40 Days for Life
Help use our strongest weapon to bring about an end to abortion! Sign up for an hour to pray during the fall 40 Days for Life campaign in Appleton. Go to


 2022-2023 Respect Life Project Schedule


  • St. Margaret Mary Parish Adoration Chapel - Pray for protection of human life from conception until natural death. Utilize Adoration prayer cards & note prayer requests in the Adoration prayer book.



Fox Valley Respect Life Committee

  • Usually first Monday of the month at St. Gabriel’s Parish, Neenah
  • 6:00 p.m. - Rosary
  • 6:30 p.m. - Meeting



  • Mother’s Day Rose Sale after masses - May 7 & 8 – Donations to Fox Valley Respect Life Committee for distribution to Vida in Appleton and Bella in Oshkosh


  • Father’s Day Candy Bar Sale after masses – June 18 & 19 – Donations to Fox Valley Respect Life
  • Information about Vida in Appleton presented by Vida nurse practitioner and parishioner Ellen Beltz before all Masses


  • Promote - Teen Impact Camp in Ripon - July 24-29, 2022, and offer tuition help for a parish youth with our Respect Life Funds.   


  • Met with new pastor to discuss Respect Life Committee vision and activities.
  • Promote 40 Days for Life – Kick off September


  • Hold 40 Days for Life signup after Masses Sept. 17 and 18
  • Kick off 40 Days for Life, which runs from Sept. 28 through Nov. 6, 2022. Promote special Mass, followed by speakers, being held locally day before event starts.
  • Promote Respect Life baby items collection starting in October.
  • Promote March for Life Wisconsin, being held Sat., Sept. 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m., in Madison.
  • In late September, place white crosses in lawn in front of church for October Respect Life Month. They will be accompanied by a sign that encourages praying for Life and welcomes all to our parish.
  • Meet with new pastor in September to discuss using the Respect Life Liturgy Guide from USCCB; ask that he speak about this from the pulpit.

October – Respect Life Month

Kick off Respect Life Month – October 1 & 2

  • Respect Life Committee member will speak prior to each Mass – promoting Respect Life & opportunities to assist women & their children
  • After all masses provide educational information – have the baby models set up for the children to handle
  • Begin a collection for diapers and other baby care supplies which will be donated to Vida in Appleton and Bella in Oshkosh. 
    • October 1 - Set up pack & play for containing returned baby items.
    • Collection will end October 23. 


  • Promote – January 2023 March for Life in Washington, D.C., Chicago, & other locations Encourage parish members & youth to participate.
  • Offer parish youth who wish to participate in March for Life an opportunity to apply for financial assistance from Respect Life Funds. Respect Life Committee will review applications.



  • Promote Right to Life Events occurring during the month


  • Promote Fasting and Praying during Lent for protection of life from conception until natural death


  • Promote Fasting and Praying during Lent for protection of life from conception until natural death


  • Mother’s Day Rose Sale May 13 & 14, 2023 – donation TBD


  • Father’s Day Candy Bar Sale- June 17 & 18, 2023 – donation TBD

Additional: events:

  • As promoted by the Fox Valley Respect Life Committee
  • Hold meetings at the local parish as needed for project planning.