October marks the Catholic Church in the United States’ celebration of Respect Life Month, with the first Sunday of October designated as Respect Life Sunday. This year Respect Life Sunday falls on Oct. 1.
Aimed at recognizing in a special way the integral value of the human person at all stages of life, Respect Life Month is both an opportunity for prayer, and for local pro-life organizations and ministries to inspire people to respond with generosity of spirit and resources to community needs.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities provides materials that can assist in educating about the sanctity of life and ways to encourage that perspective in the wider culture. Their efforts are guided by the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, which calls upon the Church to pursue this effort via prayer and worship, public information and education, public policy and pastoral care.
Materials are available at www.respectlife.org/respect-life-month.