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US Bishops’ 2013-14 Respect Life Program

The Respect Life Program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October (this year, October 6th). The program is highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events throughout the year. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes a program packet each year to call attention to numerous human life issues. These materials are especially helpful for priests, parish groups and other organizations. While the physical packet of materials is being sent directly from the USCCB to each pastor/parish life director in the Albany Diocese, these materials are also available on the USCCB website.

The 2013-14 Respect Life Program features seven pamphlets in a series called “Life Matters”. Each presents convincing support for the teachings of the Catholic Church on major pro-life issues, with facts and reasoning drawn from science, history, law, psychology, sociology and other secular sources. All seven are available in English and Spanish and are available in either a full color quad-fold brochure or an 2-sided letter sized sheet suitable for use as a bulletin insert. More information on each pamphlet & bulletin insert

The liturgy guide, available in both English and Spanish, includes homily notes and intercessory prayers for Respect Life Sunday and January 22, 2014, excerpts from the new "Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life" (and reflections on the Mass), excerpts from the new "Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb," orders for the blessing of pro-life pilgrims and missionaries, and a prayer service for our nation in light of 40 years of abortion and for the healing of all those involved in abortion. The 2013-14 Liturgy Guide.

View the resources from past USCCB Respect Life programs


Holy Hours for Life

Broadalbin – Every Tuesday evening from 7-8pm at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St. Joseph’s Rectory.

Rotterdam – Every Third Tuesday from 7-8pm at St. Gabriel’s Church, 3040 Hamburg Street.


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats are offered throughout the United States and internationally. They have been a source of reconciliation and healing for thousands of women and men who have suffered from the pain of an abortion. Information about local retreats sponsored by Rachel’s Vineyard of Albany.


None at this time.

General Intercessions

Respect Life Resources – Monthly General Intercessions & Bulletin Quotes (distributed via the diocese’s monthly emailing to parishes and available to parish staffs from the diocesan intranet)

May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February, 2014
January, 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013

Other Information

Pastors, parish administrators, parish life directors, deacons and parish pro-life/respect life committee chairs can request to be added to the OECFL’s Respect Life email list to receive updates and resources electronically by contacting Stephen Mawn at 518-453-6630.