The first Sunday of October (Oct. 2 this year) is observed as Respect Life Sunday.

As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from conception to its natural end. During October, the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, a time in which we’re invited to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.

This work has never been more important than now. Life is being threatened in our country from the moment of conception to natural death and at many points in between.

Read Bishop Walkowiak’s letter to parishioners:

(English | Español)

Read the USCCB’s Respect Life Month statement

Opportunities for prayer and action around the diocese and beyond:

Programs and Services for Individuals and Families through Catholic Charities West Michigan:

Pregnancy support services | Resources and support for moms and families | Counseling services | Substance abuse treatment & counselingSupport for Seniors

Respect Life Month Program Resources for Parishes:

Parish Action Guide & Webinar

Additional resources:

Respect Life Ministry resources (in the Diocese of Grand Rapids)
Connect with the Respect Life Ministry office & activities on Facebook
Reflect on the Respect Life theme (bilingual, USCCB) – coming soon!

From the USCCB:
Respect Life Program resources | Pro-Life Activities Committee | Browse materials published in previous years