This 2018 Monitor file photo shows a participant joining in the Life Chain event on the grounds of St. Veronica Parish, Howell. Events to commemorate Respect Life Month 2020 are being planned, although they will include necessary precautions because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Joe Moore photo
This 2018 Monitor file photo shows a participant joining in the Life Chain event on the grounds of St. Veronica Parish, Howell. Events to commemorate Respect Life Month 2020 are being planned, although they will include necessary precautions because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Joe Moore photo
Every October, those in the Catholic Church are called to focus their efforts on promoting the belief that all human life is sacred – from the moment of conception to natural death.

Respect Life Month, which this year has as its theme, “Living The Gospel of Life,” will be observed with a variety of activities in the Diocese of Trenton, including Respect Life Sunday Masses on Oct. 4, “Life Chains” and “40 Days for Life” campaigns, all of which will adhere to COVID-19 regulations.

If in person, all events will adhere to social distancing, sanitizing, face mask guidelines during the pandemic. The schedule of events follows:

  • Hamilton Square, St. Gregory the Great Parish: The parish will support a simplified “40 Days for Life” program in honor of Respect Life month. For a full listing of events, including holy hours, prayer witnesses, meetings with Cohort 6 members and Rosary recitations, see stgregorythegreatchurch.org/rlevents
  • Lincroft, St. Leo the Great Parish: Respect life monthly (first Friday) prayer gathering, 7 p.m., Oct. 2

Lifechain.net events:

  • Hamilton/ Mercer County: Route 33 in Hamilton at Nottingham Way, 1-3 p.m., Oct. 4; contact Bob Pawson at 609-610-3522
  • Howell / Monmouth County: U.S. Highway 9 at Salem Hill Road in front of St. Veronica Parish rectory; 2:30-3:30 p.m., Oct. 18; contact Thomas Moresco at 732-367-2565 and Hubert Mador at HMador@optonline.net
  • Toms River / Ocean County: Hospital Drive at Route 37 West; 11 a.m.- noon, Oct. 3; contact Ed DeMarco at 732-341-9029

For updates and coverage of local events, visit TrentonMonitor.com. For U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop materials, visit www.usccb.org.