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Pro-Life Activites and Special Ministries Resources

October 2016 Respect Life Resources

USCCB Respect Life Program Packet

Parish Planned Activities (ideas available in USCCB packet)

Diocesan Respect Life Mass, Rosary Walk and Luncheon (Information available here)

Respect Life Month prayers (available in "pdfResource Guide" in the USCCB packet)

Petitions - Word of Life - pdfEnglish | pdfen Español

Life Chain - October 2nd (Information available here)

pdfActivities that are Inclusive of people with special needs

Catholic Times special Respect Life edition

Pastoral Statements on People with Disabilities

pdfGuidelines Celebrate Sacraments Disabilities

pdfPastoral Statement on Disabilities

pdfUSCCB Statement on Disabilities

Serving our Veterans - Supporting those who have served

We are thankful to our veterans who reside in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois community of the faith.  It is with gratitude to the many men and women have served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces that we offer this website for resources and information.  There are numerous agencies and non-profit organizations to help veterans and family members address medical, education, mental health, housing, employment, financial and other challenges.

Suggestions for assisting Veterans in the Parish / National Catholic Partnership on Disability
http://www.ncpd.org/ 

  • Pray for Veterans - those serving in the military, and their families

  • Invite the parish to learn about the physically and spiritually wounded

  • Create a ministry for Veterans - be aware especially of those coming home from the Reserves and National Guard

  • Create a parish drop-in center - a lounge for Veterans and others; create safe spaces and a ministry of hospitality and welcome

  • Help Veterans find jobs

  • Encourage those who are ready to serve in a ministry; help them find a place to belong and share their gifts on the parish

  • Create circles of listening

  • Encourage re-establishing relationship with Jesus (Veteran Retreats)

  • Provide ways to return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Ignation Examen)

  • Welcome Veterans and their families back to the table

  • Help Veterans navigate the VA Medical System

  • Connect Veterans to other Veterans

  • Look to Joining Forces.gov

Word Of Life

Word of Life is a monthly resource for parishes which is prepared by members of the Pro-Life Secretariat staff for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The resource is available in both English and Spanish. Each monthly issue contains information such as:

  • Intercessions for Life
  • Bulletin Quote
  • Bulletin and webpage/Facebook Art
  • Occasional Homily notes

The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries would like to direct you to the webpage that lists all current and past editions of this resource. The most current edition is located at the top of the list.

Read the latest Word of Life

Life Issues Forum

Life Issues Forum is a bi-weekly column written by members of the Pro-Life Secretariat staff for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Each forum addresses a current issue in the culture of life and is available in English and Spanish.

The Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries would like to direct you to a webpage that lists all past and current forums. The most current forum is located at the top of the list.

Read the latest Life Issues Forum

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