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Ministry Lead:
Mike & Marybeth Schoenwald
Contact Phone: (847) 392-5506

Rose For Life Link 

Each weekend, the rose is donated by a family in the parish in honor of a special loved one. The rose symbolizes the Church’s respect for life in all of its stages and the hope that one day soon abortion will be a thing of the past.

The mission of the Respect Life Ministry of St. James is to transform society into a Culture of Life where every human being is valued and protected from the moment of conception until natural death. We seek to convert hearts and minds on all life issues, including: abortion, post-abortion aftermath, chastity, capital punishment, artificial contraception, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research and human cloning, and vaccines developed from the tissue of aborted babies.

COVID-19 Vaccines:

All of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines have been either produced or tested using cell lines developed from aborted babies.  Here is what the Catholic Church teaches about the COVID-19 vaccines:


The Vatican, through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has offered guidance on the moral acceptability to receive a vaccine created with morally compromised cell lines. It has said: “[W]hen ethically irreproachable Covid-19 vaccines are not available … it is morally acceptable to receive Covid-19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.”  “The fundamental reason … is that the kind of cooperation in evil … in the procured abortion … on the part of those making use of the resulting vaccines (is) remote.”  And, “[t]he moral duty to avoid such passive material cooperation is not obligatory if there is a grave danger…”  “It should be emphasized, however, that the morally licit use of these types of vaccines … does not in itself constitute a legitimation of the practice of abortion, and necessarily assumes the opposition to this practice by those who make use of these vaccines.”
(Note on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines)

“With regard to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the USCCB concluded ‘the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines’ and ‘should be avoided’ if there are alternatives available.”  “With regard to the AstraZenica vaccine, the bishops found it ‘morally compromised’ and consequently concluded that this vaccine ‘should be avoided’ if there are alternatives available.”  “At the same time, Catholics ‘must be on guard so that the new COVID-19 vaccines do not desensitize us or weaken our determination to oppose the evil of abortion itself and the subsequent use of fetal cells in research.’” 
(U.S. Bishop Chairmen for Pro-Life and Doctrine Address Ethical Concerns on the New COVID-19 Vaccines) 

Each one of us, whether or not we choose to take a vaccine, can send a letter or email of protest to the pharmaceutical companies that have produced these morally compromised vaccines to let them know that we object to this unethical and unnecessary use of cell lines from aborted babies and request that other types of vaccines be made available.  Sample letters are available below to assist you with this.

This approach does work!  This year, Sanofi Pasteur responded – they no longer use these unethical cell lines in their polio vaccines.  Make your disagreement with this practice known to the developers.

Chart by Vaccine Developer 

Sample Letters Showing Disagreement 

More Information

USCCB Human Life and Dignity
National Catholic Bioethics Center
•  Prenatal Partners for Life
•  Support for Those Facing an Adverse Prenatal Diagnosis
•  Medical Assistance for Infertility
March for Life
Students for Life of Illinois
Post-abortion Healing
Chastity Education
Project Rachel
• Abortion Choices
The Women’s Center
Aid for Women