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 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 the dignity of every human life.

Simple steps are provided to help you celebrate Respect Life Month.


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“This past January, I shared with Pope Francis that the bishops of the United States had been criticized by some for identifying the protection of the unborn as a preeminent priority. The Holy Father expressed his support for our efforts observing that if we fail to protect life, no other rights matter."

Archbishop Naumann, Chairman

USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities

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This short reflection unpacks the 2020-2021 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 and how the Gospel of life is therefore essential to our identity as followers of Christ.


Use these intercessions to pray for human life throughout the month of October.

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:


Take the pledge to prayerfully support pregnant women in your local community.

Walking with Moms in Need is a year of service in which Catholic parishes and communities “walk in the shoes of” local pregnant and parenting women in need to better help them.


Taking the pledge will enroll you to pray for pregnant and parenting moms via the monthly Pray for Life emails and also let us know you want to receive information on this nationwide effort. 


Check out our featured articles to learn about Respect Life topics, including:

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For more information on the Church's pro-life efforts and the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities,