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RESPECT LIFE MONTH
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In October, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is designated as Respect Life Sunday. To support these annual observances, the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities provides materials to help Catholics understand and value the gift of human life and help build a culture that cherishes and protects it.

The following materials are designed to be brought to life as tools in your hands. These resources may be downloaded, printed, and reproduced for use in your parish, school, or ministry. 

WEBINAR

This introductory overview gives easy ideas for celebrating Respect Life Month in your parish in October.

 

USCCB staff walk through the 2023 Respect Life materials, as well as the perennial Respect Life Month Action Guide. 

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Webinar
Novena
RESPECT LIFE MONTH
NOVENA

October 13-21, 2023

This novena prays for the protection of human life, from conception to natural death. Each day of the novena features a different pro-life prayer intention which is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.

POSTER

This Respect Life poster focuses on our call to radical solidarity with mothers in need and their children, reminding us of our responsibility to put our love for them into action.

(Available in English and Spanish. If you need a different file format or have any issues, please contact prolife@usccb.org.)

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Poster
PRAYER FOR 
RADICAL SOLIDARITY

This prayer invokes the intercession of our Blessed Mother who exemplified radical solidarity in coming to the aid of her cousin, Elizabeth. It is available as a prayer card featuring an image the Visitation.

(Available in English and Spanish.)

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Prayer Card
REFLECTION

Radical Solidarity

This short reflection unpacks the theme of radical solidarity, highlighting how Catholics are called to put their love for others into action.

 

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, in a high school religion class, or simply among friends. 

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(Available in English and Spanish.)

Reflection
Graphics
GRAPHICS

Each image is provided in English and Spanish and can be downloaded directly for use on parish/diocesan websites and in bulletins and newsletters. (Guidelines

(Available in English and Spanish.)

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Action Guide
ACTION GUIDE

This action guide includes simple steps, sample announcements, activities, and more to help you celebrate Respect Life Month. You are encouraged to adapt these resources as needed to fit your specific parish, school, or ministry.

(Available in English and Spanish.)

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LEADER TOOLKITS

Use these leader toolkits to help celebrate Respect Life Month in your specific area of ministry. Ideas and suggestions are provided for using the resources in a range of settings.

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Leaders' Toolkits
CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT

Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, invites Catholics to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Respect Life Month by embracing “radical solidarity” with women facing difficult or challenging pregnancies.

(Available in English and Spanish.)

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Chairman's Statement
HOMILY CONSIDERATIONS

Bullet points help homilists to weave the Gospel of Life into their message in a compelling way and highlight Catholics' call to radical solidarity.​

VIEW & DOWNLOAD

(Available in English and Spanish.)

Homily Helps
Store
RESPECT LIFE STORE

Browse our printed Respect Life materials by topic or resource type. Find resources to help you share the Gospel of Life during Respect Life Month and throughout the year.

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OCTOBER WORD OF LIFE

Word of Life is a monthly resource for dioceses and parishes that includes special features, intercessions for life, bulletin quotes, bulletin art, and more. The October edition features resources for Respect Life Month.

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(Available in English and Spanish.)

October Word of Life
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