Respect Life Month celebrated in parishes in October

The Respect Life Program, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, started in 1972 and is celebrated each October with Respect Life Month. The program promotes respect for human life in light of our intrinsic dignity as having been created in God's image and likeness and called to an eternal destiny with him.

This year's theme is "Be Not Afraid." Being a voice and advocate for life can bring painful and difficult challenges, but acting to protect life in all of its stages is always the right choice.

New materials are designed each year to assist those in various roles within the Church to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the dignity of every person, especially by cherishing God's gift of life.

There is an abundance of materials and resources available including homily helps, intercessions, flyers, images and more. For information about the Respect Life Program, visit

For more information about respect life ministries and events in the Diocese of Sacramento, visit