LEADERS' KIT

Faith Formation

This leaders' kit is provided to help catechists build a culture of life throughout the year, whenever Respect Life themes best fit into your faith formation curriculum. The provided resources, ideas, and activities are only suggestions. We encourage you to adapt them as necessary for your faith formation program. Feel free to get creative as you build "an authentic civilization of truth and love" (Evangelium vitae, 6) among the children of your parish.

Sunday School

Check out our Action Guides for additional ideas and step-by-step instructions for highlighting Respect Life themes year-round!

POSTER

Consider hanging the Respect Life poster in your classroom or meeting space and using it to introduce the Church's teaching on the dignity of the human person. The poster features four scenes from the life of St. Joseph which demonstrate care for human life.

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REFLECTION

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. You can use the reflection to help inspire a lesson highlighting Respect Life topics throughout the year. 

The reflection could also be read aloud as a class to open a larger discussion. For example, older students could be asked to reflect on what they read and explain how St. Joseph protected God's gift of life through his care of Mary and Jesus. Younger students might be asked to think about the challenges St. Joseph may have faced and the virtues he displayed, and share it with the class.

View and download the reflection as a PDF or Word document.

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INTERCESSIONS

Prayer is the basis of all our efforts to build a culture of life. The provided intercessions are appropriate for use during Mass in the Prayer of the Faithful, but they can also be used in various other ways.

Consider incorporating one or more of the intercessions into your prayer time during class, and invite students to add their own prayer intentions related to the sanctity of human life. You could also send home one or more of the intercessions and encourage families to pray for them together at home. 

Kids in Church

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:

"...in our daily prayer as individuals and as a community, praise and bless God our Father, who knitted us together in our mother's womb..."

Evangelium vitae, 84

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:

Looking for more intercessions to incorporate in your classroom year-round?

 

Check out our series of Action Guides, which each include additional intercessions that are connected to annual observances and liturgical feasts. You can also subscribe to our monthly parish liturgical resource, Word of Life.

Blank poster template with instructions available as PDF in English and Spanish.

SAMPLE ACTIVITY

This activity invites students to create their own poster to help them connect Respect Life themes with their own lives. 

 

Each student receives a poster template with an empty bulletin board. They are then instructed to fill the bulletin board with images and/or words that represent respect for life from the beginning of life to its end.

 

For younger students, they can be asked to color, draw pictures, or write about what reminds them of God's presence in their lives. Older students can be asked to bring in items and photos that represent respect for life and attach them to their bulletin board. You could also bring in an old stack of magazines and have students cut out words and photos. They can also write their own prayer intentions on their bulletin board.

Kids in Art Class

*This activity can also be completed as a group. Check out our Respect Life Month Action Guide for instructions that are adaptable to a classroom setting and can be adapted for any time of year. 

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Blank poster template with instructions available as PDF in English and Spanish.

ARTICLES

Find the list of titles under the "Articles" tab in the menu at the top of the page.

Our library of Respect Life articles are especially helpful as educational tools for higher grade levels adult faith formation, or RCIA classes. Each article is available as a webpage or can be downloaded and printed. The articles can be used to integrate Catholic moral teaching into a variety of catechetical topics.

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