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 2012 Respect Life Month

October is Respect Life Month, and Catholic Charities, Inc. Pro-Life Committee, in conjunction with the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, is gearing up for a month of pro-life activities. Below are suggestions for ways in which parishes may participate in Respect Life Month.
 

Respect Life Calendar



        Suggestions for Respect Life Month 
 
  1. Mass for Life – All parishes are encouraged to participate in a Mass for Life  on October 7, 2012.  Each parish may utilize the liturgy guide from the USCCB.  The Committee on Pro-Life Activities with Catholic Charities, Inc. Office of Parish Social Ministry purchased Respect Life packets that were mailed to each parish from the USCCB.  If you did not receive this guide, please let us know by calling (601) 326-3785 or contacting us via email at prolife@catholiccharitiesjackson.org.
  2. Diocesan Mass for Life - All parishes are encouraged to participate in the Mass for Life celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle in Jackson on October 21, 2012, at 10:30 a.m.
  3. Baby Bottle Drive – Parishes may purchase an extra-large baby bottle bank and place it at the back of the church for donations. Contact your Knights of Columbus chapter for information on purchasing bottles.  Bottles may be brought up with the gifts and presented on Respect Life Sunday or any Sunday in October. The proceeds from this event can go to local crisis pregnancy centers or Catholic Charities, Inc. Adoption & Maternity Program.  Please click here to download the list of crisis pregnancy centers in Mississippi that do not counsel on abortion.
  4. Parish Baby Shower – Parishes may host a church wide baby shower to collect baby supplies to be shared with local crisis pregnancy centers or CCI Adoption & Maternity Program.  Contact your local Knights of Columbus chapter for details on hotsting the event.
  5. Catholic Youth for Life Drive – Youth and Catholic school students are encourgaged to bring diapers and wipes to Mass for Respect Life Sunday.  Donations can go to local crisis pregnancy centers or CCI Adoption & Maternity Program.
  6. Encourage parishioners and community members to purchase a Choose Life car tag. Proceeds from the purchase of Choose Life car tags goes to help support crisis pregnancy centers across Mississippi.
For more information regarding Respect Life Month and Respect Life Sunday, please contact our Committee on Pro-Life at (601) 326-3785 or at prolife@catholiccharitiesjackson.org.  For more information about the Knights of Columbus Pro-Life Activities, please contact Dennis Riecke, MS KC Pro-Life Chairman or visit their website.