Each October, beginning the first Sunday in the month – Respect Life Sunday – Catholics across the nation witness to the sanctity of all human life. Several resources are available to assist with reflection and activities:
Annual Program Packet
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities has published its annual program packet to call attention to numerous human life issues, including: abortion, contraception, the death penalty, persons with disabilities, embryo destructive research, end of life issues, reproductive technologies, and the meaning of human sexuality, family and marriage.
New Inspirational Video
To inspire individuals to pray and work for renewed respect for every human life, the USCCB has produced the new video, “Proudly Pro-Life“, which features the 2011 National Prayer Vigil for Life Opening Mass Processional.
Statement for Respect Life Month
In his statement, Cardinal DiNardo, Chairman, Committee on Pro-Life Activities, USCCB, calls on Catholics to respect, promote and teach that common nature transcends all accidental differences of age, race, strength, or conditions of dependency, preparing us to be one human family under God.
2011 Florida Abortion Brochure – NEW
This year’s brochure, Record Number of Pro-Life Bills Pass in 2011 Legislative Session, includes a summary of prolife legislation passed in 2011, abortion statistics, physical and mental health concerns that may be linked to abortion and activities you can do to promote a prolife position in your community and help those who have been affected by abortion. Brochure is available in color or black & white.
Respect Life Sunday & Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi
The first Sunday in October is becoming known as Respect Life Sunday. This year, Respect Life Sunday (Oct. 2) is followed closely by the Feast of St. Francis (Oct. 4). St. Francis of Assisi lived his life by following in the footsteps of Christ and reverencing all life at every stage. He also lived a life of poverty to be in solidarity with the forgotten members of the human family: those who are outcast. St. Francis knew that our lives are interdependent with creation and with our neighbor and that when we honor all of creation we honor God.
Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis Oct. 4 is also an opportunity to express your care for creation and the poor — and to encourage family and friends to take the St. Francis Pledge. With your help more people will discover St. Francis and use these timely resources for parishes, schools, and colleges.