Respect Life Program: Be Not Afraid 
October 2017 - September 2018

RLP 2017

Intercession: May God's loving presence strengthen us to be not afraid.

Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection: "My dear friends in Christ:

Once again, we mark the month of October as Respect Life Month. Looking back over the last year, there's been a lot of uncertainty, suffering, and heartache. Between tragedies that occur in the public eye and trials that take place in our personal lives, there's no shortage of reasons we cry out to God. 

Excerpted from the 
2017 Respect Life 
Month Statement

At such times, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. But we have an anchor of hope to cling to. With words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, God says to us, 'Do not fear: I am with you' (Isaiah 41:10).

The 2017-2018 Respect Life theme, 'Be Not Afraid,' reminds us of this promise.

...There are times we may doubt the value of our own lives or falter at the thought of welcoming and embracing the life of another. But reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we can see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all things beautiful. He makes all things new. He is the God of redemption…" (Read full statement.)

Acts of Reparation (choose one):

  • "Unplug" for some time this week praying in silence with a short reflection on the theme "Be Not Afraid."
     
  • Who in your life is facing challenging times? Consider how you can bring them Christ's comforting presence, and choose one or two simple ways to do so in the next couple weeks.
     
  • This month, spend an hour with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration.

The Respect Life Program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October, to call attention to numerous human life issues.  Join us in prayer and action as together we work to protect the most vulnerable around us and work to bring the joy of the Gospel's life giving message.  

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“Every Life is Worth Living” Reflections for Respect Life Month, October 2015
by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap. Archbishop of Boston

Resources

9 Days for Life

9 Days for Life is a focused period of prayer, penance, and pilgrimage. Surrounding the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, this novena has as its overarching intention the end to abortion.

Children's Activities and Parent/Catechist Resources

Pro-Life Novena - Activity Sheet (grades four and up)
This is a novena (a nine day prayer) that involves praying the Rosary.  Here is a link to a guide to praying the scriptural Rosary.
This printable board game would be great for a neighborhood group or families who are home schooling. 
Seamless Garment (grades 6 and up) 
Below are resources for your knowledge and background.  The resources cover specific topics that you would, in most cases, not cover directly with  younger children, but they can possibly help you better understand how and why we believe what we do.