Respect Life

The St. Charles Borromeo Respect Life Team is committed to the three pronged approach of advocacy, education, and prayer to involve the whole parish community in appreciation of the dignity and sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. In conjunction with the diocesan Respect Life Office, Missouri Catholic Conference, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life office, information is shared and activities and events planned for the parish community on the full scope of life issues.

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Join the Respect Life Team!


  • Coordinate Respect Life program with other organizations in the parish and school by providing topics and content for discussions
  • Promote activities such as pregnancy counseling or post-abortive healing
  • Encourage and support parishioners' efforts to assist the chronically ill, disables or dying in their families
  • Sponsor programs of prayer for mothers and unborn children, for those who are dying, those who are disabled, and those who are imprisoned and those they have harmed
  • Foster awareness of the need to restore legal protection to the lives of the unborn and to safeguard in law the lives of those who are chronically ill, disabled or dying
  • Keep parishioners informed of legislation and organize campaigns and activities when important votes are required

Personal Qualities

  • Passionate about serving vulnerable and marginalized populations
  • Practicing Catholic
  • Personal integrity
  • Self-confident
  • Self-started
  • Problem-solver
  • Detail-oriented
  • Flexible
  • Willing to learn


  • Education
  • Fundraising
  • General volunteering
  • Pastoral care
  • Prayer and worship
  • Public policy advocacy
  • Research of news and current events

Respect Life (RL)/Human Rights (HR) Topics

  • Abortion and contraception (RL)
  • Adoption (RL)
  • Conscience protection and religious liberty (RL/HR)
  • Death penalty (RL/HR)
  • Euthanasia and assisted-suicide (RL)
  • Fetal anomalies and special diagnoses (RL)
  • Human-trafficking and sexual exploitation (HR)
  • Immigration and refugees (HR)
  • Physical and developmental disabilities (HR)
  • Population control, eugenics and genocide (RL/HR)
  • Post-abortion healing (RL)
  • Poverty and hunger (HR)
  • Prison and jail (HR)
  • Rural life (HR)
  • Stem cell research, IVF and genetic engineering (RL)

For more information and to join the team, please contact Karen Schmidt at [email protected] or call the Parish Office, at 816-436-0880.