Thesesuggestions 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.

Using the Materials: Suggestions for Parishes


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


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Put up the poster in the back of church, on the inside of the front door, and/or in the parish office. Leave it up all year, or put it up during Respect Life Month (October) and January (the month in which the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children occurs).

Print the poster on 8.5" x 11" paper. Use it as a bulletin insert, or make copies available for parishioners to take home.


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Feature a different article each month. Include a quote with a link to the full article in the bulletin, highlight and link to the article on the parish website, and share the article on social media.*

*See also: Free social media training webinar. Although this one-hour webinar took place during the 2015–2016 Respect Life Program, the principles covered remain pertinent, and continued use of the shareable graphics is encouraged.

Reflection Flyer

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Use as a bulletin insert.

Hang the flyer up on parish doors, bulletin boards, and other high-traffic areas.

Reproducible Images

Visit the Respect Life image gallery for downloadable images, including designs for the 2017-2018 theme, "Be Not Afraid."

Respect Life 2017Use in the parish bulletin or e-newsletter, on the parish website or social media, etc.


Respect Life Sunday / Respect Life Month

These items were featured for Respect Life Sunday / Month in October 2017, but you're welcome to use them at any time.

Cardinal Dolan at the February 2012 Consistory CNS Photo Paul haring

Respect Life Month Statement (en español)

Include excerpts in parish communications, use for individual or staff reflection, derive inspiration for parish efforts, etc.

Father Paul Gitau homily Feb. 14, 2010 Mass  St. Bridget's Church in Rochester, N.Y. CNS Photo by Mike Crupi,Catholic Courier.Homily Notes (en español)

Although especially developed to assist priests and deacons, these notes can also be used by other Catholic leaders to help structure a talk or presentation.

A candlelight vigil for peace. CNS Photo/Gregory A. ShemitzIntercessions (en español)

Include an intention in the parish bulletin on one of the dates mentioned or at another time that naturally relates to the topic. 

For example, the intention referring to the Eucharist could be used on The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

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.