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.
Whatis the Respect Life Program?
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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:
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.