2020-

2021

RESPECT LIFE

RESOURCES

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The annual Respect Life Program is a year-round, nationwide effort to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with building a culture that cherishes every human life. The U.S. bishops produce materials each year to assist you in these efforts.

These following materials are designed to be brought to life as tools in your hands throughout the year. These resources may be downloaded, printed, and reproduced for use in your parish, school, or ministry to help build a culture of life. They can also be adapted for either in-person or virtual use. 

POSTER

The 2020-2021 poster features an image of Christ healing the sick.​ It's available to purchase as a 17" x 22" poster with English on one side and Spanish on the other. To order, please call 866-582-0943 and request Item #2004.

 

You can also download it for FREE below.

If you need a different file format or have any issues, please contact prolife@usccb.org.

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RESOURCE SUMMARY

The 2020-2021 Resource Summary includes a listing of all the new Respect Life materials and some brief ideas for implementation.

 

It is available to purchase as a 17" x 22" poster with English on one side and Spanish on the other, which is folded into an 8.5" x 11" pamphlet. To order, please call 866-582-0943 and request Item #2002. 

 

You you can also download it as a PDF for FREE below.

 
REFLECTION

This short reflection unpacks the 2020-21 Respect Life theme, “Live the Gospel of Life.” It explores how Jesus becoming man and redeeming us through his humanity reveals the dignity of all human life.

 

The reflection can be used as the basis for a homily or talk, shared in parish bulletins, printed in your diocesan paper, and included in newsletters. It could also be used as the basis for small group discussions at parish pro-life meetings, high school religion class, or simply among friends. 

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LOGOS & GRAPHICS

Please feel free to download and use the provided Respect Life logos and graphics. These resources are made for use on social media, in parish bulletins and websites, in newsletters and advertisements, and any other way that may be helpful to you. Each image is provided in English and Spanish and can be downloaded directly.

 
ARTICLES

The Gospel of Life: A Brief Summary

This two-page summary of The Gospel of Life highlights key themes and foundational teachings from the papal encyclical. It explores how the Church’s teachings regarding human life are at the heart of Jesus’ entire Gospel message.

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Serving Moms in Need:

Living the Gospel of Life

In honor of The Gospel of Life’s 25th anniversary, the U.S. bishops have invited parishes to join an exciting initiative to serve pregnant and parenting women who are in difficult circumstances. This two-page bulletin insert explores the inspiration behind Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service and how it seeks to respond to Pope St. John Paul II’s call.

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Catholic Priorities at the Polls

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This article provides a brief overview of Catholics’ responsibilities to protect and defend human life as we approach the polls. It explains why the U.S. bishops recently affirmed, “The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority.”*

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ACTION GUIDES

NOW AVAILABLE!

RESPECT LIFE MONTH ACTION GUIDE

Originally featured in the 2019-20 Respect Life Program, these parish action guides have been updated for perennial use in parishes, schools, and ministries. 

 

They are designed to help make use of opportunities to highlight and integrate Respect Life themes throughout the year. Each action guide is designed to complement existing parish life and manifest that the Gospel of life is part of the very fabric of the Gospel itself. As Pope St. John Paul II wrote, “The Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel” (EV 2).

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THE GOSPEL OF LIFE
COMPENDIUM

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life), the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities has developed a condensed version of this landmark pro-life encyclical. This thorough summary makes Pope St. John Paul II’s prophetic writing more concise and easier to understand for those looking to deepen their understanding of the Church’s beautiful teachings on the sacredness of human life. An introductory foreword provides background and context to help readers better understand The Gospel of Life

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THE GOSPEL OF LIFE
STUDY GUIDE

This study guide was developed for use either with the “The Gospel of Life: Compendium” or with the full encyclical text. The study guide provides scriptural reflections, prayers, and discussion questions to help readers reflect more deeply on The Gospel of Life. While specifically designed to help facilitate small or large group studies, individuals can also use this tool on their own to increase their understanding of the text and make real-life connections. 

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