The annual Respect Life Program is a year-round, nationwide effort to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with building a culture that cherishes every human life.

Although sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Respect Life Program is essentially comprised of the efforts of leaders throughout the Church like you—parish priests, staff, and volunteers; teachers and school administrators; diocesan leaders; and so many others.

The U.S. bishops produce these materials to assist you in your efforts. Instead of acting as stand-alone resources, they are designed to be brought to life as tools in your hands—build off or adapt them to fit your specific needs!

Additionally, these material can be adapted for either in-person or virtual use.  Visit: https://www.respectlife.org/2020

The Gospel of Life: A Brief Summary
This two-page summary of the The Gospel of Life: A Brief Summary highlights key themes and foundational teachings from the papal encyclical.  It explores how the Church's teachings regarding human life are at the heart of Jesus' entire Gospel message.

ACTION GUIDE:  Respect Life Month October

WORD OF LIFE RESOURCE https://www.respectlife.org/word-of-life


Help save lives by praying for an end to abortion February 17- March 28

Individuals and groups are invited to join the 40 Days for Life spring campaign taking place in both Rochester and Ithaca.

The vigils are set to begin Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, and extend through Palm Sunday, March 28. Both events will be marked by constant, peaceful prayer as part of an international effort to end abortion.

Rochester: Visit www.40daysforlife.com/rochester for details and to sign up for prayer vigil times. For further information, contact Rick Paoletti at 585-489-9555 or email Roc40DFL@gmail.com.

Ithaca:  Visit 40daysforlife.com/ithaca, to register for prayer time slots and for other information, visit www.40daysforlife.com/ithaca, contact Becky Fluger at 607-344-1731 or email lookinguptohim@yahoo.com.



Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service”

Even though we were unable to celebrate the launch of Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service, we can still come together in building a foundation of prayer for this effort. This initiative comes to us from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and invites parishes to support pregnant and parenting moms in need in our parishes and our neighborhoods.  As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference”. Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.  To learn about resources in our diocese, visit our Pregnancy Support page.

If you have some extra time at home, check out the online resources and begin thinking about creative ways you can prepare for Walking with Moms in Need:  A Year of Service, when it is pastorally and practically appropriate for everyone’s safety.  To learn more visit: https://www.walkingwithmoms.com/


Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement welcoming Pope Francis’ new encyclical.  Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship is available on the Vatican website.