Respect Life Ministry
Current Legislative Challenges
Internet Resources for Respect Life Ministry and Related Issues
Respect Life Ministry in the Albany Diocese
USCCB’s 2014-15 Respect Life Program
The Respect Life Program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October (this year, October 5th). 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 will be sent by Bishop Scharfenberger to each pastor/parish life director/Catholic school principal in the Albany Diocese shortly after they are received at the Pastoral Center, most of these materials are now available on the USCCB’s website.
Our theme this year is, “Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation,” which was developed based off of a quote from Pope Francis’ Day for Life greeting: “Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor are masterpieces of God's creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”
This year’s articles include adoption, miscarriage, post-abortion healing within marriage, poverty and abortion, advanced medical directives, and the increased commodification of children.
The popular liturgy guide will again contain materials for the 9 Days for Life initiative, along with other prayer/liturgical resources. However, this year, the liturgy guide will not be printed, but the resources will be available to download from the conference’s website. Many of the other materials will also be available in both Spanish and English online.
View (and download) this year’s Program Resources or access the resources from the past three years.
March for Life’s Youth Rally & Mass
For the past 19 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 Thursday, January 22, 2015). Each year the event continues to grow and for the past five years all groups were required to have tickets for the event. Once again the Archdiocese of Washington will require all tickets to be requested by dioceses, rather than by individual groups.
Consequently, any group from any parish or school within the boundaries of the Albany Diocese that wishes to attend the Youth Rally & Mass on January 22 will need to submit their ticket requests through the Albany Diocese’s Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life. The OECFL, in turn, will submit our diocese’s entire ticket request to the Washington Archdiocese. If your parish/school would like to be represented at the Youth Rally, please contact Stephen Mawn at the OECFL via email at Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org prior to September 15th so he can provide you with additional information.
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 at 518-453-6630