Respect Life Ministry
Current Legislative Challenges
Internet Resources for Respect Life Ministry and Related Issues
Respect Life Ministry in the Albany Diocese
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
2014 March for Life’s Youth Rally & Mass
For the past 18 years the Archdiocese of Washington has hosted a Youth Rally and Mass for Life on the morning of the March for Life (which will be on Wednesday, January 22, 2014). Each year the event continues to grow and for the past four years all groups were required to have tickets for the event. As in recent years, the Archdiocese has asked that all ticket requests be submitted through local dioceses and not by individual parishes, schools and groups. The Albany Diocese’s request for tickets – based on the numbers requested by various local institutions and groups – was submitted in October and we are currently waiting to hear back as to how many tickets we have been allocated.
If your parish/school/group – located within the fourteen counties of our diocese - did not participate in our initial round of ticket requests (in September) and would like tickets, please contact Steve Mawn at the Albany Diocese’s Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life in the event we end up with some tickets that aren’t going to be used by our original requestors.
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.
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)
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