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Respect Life Ministry

DJ Florian
Director, Pastoral Services

Resources & Upcoming Events
​Resource ​Description
Respect Life Program Resources The Respect Life Program, an initiative of the USCCB, begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October.
Prayer Service for the Unborn ​Held annually. Sponsored by Grand Rapids Right to Life, this is an opportunity to remember the 58 million children who have lost their lives in the 44 years since the legalization of abortion.
​​Mass for Life​ ​The Mass for Life is typically celebrated annually in January on or around the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
March for Life​ ​Read about the diocese's participation in the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
​40 Days for Life - Fall 2017 ​40 Days for Life is a grassroots, pro-life effort that consists of 40 days of praying, fasting, and holding a peaceful vigil in front of an abortion clinic. The fall campaign will take place from Sept. 27 through Nov. 5. This will be the 15th campaign in Grand Rapids and it will take place in front of Heritage Clinic for Women at 320 East Fulton Street. Sign-up for vigil hours HERE.
Mass for God's Children
Bishop Walkowiak invites parents who've experienced the loss of a child before baptism to a Mass for God's Children. All are welcome to attend including parents, grandparents, siblings, other relatives and friends. A reception will follow the Mass. The date for the 2017 Mass will be announced soon.
Natural Family Planning Awareness Natural Family Planning, or NFP, is a method of birth regulation that is consistent with Catholic marriage vows by which a couple takes time to understand and recognize the natural and biological signs of fertility and infertility. Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), usually takes place in July.
Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage &
Religious Liberty
​The U.S. Bishops'  call to prayer, penance, and sacrifice
for the sake of renewing a culture of life, marriage, and religious liberty in our country.
​Faithful Citizenship: Guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.

Resources from the Michigan Catholic Conference
Issues, candidates & your vote (Oct. 2016 Focus)
A blueprint for the common good (Feb. 2015 Focus)
Issues, candidates & your vote (June 2014 Focus)
The science of stem cells (Oct. 2007 Focus)
Standing for the unborn (Aug. 2003 Focus)

Resources from the USCCB

Word of Life ​Word of Life is a monthly resource for dioceses and parishes. It is available in both English and Spanish. Each month, you will find bulletin quotes, occasional homily notes, and petitions.
Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities | Pro-Life Activities  Resources from the USCCB
Living the Gospel of Life: a Challenge to American Catholics ​A statement by the USCCB, 1998

Previous events

Annual Symposium on Human Life & Dignity 
2015 - (Capital Punishment & Contraception) Details & resources
2014 - (End of Life & Mental Illness) Details & resources
2013 (Human trafficking & immigration) -
Details & resources

 Upcoming Events