When is Respect Life Month, and what is the theme?
Respect Life Month is observed annually in October. This year’s theme, “Be Not Afraid,” is featured October 2017 – September 2018.
Where can I find resources for Respect Life Month?
Although you’re welcome to use any of our materials during Respect Life Month and throughout the year, we’ve highlighted several resources on our Respect Life Month page.More 2017-2018 Respect Life Program materials are available from www.usccb.org/respectlife, and the action ideas in the customized leaders’ toolkits may also be especially helpful!
Where can I preview the materials before ordering?
Visit our “Digital Resources” page, scroll through the page, and click what you’d like to preview
What is the Respect Life Program?
NEW materials are produced each year to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the God-given dignity of every person—which naturally leads to protecting the gift of every person’s life.
Who are the materials for?
The materials are developed especially for use in parishes, schools, and faith-based ministries, but can also be used by other groups or individuals.Whether you’re simply taking a personal interest or you’re serving in a parish, Catholic education, faith formation, communications, pro-life, youth/young adult, or campus ministry—there’s something for you!
How do I use these materials?
The Respect Life Program materials are intended to help leaders integrate respect for human life into their respective work and/or ministries. So, talk with people in other areas of service, and brainstorm how you can help each other build a culture of life!Also, action ideas and customized suggestions are provided throughout the resource guide and online, but anyone is welcome to build off or adapt what is offered.For example, “9 Days for Life: Leaders’ Guide” was originally created for use in youth or young adult ministries. However, many of the suggestions are adaptable for other age ranges. Similarly, specific suggestions are written for teachers, but someone in another field may find the same idea useful for their area of expertise.
When do I use these materials?
The annual cycle of the Respect Life Program runs from Respect Life Sunday (the first Sunday of October) through the following September.Specific dates are sometimes provided, but any of the materials can be used at any time—after all, we cherish God’s gift of life year-round!Also, we recommend that you build off the current theme, which we’re highlighting from October 2017 – September 2018: “Be Not Afraid.” However, if something from a previous Respect Life Program is helpful, you’re still welcome to use it!
May I reproduce text from the 2017-2018 Respect Life Program?
The text of all the 2017-2018 Respect Life Program materials may be reproduced in whole or in part without alteration or change without further permission, provided such reprints are distributed without charge and include the following notice:Reprinted (excerpted) from Respect Life Program, copyright © 2017, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. All rights reserved
Where can I find text that can be reproduced?
The 2017-2018 Respect Life Program press kit contains Microsoft Word files in English and Spanish for the Respect Life Month statement, the reflection, and each of the six new Respect Life articles. These may be reproduced without further permission, provided the guidelines for reproducing text are followed.Bulletin insert versions of the reflection and articles can also be reprinted without further permission, provided the guidelines for reproducing PDFs are followed.
Are the materials free?
You can either order print versions of the 2017-2018 Respect Life Program materials from the USCCB Store, or download them for free from our “Digital Resources” page! Additional, online-only resources like bulletin inserts and Respect Life images can also be found on the same page.
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