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    St. Max Respect Life Ministry
April 2021 Newsletter 
Greetings from
Tom & Karen Comstock and Shawn Gustafson, Co-chairs. 
Thanks to all who prayed at Planned Parenthood, March 20th, for the lives of the unborn, their parents, and all those involved in the taking of innocent lives. We want to share the message of help, hope and God’s infinite mercy, which he offers each and everyone of us. We had 33 parishioners participate at the clinic and many prayed at home.

So quick to do! 

Call or email your TX State Rep. Ask to support:

1. Human Life Protection Act, HB 1280, 

2. HB 1173 and
2. HB 2337.

Quickly find your state rep by typing in your address at this link

Additional instructions in link below:

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Jesus is offering us 
complete forgiveness of sins including our time in purgatory.

To receive it:
  • Go to Confession before or on the feast –  (during Lent or the week following Easter Sunday suffices) Be in the state of grace (no mortal sin), and
  • Receive Holy Communion with the intention of obtaining the promised grace.
Due to coronavirus, we can still make an act of contrition & say a prayer of spiritual communion, as long as we have the intention to go to these sacraments as soon as we are able.

Watch youtube link for more details.

You are invited to the

Annual Dinner & Auction
 Benefitting Houston Coalition for Life Pregnancy Centers 

Friday, April 23 
7 - 9:30pm

Silent Auction begins 5:30pm

 2 free tickets left, but they're going fast!

  St. Max will have 3 tables again this year. 

 If you would like to pay for your ticket, that's great too. It's a very good cause. (Cost per Crystal Level ticket is $150.)

Contact Karen ASAP at, 281-639-1999 

  Renowned Pro-Life Speaker, Shawn Carney, from the movie Unplanned. 

 NEW LOCATION: Bayou City Event Center
9401 Knight Rd, Houston TX 77045
Go to link to quickly contact your
U.S. Reps.

                           1. The Equality Act discriminates against people of faith and threatens unborn life. Tell Senators to oppose it! Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. The Equality Act, which has now passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is being actively considered in the Senate, in many ways does the opposite and needs to be opposed. Instead of respecting differences in...                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                     2. Tell Congress the ERA hurts women + the unborn The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was passed by Congress in 1972, with the stated purpose of enshrining equality between the sexes in our Constitution. However, it failed to be ratified by three-fourths of the states (38) within the 7-year time limit established by Congress...                                                                
The USCCB and the Vatican have deemed the receipt of the COVID-19 vaccines morally permissible for Catholics, despite a connection to cell lines taken from aborted children in the creation or testing of those vaccines. 
While the Church considers it permissible to take these vaccines,
it also requests that the faithful object to the use of unethical vaccine sources and request that ethically-sourced products be made available in the future. 

To facilitate these objections, the USCCB has provided letters directed to each of the pharmaceutical companies that have created a COVID vaccine. 

The recently-approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine has a closer connection to abortion than do the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.  Where possible, a Catholic should opt for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines if the choice is available.  

Letters to Pharmaceutical Companies | USCCB
Please share these letters with others.
Thank you Maribel and Sandee!!
Two St. Max RL teammates are partnering with Prince of Peace Church to help moms in need. 

Interested in helping too? 

You are invited to join the Prince of Peace Church group as a St. Max helper.
PoP is currently helping expectant mothers in St. Max's zip codes. They need our help with various activities, such as: 
- collecting baby donations,
- making "welcome baby trunks",
- working in the storage space to organize materials,
- shop for items with church donations,
- help with fundraisers,
- shadow a PoP volunteer as they give pregnant moms spiritual & material help and friendship.  

Check out Fidelia's video.
Then contact Monica Jank at 
My pro-life gynecologist, here in Houston, shared with me that she saved 3 babies' lives: Two women took the abortion pill, regretted it, and called her. She treated them and saved their children. She saved a third life when a women regretted her later termed abortion and  removed the

If you learn of anyone that regrets taking an abortion pill, or regrets the first step of a later term abortion, have them call

Baylor St. Luke's Medical Group - Caritas Women's Care

They must call as soon as possible. Timing is critical.

To learn more, visit

See monthly e-newsletters and bulletins for latest dates of the events below. 

CULTURE OF LIFE ROSARY TEMPORARILY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID. We are looking for someone who could lead this for us. Please continue to pray this rosary at home. Rosary Pamphlet available upon request. Email (formerly Sundays at 11:25 AM, in the church pews nearest the choir, for a Culture of Life, our families, our nation, and the world)

ST MAX Major & Mini PRAYER DAYS: At 4600 Gulf Freeway.
1. MAJOR PRAYER DAYS: 2X PER YEAR: St. Max chooses a day to pray in conjunction with the semi-annual “40 Days for Life” International Campaigns. Pray outside the abortion facility or at home. These campaigns are co-sponsored by our Archdiocese. Different churches, from varied denominations, organize groups to pray on different days during these 40-day campaigns. The first campaign is held during every lent, and the 2nd campaign begins the 4th Wednesday of Sept. We usually pray in shifts from 7am–3pm. Visit
2. MINI PRAYER DAYS: 4X PER YEAR: (Not a 40-Days event.) St. Max parishioners and friends pray every other month from 7am – 1pm, outside Planned Parenthood. Come out for one or more hours on those days, and spread the word to others about this life saving effort.


1. MINI PRAYER DAY at PP, 7AM -1PM. Come for 1 or 2 hours. 
2. DIGITAL 9 DAY NOVENA: Annually sponsored by U.S. Catholic Bishops. Pray, at home, in car, on lunch break, for the respect and protection of all human life, with new intentions, brief reflections, and an action suggestion. Sign up online to receive 9 days of emails or text messages. (My favorite is to receive texts.) Join at
In St. Max Church from 7-10 pm. Jan. 22nd is the anniversary of Roe v Wade which legalized abortion in the U.S. approximately 800,000 children's lives are aborted annually in the U.S.
 3. 2021 event cancelled due to pandemic. ANNUAL "TEXAS RALLY FOR LIFE" IN AUSTIN:  (In past years we joined Prince of Peace Church on a chartered bus for the annual peaceful march. Depart POP at 7:00 am and attend 10:00 am Mass at a Houston church. Then, 12 – 3 pm is the “March for Life” followed by the “Rally for Life” at the Capital. Cash or check for luxury bus. Bring a sack lunch & enough money for an early dinner at great BBQ place. Arrive back at Prince of Peace about 7pm.)




1.MAJOR PRAYER DAY: “40 Days for Life” International Lent Campaign, at Planned Parenthood. Visit

1. HOUSTON COALITION FOR LIFE ANNUAL BANQUET FUNDRAISER– We usually have 2 or 3 tables: K of C usually donates the purchase of one of these tables. We offer free tickets to clergy and K of C members.  

1.MINI PRAYER DAY AT PP 7AM -1PM, 1 - 2 hour shifts. 
2. Rotate these activities. Choose one: Baby Gift Drive, Spiritual Adoption Card, or Baby Bottle Fundraiser.                                    

FREEDOM WEEK - Annual week of prayer & education every June 28-July 4.                

ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF MINISTRIES – informational table at St. Max. 
MINI PRAYER DAY AT PP - 7AM -1PM, 1 - 2 hour shifts.

- Life Chain- first Sunday at FM1960 at Kuykendahl Sunday, 2-3:30pm.      See and                                                                                 
 - information table outside church with free giveaways of literature, prayer cards, CDs, etc. 
- bulletin articles 
MAJOR PRAYER DAY: 40 Days for Life" Fall Campaign at PP. Visit


MINI PRAYER DAY at PP, 7AM - 1PM (moved to Jan for 2021)

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