The majority of the Respect Life Program materials for 2014-2015 are posted and downloadable at www.usccb.org/respectlife.
Due to a number of unforeseen challenges, printing will not be finished until about August 13 therefore there will be a short delay shipping the materials to parishes. Orders will be pack and ship just as soon as the materials are delivered to the fulfillment company. While awaiting for “hard copies” of the packet, parishes and Respect life coordinators can download, view, print and become acquainted with all the materials by visiting www.usccb.org/respectlife.
“Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation,”
Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October, is the beginning of the annual respect life moth. The office provides a USCCB Respect Life promotional package to each parish's Respect Life Coordinator, and provides monthly intercessions for life in both English and Spanish.
There are many opportunities for parishes and individuals to promote respect for life and the dignity of the human person.
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2014 Bishops Letter
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
October is Respect Life Month. The Church calls for special attention and reflection on this year’s theme — Each of Us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation — and how this truth affects both our understanding of ourselves and others and the way we live.
Pope Francis has caught the world’s attention with his expressions of love and compassion, both in his words and in his actions. His words remind us of our mission to show each person the love of Christ. His actions demonstrate how gentleness and compassion can be expressed to the person in front of us at any moment. At times our society sends the message that certain groups of people are not perfect, not as worthy, and can thus be set aside. Yet Pope Francis reminds us, “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.” More...
(Catholic Messenger series of articles focused on Respect Life Month.
Adoption decision is made out of Love (Oct 02, 2014)
When a woman faces an unplanned pregnancy, many things rush through her mind. One of those is what options are available for the unborn baby she is carrying. One of those options she may consider is adoption. Deanna Solis, division director with Bethany for Children & Families in Davenport, said the nonprofit service works with mothers choosing adoption for their baby, as well as working with families wanting to adopt. More...
Beyond IVF: Hope for Infertile Catholics (Oct 23, 2014)
couples struggling to conceive a child, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) has been a medical standard for the past 30 years. The Catholic Church has long spoken out against this method of conception due to the fact that it destroys embryos in the process and replaces the marital act. However, because of its prevalence in the medical world, some Catholic couples are led to believe they are out of medical options after a doctor recommends the procedure. More...
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USCCB CAMPAIGN TO END DEATH PENALTY
As followers of the crucified Christ, victim of state supported death penalty, we pray for an end to the death penalty. Iowa is one of a growing number of states that does not have a death penalty. The links below lead to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop's Campaign to End the Death Penalty and provide a wealth of information and action ideas.
USCCB Join the Catholic Campaign to End the use of the Death Penalty and learn what you can do to protect the dignity of life.
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