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LEADERS' KIT

Faith Formation

This leaders' kit is provided to help catechists build a culture of life throughout the year. This year’s theme and Respect Life Program cycle kicked off with Respect Life Month and continues through September 2020. We hope this helps you integrate Respect Life themes throughout the year, whenever they 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.

POSTER

Consider hanging the 2019-2020 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 highlights the theme "Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life" by featuring a bulletin board with notes and images that represent various Respect Life topics from the beginning of life to its end.

You can order copies of the poster or download and print it yourself. 

REFLECTION

The Respect Life reflection unpacks this year's theme, "Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life." You can use the reflection to help inspire a lesson introducing Respect Life Month—when you hang the poster—or to highlight 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 share about God's presence during a challenging season of their own life. Younger students might be asked to think of a time they were nervous or afraid but felt God was protecting them, and share it with the class.

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

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. 

For all Catholics:
That during this Respect Life Month
we may recommit ourselves
to upholding the dignity
of every human life;
We pray to the Lord:

That during this Respect Life Month
our hope in Christ’s resurrection
will strengthen us in protecting
the gift of 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 human person, 

from conception to natural death, 

might 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

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.

SAMPLE ACTIVITY

This activity invites students to create their own Respect Life poster to help them connect the theme, “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life,” 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 the theme 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.

*This activity can also be completed as a group. Check out our October Action Guide for instructions for a parish setting, and adapt it for your classroom. 

The buttons above open the blank poster template as a double-sided PDF with instructions.