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.
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. There are signs posted around the Parish Life Center describing statistics regarding respect life issues. Stop by the Advocacy for Life Table after Mass, share one of the statistics you read, and collect a special “prize”.
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.
This year’s theme is “Every Life Cherished, Chosen, Sent.”. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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