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“The Church ...is called to proclaim the gift of life, to serve life, and to promote a culture of life... The proclamation of life, life in abundance, must be the heart of the new evangelization. For true life – our salvation – can only be found in the reconciliation, freedom and love which are God’s gracious gift.” - Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Votive Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, April 19, 2008

Respect Life Resources 2015-2016

Our Respect Life year begins in October with the theme: Every Life is Worth Living. Whether it lasts a brief moment or for 100 years, each of our lives is a good and perfect gift made in the image and likeness of God.

Christ called us to “love one another,” and our relationships on earth are meant to help us and others grow in perfect love. Throughout the cycles of our lives, we depend on others, serve each other in humility, walk together in times of suffering, and then depend on others once more at the end of our lives. 

Every person faces different challenges, but each and every life is worthy of respect. When those who are the most vulnerable are suffering, we are called to respond with compassion just as Christ responded to those in need whom he encountered.

May the beginning of this new Respect Life year challenge us to remember that every person is worthy of respect and every life is worth living.

Respect Life materials for 2015-2016 have been sent to each parish in the Diocese. The materials include a Prayer and Program Guide with prayer resources to mark Respect Life Sunday as well as other days throughout the year. The Prayer and Program Guide includes Prayers of the Faithful for Respect Life Sunday and for the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The materials sent to each parish include pamphlets on a number of life issues such as support for families with a prenatal diagnosis, assisted suicide, support for women unexpectedly expecting, and sterilization. Additional Respect Life ideas include:

  • Distribute the pamphlets developed by the USCCB on the Church’s pro-life teachings or encourage others to visit this website to view the pamphlets
  • Visit the Pro-Life Prayers page of the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for prayers to incorporate into your day, blessings, intercessions, holy hours, rosaries, and novenas
  • Go to an abortion clinic and pray, or set aside time to pray, for those who are struggling with a decision of whether to proceed with an abortion
  • Go to the website of the Diocese of Manchester for information on the Church’s teaching on the life and the dignity of the human person
  • Register for Catholic Citizenship News, the Diocese of Manchester’s email newsletter on important public policy issues, to receive updates throughout the year

Human life is a precious gift from God the Creator. God creates the human person in his image and likeness, and because of this human life has a dignity with an inestimable value. We are all called to be good stewards of God’s gift and have the responsibility of respecting human life and its inviolability from conception to natural death.

The mission of the Respect Life Office is to assist the bishop, clergy, religious, and the laity of the Diocese of Manchester in the great effort of deepening respect for the life of every human being and building a culture of life. The work of the Respect Life Office is guided by the four major areas of the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Public Information and Education, Pastoral Care, Public Policy, and Prayer and Worship.

For more information, please contact:
Meredith P. Cook, Esq.
Director of the Office of Public Policy
(603) 663-0148
Twitter: @NHCatholicCitiz

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
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