Respect for Life Resources

Respect for Life Resources

9 Days for Life Novena: Join thousands of Catholics nationwide in prayer for the respect of human life during a special "9 Days for Life" Novena from January 19-27, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Sign up to receive daily free reflections, prayers, and suggested activities online by text or email. Visit the 9 Days for Life website for more information and to sign up.  

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (January 23): The general instruction of the Roman missal (373) designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children." The church directs: In all the Dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23 when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer, fasting, and/or almsgiving. Prayer opportunities at St. Charles on January 23 are 8:30 a.m. Mass and 5-7 p.m. Adoration.

 

For the legal protection of unborn children

and for loving support for their mothers

before and after their births;

We pray to the Lord.

 

May all who suffer from

participating in abortion

turn to God’s loving forgiveness;

We pray to the Lord.

 

For public servants:

May God grant them the humility, wisdom,

and courage to defend all human life;

We pray to the Lord.

 

For our nation:

May God unite us in peace

and respect for each other

and reverence for all human life;

We pray to the Lord.

 

May friends and families of women

with difficult pregnancies

provide loving, life-affirming support

for both mother and child;

We pray to the Lord.