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Respect Life Sunday

“Every human person—
no matter how vulnerable or helpless,
no matter how young or how old,
no matter how healthy,
handicapped or sick, no matter how useful or
productive for society—
is a being of inestimable worth created
in the image and likeness of God.”
                                 – Saint Pope John Paul II

The first Sunday of October is “Respect Life Sunday” and October is Respect Life Month.  The Church uses this time to highlight its central teaching on the dignity and sanctity of all human life, from “womb to tomb”.  The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.  This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching.  Pope Francis reminds us, “we are called to protect our humanity, and this means, in the first place, accepting it and respecting is as it was created” (AL 56).  Jesus teaches us the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, compelling us to provide for the dignity of all human life, to be a voice for the voiceless.

As Catholics, we believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

Learn about the Church’s teachings on special issues concerning the protection of human life, such as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, human trafficking, human cloning, and research involving the destruction of human embryos.

This year’s theme is “Live the Gospel of Live”.  May we show by our words and actions that every human life is cherished, chosen, and sent by God to fulfill a specific purpose intended by our heavenly Father. 


REFLECTION
This short reflection unpacks the 2020-2021 Respect Life theme, “Live the Gospel of Life.” It explores how Jesus becoming man and redeeming us through his humanity reveals the dignity of all human life.
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Please join us next Sunday, October 11th to pray the rosary. Please meet us by the Front Porch at 3:30 PM and we will process to the front sidewalk on Lockwood Blvd at 3:45 pm to begin the Rosary by 4:00pm. We will be participating in a national endeavor of praying the Rosary simultaneously across the nation! This national endeavor of the US–through Rosary Coast to Coast–will join with our International brothers and sisters to pray for our respective nations. The National Rosary Rally will take place, as well, in front of the US Capitol on this day. For more information on Rosary Coast to Coast please visit: rosarycoasttocoast.com or www.novenaforournation.com


How to Build a Culture of Life (en español)

In these challenging times when respect for life is so often disregarded, how do we build a culture that cherishes all human life? The answer goes back to our identity and call as Christians.

Read more: English / en español


Catholic Considerations for Our Earthly Passing (en español)

As Catholics, we know that death is the door through which we must pass to gain eternal life. Several considerations are provided as starting points for understanding and preparing
for our earthly passing in a way that respects God’s gift of human life.

Read more: English / en español    


What to Do When a Friend Is Considering Abortion (en español)

If a friend told you she was pregnant and considering abortion, would you know what to do? Learn concrete tips for loving her in a way that is life-affirming for both her and her child.

Read more: English en español   


Understanding Conscience (en español)

This brief introduction to conscience addresses what it is, why it’s important, and how to form our consciences so they lead us into a deeper relationship with God and one another.

Read more: English / en español   


Death Penalty: Catholic Q & A (en español)

What does the Church say about the death penalty?    Is it a pro-life topic? This brochure explores the issue of the death penalty within the context of respect for God’s gift of human life.

Read more: English / en español


Top Reasons to Oppose Assisted Suicide (en español)

Polls indicate the public is receptive to the general concept of assisted suicide. However, when people understand the associated dangers, they are less likely to support the practice. Learn compelling reasons you can share for opposing assisted suicide.

Read more: English / en español 


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