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 Respect Life Month

October is Respect Life Month!
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We are all called to be saints. And we are called to make saints! This Respect Life Month, we are remembering five saints who were fed by prayer, heard the call, and answered it to become missionary disciples. They built the kingdom of God in their midst. 

Sts. Ann and Joachim - They were regular parents. But they raised Mary, the greatest saint of all time, and they were the grandparents of Jesus! Their ministry was to be holy parents and to live their vocation.

St. John Paul II - Not only did he write and speak eloquently of the dignity of human life, and the blessing of the elderly, but he lived it. He showed us how to suffer for Christ and offer one's life as a gift to the Lord. 

St. Jerome Emiliani - A military captain, Jerome fought valiantly in war until he was captured and imprisoned. He experienced a radical conversion in prison, and upon his release, began welcoming war orphans into his home. He embraced these orphans and the poor with love. 

Servant of God Dorothy Day - She experienced the pain of abortion in her life. But she found healing and conversion. In her lifetime, she went on to raise a daughter as a single mother and found the Catholic Worker movement, serving the poor and homeless in a revolutionary way.

How to Use Respect Life Month Materials:
Put up posters in the back of the church. Use bulletin inserts for each week of October. Add intercessions for each Sunday Mass in October. Leave prayer cards in the pews for each week and pray with them after Masses. Organize service opportunities for your parish. 

Week 1: Pregnancy & Parenting
Week 2: Foster Care & Adoption

Week 3: End of Life
  • Visit the Elderly in Your Parish
  • Start a Support Group for Caregivers in Your Parish

Week 4: Healing After Abortion
Want to learn more?
RLW is a free, K-12, multimedia, online, interdisciplinary curriculum covering a multitude of topics. It's a great way to talk about life issues with religion classes or religious ed. Some of our high school handouts are great for adult formation as well. These ones from the past few years discuss abortion, adoption and foster careassisted suicide, and post-abortion healing

Archbishop Gomez's Writings

OneLife LA ​is our walk in downtown LA celebrating the beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death. At 12 noon we walk from Olvera Street to LA State Historic Park for a family-friendly festival with incredible speakers, live music, food trucks, and service opportunities. Register for free today and bring your parish!
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