What is a Parish Pro-Life Ministry?

Each parish is invited to have a Pro-Life Ministry and appoint a Coordinator to initiate and organize Pro-Life activities.  The pro-life committee assists by helping parishioners understand the issues and the importance of meeting the needs of those who are most vulnerable.

A committee may be:

  • a distinct committee, or a subcommittee of another parish organization.
  • you can use this committee structure as a guideline

The committee plays a vital role in parish life.  The chairperson will be appointed by the pastor and it is important for the pastor and chairperson be able to work well together.   Building a relationship with priests, staff and other committees is vital.  Working with other parish ministries several times during the year will build a stronger community.  See this outline to help build relationships.

The objectives of the parish ministry coordinator are to:

  • coordinate the annual Respect Life Program
  • promote and assist pregnancy counseling and comprehensive maternity support services, as well as post-abortion counseling and reconciliation programs
  • encourage and support parishioners' involvement in services to help those who are chronically ill, disabled, or dying and their families
  • sponsor programs of prayer in the parish to pray…that the culture of death that surrounds us may be replaced by a culture of life
  • See the Calendar for annual activities
  • foster awareness of the need to restore legal protection to the lives of unborn children to the maximum degree possible and to safeguard in law the lives of those who are chronically ill, disabled, or dying
  • keep parishioners informed of upcoming important legislation
  • develop or adopt, where feasible, a parish-based ministry to pregnant women and their children

 

The USCCB Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities outlines each area of a Pro-Life organization within the Catholic Church.

You may wish to work with other parishes within the Diocese to promote events, bring in speakers or community projects.  Parishes within the diocese are grouped by deaneries.

The following resources are available to promote within your parish or school community.

 

"Pastoral care encompasses a broad range of services provided with competence, compassion, and dignity. It includes spiritual assistance and essential material help, and may include supplementary services beyond those available in the community. Providing pastoral care to those in need is a primary way that the Church expresses its love for all God's children." 

  • Publish the Pro-Life Helpline number for women and men to reach Gabriel Project or Project Rachel in the bulletin every Sunday: (877) WE-CARE-2
    • “Rachel’s Reflections” for the bulletin are available 
    • Place Gabriel Project or Project Rachel posters and brochures  around your parish
      • These items are available free from the Office of Pro-Life Activities and Chaste Living

 

Information and education is necessary “to deepen understanding of the sanctity of human life and the humanity of unborn children, the moral evil of intentionally killing innocent human beings—whether at the beginning of life or at its end—and the mission of the Church to witness to and serve all human life.”  

  • Sign up for the USCCB People of Life action campaign or follow People of Life on Facebook, which serves the bishops in proclaiming that each human life is a precious gift from God.
  • Learn more about ending the death penalty in Texas at the Texas Catholic Mercy Project.
  • Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) proclaims the Church’s unconditional pro-life teaching and its application to capital punishment and restorative justice.
  • Read the latest issue of Ethics & Medics.
  • Promote the annual USCCB Respect Life Program Manual~Respect Life Month is October
  • Put a pro-life poster in every Religious Education classroom
    • Suggested poster is “The Child Before Birth” Poster, which is an image of unborn child at 18 weeks' gestation with scriptural quote from Psalm 139: 13-14 (item #8904). Order for $3.25 from the USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat by calling (866) 582-0943.
  • Start a pro-life video library for your Religious Education program
    • Write a memo to the teachers and catechists with descriptions of the videos
    • Be sure to work with the principal, Director of Religious Education and youth minister
  • Stock the brochure and pamphlet rack at your parish with pro-life educational materials available from the USCCB Pro-Life Secretariat
  • Borrow educational resource materials via e-mail or or call (512) 949-2486.
  • Ministry sign-up to gain committee members
  • Plan a Cupcakes for Life Event
  • For Whom Do the Bells Toll
  • Parish Ministry Fair
  • White Ribbon for Life Campaign               
  • Bring the pro-life film Doonby to your parish or school           

Public Policy: “Protecting and promoting the inviolable rights of persons is the most solemn responsibility of civil authority. As Americans and as religious leaders we are committed to governance by a system of law that protects human rights and maintains the common good.”