How To Start A Respect Life Committee
In Your Parish or Church
Goals of the Parish Pro-Life Committee | Some
Ideas to get you started
Actually, it's easier than
Step 1 Read
PLAN FOR PRO-LIFE ACTIVITIES OF THE BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES
PASTORAL PLAN FOR PRO-LIFE ACTIVITIES OF THE BISHOPS OF THE
It is imperative that you have the support of your Pastor.
Let him know that your committee will handle the details always
with his consent.
Step 3 Clear
a date on the parish calendar...pick a night when both the school
and parish calendars are clear so that nothing interferes with your
PARISH/CHURCH INFORMATION NIGHT.
Set the date, publish three weeks in advance in your parish bulletin,
and through the school notes sent home with the children, that there
will be a speaker and film presentation on the pro-life issue.
Hold the meeting; have a sign-in sheet with name, address, phone
number and area of interest.
Invite the following to be representatives on your committee:
PTA President or (Spiritual Director of PTA), K of C Representative,
Parish Council Representative, Liturgy Committee Rep., Rosary Guild,
Meet as a parish committee as necessary - often this will only be
as often as an event needs to be publicized. Your committee
should meet at least quarterly so that your long and short range
goals are being accomplished.
To Become Informed
on the life issues (abortion, infanticide
and euthanasia) by reviewing certain basic educational materials:
"The Challenge to Be
"When You Were Formed
Silent Holocaust" by John Powell
To Keep Informed
on the current status of the life issues by
subscribing to key pro-life publications, namely National Right
to Life News, Respect Life Report and Religious Outreach Newsletter
published by National Right to Life.
To Inform Others
within the parish community, with the assistance
of the pastor and parish priest(s) of the sanctity of human life,
of the radical nature of the Supreme Court abortion decisions and
of the consequent need to restore legal protection for all human
life through protective legislation both at the state and national
To Recruit Volunteers
through the use of Volunteer Interest Surveys,
personal contact and other means, those members of the parish who
are interested in becoming involved in efforts to restore respect
for human life and secure legal protection for the unborn.
To Organize those
who have been informed and recruited into various projects designed
and with others for the restoration of respect for all human
within the parish on the life issues.
action alerts distributed by the LA. Pro-Life Council regarding
state and national legislation.
Express support for
pro-life legislation to legislators at the local, state and
Raise funds for
local and state pro-life activities.
for membership in local and state
Focus attention on
the life issues at key times during the year, namely on January
22nd (anniversary of teh infamous Supreme Court abortion decisions
and on Respect Life Sunday.)
Support Service Projects
to aid the elderly, the handicapped,
the poor, distressed pregnant women, women and men suffering
the aftereffects of abortion, etc.
Make a banner for your Respect Life
Ask your pastor to use the Prayers of
the Faithful and Bulletin Inserts sent to you each month
Actively promote the January 22nd Commemoration
(sponsored by New Orleans Right to Life and held the Saturday
on or before Jan. 22nd. - Mass and rally with prayer for unborn,
women, and clinic personnel (mass at St. Angelic, march to Causeway
a parish-wide activity (see prayer in manual) IDEA: I
like to plant a barren tree branch with several small limbs
(use terra cotta planter filled with Quick-crete) - and bring
this barren tree to life with the names of those who are praying
for a special unborn child whom they have named - use some symbol
to hang on the tree where the name of the spiritually adopted
baby can be written, along with the name of the person praying
and when they began their commitment - End the 9-month long
prayer activity with a baby shower to benefit ACCESS CRISIS
PREGNANCY CENTER (a program of Catholic Charities).
Blessing of Mothers on Mother's Day
AND Blessing of Fathers on Father's Day
Celebrate Life! - an end of school liturgy
Sponsor a literature rack in the back
of Church (materials available from the Pro-Life Council Office)
First Friday Holy Hour for the Unborn
and their Mothers
Encourage others to become volunteer
counselors at ACCESS Crisis Pregnancy Center (training available
for day and night call counselors).
Always encourage your pastor to involve
the church in legislative activity (phone trees, writing letters
to elected officials, etc. Use the parish bulletin (time
permitting). Alerts come out of my office approximately
six (6) times a year either by e-mail, telephone call, fax or
letter, and deal with pro-life issues at the state and national
through the school and other church organizations to promote
Respect Life Education (K-8).
Publicize the Rosary Novena for Life
and Sidewalk Counseling & Picketing (a legal activity sponsored
by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of New Orleans).
Remember, each parish/church is unique in
its make-up. You will know after reviewing the list of things
you can do what will most activate your parish. There are
three activities that must be equally promoted: Spiritual,
educational, and legislative activity.
The Louisiana Pro-Life Council
functions as the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
and also works with any pro-life Christian church.