Life

 

The Service of Marriage, Family and Life promotes a culture that respects the dignity of each and every person, throughout the different stages of life, from conception until natural death. We encourage the faithful, as well as all members of society, to reconsider how to promote and enhance the value of life and defend human dignity. 

 

CATHOLIC BIOETHICS

Catholic Church Teaching on:
Death, Euthanasia, Forgoing Treatment, Principle of Double Effect


Click on image to view video series on various topics:

Catholic Bioethics Moments
Video Series: Ethical Issues, End of Life & Matters of Conscience 


PRO-LIFE APOLOGETICS

Learn to speak confidently & graciously to defend life

                                 Canadian Pro-life, Catholic apologist
                                 Stephanie Gray- "Talks at Google"

                              

 


Planning a showing of the "Unplanned" movie at your parish?

Share this powerful and life-changing movie through
a public screening at your church!

Steps to book a showing:

1. Select a date and location

2. Obtain your movie and license: click here

Life's Vision can offer support in obtaining a license
Click here for more info. 

Life's Vision Manitoba:
Cameron MacDonald
204-233-8047

Copyright Laws for Public showing of “Unplanned”
Including Your Church
Do NOT allow use of a DVD
bought for private viewing

 3. Choose to sell tickets or give tickets away
      (Must purchase tickets for the event in advance)

 4. You may choose to advertise this event through
      -Your parish bulletin
      -Your parish website
      -Archdiocese of St.Boniface weekly news bulletin
          To publish an announcement, submit it to:
          communications@archsaintboniface.ca

5. Create a registration sign-up or sell/distribute tickets

6. Consider providing:

-Discussions and/or refreshments to follow to encourage dialogue with participants
-Informational resources from:

-Rachels' Vineyard http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/
            A safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion.                    

 -The Crisis Pregnancy Centre https://pregnancy.ca/
                Support services for women facing an unplanned pregnancy,
                infant loss, councilling services, post-abortion healing resources.

-Life's Vision www.lifesvision.ca
               Respect for life resource centre. Aims to raise public awareness to life-affirming options,
               from conception to natural death. Offers educational resources and presentations.


 

ADVANCE CARE DIRECTIVES

Learn about Advance care directives

Learn the benefits and pitfalls regarding advance care planning, including the use of advance care directives and health care proxies. Discussions from a Catholic perspective of medical decisions such as nutrition, hydration, resuscitation and ventilation will also be explored.

Catholic Clinical Ethicist - St. Boniface Hospital
Katarina Lee - Presented at St. Boniface Cathedral

 

Faith Based Health Care Directive

Is it important to you that other people
KNOW and RESPECT your HEALTH CARE WISHES?

If yes, you are invited to complete this advance health care directive. The purpose of this document is to direct others (medical staff, health care proxy, family members) about treatment decisions if, and only if, you are no longer able to make decisions about your own care.

An advance health care directive informs you, your family, friends, health care professionals, and appointed proxy or proxies of your wishes about your health care.

Click here to download information on the
preparation of a faith-based health care directive

  • This advance health care directive form is an example for illustration purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional advice. We strongly encourage you to seek professional ethical, legal or medical advice, as required in your personal situation, before deciding on your course of action.

 


MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING (MAID)

Learn about Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) 

Discussions about palliative care, an overview of Medical Aid in Dying and the impact recent legislation has had on society and the practice of medicine.

Catholic Clinical Ethicist - St. Boniface Hospital
Katarina Lee - Presented at St. Boniface Cathedral


                

 

 EUTHANASIA & ASSISTED SUICIDE

On June 17th, 2016, the Government of Canada passed Bill C-14,which legalized -euthanasia/assisted suicide in our country.

 How to talk to kids about Abortion and Euthanasia?

 

                 Click on the picture below to learn more about how to talk to  your kids about these topics:

 


 

SUPPORT LIFE

   Host a baby drive in support of the: Crisis Pregnancy Centre

What is the Crisis Pregnancy Centre and Rachel's Vineyard?  

