Respect Life Month
Message from Most Reverend Thanh Thai Nguyen
Auxiliary Bishop of Orange in California
Greetings and thank you for your ministry in service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! As you are well aware, October is Respect Life Month in the Diocese of Orange as throughout the U.S. I am appreciative of all the good activities happening in parishes throughout the Diocese to uphold the life and dignity of the human person and the common good. I write to commend to you some opportunities to highlight this work in a special way during October. One way that we do this is through the Pennies from Heaven/Walking with Moms Campaign, a collection for local pregnancy centers, shelters, and clinics we support, which is held at most parishes on the first Sunday of October.
Parishes are invited to host a ministry fair and other activities in which the beauty of our Catholic teaching on life from conception to natural death can be shared with greater numbers of parishioners. In addition, special resources for students, parents, teachers, schools, and youth ministry for a Respect Life Week are available. Themes include Forgiveness and Mercy, Post Abortion Healing, Human Trafficking, Mental Health, Adoption, and Racism.
Please consider preaching on the protection of life, from conception to natural death, and the dignity of the human person, before or during the month. Specifically, consider mentioning the following particular issues of focus:
Abortion (Beginning of Life) | Assisted Suicide (End of Life) | Foster Care
Homelessness | Human Trafficking | Migration Ministry
Care for Creation | Death Penalty | Racism
Further information on each issue can be found on the Life, Justice & Peace’s landing page at www.rcbo.org/lifejusticepeace.
October is Respect Life Month! Each year in October, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops launches a new theme for the year to help Catholics understand and honor the dignity of every human person. This year’s theme, since it is his year, is “St. Joseph, defender of life, pray for us!”
RESPECT LIFE MONTH RESOURCES FROM USCCB
- Every parish receives a Respect Life packet, additional materials are available here, including:
- 2021 Poster (English/ Spanish)
- 2021 Resource Summary (English/ Spanish)
- * 2021 Prayer Card * (English/ Spanish)
- 2021 Action Guide (English/ Spanish)
- Bulletin & Pulpit Announcements, Intercessions, Homily Helps (here)
Since 1994, the Diocese of Orange has been collecting funds to support local Respect Life shelters, clinics, and centers that give immediate and long-term care to Orange County women, men, and families in crisis. This collection is one substantial way that our diocese promotes a culture of life in our community. These donations also serve as an opportunity for parishioners to participate in formation around life issues and practical efforts to help our neighbors affected by threats to the life and dignity of the human person. To view more information, click here.
More on the Walking with Moms Intiative here.
Please click here to view the following Spanish and English prayer cards:
- Sts. Anne & Joachim- patrons of parents
- St. Benedict Joseph Labre- patron of the homeless
- Servant of God: Dorothy Day- for healing from abortion
- St. Jerome Emiliani- patron of orphans
- St. John Paul the Great- for the sick, elderly and dying
- St. Teresa of Calcutta- for encouragement to participate in public life (this card is in English only)
RESPECT LIFE WEEK: October 14th- 18th
Respect Life Week is an amazing week-long celebration of what makes us Catholic; a total appreciation for Life from conception to natural death. Check out the new Respect Life Week website for the Diocese of Orange. On this page, you will find resources for students, parents, teachers & youth ministers. Parishes are also welcomed to use this resource for their ministries. To view free lesson plans on the following topics, click here.
Topics for 2018-2019: Immigration, Abortion, Assisted Suicide, Marriage, Environment, Loneliness
Topics for 2019-2020: Overcoming Polarization, A World Without Abortion, Restorative Justice/Death Penalty, Preferential Option for the Poor, Celebrating Special Needs
Respect Life Month 2020 Speaker Series
Speaker: Gloria Purvis
View the recording from this presentation on Oct. 8 here.
Topic: Dignity & Justice: Welcoming the Stranger at Our Border
Speaker: Linda Dakin-Grimm
View the recording from this presentation on Oct. 14 here.
Topic: How Do Americans Think and Feel About Abortion?: Findings from the Notre Dame McGrath Institute Abortion Attitudes Study
Speaker: Jessica Keating
View the recording of this presentation on Oct. 20 here.
Topic: Addressing Mental Health Challenges During the COVID 19 Pandemic
Speaker: Aaron Kheriaty
View the recording of this presentation on Oct. 22 here.
Topic: Care, Prepare, and Connect: Caring for the Whole Person at the End of Life’s Journey
Speaker: Patty Barnett Mouton
View the recording of this presentation on Oct. 24 here.
Speaker: Patty Barnett Mouton
View the recording of this presentation on Oct. 29 here.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 7:00pm
Commemorating the 47th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Bishop Vann invites our Catholic community as well as all people of good will to join together in prayer for an end to abortion, healing for those involved in abortion, and an increased respect for all human life. Come Pray for an End to Abortion with: Members of Clergy, Members of Religious Communities, Representatives from all Parishes and Centers in Orange County. Reception & Ministry Fair to follow in the 1st Floor of the Cultural Center.
- Click here to view event information including the video, registration, time, speakers and other resources
- It is important that we encourage everyone to register on the website. Organizers want to have an accurate account of who will attend. If you are taking names at the parish, you can register a group (parish) on the website
- Promotional parish resources are available by clicking here
- Bulletin/Pulpit Announcements are attached here. Fell free to adapt to your school or parish needs
- Archbishop Gomez has written a prayer for OneLife LA that can be shared far and wide. Attached is a plain document with the prayer in both English and Spanish for use in whatever way is helpful for your parish or school
The Caring for the Whole Person Initiative is a new comprehensive approach to caring for the sick and dying spearheaded by Catholic healthcare, the Catholic Church, community healthcare providers, and public health leaders. This effort seeks to remake how our healthcare system addresses death and dying and lays out a vision for a network of care that addresses both the physical and spiritual dimensions of care.
In 2018, the Diocese of Orange spearheaded the first local conference of its kind as part of the larger statewide Caring for the Whole Person Initiative, a collaborative project of the California Catholic Conference and the Alliance of Catholic Health Care. This day- long summit was open to professional care providers, community health leaders, parish volunteers, and clergy. Speakers included Ira Byock, MD, Megory Anderson, PhD. and Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange. To view a few recordings and material presented on this day, please click here.
As a continuation of the Caring for the Whole Person Initiative, our Diocese of Orange has been hosting the following event at various parishes: Care, Prepare, Connect. The event consists of a showing of a brief but powerful film called End Game, a panel discussion that address’s questions about suffering and end of life ethics, accessing quality care, discussions about Advance Care Planning, and accompaniment and caring pastorally in our parish communities. The event models conversations about care and helping every person to know that they are loved, wanted, and worthy through the end of life’s journey. To view more about this event and who we partner with, please click here. To host this event at your parish, please reach out to Alejandra Luna at email@example.com.
The following list of parishes have hosted a Care, Prepare, and Connect:
Christ Cathedral Parish
Christ Our Savior
Mission Basilica, San Juan Capistrano
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Our Lady Queen of Angels
St. Edward the Confessor
St. John the Baptist
St. Boniface (Spanish)
Whether you are a foster parent or an adoptive parent, opening your heart and home to a child is a wonderful and life-changing experience for parent and child alike.
To learn more about our Foster Care Campaign please visit: rcbo.org/foster
To schedule Mass announcements and a resource table at your parish, please contact our office at (714)282-3105.