Office of Respect Life

Role of the Office

The Respect Life Office promotes the Catholic Church’s teachings on respect for, and the legal protection of, every human life from conception to natural death.


Sr. Janine Tran

Sr. Janine Tran


Sharon Ostendorf

Sharon Ostendorf

Administrative Assistant

Upcoming Events

Get Out To Vote

If successful, the present abortion initiative will enshrine abortion in Missouri’s Constitution.

Make your voice heard: Register to vote,
VOTE, and encourage your family and friends to vote.
Missouri Voter Registration information can be found at Register to Vote (

“Where Does It Say That?”

Supporters of abortion are seeking an amendment on the Missouri  August or November ballot. Understand what this amendment actually does and says before you cast your vote. A flier from the Missouri Catholic Conference, “Where Does It Say That?” is available here.

First Saturday Masses Prayer Campaign

Let us entrust this battle against abortion and all injustices against life to the intercession of our Blessed Mother.  Bishop Rice has called upon all pastors to offer First Saturday Masses and Rosaries for the months of July to November to pray for the defeat of this abortion initiative as well as to promote respect of life from conception to natural death.  Here is the list of parishes that currently have First Saturday Masses:

Holy Trinity Parish, Aurora
St. William Parish, Buffalo
St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Cape Girardeau
Sacred Heart Parish, Dexter
St. Anthony Mission Church, Glennon
St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Joplin
St. Mary Parish, Joplin
St. John the Baptist Mission Church, Licking
Holy Trinity Parish, Marshfield
St. Canera Parish, Neosho
St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Ozark
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Springfield
St. Mary Parish, West Plains

Respect Life Issues

– Abortion
– Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia
– Bioethical Issues
– Capital Punishment
– End of Life
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Prayer Resources

A Prayer after Miscarriage

A Prayer After Miscarriage
O my Jesus,

my life has changed forever.

I’m separated in this world from my beloved baby [name].
I beg for Your mercy for me, and for all who mourn.
I rely on Your promise that all who mourn will be comforted (Mt 5:4).

Help me to persevere in faith,
so that one day I may praise You
in the company of my baby and all of the saints.

Please accept my suffering and unite it with Yours for the salvation of all souls,
and fill my emptiness with Your mercy
that I may continue to love and serve others in my life.

I surrender to You all my needs, doubts, and anger.
You are the Source of my strength, hope, and consolation.

Even when I don’t understand what is being asked of me, help me to live in imitation of You and Your Blessed Mother in acceptance of the Father’s plan of loving kindness.

Lord, thank You for hearing my prayer, even at times when the depth of my sorrow won’t allow me to speak it aloud.

I entrust my baby to Your mercy,
as I entrust my life to You.


To learn more about healing from the effects of miscarriage, visit

Naming & Commendation of an Infant who Died Before Birth

“This rite is intended to assist the parents in their grief and console them with the blessing of God. It may be used by a priest or a deacon, and also by a lay-person, who follows the rite and prayers designated for a lay minister.

Click here to view and download the PDF.

Respect Life Resources

Respect Life Month
  • Introductory webinar that introduces you to the available resources
  • Novena:  Sign up to receive reflections
  • Poster and Prayer Card:  To download and/or order
  • Graphics:  To use on your parish bulletin, website, and social media account
  • Action Guide:  Includes “simple steps”, sample timeline, sample announcements, sample intercessions, homily helps, and sample activity.
Year-Round Resources
  • Bulletin Boxes Compilation:Ten bulletin boxes are provided for use in bulletins, newsletters, social media, and wherever else they would be helpful. These are summaries of longer articles covering a range of topics. They are especially helpful for highlighting Respect Life topics when space is at a premium, and each box provides a website where the full version can be read.  
  • Action Life Guides – Based around 6 major calendar events

End of Life & Natural Death

Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) End of Life Guide

Post Abortion Healing

Project Rachel

PDF may be found here: English