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October is Respect Life Month

Respect Life Theme: Be Not Afraid

The Respect Life Program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October. The program is highlighted in liturgies, marked by special events and includes many resources to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with supporting the God-given dignity of every person. This year's theme, "Be Not Afraid," is featured October 2017 - September 2018.
The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes a program packet each year to call attention to numerous human life issues. These materials are especially helpful for priests, parish groups, schools, and other organizations.

Read Bishop Walkowiak's Respect Life letter to parishioners

(English | Español​)

U.S. Bishops' on Respect Life:  


Bishop Walkowiak to celebrate Mass for God's Children Nov. 3

Additional news & resources

USCCB Pro-Life Chairman urges passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (Sept. 29, USCCB)Diocese of Grand Rapids Respect Life Ministry resources
CONNECT with the Respect Life Ministry office & activities on Facebook (@DOGRRespectLifeMinistry)


Mary Pereira, respect life coordinator 
Phone: 616-240-7896 (English/Español)