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 Pregnancy and Parenting Resources

"No woman should ever face a pregnancy feeling alone, or desperate, or like she has no other options. These are our sisters. We cannot be indifferent to their fears. We need to be near to them, to help them in every way that we can.” ~Archbishop José H. Gomez

Prayer

Blessing for Pregnant Mothers and Unborn Children 
Pray with the Rite of Blessing for Unborn Children at the end of Mass to honor the sanctity of life.

Pray with the App for Life
There is a 24-48 hour time frame when a woman decides to keep her child or have an abortion. Options United's mobile App for Life sends users an urgent prayer alert, asking for your prayers right at the crucial moment so you can send grace to mothers, fathers and children in need. Download the App for Life on your smartphone by searching “Options United App for Life” in Google Play or on the App Store. Register your parish, school, or group for the App too!

Pray with 40 Days for Life
40 Days for Life holds peaceful, prayerful vigil outside abortion facilities. During their Lent and Fall Campaigns, participants fast and pray for the end to abortion and the conversion of hearts. This beautiful witness has helped over 12,200 mothers and fathers choose life for their unborn children, and assisted many abortion workers in leaving the industry! Sign up your parish to pray with 40 Days for Life in one of the many locations throughout the Archdiocese.
 
Organize a Holy Hour for Life or Rosary for Life

Education

Pregnancy Resources
There are so many wonderful resources for pregnant and parenting families. Options United refers to all the pregnancy resource centers in Southern California. If someone in your parish is facing an unplanned or difficult pregnancy, they can call Options United at 1-877-398-7734.

Share the App for Life
The App for Life also lists services throughout Southern California, including free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, parenting classes, NFP, and post-abortion healing. Use our Leader's App GuideFlyerPostcard, and Pulpit and Bulletin Announcement​ to share information about the App for Life at your parish. Watch this video for more information on how to use the App for Life.

Join a Sidewalk Advocacy Program
Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers peaceful, prayerful support outside of abortion facilities for women facing unplanned pregnancy. They provide comprehensive training to help compassionate individuals advocate for women.

Share Respect Life Week Curriculum
Be sure your school, confirmation program, and youth group uses our Respect Life Week curriculum. This free, interdisciplinary, multimedia K-12 curriculum teaches young people about the dignity of each human life. Topics are covered in an age-appropriate way, and include human dignity, mercy and forgiveness, abortion, assisted suicide, human trafficking, death penalty, immigration, refugees, adoption, foster care, mental health and assisted suicide, special needs, and care for creation.

Share Healing After Abortion
By Your Side LA is the Archdiocese's official ministry journeying with women and men affected by abortion. By Your Side is a comprehensive, bilingual ministry that includes a beautiful website, professional call center, trained lay Merciful Companions, and referrals to healing resources including sacraments, retreats, support groups, bible studies, mental health professionals, and more. We want to be by the side of each person journeying from pain following abortion to a new place of forgiveness and peace. Learn more at archla.org/mercifulcompanions.

Advocacy

Join the Catholic Legislative Network
Sign up for the Catholic Legislative Network's email alerts so you can raise your voice for the life and dignity of the human person in the California legislature. Host a registration day at your parish and sign up parishioners to receive emails as well.

Join Human Life Action
Sign up for Human Life Action's email alerts to be activated to support life and dignity in the nation's capitol. 
 
Service

A lot of parishes host a baby shower, diaper drive, baby bottle fundraiser, or a drive for pregnancy resource centers in their area. These are a good way to start, but here's some more creative ways your parish can support pregnant and parenting families.

Visit Your Local Pregnancy Center
Take your Respect Life Group, RCIA, confirmation class, youth group, or anyone who wants to the local pregnancy resource center for a tour! Many pregnancy centers need volunteers to sort baby items or share information, and this is a great way to introduce your parish to the center. 

Start a Pregnancy or Parenting Support Group
Many moms and dads, especially those facing difficult pregnancies or single parenthood, are overwhelmed and looking for a welcoming community. Offer parenting classes, Mommy & Me classes, a mom’s walking club, summer reading program, or have your Respect Life Group meet at someone’s house and welcome kids to play while the parents talk.

Visit EmbraceGrace.com for a beautiful curriculum for pregnant/parenting moms
Read Kids On A Shoestring for more resources for parents

Support Adoption and Children in Foster Care
A great way to build up the cause for life is to care for the children in need in our midst.
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