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These resources are provided to assist you in helping Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with building a culture that cherishes every human life. Instead of acting as stand-alone resources, they are designed to be brought to life as tools in your hands. The action ideas provided below are just examples to get you started—build off or adapt them to fit your specific needs!
Visit our Respect Life Month page for these and other resources!
Consider these five simple steps for celebrating Respect Life Month, either the weekend of Respect Life Sunday (October 7, 2018) or another weekend in October.
1. Display the poster where people will be most likely to see it.
2. Use the bulletin announcement and bulletin cover or wrapper, and insert the reflection flyer into the bulletin.3. Preach on the Respect Life theme "Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent." Consider using the reflection flyer and sample homily helps as inspiration.
4. Pray for the protection of human life during the Prayer of the Faithful. Sample intercessions are provided.5. Invite parishioners to reflect the rest of the week on the theme and what it means to them personally.
Use the reflection (in whole or in part) in the
pastor's reflection in the bulletin.
Print the 2018-19 reflection in the bulletin, and invite parishioners to submit a few sentences on what the theme means to them. Print the submissions (with their permission) in the parish bulletin throughout the year.
Feature a new article each month. With efforts concentrated to one weekend or spread throughout the month...
Incorporate points from one of the articles into a homily.
Coordinate with parish staff to make the article available to parishioners, and tell the congregation during the homily and pulpit announcements where it can be found.
Use part or all of it in the pastor's corner of the bulletin.
Make others aware of the variety of materials available to order from the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, ranging from prayer cards to posters and more.
Because of the wide array available, people serving in various capacities can find helpful resources for their job or ministry.
Give them copies of the catalog, or direct them to www.usccb.org/respectlife, where they can access it online.
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