Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called every day to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on what it means to respect the dignity of every human life.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops provides free downloadable graphic and text resources (in English and Spanish) to help parishes share the Gospel of life during Respect Life Month and throughout the year which can be found at respectlife.org/respect-life-month.
This year, COVID-19 precautions continue to require adjustments of normal parish life. Special thanks to all those parishes which are holding safe and socially distant Baby Showers and Diaper Drives to support our Pregnancy Help Ministry!
View Reflection Here: "Live the Gospel of Life: To imitate Christ and follow in his footsteps"
Project Rachel is a confidential ministry of the Catholic Church that offers hope and healing for women (and men) in pain from past abortions.
Pregnancy Help is a pregnancy resource center whose mission is to provide compassionate, practical, life-affirming alternatives for women facing crisis pregnancies.
Prayers of the Faithful for Respect Life Month
For all Catholics:
That on this Respect Life Sunday our resolve may be strengthened to uphold the dignity of every human life; We pray to the Lord:
That during this Respect Life Month our resolve will be strengthened to cherish and protect
the gift of every human life; We pray to the Lord:
That the life of every person, from conception to natural death, will be protected in our laws and cherished in our hearts; We pray to the Lord:
For women and men suffering after abortion: May the Church’s abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel, help them find peace and healing through Christ’s endless mercy; We pray to the Lord:
For those nearing the end of life: May they receive care that respects their dignity and protects their lives as they place their hope in the promise of eternal life; We pray to the Lord:
May God grant us the wisdom and courage to lovingly protect His gift of human life at every stage, in sickness and in health; We pray to the Lord:
Prepared by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops