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Respect Life Office

Proclaiming life is a gift from God from conception to natural death

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The mission of the Respect Life Office is to assist in promoting and implementing the U.S. bishop’s Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities concerning abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and related bioethical issues. The Respect Life Office does this in four ways: public information and education, pastoral care, public policy and prayer and worship.


Education

Disseminating annual Respect Life Month educational materials to parishes
Giving presentations to parishes, schools and church-related groups
Establishing and networking with pro-life contacts in parishes
Providing informative articles and advertisements to the diocesan newspaper on pro-life issues and events
Producing a newsletter for respect life contact persons and parishes of the diocese on a timely basis


Pastoral Care

Offering Project Rachel for post-abortive women
Helping pregnant women in crisis with current needs through support of pregnancy help centers
Working with Catholic Adoption Services and crisis pregnancy centers


Public Policy

Monitoring state and federal legislation on pro-life issues
Alerting pro-life contacts on issues and actions to be taken
Networking with various state and national pro-life organizations
Disseminating action alerts and legislative information from the USCCB to parishes and respect life contact persons


Prayer and Worship

Planning and promoting Respect Life Sunday events
Organizing and promoting the annual Prayer Vigil, Mass for Life and March for Life each January
Working with organizers of 40 Days for Life to promote prayerful vigil at abortion centers