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2017-18 Respect Life: Youth Ministry


NEW! 2017 Respect Life Month Statement (en español)
 Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan
Chairman, USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities

These suggestions are simply meant to provide some ideas for use of the Respect Life materials in faith formation efforts. Be sure to know and follow all local policies and procedures, particularly safe environment and parental rights policies, and to obtain the appropriate permissions before moving forward. If you have any questions about applicable policies, contact your parish, school, diocese, and/or other relevant authoritative entities.


You can either order the Respect Life materials, or  download them for FREE!


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Hang the poster in the meeting space, and plan an event based on the message of "Be Not Afraid" as it pertains to respect for human life. (The 2017-2018 reflection briefly unpacks the theme.) 

Highlight ways in which the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy can help us build a culture of life and walk with others in times of suffering.


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Split the young people into small groups. Give each group an age-appropriate article to read and discuss. 

Have each group present a summary of the article and the fruits of their discussion (based on reflection questions written by the youth minister ahead of time). Provide markers and easel pads, and give extra points if the teens are able to tastefully and respectfully incorporate hand-drawn renditions of emojis into their presentations.

Reflection Flyer

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Use the reflection as inspiration for a special talk or event during Respect Life Month (October) and/or around the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children on January 22, which is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Using the Materials: General Suggestions

Resource Guide 

The Respect Life Program materials are meant to help you build a culture of life, whatever your area of work or ministry. Whether you're serving in a parish, Catholic education, faith formation, communications, or pro-life, youth, young adult, or campus ministry--there's something for you! (More Information: Respect Life Program FAQ)

(Print / en español)

RLP 2017 1. Respect Life Program: FAQ
    (en español)

2.  E-Tools to Know
    (en español)

3.  Intercessions for Life
    (en español)

4.  Respect Life Display: How To
     (en español)

5.  Youth Contest: How To     
     (en español)

6.  Youth Contest: Flyer
     (en español)

7.  Youth Contest: Judges' Score Sheet
     (en español)

8.  9 Days for Life: Leaders' Guide
     (en español)



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The folder can be used for more than just holding the 2017-2018 Respect Life Program materials!

For example, put a label with customized information for your organization (ministry, parish, school, diocese, etc.) on the right inside pocket, and use the folder to hold participant materials for local conferences, retreats, and gatherings.


(DOWNLOAD / Request print copy by calling toll-free 866-582-0943.)

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Make others aware of the variety of materials available to order from the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, ranging from prayer cards to posters and more. 

Because of the wide array available, people serving in various capacities can find helpful resources for their job or ministry. 

Give them copies of the catalog, or direct them to, where they can access it online.

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