Click here to read more about this amazing centre!!

Baby Layette Love - This Christian organization provides layette items for vulnerable      babies and marginalized families, including refugees in Manitoba through the Crisis  Pregnancy Centre of Winnipeg. 

What is a “layette”?  It is a “baby shower in a bag” and contains the basic items needed for baby for the first couple months of life.  These items may be new or gently used. 

Baby Layette Love will pick up the donations directly from your church, or organization & sort them, put the items into layettes (50-55 items each) and deliver them to the Crisis Pregnancy Centre with love
and prayers for a new family in need!

  Click Here for Layette Love pamphlet
  Click Here
for sample bulletin insert or announcement
      For word version of bulletin click here

For additional information, please visit the Facebook page for

Baby Layette Love: Facebook Page

  Baby Layette Love may be contacted directly: 
  Facebook: Baby Layette Love and etc. 
  Email: jeankharms@gmail.com
  Phone: 1-204-388-4518


Priests for Life - Canada

 Click on the picture below to find resources on topics relating to support for life including:
 the need for Conscience rights, discussions on reproductive technologies, stem cells, euthanasia  &  abortion:

 

 

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, issued a statement on the passing of euthanasia legislation in Canada:

To view the text of this statement, click here.


 PALLIATIVE CARE

What is Palliative care?

According to the Canadian Virtual Hospice, Palliative care is:

Palliative care is a type of health care for patients and families facing life-limiting illness. Palliative care helps patients to achieve the best possible quality of life right up until the end of life. Palliative care is sometimes considered end of life care, with a main focus on comfort. However, it is increasingly recognized that a palliative approach, as part of health care is beneficial early on in serious and chronic illness.

In Canada and around the world, quality palliative care:

  • focuses on the concerns of patients and their families;
  • pays close attention to physical symptoms such as pain, nausea, loss of appetite and confusion;
  • considers the emotional and spiritual concerns of patients and families;
  • ensures that care is respectful and supportive of patient dignity;
  • respects the social and cultural needs of patients and families;
  • uses a team approach that may include volunteers, social workers and spiritual leaders in addition to medical staff.

10 myths about palliative care from Canadian Virtual Hospice: Click here

 

Palliative Care Resources in Manitoba:

 

  • Jocelyn House Hospice
    Staff and volunteers provide care for people living the end of their lives
    in a home like environment on a beautiful naturally-wooded riverside property in Winnipeg.
    https://www.jocelynhouse.ca/

  • Palliative Manitoba
    Palliative Manitoba is focused on helping individuals live as fully as possible until the end of life.

    It is a registered charity that is keenly focused on improving living until the end of life. Serving as a vital resource for individuals, families and caregivers, we provide programs, services, education and information in an effort to lessen the inevitable stress during life's final journey.
    http://palliativemanitoba.ca/

 


 

Other resources for Life

Life’s Vision : www.lifesvision.ca

Respect for Life Resource Centre. Aims to raise public awareness to life-affirming options, from the moment of conception to natural death. Offers educational resources and presentations.

 

Adoption Options :

http://adoptionoptions.mb.ca/

Adoption Options, a non-for-profit adoption agency licensed by the Manitoba Government, provides a full range of adoption services to both birth mothers and prospective adoptive parents. Committed to offering quality, confidential, individualized service.

 

Crisis Pregnancy Resources 

Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Winnipeg :  
https://pregnancy.ca/
 

Support services for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, infant loss, councilling services, post-abortion healing resources.  All confidential.

 

Birthright International : 

www.birthright.org

Support services for women facing an unplanned pregnancy: listening without judging, helping to make an informed decision about the pregnancy, providing information about the many options available. 

 

Post Abortion Healing 

Rachel's Vineyard :
http://www.rachelsvineyard.org/

A safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion.

Annual healing retreats for men and women following infant loss.

Free councilling for post partum, infant loss, post adoption & post apprehension. 

For more information contact:
Chris MacKay: Family Support Centre of Winnipeg 
(204) 772-1923 chris@pregnancy.ca

 


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