October is designated as Respect Life Month with the observance of Respect Life Sunday in the Catholic Church.
At all Masses, thousands of parishes across the country begin a year-long educational and prayer campaign in support of life. This year's theme echoes Pope Francis' call for all people to "Open your hearts to life!"
We live in a society of unbelief, where the unborn, the sick, and the elderly are often unwanted and endangered by acts of violence or neglect. Let us join the Church in prayer and action to Respect Life from “the womb to the tomb.”
~Social Ministries Commission