The U.S. Catholic Church will celebrate Respect Life Sunday on October 6. The annual event marks the beginning of Respect Life Month, a time when Catholics pay special tribute to the sanctity of life, a gift given to each of us by God. The month is highlighted in dioceses by liturgies and special events. The Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary in Wilmington will be the site of this year’s Diocesan Respect Life Sunday Mass with the celebration at 11:00 a.m.
This year’s theme is “Open Your Hearts to Life!” a favorite saying of Pope Francis. Each year, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops issues resource material for use by diocesan offices, parishes, schools and church groups. This year’s material includes seven pamphlets in English and Spanish with a sub-theme of “Life Matters.”
The seven topics are: Our Obligation to Protect Religious Freedom; Domestic Violence; Roe plus 40; Explaining the Reality of Marriage to Family and Friends; A Catholic Response to the Death Penalty; Forgiveness and Healing After Abortion; and Pregnancy from Rape.
The material also includes posters, flyers and a Youth Article and Word Puzzle for youngsters.
The resource material is available on the USCCB Pro-Life web page.