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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Respect Life Sunday Mass

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has designated Respect Life Sunday as a day set aside for Catholics to reflect with gratitude on God’s gift of human life. It is also an occasion to examine how well Catholics, as a nation and individually, are living up to the obligation to protect the rights of those who, due to age, dependency, poverty or other circumstances, are at risk of their very lives.

On October 4, Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Respect Life Sunday at Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Apex. The Bishop noted three areas that Catholics should focus on in promoting the sanctity of human life: prayer, service and witness. He encouraged the faithful to pray fervently at Mass and in our daily prayer that all life is held sacred from the moment of conception to natural death. He spoke of the many organizations throughout the Diocese that reach out and serve those who hunger and thirst for human dignity. “I encourage you to learn more about these organizations and see how you can offer your service and support to them,” said Bishop Burbidge. Lastly, he urged Catholics to make their voices known and heard by prayerfully participating in the election process on issues related to significant moral issues.

"At this Eucharist, which unites us as brothers and sisters, we pray for ourselves and one another," the Bishop said. "We pray for the strength that comes from God so that we may stir into flame the gift of God that we have. Then the world will see, in our service to the Lord and the Gospel of life, we love without measure in imitation of Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever and ever."

The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities is providing a variety of resources for Respect Life Month, including a poster featuring this year’s theme, “The Measure of Love is to Love Without Measure.” The material is available at www.usccb.org/prolife.