RESPECT LIFE MONTH

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.

Follow the simple steps below to celebrate Respect Life Month!

RESPECT LIFE MONTH STATEMENT

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of Kansas City in Kansas and Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, offers reflections on Respect Life Month. His statement highlights St. Joseph as a profound reminder of our own call to welcome, safeguard, and defend God’s precious gift of human life.

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REFLECT

This short reflection unpacks the role of St. Joseph as defender of life. It explores how throughout his life Joseph acted as the faithful protector of both Mary and Jesus.

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PLEDGE

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

Walking with Moms in Need is a process in which Catholic parishes and communities “walk in the shoes" of local pregnant and parenting women in need to better support them.

 

Take the pledge to prayerfully support pregnant and parenting women in your community and to be kept informed on this nationwide effort.

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PRAY

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:

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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:

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LEARN MORE

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

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SHARE

Use these graphics to celebrate Respect Life Month on social media.

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STAY CONNECTED

Join us in our year-round Respect Life efforts:

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For more information on the Church's pro-life efforts and the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, visit usccb.org/prolife.

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