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.
All are invited to join Bishop Robert J. McManus and students from our Catholic Schools at the annual Mass for Life on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 19 Chatham St., Worcester. The diocesan pro-life awards, honoring individuals who have shown particularly extraordinary witness to the sacredness of human life, will also be presented at the Mass. All are welcome!
The Mass for Life is held each year on, or near, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, when we reflect on Mary's "yes" to become the mother of the Word made flesh. A novena for the Solemnity of the Annunciation can be downloaded HERE.
For resources to help you learn more about the Church's teaching on the dignity of human life, explore the Respect Life Program materials HERE. Many resources for parishes, schools, and individual use are available!
Learn more about praying for LIFE all year long! Find a variety of prayers and liturgical resources HERE. Join Catholics across the country in praying for a special intention for the Culture of Life every Friday - learn more about the USCCB's "Call to Prayer" and how you can receive weekly intentions by email or text message by visiting HERE.
The annual Respect Life Program is published by the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities offering new resource materials to call attention to numerous human life issues. These materials are especially helpful for priests, parish groups, schools, and other organizations.The program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday (the first Sunday in October) and continues to be utilized throughout the year and beyond.
This year's theme: "MOVED BY MERCY"
All of the articles and other resources are available in English and Spanish and are accessible in multiple formats. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE RESPECT LIFE PROGRAM.
"Working for a culture of life and love, we know that we can rely on the help of God,
for whom nothing is impossible."
~ St. Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, n. 100