Office of Respect Life

Role of the Office

The Respect Life Office promotes the Catholic Church’s teachings on respect for, and the legal protection of, every human life from conception to natural death.

Upcoming Events and Related Resources

Generation Life

What: Pro-Life Youth Conference
Date: January 20, 2023
Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: St. Louis, MO
Cost: $35 (with youth endowment grant assistance, and includes conference, a boxed lunch, and transportation). All youth and adult chaperones are eligible to apply.
Youth Grant Assistance Form: HERE
Conference Flyer: HERE
Registration Link: HERE
Behavioral Expectations: HERE
Deadline to register: December 16, 2022

National March for Life

With encouragement from the Missouri Bishops and the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, we are focusing our Respect Life activities at the state level. Consequently, our diocesan office will not be organizing a trip to the National March.

Midwest March for Life

What: Official Missouri Pro-Life March

Date: April 26, 2023
Time: 8am – 3pm
Location: Jefferson City
Who: All families, adults & youth are invited
Cost: The March itself is free. Approximate cost will be $30-60 per participant and this will only cover bus transportation
– Registration opens January 26, 2023
– Please register as a group with your parish

2022 Respect Life Resources

Action Guide

We recommend parishes review the January Action Guide and supplemental resources. Originally developed as part of the 2019 Respect Life Program, the action guide has been updated for perennial use. It is available online in both English and Spanish. It contains the following: an introduction, “simple steps,” sample timeline, announcements, intercessions, homily helps, and an activity (Order for the Blessing of Pro-Life Pilgrims).

 

Virtual Adaptations

Most of the resources mentioned above already lend themselves to use in virtual settings, however, we are also providing a short supplement with specific suggestions for virtual use.

Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau’s Resources for Pro-Life Activities for Families, Classrooms, and Parishes. (This resource was produced for our Diocese by a collaboration of the Offices of Catholic Schools, Evangelization, and Respect Life.)

Additionally, a resource sheet for teachers gives ideas for implementing USCCB Respect Life tools in a Catholic educational setting in January.

Additional resources are now available dispelling the many myths currently circulating that claim abortion restrictions will limit women’s access to healthcare.

“The Truth About Abortion and Women’s Health” can be printed in parish bulletins, included in newsletters, shared on social media, and more.

We hope this resource will help you to combat these lies about pro-life legislation during Respect Life Month and a heated election cycle.

Voice for Life

The mission of Voice for Life (VFL) is to support life from conception to natural death. We promote awareness and conduct advocacy campaigns in accordance with Catholic teaching on today’s life issues.

VFL’s annual Coloring Contest is for all students and children of our diocese are invited to participate in the Voice of Life contest.  The contest is open to children from Kindergarten to 12th grade and includes coloring pages, posters, poetry, essays, and t-shirt designs.  There are cash prizes.  The deadline is February 10, 2023. For information on how to enter click here. 

 

Find Post Abortion Healing — Project Rachel

PDF may be found here: English

Staff

Sr. Janine Tran

Sr. Janine Tran

Director | jtran@dioscg.org

Kim Brayman

Kim Brayman

Administrative Assistant, Project Rachel Ministry/Program Coordinator | kbrayman@dioscg.org