Respect Life Overview
"The Church is called to proclaim the gift of life, to serve life, and to promote a culture of life."
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March for Life - January 22, 2014
Click here for details and to download registration forms
CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR 2013 FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM RESOURCE PAGE!
Read the LETTER from Bishop McManus about the Fortnight for Freedom here.
Please join Bishop McManus for two special diocesan events:
Solemn Vespers - June 21
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Mass for the Protection of Relgious Freedom - July 1
followed by a special presentation, "St. Thomas More: A Model of Public Virtue for Our Time"
Download the flyer COLOR BLACK & WHITE
Bulletin Inserts for Parishes: (click to download)
USCCB Fact Sheet: "Current Threats to Religious Liberty"
USCCB Fact Sheet: "Marriage and Religious Freedom"
Having an event in your parish to observe the Fortnight for Freedom?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A RENEWED URGENCY ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY!
The HHS Mandate forcing Catholic and private employers to provide contraceptive, abortifacient, and sterilization coverage in their health plans will be enforced beginning August 1. This has serious implications for the Church’s ability to exercise her mission and ministry, particularly in education, health care, and charitable works. Congress is expected to act soon on the Health Care Conscience Rights Act HR 940).
What you can do to help protect conscience rights:
- Sign postcards to legislators in your parish
- Email, call, and write to your elected officials.
- Educate others on this critical issue of our fundamental right to religious freedom.
NEW! USCCB HR 940 Fact Sheet
USCCB Fact Sheet – The Feb. 2013 “proposed rule” leaves the mandate unchanged
USCCB: Why We Need the “Health Care Conscience Rights Act”
NCHLA flyer: Project Life and Liberty
Protect Rights of Conscience and Religious Liberty! – NCHLA’s one-page Action Alert, updated 4/22/13
Bulletin Announcement and Prayers of the Faithful
Learn more: www.worcesterdiocese.org/respectlife: Call to Prayer - Religious Liberty & the HHS Mandate
Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty
An Initiative for the Year of Faith from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
PROJECT LIFE AND LIBERTY POSTCARD CAMPAIGN
taking place in parishes now!
Learn more here.
Read the Letter from Bishop McManus on the Jan. 22 Day of Prayer and Penance and the USCCB Call to Prayer Initiative HERE.
Visit our Religious Freedom/HHS Mandate and Fortnight for Freedom archive pages for more information.
MORE CURRENT ISSUES:
For more extensive resources on PAS, CLICK HERE.
The Respect Life Office serves the Church of Worcester by striving to build a culture of life, and upholding and promoting the dignity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. We work to implement the guidelines of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, in which we are called upon as Church, with our resources, our people, our services and institutions, to pursue the cause of life with renewed energy and commitment. Through prayer, education, pastoral care, and public policy advocacy, we work to proclaim the Gospel of Life in our midst throughout all ages and stages of life. By working together diligently, prayerfully, and courageously in the Lord’s service, the culture of death that surrounds us today will one day be replaced with a culture of life.
Respect Life Office
Diocese of Worcester
49 Elm Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Mrs. Allison LeDoux, Director
40 Days for Life - Spring Campaign: begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Visit www.40daysforlife.com/worcester to learn about special events during the campaign. Please sign up to vigil and bring a friend!
Annual Respect Life Program materials - "Open Your Hearts to Life!"
Respect Life Office Programs and Services
Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities
Project Rachel - post-abortion healing and reconciliation
"...Working for a culture of life and love, we know that we can rely on the help of God, for whom nothing is impossible."
Pope John Paul II, Evangelium vitae, n. 100